Lighting quality in hospital wards - State of the art: Design parameters for a pleasurable light atmosphere

Lone Stidsen, Poul Henning Kirkegaard, Anna Marie Fisker

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Abstract

When constructing and designing hospitals for the future, patients, staff and guests are in focus. Designing a healing hospital environment is a very important factor when planning new hospitals. How can aspects such as design, architecture, arts, lights, sounds and materials support and improve the patients' recovery rate and the satisfaction of staff and guests?

Literature and research on this subject are full of contrasting theories, myths and contradictions as well as lack of understanding of the interplay between different design parameters in an integrated design.

The physical settings, the furnishing, the acoustics and light are essential in evaluating of the experience of an environment. The light is crucial for the physical and psychological experience of wellbeing and the feeling of safety.

The ward is a complex and interesting architectural space to design. It has a wide range of functions and a multitude of users with many different needs and requirements. It is a public domain with many references to the design of homes in the private sphere. The aim of the report is to display the existing research in the area of lighting design in hospital wards, and to present new lighting design strategies focusing at the dynamic qualities of light, and the lights ability to support a pleasurable light atmosphere at hospital wards.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherDepartment of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2009
SeriesDCE Technical reports
Number63

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Keywords

  • Lighting Quality
  • Hospital Wards
  • Design
  • State of The Art

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Stidsen, L., Kirkegaard, P. H., & Fisker, A. M. (2009). Lighting quality in hospital wards - State of the art: Design parameters for a pleasurable light atmosphere. Aalborg: Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University. DCE Technical reports, No. 63
Stidsen, Lone ; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning ; Fisker, Anna Marie. / Lighting quality in hospital wards - State of the art : Design parameters for a pleasurable light atmosphere. Aalborg : Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, 2009. 37 p. (DCE Technical reports; No. 63).
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Stidsen, L, Kirkegaard, PH & Fisker, AM 2009, Lighting quality in hospital wards - State of the art: Design parameters for a pleasurable light atmosphere. DCE Technical reports, no. 63, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg.

Lighting quality in hospital wards - State of the art : Design parameters for a pleasurable light atmosphere. / Stidsen, Lone; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Fisker, Anna Marie.

Aalborg : Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, 2009. 37 p. (DCE Technical reports; No. 63).

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