Dell Medical Center installs Acuity LEDs, achieves LEED Platinum

Acuity Brands has announced a LED lighting project at the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Texas.

The solid-state lighting (SSL) installation in a new tower consist of 2878 Acuity nLight control nodes that will save around 180,000 kW directly connected to controls.

Moreover, the project has achieved the Platinum status in the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program for this installation.

The authority aimed to build a green hospital in the new tower addition and continue the sustainability program with the LEED Platinum goal.

The LED technology has progressed so much, and it was essential to integrate it as much into the new building, said, Phillip Risner, senior project manager, Seton Healthcare Family.


The hospital is aiming to achieve maximum sustainability goals through various applications. Becoming sustainable had been a challenge for the hospital facility with intensive use of energy and water, still it has been achieved, explained, Risner.

The health is holistically related to environmental issues and to achieve LEED for Healthcare Platinum certification for sustainability purposes was a great deal, concluded Risner.

Moreover, as described in Osram prototype project, LED lighting and controls indoors can generate energy savings and improve the patient experience.

The hospital has set a goal of installing more than 90 percent LED fixtures in the new facility with the added goal of making optimum use of adaptive controls. The primary product selected was the VT Series of SSL luminaires.

These specific LED Acuity Brands luminaires and controls resulted in an initial cost reduction of $75,000, said, Brian Horras, project manager, Beck.

The controls implementation was on a large scale with the technology embedded in the VT luminaires and in other sensors and switches to reach the aforementioned 2878 nodes. The sensors are located throughout 95 percent of the building and in all 72 new patient rooms.

The hallways and corridors are set to 40-50 percent of maximum light level for general usage. Moreover, the lights can be dimmed further at night or in low occupancy situations.

During an emergency, when the code-blue button is hit the lighting in the corridor goes to a full-on setting.

In addition, the team installed Acuity Winona LED Step Lights in patient bathrooms as they deliver warm amber-colored light that do not disrupt sleep cycles and the human circadian rhythm at night, but provide a safety feature to keep patients from slipping or falling.

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