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2018 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study

Lighting in hospitals, health care facilities
By Amanda Pelliccione March 20, 2019
Figure 2: Equipment vendors help engineers complete their lighting specifications on 95% of hospital and health care facility projects. The most useful information engineers receive from vendors include technical data, product information, and sizing/selection software. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

According to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study, 47% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for hospitals/health care facilities—and 87% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing the lighting specifications for these projects. Below are five lighting and lighting controls findings as they relate to hospital and health care facility projects:

  1. Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $697,000 annually, on average, in lighting and lighting control products for new and existing hospitals and health care facilities, with 27% specifying more than $1 million.
  2. Products specified: LEDs (97%), lighting controls and addressable systems (84%) and any size T5, T8, or T12 (52%) are the top three types of lights or lighting products being specified into hospitals and health care facilities.
  3. Recent changes: When specifying lighting and lighting control products for hospitals and health care facilities, engineers are most affected by changes in LEDs (e.g., new technologies, specifications, organic LEDs) and energy efficiency and consumption requests/requirements.
  4. Specifications: For hospitals and health care facilities, prescriptive lighting specifications are written 72% of the time, followed by performance and open: alternative or substitute.
  5. Lighting challenges: Seventy-three percent of engineers agree that having an inadequate budget for good design is the top lighting engineering and design challenge for hospital and health care facility projects.

Figure 1: Sixty-nine percent of engineers are challenged with incorporating difficult energy-consumption goals and operating costs when designing HVAC systems and building automation systems. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study

 of engineers agree that the local authority having jurisdiction or local fire officials have the most input and impact on fire and life safety designs. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Fire & Life Safety Study

65% of engineers are responsible for supervising or consulting on electrical or power system projects. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Electrical & Power Study

3 in 10 engineers are currently specifying high-intensity discharge or solid-state lighting fixtures for projects. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study

Figure 2: Equipment vendors help engineers complete their lighting specifications on 95% of hospital and health care facility projects. The most useful information engineers receive from vendors include technical data, product information, and sizing/selection software. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer


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Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers several research topics each year. All reports are available at www.csemag.com/research.

View more information at www.csemag.com/2018-lighting-lighting-controls-study. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media. 


Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.