Lighting Design to Boost Senior Health

The right lighting design can help keep seniors healthy. Photo courtesy of Lutron.
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The right lighting design can help keep seniors healthy. Photo courtesy of Lutron. www.lutron.com

Many households today have a wide range of generations living together under one roof. For older house members, lighting design goes beyond décor and can actually impact health.

Proper sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and as human beings grow, light becomes even more important for regulating circadian rhythms and REM sleep cycles.

Color and Quality
Experts say that lighting design for elderly house members needs to take more into account than just the amount of light. The color of light, as well as when it is applied, is equally important.

Fortunately, there's no shortage of lighting fixture options available to help you customize light in your home for older family members.

Special bulbs, automated window shades and dimmer switches can work together to reduce glare and help seniors mimic the natural light cycle outside.

Utilizing Natural Light
Beyond bulbs, it's important to utilize natural sunlight to help keep seniors healthy. 

For instance, sunlight on the skin is shown to produce vitamin D, essential for calcium absorption into the bones.

By focusing on lighting design, you can create the ideal mixture of natural and man-made lighting.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to americanlightingassoc.com to learn more about lighting options for seniors.

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