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(archived) LG02: Hospitals and health care buildings (2008) (pdf)

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This edition of LG02 was superseded in 2019. The newest edition is available here: Lighting Guide 02: Hospitals and health care buildings.

Contents of LG02: Hospitals and health care buildings (2008)

Part A: General recommendations

1. Design considerations


1.2.Lighting and colour

Part B: Specific recommendations

2. General 

3. Public areas

3.1 Entrances

3.2. Entrance canopies

3.3. Entrance halls, waiting areas and lift halls

3.4. Lift cars

3.5. Reception and enquiry desks

3.6. Hospital streets, general corridors and stairs

3.7. Dining, cafeteria and breakout areas

3.8. Changing rooms, cubicles, toilets, bath, wash and shower rooms

3.9. Wards and general clinical areas

3.10. Bedded (ward) areas, general

3.11. Ward lighting: technical requirements

3.12. Examination lighting

3.13. Deep plan wards

3.14. Specialised wards

3.15. Ward corridors

4. Clinical areas and operating departments (general)

4.1. Operating theatres

4.2. Operating theatre table luminaire

4.3. Viewing facilities

4.4. Ultra-clean air ventilation enclosures (UCV)

4.5 .Ancillary areas within operating departments 

5. Specialised areas

5.1. Accident and emergency units (A&E)

5.2. Audiology

5.3. Clean areas (sterile units)

5.4. Dentistry

5.5. Diagnostic (electro-medical) equipment rooms

5.6. Examination rooms

5.7. Hydrotherapy pools

5.8. Maternity/neonatal units

5.9. Medical records

5.10. Mortuaries

5.11. Occupational and physiotherapy units

5.12. Ophthalmology

5.13. Pathology laboratories

5.14. Radiotherapy

5.15. Sterilising and disinfecting units

5.16. X-ray and imaging departments

6. Health centres and stand-alone facilities

7. Exterior lighting

7.1. Roadway lighting

7.2. Sign lighting

7.3. Car parking

7.4. Pedestrian ways

7.5. Spill lighting

7.6. Security lighting

7.7. Helicopter landing pads

8. Emergency lighting

8.1. Escape route lighting

8.2. Standby lighting

8.3. Associated mains lighting

8.4. Type of luminaire and mounting height

8.5. Testing

9. Light sources

9.1. Daylight and daylighting

9.2. Types of light source

9.3. Lamp life and lumen maintenance

9.4. Lamp control gear

10. Construction and operation of luminaires

10.1. Dust-borne infection

10.2. Noise

10.3. Electrical safety

10.4. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC

10.5. Luminaire and installation maintenance

11. Lighting controls

11.1. Function of control systems

11.2. Energy efficiency and good design practice

11.3. Types of control 

Appendix A1: Sample work sheet (DEER)

Appendix A2: Luminaire installation/maintenance schedule




Author: Nicholas Bukorovic (Healthcare Lighting Ltd)

Task group: Nicholas Bukorovic (Healthcare Lighting Ltd) (chair); Michael Ball (Capita Symonds); Hilary Dalke (Kingston University); Nigel Davill (Brandon Medical Company Ltd); Graeme Dell (Cableflow International Ltd); Richard Hayes (42 Partners Ltd); Chris Holme (Department of Health (GR & EFD); Graham White (Cooper Lighting and Safety Ltd)

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