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Dec. 1, 2003
Progress Lighting, Greenville, S.C., which recently introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for assisted-living centers, says energy-efficient lighting

Progress Lighting, Greenville, S.C., which recently introduced a new line of lighting fixtures for assisted-living centers, says energy-efficient lighting products represent one of the largest opportunities to cut energy costs in healthcare facilities and commercial buildings. The company suggests keeping the following four considerations in mind when selecting lighting systems for an assisted-living facility.

*Older eyes require higher levels of illumination.

*Lamp sources with a color rendering index above 80 should be used for improved visibility due to the yellowing of the eye's lens in seniors.

*As the eye ages it has an increased sensitivity to glare. Techniques that minimize glare should be employed whenever possible.

*Older eyes adapt more slowly to changes in light level, so it's important to maintain consistent illumination level for comfort as well as safety.

About the Author

Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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