Breakthrough high definition LED medical lighting

A new range of high definition LED medical
lighting, developed by Sagentia Innovation for
Brandon Medical, became the most advanced
product line of its type and was launched to
the market in 2007.

Our client asked:

Sagentia Innovation had been investigating the use of high brightness LEDs
for a number of technically challenging applications. We realised the potential
for the technology in medical applications and approached an existing client,
Brandon Medical, with a view to introducing solid-state LED lighting into their
product range. At the time the medical sector was sceptical that LEDs could
deliver the performance required, but we realised – through our understanding
of the technology and by thinking innovatively about how it could be used –
that it had the potential to form the basis for new products that could radically
change the market landscape.

The project story:

At the time medical lighting products typically used tungsten halogen bulbs to
create the very bright, high quality white light required. However, these lights
use complex filters to remove the high heat levels generated by the source; they
are also energy inefficient, expensive to maintain, and the light itself cannot be
We took the latest developments in LED technology and applied some highly
innovative and creative new developments. As a result we created a range of
medical lighting products, fully compliant with all standards and regulations,
that deliver superior performance in every aspect when compared to existing

Results: deliverables and outcomes

The lamps we developed are designed for use in major and minor surgical
applications, in addition to general medical examination. The solid-state
technology means that the lights generate no heat, produce only visible light,
and require very little maintenance, as there are no bulbs to replace, and the
sealed units are easy to clean. The lights are extremely efficient, using up to
60 per cent less energy than previous lighting products.
Light quality is also excellent. The resulting beam profile gives more light
across the full width of the illuminated area, and the colour of the light
produced is also fully adjustable. This represents a major advance in lighting
control and allows medical staff to change balance, focus and colour –
enhancing the red contrast, for example, results in an enhanced view of body
tissue, greatly improving surgical observation.
Through this project, Brandon Medical and Sagentia Innovation have created
a product range which is superior to anything offered by the competition,
transforming the medical lighting market and setting the standard for the
future. The new range was successfully launched at Medica 2007.

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