Lighting Your Home to Support Aging Vision

As we get older, our vision tends to deteriorate. Many of us find that we need glasses when we have never needed them before. Those of us who have worn glasses may need a stronger prescription.

Dealing with vision issues is not easy, but the right lighting can be beneficial in providing a strain-free environment. Here are some tips that will make it easier to deal with failing vision as you get older.

Add Table Lamps to Support Aging Vision

Table lamps are beneficial because they illuminate the room as well as objects in their immediate vicinity. For example, if you add a table lamp to a work desk, you will be better able to see reading materials and you will have improved all over light in your study. If you place a lamp on a night table in your bedroom, it will light up the room while helping you see nighttime reading materials and contents of the table’s drawers.

Use Adjustable Lamps to Support Aging Vision

Adjustable lamps are ideal as they will provide light where you need it. You can pivot the top, so it focuses on reading materials, point it down so it lights certain sections of the room or point it up, so it reflects off the ceiling to provide general lighting. Adjustable features can be found on floor lamps and desk lamps.

Get the Right Light Bulbs to Support Aging Vision

There are many different types of light bulbs on the market, and it can be difficult to find one that’s right for your vision. The most popular light bulb on the market is the compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) but there are a variety to choose from.

If you are having issues with your vision, you may consider investing in a full spectrum CFL bulb. It increases contrast while reducing glare. Some lamps are specifically designed for full spectrum bulbs, but they can be used in most light fixtures.

Add Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are ideal because they can light up small, dim spaces. They typically point up at the ceiling to diffuse an indirect light throughout the room. They provide illumination while being easy on the eye.

Use Night Lights to Support Aging Vision

Night lights can be positioned throughout the home to ensure you can see in dark or dim spaces. They are perfect for bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, and bedrooms. You can even travel with them to light up hotel rooms.

An LED nightlight costs only pennies a year to run, and it can be a lifesaver in certain situations.

Vision can deteriorate as we get older. But the right kind of lighting can support aging eyes making failing sight easier to deal with. How will you be updating the lighting design of your home? See Examples of our work.