The research shows that the older a person gets, the more light he or she needs for their everyday activities. However, in order the children’s eyesight developed properly and the children did not spoil their eyes when playing, it is important to ensure an appropriate lighting for them.
A child’s vision is very adaptable and children usually do not complain about the lack of light. It is up to the parents to care about the proper lighting.
Enough Light For The Children´s Eyes
When illuminating the nursery, you should put the greatest emphasis on the practicality and the safety. The lighting of the room should not be formed only by the central light, as the local lights are important, too. Even the intimate light plays its practical role. We are going to tell you more about the three types now.
The Children, The Light and The Health
Most mistakes are made when people arrange the lighting in the children’s rooms. If the child has an inappropriate lighting for its activities, he or she subjectively tries to change their position or leans to improve their vision. The improper lighting can result in spine deformations, headaches, conjunctivitis or irritability.
The Overall Central Lighting
The overall ceiling light should illuminate the entire room without forming dark corners and shadows anywhere. This light serves to the children and their games, which usually take place all over the floor. The light will also help the parent to a perfect cleaning of the room. The fashion of spotlights often replaces the central lighting now, however it is not appropriate. Even though you can direct the spotlights wherever you need, you lack the overall diffused light.
The Lighting Control
The central lighting should be supplemented with a dimmer.
The main advantages of the light regulation include:
– achieving the optimal illumination with respect to the activities performed,
– adjusting the light to the requirements of the user,
– achieving the optimum lighting depending on the level of daylight,
– reducing the operating costs for the lighting,
– improving the quality of the illumination for a pleasant stay in the room.
The Local Functional Light
The local light is a separate light used for illumination of a specific small area. It is particularly necessary on your desk. You can choose from a wide range of table lamps, whether standing or mounted to the table, preferably with an adjustable arm.
Advices And Tips:
* The light should come from the direction appropriate for the specific activity; if your kid is right-handed, the light should come from the left, so that it did not cast a shadow.
* The light should be positioned neither to dazzle, nor to create reflections on the desktop.
* A higher light intensity of about 500 lux is recommended. To achieve a light intensity of 100 lux, you need e.g. a 25 W bulb or a 8 W fluorescent tube per m over the worktop.
It is also advisable to place a local light beside the bed, which is the popular spot for reading. The source of light should not be placed in front of the eyes of the kid. The light should fall on a book or a magazine from behind or from a side. Since the time you spend reading is relatively short, the sufficient lighting is 150-200 lux. The light should create neither shadows, nor specular (mirror) reflections on the illuminated surface.
The Dim Decorative Lighting
The intimate lighting of the nursery is very important for the kids, too. As children are often afraid of the dark, it is advisable to place a lamp on the wall to emit the dim light.
You can find a wide range of the lamps in stores and they are made with fancy children’s themes. Manufacturers take care about the energy savings and often use LEDs inside, which have the minimum energy consumption. So you do not have to be afraid to let the child´s light on throughout the night.
The Use Of Natural Light
Before you planning the artificial lighting, you should think about the natural light, which should be used as first. That is why you should place the table so that the light comes from the left for a right-handed kid or from the right for a left-handed kid. This applies equally to the artificial light.
The Colour Of The Room
The light is closely related to the colour. Each colour has a different effect on human organism. The perception of colours even changes throughout the life, it is the strongest in the childhood and the adolescence. To ensure the best possible environment, you should change colours in the room from time to time.
Small kids love the pastel colours, while for young schoolchildren, the orange colour is suitable, which activates thinking and stimulates the nervous system.
For bigger kids, the green colour is suitable as it causes relaxation and reduces stress. Teenagers appreciate cooler colours and tones, such as blue. It has an optimistic effect on the human organism and it can soothe emotions.