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Controlled Lighting

Controlled lighting is lighting that can be adjusted to students' specific needs determined by their disability.

Controlled lighting involves providing natural spectrum lighting, removing fluorescent lighting, or eliminating flicker from artificial or natural light. It is often not possible for lighting to be controlled in classrooms but must be controlled in testing environments if a student can take an exam in an appropriate lighting environment. Many times, providing controlled lighting is as simple as raising or lowering the window coverings in the classroom or turning off the overhead fluorescent lights.



It is the responsibility of students to talk to faculty about their lighting needs and to work with faculty and the services office or testing center to make arrangements for appropriate lighting for exams.


Faculty have responsibility for working with the student to control lighting in their classroom and to work with the student and faculty to find an appropriate lighting environment for tests if they cannot control the lighting appropriately in their classroom.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible working with students and faculty to provide controlled lighting solutions for the classroom and for providing appropriate testing environments if the classroom lighting cannot be altered.


Related Functional Characteristics

Glare Sensitivity : Providing controlled lighting minimizes students' glare sensitivity. Fluorescent lighting is particularly problematic. The use of tinted glasses or a visor can alleviate problems in environments where the lighting cannot be controlled.

Flicker or Pattern Sensitivity : Providing non-fluorescent lighting eliminates a common source of flicker.

Contrast Vision Deficiency : Students may benefit from controlled lighting to reduce glare and fluorescent light that exacerbate difficulties with contrast discrimination.

Sensory Distractibility : Controlling lighting to reduce flicker or glare can help students with sensory distractibility better maintain concentration.

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