Lighting in Healthcare Spaces
The SimTigrate Design Lab has conducted several projects surrounding sleep and other impacts of light in healthcare spaces. Our early work characterized the functions lighting needs to perform in an in-patient environment to support quality care delivery. One finding has been that the current design of lighting in these environments is insufficient in achieving these functions.
Recent improved understanding of the physiology of the eye has created new opportunities to use lighting to impact various aspects of daily life, including alertness and mood. Lighting technology itself also has advanced: we now have access to LED lights that can be tuned and dimmed to specific color temperatures. These factors provide promising potential impacts in healthcare environments.