What is the best light for studying?
It’s hard to believe summer holidays are almost over and it’s time to go back to school again. It is a perfect time to start afresh and declutter your child’s room making sure it is study friendly with an exclusive learning area. The right lighting is absolutely crucial for a fruitful studying session. The start of a new school year is the perfect occasion to check your child’s room lighting.
Many studies have proven cooler/ whiter light temperatures can increase concentration and reduce the strain on eyes. Colour temperature can be easily understood when comparing it to the phases of natural lighting. It is expressed in Kelvins (K) and rages from around 1000K to 7000K. The lower on the scale the more orange light, while another end of the spectrum gives blue light undertones. For example, the light output from a light bulb with 1000K colour temperature can be compared to the light observed during sunrise or sunset with orange undertones. For study purposes, it is recommended we use light bulbs with colour temperature ranging from 4000K to 6500K. These are described as Daylight and Cool White.
Light layers and task lighting
Another factor to consider while choosing new study lighting is a method called “light layering”. Where your room is illuminated from many different sources reducing light contrast between different parts of the room. This is usually paired up with “task lighting” which provides light for a specific purpose like the addition of a desk light for studying in a room which already has some ambient lighting.
The easiest way of updating the lighting in your child room is to swap existing light bulbs to energy-efficient LED one in cool white or daylight. Simply check the wattage and cap type of your existing one and find an LED equivalent. LEDs are much safer as they don’t get hot which means they are more child-friendly than traditional incandescent ones. Try Candle LED in Daylight or Cool White. If however, you prefer a traditional shape of light bulb checks out GLS in Cool White or Daylight. For smaller bedside lamps we recommend Golf Ball shape light bulbs which will perfectly adorn petite lighting. Also available in Cool White and Daylight.
Taking these easy steps will guarantee your child the best learning environment for achieving their scholar goals and reaching their dreams.