June 2013

A well-lit home enhances quality of life for people with vision problems, according to research into lighting and sight loss published by Thomas Pocklington Trust. Participants reported that their daily tasks became easier when their homes were correctly lit, boosting their feelings of self-worth, wellbeing and security. Researchers also called for further investigation into the correlation between good lighting and a reduction in falls among people with sight loss as it may present a case for the cost-effectiveness of lighting schemes.

Key Facts: Lighting and sight loss

  • Better lighting improves a person’s ability to complete daily tasks such as reading, getting dressed, and preparing food.
  • Some participants reported that tasks they were previously unable to do were now possible.
  • People with better lighting felt safer around potential hazards like stairs.
  • There is not yet enough data to calculate the cost-effectiveness of improved lighting in reducing falls among people with sight loss, so researchers recommend further investigation.

How can this research help?

The research will help guide policy around lighting the homes of people with sight loss. It provides insight into the kinds of lighting that are most beneficial, and calls for further investigation into the economic impact of clearer lighting design policies for people with sight loss.

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Research Discussion Paper: Improving Lighting, Improving Lives – PDF version and Word version