Hospital Lighting - Acuity Brands


Hospitals provide healing and
comfort. Every aspect of this
setting should be focused on
delivering optimal care.
Thoughtfully tailored lighting
solutions can enhance patient
experience and improve outcomes.

Patient Room
Lighting can play an active role in improving patient outcomes. An ideal lighting system gives patients more control of their environment, while helping caregivers do their jobs most effectively. By using luminaires and integrated controls tailored for inpatient room needs, these parallel outcomes can be achieved. The efficiency and accuracy of examinations improves, as does patient comfort and control, contributing to an increased sense of well-being for patients and their families.

  • Quality lighting provides enhanced visual acuity for caregivers, reinforcing critical visual tasks, such as patient observation and diagnosis
  • Luminaires that multi-task are empowering for patients while saving time for clinical staff
  • Integrated controls ensure that patients, caregivers, families and staff have the ability to adjust intensity or tune the color of white light as needed
  • Using a fraction of the energy of legacy technology, controllable lighting systems that use digital sources support healthcare sustainability objectives


Patient Care


Surgical Suites
It’s all about the details when it comes to operating and procedure room lighting, for 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.


  • 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
Examination Room
Lighting needs are varied in a dedicated examination room. A comfortable and aesthetic environment is key for patient-caregiver interaction, while high intensity illumination is a must for effective examination. Additional lighting may be required above hand-hygiene stations and beneath overhead cabinets. A smart exam room lighting solution employs functional layers of light with integrated controls that easily adjust output and intensity to suit both patient and caregiver needs.

  • Quality lighting provides enhanced visual acuity for caregivers, reinforcing critical visual tasks, such as patient observation and diagnosis
  • 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
Nursing Stations
Nursing stations, both centralized and distributed along corridors, are hubs of activity on patient floors, places to exchange information and to perform administrative tasks. Targeted illumination alleviates eye strain and fatigue. Often a focal point for patients and staff, decorative luminaires support visual wayfinding and provide a soothing aesthetic counterpoint to drab, institutional design. Easy-to-use controls make it simple to adjust intensity and distribution for individual preference or preset schedules for night shifts.

  • Good lighting design strikes a perfect balance between ambient illumination for general visibility and focused, task lighting for reading, writing and other critical nursing activities
  • Decorative elements around nursing stations can provide visual cues that foster wayfinding and orientation
  • For smaller workspaces, such as decentralized nursing alcoves, narrow-aperture downlights and sleek linear systems can provide effective light where it is needed, with a minimal footprint
  • For day or night shifts, lighting is critical to nurses’ performance and satisfaction. Intuitive lighting controls allow nurses to adjust lighting to suit their needs
Corridor & Stairwell
Hospital corridor lighting needs are complicated. Because patients are often transported on gurneys, looking up at the ceiling, glare-free lighting is best. Shadow-free, even illumination helps avoid tripping and falling, especially for those with low or compromised vision. Stairwells need to be well-lit for safety during normal operation, as well as in times of emergency egress. And wayfinding is key to make navigation as easy as possible for visitors.

  • Volumetric lighting in hospital corridors and hallways improves vertical illumination, uniformity, and overall perception of brightness
  • Wired or wireless lighting controls allow facilities to adjust intensity based on time of day, occupancy, daylight availability, or automated BAS 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
Diagnostics & Radiology
Diagnostics is serious business so the first priority in these spaces is effective performance of tests and treatment delivery. Equipment in these rooms can be large and daunting, especially to patients who are probably already feeling anxious and uneasy before they enter the room. Careful layering of luminaires that are easily controlled can enable efficient preparation before transitioning to softer, ambient illumination to soothe patient nerves. And that translates to a better experience for everyone involved.

  • 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


Diagnostic & Treatment

Common Areas & Public Spaces
Healing involves more than just the patient. Wellness is about more than just the physical. And healthcare is more than just the clinical. Lighting can positively affect the perceptions, moods, and attitudes of both patients and their ultra-important support system of family and friends. Common areas should not feel cold, stark or institutional. Architectural, accent, and warmer indirect lighting can help create a welcoming and uplifting atmosphere.

  • 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 lobby and waiting areas, main circulation, areas of respite, gift shops, dining, and administrative spaces, the aesthetic and functional impact of good lighting can imbue occupants with a sense of comfort while improving the overall 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


Common Areas

Clinical Laboratories
It’s so critical that test results are accurate. Yet eye strain and fatigue often come with the territory for a lab technician. Comfortable, glare-free ambient illumination with higher intensity individual task lighting can help mitigate these occupational stresses and improve performance. Easy-to-use controls allow additional adjustment to suit personal preferences and visual acuity.

  • Suitable for pristine clinical laboratory settings, advanced lighting systems support critical visual tasks for improved accuracy and performance
  • Cleanroom-rated luminaires for ISO 5, 6, 7 and 8
Parking & Exterior
First impressions are formed before a patient or visitor ever walks through the front door, speaks to a single staff member, or sits in a waiting room. A well-lit parking structure fosters a sense of safety for people who may be feeling ill or just a bit nervous. Good lighting makes wayfinding clearer and easier. Glare-free, uniform outdoor lighting with good color rendering produces an attractive, and welcoming exterior appearance.

  • 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
  • The most comprehensive offering of area, site, floodlight, bollard, and wall-mounted luminaires
  • Use color-changing exterior luminaires for thematic design and to create a more welcoming facility exterior for pediatric and adult healthcare facilities


Parking & Exterior

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