Exam Room Lighting - Acuity Brands
      



Ambulatory &
Outpatient Care

Providing care across a broad
range of service types, without the
overnight stay. Lighting solutions
can make the job easier for busy
caregivers, improve outcomes,
and enhance patient experience.

                                                
Examination Room
Lighting needs are varied in a dedicated examination room. A comfortable aesthetic environment is key for patient-caregiver interaction while high intensity illumination is a must for effective examination. Additional lighting may be needed over hand washing basins and underneath cabinets. A total solution employs multiple luminaire types with integrated controls that easily adjust output and intensity to suit both patient and caregiver needs.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Quality lighting provides enhanced visual acuity for caregivers, reinforcing critical visual tasks, such as patient observation, diagnosis, and procedures 
  • Luminaires with high color rendition aid in the visibility of skin and tissue distinctions
  • Easy-to-use room controls can enable dimming and CCT tuning, as well as temperature, humidity, CO2 and occupancy sensing
Diagnostics & Radiology

Diagnostics is serious business so the first priority in these spaces is effective performance of tests and treatment delivery. But equipment can be big and scary, especially to patients who are probably already anxious and uneasy before they enter the room. Careful layering of light levels that are easily controlled can enable efficient preparation, prior to transitioning to softer ambient illumination to soothe patient nerves. And that translates to a better experience for everyone involved.


KEY BENEFITS
  • Lighting systems that offer performance without sacrificing visual comfort deliver useful illumination for diagnostic imaging and radiology functions
  • Solutions tailored for a variety of imaging modalities, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Lighting elements that promote positive distraction, such as backlit nature scenes, can help to alleviate patient anxiety during stressful or lengthy procedures
Surgical Suites
There’s a lot going on in this space. Operating and procedure rooms require both task and ambient illumination. A quality lighting solution considers many factors: light levels and intensities, contrast ratios within the room’s activity zones, shadows, glare, reflectance, color temperature, and color rendering. Luminaires and control systems must also be designed to restrict electromagnetic emission and filter radio frequency waves to avoid interference with electronic monitoring devices.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Luminaires that deliver crisp, shadow-free lighting for visual precision are important for operating rooms and surgical suites
  • High color rendering supports more accurate visual detection and discernment during critical procedures
  • Simple, intuitive controls and advanced LED driver technologies enable deep, flicker-free dimming, reducing eye fatigue during lengthy surgical procedures
  • Sealed luminaires promote the hygienic surgical environment, supporting stringent infection control protocols
Corridor & Circulation Areas
Corridor lighting typically serves dual purposes: illumination for safe passage and wayfinding for navigation ease. Shadow-free, even illumination helps avoid tripping and falls especially for those with compromised vision. Indirect lighting delivers a softer, glare-free distribution that is easier on the eye. Wayfinding can be incorporated via marker lights to guide patients through larger facilities.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Volumetric lighting in healthcare facility corridors improves vertical illumination, uniformity, and overall perception of brightness
  • Wired or wireless lighting controls allow care facilities to adjust lighting intensity based on time of day, occupancy, daylight availability, or automated BMS schedules and setbacks
  • Advanced, energy-efficient lighting solutions make the most of operating budgets and sustainability goals
  • In stairwells, wireless controls and sequential switching enable users to save up to 90% of energy consumption roughly 90% of the time

Treatment & Rehabilitation Areas
Treatments are often frequent and lengthy and not exactly where someone wants to be. Rehabilitation aims to get patients, often literally, back on their feet. Lighting can make a positive difference in how patients feel. Ambient lighting should be comfortable and glare-free with simple controls for patient interface. Luminaires should supplement available natural light via integrated daylight sensors that regulate electric light output. Because, as good as our lighting is, everyone still prefers sunlight.

KEY BENEFITS
  • During treatment procedures, patients can become anxious.  Deep, flicker-free dimming is critical for comfort in lengthy procedures, where patients may be reclined or lying prone
  • Luminaires that provide positive distraction can help to alleviate patient stress
  • Tunable white lighting systems can simulate the visual appeal of daylighting, which helps foster a sense of passage of time and connection to the outdoors

Waiting Areas
When people are sitting still, lighting becomes even more noticeable. Waiting rooms that are comfortable and home-like rejuvenate tired spirits. Luminaires should be decorative and interesting, not sterile or clinical. Waiting rooms are spaces where clinical requirements are minimal, allowing for the creation of warm, inviting spaces where design-driven choices can take a front seat.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Never sacrificing function for form, beautiful lighting systems should still be visually appealing, glare-free, while still providing useful light for reading, writing and other common waiting room tasks
  • Smart, simple controls can automatically dim electric lighting when ample daylight is detected. Strategies like daylight harvesting can save significant energy for healthcare providers
  • Accent lighting can be useful to highlight artwork, signage and other important focal points
  • Groupings of suspended or linear luminaires can help to delineate the waiting area, creating a sense of space

Reception & Check-In
First impressions matter. Emotional responses happen the instant someone walks through the door. Reception areas are not as limited by clinical concerns as other areas of the facility. Lighting can be purely beautiful, progressive, uplifting - with simple control systems that create elegant illumination to enhance interior design features..

KEY BENEFITS
  • Whether the lighting makes a statement, or plays a strong supporting role, good lighting design is key to creating a welcoming, patient-centric visual environment
  • For reception and check-in areas, appealing aesthetics improve patients’ perception of facility quality 
  • Intelligent lighting and building controls enable healthcare buildings to work as hard as the tireless caregivers and staff within. Adjust lighting and HVAC systems for optimal comfort and efficiency using smart, building controls and user interfaces

Parking & Exterior
First impressions are formed before a patient ever walks through the front door, speaks to a single staff member, or sits in a waiting room. A well-lit parking area fosters a sense of safety for people who may be feeling ill or just a bit nervous. Glare-free, uniform outdoor lighting with good color rendering produces an attractive, and welcoming exterior appearance.

KEY BENEFITS
  • High-performance outdoor LED luminaires deliver energy savings, reduced maintenance burden, as well as an enhanced nighttime environment, which promotes a sense of safety and security
  • Exterior relight projects can drive compelling ROI and energy paybacks
  • The most comprehensive offering of area, site, floodlight, bollard, and wall-mounted luminaires

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