Implement LED surgical lighting in your healthcare facility for improved performance and energy savings

A scoping study was completed in January 2011, characterizing the energy savings potential of currently available LED products relative to incumbent lighting systems. Halogen lamps typically used in surgical task lights, for example, suffer from relatively low luminous efficacy (lumens of light output per watt of input power), which is only worsened by filters that must be used to reduce the amount of non-visible radiation they emit. LED surgical task lights typically do not require such filtering media, and their higher efficacy can allow for reductions in connected load of 50% or more, with potential for additional energy savings through constant-color dimming and reduced cooling load in the operating room.

Furthermore, while halogen lamps are typically rated for just 1,000 to 3,000 hours and fail catastrophically (suddenly and without warning), LED surgical task lights are generally rated for 25,000 to 40,000 hours and are expected to “fail” by gradually fading in brightness. The fact sheet was developed to provide objective guidance to hospital owners and managers seeking to acquire high-performance LED surgical task lights.