Light plays a fundamental role in the feeling of wellbeing and the efficient functioning of a building and this feature is even more remarkable in hospital spaces, where any change in the environmental conditions can impact positively or negatively on the status of patients.
Studies indicate that there is a clear relationship between patient exposure to light and their health and wellbeing. It is shown that light can improve parameters such as sleep, attention, mood, depression, or the length of hospital stays.
In addition, it is necessary to consider the light as a regulatory factor of the biological clock. The use of lighting solutions that recreate the daylight conditions contributes to the better functioning of the body, connecting staff and patients with the dynamics and the passage of time outdoors.
Hospital lighting depending on each area
An optimal and efficient treatment of the interior lighting can completely transform the characteristics of a space and therefore create different atmospheres that influence our perception of the environment.
These conditions will vary depending on the point of the building and the activity in which we are involved, from the entrance to the rooms, passing by the circulations, the waiting areas, the recognition and the diagnosis compartments.
Lighting is particularly relevant in the access to the hospital, the reception area is the one that offers the first impression and it should be presented as a welcoming space in order to generate an atmosphere of trust, avoiding apprehensive or intimidating feelings.
In general, and throughout the entire hospital, the light will play with the nuances to recreate familiar surroundings to reassure and convey a cozy and relaxing state, a feeling of tranquility and comfort conditions that will positively influence the welfare of patients.
Light beneficial for staff and patients
Proper lighting in health facilities may lead to a considerable improvement on the experience not only of patients but also the staff of the hospital.
The sense of confidence and wellbeing among employees influences in improving their performance and productivity and therefore in the general satisfaction of all users.
Thus, the lighting needs of the professionals are as important as those of the patients, however, they often involve very different conditions. While the patient prefers a quiet, relaxing and warm atmosphere, the staff activities require intense and functional lighting that facilitates the diagnosis and work of the professionals.
Let’s see in detail each of the benefits of good lighting on the health of patients and staff
The perception of time
Light influences the perception of the duration of an activity and this becomes a factor worth considering in locations where users spend long periods of time such as the rooms or the waiting rooms.
The conditions in which people find themselves in the waiting rooms are usually of concern, anxiety or insecurity and the waiting time can increase these feelings of restlessness.
To prevent this from happening, the environment of the waiting room can provide interesting stimuli, have attractive distractions and create a more relaxing atmosphere by lighting so that the waiting time seem shorter.
Research indicates that lighting conditions influence the subjective perception of time, especially warm colors in combination with dimmed lighting makes us perceive that time passes faster.
This effect encourages patients to be more calm and focused during the consultation and therefore be able to absorb the information more efficiently.
Guidance and referral for hospital visitors
Hospitals are often large and complex infrastructures, where tours and trips are long and often a consequence of multiple extensions and modifications of the building.
Proper lighting can enhance the visitor orientation. A light that clearly demarcates the reception desk and oriented toward the circulations and corridors will be a key point to the initial orientation of the user and the proper functioning of the facilities.
Energy boost for patients
There is a connection between our physical energy or our mood and light that we perceive. We know, for example, that the white light or blue hue in the workplace improves the attention and the performance, while reducing the feeling of fatigue.
Therefore choosing the hue and the appropriate intensity for each situation can greatly improve the user experience.
As we see, the correct design and lighting control systems are an essential factor in achieving a healthy indoor environment in a hospital and therefore the quality of life of patients and users of the facilities.
In our designs Casasolo hospitals work holistically, taking into account not only the technical design but environmental conditions of the hospital, for us, the success of our work lies not only in the construction and successful delivery of a hospital setting but in the satisfaction of our customers over the years.
In this sense, design and lighting control have been a topic of study and ongoing debate in our team and what we apply with great rigor in each new project.