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During the course of a working day, most dental practitioners are constantly having to adjust their vision to cope with the contrasting light conditions produced by operating lamp and consulting room overhead lighting. To complicate matters further, our eyesight tends to deteriorate with age, meaning that as we age, our eyes require more and more light in to order to perform at the same level. Eyestrain due to poor lighting can hasten optical deterioration as well as lead to eye strain, leading to headaches, fatigue and, if forced to continuously move towards a single light source, neck and back strain. It is therefore critical to ensure that your consulting rooms have dental lighting that minimises the risk of strain whilst also ensuring an optimal view of the patient’s mouth.
The right dental lighting should strike a balance between providing enough high intensity illumination to enhance work precision, especially when it comes to things like colour matching for restorations and cosmetic work, whilst minimising glare and other visual irritants caused by phenomena such as strobing and flickering.
Ideally, the ratio of contrast between the lighting used to illuminate the treatment site and the area surrounding the patient should never be greater than 1:5 in terms of strength. By way of example, then, if the working area around the patient’s mouth is in the region of 20,000 lux then the lighting in the environment immediately surrounding this should be no less than 4,000 lux. Specialist overhead lighting systems can help to soften this difference in lighting strength whilst simultaneously minimising shadows, glare and flickering and reduce heat emissions to ensure comfort and accuracy.
The latest designs in dental surgery lighting are also energy efficient and built to mimic daylight as closely as possible to ensure clear and accurate colour matching at all times.
At Lemonchase, we take pride in supplying high quality dental lighting that does just that. Working closely with specialist manufacturers such as D-Tec of Sweden, we are able to offer practitioners a one-stop, personalised design and installation service to help ensure that your consulting rooms are optimally lit at all times.