Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with visual impairment

A 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.

The guide, which has been endorsed by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, is an updated version of the popular second edition of the Lighting Guide (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.


Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with sight loss (April 2018)

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This guide is currently being updated and will be uploaded to this page by end July 2021.

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