Healthcare

Our human-centric lighting ‘boosts patient recovery’

A hospital corridor with lights illuminated along it
The Biolux HCL range provides ‘biologically optimised’ day-to-night lighting which the company says reflects natural circadian rhythms to benefit both patients and medical staff, improving sleep regularity, concentration and mood.

LEDVANCE has introduced a range of so-called human-centric lighting products which it claims will improve patient recovery in hospitals.

The Biolux HCL range provides ‘biologically optimised’ day-to-night lighting which  the company says reflects natural circadian rhythms to benefit both patients and medical staff, improving sleep regularity, concentration and mood.

‘It’s common for hospital patients to suffer from a loss of circadian synchronisation, especially in intensive care units, which are often without significant quantities of daylight. Dieter Lang, human centric lighting expert at Ledvance, told Lux.

‘A stable circadian rhythm can support good sleep and, therefore, good recovery.

‘The Biolux HCL follows the natural rhythm of day and night by providing brighter, bluer light during the day which reduces in brightness and blue content in the evening. 

‘As a result, a healthy day-night rhythm for the patients is supported.’

Besides supporting the sleep rhythms of patients, the lighting can also improve the wellbeing and productivity of hospital staff, especially in rooms which are often without natural daylight such as X-Ray or MRI rooms, says Lang.

Furthermore, specific lighting designed for night shifts keeps staff active and alert at the late hour without desynchronising their body clock.

The range consists of a control unit, panel and downlight which communicate wirelessly with each other. 

The control unit, operated via a smartphone app, enables healthcare providers to select appropriate light modes for their facilities, with five pre-programmed lighting modes available.