As we get older, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to see as well as we used to. An eye examination and new glasses can be a big help, but proper lighting is just as critical. Older people require light levels that are three to five times higher than younger people need, due to normal age-related changes to the eyes and eye diseases. In addition, the quality of the light is equally important to the quantity of light for older normal age-related changes to the eye and eye diseases (refer to heading Recommendations for good lighting as we age). Whether you’re going to continue living in your home or are moving to an apartment or retirement community, lighting is going to become an ever more important part of your everyday life. It will add to your comfort and enjoyment, and it will help to keep you safe.
This brochure describes some of the changes that can be made to existing lighting to make your home more comfortable and secure. Some solutions are easily accomplished, such as changing to an LED light bulb or plugging a new (LED) fixture into an electric outlet. Others require changing light fixtures or providing additional electrical boxes for new fixtures. It is recommended that you hire a qualified electrician to do the electrical work for you.
Additional information, included recommended light levels, may be found in ANSI/IES RP-28-20 as well as ANSI/IES/ALA RP-11-20, Recommended Practice: Lighting for Interior and Exterior Residential Environments, as well as the latest ANSI/IES Recommended Practice (RP) documents on light and human health.
Page count: 19 pages
Publisher: Illuminating Engineering Society (2021)
SKU: IES CG-1-20
Illuminating Engineering Society. IES CG-1-20, Lighting Your Way to Better Vision. New York: IES; 2020.