I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mariana Figueiro, PhD, Professor and Director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The topic: healthy lighting for healthcare buildings. The responses informed an article I wrote for the May 2018 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.
DiLouie: How would you characterize healthcare buildings as having distinct populations? How are their needs different in terms of functional and healthy lighting?
Figueiro: Various writers have likened the hospital to a city in microcosm, which poses a formidable challenge to lighting design because in this case the “city” is all under one roof. The hospital functions around the clock and year-round, its patients range in age from premature infants to the...
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