Nurse stations are often the central hub of a secure health facility as it is operational 24/7. Tasks can vary considerably, from screen and paper based through to face to face discussions with colleagues and visitors.
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Best Practice Advice
High quality lighting, particularly in terms of visual comfort and glare control is essential. Illuminating vertical surfaces, including the faces of operational staff and service users, is especially important.
If there is access to daylight, this should be maximised where possible, and lighting controls should be used to ensure that the lighting is energised only as required.
Light levels must be carefully selected to allow for effective 24/7 operation. Lighting must be flexible to allow the night shift to have sufficient illumination to perform their work without disturbing service-users.
In a nurse station it is advisable to use low maintenance lighting tailored to the task.
It is important to balance light levels, and light quality, whilst ensuring nurses’ stations are not over illuminated and waste energy. The provision of dimming control, for specific tasks, and the uniformity of light should be maximised. Energy savings can be made by employing lighting controls.
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.