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Lighting and the 55+ Buyer


Lighting and the 55+ Buyer

August 26, 2020
Backlit closet rack with shirts, blouses

Want to help a 55+ home buyer find their black pants amid a closet full of navy blue outfits?

“This is where thoughtful lighting comes into play. I don’t mean merely adding a ton of recessed can lights that are too bright, harsh, and unflattering to the people they serve. Let’s instead consider ambient, layered, accent, and way-finding lighting,” says Deryl Patterson, president of Housing Design Matters. 

A consequence of aging is the lens of our eyes thicken, which allows in less light, and everything seems darker. Think the difficulty older people have reading a menu in a dimly-lit restaurant. Patterson’s blog shows examples of lighting solutions for the home that are commonly seen in commercial applications and combinations of lighting that provide the 55+ buyer all the room illumination they will need.

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