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 hospital lighting fixtures can provide a far better environment for workers and patients.
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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 hospital lighting 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).
These lights are 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.
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.
Also called Cobra Heads, these lights are what you find on the parking lots and roadways of the a facility or public area. They typically tend to be small wattage bulbs, probably 70-100W. With these lights, you can retrofit them with a LED Retro Fit Kit or replace then with a new LED Street Fixtures. These street lights are either UL or ETL Listed, most are DLC Qualified for rebates and are backed with at least a 10 year warranty.
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. These lights are all UL or ETL Listed, DLC Qualified for rebates and are backed with at least a 5 year warranty.
LED Retrofit Kits are designed to replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium in your existing fixture. This is nothing more than replacing your existing bulb and ballast with the LED Retrofit Kit Head and LED Driver. 11 kits are available to replace everything from 70W to 1500W HID, making them a good option for any LED HID retrofit conversion. Extremely efficient up to 165 lumens/watt and DLC Premium Qualified to maximize your rebates!
Indoor LED Lights for Hospitals
Indoor healthcare lighting fixtures 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.
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.
LED Panels replace fluorescent troffers with either a back lit or edge lit led solution. These troffers are designed to provide uniform lighting solutions and provide flicker free and maintenance free service and operation for years to come. UL or ETL Listed, DLC Qualified for rebates, replacing your existing fluorescent fixtures with LED will provide years of trouble free light.
These fixtures appear in hallways and stairwells, and are long linear fixtures typically contains fluorescent tubes. They are sometimes called vandal proof fixtures, because their lenses are somewhat indestructible. In the world of LED, there are similar type fixture, called LED Vapor Tight, that allows for great general lighting and is also available with a vandal proof lens
4 Main Reasons to Convert your Lighting over to LED
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 a hospital LED lighting system.
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. Better lighting in patient rooms. A sensitive area that needs to be looked at in-depth when it comes to a healthcare lighting design is the patients room. Ensuring you have quality LED hospital room lights will keep out flickering or buzzing lights from ever being an issue. Additionally, you can pick the best color temperature easily with LED technology, making this the perfect lighting technology for not only hospitals in general, but more specifically each individual room. With this benefit of LED, you will better be able to achieve proper hospital lighting standards and requirements in your facility.
4. 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.
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