Ancillary areas are integral to the efficient operation of a secure health facility. Lighting must focus on functionality as activities can vary considerably.
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Best Practice Advice
Minimising Potential Accidents
In laundry rooms, for example, inadequate lighting can conceal trip hazards and slippery floors which can cause accidents.
A bright interior with light coloured surfaces is advised. Higher vertical illuminances, and some light onto the ceiling, is recommended. Glare control will also safeguard staff against discomfort or reduced visibility.
Luminaires that are easy to clean, with long service lives, will help minimise any down time for maintenance.
Automated occupancy controls are especially valuable as ancillary areas are not continuously occupied.
Levels of illumination vary depending on each ancillary area. For example, CIBSE LG2 recommends 300 lux at bench height for laundry rooms and 200 lux at the floor for plant rooms/supply stores.
Using a lighting control system can improve the quality of illumination as well as reduce energy consumption. Control systems allow the use of light in the required place, at the right time and in the optimum quantity. At Designplan we can provide control solutions for traditional switched applications and standalone luminaire operation, through to full networked systems utilising the DALI protocol.
We are pleased to announce that we now supply antibacterial paint to improve our customers infection control measures further still. Our optional antibacterial powder coatings reduce the growth of harmful bacteria on a painted luminaire surface used in a secure health facility.
PDF Lighting Guide
Our 24 page lighting guide identifies typical Secure Healthcare applications, focusing on the principles of good lighting. We examine the benefits of a robust construction, with service-user safety of paramount importance, standards compliance and specific design requirements including anti-ligature luminaires for “safer” environments. To download your copy click on the button below.