How can I make my lights more accessible?

Here are some tips for making lights and lighting more accessible:
  • Replace regular light switches with rocker switches that need little manual dexterity and work using the back of the hand or elbow.
  • Purchase a clear plastic light switch extender if switches are out of reach for children or those who use a wheelchair.
  • Add sound-, touch-, and motion-activated switches to lights so that as you enter a room or move through the house the lights turn on and off automatically. Simple fixtures and adapter plugs are available at most hardware or home improvement stores; some even activate security cameras.
  • Install a whole-house control system that lets you turn lights on and off throughout the house using a master control, your computer, or a remote, the latter being nice when leaving or returning home in the dark. Ask about trying these at your local Independent Living Center (ILC); once you determine a system that works for you, they can help you order what you need. If you have a home security system, ask the company if they have a compatible automatic lighting system.
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