By BizLED Bureau
Feb 10, 2016: India is rightly called as the land of opportunities. With high business potential for LED lighting in the healthcare segment in India, the Indian healthcare industry is expected to reach US$ 158.2 billion in 2017. It is currently growing at a breathtaking rate of 15 per cent, with US$ 78.6 billion in 2012. The trend represents huge demand for energy-efficient, LED lighting in healthcare sector.
Hospitals in India have chosen LEDs as the preferred medium as electricity is used 24×7; making hospitals as the second largest consumer and greenhouse producers. As LED lighting helps emit low carbon content, they are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for lighting.
Reasons for LED lighting in hospitals
On an average, LEDs last 40-50 times longer than incandescent bulbs and 2-3 times as long as CFLs. As hospitals function 24/7, lighting maintenance take most of the time as any downtime jeopardizes patient safety.
Additionally, expensive medical equipment cost hospitals money when idle such as PET scanners. By installing LEDs, hospitals can reduce delays and backlog in patient care, and focus on more important aspects of daily operations. The US Department of Energy approximates the lifespan of LEDs to be around six years or 50,000 hours when operated 24/7 (even more so if using dimmers). This is equivalent to a year for fluorescent lamps and less than a year for incandescent lamps.
Reduced energy consumption
Any and every hospital runs short on cash due to overhead expenses. A significant reduction in lighting costs would be extremely beneficial. LEDs emit very little heat, it does not place any added stress on air conditioning units.
LED bulbs require much less power to achieve an equivalent amount of light to incandescent bulbs.
Mercury usage reduced
CFL bulbs are constantly risking patient exposure to the harmful effects of mercury. Usage of LEDs in place of CFLs will reduce that risk.
Improved light quality
Hospitals are required to provide a comfortable environment for both employees and patients. Lights that do not generate heat are also important for both the comfort of the surgeon and the safety of the patient.
LEDs ability to dim is extremely useful in certain applications, such as MRI rooms. Dimming of LEDs also provides a more soothing environment for patients.
As a result of multiple benefits of LED, many hospitals in India are beginning to invest in LED lighting. They produce highly focused and unidirectional light, which means there is very little light wastage
LED lighting also check infections. As LED lighting fixture are changed very few times due to their long life, the chances of spreading an infection outside a specific area where the lights are installed are also less. As these fixtures are tightly sealed, there is very little collection of dust and bacteria on and around them.
LED tubes and bulbs are dimmable, making them ideal for CT scan and ultrasound rooms where dimming is required for better observation and patient comfort.
LED lights are MRI safe because they do not use metals that are affected by magnetic fields, nor do they emit radio frequencies.
LED lighting applications in healthcare sector
Currently, there is not a vast variety for LED application but few are noteworthy for discussion.
- Foremost being ‘display signage’, used to create a pleasant ambience for bedridden patients
- Blue LEDs, which can be used in curing jaundice that new-born babies
- High-brightness LED strips with special colour temperatures that are used for X-ray viewing machines.
What Indian players are offering
LED manufacturers offer wide range of solutions, which are tailored to meet the requirements of the healthcare sector.
Medical facilities gain a healthier diagnosis with a dose of Cree LED lighting. Cree TrueWhite technology delivers clean, bright light and accurate color to assist diagnosis and treatment and create a tranquil environment. Cree luminaires require virtually no maintenance for decades, cut energy costs by as much as 80 percent, and eliminate the toxic wastes of fluorescents and CFLs.
Philips Lighting supports healthcare sector by reducing the complexity of solution implementations. Philips Lighting offers healthcare LED lighting solutions which are of high-quality, high-impact lighting solutions that lead to truly enhanced healing environments with a minimum of hassle and risk.
Philips offers lighting solution called HealWell, which are suitable for the patient rooms as they take care of the human body’s natural responses to light. This lighting solution simulates sunlight like light indoors, allowing the patients to maintain their biorhythm and enhance their sense of comfort and well being.
GE Lighting offers the latest technology for healthcare sector that increases lighting quality and cuts electricity bills significantly. The GE lamps and high efficiency ballasts offer long reliable life, plus excellent lumen maintenance.
NTL Lemnis offers a range of LED lighting products under the Pharox brand. Its Pharox ceiling lights, Pharox downlights and LED tubelights have been introduced specially to meet the requirements of the healthcare sector.
Premium Lighting Solutions’ LED technologies is quite suitable for the healthcare sector as they help deliver high quality light at reduced running costs. This is achieved by combining luminaire design and leading lamp with intelligent sensor controls, which intelligently turn fittings on and off (or dim them down) when there are no people present or there is a certain level of ambient daylight present.
Trilux Lighting India offers intelligent lighting solutions as they not only care illumination of rooms – but creating the right light creates a sense of well-being for patients.