Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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16 Medical Construction & Design | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | MCDM AG.COM Spotlight Today's discussions around hospital design often center around the patient experience, effi cient use of fl exible space or the increasing demand for private patient rooms. A crucial but often overlooked design element that impacts an entire facility is lighting. Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have changed the way architects and designers plan the built environment. LED lighting has an impact on energy effi ciency, as well as provides a variety of lighting solutions. Historically, design- ers would specify one type of lighting be utilized consis- tently throughout a facility, with minimal distinction or variation from one area to another. Seldom was lighting matched with the purpose of the space for maximum benefi t to patients and staff inhabiting the environment or conducting work there. LED technology has opened doors, allowing designers to create user-centric experiences with diff erent lighting zones and types of il- lumination to support a specifi c intent, function or activity. Often when architects work with hospitals on a facility, building or renovation, key stakeholders are reluctant to use LED lighting or to investigate newer technologies. Some hospitals claim that "LED hasn't arrived yet," but the technology has been around for decades, yet became more commercially viable in the past 15 years, with time-tested applications showing the range of possibilities and reduced cost. Concerns about straying from the norm and changing the way facilities' departments have traditionally stocked and changed light bulbs are obstacles that designers often face. Simultaneously, there is an appetite for innovation in lighting design and creative 4 ways LED lights enhance the patient experience Lighting LET IT SHINE (Top) The oculus within the nurses' station can be controlled to match sun passage, heighten alertness or simulate movement for visual stimulation and provide pleasant distraction for all. > Programmed LED settings replicate circadian rhythm of rise, awake, then decompress for sleep. In pediatrics, accent walls can be illuminated in the patient's color preference without a paint change. Lighting Gets a Refresh BY RENALDO PESSON

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