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January 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(2):126. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280042008

The importance of the proper lighting of schoolrooms is so apparent that the problem has engaged the attention of architects and teachers as well as of physicians. If the lighting be artificial, as must of necessity be the case for much of the school work done in large cities, the problem becomes more complex. The work of the pupil requires conditions of illumination somewhat different from those suitable in a large hall for lectures, etc. The lighting must be so arranged as to avoid brilliant points of light, not to produce too deep shadows, and to furnish illumination sufficient for near work. The best lighting appears to be a combination of the direct method with indirect reflection from the ceiling and walls. A committee of oculists and electricians appointed by the Boston School Committee, in April, 1907, to consider the artificial lighting of the public schools and their color schemes

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