― Daylight Impacts
Natural lighting contributes to children’s health and academic performance.
Children have a higher sensitivity to light because they have smaller pupils and significantly greater light-induced melatonin suppression than adults, affecting their sleep/wake cycles and overall circadian rhythm.
Glare is associated with eyestrain, headaches, and circadian-related health outcomes. Also, discomfort glare may result in hyperexcitability or saturation of visual neurons.
The intensity of daylight exposure reduces sedentary time and increases moderate and vigorous physical activity in students.
Blue-enriched light in the morning stimulates and improves concentration and alertness in children at school than those exposed to dim and short-wavelength light. impacts adolescents’ concentration.
The presence of daylight in the classroom has a positive impact on improving scores in reading, math, and science tests compared with the results of students exposed to artificial lighting.
US students including those “At-risk” show significant oral reading fluency improvements when exposed to high-intensity light.