daylighting in

the classroom


A growing number of schools and colleges in North America have taken the initiative to manage natural lighting, also known as daylighting. 

The benefits of natural daylighting in schools does not stop with students’ productivity and well-being. In consideration of energy consumption, natural lighting’s benefits can be tremendous. According to the U.S Department of Education, U.S schools spend approximately $8 billion a year on utilities with 26% of that energy consumption dedicated to facilities lighting. This exorbitant amount of energy cost is more than schools spend on textbooks and computers combined.


Solatube’s patented tubular daylighting technology uses optical lenses and reflectors to capture sunlight and transfer it through a modular hyper-reflective tubing. This modular tubing makes it possible to distribute daylight through an entire school regardless of architectural design. The technology products the highest visible transmittance of light with the lowest solar heat gain. The results include ample rom lighting with little to no rise in room temperate.

“We recognise the benefit of having natural lighting in the student and teacher environment. You have teachers in the classroom for 6-hours a day. Having natural daylighting brightens teachers up; it makes them alert and we get the best out of our teaching staff” – Bob Curley, Principal, Beacon Park School.


Kalwall has been daylighting the educational market for more than five decades at every station, from kindergartens to major universities, all over the world. The balanced natural daylighting creates more productive, comfortable learning environments that illuminate. Popular applications range from entrances and canopies+walkways, to classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and science labs. Larger spaces like media centres and gymnasiums are also excellent spaces for glare-free daylighting.


A study of three school systems in Washington, Colorado and California found that students in rooms with the most diffuse and glare-free daylight improved their performance on standardized tests by up to 26%. The study analyzed test score results for over 21,000 students.

The Benefits of Daylighting. Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Retrieved from

We are the commercial distributor for Solatube and Kalwall in Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Canada. If you want to create the best learning environment for your students and teachers, reduce sick days, and lower your school’s utility and maintenance bills, consider our daylighting options for your next academic project.

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