Light in a patient’s room

A patient’s room is very complex from a lighting perspective because both the patient’s and staff’s needs must be considered. Regardless of the time of day the patient needs a calm and stress-free environment that feels safe and promotes healing and well being. Staffs needs sufficient work light to examine and treat patients, administer medication and make notes.

During the day, sunlight is supplemented with intense, relatively cold ambient light with a high proportion of blue light. The light is generated by the general lighting of Eira, the uplighting of Aluflex Medica and by Pleiad Wallwasher against the opposite wall. This lighting supresses the production of melatonin and stimulates the production of cortisol to ensure alertness during the day. 


During the afternoon and evening, the light levels are reduced and the light becomes warmer. The lighting follows recommendations for light that supports the circadian rhythm and prepares the body for the night by permitting melatonin production. The warm light is generated by the uplighting in Aluflex Medica and Pleiad Wallwasher against the opposite wall.


Lighting is also needed in patient rooms at night and then preferably light without blue elements so that important night-time sleep is not disturbed. Amber is a light where we quite simply remove the blue part of the light. By using lighting with low levels of amber, we ensure enough light for the staff to be able to check on the patient and for the patient to be able to orient themselves in the room. Only the downlight in Aluflex Medica is used as night lighting with Amber. 


During an examination, light of at least 1,000 lux is required on the bed and we achieve this by combining the light from Aluflex Medica and Eira. Eira is an omnidirectional general light and directed examination light in one solution. Pleiad Wallwasher provides supplementary ambient light. 


Consider this

Light control

The patient must, to the greatest degree possible, be able to control their own light and select the type of light that they want. In hospital, the patient is in a vulnerable situation and dependent on others, and the more control they have, the more at ease they feel. 

Colour selection

We are seeing patient rooms with brightly coloured walls more often, but note, the colour of the walls also has an impact on the colour of the light. Bright, attractive rooms help to improve the patient’s mood in the often, boring daily routine involved in an extended hospital stay. The design and colour scheme of the room together with good lighting and supply channels that have a discrete and not-so-technical design, also contribute to a more pleasant atmosphere.