Lighting Solutions to Protect Your Aging Loved Ones
Creating a welcoming and functional space is one of the key reasons that people consider home improvements or upgrades. Maybe you have a kitchen, bathroom, or interior living space that no longer meets your needs, or you have an outdoor area that you’d like to upgrade. 24Whether you’re building a new home or looking at a remodel to an existing home, see how having the proper lighting will add enjoyment and safety to your home — especially as we age.
Protecting Your Eyes
As we age, our eyes have a more difficult time processing the light that enters them. Bright light can be incredibly jarring, while lower light can cause eye strain and severe headaches, not to mention the dangers of slipping and falling if visibility is low. Aging eyes have a more difficult time adapting to change quickly, as your ciliary muscles weaken over time.
Stay Safe with Ambient Lighting
Light bulbs with a softer glow and ambient lighting help reduce the instances of eye strain. Bright outdoor sun coming through the blinds can be particularly damaging to eyes as we get older. While blocking out all the sunlight could make your rooms a bit gloomy, adding curtains or a set of light blinds can limit the glare while still allowing filtered light into your home. Skylights are a great way to bring a brighter feel, while dimmer switches applied to lights helps maintain consistent levels of light to reduce the potential of falls due to eyes that are trying to adjust to the different lighting.
Illuminate Your Tasks
Reading, knitting, cooking and working on computers are all tasks that require different levels of light. When you’re on a computer, you need to reduce the overall glare, while you might want a brighter light in the kitchen, so you’re able to read recipe books with ease. Swinging arm lamps in your bedroom or in your favorite reading chair will reduce the possibility of eye strain due to poor lighting, too.
Light Up the Night
Long hallways or walkways at night can be the bane of individuals who are aging in place, as there are often hidden dangers such as crayons from children, rugs with the corner flipped up and more. A motion sensor light or moderate night lights scattered throughout your home and yard will keep people of all ages safe from taking a tumble.
Proper lighting is one of the many factors that we take into consideration with each renovation and home construction project. Quality Craftsmen specializes in universal design projects for clients in the East Cobb area with multi-generational living situations or those who plan to age in place. Call us today at 404-483-7446 to learn more or claim your free consultation online!