The recent ribbon-cutting on a new Pennsylvania hospital campus offered the latest glimpse into an application of germicidal lighting technology. Lehigh Valley Hospital is using Kenall’s Indigo-Clean system throughout the Hecktown campus to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. Indigo-Clean is an environmental disinfection technology that uses visible light to continuously kill harmful viruses and bacteria within the environment, while also providing ambient illumination within the space. The technology is integrated into light fixtures, which are installed into the ceiling of hospital rooms, classrooms or office space.
In the Lehigh Valley Hospital operating rooms (shown here), the blue lighting seen helps sanitize rooms, beyond the hospital’s normal cleaning protocols. The lighting is activated 20 minutes after the room is unoccupied. The system is also used in patient room bathrooms.