Quiet Rooms

Quiet Rooms

Quiet rooms can be used for seclusion or de-escalation so design should be flexible to allow for such use. Seclusion rooms are single function rooms with an en-suite designed for low levels of stimuli and to prevent self-harm. Ceiling heights are typically 3m and all luminaries need to be robust, tamperproof and ligature-resistant. The luminaires should be ceiling mounted and switched from outside the room.

Illumination Levels

Application Minimum maintained mean illuminance (lux) Illuminance uniformity (minimum/average) Notes
Acute mental health facility 300 0.60 The lighting should be designed according to the activity, most areas will be staffed constantly.
Psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) 50-300 0.60 Robust anti-ligature fittings required with manual switches operated by the staff. Levels to be provided by dimming or switching.
High dependency rehabilitation units (HDRUs) 50-300 0.60 HDRUs can be categorised as low, medium or high risk. See chapter text to determine the specific lighting requirements.
Child and adult mental health services (CAMHS) 5-300 0.60 Designer to be mindful that patients could be children or young adults. Different levels required in different areas. Comfortable, low glare, homely but robust schemes are required.
Dementia assessment areas 50-300 0.60 Only very low-glare fittings should be used, and luminaires should not be installed in a regular pattern. Design should include for discrete but robust luminaires to give a calming homely feel.
Places of safety 5-300 0.60 These spaces are designed to provide a safe and secure environment.
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