Optimise natural light for enhanced health and well-being


Studies show that optimal natural light in healthcare facilities not only has a beneficial impact on patients, but also on medical staff Halio® is a smart-tinting window solution that delivers full, smart control over incoming light, without the need for invasive shading systems that can potentially become contaminated.

Natural light supports patient health

Natural light contributes to patient well-being and health. Research shows that access to natural daylight reduces stress in patients to such an extent that it lessens the need for analgesic medication by 22%.1 Moreover, natural light also decreases the average length of a hospital stay by four days.2

More generally, seeing daylight reduces the risk of depression3, a condition which definitely must not be added to the health issues a patient or resident is already going through. Invasive shading devices that block the view often make patients feel like they are in a prison. Moreover, 92% of curtains show contamination within one week4, increasing the risk of nosocomial infections.

Halio is an all-in-one solution for keeping out the sun’s glare and heat, but without blocking incoming daylight or the view.

A more effective and pleasant working environment

Natural light is also beneficial for personnel working in care facilities. Optimal daylight conditions enhance the performance and wakefulness of medical staff. Studies show that natural light can lead to 22% fewer errors5 and that it makes patient monitoring easier.6

Having access to daylight gives personnel a more pleasant perception of their work and working environment7 and it helps to reduce absenteeism by up to 5%.8 Like patients, care workers do not want to feel like they are locked inside all day without being able to see the outside world.

Halio smart shading creates optimal and pleasant working conditions tailored to people’s needs.

Healthcare facilities of the future

Halio is the world’s most advanced natural light management system, offering healthcare facilities protection from heat and glare without taking away the beneficial effects of natural light for both patients and staff.

This smart-tinting glass system for external windows delivers unprecedented control over incoming natural light without the need for invasive blinds or curtains and the risk of nosocomial infections such devices bring with them. Halio also creates privacy on demand for indoor and outdoor spaces.

The level of opaqueness of the dynamic (electrochromic) glass can be easily regulated to meet specific needs via a smart connected control system featuring automatic, proactive and predictive control options. It gradually and evenly transitions from the most transparent to the darkest state in less than three minutes. Not only does this all-in-one shading system deliver benefits for patients and staff, it also contributes significantly to the building’s energy efficiency, thus reducing climate control costs.

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  1. Walch JM, Rabin BS, Day R, Williams JN, Choi K, Kang JD. (2005, “The effect of sunlight on postoperative analgesic medication use: a prospective study of patients undergoing spinal surgery”, Psychosom Med., Jan-Feb, 67(1), 156-63.
  2. Benedetti, F., Colombo, C., Barbini, B., Campori, E., & Smeraldi, E. (2001, “Morning sunlight reduces length of hospitalization in bipolar depression”, Journal of Affective Disorders, 62(3), 221–223.)
  3. Beauchemin, K. M., & Hays, P. (1996, “Sunny hospital rooms expedite recovery from severe and refractory depressions”, Journal of Affective Disorders, 40(1-2), 49–51.)
  4. Ohl M, Schweizer M, Graham M, Heilmann K, Boyken L, Diekema D. (2012, “Hospital privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria”, Am J Infect Control, Dec;40(10), 904-6.)
  5. Cornell’s Rana Zadeh (2014, “The impact of windows and daylight on acute-care nurses’ physiological, psychological, and behavioural health”, Health Environments Research and Design Journal, July,7 (4), 35-61.)
  6. Halio (“Flexibility of the Halio system, enabling the privatisation of services or patient rooms”)
  7. Finnegan, M. C. & Solomon, L. Z. (1981, “Work attitudes in windowed vs. windowless environments., Journal of Social Psychology, 115(2), 291-292.)
  8. Shepley, M. M., DArch, Gerbi, R. P.,  BA, Watson, A. E.,  MArch, Imgrund, S., MD, FCCP, Sagha-Zadeh, R., (2012, “The impact of Daylight and Views on ICU Patients and Staff”, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, January 5 (2), 46-60.