Health and Care

Health and Care


Health and Care


Improved quality of life for dementia patients

At a residential group of dementia patients, controllable lighting was installed, allowing for different lighting intensities and light colours to be realised and their effects on the residents' well-being and social activities to be examined systematically.

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Reducing costs
Creating interiors
Supporting people

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Added value 1: supporting people

Integral approach regarding the biological effects of lighting
  • Individual control allows for personal preferences
  • Support for nursing staff during a variety of tasks
  • Light helps to reduce fears and promotes social interaction
  • Daylight supplemented by artificial lighting via a daylight-based control system provides important time cues in care facilities and stabilises people's
    circadian rhythm
Getting ready for sleep
During the day with cloudy sky
During the day at sunshine
Stimulation in the morning

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Added value 2: creating interiors

Creating interiors
  • Light and architecture as spatial expression of the mission statement of a hospital or nursing home
  • Stronger identification with the environment among patients, people in need of care and staff members
  • Selectively illuminated room zones connect people with each other
    (St. Katharina study)
  • Various lighting scenes adjusted to a variety of private needs and work tasks

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Added value 3: reducing costs

Reducing costs
  • The luminaires are being operated with the ideal amount of light at the right time and place
  • Optimised lighting management has an impact on operating costs and saves resources
  • Appropriate lighting supports staff members during their tasks
  • Cost-efficient lighting concepts do not restrict quality of life and recovery

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Design example waiting area

  • tunableWhite solution with variable light colours and illuminance levels similar to daylight
  • Perfect artificial lighting supplement in areas lacking daylight thanks to diffuse wide-area lighting
  • Open-plan room ambience is enhanced by additional luminance levels on the walls
Opal wide-area luminaire

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Design example examination room

  • Innovative glare control
  • High uniformity
  • Balanced shadow detail
  • SUPERSYSTEM serving as additional component to support the room ambience
LIGHT FIELDS evolution

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Design example OP theatre

  • Wide-area luminaires have a stimulating effect to provide compensation for lack of daylight
  • The lighting concept is focussed on the operating area
  • CLEAN SUPREME has obtained certification according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1 for clean-room classes 3 to 9.
CLEAN supreme LED
Clean-room luminaire for extreme requirements

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Nursing home & Care center Alpsteeblick
Appenzell, Switzerland
Owner: Nursing home & Care center Alpsteeblick, Appenzell (CH)
Lighting design: Reflexion AG Zurich (CH)
Electrical installations: Elektro Sonderer AG, Appenzell (CH)
Providing a home and community venue for people in need of care and helping those in their twilight years enjoy a well-earned rest – these are the guiding principles of the nursing home and care centre in the Swiss town of Appenzell in eastern Switzerland, which was opened in 2016 with room for 63 residents. Attentive staff and light-filled rooms and terraces with sweeping views of the nearby mountains soon help visitors realise that the mission statement is much more than just empty words. This commitment is also reflected in an extraordinary lighting concept drawn up by the Reflexion AG Zurich lighting design studio and implemented by the Zumtobel lighting manufacturer.

Care expert and researcher Linda Premerlani laid the foundations for a special lighting concept during the construction phase of the Alpsteeblick nursing home and care centre. Premerlani looked closely at the results of scientific research projects like the St. Katharina study from Zumtobel, which demonstrated the significant influence of light on patient well-being in medical centres. Based on these findings, residents and employees at Alpsteeblick now experience generous levels of natural light supplemented by artificial light that is adapted to precisely reflect the changing course of daylight. Scientists advocate the use of high, biologically effective light doses during daylight hours – especially for patients with dementia, who often experience a kind of ‘desynchronisation’ of their internal clock. Time spent outside on the terraces is generally not sufficient. Depending on the state of the weather and the particular season, it may also be the case that the amount of natural light falls someway short of the levels recommended by scientific thinkers. Large areas of diffuse artificial light therefore complement the natural lighting situation in large swathes of the building during the day.

Biologically effective light enhances the well-being of residents and employees
Wide-area luminaires from the CIELOS modular lighting system are used to deliver bright and diffuse light in the communal areas of the nursing home. The tunableWhite technology integrated into the fittings seamlessly adjusts the light colour from reddish warm white to bluish daylight white. This is good news for sensitive receptors in the retina part of the human eye, which have a major influence on key hormonal processes. These receptors are optimally stimulated by the additional components of the light colours found in the bluish spectral range. As a result, while reduced and comfortable light moods tend to dominate in the Alpsteeblick facilities during the darker hours, high-intensity diffuse light with a stronger proportion of blue light has a stimulating effect during the day. This helps avoid short naps and therefore improve the quality of sleep at night. Employees also benefit from this new lighting technology, with bright light supporting shift workers during the night and then helping them enjoy deep and more recuperative sleep when they are finished.

CIELOS can also be seen in a special area known as the ‘care oasis’, where bedridden residents receive intensive assistance. As access to daylight is rather limited in this part of the nursing home, individuals can enjoy a large and diffuse tunableWhite lighting solution that acts like a lighting canopy directly above the beds. Precise controls then ensure a gentle transition as night approaches.

The ONDARIA fittings installed in the communal sections and meeting places further support the biological lighting effects. With its round design and a seemingly spontaneous luminaire arrangement, ONDARIA also creates a welcoming atmosphere in the entrance areas of the home. At the same time, the practical and biologically effective light suits both the residents and the employees as they carry out their daily work.

A large multi-purpose room brings people together by hosting varied events such as religious services, group activities, presentations and Christmas celebrations. Lighting controls help tailor the atmosphere in the large room to reflect the various different requirements, with one simple touch of a button generating exactly the right light for every occasion.

Perfect symmetry between the psychological and biological aspects of light
The lighting solution in Alpsteeblick has proved its worth to employees and residents alike during the first year of operation. Two senior members of staff from the nursing care team (Mrs. Gordana Pavlovic, the head of the care and support section, together with another team leader) have been working closely with Mr. Robert Heim from the local Elektro Sonderer AG company to configure appropriate light patterns for residents and employees. A rolling process has helped find solutions that meet the full range of needs and expectations, enabling the new installation to strike a fine balance between visual, emotional and biological requirements. Indeed, any optimal light concept has to focus on more than just biological effectiveness, as the psychological components of light in architecture and the individual understanding of ecological values also need to be taken into account. It is therefore important that the light situation is accepted not only by the immediate users but also by the relatives of residents. For this purpose, information about the features and benefits of the lighting solution is available to anyone visiting the care home.

The “Kunst am Bau” (art in architecture) project is also fully behind the idea of creating a warm and welcoming institution with a friendly atmosphere. Residents are asked about their favourite places and memories when they first move in, while personal photos and individual stories adorn the walls of the care centre. In addition, pictures of charming Appenzell houses surrounded by green landscapes strengthen the emotional connection to the local region. These images are even displayed in the private chapel for a few months to respectfully remember residents who have passed away. The warm, subdued and selective nature of the lighting here adds an air of tranquillity and gives the room a fitting atmosphere for personal reflections and private farewells. A very special light is certainly shining throughout the Alpsteeblick home.

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Al Jalila Children's Hospital
Dubai, UAE
Owner: Dubai Health Authority
Architect: Studio Altieri Internationa
Electrical installations: Al-Futtaim Carillion LLC
Photos: Robert James Bova
The Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital is a USD 183 million project in Al Jadaf, Dubai. The hospital is a gift from His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the children of the UAE to celebrate his daughters Al Jalila’s first birthday. The development of the hospital is being done through the Dubai Health Authority and Latifa Hospital.

The hospital was designed by Studio Altieri International and includes approximately 200 beds. It offers a number of medical services for children including centres for pediatric trauma, cardiology, nephrology and orthopedics as well as a transplant unit, operating rooms and outpatient clinics.

Zumtobel and Thorn worked hand in hand to provide the best possible solution to the hospital. Zumtobel took over the solution for the 8 operating theatres while Thorn supplied the general lighting areas.

The solution provided by Zumtobel allows for colour changing inside the operating theatres thanks to the customization of CLEAN. CLEAN complies with all relevant standards for operating theatres such as ISO Cleanliness Classes 3 to 9 and furthermore operates in rooms with positive pressure and negative pressure containment. The luminaire has 5 LED strips inside: 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue plus 2 white strips integrated between the colours. The lighting scenes can be changed instantly with the SIRIA control panel. Light helps to reduce fears and promotes social interaction. Thanks to the flexibility of changing the room atmosphere, a less stressful environment can be created for children undergoing surgery.

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Montefiore Private Hospital
Hove, England
Owner: Spire Health Care (UK)
Architect: Nightingale Associates (UK)
Lighting technology: Hamson JPA (UK)
Photos: Redshift Photography
The ambition of this Hove based project was to transform an old Victorian building into a private hospital.

Originally built as a furniture depository for Hannington’s De­partment Store in the 1890s, the building was extended in the 1930s and converted to an office in the 1970s.

With it's stag­gered floor plates (lined with asbestos), steep internal ramps, fixed service cores and dreary decor, this was going to be a complex task to achieve and presented a fascinating architec­tural problem.

Zumtobel, in con­junction with Hamson JPA and Nightingale Associates, had the challenging task of creating a unique lighting design that fully met the client’s brief, to create the look and feel of a sophisticated modern hotel, rather than a hospital.

Zumtobel’s luminaires have fully achieved this brief throughout the entire building. In the reception area, tunable ARCOS luminaires allow for full colour change according to the artwork on display from local artists.

In the patient rooms, BELIA’s discreet appearance blends into wooden panels, whilst also still being fully functional.

Throughout the offices MELLOW LIGHT IV glare free, energy efficient luminaires have modernised the entire look of the administration offices.

SLOTLIGHT II lightlines and PANOS downlights using white reflectors blend inconspicuously and uniquely into the hospital’s corridors.

Functionality has also been made possible thanks to the Zumto­bel EMOTION lighting control touch panel which allows the user to change scenes according to the function required and the time of the day

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Razavi Hospital
Mashad, Iran
Owner: Razavi Hospital
Architect: Imam Reza Holy Shrine Constructing and Developing Organization
Lighting design: Imam Reza Holy Shrine Constructing and Developing Organization
Electrical installations: Pars Idea Stack
Photos: Milad Payami
Razavi Hospital - A health promoting concept

The Razavi Hospital is situated in Mashad-Iran and caters to medical needs on 56,000 sqm state of the heart facility. The hospital offers a high quality of medical services such as Cardiac ward, Cardiac Surgery ward, Plastic Surgery ward, Radiology, Laboratory, IVF and check-ups. Using potential capacities of the hospital, specialists and also medical and non- medical personnel, the CEO of Razavi Hospital has formed a strong department for education programs and clinical researches. In extension of Razavi Hospital with 35,000 sqm the lighting calculation as well as installation and commissioning has been done in close cooperation with our local partner Pars Idea Stack. 

The lighting solution boasts of over 1KM of recessed SLOTLIGHTII providing guidance in corridors of the hospital with a continuous light band facilitating orientation for the patients and staff working long hours. The lengths of SLOTLIGHTII worked effortlessly with the architectural plan requirements. Parallel light lines above the conference and meeting room areas offer excellent visibility during meetings and add a special design feature to the rooms. PANOS Q supports the homogeneous light distribution throughout the hospital.

MIREL and LIGHTFIELDS were used for the elevator lobby and administration office. LIGHTFIELDS discreetly fits into the architecture without upstaging the designer’s vision. The emphasis is on the light, not on the luminaire.

SLOTLIGHTII LED RGB with is used in PET Rooms (Positron Emission Tomography) and CT Rooms (Computed Tomography). Together with LUXMATE EMOTION lighting control, different scenes can be set for the patience to promote a clam atmosphere.  This is especially important after a PET-CT scan to keep the body activity as low as possible for an effective result.

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Nursing home
Maldegem, Belgium
Owner: City of Maldegem, Maldegem (BE)
Architect: AIKO Architecten & Ingeineur, Maldegem (BE)
Light stimulates

An impressive paradigm of a place to live and feel at ease for senior citizens and people in need of care has been created in the Belgian town of Maldegem; this place offers one thing above all: plenty of light.
The reason: it has been established as a scientific fact that people's circadian sleep-wake rhythm can be stabilised by sufficiently large quantities of light. As elderly people, and in particular people needing care, spend only very little time outdoors, light must ideally be brought to them indoors.

Three partial projects, linked with, and complementing, each other, have been erected on the 10,000 square metre campus. The new building, which is flooded by light and whose wings are linked by a spacious restaurant, is located centrally in the campus. This is a place of communication for residents, staff members and visitors. In this area, downlights, assisted by spotlights, provide very uniform light that can be modified at any time. This means that the high-ceilinged room can also be used for theatre performances or for showing movies.

Located left and right of the cafeteria are two two-storey buildings featuring dark bricks that are typical of the region. The buildings have been adjusted to meet the special needs of their residents. In the apartments accommodated in the left wing, residents support themselves, yet they may at any time use assistance and services provided by the adjacent nursing ward. The building to the right accommodates 124 rooms for people in need of care. Already the entrance area looks bright and inviting, avoiding any kind of hospital atmosphere. Plenty of daylight enters the building, and is supplemented by circular pendant luminaires and indirect wall-mounted luminaires only if required. The routing system, which stimulates people to go for a walk, is emphasised by SLOTLIGHT light lines; the room doors are highlighted by small LED downlights. The wall-mounted luminaires reflect the colour scheme of the respective care unit, making it easy for people to find their way. Arranged around an inner courtyard, the floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms and lounges allow even less mobile residents to catch a glimpse of nature. At twilight, suspended direct/indirect luminaires add the requisite quantity of artificial lighting; as soon as darkness has fallen, they create a soothing atmosphere.

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Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital
Hamburg, Germany
Owner: Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital, Hamburg (DE)
Architect: Nickl & Partner Architekten, Munich (DE)
Lighting design: Ebert und Partner, Nürnberg (DE)
General contractor: Hochtief Construction AG, Essen (DE)
Light for body and mind

Saving costs while increasing quality - this is the economic conflict health service providers are currently finding themselves confronted with. Architecture and interior design can significantly improve both parameters: architecture by designing buildings in a resource-saving, energy-efficient way based on the organisational processes applied,
and interior design by promoting the multifaceted design of surfaces with light and colours that promote health and allow to pay attention to individuals.

The University Hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE for short, has revolutionised hospital architecture. The building accommodates 16 operating theatres plus intensive-care units and over 700 beds. Thanks to the arrangement of supply systems and special wards, the distances to be covered by staff and patients are kept short. This allows staff to work cost-efficiently and at the same time at the topmost level of quality. Another special feature is based on the assumption that the recovery of patients is not only the result of good medical care but also of an atmosphere in which patients feel at ease. The patient rooms, for instance, have therefore been painted in warm colours with dark wooden floors. Almost like in a hotel, each bed has its separate multi-media unit. The CONBOARD media supply system with outlets for mains power, gas supply and communication systems has been integrated into a high-quality cabinet system. With its separately switchable components providing room lighting, reading light and LED night light, the bedside luminaire’s innovative waveguide technology endows the patient rooms with a contemporary and aesthetically appealing lighting culture. Thanks to this solution, the usual visibility of technical equipment directly next to the patients is avoided, reducing the alienating effect caused by hospital environments.

The hospital boulevard on the second floor takes the same line: a patients’ library, a cafeteria, a restaurant, shops, a hair salon, Internet terminals and a branch of Hamburger Sparkasse make sure that staying at the hospital is anything but boring. In these areas, the lighting designers placed special emphasis on a straightforward guiding system. They opted for the contemporary CLARIS luminaire with a linear design, that pleasantly illuminates the rooms, providing for a uniform look.

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Hospital Gmunden
Gmunden, Austria
Owner: Gespag OÖ Gesundheits- und Spital AG, Linz (AT)
Architect: fasch&fuchs.ZT-gmbh, Vienna (AT)
Electrical consultants: TB Wanger & Partner ZT GmbH, Linz (AT)
Electrical installations: ELIN GmbH & Co. KG, Linz (AT)
Wellness factor light

The second extension and renovation stage of the regional hospital in Gmunden (LKH Gmunden) in Upper Austria bears witness to a new healthcare concept. The premise: „To provide the best possible medical care in modern facilities.“ The result is a conglomeration of buildings composed of new and existing structures. The hospital is enclosed by green areas in front of the nursing wards, creating a sphere of privacy and quietness. A new zeitgeist is also evident inside the hospital: an intelligent light management system allows LKH Gmunden to make an energy saving of over 60%. Up to 3,500 lamps and 500 blinds are managed by DALI using a daylight-based control system. The complex technology involved is completely hidden from patients and visitors, but the effect of the light is perceivable for all: fine light lines and indirect light harmonise with quiet colours. Light-flooded corridors and public areas make a friendly and inviting impression. The modernisation concept is continued in the patient rooms: the structural combination of Pureline single-bed luminaires and Conboard supply units provides very pleasant basic illumination as well as medical safety.

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Marienkrankenhaus Hospital
Hamburg, Germany
Owner: Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co.KG, Hamburg (DE)
Architect: Henke + Partner, Hamburg (DE)
Top medical services and a feel-good atmosphere under one roof

In hospital and care facilities, the psychological effects of light are a subject attracting ever increasing attention. One example from the recent past: in its newly built Interdisciplinary Emergency and Surgery Centre (INO), the Marienkrankenhaus Hospital has implemented customised lighting and colour concepts. Patients are welcomed by a facade covered by glass panels in radiant colours; inside the buildling, too, bright surfaces are the main design feature. Those responsible have deliberately chosen colours that, according to the theory of colours, reflect vitality and optimism: yellow, orange and red emphasise the mission of Hamburg's largest confessional (500-bed) hospital – cordial care.

Soothing uniform ambient lighting in the entrance area and the corridors is provided by the TECTON TETRIS continuous-row lighting system. The indirect lighting characteristics of the cove optic ensure properly illuminated ceilings without causing any glare. Equally high-quality general lighting in the lounges, offices and lift areas is provided by Panos DOWNLIGHTS and the MELLOW LIGHT IV office luminaire.

Even in the operating theatres and patient rooms, one is surprised to find the ceilings painted in yellow and the walls subtly decorated. In order to meet the high requirements in terms of hygiene and lighting quality, CLEAN Supreme cleanroom luminaires have been installed in the operating theatres and CLEAN Advanced luminaires in the intensive care ward – in each case featuring IP 65/54 protection, state-of-the-art T16 lamp technologies and electronic ballasts. In the intensive care ward, dimmable TECTON TETRIS luminaires are used as well. For patients confined to bed in particular, they create a pleasant atmosphere without any glare. The PURELINE luminaires used in the patient rooms, which combine indirect room lighting and direct light for reading, meet all requirements in terms of home-like, yet medically safe lighting. A simple press of a button is required to switch from general lighting or reading light to visually exacting examination lighting at 300 lux.

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Offenbach Clinical Centre
Offenbach, Germany
Owner: City of Offenbach (DE)
Architect: woernerundpartner, Frankfurt (DE)
Lighting design: Brendel Ingenieure, Frankfurt (DE)
Electrical installations: Bauer Elektroanlagen GmbH, Halle (DE)
Powerful calmness

The new building of the Clinical Centre in Offenbach features an ideal infrastructure for process-controlled patient management, state-of-the-art medical equipment, a sophisticated interior design as well as innovative colour, material, lighting and open-space concepts. The building's comb-shaped floor plan offers flexibility for changing workflows, short distances, it can be extended and can therefore adjust to meet future requirements. The main functions of light: high-quality luminaires providing glare-free light assist staff members in doing their work. In the patient rooms, light assists patients in their recovery. Intelligent lighting solutions help visitors to find their way.

Even the facade, which is painted in vivid red colour tones, radiates cheerful vitality. For the public areas, too, the architects have opted for warm colours and plenty of light as key design elements. In the two-storey lobby, a balanced lighting concept using PANOS downlights and special versions of the SLOTLIGHT recessed luminaire helps people to find their way quickly. The warm red colour of the floor radiates across the walls and ceiling, creating a gentle, pleasant atmosphere in the large room. A routing system featuring attractive colours and patterns helps patients and visitors to quickly find the department or ward required. In the staircases, LINARIA luminaires follow the course of the stairs, creating an attractive counterpart to the handrail.

The patient rooms, with a total of 724 beds in 13 wards, are bright and pleasant. The CONBOARD medical supply unit has been integrated into the high-quality custom-made furniture. While the cosy atmosphere in the patient rooms for adults is created by the materials used as well as sandy and earthy colours, more vivid colours prevail in the children's ward.

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