Concentration at the push of a button

Zumtobel supports learning with Active Light in the classroom

Lights, on – curiosity, go! Active Light accompanies teachers and students throughout the day at Herstedlund School in Denmark. It promotes concentration. Increases efficiency. And boosts relaxation. Zumtobel creates dynamic lighting moods in the classrooms that perfectly complement the particular teaching situation: invigorating, stimulating or relaxing. The Austrian lighting solutions supplier worked with the University of Aalborg and other selected partners to implement this advanced lighting concept at the school in the town of Albertslund.

The bell rings. Students at Herstedlund Primary School take their seats. There is a general rustling of paper. The exercise books are out and ready. The text books too. Fourth-year students wait for the beginning of the first lesson. © Zumtobel
After half an hour, the smart board is switched on. The teacher adjusts the light settings to help students concentrate on the smartboard. © Zumtobel

Zumtobel supports learning with Active Light in the classroom

The bell rings. Students at Herstedlund Primary School take their seats. There is a general rustling of paper. The exercise books are out and ready. The text books too. Fourth-year students wait for the beginning of the first lesson. Excitedly? Perhaps. Sleepily? Maybe just a bit. Then suddenly the teacher flicks the light switch and vibrant Active Light from Zumtobel immediately fills the entire space. And triggers attention, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Light floods the classroom. Light like daylight. Light that creates a pleasant learning atmosphere. Unobtrusive and balanced. Visual performance, visual comfort and the needs of pupils and teachers have all been taken into account. Now the learning can really begin.

After half an hour, the smart board is switched on. The teacher adjusts the light settings to help students concentrate on the smartboard. At the same time, good visibility of exercise books and materials at the student workspaces remains unaffected. The fourth-year classroom is one of three teaching spaces at the Herstedlund School that now uses Active Light for educational support, offering teachers a choice of four pre-programmed lighting moods. Dimmable round ONDARIA 2 luminaires from Zumtobel create precisely the desired learning environment: timeless, natural, comfortable.

The lunch break is followed by the inevitable afternoon lull. Yet now teachers can use light to actively counteract student fatigue and increase attention. Stimulating cool-white light really brings the classroom to life, as an energetic lighting mood in line with the concept of Human Centric Lighting raises spirits and refreshes weary students.

After half an hour, the smart board is switched on. The teacher adjusts the light settings to help students concentrate on the smartboard. At the same time, good visibility of exercise books and materials at the student workspaces remains unaffected. © Zumtobel

A group exercise rounds off the school day for the fourth-year students. Slightly subdued warm-white light provides a relaxing ambience and gains top marks for supporting social interaction. Breaks and relaxation phases are also at their most effective when this cosy and informal lighting scenario is selected.

A group exercise rounds off the school day for the fourth-year students. Slightly subdued warm-white light provides a relaxing ambience and gains top marks for supporting social interaction. Breaks and relaxation phases are also at their most effective when this cosy and informal lighting scenario is selected. © Zumtobel

The study "Dynamic Lighting in Classrooms"

Researchers at the University of Aalborg developed the specific design criteria for the lighting moods in the classroom – and then Zumtobel turned these into a reality. Project partners also used the lighting infrastructure and LITECOM lighting management system to collect data on the use of light in the classrooms over a three-month period. The findings have now been brought together in a recently published study, which certainly makes for interesting reading. In a nutshell: Active Light provides lighting scenarios that really support learning at the Herstedlund School. This approach also structures lessons and provides versatility and variety for staff and students throughout the day.

The published study shows that Active Light provides lighting scenarios really support learning at the Herstedlund School. © Zumtobel

Teachers change the lighting mood three times a day on average. Seasonal daylight differences and the spatial arrangement of the classrooms, which face in different directions, all have an influence on the lighting conditions. "The internet-enabled and app-based lighting management system means that the four pre-programmed lighting scenarios can be easily controlled by the teachers," explains Lybeck Casper, Sales Director of Zumtobel Group Denmark. "The scenario they choose for different situations is personal and teacher-specific." The colour settings and light intensity of all the luminaires in the classroom are individually adjustable, while teachers can also define their own settings. This all supports the shared vision of the project partners: to make Herstedlund a true role model for schools of the future.