Healthcare Lighting Solutions
in Raleigh NC
Healthcare facilities often struggle with outdated lighting. The results impact patient wellbeing and tax the resources of already over utilized facilities departments.
Fortunately, the many disadvantages of aging lighting technology can be easily eliminated by upgrading to commercial LED lighting. We specialize in efficiently and effectively eliminating the problems associated with fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting.
Let’s take a closer look at the problems with older lighting technologies, the advantages of LED, and the ease with which our technicians can upgrade your lighting.
What are the Inherent Problems with Aging Lighting?
HID and fluorescent lighting are the predominant light sources in hospitals, clinics and parking lots. They contribute to poorly lit corridors and patient rooms, increased mistakes, and reduced safety.
To better understand this, consider the following aspects of fluorescent and HID lighting:
- Typically produce omnidirectional light – which means only a percentage of the light produced is used for illuminating the intended target, and more powerful lamps and reflectors are needed to provide adequate illumination.
- Often produce unfortunate side effects like flickering and offensive coloration. This can lead to health issues, and unnecessary eyestrain, significantly impacting the patient/staff experience.
- Require regular replacement – fluorescent lamps are typically replaced at three year intervals, and lumen output degrades dramatically over that period. It’s not uncommon on large healthcare campuses to see multiple facilities employees or subcontractors whose sole function is relamping and re-ballasting.
- There are other increased costs inherent with legacy lighting. Fluorescent lamps generate a great deal of heat, resulting in increased building cooling costs.
What Are The Advantages of LED Lighting?
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) distinguish themselves from fluorescent technologies by virtue of the fact that the process of producing light by exciting hazardous gasses is eliminated. Light is created when low voltage current is used to energize the diodes.
Among its greatest benefits is the fact that LED is so much more efficient. Commercial LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy consumed by older technologies.
The light is more unidirectional and can easily be focused on the surface(s) requiring illumination.
Because LED lumen output can be maintained for much longer periods, your patients and staff will enjoy a more inviting atmosphere, and heightened safety and security, for many years to come.
Finally, LED dominates traditional lighting by virtue of its reliability. When our diodes are subjected to industry standard testing, the projected life expectancy is 200,000 hours. That means they’ll illuminate the average building for 20+ years.
Is Upgrading to
LED Lighting Difficult?
Upgrading to LED requires a certain subset of skills, especially when it’s performed in a healthcare setting. This necessitates a thorough assessment of existing conditions, and the design and installation of optimal replacements.
The good news is that one of our company specialties is upgrading healthcare facilities to LED.