Planning a lighting layout is never easy. When planning daycare lighting, it can seem even trickier. Here are a few tips to make finding the right daycare lighting a little easier.
• With daycare lighting, you need options that are going to offer the illumination power you need to ensure the safety and success of the children. This means having lights that can eliminate any potential safety concerns due to poor visibility or improper planning. Children also need lighting that allows enough illumination to play and learn new skills.
• Make sure you choose general lighting options that are out of reach of children. For example, daycares should not rely on lamps plugged into electrical outlets. This leads to potential safety issues such as electrocution from playing with the outlet or cord, pulling the lamp down on themselves causing injuries, or even burns from touching a light bulb. Remember, children, especially young ones at a daycare, are curious and protecting them from potential incidents should be your top priority.
• Use recessed lighting or surface mounted lighting placed up high for general lighting. With daycare lighting, you want widespread illumination for an evenly dispersed scope of light. This also eliminates the issue of cords and electrical outlets while keeping lighting solutions overhead and out of the way.
• Consider the temperature output of the lighting solution. Even with lighting that is mounted in the ceiling and away from children, there is still an element of heat to think about. Lights that produce heat as part of their operation will naturally raise the temperature slightly in the daycare. While it may not be a noticeable difference to adults, children are much more sensitive to changes in temperature. Choose options that produce little to no heat such as fluorescents and LEDs over higher heat options like metal halide bulbs.
• Choose lighting based on lumen output, not watts. Many people make the mistake of choosing their lighting based on watts. What you really want to consider is the lumen output compared to the watt. If a light source has a high watt with high lumen output versus an option with low watts and high lumen output, you want the lower watt option because it will consume less energy than the higher watt option.
• Install timers and dimmers. Lighting is expensive, even when you choose an energy efficient option. Installing timers allows you to have lights automatically turn on and off as needed. Dimmers are especially useful in daycares for nap time or quiet time since children receive signals from the lighting levels.
When planning the lighting for a daycare, the most important factor will always be child-friendly options that are safe. After that is taken care of, there are several other things to look at to ensure you find the right solutions. With these tips to guide you, find the perfect lighting solutions with ease!