Care Home & Residential Lighting Solutions



By 2025, there will be 2.8 million people over 65 needing nursing and social care, unable to cope alone



Care homes and residential villages can be a daunting place which is why it is very important to create a comfortable atmoshpere for the residents. A thorough lighting design is one of the most important considerations required to make an environment feel comfortable, friendly and safe. In addition to the needs of the residents the care givers also require excellent lighting levels for activities that they must undertake when caring for patients.

Not many applications demand such complex lighting requirements as the care home and residential home sectors. An extensive variety of prerequisites must be met with a specific end goal to make the ideal lighting environment.

In care homes and residential villages lighting can act as an aid or hindrance to sleep. The lack of exposure to sufficient light during the daytime can have a significant impact on sleep among older people (Ancoli-Israel, 2006) and with nearly two-thirds of care home residents experience sleep disorders (Avidan, 2006) correct lighting is essential.

According to a study 50 per cent of awakenings of more than four minutes were associated with either light or noise (Schnelle et al., 1993a, 1993b). It is important to realise that disturbed sleep amoungst residents of supported living residences can be reduced by managing contributory factors to sleep disturbance that we can can control such as light levels.

For the elderly, especially those suffering with dementia lighting plays an important role as a source of information about the time of day and night. Suffers of dementia require very clear information about what they are supposed to be doing, as their own cognitive skills will be impaired and unable to compensate for wrong or misguiding information.

There are changes to the circadian rhythm and other physical and psychiatric and medical interventions that can affect the sleep patterns of older people. A change in lighting in the night time is essential so that there is a message given about the time of of the day. Low-level light is more indicative of night-time providing the brain with clear cues and clues that the time has come for bed and sleep.

Consideration also needs to be made on how to achieve a ‘feel-good’ atmosphere for residents. Lighting therefore has to cater for the needs and preferences of various groups of individuals in different care needs. RICOMAN’s intelligent lighting solutions reconcile these disparate requirements.

By blending innovative technologies with intelligent controls RICOMAN are able to maximise the quality of light and minimise energy consumption. This is how RICOMAN strikes a balance between lighting quality and energy efficiency.




 AGEING and Eyesight deterioration

In many older people deterioration of eyesight is commonplace, this could be through ill health however is often simply due to the ageing process. When vision is reduced it can have a tremendous effect on a persons independance and self confidence. Those affected will have difficulty navigating spaces comfortably and can can easily suffer injurys. We can help to combat the consequences of poor vision by using the appropiate lighting to help avoid trips and falls by providing proper illumination.


Glaucoma  Macular degeneration
 Cataracts  Diabetic Retinopathy




Since 2003 EU member countries have had a common standard (EN 12464) for light planning in workplaces.

British Standard EN 12464 specifies lighting requirements for people in indoor work places, to meet the needs for visual comfort and performance of people having normal ophthalmic (visual) capacity. However the elderly often suffer from deterioration in their eyesight which means a more stringiest set of requirements are required.

In all care environments light is important design tool in creating a safe and comfortable environment. Used effectively, lighting can have a positive impact on wellbeing, health and capability. RICOMAN create lighting designs that are tailored for each projects requirements, careful consideration is made about the needs of the end users with comfort and safety being at the forefront.



  EN 12464 RICOMAN Recommendations



300 lux level


300 lux level


Corridor areas




Daytime level of 200 lux

Nighttime level of 50 lux


During the day: at least 60% of the illuminance level prevailing in the lounge area

Nighttime level of 50 lux adjustable up to 100 lux


Communal space,
recreation room




200 lux level





Morning level of 300 to 500 lux
Colour temperature of 4500K to 6500K

Daytime level of 1500 lux
Colour temperature of 4500K to 6500K

Evening level of 300 to 500 lux
Colour temperature of 2700K to 3500K


Resident’s room 





100 lux level for bedrooms





Levels of at least 300 lux
Colour temperature of 2700K to 3500K

Additional task lighting with a level of 1000 lux in reading /examination area.

Night-time orientation light.



Resident’s bathroom



200 lux level for bathrooms



Levels of at least 300 lux
Colour temperature of 2700K to 3500K



Administrative and
task areas



500 lux level for offices



Levels of at least 500 lux
Colour temperature of 4500K to 6000K




Another recommendation: adequate transitional zones between brighter and darker areas and between outdoor and indoor areas give older eyes sufficient time to adapt to different lighting conditions.





Increasing light as protection in our later years – that's our passion. Experience, close links with science and frequent collaboration with the healthcare sector enable us to meet specific requirements with our lighting solutions. Scientific evaluations support our innovations. 




EMERGENCY LIGHTING Safety at the forefront

Emergency lighting is lighting designed to come into, or remain in, operation automatically in the event of a local or general power failure. Care residences are required to undertake monthly functional test of all emergency light fittings at a time when, following the test, the lighting will not be immediately required. Test methods vary; however many RICOMAN products have self-testing facilities that reduce routine checks to a minimum.

RICOMAN offers a one-stop solution for emergency lighting with a wide range of stand alone emergency luminaires. Emergency options can also be added to the majority of RICOMAN luminaires with the aid of a 3 hour emergency pack

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