July 2013

Good lighting can help make the most of your sight, especially for people with vision problems. This guide is full of practical advice for lighting homes for people with sight loss, drawing upon research from Thomas Pocklington Trust and Royal National Institute of Blind People. From choosing the best light bulb to decisions around light fitting installation, this guide will demonstrate how to create a safer home and remain as independent at possible.

Key Facts: Lighting homes to make the most of your sight

  • Good lighting in the home improves health and wellbeing, safety and security, ability to complete tasks efficiently and reduces the risk of injury from falls.
  • There are seven characteristics of good lighting in the homes of people with sight loss. Lighting should be appropriate for the individual; sufficient for tasks, orientation and movement; even across different areas and with minimum glare; adjustable for flexibility; energy efficient and sustainable; simple to install and adaptable for the future.
  • This guide contains a checklist to assess existing lighting, factsheets explaining different types of lighting, and advice on how to seek help.

Links: 

Lighting Solutions Guide: Improve the Lighting in your Home – PDF version and Word version