Key Lighting Tips for an Aging-in-Place Remodel

If you want to make the most of your aging-in-place remodeling project, work with a trusted professional contractor such as DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ogden. With our Independence by Design™ service, we’ll design your home renovation with your accessibility needs and preferences in mind. Our services will ensure that your remodel provides a safe and comfortable living environment for years to come. 

With the aging-in-place concept in mind, some lighting elements are very beneficial to aging eyes. This includes upgrades that ensure bright, high-quality light is spread evenly throughout your home. 

Age-Related Eye Problems to Consider

Even under normal lighting conditions, seniors may experience visual difficulties such as:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity. Weaker pupil muscles mean it is a bit more difficult for the eyes to transition from well-lit areas to dimly lit areas. It can also be hard to judge between light and dark objects, and the ability to detect surface edges is reduced.
  • Increased sensitivity to glare. Seeing halos and glare is a normal visual response to bright lights. But for seniors, this becomes more intense as the lens of the eye becomes cloudier. Floaters and other eye imperfections also cause more glare, especially from unshaded light bulbs.

Ideas for Effective Lighting Design

Proper lighting is crucial in accommodating those with age-related vision problems. However, that doesn’t mean you should simply add more light fixtures. Consider installing task lights for reading or other hobbies, along with more ambient lighting. This helps you to see smaller details more clearly. 

One effective way to reduce glare is to use opaque lampshades that disperse light more softly. Also, consider painting the walls and surfaces with a matte finish to reduce light reflection. This can also prevent falls and other age-related accidents. 

Those with eye-related problems can sometimes struggle to adjust their vision when walking into a dark room. To help the eyes adjust to different light level differences easier, consider increasing natural light and adding lighting controls. This can help create smooth lighting transitions between rooms. 

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Make DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ogden your first choice for your next home renovation! Just call us at (801) 436-8886 or fill out our contact form and we can talk about your plans in more detail. Our service areas include North Ogden, Plain City, West Point, West Haven, Pleasant View, Farr West, Marriott-Slaterville, South Ogden, Ogden, Eden and Riverdale, as well as the surrounding communities.

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