Bad lighting

bad lighting
Safety concern

Example of inadequate and dangerous lighting. This was taken with a bright flash, Eddie Hoffman Senior Center, Bethel, Alaska.

If lighting is too strong, or at the wrong angle, or too contrasted, it is harder for “eyes over 40” to adjust as quickly to the changing light patterns which can alert one to where one’s next step will fall.

Elders must walk from the brighter dining room (or sitting room) through this dark passage to reach the other room. The darker passage to the left is towards the elevator.

Here, the only lighting is from the overhead fluorescent lights at the desk to the right. Overhead lighting isn’t good because of the shadows produced at foot level. [NB from 2006, for the past year the dark hallway has been further narrowed by placing a sofa and chairs in front of the desk, where people sit waiting for lunch.]

Outdoor safety lighting standards point out that overhead lighting actually causes such shadowing that someone, or an object, can be hidden in the shadow.

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