Thursday 12th April 2018

A new Lighting Guide developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust is designed to assist visually impaired people to improve lighting in their homes, increasing their independence, comfort and safety.

Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with sight loss’, launched today, explains how to improve lighting to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people.

The guide, which has been endorsed by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, is an updated version of the charity’s popular Lighting Guide (second edition 2015) which was directed mainly at professionals responsible for carrying out lighting assessments.

This new version is also aimed at blind and partially sighted people and their families and friends, providing practical tools and information to help them improve their lighting.
The updated guide takes into account advances in light sources, mainly Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), since the previous editions were published.

It also looks at how new technology can play a role in improving lighting, with new lighting systems that can vary the brightness, hue and tint of the lighting and may be remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or touch panel mounted on the wall.

Thomas Pocklington Trust’s research into lighting in the homes of visually impaired people has found common problems include low levels of lighting, uneven lighting, shadows and dark areas and lack of information on potential improvements. This guide addresses these common problems, and more.

Lynn Watson, Head of Research at Thomas Pocklington Trust, commented: “Simple, low cost changes, such as putting in under-cupboard lights over a kitchen counter, have been shown to make a significant difference for visually impaired people. The solutions detailed in the guide will make homes safer for mobility and carrying out daily tasks, boosting people’s confidence and supporting independence.”

Peter Hodgson, Lighting Consultant for Thomas Pocklington Trust, commented: “We hope that the guide’s practical approach and checklists will enable people with visual impairment, with support from family, friends and frontline professionals where necessary, to improve lighting in their own homes.”

You can find the Lighting Guide here.

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