LIGHT4HEALTH: Lighting in medical facilities

Concept collage for biophilic patient room (Team Red, Light4Health Summer School 3)

As a six-week online workshop including practical teaching, the Summer School had dealt with topics such as daylight, dynamic and interactive lighting, BioFeedback and measurement techniques from March 19th, 2021. In this context, the total of 24 participants, including students and teachers as well as partners from the lighting and healthcare industry, evaluated the lighting of four rooms in the medical environment – patients' rooms, nurses' rooms, waiting rooms and physiotherapy rooms.
Natural and artificial light were analyzed and the effect of lighting on the daytime and nighttime rhythms of users such as patients and medical staff was studied. Architecturally integrated lighting designs and conceptual recommendations for improving existing daytime and artificial lighting conditions with a focus on health and well-being emerged.

The L4H project will run until the end of August 2021, and a free, open-access distance learning course and "Teacher's Guide" will summarize the results of all three Summer Schools.

The international partners and project participants come from the field of architectural lighting design, including Aalborg University (Denmark), ITMO University (Russia), KTH Royal Institute (Sweden), Thomas Jefferson University (USA), Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the University of Wolverhampton (UK). The project is supervised by Prof. Michael F. Rohde from the master's program Architectural Lighting Design at The Faculty of Architecture and Design in Wismar and Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska. The online event was organized by the project partner Aalborg University Copenhagen under the leadership of Professors Ellen Katrine Hansen and Georgious Trianatafyllidis.

The International Project "LIGHT4HEALTH" started in 2018 and the first Summer School was hosted in Wolverhampton, England in 2019. The international association of experts in advanced daylighting and energy simulation Solemma and the Polish architectural firm Janowicz Architekci supported the third Summer School.

For more information, please contact Prof. Michael F. Rohde directly by phone at 03841 753-7420 or by email

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