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Title: Luminaires for Advanced Lighting in Education

Abstract

Evolving education methods and greater use of technology in the classroom are dictating the need to rethink facility designs, including classroom lighting. Advances in LED-based lighting technology have created the possibility of lighting systems that are not only cost effective and energy efficient, but also color-tunable and as durable as other facility infrastructures (a 20-30 year life expectancy). Thus, there is the opportunity that the modern lighting system can be used by educators as a tool in their teaching strategy. To meet this need, RTI International and Finelite, Inc. teamed to develop and test the Next Generation Integrated Classroom Lighting System (NICLS). The NICLS technology incorporates a high performance, color-tunable light engine into new luminaire designs (e.g., pendant, direct-indirect, downlight, troffers) that are acceptable for use in classrooms. During this project, we successfully demonstrated that the NICLS technology achieves exceptional performance and exceeds all DOE goals for the classroom of the future, including: Luminous efficacy value for NICLS luminaires in excess of 125 lpw at all CCT values; TWL range of 2,700 K to 6,500 K while maintaining a CRI of 82 or higher at all values; Capability for full-range dimming (100% to 1%) at all CCT values with flickermore » levels below industry guidelines; Performance of the lighting system in a classroom mock-up, incorporating daylight and occupancy sensing to provide automatic control of lighting zones to further reduce energy consumption; Rated lifetime on the system exceeding 50,000 hours with a lumen maintenance of at least 85% at 50,000 hours; and Teacher-focused UI located at the front of the classroom to operate the lighting system. A smartphone-based UI is also available to accommodate teacher movement in the classroom. A critical element of developing this technology is designing the user interface to be compatible with modern teaching methods, including increased use of icons and colors and intuitive appearance. The design of the NICLS technology and the user interface was modified with assistance from focus groups consisting of more than 80 teachers and educational professionals total. The focus groups were held in a full-sized classroom that served as a technology demonstration site for the NICLS. The NICLS technology is an advanced lighting system for educational settings that meets or exceeds all DOE photometric, electrical, and reliability goals for the COF. The NICLS technology has been demonstrated at the classroom level, and the feedback from the dozens of teachers and educational professionals who visited the demonstration site has been overwhelmingly positive. NICLS provides a state-of-the-art lighting environment that adjusts the lighting conditions—both color and illuminance levels—to the needs of students and teachers for the task at hand. Early research has suggested that such lighting conditions will improve not only teacher effectiveness but also a student’s ability to concentrate on learning activities.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
OSTI Identifier:
1367149
Report Number(s):
DOE-RTI-07081-1
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0007081
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Davis, J. Lynn. Luminaires for Advanced Lighting in Education. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1367149.
Davis, J. Lynn. Luminaires for Advanced Lighting in Education. United States. doi:10.2172/1367149.
Davis, J. Lynn. Thu . "Luminaires for Advanced Lighting in Education". United States. doi:10.2172/1367149. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1367149.
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abstractNote = {Evolving education methods and greater use of technology in the classroom are dictating the need to rethink facility designs, including classroom lighting. Advances in LED-based lighting technology have created the possibility of lighting systems that are not only cost effective and energy efficient, but also color-tunable and as durable as other facility infrastructures (a 20-30 year life expectancy). Thus, there is the opportunity that the modern lighting system can be used by educators as a tool in their teaching strategy. To meet this need, RTI International and Finelite, Inc. teamed to develop and test the Next Generation Integrated Classroom Lighting System (NICLS). The NICLS technology incorporates a high performance, color-tunable light engine into new luminaire designs (e.g., pendant, direct-indirect, downlight, troffers) that are acceptable for use in classrooms. During this project, we successfully demonstrated that the NICLS technology achieves exceptional performance and exceeds all DOE goals for the classroom of the future, including: Luminous efficacy value for NICLS luminaires in excess of 125 lpw at all CCT values; TWL range of 2,700 K to 6,500 K while maintaining a CRI of 82 or higher at all values; Capability for full-range dimming (100% to 1%) at all CCT values with flicker levels below industry guidelines; Performance of the lighting system in a classroom mock-up, incorporating daylight and occupancy sensing to provide automatic control of lighting zones to further reduce energy consumption; Rated lifetime on the system exceeding 50,000 hours with a lumen maintenance of at least 85% at 50,000 hours; and Teacher-focused UI located at the front of the classroom to operate the lighting system. A smartphone-based UI is also available to accommodate teacher movement in the classroom. A critical element of developing this technology is designing the user interface to be compatible with modern teaching methods, including increased use of icons and colors and intuitive appearance. The design of the NICLS technology and the user interface was modified with assistance from focus groups consisting of more than 80 teachers and educational professionals total. The focus groups were held in a full-sized classroom that served as a technology demonstration site for the NICLS. The NICLS technology is an advanced lighting system for educational settings that meets or exceeds all DOE photometric, electrical, and reliability goals for the COF. The NICLS technology has been demonstrated at the classroom level, and the feedback from the dozens of teachers and educational professionals who visited the demonstration site has been overwhelmingly positive. NICLS provides a state-of-the-art lighting environment that adjusts the lighting conditions—both color and illuminance levels—to the needs of students and teachers for the task at hand. Early research has suggested that such lighting conditions will improve not only teacher effectiveness but also a student’s ability to concentrate on learning activities.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jun 29 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu Jun 29 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
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