Thorn’s new custom-designed bedhead luminaire, Cavell, is designed for installation above medical beds in hospitals, care homes, and hospices, providing ‘low-glare’ and soft lighting for patients, bedded areas, bedrooms, and wards.
“The downlight function provides comfortable patient lighting throughout the day and night, and simplifies examination and observational checks by healthcare professionals,” Thorn explained. “Cavell’s optical design minimises direct glare onto the patient to promote rest and recovery, and, with its tailored beam angle, the bedhead light will not disturb patients directly opposite.”
The uplight ensures that patients, doctors, nurses, and other care staff can safely move around the ward or bedroom. Cavell incorporates twin drivers to control the up and downlight separately. This dual control can be operated from a nursing station and the patient’s bedside switch. The uplight is angled to throw light forward, using reflection from the ceiling to enhance the effect. Meanwhile, ‘maintained illumination’ mode at and around the bedhead allows caregivers to continuously monitor a patient during crucial periods.
Thorn added: “On and around the pillow area, the patient’s reading light should provide a minimum of 300 lux. To improve sleep in hospital wards, the indirect or room lighting source is typically turned off during hours of rest. Any patient wanting to read or use a personal electronic device can use the downlight in its low-level, dimmed ‘reading mode’.”
Cavell was also designed to be easy to clean. The steel body and two opal diffuser panels are seamless, with no gaps, crevices, or exposed screws, while the luminaire’s flat surfaces promote a straightforward wipe-clean routine.