The Best Lighting Choices for Hospitals
Like schools, hospitals are stressed for funds too. Hospital wards, operating rooms, hallways, parking lots need around the clock, high quality light. Thousands of dollars are needed to fund the lighting electricity bills alone. This is why for hospital and healthcare facilities, it's important to have a sustainable future.
Healthcare Lighting - Replace or Retrofit?
As a facility manager of a hospital, you can convert over to LED but keep your investment in your fixtures. Outdoors, you can replace Metal Halide and HPS bulbs with HID LED Retrofit Conversion Kits. It's as simple as a bulb and ballast replacement. Indoors, you can replace fluorescent tubes with Magnetic LED Light Strip Retrofits for Troffers. So converting over to LED products doesn't have to be difficult or costly if you understand how you can retrofit.
If your fixtures are old (10+ years), replacing may make more sense. If they are newer fixtures, you can retrofit them with LED and get all the same benefits but keep your look.
Replacing fluorescent tubes inside hospitals is easy with Magnetic Strip Retrofit Kits. Simple to do, remove the fluorescent tube and ballast and replace with the magnetic strip and led driver. A 15 watt LED magnetic strip retrofit kit can replace a 32 watt fluorescent tube. These lights also last much longer. The operating costs of an LED light bulb are thus only about 40% of an fluorescent bulb.
LED Technology for Hospitals – A giant leap forward
There are many reasons why hospitals worldwide are investing in energy efficient lighting. Energy efficient lighting devices provide hospitals with innovative technological solutions to:
- Increase efficiency
- Improve safety
- Improve lighting levels
- Increase the comfort of patients and employees alike
- Reduce the use of mercury in the healthcare facility
- Reduce air conditioning costs
- ‘Green’ their operations
- Cut down on maintenance costs and costly facility downtime
- Get the benefit of tax deductions by taking advantage of The Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
- Improve cash flows
Healthcare Hallways, Waiting Areas, Nurse Desks and General Lighting
These lights are on 24 X 7 and deliver the best returns on investment. The payback period for these lights can be less than a year. Fluorescent troffers can be upgraded or replaced with LED. Fluorescent lights flicker, causing eyes strain and headaches.
Replacing them with LED creates a better work and patient environment. Plus, we offer color changing and dimmable LED Panels. Toning down the color temperature and dimming the lights provides an inviting environment. It makes your indoor areas more appealing.
Eliminating Mercury from Hospitals
AIA Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities recommend the elimination of mercury from light fixtures.
LED technology is a viable and socially-responsible alternate to incandescent bulbs, HIDs and fluorescents for healthcare facilities.
Replacing mercury with better and safer materials is a must. Such as mercury containing sphygmomanometers replaced by aneroid devices. There is little wisdom in risking patient exposure to mercury by using fluorescent lights.