Health care facilities must have good lighting for accurate visual diagnosis. A dental clinic is no different. Looking for gum disease, inflammation, matching colors for fillings, dentures or implants is even more critical because you are dealing with people’s smiles.  To get an accurate diagnosis, you have to see colors accurately. If the light source you are working under does not have a broad spectrum of light in it, you may not be able to accurately diagnose a gum problem.

EPL addresses this problem for the dentists and the hygienists by specifying a broad spectrum of light to reflect as many colors as possible with current technology. The lighting we specify also has a “calming/happiness” effect similar to the one you get when you walk out the door on a clear sunny day. There is a proven physiological link to this effect and EPL designers and technicians know how to apply this light.

Dental Health Associates of Madison


Energy savings


Energy Reduction

7 years

Simple Payback
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Annual Savings

  • Reduction in energy use by 86,500 kWh
  • Maintenance & Product Savings: $2,300
  • Total Savings: $11,800


 “Our new lighting really looks tremendous, and we’re getting great feedback.”

– Michael Haas, Facilities Manager, Dental Health Associates

Project Challenges

In a dental clinic, where pristine lighting is essential for intricate procedures, nothing but the best will do. Dental Health Associates wanted to improve the lighting of their facilities while increasing energy savings. They had numerous 2×2 lighting fixtures fitted with high-energy biax lamps, as well as 2×4 light fixtures with two-to-three T8 lamps, and muliple 2×4 fixtures with three high-output T5 lamps. EPL would need to meet (or beat) the existing brightness of the clinic’s lighting, while delivering promised savings on energy costs.

Project Solutions

EPL aimed to deliver the needed brightness so that dentists could perform delicate patient procedures, including: color-matching and detailed cosmetic dental work. Our solution involved LED retrofit kits in 2×2 and 2×4 fixtures wherever possible. This helped Dental Health Associates accomplish their energy saving goals without completely replacing their light fixtures. Where we were unable to use retrofit kits, we installed new, matching LED fixtures. This achieved the client’s goal of having one overall aesthetic that modernized and improved the look of the clinic. Where aesthetics were of special concern, we used LED T8 and LED T5 tubes, while being energy efficient. We also replaced all incandescent screw-in lamps with LED screw-in lamps to achieve additional savings.

If you’re interested in learning how much your organization can save with energy-efficient, occupant-centric lighting upgrades, click here to schedule a lighting assessment, and one of our Certified Lighting Pros will follow-up shortly to learn more about your organization’s needs. Or feel free to call our main office at (608) 661-5555 Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.

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Why Call EPL for Your Lighting Upgrade?

EPL keeps up to date with the latest research on light and health. We know what light keeps staff more alert to lower medical errors, improve visual diagnosis, and provide a more inviting, cheerful environment while dramatically lowering your energy costs. EPL has the expertise on light and human health, call or send an email to learn how lighting can improve your outcomes.

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