Today's Veterinary Business

OCT 2018

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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Constructive Criticism columnist Paul Gladysz is the principal architect at BDA Architecture. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, firm specializes in the planning, design and construction of animal care facilities. Color Palette As I discussed, natural light colors vary across the day. With artificial light, a similar effect can be achieved by means of light tuning. A great feature of some LED fixtures is that their color can be changed by using programmable drivers. When natural light isn't present in ICUs and wards, the technology can be used to sup- port the cycling of daylight. It's also installed on the International Space Station to help astronauts keep a healthy 24-hour cycle as they circle the Earth every 90 minutes. As we talk about light color, we must consider the surfaces being struck by light. Virtually everything we see is actually reflected light. The color and brightness that reaches our eyes is a function of both the light and the surface. This is where interior materials and color selection become important. Remember that dark-colored fin- ishes require fixtures with a higher lumen output to achieve the same illumination levels of light colors. As you can see in the photos on these pages, all the finishes are medium to light in color with the exception of some accent surfaces. Interior and lighting design must work hand in hand. Natural light supports an animal's circadian cycles in housing and ward areas. Bilevel and dimmable fixtures reduce night-time artificial light but permit staff monitoring. Shaded south-facing windows and clerestories permit indirect natural light to illuminate a clinic's lobby. A light shelf above the reception desk reflects daylight toward the upper ceiling.

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