The Healing Power Of Helvar

Helvar’s lighting control is helping to promote health and well-being at the Seinäjoki hospital in Finland.

When extensive renovation work was undertaken at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital, the main focus for the refresh was to promote health and well-being. Lighting control expert, Helvar, played a key role in achieving a functional, yet calming environment to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable.

There has been lots of focus recently on promoting health and well-being by the creation of more human-friendly lighting systems which chime with circadian rhythms or more closely mimic natural sunlight. So Helvar had its work cut out in an environment where health is absolutely paramount, but also needs to look to energy savings too.

The hospital area consists of several buildings, with the renovation work taking place in stages to reduce disruption. Work commenced in the children’s department in 2007 and currently 20 departments have been completed, with the total renovation extending to the year 2025.

“We want our premises to be a good place to work and for our patients to be able to recover in a comfortable environment,” says Risto Loppi, manager of the hospital’s technology department.

Helvar routers, used to control the lighting, are linked via the hospital’s IP-network and controlled via the building management system (BMS), which helps to create energy efficiency and save costs whilst making it easy for the facilities team to manage, adjust and maintain. The installation is fully scalable, making provision for additional services to be seamlessly upgraded over time.

PIR’s have been used in offices and corridors to complement the new LED luminaires. This not only controls the amount of light used in these areas but also contributes to significant energy savings when areas are not occupied.

Architects Jääskeläinen Oy of Seinäjoki were keen to create an elegant interior design scheme and look and feel of the building has been enhanced with lighting and soft colour palettes, enhanced by the addition of nature-inspired images printed on acoustic fabric to subdue noise levels.

The work procedures in both the intensive care units and recovery room were carefully analysed to determine the best possible lighting design, taking into account a more peaceful and calming lighting scheme.

“The hospital utilises a lot of new technology. Thanks to dynamic lighting, the colour and brightness can be adjusted to suit the time of day. Night and day variations support the care work carried out by the staff and the recovery of the patients,” says Teemu Pirttinen of the hospital’s technical department.

Hospital staff are trained in using the lighting control system, meaning that the potential benefits that the lighting offers can be fully employed when the departments are in operation.

“The different departments have a wide variety of special requirements and situations, such as dim spaces and non-reflective light fixtures. The lighting must be easy to adjust to enable medical examinations,” says Risto. “The solutions are made for people, to make work easier and improve working conditions.”

Once this hospital renovation project is fully completed in 2025, it will be one of the largest installations of its kind in Finland.

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