Behavioral Health Lighting

 

When it comes to patient and staff safety, behavioral health facilities need light fixtures tested to perform in the behavioral environment. These luminaires are engineered for protection, yet have a non-institutional aesthetic to promote wellbeing

Behavioral health ceiling fixtures

SERENITY

  • 3000K, 3500K, 4000K
  • 0-10V dimmable
  • High abuse models (2x2, 2x4)
  • High-impact polycarbonate
  • Optional amber night light
  • Calming decorative panels

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Anti ligature task light for behavioral health environments

GIG

  • 3000K, 3500K
  • 0-10V dimmable
  • Integral or remote power supply
  • High abuse IK10+ (100 joules) impact rating
  • Impact resistant polycarbonate lens
  • Ligature resistant mounting bracket

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Vandal proof behavioral health mirror

SOLE

  • 3000K, 3500K, 4000K
  • 0-10V dimmable
  • Integral power supply
  • Mirrored, impact-resistant polycarbonate
  • High abuse IK10+ (100 joules) impact rating
  • IP65 rated

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Behavioral Health vs Mental Health 

These terms are often used to mean the same thing, but in the healthcare world, a "behavioral health" facility is meant to treat mental illnesses as well as any other affliction that can prevent a patient from functioning, like addiction. Behavioral Health inpatient facilities, especially those within larger healthcare facilities, treat a wide range of patients that must be kept safe. 

Non-Institutional Design 

Design principles are changing in many markets, and behavioral health is no exception. Human-centric design in the behavioral health environment means paying close attention to the sensory impact of materials. For us, that means engineering high abuse light fixtures that don't look harsh or institutional.  

High Abuse

Areas that may be at risk for vandalism need "high abuse" lighting. High Abuse lighting is designed to withstand impact without taking damage or losing functionality. You may see high abuse light fixtures in behavioral health facilities, schools, correctional environments, public transportation, and industrial spaces. Many elements of behavioral health fixtures are classified as "high abuse" because they also apply to fixtures in those spaces. 

What does ligature resistant mean? 

Ligature definition: A material that can be used for tying or binding is called a ligature. If furniture or fixtures are "ligature resistant," it means that they cannot be used as ligatures or as attachment points for ligatures. Light fixtures used in the behavioral health environment must be ligature resistant to prevent harm to patients or staff. 

What is vandal resistance? 

Materials that are vandal resistant are made to withstand any attempt to abuse or damage them. In behavioral health facilities, light fixtures with tamper-resistant fasteners and frames discourage property destruction and prevent materials from becoming dangerous after being damaged. 

Guidelines for behavioral health facility design  

"How to Design and Build a Safe Therapeutic Environment for Psychiatric Patients and Staff" by Kimberly McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA and James M. Hunt, AIA. 

"Common Mistakes in Designing Psychiatric Hospitals: An Update" by David Sine and James M. Hunt

"6 Behavioral Health Design Trends" by Rebecca Kleinbaum Sanders in Healthcare Design Magazine

"Lighting for Behavioral Health" SlideShare by Lauren Roberts and Brienne Willcock 

Blog: "Behavioral Health Design: Balancing Safety and Empathy"

 

Behavioral health facility design isn’t just about safety—it’s also about offering comfort through the design itself. Since many facilities still struggle to apply evidence-based design behavioral health units, new research...keep reading