Corridors form the backbone of a secure health facility, linking residential and treatment spaces for both people and services.
These circulation spaces ensure effective movement from one location to another and act as a means of orientation. The lighting must factor in the requirements of everyone using these functional, yet crucial, spaces.
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A Sense Of Safety And Security
Light offers a sense of safety and security by optimising our spatial awareness. Corridors can be a confined space, requiring lighting that does not produce glare or shine into adjacent rooms.
At night time, or during periods of rest, non-clinical areas leading off a corridor benefit when light levels are set to provide low ambient illumination.
Energy efficient LED lighting can incorporate a variety of dimming and occupancy sensor options to ensure that luminaires are only at full output when actually required.
To maintain a bright hygienic environment, luminaires require high ingress protection measures to ensure easy cleaning. Lighting should also be robustly constructed and require little in the way of maintenance.
In an emergency situation, corridors can often double as the exit route to a place of safety.
Function and duration tests of emergency luminaires have to be conducted regularly and the results recorded. Automated test systems can help you meet your legal obligations see the technical support section for more information.
Levels of illumination in a corridor can vary depending on the time of day. BS EN12464-1 recommends 200 lux for multi-purpose corridors during the day and CIBSE LG2 suggests 5 lux on the floor at night for corridors leading on to bedrooms.
There are many guides, directives and standards relating to emergency lighting including BS EN60598-2-22 for emergency luminaires, The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations, and BS5266 Part 1:2016, Code of Practice for the Emergency Lighting of Premises.
BS EN 62034 and BS EN 50172 relate directly to your legal requirement to ensure your emergency lighting systems are routinely inspected, tested and the test results recorded. We can provide professional guidance on how you can meet your emergency lighting obligations. For example, we offer a DALI emergency lighting test system called DesignPath that automatically carries out routine testing, records results and reports faults.
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.