The type of MRI lighting used in diagnostic environments can be a powerful therapeutic element, bringing comfort and genuine relief during scanning sessions. While natural daylight offers the best therapeutic benefits, in metropolitan hospitals where inward-facing planning is an unavoidable part of building design, a wide array of ambient, task, and accent artificial lighting is required.
While the three major lighting functions are limited to illuminating the interior envelope, it's also possible to escape the limitations of the interior dimensions and reconnect patients and staff with a view of nature or open skies.
Unlike daylight, which conveys environmental depth by virtue of its natural medium—the sky—isolated oncology areas exacerbate a patient's sense of vulnerability. However, designers can restore the spatial component of natural daylight by incorporating a remarkable optical illusion set within the environment of care.
These illusions of nature have unique psycho physiological benefits.
Beyond Photographic Nature Art
The standard use of nature art in MRI lighting relies on backlit panels featuring an assortment of outdoor scenes. These commercial images are used in a wide array of promotional media, ranging from printed literature and artwork to marketing banners and POS displays. Unfortunately, multi-purpose nature art imagery is not captured with the compositional cues necessary to establish environmental context.
Sky Factory's approach to MRI lighting raises the bar. Rather than employ commercial photography, which relies on techniques that distort the field of view with a wide angle lens or other visual artifacts, our team of artists capture and frame our photographic compositions with the single minded intent of designing a powerful simulation of open sky and undisturbed nature.
The Restorative Benefits of Virtual Skylights
Unlike representational photography, Sky Factory's photographic compositions are part of a wider design framework called Open Skies Image Technology. This method employs proprietary nature imagery as the first element in creating genuine architectural illusions. Calibrated printing techniques working in tandem with modulated light intensity and color temperature yield distinct visual planes.
The result is an impressive luminescence that allow modular compositions to achieve a three-dimensional effect on a two-dimensional plane ranging from standard drop ceilings to any finished ceiling treatment. Furthermore, when these image panels are combined with architectural reveals to enhance perspective, the installation appears to recede, forming part of a natural exterior that surrounds the interior envelope.
This creates an illusory effect that triggers a deeper "Relaxation Response" in the casual observer that taps our innate Biophilia—our our hard-wired love of nature—and through it, enliven its most universal experience: a visual connection to open sky.
The Most Therapeutic Modular Ceiling System
Sky Factory's illusions of nature are a unique, fourth type of radiology lighting that not only provide a therapeutic portal to open skies, but also use one of two LED lighting systems (edge-lit or backlit) to invigorate our circadian rhythm in isolated interiors.
Immediate Benefits for Clinical Environments
Sky Factory's evidence-based healthcare lighting:
Enhances patient relaxation and emotional balance
Improves clinical health outcomes (reduces acute stress and anxiety)**
Reduces claustrophobia and disorientation in enclosed interiors
Generates higher patient satisfaction scores
Aids staff wellness and productivity
**Sky Factory's healthcare lighting is the only product of its kind with published, peer-reviewed studies on the positive clinical outcomes of its products on patients.
Experience Sky Factory First-Hand
You can experience this type of MRI lighting by requesting a visit from our mobile gallery showroom, the Sky Mobile. See our schedule.
Sky Factory also showcases its suite of products at the largest and most established radiology, healthcare, and specialized trade shows in the U.S. and around the world.
Custom-Tailored to your Workspace
Our family of Luminous SkyCeilings and Luminous Virtual Windows, in addition to our Digital Cinema line are designed to enhance the patient experience in every area of a hospital, clinic, or care-giving facility.
You can enhance occupant wellness in:
Diagnostic radiology — MRI, CT, PET/CT and other imaging environments
Therapeutic radiology — Linac, Tomotherapy, and CyberKnife
Patient environments — individual rooms, treatment spaces, and ER bays
Public areas — receptions, waiting rooms, and cafeterias
Transitions spaces — mezzanines, hallways, and elevator corridors
Work & healing spaces — Conference rooms, wellness and therapeutic areas
While the most immediate benefits are seen in patient care, our specialized healthcare lighting is also highly therapeutic in:
Senior living and eldercare facilities
Controlled clinical spaces
Hospitality and resort facilities
SPAs, cosmetic and personal services
Health clubs and fitness centers
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Our experienced Sky Designers look forward to work with you and give your workspace a therapeutic advantage from competitors that quickly translates into quantifiable benefits to the bottom line.
Promoting healing requires outstanding attention to environmental design. Take advantage of our research-verified virtual skylights—illusory views to nature that alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and mitigate pain medication usage.
Because of our installations' superior realism and exquisite composition, as well as their unmatched luminescence and quality craftsmanship, Sky Factory Luminous SkyCeilings and Luminous Virtual Windows transform the look and feel of isolated interior spaces with effective illusions of sky and nature.
In Their Own Words, Customer Quotes
Our Luminous SkyCeiling helps provide a very calming atmosphere in our Preoperative Area. It is very much like having a real skylight in the room. -CH, RN
It's amazing what you see in those images, it really takes your mind off the procedure. -MF, Cancer Patient
The Sky Factory SkyCeilings help patients relax. When patients are relaxed, they experience less pain and recover faster. Therefore they leave the facility sooner, which decreases our personnel cost as well as the cost of supplies that we use to keep them comfortable -NJ, Surgical Services Manager
Patients immediately respond to the Luminous SkyCeiling. It gives us something to converse about, and it helps the patients feel relaxed. It has changed the whole ambiance of the room. -CH, RN
Our patients respond positively to the Sky Factory SkyCeiling. They love its light and the image of a sunny day, especially when it is stormy and dreary outside. The view is soothing and takes their mind off the exam, reduces stress, and sets them at ease. When patients are less stressed, they have a more positive experience. -EZ, CT Supervisor
Since 2002, Sky Factory has provided factory-direct pricing around the world to the top healthcare networks, specialty clinics, Fortune 500 companies, and other built environments, including retail, education, senior care, and hospitality.