The project began when Veldvest approached Philips for some lighting advice. It learned about a recent study carried out by the University of Hamburg, which showed that light can reduce restless behaviour in classrooms. As Veldvest was interested in improving the lighting in schools, it was a great opportunity to trial SchoolVision lighting in local classrooms.
SchoolVision lighting was installed in two classes at Wintelre school, with two classes at Veldvest De Rank Primary School in Veldhoven serving as a control group. This allowed researches to compare the performance of students in classrooms with and without Schoolvision.
The innovative SchoolVision system aims to create the ideal classroom atmosphere for learning. It lets teachers choose between four pre-set lighting scenarios, ‘Normal’, ‘Energy’, ‘Focus’ or ‘Calm’. These settings can be used to calm children down when they are very energetic, wake them up when they are listless, or help them concentrate during challenging tasks. Both children and teachers enjoyed the new lighting, and teachers observed an improved level of concentration.
Preliminary results showed that concentration was 8.7% higher in the SchoolVision classroom. This rose to 13.6% after one month, and results are expected to increase even further in the long-term.