Light for Dental Technicians

General information for lighting dental workplaces

Properties

In dental technology, our eyes need to be able to work with high precision. The dental technician must be able to recognize the smallest details precisely and quickly. Especially filigree work and handling of smallest pieces demand the maximum lighting quality. This demanding visual task becomes extremely difficult if there is incorrect light, poor lighting conditions or a lack of daylight. Symptoms like tiredness, headaches or an increased error rate, for example, are frequent consequences of glare or poor colour recognition. Consequently, lighting for dental technicians is a key and often underestimated factor for work quality and employee health. Important properties of good light for dental technicians and the lighting of dental workplaces are based on lighting guidelines and the quality characteristics as defined in DIN standards. Their aim is to create a visual performance suited to the task, as well as a high level of visual comfort and a pleasant visual environment. On this page, we would like to explain to you some important characteristics for lighting dental workplaces in detail. In addition, we want to show you why it is worthwhile for dental technicians to use quality light We would like to give you recommendations and show you how to illuminate your workplace correctly to support your eyes in complex visual tasks.

Illuminance & Colour rendition

Lighting for dental technicians should have an illuminance of at least 2800 lux to 3000 lux for the areas of initial and final inspection, tooth selection, ceramics, plastic veneering, as well as all manufacturing techniques such as polishing, modeling, plastering or grinding. Moreover, a balanced luminance distribution is required. Differences between strong working light and darker surroundings should be smooth and contribute to a harmonic and balanced spread of brightness.

Equally, correct colour vision is essential for certain areas including tooth selection, initial and final control, ceramics and plastic veneering. For this purpose, we recommend you to select a light with a daylight spectrum (from 5300 Kelvin) and a colour rendition index of at least 90. This allows you to see colours correctly even under changing lighting conditions during the day.

Glare
 & Flexibility

Light for dentists should be strong near the work object, large and flicker-free to avoid negative effects of dazzle and glare by reflections.

The range of tasks requires the light to be individually adjustable for each user. With dimmable lamps, you can adjust the illuminance dependent on the lighting conditions and work area.

RMD Task-Lights

Our RMD rise-and-fall pendant lamps and articulated luminaires create an optimal synergy between synthetically and naturally generated daylight. Using the latest LED light technology, an innovative articulated joint arm, and state-of-the-art reflector technology with optimum glare control, our RMD workplace luminaires meet the high requirements for dental laboratory lights. In addition, high illuminance combined with optimum colour rendition makes it possible to recognize colours, contours, and details precisely, thus ensuring optimum lighting conditions for dental technicians.

Economical Aspect

In addition to an optimum lighting concept, an RMD workplace luminaire can help you to reduce energy consumption significantly by means of highly efficient LED modules. To ensure a long service life we use high-quality materials such as aluminum, which are robust even when dealing with sharp and pointed objects and protect the LED modules adequately.

In summary, the most important quality features of light for dental technicians resulting from the DIN standards and guidelines are mentioned below.

Quality Requirements

  • Strong, wide-area light, illuminance at least 2800 lx to 3300 lx, if necessary additional directional lighting
  • Colour temperature > 5000 Kelvin, better daylight from 5300 Kelvin
  • Colour rendition CRI 90 for the areas of initial and final inspection, tooth selection, ceramic and plastic veneering, others CRI 80
  • Glare- and flicker-free light
  • No stroposcopic effects
  • Balanced illuminance distribution

* from DIN 5035-3:2006-07; DIN EN 12464-1 “Light and Illumination – Indoor Lighting”; ASR A3.4

Recommendations

Our RMD workstation luminaires are recommended as follows. They consider specified quality requirements and represent the best-selling products sold to our dental technicians. Of course, you can have a look at other RMD workplace luminaries and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.