Table of contents:
- Light for learning
- Light to romp and play in the children's room
- Light to rest and fall asleep
- Socket night lights
- Electrosmog in the children's room
- Regular safety check for lights
Video: The right light for the children's room
The right light in the children's room is important so that the little ones can learn, play and sleep undisturbed. The spectrum should range from light to soft, because this is the only way to create a cozy atmosphere.
The right light in the children's room must be planned well. Light is not the same as light. Rather, very different light sources and qualities are required in the children's room. For example, bright, bright light should be available at the writing, painting and crafting area, which promotes concentrated work and is easy on the eyes. It is best to choose a warm, glare-free light as the basic lighting, which above all illuminates the playing area sufficiently. The third type of lighting now requires a snooze light or indirect light with dimmer, which is switched on for cuddling, resting and falling asleep.
When buying a new lamp, you should not only pay attention to shape and color, but also to the function - is a table lamp stable, for example? Can it be easily adjusted by a child? How hot does the halogen lamp get and can children burn it? You have a large selection in specialist shops and usually learn more than you can see at first glance.
Light for learning
The best light for working is daylight. Therefore, the schoolchild's desk should be placed near the window if possible. Turn the table so that the light falls on the side of the work surface - for right-handers the light must come from the left, for left-handers the other way round. This prevents the writing hand from casting a shadow on the exercise book.
Does the afternoon sun interfere with learning? On the other hand, a blind helps as a glare protection, which can be raised or lowered as required.
If your child also works on a PC, the screen should be set up so that the sun is not shining directly on the screen, nor should it be “framed” by the incident light from behind. As with writing and painting, the child is best seated in front of the monitor facing the window.
If you don't have enough daylight during the day, sooner or later you have to help with artificial light in the form of a desk lamp.
It is best to place the desk near a window.
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The best way to work is when the light shines directly. For example, a swiveling and rotatable lamp with reflector is suitable for this, which illuminates the work surface evenly. Show your child how to align the lamp so that the light does not dazzle and there are no reflections on a screen. An alternative to the table lamp are pendant lamps, as can often be found on professional screen workstations.
Also make sure that the surroundings are not in the dark while working. Otherwise this requires a high performance of the eyes. In this case, the other lights in the room are an important learning aid. Wall lights and floodlights illuminate the space around the workplace and relieve the eyes. It is best to install a dimmer, this allows a very individual setting as required.
Good to know: Even luminaires that were not equipped for this during the production can still be converted afterwards. Simply install a wireless cord dimmer between the lamp and socket (for lamps up to 50 watts).
Luminaires with integrated sensors are suitable for students who spend a lot of time at their desks. These measure daylight and donate more or less artificial light as needed so that the overall luminosity remains at the desired level.
Light to romp and play in the children's room
To ensure that there is sufficient light in the children's room during the day, it can already help to equip the room with bright colors and light furniture, as these reflect the incident light. A light floor with a smooth surface is ideal for catching light (for example, maple planks or birch wood laminate). This should remain free right in front of the window. This is the only way to effectively transmit daylight into the room.
Light furniture reflects the light better and makes the room appear larger.
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Multiple light sources
The children's room must also be adequately illuminated when playing. Otherwise your eyes will tire and start to hurt. A single ceiling lamp can provide enough light for the room, but it does not create a cozy atmosphere. A better solution is offered by several light sources, which are distributed throughout the children's room and shine less intensely. If you place the lights at different heights and corners, light and shadow are superimposed, hard contrasts are blurred, the room looks more cozy.
Radiant light all around
If the children's room is small, wall and ceiling washlights are suitable, which distribute the light indirectly and harmoniously. To illuminate a large children's room well, we also recommend rope, bar or busbar systems. It is best to check for yourself whether your child is blinded in his play area. Light shining strongly in one direction also casts sharply defined shadows - the eyes have to exert themselves enormously to compensate for the differences in brightness.
Light directed upwards is reflected by the ceiling, making the room appear larger and wider. Light shining downwards opens a ring, the child plays "in the spotlight". Light from the side emphasizes contours and textures. If several spotlights shine in different directions, the children's room almost looks as if it were lying in the sunshine.
A ceiling lamp is usually not sufficient and should be supplemented by several light sources.
Light to rest and fall asleep
A lamp is almost indispensable at the sleeping place of the little ones. If it is placed directly next to the bed, the children can snap it on and off with one hand movement. In addition to rotating and swiveling bedside lights with reflectors, securely installed wall lights are also suitable. It is important to ensure that the lamp is dimmable, because a different brightness is required for reading than for falling asleep. If children sleep in bunk beds or loft beds, an additional light switch on the bed can also be helpful to switch off the wall or ceiling lamp. The little ones don't even have to sit up for this - stretching out their hand is enough: there are pull switches after all.
When siblings have to share a room, light conflicts can occur more often. While one wants to sleep, the other is still immersed in his book. Then the so-called "Night Reader" can help. In the dark, the reading light is simply placed on a book page and illuminates it completely without glare, the room remains dark and the other child can sleep in peace. However, this type of lighting is only suitable for a short time because it is tiring for the eyes.
A lamp next to the bed helps you fall asleep and can be switched on or off by the child at any time.
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Socket night lights
Turning out the light, but not quite: Many children are afraid of the dark at pre-school age. This fear often lasts for years, but is easy to dispel when a soft night light keeps you awake. Energy-saving socket night lights switch on automatically when it gets dark and go out when it gets light.
Electrosmog in the children's room
A household electricity network causes two types of so-called smog: Alternating magnetic fields disappear when you switch off devices. Not so electric fields - they remain in the entire power supply as far as the switch or socket even after they have been switched off. The good news for parents who fear electrosmog in the children's room: you can easily install a network decoupler in the distribution box. This automatically disconnects the circuit from the mains as soon as the last consumer is switched off, for example the bedside lamp. If a device is turned on, the supply voltage is switched on again.
Good to know: Orientation lights in light switches and baby night lights also work when disconnected.
Regular safety check for lights
All luminaires in the children's room must be checked regularly. On rope and rod systems, you should check regularly that all connections are still tight. In the worst case, a fire could start. Experts advise using safety transformers. Anyone who installs halogen lamps should strictly observe the prescribed distances from flammable materials. And if you are already installing: Don't forget a smoke detector in the children's room.