Pruf Energy Solutions, a firm headquartered in Robinson, TX, is experimenting with LED systems that can be programmed automatically or operated manually and customized to control specific rooms or lighting fixtures, according to The Statesman. The most recent implementation is in nine classrooms and three offices at the Bee Cave Elementary School in Austin. The firm also has installed the technology in offices, military installations and manufacturing facilities.
Teachers can control brightness, have lights turn on or off when they enter the room, adjust for increased or decreased sunlight and in other ways react to the environment. The principal said that most teachers use settings between 40 percent and 60 percent, which suggests a significant energy savings. Annual savings of $27,221 is forecast.
LEDs are being deployed at two schools in Des Moines, IA, that serve disabled children. The tunable LEDs, according to studies, are shown to decrease hyperactivity and increase educational performance in this population of students