Every time you light a public area, you need to consider the largely varied populous passing through. It’s sometimes difficult to design a space appropriate for children, adults, and the elderly – each group requires different considerations. So we are always grateful when research institutes and vendors come out with new specifications that help us light spaces for mood AND safety. Lighting magazine in the UK is reporting that Thomas Pocklington Trust and Research Institute for Consumer Affairs are suggesting using lumen output rather than wattage to help those with sight loss navigate spaces more safely.
These same specifications can also help those suffering from dementia, as “poor lighting can give rise to anxiety” as they try to discern objects, paths, and navigate formerly well-known spaces.
We’ll be watching for more information on how to light spaces for all categories of our varied population!