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LEDS : Lighting For Seniors

Did you know your eyes need more light as you grow older?

If you are approaching your sixties, seventies and beyond, it might be time for you to have a rethink about your home’s lighting.

An older person may need approximately 75 percent more light than someone aged 25 does.

Or if you are caring for, or are concerned about, an elderly relative you might want to make the following suggestions.


By swapping old style incandescent light bulbs for new LEDS could be beneficial in a myriad of ways.

A few well placed LED fittings allowing for LED inbouw spots might be a good idea, simply to lighten the room.

LED inbouwspotjes or some type of dimmable LED spots are an invaluable assistance to the eyesight, as we age.

This is because the light they give off is bright, but not glaring.

Utilising something simple, such as a collection of wall mounted or ceiling recessed inbouwspotjes LED lights can give a bright and sunny feel to a room without it ever blinding anyone or causing distortion.

As well as needing significantly more lighting in our eighties than in our twenties, the older eye becomes more prone to glare.

This means that old style strip lighting and bright incandescent bulbs may cause more confusion than light the way, for a senior citizen.


A standard incandescent light bulb only uses a small fraction of its energy as light. The rest goes on producing heat. This does not happen with an LED bulb.

With an LED light bulb nearly all the energy goes straight into producing light.

This means they are far more efficient and ultimately use much less electricity.

Over the course of a year this could represent a significant saving in costs. Of course, the more old style incandescent bulbs you replace with new energy saving inbouw LED spotjes, the more you can save.

Just as an example, let’s suppose you swapped ten of your old style bulbs, of 60 watts, for ten 6 watt LED fittings.

Assuming the cost of a kilowatt hour to be 12.2 pence, this works out as £5.11 per week and £266.45 a year, for the incandescent bulbs.

But for the LED spot – or indeed any other type of LED bulbs the cost would be only 51 pence per week and £26.65 all year.

In short, this is about ten percent of the running costs of the incandescent bulbs.

Why would anyone – especially a pensioner on a low or fixed income – not do this?

In the past, the price point of the LEDS themselves was the problem.

It is true that they were expensive and the high cost deterred ordinary householders from making the investment.

However, in 2017, the initial cost of the purchase should not be such a factor.

You should be able to find a good quality LED bulb, whether it is a candle bulb or recessed badkamer spotjes dimbaar, for only a few pounds.

The price has fallen dramatically over recent years and it is no longer prohibitively expensive.

If you are still finding the prospect of replacement too costly to undertake all in one go, why not do it on a piecemeal basis. This way you only replace each bulb when it has reached the end of its natural life and you do not have to make a large purchase which could seem costly if undertaken all at once.

More good reasons to choose LEDS include the fact they last longer than both incandescent bulbs and CFLS. Much longer.

Whereas a typical traditional incandescent bulb may last for 1000 hours and a CFL can go on for 8-10000 hours, an LED can power on for an estimated minimum of 25000 hours. This is the conservative estimate.

It is far more likely that it will last for between 30,000 and 50,000 hours. Some might even go on for longer.

How long they last depends on a number of factors, but the quality of the bulb and lamp you have chosen, is a prime one.

Although even the cheapest LEDs will see you saving money, pay a little more and you will be rewarded with even longer life.