Children are increasingly being put at risk of headaches because of the amount of fluorescent lighting in schools, researchers claim.
Eight in 10 classrooms in England are fitted with excessively bright and flickering lights which have been linked to eye strain and loss of concentration, a Cambridge University study says today.
It claims the problem has been exacerbated by the use of computerised whiteboards and poor classroom design.
Mark Winterbottom, from Cambridge’s faculty of education, said: “The installation of whiteboards and data projectors in classrooms has been enormous over the last 10 years – I would be amazed if they were not now used in every school in the country.
“There is evidence that this equipment, coupled with excessive fluorescent and natural light, can cause headaches and impair visual performance.”