Evidence-based Healthcare Lighting Design:
Lighting in hospitals not only affects the patients – doctors and nurses perform better in well lit places too. Here are some interesting statistics to keep in mind as hospital design becomes more residential in nature.

Paul Mustone, LC, IESNA (Moderator) - President & CEO
John Gill, PE, LC, LEED AP
Leslie North, PE, LC, LEED® AP - Principal
Janice Crosby - Director, Business Development
  • The healthcare industry accounts for 17% of the US economy and has created over 1.7 million new jobs since 2001.
  • RP-29 is the IES standard for healthcare lighting..
  • CIMIT and The Pebble Project are organizations dedicated to implementing research and technology into healthcare design.
  • Hospital facilities are including amenities including cafés and libraries to attract patients and maintain staff.
  • Bi-polar patient hospital stays are on average 3.7 days shorter in east-facing rooms.
  • Hospital design is becoming more residential. Keep in mind that light fixtures must still be hospital grade, wipe down, and anti-microbial.
  • In hospital room lighting – if falls can be reduced by 3 per year, their six figure insurance premium pays for itself.
  • Daylight can also be used as a calendar (Interesting project idea)
  • Research has shown that giving a patient choice with their environment (such as lighting) allows them to feel more in control when going through a difficult situation.
  • Hospital workers such as pharmacists and nurses have fewer errors at higher illuminance levels.
  • Hospital patients with access to daylight have better sleep quality, reduced agitation and better pain management.


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