Light your way to better vision

Bright Ideas - August 2021

Posted by American Lighting Association on Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Issue #126


August 2021

Light your way to better vision


See beautifully with the right light


Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, however, as we age our eyes often have difficulty focusing and adjusting to glare. While natural vision changes that come with age are unavoidable, it is possible to make a few minor changes to improve the quality of life for seniors. New glasses often help, but proper lighting is just as necessary for safety, comfort, and enjoyment.


The American Lighting Association (ALA) is sharing a document from the Illuminating Engineering Society about lighting for aging eyes. The report is a valuable resource for people of all ages. After all, young people often have older visitors, and will one day themselves benefit from planning for future needs.

Without a good lighting plan, the inevitability of diminished eyesight leads to frustration and reduced enjoyment. “Lighting Your Way to Better Vision,” explains that “Older people require light levels that are three to five times higher than younger people need, due to normal age-related changes to the eyes and eye diseases.”


To download the full report, click here. For help selecting the perfect fixtures to provide the right light and aesthetic appeal for your specific space and needs, visit with a professionally trained lighting expert at a nearby ALA-member showroom. Find more resources at


Looking for inspiration for creating your best home? Browse the new issue of Lighting magazine. Pick up a free copy at a nearby ALA-member store or go to Ideas.Lighting to see the digital version.

Lighting magazine is presented by the American Lighting Association in partnership with Meredith Publishing/Better Homes and Gardens.


Pick up a free copy of Lighting at an ALA-member store, or get a digital copy at Ideas.Lighting. The magazine is also available for sale on preferred newsstands.

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