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Natural and electrical lighting have received attention in hospital environments due to their ability to increase hospital staffs’ performance, improve shift workers’ circadian rhythm and improve patients’ recovery. Researchers have investigated health care staffs’ satisfaction with their lit work environment in real-life settings; however, staff members’ perception of a circadian lighting system (CLS) that operates automatically has yet to be researched. This paper presents the implementation of a CLS installed in a newly built hospital. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2023.110488

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The results showed a statistically significant satisfaction with the circadian lighting system (CLS) compared with the pre-existing lighting, and the staff found the CLS easier to use and to adjust. The staff working in rooms with multiple patients appreciated the ability to adjust the lighting to the individual patient. These results supplement the existing body of research by presenting a field-study that illuminates barriers and advantages to consider when implementing CLS in hospitals.


We conclude that CLS can complement a complex work environment in hospitals, but it requires close collaboration with occupants and continuous adjustments to the lighting settings for a successful implementation, and long-term use of the lighting system.

Thomas Bjørner
Aalborg Universitet

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This page is a summary of: Evaluation of staff's perception of a circadian lighting system implemented in a hospital, Building and Environment, June 2023, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2023.110488.
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