Separate procedure lighting shall be mounted at each infant bed.
The luminaire shall be capable of providing no less than 2000 lux at
the plane of the infant bed, and must be framed so that no more than
2% of the light output of the luminaire extends beyond its
illumination field. This lighting shall be adjustable so that
lighting at less than maximal levels can be provided whenever
Interpretation: Temporary increases in
illumination necessary to evaluate a baby or to perform a procedure
should be possible without increasing lighting levels for other
babies in the same room.
Since intense light may be unpleasant and harmful to the
developing retina, every effort should be made to prevent direct
light from reaching the infant's eyes. Procedure lights with
adjustable intensity, field size, and direction will help protect
the infant's eyes from direct exposure and provide the best visual
support to staff.
It is preferable that the procedure light be either mounted on
the headwall or incubator in lieu of a floor stand. This will
maximize the space around the infant work area and minimize trip