Hospital lighting can be harsh and unpleasant. The light may be necessary for medical examinations, but even at night, lighting in wards and corridors can create a rigid, institutional look. The lighting company Philips is set to change this with its innovative use of LEDs.
LEDs and healing
Philips’ starting point was its awareness of the way light affects people. These effects can be emotional and biological. With this in mind, the company considered whether the right sort of light in hospitals could help the healing process. If it could, LEDs were the ideal lighting medium.
LEDs have versatility, reliability, long life, and use considerably less electricity. These features have enabled Philips to create a lighting concept in hospital patients’ rooms. The concept aids recovery, improves the experience of attending hospital, and gives staff the light they need to work by.
During the day, shades of warm and cool coloured light from LED accent lights, panels and spotlights support the biorhythms of patients. In the evening, the lighting atmosphere changes and softens. It allows patients to fall asleep more quickly and have a restful night.
Patients control the LEDs
In the Philips system, patients can control the LEDs remotely. They can adjust colours and light outputs.
Nurses and doctors have a lighting button by each bed. This switches an LED examination light on and off. Staff also have control of all LEDs as required.
LED Healwell launch
After nine months of research, Philips launched its LED Healwell lighting system at Arab Health 2012, a conference in Dubai. The launch was a success. Once again, LEDs are improving people’s lives with practical, low-cost ideas.