Innovative lighting completes A&E transformation
Arriving at the £1.1 million A&E department of the Royal Preston Hospital at night is made even more dramatic by the striking pagoda-style canopy and its lighting.
Lumenata Lighting Design was commissioned to come up with a striking scheme to highlight the separate entrances for adults, children and those arriving by ambulance.
Contemporary drum-style light fittings with fluorescent lamps at either end are set on each pillar to send light up into the canopy and down to the floor. Photocells switch lights on automatically as it gets dark and off in the morning.
Buried uplights to show where each entrance is use LEDs to meet hospital rules that surfaces cannot get hotter than 42°C.
Mike Greenwood, assistant director for property services with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says, ‘The lighting has turned our A&E department into something that is architecturally as well as functional. The lights only come on at night, so it is energy efficient as well.’