LED Lights to "Age in Place"
There's a lot of new lighting going on at my house these days. First it was the smart strips lights above my cabinets, and then smart bulbs in three of my lamps (no more old-school light timers at my house) and now, new LED bulbs for my living room.
As part of the remodel of my house in 2012, I requested lots (and I mean lots) of overhead lighting to be installed. One of the purposes of the remodel was to make our space into a home where my husband and I could “age in place.” Making our home accessible as we age did not mean we had to sacrifice design and style. Most people don't realize the house has handicap accessible features, they just see modern design and comfort.
Three of the biggest changes we made were to fill in the sunken living room (a known falling hazard) and the creation of a handicapped accessible master bathroom with a larger door (the previous door was only 24” wide, not wide enough to get a walker or wheelchair through) and the installation of a zero entry doorless shower. And thirdly, as eyes age, the need for lighting becomes more important thus the request for lots of lighting.
The remodel was four years ago. Just recently one of the flood light bulbs from my living room recessed lights (one of 15) burned out. Steph suggested we change out all the bulbs to LEDs. I wasn’t sold on that idea as my only experience with LED is that they can be harsh lighting. She assured me that she could find bulbs that would be virtually indistinguishable from the incandescent lights that I currently had.
She researched the bulbs and ordered from Amazon which came in two days. They cost around $10 each, but last 22.8 years! I’ll be well into my 80s when they burn out! No more dragging the 10’ ladder into the house to change bulbs!
We did a side-by-side comparison of the bulbs and found no difference! With all the LEDs in place the lighting looks more even throughout the room now. There is not a dark corner anywhere under these 15 bulbs! It was a great & easy update.
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