Lighting

If you have low vision then the way you light your home and workplace can make a huge difference to your everyday life. It is worth thinking about the areas that you use the most and how best to light them.

Natural light is important for general health and wellbeing; it can influence our mood and our natural sleep cycle. Think about keeping windows clear of trees plants and consider arranging your seating where you can maximise natural light. However, strong sunlight can create shadows and glare, so think about controlling this with blinds.

For rooms with less natural light, daylight bulbs are a good alternative. These can be used to illuminate a specific working area are readily available in hardware shops.

Light can affect people with different conditions in different ways. For example, those with Usher Syndrome often find that their eyes are slow to respond to changes in light. So going from a dark room outside into daylight may be particularly uncomfortable.

If you find lighting your house difficult then think about using timers to light certain areas at certain times. For example, you could make sure your bedroom light automatically goes on 10 minutes before you usually go to bed, or that the hall light automatically goes on just before you get home to avoid you stumbling about in the dark.

If you are less mobile, consider using a remote to control your lighting – or even link it to your smartphone or smart home devices.

Too much lighting can be just as bad as not having enough lighting. So, avoid shiny surfaces (for example high gloss kitchen units) as light will bounce around these and could become disorientating.