Q1. If you aren’t specifying lighting, why? (I.e. Too technical, cost, design limitations)
Q2. What drives you to select the lighting of a room? Do you only consider your design, or are you now considering the importance of light as it relates to health (Circadian Rhythm, Biophilia) as we spend more time indoors due to quarantine?
Q3. Goodbye commercial fluorescents, hello home office lighting options. As we continue to work from home, how have you seen home offices and workstations shift from temporary to a more efficient, permanent setup?
Q4. Living through Lighting – What considerations are you making for Living In Place and wellness lighting needs?
Q5. Enlighten us: Share any new lighting trends or/and design applications from recent/past projects or current inspiration.
We all look forward to living a long life. Not many of us look forward to growing old. For those of us in our 50’s and 60’s, we being noticing small changes in our bodies and mind. Activities and tasks that were simple and easy, even enjoyable, become annoying, too much, tiring and difficult to perform. The risk is home ownership begins to become a burden instead of a pleasure.
John’s KBtribechat Questions:
1.) In general terms, what are the biggest challenges will a client have to address who chooses to live/age in place into their later years?
2.) Functionality in the kitchen is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, even getting burnt or scalded as we plan a kitchen?
3.) Functionality in the bathroom is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, slipping, even getting scalded as we plan a bathroom?
4.) Slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury or death among older adults. What flooring solutions in the kitchen and bath can we provide that will help minimize this risk?
5.) As we age, our eyesight changes. Small print becomes impossible to read, as does that menu in the candle lit restaurant. What lighting solutions will make life easier for someone to use the kitchen or bathroom?
6.) Technology offers the potential of being a great enabler in four categories for those who opt for a living/aging in place lifestyle. Communication/engagement, Health and Wellness, Learning/Contribution and Safety/Security. How can it help? What are the risks?
7.) What features in the home would help facilitate a good aging in place environment?
Lighting technology is changing more rapidly today than at any time in history, presenting new options for lighting kitchens and baths. But with change comes confusion about making appropriate selections, educating clients and determining the best solutions available as a project comes together.
Laura Van Zeyl will be leading our kbtribechat discussion on Lighting.
Wednesday, September 11th
at #kbtribechat on Twitter
from 2 to 3pm eastern time.
Host Laura Van Zeyl
Laura Van Zeyl is the Publisher and Editorial Director of Residential Lighting (@reslightingmag) and Home Fashion Forecast (@TotalHomeView) magazines and has been covering the lighting industry for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Alliance for Audited Media, American Lighting Association, ART – The Creative Home Furnishings Network, Sustainable Furnishings Council and an Affiliate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. She has served as a judge in the prestigious Lighting for Tomorrow competition recognizing energy-efficient lighting products. In addition to an active Twitter presence, her publications connect with readers via Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.