Research Horizons


NICU Lighting Project Featured by ZGF

Cincinnati Children’s first-of-its-kind programmable and tunable LED lighting system–installed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) within our newly opened Critical Care Building–is featured in an article posted by ZGF, the building’s lead architect,

The new lighting optimizes the quantity and quality of light newborns receive during key periods of development. The system augments the typical patient room lighting that includes exam, task, and night lighting to support standard patient care and was designed to meet specific color quality requirements, ZGF states.

The lighting project illustrates how building design can augment medical care by directly incorporating research discoveries into the spaces where premature newborns can spend weeks, even months, before going home.

A variety of research projects are planned to determine how managing light exposures can influence circadian rhythms, eye development, metabolism, and more.

Read ZGF’s story

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