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Old 07-23-2008, 08:03 AM
 
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I was wondering if anyone has fabric panels over thier fluorescent lights? If you did where did you get them, and do you think they are worth the investment?

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Old 07-23-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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I have them and they helped calm down my classroom a lot. They are called Cozy Shades and you can find them from the abilitations catalogue.

https://www.schoolspecialtyonline.ne...CC7C26C35EEF6E
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Thank you for responding... I think I am going to get some.

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Another good and cheap thing that you can use is colored plastic wrap. It helps to cut down on the brightness and will also calm the students.
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My dentist had these
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http://skyscapes.biz/

But they are not cheap. $40-50.

I couldn't open the Cozy Shades site. I would like to see them and compare costs.


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I've also seen them in the abilitations catalog & have been looking for a way to make something similar. It shouldn't be very hard. It's just sheer colored fabric and magnets, right? I'm definitely going to try it.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:20 PM
 
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Yes the cozy shades are just fabric and magnets. I used to cover my lights with plastic wrap long ago (I liked the pink color)-- you have to be careful though-- these could be a fire hazard and some principals frown upon it now . They do give your room a nice rosey glow though.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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Oh my gosh I TOTALLY love the skyscapes panels!! wouldn't those make my classroom totally rock? ( love the butterfly one and the clouds)
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A couple of years ago, the teacher in our behavior class got the custodians to cover two of her lights with blue bulletin board paper. She said that it helped calm the students. I thought that it was a little too dark, but if it worked for her. ??
I couldn't do the skyskapes things. I have a student with fragile X who stares at the ceiling a lot anyway. I'm not sure what he's seeing up there but he really enjoys it. (It's like he's looking up at someone. He smiles and laughs!) If there were birds, jets, clouds up there, I'd never get him to look at me. I can see how those would be really fun at the dentist's office though!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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I was thinking I might get a couple of the skyscapes. I spend all day trapped inside at school. My new room has no windows. But I LOVE being outside. I could stare at the ceiling and feel like I was a little bit outside!


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Found another idea...
Old 07-25-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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Tissue paper... I tried out a couple colors I liked the light blue best. Plus it is CHEAP!!!
Just wanted to share.
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They get after us for anything over the lights because of a fire hazard. As these covers fire proof?
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The cozy shades don't actually touch the light. There are magnets on the edges of the fabric that attach to the metal edges around the lights.The fabric drapes down below the light. I'm not sure about the skyskapes. From the pictures on the website, it looks like the picture is a panel that takes the place of the regular light cover. ???
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If you look at the installation instructions on the skyscapes, yep, you actually take out the original panel and replace it with the skyscapes thing which I guess is made with the same material.
I am seriously thinking of getting a couple.
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Tissue paper... I tried out a couple colors I liked the light blue best. Plus it is CHEAP!!!
Just wanted to share.
Susanne
Did you let the tissue paper drape down like the cozy shades?
Did you do all the lights in the room?

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shower curatins. I guess it depends on your fire inspectors. But I took a shower curtain (I used clouds) and cut it to the size of the lights, opened it up and just sat it on the plastic part of the lights. It doesn't touch the light bulbs and it looks really cool. It just sits inside the cover. But like I said, it probably depends on the fire code you have.
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Hello, the classroom right next to mine purchased the Skyscapes. They turned yellow after 6 months and it looked worse than just the plain panels. I purchased Skypanels which say they last 20 years and 7 months later they look PERFECT!!! Other teachers love them and my students can't stop talking about them.
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All I can say is "WOW!" I purchased the skypanels and my students love them as well, and have asked me to get them for all of the lights! Plus they came at a perfect time as the fourth graders were studying clouds. We literally gathered around the boxes and opened them with the students. The "ohhhhhs" and "ahhhhhs" were so genuine and heart-felt. Keep in mind also that some of our students knew everything there is to know about clouds, and they were most impressed. These students literally make me smile all day!
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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I was wondering how your sky panels are still holding up? I am thinking about getting them and wanted to know if your thoughts were still the same a few years later? Any thoughts you have I would love to hear them. Thanks
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