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LED Lighting and Medical Device Trends

LED Lighting and Medical Device Trends

Healthcare facilities across the globe are replacing their halogen and incandescent lights with LED lights. From long-term cost savings to a cooler work environment, LED lighting has emerged as the dominant type of lighting found in today’s hospitals, surgery centers, and private practices. Below is a look at the key benefits of LED lighting and the many types of facilities that are installing LED lights.

What are the benefits of LED lighting?

“Rapid improvement in lighting technologies such as Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) provides a viable alternative to traditional tungsten-halogen (halogen) and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting.  The benefits include reduced energy use, heat load, longer bulb life, and greater comfort for your OR staff when compared with traditional surgical lighting systems.” 

– Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals

LED lighting offers a host of advantages over halogen and incandescent lighting. Surgeons and clinical staff are drawn to the quality of LED lighting while CFOs and purchasing agents appreciate the cost savings and versatility of LED lights. When compared with the halogen lights used in the 1990s, LED lights are more efficient, longer lasting, and more comfortable to work under. The top benefits of LED lights are as follows:

1) Environmentally friendly

LED lights use significantly less energy than halogen lights while providing stellar illumination. Medical centers and other businesses that use LED lighting inside and outside their facilities may be eligible for a tax rebate from the federal government for their efforts to promote energy efficiency.

2) Long-term cost savings

With the average LED surgical light offering a lifespan of 50,000 hours, buyers can rest assured that they will not have to invest in new lights again in the near future. Additionally, LED technology eliminates the need to purchase replacement bulbs on a regular basis, resulting in lower maintenance costs and significant long-term savings.

3) Superb viewing quality

LED lights provide an intense, pure white light that minimizes shadows. LED lights are easy to adjust and are available in a variety of models of varying lux ratings. The high-quality light produced by LED technology bolsters accuracy during deep-cavity surgery as well as non-invasive procedures.

4) Cool to work under

Excessive heat and humidity in the operating room can result in uncomfortable conditions for surgeons and staff. Additionally, the functionality of ventilators and other equipment could be compromised. Incandescent lights and halogen lights are known for emitting heat, highlighting the need for cool LED lights.

5) Versatility

The use of LED lights is not restricted to the operating room or clinical areas of a healthcare facility. LED lights can be used to illuminate hallways, patient rooms, cafeterias, and lobby areas. Additionally, LED lights can safely illuminate parking lots, garages, and common areas frequented by patients and their families.

How has LED lighting improved medical devices?

A growing number of medical device companies are realizing the benefits of LED lighting. In particular, manufacturers of single-use devices are choosing to incorporate LED technology into their product designs. Here are some of the most common medical devices that now feature LED lighting:

  • Laryngoscopes: Disposable laryngoscopes lead the way among airway management devices that feature an LED light source
  • Headlights: Wireless headlight systems with built-in LED light sources are popular among ENT surgeons and plastic surgeons
  • Anoscopes: Single-use anoscopes minimize the risk of cross-contamination and eliminate the need to recharge devices
  • Surgical retractors: Illuminated retractors are popular among plastic surgeons who specialize in soft tissue reconstruction
  • Vaginal specula: Single-use vaginal specula eliminate the need to sterilize or reprocess devices, reducing the risk of cross-contamination

The presence of LED illumination in these medical devices provides superior illumination for some of the most cavernous regions of the body. When combined with the single-use nature of these devices, LED illumination helps foster diagnostic accuracy and promote infection control. The end result is a safer, more secure work environment for patients and health care providers.

What types of facilities can benefit from LED lighting?

A thoughtful and smiling doctor looks away from the camera in a hospital setting

Hospitals are not the only types of healthcare facilities that can benefit from LED lights. Educational facilities, emergency care centers, oral health providers, and veterinary clinics are among the extensive array of healthcare providers that are investing in LED lights or planning to update their outdated lighting. Here are some of the types of facilities that can benefit from LED lighting:

1) Universities and training facilities

Universities and training institutions often feature onsite surgical suites and simulation labs to help train aspiring healthcare professionals. Some of these lights feature integrated video cameras that enable trainees and observers to watch surgical procedures unfold from a separate room.

2) Ambulatory surgery centers 

Today’s surgery centers often contain multiple operating rooms, many of which feature a dual head ceiling mount LED light. There are many types of ambulatory surgery centers, including endoscopic, ophthalmic, orthopedic, plastic, and multi-specialty. With surgery centers now handling a wider range of surgical procedures, LED lighting in surgery centers is often nearly as powerful as the LED lighting found in major hospitals.

3) Urgent care centers

Every year, urgent care centers provide care for 160 million patients. Urgent care doctors require dependable examination lighting to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Mobile LED lights that feature battery backup are popular choices, as they can be easily moved from one area of an urgent care center to another.

4) Dental practices

Oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists are examples of dental health providers that are adding LED lights to their offices. Common choices include single head ceiling mount LED lights, mobile examination lights, and wall mount LED lights.


The Bottom Line

Clearly, LED lighting offers a host of advantages to all types of healthcare facilities. From the exam room to the operating room to the single-use illuminated devices used to treat patients, LED lighting can help healthcare providers save energy, save money, and improve quality of care. We invite you to contact us to learn more about the many ways that LED lights and illuminated medical devices can help your medical facility thrive.  We look forward to hearing from you!