Healthcare Design’s monthly Online Focus feature compiles recent coverage on targeted topics to help readers quickly get up to speed on pressing issues or refresh themselves on latest trends. In March, we continue the series by digging into lighting.

The use of lighting in healthcare is complex. Solutions may vary depending on the setting and service provided—for example, an inpatient behavioral health unit will have different needs than a labor and delivery room.

When approaching lighting design, considerations range from providing access to natural light to delivering patient controls for artificial light. For interiors alone, fixtures, color, and lumens can each transform a space, while the use of LEDs is growing as a solution to reduce lighting costs in 24-hour facilities and deliver more design options.

Click on the links below to explore some of the lighting solutions introduced in various facility types as well as new technologies in play.