Lighting in doctor’s offices and dental surgeries is one of the factors that determine functionality. The description of lighting conditions is included in dedicated standards, while they leave the investors and installers some freedom as to the choice of the type of light sources or their nature and method of turning them on, and these factors largely affect the ergonomics of the office. The workplace lighting design aims primarily to ensure compliance with formal requirements, but not only because well-prepared design guarantees:
- compliance with formal requirements;
- the ability to reduce electricity consumption without resigning from aesthetics and functionality;
- adjusting the lighting to the character of the interior and the use of light as a factor affecting the comfort of patients;
- maximization of office ergonomics and the convenience of using lighting.
Workplace lighting designs for doctor’s offices, dental or veterinary surgeries are created on the basis of individualized room models, taking into account natural lighting, arrangement of equipment and the character of interior design. A properly prepared deisgns enables forecasting light intensity at any point with high accuracy, but also anticipating possible problems that are the result of poor distribution of light sources, e.g. flares on the surface of equipment.
Although, in principle, workplace lighting designs in medical offices are stand-alone designs, it is a good idea to execute them on the basis of interior design, because the applied finish and equipment can change the characteristics of light – even if the installation complies with formal requirements, there is no certainty that without a lighting design it can be done so that it is both practical and economical.
See also: Designs of Fixed Guards