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June 14, 2017

The Use of Advanced Lighting in Assisted Living Facilities

by John_A

The advancement of technology has contributed significantly to the enhancement of quality of life in assisted living facilities. One of the latest trends that is making waves in the senior living industry is the use of advanced LED lighting. This article takes a look at how advanced lighting can be beneficial to seniors in assisted living facilities.

Improve Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 33 percent of adults aged 65 years and over experience a fall every year, and falls have resulted in more senior deaths than any other injury-causing accident. Many seniors need to get out of bed to use the bathroom at night, and they require light levels that are higher than the average nightlight but below the maximum brightness of room lighting.

Advanced LED lighting, such as Cree lighting with the WaveMax Technology, can be precisely adjusted and controlled to give assisted living residents a greater sense of safety. The WaveMax Technology also enables seniors to direct light to a particular area in a room, removing wasted light that can interfere with their vision. Another benefit of LED lighting in assisted living facilities is that it can accommodate the changing vision of seniors, providing adequate lighting to improve vision and minimize vulnerability to accidents.

Enhance Resident Satisfaction

New LED lighting technologies, such as the Cree SmartCast Technology and the adjustable correlated color temperatures feature, make it possible for seniors to customize lighting to suit their specific needs and preferences. Also, the SmartCast Technology facilitates wireless lighting control to provide greater convenience for seniors. These technologies work together to improve the quality of life in an assisted living facility. This is why it is often a good idea for seniors to move to assisted living facilities that are equipped with advanced LED lighting.

Reduce Energy Consumption

LED lighting can also reduce energy costs significantly. According to Cree, its SmartCast Technology can cut energy consumption by up to 70 percent, compared to fluorescent lighting. LED lighting also lasts about 40,000 hours longer than fluorescent lighting. Lower operational costs for assisted living facilities can translate into better services or lower costs for residents.

As more and more baby boomers are seeking assisted living services, the use of LED lighting can help assisted living communities cater to their unique needs and provide the highest level of safety, comfort, and well-being.

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