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LED Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Shop for warranty-backed LED healthcare lights from MyLEDLightingGuide create safer conditions for patients and employees through proper hospital lighting levels.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities have very fragile and delicate environments which need to remain safe. With LED, healthcare facilities can remove any mercury which is found in other lighting technologies.

The Best Lighting Choices for Hospitals

Like Schools, Hospitals are stressed for funds too. Hospital wards, operation theaters, hallways, parking lots need round the clock, good quality illumination. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are needed to fund the lighting electricity bills alone. This is why we thing the education of LED technology for hospital and healthcare facilities is important for a sustainable future for the healthcare industry, along
with providing safer areas for such fragile environments like hospitals.

With all of that said, let's start talking all about healthcare lighting and how you can go with the best option for your facility that will allow you to save money while creating a safer environment for patients and staff.

New or Retrofit - It Depends

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.

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LED Technology – A leap ahead

There are a multitude of 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

Energy savings in hospitals with LED luminaries

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.

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Hallways and General Lighting

These lights are switched 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

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Parking lots and outdoor hospital areas

The Sarasota Memorial hospital in Florida replaced 250-watt metal halide lights in its parking lot with 75-watt LED lights. Energy savings per fixture work out to 175 watts per hour. Each light in the parking area will thus save close to $65 per year in energy costs alone. With an expected life of 10 years the hospital expects considerable savings in maintenance and replacement costs too!

LED street lights tolerate extremes of temperatures better than HID lights. They switch on instantly and light output remains unaffected by low temperatures. LED luminaries are an excellent choice for accent lighting and signage applications too.

Night light fixtures / Step lighting in patient rooms

Each patient room has night light fixtures. A 15 watt incandescent light is needed for these fixtures. The same job can be accomplished by a 2 watt LED light! Small night lights are also needed to guide the patients to rest rooms. For a three hundred patient room hospital this equates with a $ 150 saving from night light fixtures alone.

Fluorescent lights are too big to be used in these fixtures and incandescent bulbs are too unreliable. Given the short lifespan of incandescent bulbs it is estimated that on average 2 bulbs may need replacement every day – an unwanted headache for any hospital manager.

Down lights and Sconces

The focused light produced by LED luminaries make them perfect for illuminating corners and niches.

 

Exit Signs

Christ Hospital in Cincinnati has replaced 40 watt incandescent lights in exit signs with LED systems that use barely 2 watts! An added attraction is that these long life bulbs have almost a decade of productive life and the hospital reduces the headache of replacement and the chances of a fire safety citation due to a burned out bulb.

Besides the applications mentioned above eco-friendly LED lamps have been used by enterprising lighting designers for Task lighting, wall wash application and even in lobbies.

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. 

Lights based on LED technology are thus an economically viable and socially responsible alternate to incandescent bulbs, HID lights and fluorescent bulbs and tubes for healthcare facilities.

Mercury  has been replaced by better and safer materials such as mercury containing sphygmomanometers replaced by aneroid devices. There is little wisdom in risking patient exposure to mercury by using fluorescent lights.

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A Facility Manager’s Dream

LED products are small in size. Moreover given their extremely long lifespan far fewer lights need to be stored. A facility manager would also love the idea of a light that will not shatter like other glass lights do. Less storage costs, less breakage, more space for other supplies and with our free delivery option even the transportation costs can become a thing of the past.

Take advantage of Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deductions where possible. 

This is a provision in tax laws that are aimed to help reduce the onetime cost of investing in energy efficient lighting technologies besides other energy saving measures.  The cost of improving energy efficiency of a building can be offset under this scheme. Investment in upgrading the lighting infrastructure can be offset under the CBTD subject to a cap of $ 0.6 / square feet.

For a 100,000 square feet facility it works out to $60,000 in tax write-offs. Any expenditure above this can be capitalized and deducted like other expenses. The EISA (Energy Independence Act) of 2007 extended the expiration date of CBTD to projects completed before January 1, 2014.

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Future perfect lights

Hospitals that invest in energy saving Light Emitting Diode based lights are poised to benefit from new research in communication technology. Research is afoot to achieve wireless networking with the help of these lights. This is of great importance in a hospital environment where the use of radio frequencies in limited.

Given the benefits of the LED lighting technology it is no surprise that a variety of LED lighting systems are being adopted by progressive hospitals at a rapid pace. In select applications like surgical lights LED based lights are already market leaders in Europe with a 60% market share. Millennium Research Group estimates that as early as 2014 LED based surgical lights will have 100% of the surgical light market.

Smart hospital managements have seized this opportunity to upgrade the hospital’s infrastructure. Given their many benefits, Moorfield Eye hospital and Velan Hospital are investing in this futuristic lighting technology. In United States Florida Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Muskogee Community Hospital (MCH), Oklahoma and LBJ hospital are some of the trendsetters. Besides eliminating mercury from lighting devices and reducing maintenance and energy costs, these innovative hospitals have ensured patient safety and safeguarded their lighting systems from power fluctuations in emergency situations.

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