Classroom Design—Step 7: Finishing Touches; Lighting


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Notes: We’ve all experienced the look, feel, noise, and glare of a classroom illuminated with fluorescent lights. The overhead cool-white fluorescent lighting can ricochet off the surface of tables, desks, or school assignments and into the eyes, causing a type of unintended glare called veiling reflection, which results in discomfort and lower productivity. We find ourselves searching for light sources that eliminate harsh overhead lighting. Janet takes us on a tour of her classroom and the lights she uses to take the place of the fluorescent lights in her room.

What to watch for:

  • Notice the different types of lighting.
  • Listen as Janet explains the lighting in her room.


  • Do you have students who are sensitive to overhead fluorescent lights? How do you know? What might you do?
  • Janet says that every lamp is a good lamp. Why do you think she says that? What do you believe?
  • Why would you want or not want lamps in the classroom? Where might you find lamps for your classroom?

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