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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 9/16, 2008


JAMA. 2008;299(2):230. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.43

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 has lately presented its report.1 This report, advance pages of which have been sent us, embodies the results of a thorough investigation of the question, including visits to various cities, both American and foreign, and a considerable amount of experimental work. It is a document that ought to be of service to those interested in the subject in other cities as well as Boston.