Hospitals, aged care facilities, medical research centres, and specialised buildings of this type are faced with unique challenges due to the variety of different areas that make up such a facility.
Such a building must often house reception areas, offices, dining areas, meeting rooms, even retail areas, as well as the specialised areas their industry may require such as waiting rooms, consulting rooms, patient rooms, operating theatres, and so on!
Creating an intelligent environment for a healthcare provider can be a challenging and demanding task but provides enormous benefits for those using the building.
With many health facilities they are in constant operation and their lighting design must therefore balance natural and artificial lighting across a 24 hour cycle.
Using automated settings for lighting and heating/cooling, allows patients, their families and visitors, to feel more comfortable with uniform levels of lighting and temperature across all public spaces. Adjusting artificial light levels based on available natural light not only creates a more appealing visual environment, but enables the facility to save energy via the daylight harvesting. A commercial lighting control system can manage all these things and integrate with the HVAC system.
Managing Mundane Tasks
Automating routine processes can free up time for staff to focus on their core responsibilities instead of turning lights and heaters on and off as patients and visitors move around the building. Installing a commercial lighting control system will allow easy management of regular, mundane tasks.
Areas that are not constantly occupied can be fitted with sensors to ensure that lighting and HVAC is not left running when the area is vacated. A full lighting control system can be programmed to turn specific areas off in this way when no one is present, or a simple stand alone lighting control system can be installed in each area, or room, where this type of control is required.
Sleep research indicates that patients may recover faster, and feel calmer, when exposed to a more ‘natural’ lighting scheme that adjusts according to the time of the day, and the circadian rhythm (body clocks) of the patients and staff. This prevents patients’ day/night rhythms getting out of sync, and has a positive impact on their wellbeing.
Lighting can be reduced to a lower level at night in areas not in constant use, but can then return to full brightness when someone enters the space. Controlling corridors are often a big source of savings.
Synchronising the lighting control system with the sun will ensure the exterior lights come on as darkness falls to light the way for visitors and staff, but will turn off once daylight returns.
With a commercial lighting control system, your building services manager or security staff can monitor occupancy of the various areas of the building from a central point, and all circuits at a glance. Maintenance is made easier with simple identification of lamp failures, adjustment of light levels, override of schedules etc all from a user friendly customised screen.