Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bright and Shiny


Wednesday morning. I opened the door to the classroom, flipped on the lights, and startled at how bright it was in the classroom. Whoa!

But I knew immediately what had happened. I looked up. Sure enough, overnight all the lights had been replaced.


My first assignment for this school this school year was a history class. And I noticed the new lights in that room. Instead of the old fluorescent flat panels, these have a column of light down the center. Apparently, these are LEDs, so they're more energy efficient.

Usually, when I enter a classroom, I haven't been in there in a while. So, I wouldn't notice the difference in the lighting. But, because I had been there the day before, I immediately saw it. And whoa, these things are so much brighter than the fluorescent panels.

Now I understand why others have said that getting used to the new lights is an adjustment.

This also answered a question I had had. I wondered how long it took them to install. (Some rooms have them, some rooms don't.) Now I know. Overnight. (The students said that they're upgrading a couple classrooms a night.)

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  1. Sometimes I think they over light areas. I often feel like I need a visor on because it hurts my eyes. The LED's are more efficient, but I find them very harsh on the eyes. A dimmer would be a good idea.

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    1. Yeah, some teachers would appreciate that.

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  2. Hi Liz - bet it makes a difference ... we'll await your news re you and the kids adjusting to this brightness ... but how lovely - cheers Hilary

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  3. It is good they are going be efficient, but its almost like you need sunglasses indoors :)

    betty

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  4. We had our office lights replaced with those super bright LED's a while back. I hate them. Like why do our classrooms and office spaces need to be lit with the power of a thousand suns? Does it really need to be that bright??

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    1. I had no idea people hated them that much. But this makes sense. I like things to be well-lit, but I'm often in places where I can barely see it's so dark. And the people who populate those areas seem to like it that dark.

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  5. They do look really BRIGHT. I wonder what the kiddos think about them?

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    1. They complained the first day. That was over a week ago. They haven't said anything about them since.

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  6. If there's no major refitting, I guess it would only take a few hours to switch a few rooms of light bulbs. But it really makes a difference, doesn't it?

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  7. Sparks has done ye real proud. Whoever the electrician is he's a true miracle worker.

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  8. Looking at your photo has my eyes hurting. Just kidding. lol The other day the Husband found an incandescent lightbulb and put it a living room lamp. It's much brighter than the squigly lightbulbs. We can read again.

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  9. Bright and shiney is nice so long as it don't show up all the dirt and dust...haha, just thinking about my house! haha

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    1. It's a ceramics classroom, so yeah, it looked a bit dirtier than before...

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  10. Sounds like quite a project. Briht and shiny works for me too.

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    1. Yeah. It's nice the district has the money to retrofit all the classrooms with this.

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  11. You should point out to the kiddies that the new lights means you can see better and won't miss them goofing off instead of working. ;)

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    1. They're juniors and seniors, so there's less playing around than with the younger grades.

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  12. That's nice that they're putting in brighter lights. I refer to my office as the dungeon, so I'd be pretty excited if I came in and it was brighter.

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    1. I like it, too. But it's a mixed reaction from everyone else.

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  13. I like white LEDs. We replaced old yellow halogens in the living spaces in our house and it's so much better.

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  14. Wonder how long it actually took them? Like a few hours? Surely they didn't stay up all night replacing lights. If so, I think they should have waited until the weekend… I wouldn't want to stay up all night replacing lights.

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    1. I have no idea. It probably didn't take all night.

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