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David Bernard THINKING OF BUYING … 1 0 6 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 4 Surgical Headlights These factors will help surgeons see the light. Y our surgeons rely on headlights to illuminate the small-cavity sites they operate in. Here are the features they say matter most. • Brightness. A headlight should illuminate the site without the need to reposition the overhead lamp. Its light should be even, not bright in the center of the spot and dimming toward the edges. Light intensity is measured in lux, with higher numbers indicating brighter light, and its color temperature — how closely the light approximates natural day- light — is expressed in degrees Kelvin, with higher numbers indicating whiter light. The whiter the light, the more accurate reflection of the illuminated subject's color. • Mobility. Headlights with xenon bulbs are connected via fiber-optic cables to light source boxes, which are themselves plugged into electri- SHINE A LIGHT A headlight should stay in place to illuminate the user's line of sight. OSE_1404_part3_Layout 1 4/4/14 2:43 PM Page 106

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