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Improving Lighting, Improving Lives

Our new study finds that better lighting makes the 'impossible' possible for people with sight loss.

When better lighting was installed in the homes of older people, the 'impossible' became 'possible' according to our new study 'Improving Lighting, Improving Lives'. Participants in the study found their lives transformed when, despite their sight loss, the new lighting enabled them to carry out activities they had previously given up.

The second part of the project investigated the cost savings that might be made if improved lighting reduced the incidence of falls. With one week to go until Age UK's Falls Awareness Week, this study exposes a substantial lack of data on falls and lighting and calls for more research to establish the wider value of improving older people's lighting.