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LEDVANCE: Lighting for health and aged care

Lighting is critical to human health; studies show that incorporating good lighting into a healthcare setting can benefit patients and staff.

Light impacts human health and performance in four main ways:

  • Safe movement and good lighting to perform day-to-day tasks.

  • High-quality lighting can have an impact on mood alertness and has a major effect on the body’s circadian rhythm.

  • Control of the glare from luminaires can improve the comfort of lighting, and the Unified Glare Rating should be considered when selecting and installing luminaires.

  • Colour temperature, lighting levels, and the ability to control the lighting can assist in the mood and comfort of lighting installations.

Good lighting will also help reduce errors; nurses and physicians are required to perform a range of complex tasks, and the lighting levels and quality of light must be appropriate for these tasks.

Light falling on the retina and being transmitted to the hypothalamus controls the body’s circadian rhythm (biological events that repeat themselves at regular intervals), which is responsible for synchronizing the body’s internal clock.

If the internal rhythms do not match the workday rhythms, which is the case for many healthcare workers, staff can feel drowsy, tired, and distracted. For example, for individuals working during night shifts, a 24-hour cycle that keeps most people awake and alert during the day and sleepy in the night would result in fatigue and a complete inability to perform during the night shift. Circadian Rhythms have also been linked to improving sleep patterns.

Colour temperature is a fundamental aspect of light, describing the hue of visible light sources. It is typically measured in Kelvin (K), with lower values representing warm colours and higher values indicating cooler colours:

Warm Colours (2000K - 3500K): These lower colour temperatures are associated with red, orange, and yellow. They mimic the warm, cozy feeling of natural candlelight or a sunset.

Neutral Colours (3500K - 5000K): This range includes neutral whites and soft, daylight-like colours. It is often used for general lighting in homes and offices.

Cool Colours (5000K - 6500K): Higher colour temperatures lean towards blue and are often associated with cooler, more stimulating environments. Think of the clear, crisp light of a bright day.

LEDVANCE products can be used in health care. Many luminaires and lamp products are Tri colour and can be set for different colour temperatures.

LEDVANCE TruWave Technology™ is a new LED technology found on many LEDVANCE LED lamps. This technology provides light closer to Natural Light. Implementable anywhere to improve comfort and overall well-being, long even after the sun has set, this innovative technology brings natural light indoors for natural living. 

The wide range of LEDVANCE LED products includes downlights to suit all applications, panels, battens, weatherproof luminaires, floodlights, lighting control sensors, oysters, and exterior LED products, both solar and mains versions. LEDVANCE also has a wide range of LED lamps and many traditional lamps, ideal for replacement lamp projects.

For further information, contact LEDVANCE on 1300 467 726 or visit our website LEDVANCE.COM.AU.

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