Do you have gross fluorescent lights in your classroom? They may be easier on the environment, but they can be hard on your eyes, not to mention your students’ eyes! Eye strain, headaches, and migraines can all be side effects of fluorescent lighting, but popular new light covers can help. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of our top picks in fluorescent light covers. Some of them are even pretty cute!
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What are the Best Fluorescent Light Covers for Classroom Use?
Here are our picks for 6 best fluorescent light filters for classrooms:
- Educational Insights Pete the Cat School’s Cool! Decorative Light Filters
- High Pixel Astronomy Light Covers by Octo Lights
- Educational Insights 1232 Patterned Fluorescent Light Filters—2-Pack
- Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4
- Fluorescent Light Covers (4 pack; tranquil blue)
- Abilitations Cozy Shades Softening Light Filters
Our #1 pick for classroom light filters is the Educational Insights Pete the Cat School’s Cool! Decorative Light Filters! As with all products on our list, these light filters promise to reduce fluorescent light fatigue in the classroom, which in turn will reduce headaches. These filters easily attach to a standard-size light fixture with strong magnets. They’re also heat-resistant and can be used with LED or fluorescent lights, as well.
What sets these filters apart from the others is obviously their colorful, fun, storybook-themed illustrations. Pete the Cat, as any elementary school teacher can tell you, is the main character of a best-selling picture book series. Each panel contains its own unique Pete the Cat illustration. Kids and adults alike love them!
Teachers say these panels easily fit over standard-sized lights and are simple to install. They praise their ability to block out harmful light, yet simultaneously create a colorful atmosphere. They say these filters are good for even pre-k students who may have headaches or eye strain during the day.
Second on our list is Astronomy 001 Fluorescent Light Filters 2’x4′ – High Pixel Light Covers by Octo Lights. These filters are another fun option for filtering out harmful fluorescent light while also decorating your classroom. Unlike most of the others on our list, these are actually inserted inside the ceiling panel. That means you may have to use a screwdriver to open your lights. A short video can help you install them in a breeze. While slightly inconvenient, the result certainly seems worth it!
Teachers report that the filters create a darker atmosphere than they expected, but that the stars look super cool. Elementary school and high school science teachers also use this product to create themed rooms during astronomy units.
This pack of two patterned light filters promise to reduce eyestrain, headaches, and anxiety caused by fluorescent lighting. The fabric panels easily attach to standard-sized light panels with built-in magnets. They are also heat-resistant and flame retardant for safety. The blue color and fun pattern make them a good fit for creating a calm setting that doesn’t clash with your classroom decor.
Users love how easily these light covers just cling to lights with the sewn-in magnets, as well as how they instantly reduce glare. Teachers who have previously suffered from migraines by the end of the day report that they are now migraine-free thanks to their new, subdued lights.
One small concern that teachers had with these filters is the price. Teachers would have liked for a more economical choice for a 2-pack. However, most agreed that they were well worth the cost. They report students are calmer, complain less about glare, and seem less distracted under the cool blue hue. Several teachers pointed out that they work to create a more natural light situation in low-light areas such a temporary mobile classrooms.
Like the other Educational Insights light filters on this list, these filters tranquil blue promise reduced migraines and headaches caused by fluorescent lighting. In addition, they are heat-resistant and certified safe.
Reviewers say they noticed an instant change in the lighting and atmosphere after they hung these filters. They snap on easily with small magnets. All you may need to install them is a step ladder!
Teachers also report that students complain about headaches and stomach aches less often. They make using computers under harsh lighting easier, too! Several teachers recommend purchasing the “whisper white” color option, as the blue can be hard to get used to or make your room feel like you’re in an aquarium. Overall, students and teachers are happier and less stressed under the soothing colors.
These covers boast that they help reduce headaches by decreasing glare and flickering from overhead lights. Also like the other light covers, they come with a SGS CPAI84 certificate to show that they are flame retardant. Some public schools are picky about what materials you can use in your classroom due to state safety standards, and most teachers state these covers passed inspection from fire marshals. Ten magnets along the outside edge of each filter ensure a more secure fit than some of the others on our list.
Teachers report a serene, beautiful blue atmosphere in their classrooms when they use this product. Not all teachers note a change students’ behavior, but many say they experience fewer headaches as a result of these filters.
For a multi-colored, calming effect, teachers recommend the Abilitations Cozy Shades Softening Light Filters. This product comes in a pack of four, with striped green, blue, and purple panels. Unlike the other light filters on our list, the panels are meant to be hung in a way that creates “swags,” either single or double, on the lights. That also means that if you’re paranoid about hanging fabric close to your lights, you won’t have to worry so much. These are meant to be hung with a loose fit. They are much larger than most other filters, at 54 x 24 inches, and are hung with additional magnets.
Teachers love how these filters add a pop of color to their classrooms and fit well with various themes. They are as decorative as they are functional. Like with the other products we recommend, they help reduce glare, headaches, and agitation with both teachers and students.
Best Classroom Fluorescent Light Covers – What’s Your Favorite?
Whether you teach pre-school, elementary school, or high school, there’s sure to be a product on this list that fits your lights and classroom decor. If you want a more peaceful, serene classroom and fewer headaches at the end of the day, be sure to try one of our recommended light covers!
Do you use fluorescent light covers in your room? We’d love to hear how they’ve made a difference with you and your students!