Patient-Centered Lighting Control System Wins Innovation Award

Nov 12, 2014

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Karpinski Engineering’s patient-centered approach to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) corridor lighting won an innovation award in this year’s Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Awards.

The lighting system at the Cleveland Clinic’s new Intensive Care Unit at Fairview Hospital was presented the international Lighting Control Innovation Award, receiving a Special Citation for Innovative Lighting Controls Employed Within a Corridor. The award is “prestigious,” recognizing “good lighting projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications” (2014 Illumination Awards Program Booklet).

Lighting designed with patient healing in mind

Fairview Hospital’s ICU corridor lighting is specially programmed to mimic the day/night cycle. The lights slowly brighten during the day and then gradually dim until sunset, remaining at the lowest level allowed by code through the night (see photo above). Timing is based on the astronomical time clock – so the indoor lighting imitates nature’s light cycle on any given day.