The Effects of Lighting in Healthcare

In one of our latest industry news pieces we looked at Sound Masking and how it can enhance healthcare spaces. This week we look at lighting and the huge effects it can have on healthcare facilities.

Lighting is an integral part of any space, but it is particularly important in healthcare facilities due to the enormous impact it can have on patient outcomes, healing and overall health.

Light influences our health and well-being more than we know. The biological pace of people can also be strengthened by adjusting the light colour and intensity of lighting to the natural course of daylight. This can even be implemented automatically with intelligent lighting control.

In clinics, many areas exist with insufficient daylight or in some cases, none at all. This is why, particularly for patients needing to spend a lot of time in hospitals, their “body clock” may lose its sense of balance, in turn causing inner restlessness and impacting the patients’ health.

Good lighting in the health sector must provide more than just complying with appropriate standards. Light colour and lighting intensity influence mood, wellbeing and the capability to perform.

Not only does good lighting have an impact on patients, but on the staff too. LED lighting can create a calm and pleasant working environment for staff so not only can they feel more relaxed at work, but it also enhances their workspace. So, surgery rooms, GP surgeries and the like can have complete concentration without the flickering of dim lights affecting their work.

Governing standards and building regulations provide guides to minimum lighting conditions, but when it comes to healthcare the minimum is not enough. With our expertise we can design and supply bespoke solutions that finds a balance between the requirements of the staff as well as the wellbeing of patients.