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Lighting for Senior Care | Planning Recommendations

More Light Less Shadow

Our long term expertise, close contact with scientific research and frequent dialogue with the nursing and care industry enable Derungs light solutions to meet the requirements specific to old age and improve quality of life. Our innovations are constantly optimised by scientific evaluation.

Hospital Products Australia and our Aged Care Lighting partner, Derungs, are passionate about increasing light for protection in our later years.

We are very pleased to share some of our research and insights with you and encourage you to contact our Health & Aged Care Lighting Specialist Team to organise a more in-depth and personalised conversation about the integration of proven technologies into your Aged Care Lighting concept.

BASIC PLANNING PRINCIPLES – Perfection is our goal

Whether a new building or renovation, in the recreation area, bathroom or resident’s rooms – light is an important design tool.

Lighting should not dominate the room, but blend harmoniously into the overall architectural design.  Used effectively, lighting can have a positive impact on well-being, health and capability.

Sophisticated lighting design should take into account the daily needs of residents and caregivers as well as how the individual rooms will be used.  The addition of natural light sources, such as window and skylights, must also be considered.

RECOMMENDATIONS – Features of good lighting

Daylight and artificial light, colours and materials form a whole.  This interplay can be targeted to facilitate architectural and interior design.  Along with calculated use of colour, proper use of light also plays a major role.

Sophisticated light planning can compensate for reduced mobility and sensory abilities caused by advancing age.  In some cases, some symptoms of dementia can also be reduced.

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Lighting as a room design tool

Proper lighting in the right location

  • Entrances to buildings should be particularly well-lit during the day and dimly-lit at night, as the entrance performs a “gateway role” and the eye adapts to the light/dark transition
  • Reduce illumination intensity at exits in the living areas to ensure safety of particularly vulnerable residents
  • Illuminating communal areas, corridors and lounges encourages their use
  • Emphasize doors to washrooms, recreation areas or public spaces with effective lighting
  • Low-shadow lighting prevents missteps and falls

Colour Temperatures & Colour Rendering

  • The interaction between colour temperatures and the colour scheme of the rooms should be considered.
  • Warm-white light is preferred in the living areas
  • Visual Timing Light (VTL) changes the look and feel of the room throughout the day to help adjust the circadian rhythm of the residents.
  • Good colour rendering in a dining area enhances the appearance of food