Tamlite Lighting created a lighting environment designed to boost performance and concentration among students.
Thornleigh Salesian College is a Catholic high school and sixth form located in Bolton, educating students throughout the crucial ages of 12 to 18.
As part of a wide-scale refurbishment to a number of blocks throughout the College, the Sixth Form block and main school were identified as areas requiring an upgrade to the lighting system.
The lighting in an educational establishment needs to be geared around providing the best environment for students and staff. Thornleigh Salesian College recognised this to be the case, and set about upgrading the lighting in classrooms and communal spaces. Tamlite Lighting were specified for the lighting installation.
Lighting for Education
Creating an environment that boosts student focus and performance whilst maintaining their comfort is the goal of building services in higher education. In addition, enhancing the wellbeing of its students was critical for Thornleigh.
In the science labs, IT rooms and classrooms, Tamlite delivered a range of high-performance luminaires in a human-centric lighting design. In computer rooms, low glare ADVANCE modules were implemented. These are designed to reduce visible glare, and were the ideal luminaire to be used in the lighting design.
Low glare diffusers reduce the prevalence of visible glare, and the lighting design ensured that uniformity and spacings were at their peak to ensure the best outcome for students. Shadowing and uneven spacing can lead to eye strain over time, so it was crucial for Thornleigh that the lighting design met the requirements of both students and staff.
In IT rooms, where glare from computer screens can be a major problem, this was the main focus of the lighting. As such, the ADVANCE was the ideal solution, creating the optimal IT classroom. Science labs, however, can be a more hazardous environment, with experiments taking place regularly. It was important that the lighting could withstand the rigours of a sixth form science laboratory, so Tamlite specified IP rated TYPHOON recessed modules, with a TP(a) splash-proof diffuser.Read more.
Lighting the Way and Reducing Energy Bills
Throughout the communal areas at Thornleigh, the lighting was upgraded, providing significantly improved levels of illumination and uniformity. This makes it much easier for people to navigate around the school, particularly in busy periods.
In toilets and bathrooms, IP rated luminaires, controlled using PIR sensors, were installed. These are ideal for environments which are not in constant use, reducing the time of use and, as such, lowering maintenance costs.
Integral emergency variants were utilised for luminaires in classrooms, to highlight escape routes and help people vacate the building quickly and safely. The right level of emergency lighting (specified as at least 1 lux in open areas such as classrooms) helps people to remain calm, critical when large groups may be evacuating at the same time. Appropriate lighting makes it clear where the exits are, and can reduce unnecessary panic.
In the corridors, exit signs and emergency downlights were installed throughout, allowing people to easily identify all escape routes out of the building.
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