DOE is offering a series of webinars on healthcare lighting. Both start at 1:00 PM EST and last for 60 minutes:

Tuesday, October 4: Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare Lighting: Where’s the Evidence?
Presenters: Anjali Joseph, Clemson University, Robert Davis and Andrea Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The nonvisual effects of light have captured a lot of interest lately, as important new research on the topic emerges. But beyond the nonvisual effects of light, architectural lighting supports other important outcomes for caregivers and patients, addressing visual task needs and providing for overall comfort and wellbeing. This webinar will present results from a major literature review summarizing published evidence for the benefits of high-quality healthcare lighting reported in recent research. It will also discuss how future research can provide even stronger evidence to link the design of healthcare facilities to a holistic set of human needs. The presenters will describe the major findings from recent research related to lighting for healthcare applications, explain how research methodology can be improved for future application to healthcare design, evaluate how the principles derived from recent research can be applied to an evidence-based design process that addresses a holistic set of visual and nonvisual human needs, and compare the benefits and drawbacks of emerging SSL technologies for addressing the needs of patients and caregivers in healthcare applications.

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Tuesday, October 18: Tuning the Light in Senior Care
Presenters: Connie Samla, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Robert Davis and Andrea Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

DOE collaborated with the Sacramento (CA) Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the ACC Care Center in Sacramento to evaluate a trial installation of LED lighting systems, in preparation for a planned expansion and renovation at ACC. New LED lighting systems, including white-tunable luminaires and amber night lighting, were installed in two patient rooms, a central nurse station, corridor, family room, and administrative office. The systems were compared to the existing fluorescent systems in terms of their photometric performance and estimated energy use, and the ACC staff tracked behavioral and health measures before and after the installation. This webinar will share the results of the initial pilot study and how this has affected ACC’s future plans. The presenters will evaluate the results of the trial lighting systems (including energy, photometry, patient behavioral measures, and feedback from patients and caregivers), analyze several techniques for implementing amber LED lighting for nighttime navigation, describe the control scripts used for tuning the LED lighting spectrum and output based on the desired sleep cycle effects at different times of the day, and explain the challenges faced when installing these solutions in existing buildings.

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