LED Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities employ a variety of indoor and outdoor lights, all of which are candidates to upgrade to LED Lighting Systems. Besides the obvious energy savings and longer life and therefore less maintenance, LED Healthcare Lighting products offer other benefits:
1. Higher Quality of Light: Our LED hospital lights are better sources of light for two reasons. First, the quality of light, measured as Color Rendering Index (CRI) is typically higher most if not all the times than the traditional light sources they replace. Secondly, LED hospital systems do not flicker like fluorescent light sources. While flickering may not seem like an issue, working under lights that flicker can cause eye strain and even headaches. It's been our experience that every time we retrofitted a hospital with LED lights, not only did the light levels improve, the staff talked about how much nicer it was to work under LED lights.
2. Save Energy - therefore - Save Money: A typical fluorescent tube retrofit to LED tubes saves you at least 50% or more in less energy used. A typical HID bulb converted over to LED can save you as much as 75% or more. This is real money that you don't have to spend while maintain the same if not better light levels you currently have. The majority of our healthcare LED lights are rebate eligible, either registered under DesignLights Consortium (DLC) or Energy Star. All of our lights are UL or ETL listed for safety. All our DLC lights come with either a 5 or 10 year warranty. Many utility companies offer rebates for DLC Qualified or Energy Star certified products, saving even more money. High use areas often see paybacks in less than a year. Contact us for a free quote and we can even do a customer payback analysis for you on your lighting products.
3. Saving energy by turning lights off with controls. Unlike lights like Metal Halide, it does make sense to add motion controls to LED lights to be able to turn them on and off in areas where there is little activity. This activity may cycle throughout the day, busy at times and not as busy in other periods. Adding a motion control would allow for these lights to turn on instantly, and then turn off when there is no activity. And the best energy savings is always when a light is turned off. So for areas of your facilities, such as parking structures, basements, closets or stair wells, nothing saves more energy than 'OFF', so talk to us about adding a motion sensor or photocell to how keep those lights off when they are not needed.
The US Dept of Energy has published a paper on "Energy-Efficient Hospital Lighting Strategies Pay Off Quickly". In this paper, they make the following points:
- The lighting demands of hospitals are complex due to their round-the-clock nature and the effects of lighting on patients and staff. Lighting, however, abounds with opportunities for energy savings.
- Converting over to LED lighting products
- Replacing incandescent lights
- Using Lighting Controls
- Using Day-lighting Controls
Reduction in energy at hospitals is not a complicated scenario. Converting over to LED technology produces better quality light and can save you 50%+ on your energy bills. It should also reduce your maintenance bills as LED technology lasts longer than the incandescent, HID and fluorescent technology that it replaces.
Also, let's not forget the dangers of fluorescent lighting. Broken tubes can be dangerous in facilities with open-plenum air handlers. Mercury dust contained in the tubes must be thoroughly swept up and cleaned. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now including warning labels on all fluorescent products clearly stating the hazards of using these products. With LED technology, no dust is contained within the product which makes LED lights pass hospital lighting standards. This is designated by the RoHS certification (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) which ensure lights including this certification is safe to use and dispose.
Outdoor LED Lights for Hospitals
Outdoor Lighting in hospitals and healthcare facilities typically consists of outdoor parking lots or parking garages. In parking lots, we typically see area lights such as shoe boxes as well as led cobra heads. Most tend to be HID light sources, such as Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium. Most lights tend to be either 250W, 400W or 1000W.
In parking structures, we typically see small Metal Halide or HPS canopy lights of linear strip fluorescent fixtures. Both can be upgraded or retrofitted with new LED fixtures of LED retrofit kits. Controls can be added to turn off lights when not needed.
There are 2 options when it comes to converting over to LED. You can retrofit your existing fixtures or you can replace your existing fixture. There are some basic questions you should ask yourself when trying to decide whether to replace or retrofit. Generally speaking, retrofitting is far more cost effective than replacing. Retrofitting allows you to re-use your investment in your existing fixtures. The retrofit kits themselves are ETL Listed and DLC Premium Qualified, They are safe and eligible for the highest rebates available from your utility company (rebates are supplied by your utility company. They are not always available, contact us and we can help you find all available rebates).
Our retrofit kits are built to last and are backed with a 10 year warranty. So in terms of reliability, there is no reason to choose a new fixture over a retrofit solution because your investment in either will not be shortened by shorter life cycle of the retrofit.
If your fixtures are old, failing or leaking water, then it does makes sense to replace your existing fixtures, Retrofit kits require a dry environment, installing them into a fixture that leaks or has yellowed lenses does not make sense.
Retrofit kits install in most (but not all) existing fixtures. There are always exceptions. Low pressure sodium fixtures can present a problem due to the nature and physical characteristics of those bulbs.
Lights you find outdoors at a Hospital
Area Lights: These lights are also pole mounted, but the poles are typically shorter. You see this type of light in many hospital parking lots and outdoor green spaces around the hospital. They can either be 400W or 1000W bulbs in each fixture, and are typically either metal halide or HPS. You can either replace the fixture with a brand new LED Flood light or Shoe Box LED. You can retrofit the fixture with a Retrofit Kit LED.
Wall Packs: Mounted on the wall, wall packs also provide area lighting and location specific flood lighting on the walls of the hospital. They tend to be smaller lights with smaller bulbs. Because of the UV light in these types of lights, the lenses can get yellow, making them hard to retrofit. If the fixtures need to be replaced, you can choose a Wall Pack LED.
Street Light: Also called Cobra Heads, these lights are what you find on the parking lots and roadways of the hospital. They typically tend to be small wattage bulbs, probably 70-100W. With these lights, you can retrofit them with a LED Kit or replace then with a new LED Street Fixtures.
Parking Garage Lights: These lights are meant for multiple level parking garages, and are typically either fluorescent fixtures or smaller wattage metal halide or high pressure sodium bulbs in either canopy lights or vapor tight fixtures. In either case, we can either retrofit the existing fixtures and convert them to LED, replace it with an LED Canopy Light or a Vapor Proof LED Fixture.
Indoor LED Lights for Hospitals
Indoor Lighting in healthcare facilities typically consists of fluorescent and small bulb lighting. We often see reception areas, hallways, stairwells as well as patient rooms with fluorescent troffer panels. Fluorescent lights are prone to flickering and creating an uncomfortable environment. Eye strain and headaches are not uncommon under these types of lights.
Lights you find indoors at a Hospital
Fluorescent Troffers: Fluorescent troffers are typically found in suspended ceilings, and they typically contains 2 to 4 fluorescent tubes. Most tubes are either T8, T10 or T12. There are two distinct options that are available, replace the fixture with LED Panels or replace the tubes with LED Tubes. The tube option tends to be more economical, and with the creation of plug and play led tubes, converting over to LED is as simple as removing the old fluorescent tube and replacing it with the LED tube.
Vapor Proof Linear Fixtures: These fixtures may appear in the stairwells of the hospitals, and are long linear fixtures typically containing fluorescent tubes. A vapor proof fixture would be a great replacement for this type of fixture.
Common Lighting Applications within Healthcare Facilities
Here we list some common areas of a healthcare facility that you need to take into account when considering the upgrade of your hospital grade lighting fixtures in your facility:
Overbed Light Fixtures: Lighting over a patients bed is a highly crucial part of your lighting plan that you need to get right. Hospital overbed light fixtures can't offer low quality light, flicker, nor buzz due to a typical patient being in the same room for extended amounts of time.
Hallways: Both generic hallways and those that are used for emergency are critical to have good as well as energy saving setups. For hallways that aren't accessed as much; a motion sensor is a great option. For those that are used often, you will appreciate the savings LED technology will bring to your facility.
Exterior Lighting: While exterior lighting for your hospital isn't as crucial as others listed here are, they are still very important. Parking lot lighting can use up a lot of energy being on for all through the night. Implementing LED lights in your lot can prove to be a huge energy saver in it of itself. Quality lighting in your lot also increases security for your patients and visitors which is important for reducing any possible liabilities.