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Healthcare Lighting


David Sowoolu, Site and Facilities Service Manager at the UCL Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, comments, “PLS have given a virtually maintenance-free solution that has been extremely effective, negating the need to spend time, effort and expense on replacing failed light bulbs, ballasts and fittings.”


Since installing the energy efficient lighting the savings that the hospital have made have been huge. The areas of the hospital with the new lighting have seen a reduction in their annual consumption of carbon and electricity by 67 per cent. “Premium Lighting Solutions’ innovative LED technology is making a dramatic impact on sustainability at the Heart Hospital. The LED panels that were installed are delivering a quality of light at a fraction of the energy consumption that was used previously.” David Sowoolu, Site and Facilities Service Manager at the UCL Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. By fitting this new light system the hospital has now freed up vital budget to spend in other departments and improve patients visits.


Many studies have shown that certain


lighting can actually improve our quality of life, help our sleeping patterns and lift the atmosphere. One healthcare establishment that has put this theory in to practise is The Marienstift, in Bad Tölz, Germany. This home provides care for 97 elderly residents, with its key ideology being the individual well being of each and every person. The communal areas of the home have been designed with strong, friendly colours in line with the principles of colour therapy. To complement the renovation work Helvar were commissioned to fit a new light system comprising of an illuminated ceiling, using daylight control. The system mirrors the light patterns of natural light; at sunrise the ceiling lamps start with a high proportion of warm tones, moving through to midday only the cold tones are illuminated and then by sunset the warm tones come back in to play. Once the sun has set the ceiling light automatically turns off and the wall lamps and down lights take over. This lighting system benefits the residents in multiple ways, it helps improve visibility for people with sight impairments and can be particularly effective in settling the moods


of people suffering with dementia. "We are very excited about the many positive effects of the new light solution. Relatives immediately register the feeling of well-being here too, and that is something we are very proud of," says Richard Stoll, manager of the Marienstift in Bad Tölz. Both the Heart Hospital and the Marienstift have seen great results in the use of their new lighting systems, from saving money – meaning it can be spent elsewhere, to improving the quality of life within the residential home, both projects have met their briefs and surpassed expectations.


Written by Ruth Hales


CONTACT Premium Lighting Solutions (PLS) T: +44 (0) 1209 311081 W: www.premiumlighting.co.uk


Helvar T: +44 (0) 1322 222211 W: www.helvar.com


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Top Left: The Marienstift Residential Home. Top Right: Illuminated ceiling in The Marienstift, supplied by Helvar. Right: Warm and cold tone lamps in the illuminated ceiling at the Mariensteift, supplied by Helvar.


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