Hospital Lighting

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
Well-designed patient room lighting can play an active role in improving patient outcomes. Ideal lighting systems give patients more control of their environment while helping caregivers do their jobs more effectively. Luminaires and integrated controls tailored for hospital patient room lighting are key.

Proper lighting aids the efficiency and accuracy of examinations as well as the comfort and well-being of the patient. Task lighting, hospital bed lighting and general ambient lighting all play a role.

Solutions that Empower

Acuity Brands offers complete patient room lighting solutions that feature energy-efficient luminaires and integrated controls.

Quality hospital bed lighting is a major component of the solution. Hospital overbed lights enhance visual acuity for caregivers performing critical tasks, such as patient observation and diagnosis. When those hospital bed lights include patient controls and the ability to multitask (for reading, task and ambient lighting), they empower patients and family members and save time for clinical staff. Controls for hospital bed lights also allow easy adjustment for night-lighting.

Using only a fraction of the energy consumed by traditional light sources, controllable LED lighting systems support healthcare sustainability objectives. And, in addition to reducing energy costs, long-life LEDs also lower maintenance expense.


Patient Care


Surgical Suites
The high expectations placed on performance, accuracy and efficiency in an operating room never change. These standards not only apply to surgeons but to the lighting systems in these rooms as well.

It’s all about the details when it comes to operating room lights, for both task and ambient illumination. A quality surgical 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. Operating room lights and control systems must also be designed to restrict electromagnetic emission and filter radio frequency waves to avoid interference with electronic monitoring devices.

Surgical staff should never have to worry about the reliability of their surgical lights. Acuity Brands offers complete solutions that include LED surgical lights and controls, working together to deliver reliable, crisp, shadow-free lighting for visual precision in operating rooms.

Lighting Solutions

Our surgical lighting solutions include:

  • LED surgical lights that provide effective, even illumination and energy savings
  • Simple, intuitive controls and advanced LED driver technologies that enable deep, flicker-free dimming to reduce eye fatigue during lengthy surgical procedures
  • Sealed surgical lights that promote the hygienic environment, supporting stringent infection-control protocols
  • Surgical lighting and controls that optimize color rendition, reduce shadows, control light intensity and enhance the work environment for the medical staff

Examination Room
Lighting must be particularly versatile in a dedicated hospital exam room. A comfortable, calming environment is key for patient-caregiver interaction, while high-intensity illumination is necessary for effective examination. Additional task 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.

Our exam room light fixtures deliver quality illumination for enhanced visual acuity, aiding medical professionals in critical visual tasks such as patient observation and diagnosis. Luminaires with high color rendition further aid in the visibility of skin and tissue distinction. And installing our easy-to-use room controls can enable dimming and CCT tuning, as well as temperature, humidity, CO2 and occupancy sensing.

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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
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Corridor & Stairwell
Lighting needs for hospital corridors and stairwells can be complex due to the varied types of traffic those busy passageways experience.

A big consideration for hospital corridor lighting is glare avoidance for patients being transported on gurneys, looking up at the ceiling. Additionally, shadow-free, uniform illumination helps avert trips and falls for all who are walking, especially for those with compromised vision.

When planning hospital corridor lighting, be sure to think also about the role it can play in the facility’s overall wayfinding system. Illuminated paths, accent or marker lights, or other lighting design elements can help patients and visitors successfully navigate their way through the facility.

Safety, of course, is always a primary consideration for stairwells. They need to be well lit not only during normal use but also during times of emergency egress. And when stairways are unoccupied, controls should dim lighting for energy conservation.

Key Considerations

Acuity Brands offers solutions that include energy-efficient lighting fixtures and controls. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Volumetric LED corridor lighting improves vertical illumination, uniformity and overall perception of brightness.
  • Corridor lighting controls can be used to adjust light levels based on time of day, occupancy, daylight availability or building automation schedules.
  • Wired or wireless lighting controls, combined with LED corridor lighting fixtures, 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.

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Diagnostics & Radiology
Diagnostics is serious business so the first priority in lighting these spaces is to ensure effective illumination for the performance of clinical tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Of course, patient comfort is always a primary concern.

Lighting for MRI rooms is particularly complicated due to the special demands of those spaces, including non-ferrous construction, electrical and electromagnetic interference (EMI) requirements, and remote driver considerations. Acuity Brands offers solutions that are compatible with the unique MRI lighting requirements of these spaces and tailored to meet the needs of both the patient and caregiver.

MRI Lighting Solutions

Equipment in these rooms can be large and daunting, especially to patients who may already feel anxious and uneasy. MRI lighting fixtures combined with flicker-free dimming and simple controls ensure appropriate lighting though all stages of the MRI procedure and a comforting environment for the patient.

MRI LED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands provide energy efficiency, longevity, low maintenance and easy controllability. We offer MRI LED downlights in round or square apertures and multiple sizes, finishes and reflector colors. Our MRI selection also includes LED ceiling fixtures with backlit graphics, such as nature scenes, to provide a calming and pleasant distraction while patients are recumbent during lengthy procedures.

Other Diagnostic Lighting

Not all diagnostic spaces have the same requirements as MRI rooms, but all need lighting systems that deliver excellent illumination and performance without sacrificing comfort. The emphasis is always on providing effective lighting for medical testing and a calming atmosphere for the patient.

The solution is proper layering of light — using fixtures that deliver quality lighting and controls that enable light levels to be adjusted for the precision needed during preparation and then dimmed to soothe patient nerves.

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Diagnostic & Treatment

Common Areas & Public Spaces

Healing involves more than just the patient. Wellness is about more than just the physical. And healthcare encompasses more than just the clinical. Well-designed lighting can positively affect the perceptions, moods and attitudes of both patients and their ultra-important support system of family and friends.

Lighting that Comforts

The lighting in hospital waiting rooms and lobbies, reception and admission areas, gift shops, dining rooms and other common spaces can impact an overall perception of the facility. The goal of a good lighting design is to imbue occupants with a sense of comfort and to help foster a feeling of confidence in the facility.

For instance, hospital waiting rooms should feel inviting, not cold, stark or institutional. Architectural, accent and warmer indirect hospital waiting room lights can help create a welcoming and uplifting atmosphere. The right hospital waiting room lights can be a key component in providing a soothing environment for anxious patients, family members and friends.

The extensive lighting and controls solutions offered by Acuity Brands ensure that you will have everything you need to create a lighting design focused on a comforting, patient-centric environment.


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
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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
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