Shedding Light on Healthcare Lighting Design Strategies
With lighting equipment accounting for a good portion of a project’s FF&E costs, budget frequently drives healthcare lighting programs. At the same time, healthcare organizations realize that successful designs can pay off.For example, proper lighting can potentially improve patient satisfaction surveys—and, subsequently, reimbursements tied to those surveys—by positively influencing patients’ perceptions of their environments. Beyond satisfaction, though, well-lit interiors can provide visually varied and stress-reducing spaces, shown by research to enhance patient outcomes and well-being. Overall, design experts agree that measuring the success of a lighting program should go well beyond aesthetics and function and focus on how the occupants are experiencing the light.