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How can I make my kitchen lighting more accessible?

Here are some tips for making your kitchen lighting more accessible:
  • Make sure you have enough light. Someone who is 80 years old needs at least three times the light to see than a 20-year-old. Use bright bulbs in overhead lights to avoid shadows that might cause tripping hazards. If more light is needed, install additional task lighting or try a goose-necked fixture, perhaps with a magnifying mirror (like the ones architects use), over the main food preparation area.
  • Install LED task lighting under all upper cabinets where it will light the work space without shinning in your eyes. Consider a row of tube or “chaser lights” around the edge of any peninsulas or islands so that they can be easily seen in low light.
  • Increase natural light. In addition to illuminating the space, natural light has profound psychological benefits for everyone. Enlarge windows or add French doors and skylights to bring sunlight into the room. Also, sheer curtains will muffle sharp outdoor sounds without reducing the light too much.
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