Light is something we all take for granted.
We come into the office, we flick a switch and low and behold, we have light!
What a lot of us don’t realise though is the benefit different sources of light can have on our physical and mental health.
There are two different types of light source, artificial and natural.
Artificial lighting is what we are used to within a medical or commercial setting and LED (light emitting diode) lighting is preferred. Not only is it energy efficient which means lower costs it is also known to have a number of health benefits.
They can increase mood and energy levels due to blue wavelengths which slow the production of melatonin in the brain, the hormone that helps us sleep
They are eco-friendly, because on average they last 35 times longer than the old halogen lightbulb this cuts down on material and production. Not only this but they do not contain the same toxic compounds or elements like mercury
They are hugely energy-efficient, they have 80-90% efficiency, meaning 80-90% of their energy is turned into light as opposed to heat
They are tough! LED lights are made from sturdy components and materials and therefore can withstand weather and abrasion
Natural light is of course the preference where possible and is becoming more and more popular within medical design
These days patients want to feel comfortable while they are waiting for their appointment and what better way than to utilise natural light in order to make the space seem airy and bright
By utilising existing windows or installing new ones you are introducing a whole other set of health benefits to your patients and staff
Natural light is comforting, by bringing the feeling of the outdoors in you will find patients are less stressed
It saves money. By limiting the use of artificial light where possible you will cut down on your energy bills
It boosts Vitamin D, which is always a good thing! Vitamin D maintains the health of bones and teeth, supports the immune system, brain, nervous system and lungs and regulates the body’s insulin levels which is beneficial to those suffering from diabetes. What’s not to love!
As you can see lighting has more benefits than you think so make sure you take the time to do your research before selecting lighting/ finalising plans for your new clinic.