Healthcare Lighting Solutions
in Raleigh NC

Healthcare Lighting Solutions
in Raleigh NC

Healthcare LED

Healthcare facilities often struggle with outdated lighting.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.

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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.

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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.

Contact The John Riley Group Today
to learn more about how LED lighting can help modernize
your facilities and contribute to your mission objectives.

Contact The John Riley Group Today
to learn more about how LED lighting can help modernize
your facilities and contribute to your mission objectives.

What Type of Lighting Do Hospitals Use?

Lighting plays one of the most crucial roles in hospitals as there are multiple visual tasks to be performed by the doctors, which require unique lighting fixtures. Hospital lighting is designed for high efficiency and additional functions such as hygiene, safety, and well-being.

Hospital staff performs particular tasks under high stress, such as during surgeries and emergency response treatments. High visual performance is essential as the failure of any lighting fixture poses a high risk of losing a life.

Similarly, well-functioning hospital lighting provides visual comfort and can aid the recovery of patients by improving their sleep, reducing depression, and balancing circadian rhythm.

The John Riley group provides LED lighting for hospitals and healthcare facilities near North Carolina in areas of Harnett, Johnston, Franklin, and more.

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Hospital Rooms Lighting

Every area in a hospital differs in its lighting needs depending on the illumination standard, i.e., lux and Color Rendition required. The John Riley group offers all kinds of led lights for medical use in North Carolina. Read the following to learn more about each hospital room lighting.


Patient room lighting control inside the wards needs 100 lux between the beds and 300 lux on the bed for proper illumination. The objective is to achieve comfort for the patients by reducing glare and the intensity of light that falls on the patients. The color rendering index shouldn’t be less than 80. Additionally, a mobile examination lamp can be used when carrying out examinations to increase the CRI to 90. Also, the lights should have a color temperature of 4000 Kelvins.

Outpatient lighting

A simple and elegant LED lamp is used as a common source for patient room lighting to achieve a comfortable lighting environment so that communication between the patient and the doctor is not hindered when carrying out diagnosis examinations. The required lux for outpatient lighting is 300. For a relaxing warmer atmosphere, a narrow beam downlight of 4000K CCT can be installed above the patient’s position, with the illumination being between 300 and 500 lux.

Emergency Room

For emergency rooms, a clean lighting environment is essential for accurate diagnoses and emergency treatments. For this purpose, the white light of CCT 6000 Kelvins with illumination standard between 300 and 500 lux can provide the perfect light for the hospital staff to treat patients easily.


Medical and Hospital labs often have light-sensitive equipment and thus should be considered when installing lighting design. The laboratory environment requires bright and glare-free light. The lab luminance standard is between 300 and 500 lux, and the goal is to have proper illumination for observation and lab work.

Physiological Exam Room

The illumination needs are not too high in physiological exam rooms and range between 150-300 lux for a properly lit examination environment for patients and doctors.

Operating Rooms

Operation rooms are one of the most demanding hospital patient room lighting areas. It’s crucial to consider additional electrical safety, optical bio-safety, and electromagnetic compatibility with surgical equipment. Standard luminance for operating tables is more than 20,000 lux.

Emergency lighting for OR should be kept for backup, and color development should be as much as possible for the surgeons to have optimum visibility for blood, lesion tissue, and other color changes during surgical procedures.


One of the most neglected areas in terms of lighting design in hospitals is the pharmacy. For pharmacists to dispense the correct medical drugs, high visual accuracy is needed, and the standard luminance is more than 500 lux. Pharmacies should have both vertical and horizontal illumination for proper light conditions.

Advantages of LED Hospital Lighting

Before the LED technology, hospital lighting used incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures. However, warmer and more human-friendly LED lights for hospitals are replacing the old dull and flickering fluorescent lighting. Be sure to consult us if your healthcare facility is in Edgecombe, Nash, and Alamance, and other areas in North Carolina.

Color Temperatures and Circadian Rhythm

Human bodies are attuned to the different shades of natural light as the sun rises and sets. Our response to changing natural light over the 24-hour cycle is also known as our circadian rhythms. It is essentially a physical, mental, and behavioral change. Therefore, poor hospital lighting can potentially impact patients and staff negatively.

LED lights are manufactured in multiple shades of white, and thoughtfully designed healthcare lighting can mimic the effects of daylight.

Access to cool white light in hospital wards, hallways, and operating rooms can help hospital staff remain alert when struggling with long shifts and sleep deprivation. Similarly, warmer Kelvin scales can induce melatonin in the patients during bedtime and help them feel relaxed.

No Health Risks

Hospital patient room lighting is one the most important aspects of healthcare lighting. LEDs do not have mercury or UV radiation found in fluorescent lights, which can harm patients if absorbed through the skin or inhaled, leading to skin and eye damage. Continued exposure to UV radiation or fluorescent lighting has an increased risk of cataracts, premature aging, and cancer.

Moreover, the flickering of old lighting fixtures can also cause headaches and dizziness. LEDs emit little to no UV radiation unless they are UV bulbs for special purposes. LEDs do not flicker or have color spikes, improving overall health and reducing the risk of possible health issues.


Get a Free Consultation Today!

To save huge electricity costs with energy-efficient lighting solutions in your Hospital, contact the John Riley Group today for a free consultation and quote for the installation or retrofitting of led lights for medical facilities across North Carolina in areas such as Person, Cumberland, Wayne, and more.

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