There is a great need for balanced light in the homes of active adults. If done correctly, proper lighting of your homes should have a very positive effect on the well-being of your customers.

Inadequate lighting, on the other hand, can lead to an increase in injury-causing falls, the number one cause of accidental death among the elderly. Providing appropriate lighting can make active adult housing safer and more comfortable while lessening your own liability. See below for more details.

Increased sensitivity to glare
As we age, we acquire an increased sensitivity to glare, slower adaptation to changes in brightness levels, loss of contrast sensitivity, and altered color perception. For example, the average 60 year old requires 2-3 times the amount of light when compared to a 20 year old. What this boils down to is that as we age, we need more light to function properly.

Decreased mobility
Even active adults are spending more time indoors. They are asking for low maintenance houses. One of the reasons is to spend less time outside working. This can decrease our exposure to healthy daylight unless daylight is brought indoors through windows and skylights. If done properly, providing balanced interior lighting can provide the light needed to counteract many of the health concerns facing seniors.

Increased accidents
As the eyes age, less light reaches the retina…healthy older people experience about two thirds less bright light exposure than younger people. This, combined with an increased sensitivity to glare and a decrease in mobility, increases the likelihood of falls and related injuries.

In fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly population and 90% of hip fractures occur as a result of falls. Inadequate lighting is the #1 environmental factor linked to most fall-related accidents.

Source: Let There Be Light or Face the Consequences, Eunice Noell-Wagoner, LC, IES; Center of Design for an Aging Society