The aim of de-escalation “calming” rooms is to allow the service user to enter an area where they can de-escalate from their current emotional state. This safe place reduces the chance of physical injury to both themselves and others.
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Utilising RGBW illumination
Introducing muted colour in this environment can help provide a calming, quiet and low-stimulus space. This can be achieved using RGBW luminaires, which mix red, green, blue and white light to achieve an infinite palette of colours and intensities.
To help reduce stress levels further, a non-institutional feel to these luminaires is important and they should produce a pleasant, diffused light.
Anti-ligature luminaires are often specified as they can help prevent self-harming. There are generally no moving or protruding parts and rounded or bevelled corners, with minimal gaps, prevent points where something can be attached.
Luminaires with a high impact resistance are required as a service user recovers from a distressed emotional state.
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.
Antibacterial paint is now available 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.