Hubbell Lighting has announced that engineers at Hubbell Healthcare Solutions have designed a luminaire for patient room lighting. The Remedi LED multi-function bed light addresses the interests and needs of the patient, healthcare staff and facility management. The design strikes a balance between visual comfort and quality illumination while providing a number of features that improve staff efficiency, patient safety and ease of servicing.
The functionality, performance and aesthetics of Remedi establish a benchmark for what is achievable with an LED patient bed light. The four optical compartments eliminate the need to physically move any portion of the luminaire housing to utilize the key lighting functions. This is an innovation that allows the healthcare professional to more accomplish patient evaluations, eliminates potentially hazardous activity over the patient, and reduces the chance of contamination.
This approach to the overall functional design was supported by input from healthcare professionals who struggled with the physical act of rotating the housing to aim the light at the bed surface. Research showed that often times staff wasn’t even aware that any exam lighting was available, reinforcing the belief that patient evaluations were happening without adequate illumination.
The ambient and reading recommendations for average illumination and uniformity are met with dedicated optical compartments. For patient examination, Remedi utilizes a front optical compartment along with the ambient function to create a multi-source of light that reduces direct glare, delivers uniformity, provides illumination levels and reduces shadows. A molded linear optic is incorporated into the exam compartment to direct light on the bed surface while the ambient source provides an indirect contribution. The ambient source is energized when the examination function is engaged. This approach to exam illumination delivers more than 100 average footcandles on the patient bed with a uniformity under 5:1 max:min. Remedi can be specified in one of four color temperatures (3000K, 3500K, 4000K or 5000K) and with either a greater than 80 or greater than 90 CRI.
By choosing to design around a solid-state light source (versus converting a fluorescent solution), more opportunities existed to explore product forms. The Remedi design is an alternative to traditional flip-top solutions. The sloping contours not only reduce the visual size but position optical compartments to maximize performance. The form, transitions between planes and lack of visible hardware further contribute to the architectural appearance of Remedi that is desired for patient rooms.
Another departure from the norm is the use of an air gap between the optical housing and wire way. This approach presents the opportunity to incorporate an indirect night light. By hiding the aperture of the night light, there is zero glare, adding to patient comfort. It is available in either 3000K white light or amber (590 nm) to minimize disruption to a patient’s sleep patterns. Another option is the three-way night light switching that offers On/Off and light level control. This control turns on the night light at 25 percent. The light level can then be increased to match the task – ensuring patient comfort and staff satisfaction.
Another goal of Remedi is installation and servicing ease. A two-piece wire way cover provides access to removable gear plates and the end caps have a removable panel that allows replacement of LED trays. Critical components can be replaced without the need to remove Remedi from the wall.
The addition of Remedi will enhance the overall value proposition for the healthcare facility. The Hubbell portfolio of LED lighting solutions helps improve operations, reduce maintenance, perform as advertised and save money. With solutions covering indoor architectural lighting, emergency lighting, exterior site lighting and specialty healthcare products, Hubbell Lighting has solutions for healthcare facility lighting applications.
The features and benefits of the Remedi:
- An overall design that eliminates the need to physically manipulate the luminaire
- Performance across all illumination functions
- Construction that will hold up to daily use
- A standard antimicrobial finish that contributes to the control of hospital-acquired infections
- A variety of switching options to fit different needs
- Installation and servicing ease