The Healthcare Lighting Challenge

The diversity of the healthcare environment makes lighting a complex challenge. In summary, healthcare lighting must take into account the needs of the following:

Appropriate lighting design along with the correct selection of luminaires is essential to provide an environment that will aid the recovery of a patient.

The correct ambience can affect mood and perception as well as enabling critical chemical reactions in the body. The design of luminaires also needs to take into account infection control, whether minimising horizontal surfaces to reduce dust collection, or for ease of maintenance and cleaning.

Healthcare organisations are committed to being leading sustainable and low carbon organisations. NHS organisations specifically have Government set targets for carbon reduction and an additional financial imperative in the form of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme. It is not just an environmental and financial necessity for healthcare providers to reduce carbon emissions, but also to work with suppliers who have strong sustainability credentials.

The use of energy efficient lighting can play a large role in reducing energy costs as typically lighting can account for over 35% of the electricity used in a typical hospital*. With UK energy inflation the highest in the EU**, energy costs are going to be a major challenge for healthcare providers over the next decade, highlighting the importance of evaluating lighting projects on a whole life cost basis.

* The Carbon Trust, June 2010

** Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), June 2013

Lighting must enable the performance of visual tasks by hospital staff, from examination to night-time observation. The correct lighting can also enhance the well-being of staff, and help staff appreciate their workplace.

Lighting must contribute to an overall ambience of comfort, safety and reassurance for visitors. It can also help to encourage positive feelings from their visit.

Why Thorlux?

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  • UK owned, with luminaires designed, engineered and manufactured in the West Midlands since 1936
  • Specific Healthcare lighting range
  • Market-leading luminaire efficiency giving maximum energy savings with a proven return on investment in the NHS.
  • Proven reliability and long-term performance ensuring minimum on-going maintenance
  • Unique Government backed carbon offsetting programme
  • Industry leading after-sales support
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Example Healthcare Lighting Solutions

Ward Lighting Solutions

Lighting within ward areas has to be a careful balance between function, aesthetic and energy efficiency. Lighting levels need to be high enough to allow nursing staff to provide care, but not so high as to impact on the comfort of patients trying to rest. Please click on the below links which will guide you through lighting of ward spaces.

Healthcare Lighting Case Studies

State of the art lighting control systems and market-leading luminaire efficiency provides maximum energy savings with a proven return on investment in the NHS, our results can be seen on a number of case studies conducted by Thorlux on recently completed projects

Queens Medical Centre Corridor

Energy Saving: 66%

Airdale NHS Foundation Trust

Energy Saving: 76%

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals

Energy Saving: 76%

Critical Care and High Dependency

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Operating Theatres and Cleanrooms

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Projects Including Healthcare




 Alexandra Hospital

Alexandra Hospital

gb  Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospital

ie  Beacon Hospital

Beacon Hospital

gb  Belfast City Hospital

Belfast City Hospital

gb  Burnley Hospital - Urgent Care Centre

Burnley Hospital - Urgent Care Centre

gb  Farjo Hair Institute

Farjo Hair Institute




 Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

gb  Oxford University Hospitals

Oxford University Hospitals

gb  Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Royal Hallamshire Hospital

gb  St Andrew's Healthcare

St Andrew's Healthcare

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