LED Lighting for Healthcare Facilities
Lighting for hospitals and healthcare facilities must incorporate the diverse lighting needs of the facilities, including task lighting for surgeries and patient treatment, ambient lighting conducive for patient recovery, and other interior and exterior lighting typical of large facilities such as that for parking, walkways, canopies, kitchens, laundry and many other areas.
Our Walalight Healthcare LED lighting options are specifically designed to address the needs of:
- Health Care Facilities
- Critical Care Units
- Health Clinics
- Doctors’ Offices
- Medical Treatment Centers
- Elder Care Facilities
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Adult Living Facilities
- Alzheimer’s Care Facilities
- Medical Research Facilities
Using the Walalight System yields several advantages of between LED light and health. It is an extremely energy efficient and long-lasting LED lighting system, delivering a type of light that many scientific studies have identified as necessary to maintain human health due to effects on circadian rhythm, melatonin secretion, blood pressure regulation and diabetes. In addition to our proprietary Walalight system, we offer many other types of energy efficient light to reduce electricity and maintenance costs including:
- Corridor LED lighting
- Kitchen LED lighting
- Laundry LED lighting
- Garage LED lighting
- Parking Lot LED lighting
- Emergency LED lighting
- Canopy LED lighting
- Waiting Room LED lighting
- Patient Room LED lighting
Benefits of our LED lighting solutions for human health are many. Walalight Healthcare LED lighting eliminates ultraviolet and infrared rays, virtually eliminates glare, reduces heat generation from lighting and air conditioning load, and provides better lighting for hard-to-light areas. Furthermore, our Walalight Healthcare LED Lighting system provides a wide range of light, from very warm to very cool lighting, that scientific studies have determined to be necessary for human health.
For example, hospital, assisted living, and other long-term patients are exposed to both too little darkness and not enough bright white light, resulting in disruption of their circadian rhythm and sleep cycles. Normal sleep is essential for the healing process, and with normal sleep patterns the body is flooded with the strong antioxidant melatonin. Our Walalight system is the first energy-efficient lighting for healthcare facilities to address this issue.
Hospitals have many specialized areas, as well as multi-use areas, that have differing lighting needs. Glare and flicker in patient rooms can interfere with diagnosis, treatment and the healing process, and is unacceptable in operating rooms and where imaging equipment is being used. Control of lighting in hospitals is paramount to assure a good visual field for treatment while reducing fatigue for care givers.
Many hospital lights are on 24 hours per day and are maintenance intensive while generating significant heat load for air conditioning systems. Our Healthcare LED lighting uses up to 85% less electricity than traditional lighting, generates practically no heat, and virtually eliminates lighting maintenance for 100,000 hours or more. As such, the payback period for hospital LED lighting on 24 hours per day is less than one year, and ten year savings across the facility reaches into the millions of dollars.
Quotations referenced below are among many that have identified the need for Kelvin temperature (Correlated Color Temperature) adjustable low glare lighting in healthcare facilities:
“Light is a potent stimulus for regulating biology and behavior. Light has the capacity to restore health in clinical applications, such as treating sleep disorders.” Circadian and Neurobiological Effects of Solid State Lighting (LED) in Humans, Human Factors in Lighting Design Symposium, February 12, 2013, George C. Brainard Ph.D., Department of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia.
“Just about everything that takes place physiologically is really staged along the circadian cycle. What’s now emerging is the idea that maintaining the circadian cycle is quite important in health maintenance, and if it gets broken, there’s a penalty to be paid in health and aging.” SIRT1 Mediates Central Circadian Control in the SCN by a Mechanism that Decays with Aging, Leonard Guarante, Hung-Chun Chang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. CELL Vol. 152, Issue 7, June 2013.
“Night time nursing work hours that involve circadian rhythm disruption is probably carcinogenic to humans. Epidemiological studies have found that long term night workers have a higher breast cancer risk than women that do not work at night. Other studies show that reducing melatonin levels at night increases the incidence and growth of tumors.” World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, December 5, 2007.