LED Lighting Solutions for Healthcare
The healthcare industry requires clear, bright lighting for the accuracy of healthcare workers and the comfort of patients. Yet ever-tightening budges and concerns about protecting the environment also mean healthcare facilities need to be conscious about the cost of their lighting solutions. To balance both needs, LED lighting solutions offer the right choice. With bright, clear lighting that is eco-friendly and budget-friendly, LED lighting brings several benefits to healthcare companies. Here are some of them.
LED Lighting Works with the Body’s Natural Circadian Rhythm
The human body has a natural rhythm known as its circadian rhythm. This natural process allows the body to release the hormones necessary for sleep and activity based on the color of the light. In the morning and evening, light is a warm, white color, and the body naturally releases melatonin to cause a person to feel sleepy. During the day, bright, cooler light triggers natural suppression of melatonin and increase of serotonin, which gears the body up for activity.
In a hospital setting, light that mimics the bright, cool light of midday sun helps encourage workers and patients to have improved alertness as they go about their work. This can decrease fatigue, because the lighting will not cause melatonin production. Conversely, if the lighting in a hospital is warm, such as with other types of lighting, workers may be prone to drowsiness. This can make their work more difficult to do. LED is a cool, white light that helps keep workers alert and accurate on the job.
Improved Color Rendering Leads to Improved Accuracy
Healthcare workers must visually evaluate patients. Many of the conditions treated in a hospital or clinic setting are diagnosed based on initial visual inspection. For example, jaundice is usually first noticed based on the color of a patient’s skin. For this reason, healthcare settings need lighting with a high color rendering index, or CRI. LED lighting offers a CRI as close to natural sunlight as possible, improving the accuracy of work in a healthcare setting.
Greater Energy Efficiency Improves Operating Budgets
In many healthcare settings, such as hospitals, lights must always be on. The more energy efficient lighting is, the better for the provider’s budget. Replacing fluorescent or similar lighting with LED lighting can reduce energy expenditures by as much as 80 percent, sometimes more, not including the additional savings on the HVAC system by the reduction of heat.
Making the Switch? Choose HyLite LED Lighting
If your medical facility is ready to make the switch to LED lighting, choose HyLite LED Lighting for your lighting choices. We have a large selection of LED lighting to match any need, with no retrofitting required. Contact our team today to discuss your healthcare LED lighting options.