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Low vision and lighting

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Declining vision affects almost everyone as they age. As eyes age, less light reaches the retina and light may be more scattered, reducing contrast and making objects more difficult to see. Most people aged 60 need at least three times more light than when they were 20, so high brightness lights are helpful for all older people as well as those diagnosed with low vision.

Low Vision and Age-related macular degeneration(AMD)

Low vision (visual impairment) is the condition when sight can’t be corrected with glasses or by any medical treatment. A common cause of low vision is age-related macular degeneration. This affects the middle part of vision, making it difficult to read and recognise faces. It doesn’t cause total blindness and is often first noticed by people in their 50s and 60s.


Good lighting can make the most of sight by increasing contrast and clarity. It can make it easier to carry out everyday tasks and help you stay independent, moving safely around your home.

General lighting should give even illumination, avoiding shadows and dark areas. Brightness levels should be similar in adjacent rooms to avoid your eyes having to adjust when moving between well lit and significantly darker areas.

Task lighting directs light where it is needed for detailed activities. Even with good general light levels in a room, the amount of light available may not be adequate for close-up tasks such as reading, writing, eating, preparing food and hobbies such as woodwork or sewing.

Our high brightness lamps are are perfect for task lighting. They are easy to adjust, to make the lighting exaactly as you need. They include these important features:

  • Adjustable brightness
  • Adjustable colour
  • Flexible stem to adjust direction

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