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Why lighting is extra important in a nursing home

Lighting plays an essential role in creating a comfortable and safe environment for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Proper lighting can significantly affect the mood, health and overall well-being of (elderly) residents. We explain why lighting is especially important in a nursing home.

Sufficient lighting

A crucial aspect of lighting in nursing homes is the need for adequate lighting. As we age, our eyesight deteriorates, making it more difficult to see in low light. Therefore, adequate lighting in all parts of a facility, including common areas and resident rooms, is essential for enhancing resident independence and improving quality of life. Good lighting can also help prevent accidents and injuries, which are more common among elderly residents in poorly lit rooms.

Biological clock

Another aspect of lighting in retirement homes is the importance of circadian rhythm (our biological clock). As we age, our body’s ability to regulate our sleep patterns may decline. This can lead to sleep disturbances and other health problems. Brighter light during the day and less bright light at night can help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm and improve sleep quality. In addition to promoting better sleep, proper lighting can also help reduce restlessness and confusion in elderly residents, leading to a calmer and more comfortable environment.


Finally, older residents’ mood and mental health may also be affected by lighting. Bright, natural light can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. The right lighting can also create a warm and inviting atmosphere that promotes social behavior and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Lighting, a profession in its own right

In short, lighting is essential for creating a comfortable, safe and healthy environment for the elderly in care facilities and assisted living facilities. Proper lighting, proper regulation of circadian rhythms and attention to mood and mental health are all important factors when designing lighting plans for nursing homes. Our experienced light designers will be happy to help you develop the right lighting plan. Please contact us for this without obligation!

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Maurice Arons