Philips’ Mood Lighting in Hospitals

Positive thinking is an important part of a patient’s recovery, but it’s hard to muster in a place with drab fluorescent lighting. So Philips is hoping to improve the mood of hospital rooms with their color changingHealWell lighting system.

In recent years Philips has been really gung-ho on the idea of chromatherapy improving our lives with their Ambilight TV system and color changing lamps. But their new HealWell lighting system—designed for hospital recovery rooms—is a more practical application of that technology.

The system uses an overhead fake sunlight combined with accent lighting and a bedside reading lamp that can all be controlled by the patient to create a mood that makes them most comfortable. The lights can also run autonomously, cycling through colors that best match the time of day and look of real sunshine. The HealWell system recently completed a nine monthfield test in the Netherlands, where it was found that patients slept longer and fell asleep quicker, which helps reduce recovery times.

Having successfully completed the testing, the Philips HealWell lighting system will be officially released at the end of January. So if you were planning to spend some time in the hospital in the near future, you might want to hold off for a while. [Philips via designboom]

As humans, light influences our health and well-being much more than we realise. Independent research has shown that there is a clear and positive relation between exposing patients to sufficient light during the day and their health and well-being.

The more time patients spend in daylight, or artificial light that mimics natural daylight, the better it is for them. In fact, light can improve patient satisfaction, comfort, mood and quality of sleep.

The effect of light on our biological clock is also important as it influences many aspects of our physical and emotional well-being. This biological clock is regulated by light and darkness, by the daily cycles of night and day and the time we spend asleep and awake.

‘healwell’ night lighting

In the morning, when the sun comes up and light levels increase, we wake up and become active and alert. In the evening, when the sun goes down, we unwind, relax and prepare for sleep. Our body’s hormone levels rise and fall with these light cycles. Cortisol production increases with morning light and decreases throughout the course of the day. Melatonin levels increase as darkness sets in and decrease as morning approaches.

In our modern society, we spend much of our time indoors – at home, in a school, office, shop or hospital. Those who have to stay indoors for significant parts of their time, like hospital patients, can be particularly at risk of getting insufficient light during the day to set their biological clock properly.

HealWell uses an intelligent networked control system. It automatically manages a rhythm of dynamic daylight as well as allowing patients and staff to control settings individually.

The total lighting system can be implemented in your hospital as a turnkey solution. Philips will provide a complete service on project management, lighting design, installation and training for staff. The resulting HealWell experience will create a unique and differentiating healing environment in your hospital.

By combining state-of-the-art technology, scientific knowledge and end-user insights, we can transform the experience for everyone in your hospital by having a positive impact on the healing environment.

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