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Brief Published: 4 Jan 2012

Philips Helps Patients with Healwell


Electronics manufacturer Philips’ new Healwell lighting system claims to aid hospital patients’ recovery time by mimicking natural day/night cycles, creating a restful sensory experience.

The Healwell system includes a skylight-style LED ceiling light, atmospheric wall lights, a personal reading light, and a nightlight setting. A special examination light setting means that hospital staff can easily alter the lighting in emergency situations with the flick of a switch.

The big sell is that each element can be used independently or as a complete lighting solution. Plus, according to Philips, it can be easily installed into existing spaces, making it suitable for use at home as well as hospital healthcare.

Lights can be programmed to mimic natural day-to-night cycles in terms of both light intensity and tone, helping to regulate patients’ natural sleeping patterns. But for those not entirely ready to succumb to a natural algorithm, it can also be adjusted by remote control.

According to research carried out by Philips and medical staff during a nine-month trial at the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ in The Netherlands, on average, Healwell helped patients to sleep 8% longer than those in rooms with regular hospital lighting.

See our report Spaces that Trick the Body for more examples of technological innovations being used by architects to benefit both bodies and minds.