Education

Lighting Solutions

Learning in the best light

More than 75 years’ experience providing education lighting solutions gives us an invaluable perspective on meeting the needs of students and staff. Our lighting solutions, including controls, not only provide the flexibility that learning spaces demand, but are also perfectly matched to everybody’s needs – ones that create the perfect environment in which to learn and teach.

Lighting for modern education

Modern education lighting solutions must also be suited to the latest design philosophies, particularly meeting the demands of the Priority Schools Building Programme. It should be suited to the latest building techniques, reducing installation time whether in rapid on-site programmes or modular off-site builds.

Lighting for universities and higher education

University facilities differ greatly from any other education environment. They are more dynamic, and require lighting solutions that reflect this future-focused learning space. Modern campus buildings are inspirational places, and require lighting that enhances the architectural aesthetic, whilst also providing a comfortably lit environment.

Four pillars for education

Whether it’s in a classroom or a storeroom, all our lighting and control solutions are built on our four pillars: user experience, lighting standards and compliance, design optimisation and environmental sustainability. 

Lighting for modern education

Modern education lighting solutions must also be suited to the latest design philosophies, particularly meeting the demands of the Priority Schools Building Programme. It should be suited to the latest building techniques, reducing installation time whether in rapid on-site programmes or modular off-site builds.

Lighting for universities and higher education

University facilities differ greatly from any other education environment. They are more dynamic, and require lighting solutions that reflect this future-focused learning space. Modern campus buildings are inspirational places, and require lighting that enhances the architectural aesthetic, whilst also providing a comfortably lit environment.

Four pillars for education

Whether it’s in a classroom or a storeroom, all our lighting and control solutions are built on our four pillars: user experience, lighting standards and compliance, design optimisation and environmental sustainability. 

User experience

  • We offer lighting solutions for education that enable all users to undertake their tasks in a comfortable, safe and conducive environment
  • We take into consideration the multi-use, multidisciplinary nature of spaces in contemporary education
  • We employ advances such as tunable white luminaires and app enabled lighting controls for designers to create truly inspiring teaching and learning environments

Lighting standard and compliance

  • To simply provide a light level on the horizontal plane is not enough.
  • The standards set targets for, amongst other things, daylight, cylindrical illuminance, surface illumination, discomfort glare and disability glare
  • These guidance documents are a starting point for all parties involved to work together to create a lighting design to produce stimulating, inspirational spaces

Design optimisation

  • Design optimisation can only be delivered alongside compliance and consideration of the user
  • In light of the impact that whole life carbon considerations and delivering sustainable, resilient solutions are having, it is false economy for a scheme to be selected simply on cost
  • Our solutions are designed specifically for the application, to meet the needs of an educational environment

Environmental sustainability

  • Our highly efficient luminaires, combined with our range of controls, optimise energy use, keep operating costs down and reduce environmental impact
  • In a circular economy, our increasing use of long-life and replaceable components puts us in a strong position to continue to provide lighting solutions that satisfy on so many levels

Lighting for education that encourages learning

From those nervous first days of pre-school to the mature confidence of graduation, we see it as our responsibility to help create a positive and supportive environment in which to learn and teach.

Our education lighting solutions, including controls, not only provide the flexibility that learning spaces demand, but also the technical specifications that suit the latest building techniques, and regulations.

Lighting for Classrooms

Lighting solutions for classrooms:

Giving light to positive classroom interaction 

 

Classrooms are undoubtedly the centre of any learning establishment and the most commonly occupied space. The activities undertaken in these learning areas are many and varied and, regardless of the task or age of the user, classroom lighting must accommodate this diversity.

Lighting standards for classrooms reflect this diversity of use with a requirement to comply with a defined set of metrics including horizontal, wall and cylindrical illuminance and glare, for each application.

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Classroom lighting solutions

Cascade Flex

Cascade Flex

  • A new generation of recessed luminaire designed with sustainability in mind
  • The luminaire features a replaceable cartridge that can be returned, refurbished and reused multiple times before eventually being recycled at the end of its useful life, supporting delivering whole life net zero aspirations when compared with conventional solutions
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Foil SRD

Foil SRD

  • This acoustic suspended lighting system has been developed to optimise building energy performance and deliver visual integration for a pure aesthetic
  • Also availabe Foil XS-Line and Foil Radiant. Foil Radiant features highly efficient integrated radiant panels to ensure an even temperature distribution across the full height of the room giving added flexibility to space management.
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Inspiration Suspended

Inspiration Suspended

  • Fast and simple to install, Inspiration meets the demands of the latest Priority Schools Building Programme, delivering high quality, low energy lighting
  • Cylindrical illuminance helps with facial recognition – a key factor in building relationships between pupils and students
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Lighting solutions for school sports facilities:

Light to enhance every performance

 

Inside and out, lighting in school sports halls plays an important role in students getting the maximum benefit out of physical exercise.

With a wide variety of activities, the ability to manage lighting levels becomes critical to enhance every performance. Light levels in sports halls are specified at 300 lux, but in our experience, the multiple uses of these spaces may mean higher lighting levels are required, although not at all times or across the entire hall.

Cricket nets are a good example of this, as they often need higher lighting levels but not usually across an entire hall. Additional luminaires over the required spaces that can be separately switched on and off deliver an effective and energy efficient solution.

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Lighting Solutions for School Sports Facilities

Flight Sport

Flight Sport

  • A new generation of sports luminaire offering IK10 protection, a wide distribution pattern and excellent glare control, thanks to its lens technology
  • Suitable for new build or renovation projects, Flight offers a durable installation with low cost of ownership
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified® in several of its Flight Vitality versions, Flight not only delivers an energy-efficient scheme with minimal maintenance, but shows our commitment to the circular economy
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Lighting solutions for dining and breakout areas:

Putting socialising and connecting at the top of the menu

 

Due to how these spaces are used, we can have the freedom and scope to design lighting solutions that create an environment with contrasts, visual stimulation and interest.

These spaces should be bright and comfortable to encourage social interaction, whether face-to-face or digital, and to enjoy some downtime. Good vertical illumination and modelling play an important role in achieving these objectives.

Uniformity is important in servery and kitchen areas for a safe working environment. We recommend that luminaires should have an IP rating in keeping with the activity being undertaken and have a wipe clean front face to support the cleaning and maintenance regime.

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Lighting for School Dining Rooms

Oculus

Oculus

  • This pendant LED luminaire makes a powerful statement of both minimalist design and maximum performance.
  • Free from the form factor constraints of conventional source technology, Oculus has a stunning profile that helps deliver the desired ambience without intruding into the space
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Cascade Flex

Cascade Flex

  • A new generation of recessed luminaire designed with sustainability in mind
  • The luminaire features a replaceable cartridge that can be returned, refurbished and reused multiple times before eventually being recycled at the end of its useful life, supporting delivering whole life net zero aspirations when compared with conventional solutions
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Mirage 3 C110

Mirage 3 C110

  • Featuring glare-reducing optics, a choice of beam distributions and a range of lumen outputs, the range adds continuity and visual interest to any lighting scheme
  • Part of a family of downlighter luminaires consisting of recessed, surface and suspended variants with a choice if sizes, reflectors, optics and colours.
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Lighting solutions for circulation spaces:

Keeping everybody on the go

 

The arteries of any educational building, the lighting of these spaces is critical for the smooth and safe movement of students, staff and visitors.

The best solutions are based around a careful blend of horizontal illuminance at floor level and excellent vertical illumination.

As these spaces are often unsupervised, we advise the use of linear or modular luminaires with a wide distribution, delivering more light at higher angles that minimise shadows and dark corners, to create a safe environment – one which improves facial recognition and modelling.

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Circulation lighting solutions

Mirage 3 C165

Mirage 3 C165

  • Featuring glare-reducing optics, a choice of beam distributions and a range of lumen outputs, the range adds continuity and visual interest to any lighting scheme
  • Part of a family of downlighter luminaires consisting of recessed, surface and suspended variants with a choice if sizes, reflectors, optics and colours.
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Helm

Helm

  • Available in both asymmetric or symmetric variants, Helm, with its 4,000K ‘natural white’ colour temperature, is the perfect solution for circulation spaces where a consistent level of illumination is required
  • Ideal for recessing into Exposed T or plasterboard ceilings 
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Radial LED

Radial LED

  • Designed for mounting in a cornice between wall and ceiling, Radial LED not only removes the light source from direct view from below, but also frees up valuable ceiling space for other services
  • This robust slimline style linear LED luminaire is suitable for environments in places of education where lighting may be subject to occasional impact
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Lighting solutions for lecture theatres:

Enhancing presentation and connection

Lighting solutions that aid concentration

When planning lighting for lecture theartes we have to consider the very different needs of those presenting and those learning and, most importantly, lighting that allows for a real connection between the two.

Needs that require two lighting solutions that work in tandem – a balance between doing what needs to be done and being able to take in what is being taught.

We can help achieve that balance with an illumination solution that takes into consideration factors such as the position of the lecturer, concentration levels and effective note taking.

Lighting Solutions for Lecture Theatres

Achieving good facial recognition

Another factor we take into consideration is the importance of achieving good facial recognition, which we can achieve through the use of good modelling and cylindrical illuminance.

To maximise the effectiveness of any lecture theatre lighting solution, we advise the use of a control solution that is simple and intuitive to use, enabling multiple lighting scenes to be set, from a blanket lux level through to all luminaires dimmed to allow for visual demonstrations, with gradual changes between light levels to minimise disturbance.

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Lecture theatre lighting solutions

Avenue Metro Recessed

Avenue Metro Recessed

  • Creates a sense of space and drama, while continuous lines of light trace the contours of the space, complementing every design feature
  • Revolutionary optics use clustered LED arrays to deliver higher light output with low glare, reducing the number of installed points and adding to the minimalist design that Avenue Metro promotes
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Oculus

Oculus

  • This pendant LED luminaire makes a powerful statement of both minimalist design and maximum performance.
  • Free from the form factor constraints of conventional source technology, Oculus has a stunning profile that helps deliver the desired ambience without intruding into the space
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Mirage 3 C165

Mirage 3 C165

  • Featuring glare-reducing optics, a choice of beam distributions and a range of lumen outputs, the range adds continuity and visual interest to any lighting scheme
  • Part of a family of downlighter luminaires consisting of recessed, surface and suspended variants with a choice if sizes, reflectors, optics and colours.
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Lighting solutions for libraries and study areas:

To be seen and not heard

Lighting design catering to multiple functions

While still fulfilling their traditional role as somewhere quiet in which to study, modern libraries are used for a wide variety of study-related activities.

A lighting design has to reflect these multiple functions in its flexibility, so it must deliver a well-lit, comfortable environment which aids concentration, whatever studying technique may be being used at any given time.

Any solution has to consider open areas where collaborative group work may occur, localised lighting for use in discreet individual study spaces, and the vertical lighting of bookcases to allow quick easy selection without disturbing other students or interfering with other areas nearby.

 

Library Lighting Solutions

Studying seen in the best light

Our research continues into the benefits of individuals having personal control over the level of light output and colour temperature in these critical study spaces.

The ultimate benefit of our solutions in these key areas is that which comes from the positive impact they have on the students’ learning environment.

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Lighting solutions for libraries and study areas

Avenue Metro Suspended

Avenue Metro Suspended

  • Creates a sense of space and drama, while continuous lines of light trace the contours of the space, complementing every design feature
  • Revolutionary optics use clustered LED arrays to deliver higher light output with low glare, reducing the number of installed points and adding to the minimalist design that Avenue Metro promotes
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Mirage 3 C165

Mirage 3 C165

  • Featuring glare-reducing optics, a choice of beam distributions and a range of lumen outputs, the range adds continuity and visual interest to any lighting scheme
  • Part of a family of downlighter luminaires consisting of recessed, surface and suspended variants with a choice if sizes, reflectors, optics and colours.
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Cascade Flex

Cascade Flex

  • A new generation of recessed luminaire designed with sustainability in mind
  • The luminaire features a replaceable cartridge that can be returned, refurbished and reused multiple times before eventually being recycled at the end of its useful life, supporting delivering whole life net zero aspirations when compared with conventional solutions
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Lighting solutions for research and laboratories:

Focusing on the results

Delivering visual comfort using advanced technology 

Work in these spaces is highly focused, so visual comfort is critical, which we achieve through the use of premium optics with advanced glare control technology to minimise veiling reflectance on monitors, as well as minimising UGR (Unified Glare Rating) that allows people to focus on the results they are aiming for.

To get the balance right can involve an IP rating of between IP44 and IP65, and lighting units that are be robust and easy to clean, so as not to interfere with the integrity of the work being undertaken.

Laboratory Lighting Solutions

Maintaining illuminance values throughout installation

The choice of luminaire is not just about an IP rating. They must be resistant to cleaning chemicals, have minimal horizontal surfaces and maintain room integrity during maintenance.

Luminaires with minimal LED depreciation and longer driver life will not only ensure maintained illuminance values throughout the life of the installation, but also keep maintenance requirements to a minimum.

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Lighting solutions for research and laboratories

Lister2

Lister2

  • Combining robust construction with optical performance, Lister maintains room integrity to a high IP rating
  • An IP65/20 recessed luminaire with sealed framed construction incorporating the use of edge-lit optics with NHEX-prism diffusing technology for all-round visual comfort
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Cascade Flex

Cascade Flex

  • A new generation of recessed luminaire designed with sustainability in mind
  • The luminaire features a replaceable cartridge that can be returned, refurbished and reused multiple times before eventually being recycled at the end of its useful life, supporting delivering whole life net zero aspirations when compared with conventional solutions
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Lighting solutions for administration and ancillary:

Making work light

Lighting that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing 

Often thought of by many as being ‘behind the scenes’, we believe that the lighting in ancillary staff and administration rooms should be both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

Essential for a clean, safe and functional environment, administration and ancillary areas in education establishments range from general storage of equipment and materials to more hazardous boiler and plant rooms.

Lighting must therefore allow for both the protection requirements and the functionality of each individual space. Inadequate lighting in areas such as plant rooms, maintenance and housekeeping, which commonly have little or no natural light, can conceal slippery floors, trip hazards or other potentially dangerous situations.

Lighting solutions for administration spaces

Getting on with vital work 

Where appropriate, we also recommend the installation of movement triggered lighting to maintain safety and maximise energy efficiency.

We give careful consideration in our lighting solutions to luminaires exposed to water and condensation, with extra protection ensuring safe and reliable operation – making light work for the key workers in these areas.

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Admin and Ancillary lighting solutions

Cascade Flex

Cascade Flex

  • A new generation of recessed luminaire designed with sustainability in mind
  • The luminaire features a replaceable cartridge that can be returned, refurbished and reused multiple times before eventually being recycled at the end of its useful life, supporting delivering whole life net zero aspirations when compared with conventional solutions
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Selene 2 Suspended

Selene 2 Suspended

  • A development of the highly successful Selene luminaire that combines low energy technology and affordability without compromising on quality
  • With its Cradle to Cradle® certification and circular design, we have calculated then when an upgrade is needed, 95% of the materials will be reused
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Trimpak

Trimpak

  • Available in three lengths and with a life of more than 100,000 hours (L80B50), Trimpak is the versatile and durable LED batten solution in circulation and ancillary areas
  • Available with integral controls to minimise installation points and support energy saving by ensuring light in these spaces is only on when it's needed  
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Lighting solutions for outdoor:

Helping keep everybody safe and secure

Making outside spaces safe for all

Whether its staff getting to their cars at the end of the day, students leaving for home on a dark afternoon or evening,  or local wildlife benefitting from the spaces around educational premises, our focus in creating outdoor lighting solutions for the education sector is to make the outside spaces safe for all, while minimising upward lighting and reducing unnecessary light pollution.


In pedestrian areas and car parks, high levels of uniformity are required and, to aid facial recognition, we recommend the use of post top fittings.

Exterior Lighting for Schools and Colleges

Reducing light pollution whilst enhancing safety and security

For lighting roadways, our recommendation depends on the classification of the road, as on access roads and car parks where traffic may be slower, a lower level of illumination may be possible than that more conventionally associated with the lighting of public roads and highways.

Combining our choice of lighting units with one of our smart lighting control systems achieves not only lower operating costs in outdoor locations, but helps reduce light pollution while still enhancing safety and security.

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Outdoor lighting solutions

Kolo Bollard

Kolo Bollard

  • Versatile robust and weatherproof LED bollard
  • Choice of 360 degree (symmetric) or 180 degree (asymmetric) light distribution for optimal illumination and minimal light pollution
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Sirocco Midi

Sirocco Midi

  • High performance LED post top luminaire for road, pathway and area lighting
  • Illumination where it’s needed and with zero light pollution when mounted horizontally
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Kolo IP65

Kolo IP65

  • A surface mounted amenity luminaire that brings style and efficiency to any application
  • A host of optional attachments and variants heightens the visual interest created by this optimum outdoor lighting solution
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A leading light in sustainability

The Education sector is just one of areas in which we have been at the forefront of sustainability and circularity in UK commercial lighting.

We are one of the market leaders in the development of products, lighting solutions and controls that minimise the use of materials and promote reusability through replaceable modular hardware.

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Lighting controls for the education sector

Lighting controls for the education sector

Energy consumption reduction and the cost savings it brings are the most obvious benefit of using lighting controls, but they are not the only ones.

Depending on the function of a space and its usage patterns, customising the lighting controls’ design supports the overall lighting control strategy and gives users the optimum light levels for a variety of activities.


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Emergency lighting for Shools and Colleges

Emergency lighting for the education sector

Emergency lighting provision is an essential element of any lighting solution in an education environment.

A secure, effective, nondisruptive emergency lighting solution is vital in order to ensure safe evacuation of students, staff and visitors.

Early consultation with us will ensure that the lighting solution we provide, including emergency lighting in areas identified as being high risk, will be delivered.

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At the start of an education project or looking for a supplier to meet your installation and lighting unit needs? Our team of experienced consultants can help you find the right lighting solution.

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