Why LED Lighting Can Help The Senior In Your Life
Seniors have struggled with poor lighting for years. It leads to all kinds of complications, including contributing to dangerous falls.
As we age, our vision starts to change. Around the age of 40, many people start noticing they see differently than in their younger years, reaching for readers and bifocals for the first time. By the age of 65, the need for additional lighting sources almost doubles.
That’s where LED lighting can help.
Let’s start with energy efficiency. At the moment, LED lights are the most energy reducing lighting source on the market. When compared to other lighting options like incandescent, LED bulbs can save up to 75 percent in energy. According to Energy.gov, over the next ten years that can add up to a savings of over $30 billion dollars.
Not only are LED bulbs more energy efficient, but that energy efficiency translates into lasting power. LEDs have the possibility of lasting 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. That means a safer environment for your loved ones. They no longer fumble around in dark areas if they can’t reach a light bulb to change it. And they won’t tackle replacement on their own, pulling out ladders or bulb installers and risking a fall.
LEDs also produce very little heat. Ever touched an incandescent after it’s been burning for awhile? You can burn yourself quite easily. Not so with LEDs. LED is cooler to the touch, making them safer where a senior’s tender skin might easily come in contact with a bulb.
LEDs are brighter, lighter, cooler to the touch, and will last a long time. What could be better than that?
Are you ready to change out the bulbs in your loved one’s home? There are several things you should know.
Wattage and Lumens – Most of us are used to installing light bulbs based on wattage. Though LEDs aren’t measured in wattage – they are based on lumens – most manufacturers post watt equivalents on the packaging to make it easier for purchase.
Dimming – It’s important to be able to have bright lights in the spaces you work the most. It’s equally as important to be able to dim them and relax. Thanks to today’s technology, many LED lights are dimmable at the touch of a button or even via your smart devices. You can adjust the lighting to suit your needs.
Light Controls – There are many options available to control LED lighting. However, not all seniors are comfortable with the different designs. Lighting won’t do any good if your loved one never uses it. Be sure to keep light controls simple and in consistent locations throughout the home.
The lighting in your loved one is critical to well-being. Whether it’s upgrading your LED lighting designs, or ensuring the electrical wiring in your home is operational and up to code, we can help. Give us a call today.