Increase overall lighting in your home to compensate for your
need for more light as you get older. Make sure rooms have
uniform lighting from several sources.
• Position lights appropriately
Concentrate light on close work by using adjustable gooseneck
lamps and lights underneath kitchen cabinets. The finer
your task, the more light you need. Position lights for reading
to shine from over your shoulder. Use lampshades that completely
shield the bulb so that light is directed up and down,
not into your eyes.
• Turn down glare
Replace glaring ceiling fixtures with wall or floor lamps that
direct light upward. Choose matte surfaces instead of shiny
tabletops and highly polished floors that reflect light into your
eyes. Select a nonglossy, off-white paint for walls. This type of
surface maximizes light in a room without creating glare.
• Use natural light wisely
Design skylights with light wells that provide reflected light,
not direct sunlight. On windows, install blinds that allow you
to direct light upward to reflect off the ceiling. This offers
uniform illumination and minimizes glare.