No single lighting option is adequate for every task. You may want to experiment with a mix—incandescent bulbs for close tasks and fluorescent bulbs for general room lighting. This option utilizes the best features of both types of lighting to create a full spectrum light in any room. Lamps with combined fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are available from lighting supply stores and specialized resources.

Lighting Right—The Basics:

  • Experiment with several types of lighting. Some people may prefer incandescent, some fluorescent, and some a combination of both.

  • Experiment with different placements of lighting.

  • Cover or shade bulbs. Choose a covering that reflects the light off the ceiling or walls before it hits the eyes; reflective light produces excellent light while also reducing glare.

  • Use stronger light bulbs or 3-way bulbs to provide no-glare lighting.

  • Put lamps in places where you do close work. For example, put a gooseneck lamp in your reading-writing area. Many companies make softer light bulbs that simulate natural daylight and can be very helpful to someone with low vision.

  • Install extra lights in the bedroom closet and other frequently used closets and cabinets throughout the home.

  • Put special lighting over all stairways (where serious, even fatal, accidents are most likely to happen).

  • Make sure the lighting level is consistent throughout your home to eliminate shadows and dangerous bright spots. Install rheostats, or dimmers.

  • Be certain you can easily reach light switches from doorways and from your bed.

  • Use night lights in the bedroom, hallway, and bathroom.