Lighting for the 21st-centur y Healthcare Facility

| 29/01/2009
Instalaciones Iluminación Documentación Artículos Lighting for the 21st-centur y Healthcare Facility

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John Gill
Chair, Committee for Healthcare Facilities,
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)


Concepts driving the new RP-29 are: new technologies (both in lighting and healthcare); visual comfort, not just illuminance; focus on patient comfort; and circadian rhythms and health.

The modern hospital or healthcare facility is a complex, multi-faceted institution. A wide variety of specially trained personnel and technologies interact with patients and their families. The patients themselves represent the infinite varieties of people ? young and old, able-bodied and infirm. Enabling visibility with light for all these people in all the possible conditions present in a hospital is a challenge, to say the least.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), the pre-eminent technical authority on lighting in the western hemisphere, has a committee specifically dedicated to following the lighting needs of the healthcare industry. To help provide guidance through the puzzle of issues involved in lighting hospitals and other healthcare facilities, the IESNA Committee for Healthcare Facilities created a recommended practice entitled ?Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities?. The first version of this document was published in 1985 and was updated in 1995. The committee is now in the final stages of publishing the third version of this document, intended for issue as an American National Standard in 2005.

The committee?s mission in authoring the third version of this recommended practice is to create a comprehensive guide for the implementation of lighting in a modern healthcare facility in the 21st century. The recommended practice is the authoritative resource intended for architects and designers, hospital engineers and administrators and manufacturers of lighting products for the
healthcare industry.
Gill, John

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