Daylight: A Smart Investment in Your Child’s Education

It’s back to school time. As you scramble to buy your kids new clothes, backpacks and pencils, here’s one more purchase you may want to consider: a tubular daylighting device (TDD).

A TDD captures natural light from the sun and delivers it indoors where it can brighten the room where your student studies and does homework. Since it uses solar energy, it also costs nothing to operate. That means you can use the money you save for more important things, like your child’s college fund.

Aside from providing bright, no-cost lighting, daylight offers other benefits. It improves mood, enhances concentration, heightens energy levels, and increases productivity. In fact, numerous studies have been conducted that prove education and daylighting make a smart team. Here are a few of them:

Daylight boosts academic performance

A study of 21,000 students in three states found that students in classrooms with ample daylight progressed 20% faster on math tests and 26% faster on reading tests in one year than students with limited or no daylight. (Heschong Mahone Group “Daylighting in Schools” Report, 1999)

In a study of schools built in Johnston County, N.C., students  in daylit classrooms outperformed students in artificially lit classrooms by 5% to 14%.(Environmental Design & Construction, January/February 1998; U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs Report, “Energy-Smart Building Choices: How School Administrators & Board Members Are Improving Learning and Saving Money,” 2002)

Daylight reduces absenteeism

When daylighting was added to a group of North Carolina schools, student attendance improved to 98%, roughly 3% higher than the rest of the country. (School Planning and Management, January 2002)

After daylight was added to a Pittsburgh-area elementary school, attendance rose from 93.5% to 95%, earning the school an additional $4000 from the state that year. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 15, 2000)

Daylight improves behavior

A study entitled “Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?” by the National Clearinghouse for Education reported that appropriate lighting reduced poor behavior and improved test scores. (School Planning and Management, February 2005) 

Studies in Canada and Sweden found that student behavior and health improved with daylit classrooms, which also resulted in fewer days absent. The Canadian study also reported that the use of daylighting made it possible to downsize heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which reduced classroom noise and resulted in a more effective learning environment. (School Planning and Management, February 2005)

Providing your student with access to daylight is one of the best investments you can make in his or her education. If you want to give your child all the advantages that daylight offers, click here to learn more about daylighting and Solatube Daylighting Systems.

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