Literacy 4-6

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Dim or Natural Lighting


Dim or natural lighting provides a calming environment. For example, when enough natural light comes through windows, dimming the lights supports students Sensory Integration needs by decreasing visual stimulation.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher uses LED lights in her classroom to match student tasks as well as influence the general mood in the classroom throughout the day.

  • Using natural light from outside to illuminate a classroom decreases the reliance on fluorescent or harsh lighting, which creates a calm, safe learning environment for all students. Additionally, being able to adjust lighting levels and colors supports students' development of Inhibition & Self-regulation skills to control and moderate their visual stimuli.
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    Learn how lighting products such as Acuity Brands Tunable White Lighting can allow teachers and students to dim and tune lighting in the classroom to support increased learning and focus.

  • Providing features to adjust lighting brightness, warmth, and color allows students to customize the learning environment to meet their personal needs.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Social and Emotional Learning
    Student Background