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HERCULES produces a cool lighting solution for the Medical Industry

HERCULES produces a Cool Lighting Solution for the Medical Industry.

The collaborative project HERCULES is shortly to start demonstrating its new LED surgical lamps and bed -head lights for the medical industry. Offering high quality colour rendition, energy efficiency and compact form factor, the luminaires offer a sleek, high technology solution to the healthcare industry.

Funded by the European Research Executive Agency, the aim of HERCULES is to develop a new product range which addresses the key needs in the medical lighting industry. Surgeons are seeking an improvement in the colour of lights, to provide a more natural operating environment, while building managers are looking for better energy efficiency, to reduce on-going energy costs. All this must be encapsulated in a compact, user-friendly solution, which fits in with scheme of the hospital.

TWI has been working together with partners Sagentia, Brandon Medical, DTM Cumsa, Synergy Medical and Bradford Hospitals to solve these technology challenges. An improvement to the colour and uniformity of the light will be achieved in the HERCULES project, through the LED board and reflector design. The resulting red-rich colour mix will be excellent for complex surgery, as well as offering a soft light option for a bed-head light.

Keeping the LEDs cool is critical to maintaining cost savings for the customer, as energy efficiency is determined by the LED temperature. The light must also meet standard touch temperature requirements on the outer casing, to make it safe during operation. These criteria must be met while maintaining a compact form factor which can be easily cleaned.

Demonstrator products are in the final stages of manufacture, and are expected to be completed by the R4i Research for Impact (Making Public Funding Work) event on 31st October 2013. Following manufacture, testing will be carried out to confirm thermal, and optical characteristics, and to obtain feedback from healthcare professionals.

For further information about the project, please visit our website or contact Helen Goddin

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA Research Executive Agency ([FP7/2007-2013]) under grant agreement no 286858.

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