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Getting Natural Light Into Your Medical Practice
Scientists have found ample evidence to back up what, for many of us, has long seemed instinctual: natural light is good for you. According to the research, people in rooms lit by natural light feel more comfortable, are more productive, and are calmer, happier, and even healthier.
With so many benefits for both body and mind (and for both patients and staff), it’s no wonder so many medical practices are opting for design features that welcome more natural light inside.
Unsurprisingly, bigger windows let in more natural light than their smaller counterparts.
In warmer and cooler climates, you may feel hesitant about large expanses of glass that can let heat in (or out) of your practice. If this is a concern, consider using double-glazed or “low-e” glass, both of which help to regulate indoor temperatures by keeping the heat in during winter, and keeping it out during summer. That way, you can still enjoy more natural light in your medical practice without worrying about your heating or air conditioning bills.
Sheer Window Furnishings
Of course, big windows don’t let in much light if they’re covered with thick curtains or blinds.
As such, you may also want to consider switching out your current window furnishings for sheer ones.
Plenty of sheer window furnishings still obscure the view outside and in, so, even if you need to maintain privacy between your practice and the outside world, you can still let in more natural light.
Switching out solid, opaque front doors for glass doors is another simple way to invite natural light into your practice.
If security is a concern, glass doors can be paired with stylish metal bars that will keep out unwanted visitors. Alternatively, you can use glass doors made up of a number of small frames rather than a single sheet of glass. No matter your situation, there’s almost always a solution that will allow you to get more natural light in your medical practice without compromising on safety or security.
Maximising natural light doesn’t just have to mean letting a greater volume of light in.
Carefully placed mirrors installed across your medical practice can also do their part to fill your space with natural light, thanks to their reflective properties.
This can be a great way to introduce natural light into otherwise hard-to-reach spaces. It’s also a way to maximise light in practices where various restrictions may prevent you from installing bigger windows or glass doors.
Contact Elite Today
At Elite Fitout Solutions, we’ve completed scores of medical practice fitouts and refurbishments across Australia.
Contact us today to discuss your plans for your upcoming fitout or refurbishment.