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Lighting For Seniors

If you didn’t know that the lighting in your home needs to be improved as you reach your sixth or seventh decade, then maybe you need to read a bit more about lighting for aging eyes.

But should you do this with inbouw led spots keuken in the kitchen or inbouwspots badkamer in the bathroom – or maybe both?

One thing is for sure, you need to increase the amount of light in your home to help prevent trips and accidents.

BOOST YOUR LIGHT

There are many ways to boost the light in your home.

RECESSED LIGHTING

LEDspot badkamer are one type of recessed bathroom lights.

These can add the extra layers of light in particularly dark corners, which can cause your eyes to struggle.

Of course, recessed lighting can go anywhere – and should!

The stairs are an area to pay particular attention to. There are usually dark spots and dusky corners aplenty on the stairs and of course these are the danger zones for anyone – not just senior citizens.

Inbouw spots are built-in spots with LED bulbs. These shed light into the places that normal, overhead or pendant lights might not be able to reach.

As well as on the stairs, there are other dark spots that need lighting. In the living room inbouw led spotjes can come in handy, to boost activities such as reading or craftworking.

DIMMABLE BULBS

Whichever types of lighting you choose, they can be improved immeasurably by making them compatible with a dimmer switch.

Even mini inbouwspot can help boost the lighting required in the bathroom – so that your bathroom LED spots give enough light to stop you cutting your big toe off when you’re trimming your nails – but not so much that it creates an uncomfortable glare, when you are reclining in the tub.

It is about balance and a dimmer switch – even in the bathroom – can give you the complete control over your lighting and environment.

HOW MUCH LIGHT DO I NEED?

A sixty-year-old will need approximately twice the amount of lighting to see properly by than they did when they were forty and up to four times as much as they did, at age twenty.

By the time you are eighty, you will need three times as much as a younger adult of forty. So, the wise thing to do is to plan in advance for your later needs.

Your eye lenses change and become more yellow, this distorts the light that it allows in and you may find greens and blues becoming more hard to distinguish between.

Focusing might also be a problem and less light actually gets into your eyes, as your pupils will begin to narrow.

We know this makes depressing reading, but it can be compensated for without turning your home into an impersonal or overly bright place to be.

LIGHT CONTROLS

Let’s spare a thought for the controls for the lights themselves. These should be positioned in an easy to find, easy to reach and convenient place for you to use.

A central point for all the lights in the room is a good idea, in fact, you may want to have more than one, for ease and comfort.

And what about the controls themselves? You actually need to be able to see them – so making the control box stand out against the walls is in order. We would recommend a darker coloured switch box against the lighter colour of the walls.

LAYER YOUR LIGHTING

It is important not to only have one or two “big” lights in a room. Additional layers will help you focus on tasks better and therefore some lamps are a great and easy way to instantly boost the light available to see by. And they are homely and stylish.

BEWARE GLARE

Once again, it is not all about overwhelming the senses with a bright glare. In fact, you will find that your eyes become more sensitive to the glare from light.

For these reasons, inbouwspots LED are a great thing to have in your corner, literally. But it also is another reason to install a dimmer switch – giving you greater control over your space.