Light control is a powerful way to support the design goals important to healthcare facilities. It improves the patient experience and enhances staff performance. Additionally, light control dramatically reduces electricity usage, which contributes to an environmentally conscious facility.
Lighting control can help patients with the healing process by giving them personal control of electric lights and daylight. Access to personal control of electric light and daylight reduces a patient’s stress and anxiety, and can positively affect the patient’s health and well-being.
Nurseries & NICUs
Nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) require lighting that helps infants adjust to their new surroundings. For example, prolonged exposure to bright lights can damage a premature baby's retinas. Due to such risks, these spaces demand highly regulated and versatile lighting. Nurseries and NICUs must also be constantly monitored. Various solutions can meet the varied needs of these spaces while providing nurses and doctors the best light for the task at hand.
Surgical Suites & Special Treatment Areas
The lighting requirements in surgical suites vary with the procedure, so the lighting should be adjustable to accommodate the changing needs of the space. Many medical procedures require high light levels during room and equipment prep. During surgery or exploratory procedures, physicians and technicians need lower light levels for a clear view of video images. Surgeons also require lower perimeter light levels to reduce eye fatigue and remain focused during long procedures. In procedures where the patient is awake, lower light levels help the patient relax. In these types of environments, convenient controls and adjustable light levels are essential.
Imaging & Radiology
Imaging and radiology technology is highly sensitive, and the "noise" from electrical lights can easily interfere with readings. Like surgical rooms, bright lights are needed for set up, and low lights to view video imagery. Lights should also be adjustable to alleviate a patient's anxieties.