Lighting when used correctly can create ambience and a good environment in which to work. It can illuminate a dark corner and can be used to separate a space.
Natural lighting and ventilation not only eliminate the need for energy consumption, they also help boost productivity and reduce illness and absenteeism related to sick-building syndrome
Stephenson College uses both artificial and natural lighting. The use of glass throughout gives a sense of light and air. Stairways are lit by wall mounted lights. Downlighting is used to complement the sky light windows.
The University of East London uses a variety of lighting in its Learning Resources Centre. Lights hanging from the ceiling, supplement the natural light that comes through sky lights and large exterior glass windows during the daytime. There are stand alone small lamp post type lights adding illumination to work areas. The bookshelves have lights on top of them shining on to the book stock.
The University of Warwick‘s Learning Grid uses a mix of clear and coloured glass internally and externally encouraging a light and bright environment. Downlighting is used extensively and the stairways and floors also feature built in uplighting.
The Saltire Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University uses a range of lighting. The desks in the ‘Base’ area are illuminated in different colours to represent different areas of activity. Large umbrella-style standing lamps are used to illuminate many of the tables on the ground floor. A mix of up and down lighting is used around the stairways and on the different levels. Spot lights are positioned to best illuminate areas that may otherwise be shaded – for instance the inflatable pods. Large windows are also a feature of the space and provide a source of natural light.