As we age, we need a different quality of light – higher light levels without glare. We are also much more sensitive to changing light levels and our circadian rhythms are more dependent on illumination throughout the day. Based on these facts, we learned six tips for choosing and placing lighting in homes with senior inhabitants:
- Design interior spaces – including hallways – with uniform lighting in mind
- Conceal lighting bulbs/tubes from view
- Incorporate layers of light
- Choose sources with good color rendering
- Task lighting should have a high light level and be adjustable in position
- Avoid light sources that cause glare (i.e. halogen)
Want to learn more? We’ll discuss lighting for universal design and aging-in-place during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas later this month. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by the Progress Lighting booth (#C3526).