Tackling a home remodeling project this summer? When remodeling different parts of the house, consider incorporating Universal Design lighting schemes. Universal Design lighting helps reduce shadows and improve visibility throughout your home, making it a safer place for all family members—despite age or ability.
What Is Universal Design?
Universal Design means creating spaces that are easy for everyone to use, regardless of age, size, or ability. Homes retrofitted with the Universal Design (UD) model in mind are far more accommodating to the needs of older adults with limited mobility, strength, balance—and vision. Two of the most popular Universal Design bathroom features include roll-in showers and grab bars, which help prevent dangerous falls. But lighting, too, plays a key role in making your home safe, accessible, and easy to navigate.
Benefits of Universal Design Lighting
Universal Design lighting schemes improve visibility by reducing glare and shadows. They also provide increased consistency, focus, flexibility, and ease of use. Plus, they have the added benefit of increased home security. Examples of Universal Design lighting features that help improve household safety and visibility include:
- Shower and vanity lighting in the bathroom. The bathroom is a common site for falls, so good lighting is a must. Start with wall sconces on either side of the mirror to reduce shadows. Remember: Don’t skip the shower lights! And don’t worry, you won’t have to compromise on style. Check out this houzz.com article for stylish Universal Design lighting inspiration in the bathroom.
- Kitchen lighting. Recessed lights, track lights, under-cabinet lights, and task lights can all be used to help illuminate various parts of the kitchen. We recommend using a combination of good general lighting, as well as focused task lighting for cooking areas like stovetops and chopping surfaces.
- Stairway and hallway lighting. Wall sconces and nightlights help create well-lit halls and staircases. Well-lit hallways, stairways, handrails, and entryways provide increased safety, security, and well-being.
At Paramount Electric, our licensed electricians have been planning, updating, and installing electrical wiring and light fixtures in St. Louis homes for years. We will sit down with you and come up with a Universal Design lighting scheme to suit your needs. We’ll also ensure that building codes are met, get you the lighting fixtures you want, and take care of all electrical permits, wiring, and installation for your project.