lighting for better learning

This study aims to investigate the effects of lighting color temperatures on elementary students’ performance, and thereby propose a dynamic lighting system for a smart learning environment. Three empirical studies were conducted: First, physiological responses were measured as a potential mediator of performance. Second, cognitive and behavioral responses were observed during academic and recess activities. Lastly, the experiment was carried out in a real-life setting with prolonged exposure. With a comprehensive analysis of the three studies, three lighting presets–3500 K, 5000 K, and 6500 K–are suggested for easy, standard, and intensive activity, respectively. The study is expected to act as a good stepping stone for developing dynamic lighting systems to support students’ performance in learning environments.

Choi, K. & Suk, H. J. (2016). “Dynamic lighting system for the learning environment: performance of elementary students.” Optics Express, 24(10), A907-A916 (SCI-IF = 3.356).

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