Behavioral Health Lighting

Behavioral health light fixtures closeup to show quality materials

It matters.

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 to meet that standard. However, it is equally important for patient-centered behavioral health design that these fixtures are beautiful, non-institutional in style, and produce high quality illumination

Gig, Integral CB1800

4” W, 7” H, 3” D
IK10+; IP65

Lumens
150, 300 (40°)
100, 200 (120°)
CCT: 30K, 35K;

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Gig, Remote     CB1802PSX

4” W, 7” H, 3” D
IK10+; IP65

Lumens
150, 300 (40°)
100, 200 (120°)
CCT: 30K, 35K;

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Serenity 2x2    CM1922

High impact polycarbonate and frame, tamper resistant fasteners

Lumens
Reading and Ambient: 4500
Reading, Ambient, Exam: 9400
CCT: 30K, 35K, 40K; 90+CRI option

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Serenity 2x4    CM1924

High impact polycarbonate and frame, tamper resistant fasteners

Lumens
Reading and Ambient: 4500
Reading, Ambient, Exam: 9600
CCT: 30K, 35K, 40K; 90+CRI option

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Sole, rectangle    CB1850

IK10+; IP65
Impact resistant polycarbonate, tamper proof hardware

Lumens: 600
CCT: 30K, 35K, 40K
Optional nightlight

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Sole, oval    CB1852

IK10+; IP65
Impact resistant polycarbonate, tamper proof hardware

Lumens: 600
CCT: 30K, 35K, 40K
Optional nightlight

Family Info Spec Sheet

 

Designing luminaires for Behavioral Health

During product development, we reached out to specifiers of behavioral health applications to discuss their concerns. What we found was that, while architecture and interior design in these spaces have grown immensely in the last decade, luminaire product design has lagged behind the innovative curve. We sat down with specifiers to work together on new concepts that could match up to current aesthetic, performance, and safety standards.

Design sketches for anti-ligature light fixtures in behavioral health environments

Design concepts for Gig, sketched during a Visa Lighting Innovation Lodge retreat with behavioral health specifiers. 

Product Testing: Impact, Ligature, and Tamper Resistance

In order to qualify as suitable for high risk behavioral health areas, these luminaires underwent vigorous testing. Gig, our patient room task light, and Sole, our unbreakable mirror, are both rated IK10. This means that they can withstand over 100 joules of impact without damage or loss of function. Thick polycarbonate on all our behavioral health products protects the light sources while allowing illumination to shine through, and tamper resistant hardware prevents the luminaires from being opened up or disassembled. The luminaire bodies and their assemblies have anti-ligature design.

2017 Nightingale Silver award from HCD to our unbreakable mirror, Sole
2017 IES Progress Report inclusion logo, awarded to Sole, Visa Lighting's unbreakable LED mirror

Latest News 

Gig, an anti-ligature behavioral health task light, wins Nightingale Gold at HCD Con 2018

Gig receives Nightingale GOLD award at #HCDcon 2018

"Named after Florence Nightingale, the awards recognize a product’s contribution to the healing environment as well as its functionality, durability, quality, aesthetics and style, and pricing"...read more

2018 Nightingale Gold logo, awarded to Visa Lighting's Gig behavioral health task light

Behavioral Health Design Resources

"Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines (20th Edition, August 2018)" by the New York State Office of Mental Health

"Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities (15th Edition, November 2018)" by Behavioral Health Facility Consulting (Previously by NAPHS)

"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 (Schwade) LC, EDAC, IES and Brienne Willcock, LC 

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

 

FAQ

 

What's the difference between "Behavioral Health" vs "Mental Health"? 

These terms are often used to mean the same thing, but in the healthcare world, "behavioral health" is a more accurate umbrella term referring to many facilities that treat mental illnesses, as well as any other affliction that can prevent a patient from functioning, like addiction. Behavioral Health inpatient facilities, including departments within general hospitals, treat a wide range of patients that must be kept safe.  

What makes a luminaire an "anti ligature" fixture? 

A "ligature" is any material that can be used for tying or binding, creating a risk for suicide or self harm. Anti-ligature fixtures and furniture cannot be used as ligatures or as attachment points for ligatures, and that they cannot be attached with other items to create ligature opportunities (e.g., wedging with a shoe). By choosing anti-ligature products, designers can help 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. Vandal-resistant luminaires are often used in high-traffic public spaces. In behavioral health facilities, light fixtures with tamper-resistant fasteners and frames discourage property destruction and prevent materials from becoming dangerous after being damaged. A light fixture that is deemed "vandal resistant" is not necessarily appropriate for behavioral health applications, but may share characteristics in construction with luminaires designed specifically for behavioral health facilities. 

What does it mean that a light fixture is "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 "Non-Institutional Design" mean? 

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. This can be a challenge. Impact and tamper resistance limit materials, and ligature resistance limits form—but we see it as an opportunity to solve design problems creatively.