Designed a lighting layout this appropriate for a location is never easy. When planning daycare lighting, it can seem overwhelming. Below are some suggestions to make choosing the right daycare lighting easier.
When it comes to daycare lighting, you need lighting solutions that are going to provide the illumination power you need to ensure the safety and success of the children. Essentially this means having lights that can eliminate any potential safety concerns that can arise from poor visibility or improper planning. Keep in mind, children need lighting that provides enough illumination to play and learn new skills.
The most important factor when choosing general lighting options is that they are out of reach of children. For example, daycares should avoid relying on lamps plugged into electrical outlets, which can lead to potential safety issues such as electrocution from playing with outlet or cord, pulling the lamp down on themselves causing injuries, or even burns from inadvertently touching a light bulb. At the end of the day, children, especially young ones at a daycare have curious minds, and protecting them from potential incidents should be your first priority.
Recessed lighting or surface mounted lighting should be installed up high for general lighting. Daycare lighting needs to provide widespread illumination for an evenly dispersed scope of light, which eliminates the issue of cords and electrical outlets, while keeping lighting solutions overhead and out of the way.
You should also consider the temperature output of the lighting solution. Even with lighting that is mounted in the ceiling and away from children, heat is an issue that needs to be addressed. Temperature in the daycare will naturally be increased from lights that produce heat as part of their operation. Even though the heat being produced will not be a noticeable difference to adults, children are more sensitive to changes in temperature. We recommend choosing options that produce little to no heat such as fluorescents and LEDs over higher heat options like metal halide bulbs.
Its a good practice to choose lighting based on lumen output, not watts. Most people make the mistake of choosing their lighting fixture based on watts, instead you really need to consider the lumen output being produced. For instance, if a light source has a high watt with high lumen output compared to an option with low watts and high lumen output, you want to go with the lower watt option because it will consume much less energy than the higher watt option.
Everyone knows that lighting can get expensive, even you choose an energy efficient option. Consider installing timers, which allow you to have lights automatically turn on and off as needed. Dimmers come in handy in daycares especially during nap time or quiet time, since children receive signals from the lighting levels.
When designing or planning the lighting for a daycare, one of the most important factors will always be implementing child-friendly options that are safe. After this is addressed, there are several other aspects to look at to ensure you find the right solutions. With these suggestions in mind, you'll find the perfect lighting solution with ease!