2nd September 2021
Response to the pandemic: Smart lighting & automatic sliding doors bring greater flexibility and efficiency in healthcare


Doorson & Intra lighting collaborated to improve the experience


The whole world has faced game-changing challenges. The pandemic has significantly affected the health system. Nowadays, hygiene and the possibility of touchless experiences along with accessibility and sustainability matter more than ever. Therefore, design strategies persuade human-centred experiences and put a new spotlight on re-designing. Doorson and Intra lighting have joined forces in this healthcare project, focusing on the architectural solutions that improve efficiency, patient overview, access, safety, health and well-being.


01 Safe access and welcoming sense of security


Main entrance | Door used: 300 C - curved sliding door


Main entrances in healthcare facilities are high-frequent ones, and it is essential to ensure visible and effective passage. Double 360° automatic sliding doors 300 C provide smooth and safe hands-free access for everyone. It is necessary to expose the entrance, take care of intuitive orientation and create inviting lighting. Additionally, access control at the entrance could be a key feature to organize who can enter to avoid any unwanted consequences.



More than 3000 people enter
in the healthcare facilities every day
People visiting or receiving treatment are already vulnerable to the spread of infection. Making sure that high hygiene standards and welcoming sense are in place is the key of every healthcare facility.



02 A healthy and spacious perspective in waiting areas


The pandemic is highlighting functional human experience in waiting areas as well. It is important to create a feeling that increases security, maintains appropriate social distance and reduces discomfort. The combination of natural and homogeneous light without glare perfectly complements the space, gives the room a positive atmosphere and provide guidance. Tracker luminaire flexibly adapts to the shape of a ceiling, supporting the creativity of an architect.Thermally broken triple glazed doors 330 ensure a greater flow of natural light and prevent heat loss through the glass door leaves, making an excellent vestibule.

Lobby and waiting area | Door used: 330, Luminaire: Tracker, Cove



Design firm HDR explains that "planning and designing a healthcare space for the future now requires flexibility, adaptability and anticipation to avoid interrupting care delivery and to keep patients and staff safe during a pandemic surge."



03 Quick access and efficient lighting provide better care


The lighting, along with quick and efficient access to healthcare, is essential to strike a balance between the needs of patients and medical staff. Corridors consume twice as much energy as other areas since they operate 24/7 and have no access to daylight. Gyon and Tracker are efficient solutions that can reduce energy costs while providing high-quality illumination. Balancing all needs is essential in the patient's room. Medis can adapt the lighting scenarios to different activities, from medical visits, reading, night light, or indirect light when relatives visit. Glass doors create bright spaces and allow patient monitoring. In certain situations, they represent a barrier to prevent the virus from spreading to another area.

Corridors and patient rooms | Door used: 300, Luminaires: Gyon, Tracker and Medis



Average duration of hospitalization
is from 5 - 9 days
With proper light, we can significantly shorten recovery time. Let the hospital stay be friendly and dignified, the recovery fast. Shorter stay means lower costs and greater savings.



04 Reflection of the advanced and hygienic environment


Touchless access is a simple and modern solution for opening doors. It is one step towards reducing bacterial transmission and maintaining high security in any space. The built-in sensor or Smart Switch enable a hygienic and controlled door opening with an adjustable detection zone, which adapts to the user's needs and offers safe and efficient access. This way, we protect what is essential and facilitate our daily passage.


Smart Switch
Built-in sensor




Gensler strongly points out that "an integrated approach to healthcare accelerates innovation in support of human health, putting patient and provider at the center of this new equation. The pandemic has put an emphasis on how the healthcare system and its environments need to become both customized and more flexible. To achieve this, providers can leverage new technologies for touchless care and engagement. Automated systems and sensors that are blended with physical spaces can help make care more personalized, responsive and effective."



05 Flexible, efficient and clean spaces


The flexibility of 300-panel standard sliding doors makes them a perfect choice for operating rooms. Anodized or plasticized smooth aluminium door panels with integrated windows are easier to clean, answering the highest hygiene standards and requirements. With a surface design that minimizes the accumulation of dirt and brings a uniform light distribution to space, Alkon is a cleanroom choice. A wide and clear door opening without any obstacles makes it more functional and easier to move beds or wheelchairs.

Operating room | Door used: 300, Luminaire: Alkon


06 A brighter place to heal


Sometimes, a hospital doesn't need to look like a hospital. Creating a friendly and playful atmosphere is a must in the children's department. Medis and Lona easily adapt to space, providing soft, pleasant and glare-free illumination that contributes to the patient’s sense of homeliness, security and calm. 300 standard doors with integrated drive in the ceiling achieve accessibility and safety in a discreet manner. The decor stickers on the safety glass doors create the atmosphere of a child’s room, still allowing the nurses for constant visual contact with their tiny patients. Since the door is so high and when open, the rooms are more closely linked. So the light between the rooms is better diffused and in greater amounts.

Children's ward | Door used: 300 with integrated drive, Luminaires: Medis and Lona


07 Sustainability, energy-efficiency and positive influence


Precise work and necessity for high concentration need powerful and efficient lighting with cold colour temperature. Gyon offers homogenous light with no glare (UGR<19) and a high colour rendering index >90. With the presence and daylight sensors, the lighting can automatically adjust or turn on/off, increasing saving potential. Cove luminaire under the counter softly diffuses light across the working surface. A colour temperature of 6000K is needed for blood color sampling.

All Doorson automatic sliding doors actively save 70% energy and reduce CO2 emissions with "energy-save" functionality. They help to reduce cross-contamination and eliminate manual contact for a clean and secure environment. Glass allows for a clear view to the other side of the room, but still provides space for adapting to occupational safety issues like social distancing.

Laboratory | Door used: 300 with integrated drive, Luminaires: Cove RV & Gyon



Operating 24/7/365 means at least
2x more energy consumption
With thoughtful, efficient and energy-saving products, we can lower the costs by up to 70% and reduce CO2 emissions into the environment. And not at the expense of poorer services.


These trends provide just a glimpse into the ever-evolving world of the healthcare sector that is constantly forced to innovate and adapt to current human needs. Since the hospitals are opened 24/7, it is important to choose energy-efficient, long lifespan products that contribute to faster and easier work are easy to maintain and sustainable. This way we will improve accessibility, safety, the well-being of everyone and positively influence the environment by paying off the investment at the same time.


Project: Doorson x Intra lighting - Healthcare
Visualization: Duaviz
Doorson products: 300, 300 C, 330
Intra lighting products: Alkon, Cove RV, Gyon, Medis, Nola, Tracker
Resource: Some of the content is referenced from HDR and Gensler web pages.