Changing lighting in your school to modern LED lighting will indeed be a huge cost saving, but much more importantly, research is increasingly showing it could benefit children’s eyesight.
Most schools are probably trying to decide if they can afford to take the leap into a total lighting refit. It appears on the surface of it to be a huge initial outlay, but actually the savings on energy bills is so fundamental that your initial investment will very soon be repaid, and begin to make impressive savings on the schools budget.
In addition is the simple premise that we are all being asked to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint, and changing to LED will certainly help that cause.
This should probably be reason enough to make the switch, but actually an independent UK researcher is warning us all about the health hazards caused by insufficient levels of natural daylight for children.
Richard Hobday recently wrote in the Royal Society for Public Health’s Perspectives in Public Health classrooms that do not have sufficient levels of natural light can trigger myopia or ‘short-sightedness’ in children.
In fact, globally, myopia in children is very much on the rise and Mr.Hobday is calling for more research and studies into how their eyesight is affected by the amount of light they get while they are growing. He says ‘Recent research strongly suggests that the amount of light children get as they grow determines whether they will develop short sight; however, evidence that daylight in classrooms prevents myopia is lacking. Given the rapid increase in prevalence among school children worldwide, this should be investigated.’
LED lighting offers a lighting solution as close to natural daylight as it is possible to get, and although clearly rebuilding all our schools with huge great windows may well be the ideal solution – we think LED’s are probably more practical!
Certainly, it’s worth a conversation to see just how easy it is to change your schools lighting, save money, save energy and lead the way for other schools to follow!
Further information on funding for schools
Litenow work with Green Section LTD (GSL) who are a specialist renewable energy project management and funding / deal structuring consultancy for Schools and Commercial Organisations. They work with a range of funding providers and solutions to allow Schools to fit renewable / energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting & Solar PV ‘for free’.
One option proving popular is using a new, government approved, financial model that allows the school to pay back the investment for the installation via the savings created within the new, reduced energy bill.
Funding providers may then chose to apply criteria for the school i.e that any excess money generated via energy efficiency savings goes towards helping disadvantaged children within the school.
There are, in fact, a range of flexible methods for providing a turnkey solution to allow schools to benefit from the massive savings renewable and energy efficient technologies bring without having to self-fund.