Come over to the (not so) dark side at Cambridge University Library

Last October, at the start of the academic year, Cambridge University Library ran a pilot study with Lumie lights: they were so well received they're using them again this year.

Visitors using Lumie Desklamp were asked for feedback on the experiment:

  • 85% gave overall positive feedback, from “I would get one now” to “AMAZING!”
  • 77% thought Lumie Desklamp helped them to feel more alert 
  • 73% said it boosted concentration.
  • 81% rated productivity and alertness on the day they used Desklamp as 'good' or 'very good'.
Over 40 Lumie Desklamp SAD lights with low-energy LEDs are in place on study tables mainly on the darker, north side of the Library to help students and researchers stay focused and alert while they study. In addition, Lumie Brightspark are in the Staff Tea Room to give employees a welcome boost as they relax in their break times.

Lumie Desklamp is brightening up the University Library in Cambridge

 “Extra light always helps! This is a really nice lamp – like daylight.”
Fern Horsfield-Schonhut, Modern Languages Undergraduate

Daylight quality of light really helped with alertness on a winter evening. Brightness good for concentration – so much better than the old lamps.”
Dr Alyson Tapp, Lecturer in Russian Literature

The bright light helps me to concentrate and focus on my reading without getting tired.”
Alice Mottram, English Undergraduate

    As a result of such positive feedback, Lumie is now donating the lights permanently to Cambridge University Library. Marjolein Allen, Head of Reader Services, said "We're delighted the Lumie bright lights are to continue to help our visitors be more alert and better able to concentrate."

    Video: Jonnie Howard

    The initial project was part of the programme for the 2016 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival which was supported by both Lumie and Cambridge University and Marjolein says "This innovative project is a brilliant example of the creative power of light in our lives which is what the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is all about.”

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