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Lighting Your Way“Lighting Your Way to Better Vision”

This brochure describes some of the changes that can be made to your home's existing lighting to make you house more comfortable and secure.

PDF version 1: For viewing on line, presented in brochure spreads
PDF version 2: Single pages suitable for printing

You may also purchase a printed copy of this publication for $5.00 by contacting the Center of Design for an Aging Society.

Supportive drawings for inexpensive built-in lighting modifications to existing residences, or new construction:

1. Bookcase Detail
2. Famly Room Ambient Task Lighting
3. Kitchen with Sofitt and Light Valance
4. Tub-Shower Light with Indirect Light
5. Typical Kitchen Detail
6. Vanity Counter with Concealed Ambient Light
7. Vanity Counter with Light Valance
8. Vanity Light No Counter in Front

"Home for Lifetime" A detailed description of a demonstration project built in Portland, Oregon.

Lighting Design+Application magazine articles
published by the Illuminating Engineering Society as PDF:

  1. Overview of Aging Vision
  2. Quality Lighting to Maximize Aging Vision
  3. What Constitutes Good Lighting for Seniors
  4. Light's Impact on Health and Wellness
  5. Codes and Standards must address needs of seniors
  6. Emergency Egress Lighting
  7. Lighting for Older Workers
  8. Retail and Restaurant Lighting
  9. Roadway and Pedestrian Lighting

U.S. General Services Administration Low Vision Workshop
conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Workshop
Improving Building Design for Persons with Low Vision  

“Special Report: The Dual Functions of Light”
Older Americans Report, Aug 5, 2004 p. 235-238
Copyright Business Publishers Inc. 2004

“Lighting in Nursing Homes—the Unmet Need”
Presented at the CIE Symposium and published in the Proceedings CIEx035: 2006 “Proceedings of the 2nd CIE Expert Symposium on Lighting and Health, 7-8 Sept. 2006, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“Lighting Solutions for Contemporary Problems of Older Adults”
Journal of Psychological Nursing—Aging Matters, July, 2004

“Age Wave Demands Sea Change. Light’s Impact on Health Provides New Challenges for
Lighting Design”

“Negative Aspects of Hard Surface Flooring for the Elderly”

Universal Design

If you would like more information about this relatively new paradigm that promotes "barrier-free" or "accessible design" for all all ages, we suggest the following links:

National Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University


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