Lighting for hospital applications is one of the more complex tasks as there are opposing requirements when considering best outcomes for patient recovery – which usually conflict with the requirements of lighting for staff caring for the patients.
Considering the requirements for patients, and these vary depending on the complexity of the condition and stage of the recovery cycle, providing flexibility in control of lighting in support of photoentrainment, the circadian cycle is proven to be beneficial to recovery.
The provision of tuneable lighting and control of colour temperature plus levels of illumination throughout the day and night is necessary. Access to daylight is also a key consideration for the improvement of patient care. For lighting overnight, the contribution of the amber spectrum is best practice.