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Neonatal lighting solutions

Supporting the well-being of premature babies with dynamic lighting

The project

Developing and testing dynamic lighting solutions for premature babies in a Neonatal ward at Helsingborg General Hospital, to support the well-being of both its patients, medical staff and parents.

The background

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. And in almost all countries with reliable data, preterm birth rates are increasing. In high-income countries, almost all of these babies survive. The rebuilding of Helsingborg General Hospital offers Region Skåne an unique opportunity to develop, test & evaluate new dynamic lighting solutions in its Neonatal ward, to support the health and well-being of these premature babies.

What the project aims to solve

• Create light scenarios that support the well-being of premature babies, as well as a healthy environment for medical staff and parents.
• To evaluate, adopt and spread the results to other parts of the care chain


Helsingborg General Hospital, Neonatal ward


The project has during the autumn 2017 made a full scale ICU test room in Lund, to be able to fully include the hospital personnel in the development of the lighting design setup. The has resulted in five different lighting concepts – or prescriptions, that supports the everyday tasks in a Neonatal environment – everything from general lighting to light when concentration is needed. Installation is planned to take place from December to January 2018, with the re-opening of the Neonatal ward taking place in March 2018.

Current status

Planning for the installations & the training, so that the system can be used to its full potential. The project is run by project manager Annika Rosén


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