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Students and Staff have mixed opinions of New Lights

Cameron Muzzall, Staff Reporter

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On September 15, six new fluorescent lights, three in each zone, were installed in the ceiling near lower A-B Halls and the area near Mike Backus’s (CTE) classroom. These new lights did not go unnoticed by students and staff.

“I come down here early in the morning and I’m still tired,”  Joseph Boland (11) said. “ Bright lights kinda hurt when you’re tired. I see all the other sort of dim lights, and then I come down here and these are way brighter. It makes my head hurt and puts me in a bad mood for the rest of the day.”

The question now becomes will these lights affect students ability to learn. The old incandescent  lights held a low CCT (correlated color temperatures) giving it a more yellow hue and making people more relaxed. The new LED lights have a much higher CCT, giving them a blueish hue. A study by Kyungah Choi and Hyeon-Jeong Suk, found that lights with a higher CCT made people more psychologically alert, in comparison to the lower CCT bulbs. When they tested how different CCTs affected academics on a fourth grade class they found that higher CCT allowed the students to perform better on tests.

The lights serve another very practical purpose; increasing energy efficiency. The former lights ran at 100w, in comparison the new LED bulbs which will run off only 3W. The energy efficiency these lights provide will save the school on their energy bill. This is not the first measure Okemos has taken on energy conservation, several solar panels were added to the roof to provide clean energy at OHS.

“When I first saw them it was shocking to see the difference, because I’ve walked through these halls these halls for 24 years. After the first week I got used to it, it’s just a shock because my eyes and brain are used to seeing something totally different.” Mike Backus (technology) said.

These new lights were a trial for what soon will be the standard at OHS. There are plans to replace all lights in the commons by the end of the school year. Administration would appreciate feedback from staff and students on these new lights.

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