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Healthy Lighting: Spotlight on Patient Rooms

  1. Lighting Design Approach
    • The lighting must be developed as part of a holistic approach to the design of the patient’s room. The lighting design strategy, hardware, and controls must work with all of the other systems to optimize the level of care and the comfort of the patient.
    • Developing this lighting design approach becomes akin to building a kit of parts which can be developed across a hospital or healthcare facility as a whole, thereby reducing maintenance needs and providing a consistent light quality.
  1. Lighting Response to Specific Types of Patient Rooms
    • Typical Patient Room
      • Indirect ambient lighting with low glare light fixtures.
      • Focused reading lights located behind the patient’s head.
      • Low illuminance nightlight to illuminate path to bathroom.
      • Low illumination observation lighting to be provided on either side of the patient bed where electronic recorded keeping takes place.
      • Wet rated, non-conductive, vandal resistant shower lighting to be provided.
    • Examination Rooms
      • Fully adjustable recessed lighting should be provided to be able to examine a full range of patient needs. Fully recessed wipe-down lights are recommended for reducing the spread of bacteria and germs.
      • Provide recessed downlighting:
        • Prevents the light source being seen from normal lines of sight (cutoff angle between 40° and 50° from horizontal).
        • Greatly reduces the possibility of hazards.
        • Makes maintenance and cleaning of fixture easier.
        • Has a high value because it provides high efficiency at a lower cost.
      • Lighting must be provided with a level of redundancy in case of problems or emergency.
    • Clean Rooms
      • Surfaces of light fixtures should be fully recessed with minimal protrusion into room.
      • Light fixtures must be provided with anti microbial finishes.
      • Lighting fixtures must be rated for a clean room environment.
  1. Lighting Technology Needs
    • Provide a fully resilient design that it prepared for extreme events.
    • Lighting to be provided with sustainable light sources such as LED and CFL to maximize energy efficiency and provide cost savings.
    • Provide lighting solutions that increase the user’s connection with nature. Therefore improving the end users mental health; reduce stress and overall improvement of their well-being.
    • High Color Rendering Index (CRI) to be provided to ensure the healthcare physician can accurately evaluate the patient.
    • All lighting to be provided with minimal source brightness. Glare control accessories to be provided where required.
  1. Lighting Control Needs
    • All Lighting to be provided with dimming control that can smoothly dim the lighting to permit low light levels at night to minimize eye adaptation.
    • Patient to be provided with illuminated switches to control certain lighting:
      • Ambient lighting with a recommended lighting level of 10 footcandles (fc)
      • Reading lights with a recommended lighting level of 50 fc
      • Shower lighting with a recommended lighting level of 30-50 fc
    • Doctors/Nurses to control certain lighting
      • Examination lighting with a recommended lighting level of 100-300 fc
      • Nightlight to be on switch or photocell with a recommended lighting level of 3 fc
      • Observation lighting to be provided with dim red amber light switched at the door.



RP-29-06. Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities (ANSI Approved)


AWA Anecdotes l Project Series l 002 l The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life at Brigade Gateway

At AWA, we firmly believe in thought collaboration with our clients in creating a superior project. When the client(owner/ architect) trusts your professional opinion and honesty, magic can happen. We also take this responsibility very seriously, in being there for our clients and not doing our best to meet and exceed expectations.

We had a very successful collaboration with our clients at Brigade (Mr. Jaishankar, Manjunath Prasad and Team) and the landscape architects, Terra Firma (Rohit Marol) on this project. During the early stages of the Brigade Gateway Complex construction in 2010, we were walking the 40 acre site with the client and design team. While on the residential podium, and looking towards the mall, the buildings and landscape created an axial relationship with the focal point being a 30 meter tall wall which was 80m long. It was a great visual bookend of sorts, not just from the residential podium but also from the lakeside. This was a perspective not looked at during the project development.

It was clearly an important wall from a lighting standpoint. If handled properly, this 2500 SQM wall could provide a tremendous opportunity for public art, and become a catalyst for the community during day as well as night. We suggested activating the façade with a relief element that will have a presence during the day, and a visual draw at night. We could then use lighting to bring the artwork alive at night, so the entire façade would be active throughout the day. We wondered if the tree of life- poetically translated into a contemporary motif could work. “With branches that reach into the sky, roots that delve into the earth and a trunk and leaves that offer sheltering embrace, the Tree of Life is a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.”¹

The idea was discussed and we were requested to provide a sketch of how it could work. This was then developed by the client and Michael Foley, a gifted product designer who also worked on other parts of this project, and after substantial hard work and funds, this masterpiece was unveiled at the time of the opening- a valuable addition to this project and society at large. We need to sincerely thank the client, Brigade Group, for backing this project, for their vision, and for really being a patron of the arts. Clearly, without their support this Relief/ Mural wall would not have been built, and this is especially relevant since this was undertaken by them without any direct financial returns.

Would it not be wonderful if many more developers kept aside a percentage for public art on their projects? This, in relation to building envy, will be a topic for a subsequent blog.

Written By: Abhay Wadhwa

Reference 1: AWA- Brigade Nesletter- The Mural Article-Nov 2011

Interactive water feature that is very popular with the children - Tree of Life in the background

Interactive Water Feature that is Very Popular with the Children – Tree of Life in the Background

View of Orion Mall Facade from Residential Podium - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Residential Podium – Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Top of a Residential Tower - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade from Top of a Residential Tower – Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade with Color Changing Lights from Across the Lake - Tree of Life (Far Left)

View of Orion Mall Facade with Color Changing Lights from Across the Lake – Tree of Life (Far Left)

Tree of Life Installation at Medicity Mendanta in Gurgaon India (AWA Project)

Tree of Life Installation at Medicity Mendanta in Gurgaon India (AWA Project)