1. Distribution of lighting
It takes time for your eyes to adjust when going from strong to weaker lights. So, having extremely bright lighting in your living room, while having a dimly-lit dining area can tire your eyes when moving from one room to the other. This is why it’s important to ensure that there’s a relatively even distribution of light sources across the various rooms in your home. LED panels that illuminate wide expanses of the ceiling is a good way to improve light distribution across an area of your home.
2. Install dimmer switches
Constant bright light causes eye strain and headaches. While bright illumination is necessary for carrying out tasks, the ability to lower the level of lighting when you’re relaxing is helpful too. Connecting your lights to a dimmer switch allows you to turn up the brightness for task-oriented activities and lower it again when you require a more calming ambience. This is especially important for areas like the bedroom and living room.
3. Use task spesific lighting
Desk lamps and other task lighting sources are recommended for reading, writing, and other activities that require focused vision over prolonged periods of time. Small lamps that have arms or swivels that can be lowered or raised are effective for directing light to the exact spot you want illuminated. Place task lamps near desktops, work spaces, reading areas, or food preparation surfaces. Consider under-cabinet lighting for the kitchen.
5. Avoid fluorescent flickers
Fluorescent lights sometimes flicker when they warm up. Though it usually stops once the electricity flow stabilizes, some people still sense the flickering afterwards, especially when the voltage flow to the bulb changes. The strobe-like effect of flickering bulbs can cause eyestrain and headaches. Avoid this by choosing high-quality, stable light bulbs and fixtures.
6. Avoid Glare
The older we get the more sensitive we become to glare. Whether it be sunlight streaming through a window or artificial light reflected off shiny surfaces, this excessive and uncontrolled brightness is unpleasant and causes harm to your eyes. Select wall paints and furniture in matte finishes as opposed to glossy to reduce the amount of reflective surface in your home.
7. Go full-spectrum
Full-spectrum lighting is lighting that covers the full spectrum of light from infrared to near-ultraviolet. This type of artificial light is healthiest for eye health because it helps you perceive colour better. Experts in the lighting field claim that because full-spectrum lighting simulates the effects of UV rays from sunlight, it can positively impact our mood and energy levels.
CH240/12 CHROME Chandelier FL101 Standing/ Floor Lamp H-KLT-210265/BL Table/Desk Lamp
C232SC Ceiling Light CL20 AL/W Downlight LWL004 AL Wall Light
Source: Eurolux/ Dwell
All lights featured can be purchased at Herholdt’s Lighting Division