State of Medical Lighting Report

2022 Edition



Welcome to our first inaugural Medical Lighting Report! We are very excited and proud to share this in-depth look at the current state of medical lighting.

For the past 35 years, Lumitex has been working with lighting for medical applications. We understand the importance that light can have in the medical arena and hope to share that potential with the world to change the standard of patient care and improve life with light.

In this report you will find information about trends in medical lighting, from lighting in hospitals to surgical lighting and phototherapy. We will discuss some up and coming technologies and advancements we see in the lighting space and how that can be used to add value to medical products and devices. We will also share some insights we learned from surveying professionals in the healthcare and medical device industries about their goals, priorities, and challenges with lighting in 2022.

We hope this report can help give you some guidance to the lighting landscape as we see it in 2022, and provide insight as to how to utilize and optimize lighting in your current and future medical products.

Peter Broer




Medical Lighting in 2022


Although we probably don’t stop and appreciate the light when we enter a medical facility, the advancements in technology over the years are very evident. Quality lighting is essential in a healthcare environment and has a significant impact on the patients’ health and wellbeing. Light impacts all aspects of the patient and caregiver experience from surgery, environmental safety, and patient comfort.

As patients and staff are impacted by lighting, it is important to make careful and informed lighting choices when designing medical devices that can impact circadian rhythms, infection control, surgical safety and proficiency in lighting, and therapeutic efficacy. In this lighting report, we will touch on key applications of lighting in healthcare and how advancements in technology have impacted medical lighting. While technology advancements are making lighting decisions more complex, it makes it possible to meet the changing needs of patients and caregivers. The following looks at how intentional lighting design can benefit patients and healthcare providers, as well as introduce new opportunities for light to add significantly to both the diagnosis and treatment protocols.

Alan Greszler




What We’ve Learned



60% of respondent anticipate their level of investvestment in lighting capabilities to remain the same over the next 12 months.



Mike Kerns

Senior Design Engineer



What We’ve Learned



39% of respondents stated that they are most focused on “Overall Function” for their device.

Surgical Lighting


Sara Toich

Design Engineer



What We’ve Learned



56% of respondents saw a higher rate of post-op infections when utilizing reusable surgical systems and components.

88% of respondents in the US said the difference in post-op infections drives the preference of disposable systems/components. In the EU 57% of respondents preferred disposable systems to control post-op infections.




Sterilization Lighting


Joe Dombrowski

Director of Engineering



What We’ve Learned



22% of respondents chose “Time and Resources” or “Understanding the Techoology” as their biggest challenge.

Hospital Lighting


Jessica Quatermaine

Project Engineer



What We’ve Learned



Beyond function and visibility, 33% of respondents say Aesthetics is the key differentiator for medical devices.



Our team has been working tirelessly to make this report a success. We want to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their hard work and continued effort to get this completed.

  • Joe Dombrowski
  • Jessica Quartermaine
  • Sara Toich
  • Nicolette Diehl
  • Mike Kerns
  • Anton Zonneveld
  • Jeannine Volchko
  • Matt Clements
  • Mark Darby
  • Peter Broer
  • Alan Greszler
  • Andrew Gutierrez
  • Keith Gutierrez
  • Hunter Liptrap
  • Matthew Moss
  • Maddy Mutch
  • Eliza Spain
  • Ginny Dwyer