Health and Aged Care lighting solutions
Health and Aged Care lighting solutions
4 ways LED lighting can help your hospital
LED lighting creates a well lit and safe environment for employees and patients
LEDs contain no mercury and they emit very little to no UV radiation.
Minimal impact to day-to-day operations during installation
LED lights won’t flicker or emit any colour spikes. Reduces chances of staff and patient eye fatigue
Health and Age Care
In health and aged care buildings the electricity costs associated with operating the lights can be a major cost of operation, especially as lights in common areas can be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Electricity savings aside, businesses these days are hunting out better experiences for their staff, customers and patients at their facilities.
Part of this experience is the quality of the lighting used. The Green Guys Group have specific premium lighting that we use for health and aged care spaces that ensure that the establishment is looking it’s best, staff productivity is increased and electricity costs are reduced.
No Health Risks
Fluorescent lights contain mercury that can be released if a bulb breaks. Mercury is toxic and can be harmful if absorbed through skin or inhaled.
Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs also emit low doses of UV radiation that can damage not only facility materials but can also damage skin and eyes.
Continued UV exposure is also harmful to the eyes. The possibilities of eye and skin damage are significant factors to consider for a facility whose purpose is to heal.
LEDs contain no mercury, and unless they’re specifically UV bulbs, they emit very little to no UV radiation. These factors alone make them a better choice for health care facilities. Not to mention that, unlike fluorescent bulbs, LED lights won’t flicker or emit any colour spikes. Colour fluctuations and flicker can cause negative effects, such as headaches and dizziness. When used for hospital lighting, LED bulbs and fixtures can improve overall health and eliminate the possibility of additional health risks posed by fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.
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The average person is drawn not only to well lit areas but areas that have a high quality of light. Quality LED’s provide both of these attributes. Some other items to consider when looking at upgrading to LED are:
CRI - Colour Rating Index
Colour Rating Index – In a nutshell, the CRI is a measure of how close the light source is in quality to actual daylight. The higher the CRI, the higher quality of the light. CRI is not a measure of brightness or colour but how well colours appear in that light. Studies have shown that something as simple as high CRI LED lights in produce refrigerators vs normal fluorescents result in higher sales as the fruit looks riper, plumper and juicier to the eye. Fluorescent tubes usually have a CRI around 60 whereas the LED’s that The Green Guys use have a CRI higher than 85. This means a substantial improvement in the look of both food, products and the store in general.
The beauty of LED lighting is the longer your operational hours are and the more your pay for electricity, the faster the lights pay themselves back. With the average payback period for an LED lighting project in an healthcare facility averaging less than 8 months it’s no surprise that the uptake of LED lighting over other energy efficiency products has been so rapid.
Generally speaking, the other main cost associated with lighting other than the electricity cost is the cost of constantly replacing blown lights. Especially fluorescent tubes. Our LED’s last up to 90,000 hours which, if you’re running your lights 24/7, is over 10 years of run time! Compare this with a regular fluorescent tube that is only rated at an average of 10,000 hours.
Designed to last up to 50,000 hours
Only master electricians perform installs
CRI and Staff Performance
Seeing colours as they truly are is critical in health care environments. Inaccurate colour rendering of skin or blood could lead to a misdiagnosis or failure to see signs of infection or jaundice. LED lights with high colour rating indexes (CRIs) can ensure that colours are seen accurately. CRI involves a distinct testing method with comparisons to incandescent light or daylight. A light source with a CRI close to 100 shows colours very similarly to how incandescent light or daylight shows those same colours. Fluorescent lights have a range in the lower 60s and below, and LED CRIs can range from 70 to 98.
Lighting in one’s work environment has a large impact on productivity. Although it may not be obvious at first glance, the type and strength of the lighting in a workplace greatly affects the physiological aspect of employees and thus overall productivity. There is a strong relationship between daylight exposure in the workplace and employee’s sleep, activity, and quality of life.
A company can spend tens of thousands of dollars renovating their office space in order to maximise natural light, however the cost and daunting nature of this undertaking in most cases is too great. One solution is to switch the lights to those that are close to natural sunlight – LEDs with high CRI. Lighting products like those of OptiTech that have a CRI of over 85, getting close to the quality of natural sunlight.
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