June 3, 2016: LED lighting is becoming popular in the healthcare lighting sector. These days, healthcare sector understands the potential of LED lighting to enhance patient health conditions by positively influencing patients’ environments. Well-lit interiors can give visually diverse and stress-reducing spaces, shown by study to improve patient outcomes and welfare.
Overall, design experts agree that calculating the success of a lighting program should go well further than aesthetics and concentrate on how the inhabitants are experiencing the source of light.
Jennifer Kenson, principal of healthcare interiors at Francis Cauffman (Philadelphia), has been quoted as saying that indirect or integrated architectural lighting should avoid the harsh effect created by direct downlighting.
LEDs provide soft, indirect light
Nowadays, the trend is to shift towards architecturally integrated LED fixtures that offer soft and indirect light. The plan is to create relaxed spaces where the lighting isn’t perceivable by the consumer, which is attained by trouncing the light sources in architectural details like using linear recessed fixtures that merge into the clean lines of a building without making the ceiling look busy. The outcome is soft, ambient lighting that accentuates the architecture rather than competes with it.
When choosing fixtures for the healthcare sector, a number of factors need to be considered—the physical shape and size of the fixture being the most important factor. Besides, one has to take into account the variables of budget, aesthetic, lumen output, wattage, etc.
Once the sea of products has been narrowed by these factors, you can select LED fixtures from a pool of reputable manufacturers.
Why should you choose LED lighting for healthcare sector
- Most LED systems are dimmable that permit cost-effective daylight harvesting, or simple preset high/medium/low lighting level settings.
- While building owners and designers are attracted to LEDs energy savings and long life of up to 50,000 hours, experts advise to opt for products that have minimum three-year warranties.
- LEDs very high lumens per watt content creates a very bright light source that can cause glare and occupant uneasiness.
- Since LEDs’ initial cost is high, one way to decrease that cost is spacing them out while creating them all the more brighter. To address this issue, experts recommend designing two to three layers of light within a space. LED lighting also brings out the warmth of the wood finishes, showcase a textured fireplace wall, emphasize the volume of the space.
Vast range of LED lighting
LEDs are also becoming an increasingly popular option for colored lighting schemes, thanks to the technology’s color range and adjustability—and particularly in light of current research on colored lighting’s effect on physical and emotional states and healing.
This technology is still in its infancy, but the stepping stones to this, such as warm-dim LED fixtures, are good examples of how color is being used in healthcare settings to provide that warm hospitality feel.
In terms of impact, colored LED strips are a cost-effective, convenient way to enhance focal points, such as reception desks and nurses’ station, and backlit, graphic LED panels can function as dynamic pieces of art and provide memorable aesthetics for healthcare facilities.
Color-changing LED lighting can also be found in children’s hospitals to serve as distractions and within CT and MRI rooms to offer patients choice and control.