Henry County Hospital in Indiana is focused on providing advanced healthcare services for its community. In 2011, the hospital relocated and expanded its Advanced Wound Center to better meet its community’s needs – and lighting was a key consideration when renovating the space.
“We had three priority objectives when specifying the ambient and hyperbaric chamber lighting in the new Advanced Wound Center,” said Hospital Electrician Paul Wallace. “First, we needed to find another light source besides fluorescent for the hyperbaric chamber. Second, we needed lighting that was dimmable; it was absolutely necessary to install dimmable lighting in the hyperbaric chamber to keep patients comfortable when receiving therapy. Third, we wanted to reduce energy use, reduce maintenance and be more environmentally conscious.”
“There are health risks associated with fluorescent lighting in hyperbaric chambers,” said Stephanie Taylor, Director of the Advanced Wound Center. “For some patients, fluorescent lighting can cause seizures, making it necessary for us to find an alternative.
“VT Series LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® were the perfect option to present to the Hospital,” said John Edwards from LightSOURCE. “It delivers high quality volumetric lighting and full-range dimming (0-10V) as standard features. Additionally, it provides a plug-and-play dimming functionality that allows end users to easily connect fixtures together, reducing installation time and expenses.”
Wallace agreed with the recommendation. “We wanted an LED fixture that was both dimmable and looked similar to our current fixtures so there wasn’t a dramatic difference aesthetically.
“Another benefit for the Hospital is the reduced maintenance required because LED lighting and controls last longer and require less service. This allows our facility staff to focus on more important aspects of running the Hospital,” said Wallace.
Henry County Hospital installed VT Series LED fixtures throughout the Advanced Wound Center, including exam rooms, dressing rooms, nurse station and the hyperbaric oxygen suite. Sensor Switch® controls were installed in the hyperbaric chamber.
“We simply connected each fixture with the Cat5 cabling, and connected the Cat5 cabling to the Sensor Switch controls,” said Wallace.
The new lighting and controls were well received by the Advanced Wound Center staff and patients. “The LED lighting and controls have worked extremely well in our department because it gives us more control of the lighting intensity,” said Taylor.