Back to School: Hue LightStrips can brighten up a classroom and help students focus during tests

Hue LightStrips are six feet long bursts of color

In honor of the new school year, we’re running a series about how Staples Connect can solve your back-to-school needs. Today, we’ll see how Staples Connect can make a classroom more inviting and help students learn at the same time.

Teachers, listen up. We know most “Back To School” articles usually focus on the students or the parents but we’re going to do things a bit different. This article is for you.

You already know that Staples Connect can make your home life easier. But it can also be very useful in your classroom. Today, we’re going to see how you can use Philips Hue LightStrips to brighten up your classroom—and help your kids learn better.

Philips Hue LightStrips are long, flexible strips with LEDs on them that can adhere to any solid surface. Once you connect them to your Hue bridge and Staples Connect, you can give a room some personality by changing the color, saturation, and brightness of the LEDs.

The LightStrips are a great fit in any elementary school classroom. A bright and colorful thing that you can change the color of? It’s hard to think of a more perfect addition to a classroom with young kids.

But beyond the wow factor, there’s a few interesting things that you can do with the LightStrips using some simple color theory/psychology.

If you want to create a good environment for learning, it’s hard to beat a light yellow color. Yellow is bright and optimistic without being intense like red. It’s happy but calming. A light yellow color in your classroom can help your students think better on a test without stressing them out.

A good companion to yellow is green. Green combines yellow’s brightness with blue’s soothing effect, creating an easy-to-look-at color that also alleviates stress and increases creativity. If your school has yellow walls, making your LightStrips green provides a nice contrast while preserving the learning-enhancing color scheme.

But what if you want to tell kids it’s time for lunch? This one’s easy: go with red. Red communicates excitement and stimulates our heartbeat and breathing. It can even make people hungry! Many fast foot companies use red in their logos for these reasons. It’s not a good idea to use red all the time in your classroom but using it at lunchtime sounds like a good time to use it. And you can use its cousin orange, the color of energy and vitality, for recess.

Finally, if you want your kids to calm down and read, it’s hard to do better than blue. Blue is a cool color that encourages creativity and calmness. If you want your students to slow down, relax, and get engrossed in a book, change the color of your LightStrips to blue.

There’s many more resources about color theory online if you’re interested. We hope we’ve shown you a couple ways you can use Staples Connect that you might not have thought of. The Hue LightStrips are an easy way to add a splash of color to your classroom and even give your students a small boost. Staples Connect: in the home, in the office, and even in the classroom.

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