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The Lumie bright lights that have been piloted at Cambridge University Library since the start of the 2015/16 academic year have been so well received they are now set to stay. The project was trialled initially as part of the programme for the 2016 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival which both Lumie and Cambridge University Library supported.

Over 40 Lumie Desklamps, which use low energy LEDs, are in place on study tables mainly on the north and therefore darker side of the main UL to help students and researchers stay focused and alert while they study.

During the Michaelmas and Lent Terms 2015-16, readers using Lumie Desklamp were invited to provide feedback on their experience. 85% of respondents gave overall positive feedback ranging from “I would get one now” to “AMAZING”. 77% thought Lumie Desklamp helped them to feel more alert and 73% that it boosted their concentration. Users were also asked to describe their levels of productivity and alertness on the day they used Desklamp and 81% rated these as good or very good. As a result of this positive feedback, Lumie is now donating the lights permanently to the Library.

Marjolein Allen, Head of Reader Services at the Library, said: “Cambridge University Library is delighted the Lumie bright lights are to continue to help our visitors be more alert and better able to concentrate. This innovative project is a brilliant example of the creative power of light in our lives which is what the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is all about.”