Remember as kids our parents told us to turn on more light when we were reading? Well they knew best after-all even though we said we could see perfectly well. We were also right. As we age, our eyes vary. The need for more light to read by increases by 1%. So as that 10 year old, one could read by 40 watts or hardly any light at all but that sure changes as we grow older. By the time you’re 60, you’ll need approximately 100 watts.
No matter the age it’s important to consider the amount of light needed to avoid fatigue and eye strain that can often occur with ineffective lighting for studying or reading and doing other tasks as well. The right light is everything.
To ensure there’s enough brightness for your students heading back to school, consider these 5 tips:
- Look for energy saving bulbs from eco halogen to LED, providing warm white light that’s easy on the eyes.
- Use a 40 to 60-watt light bulb for tasks such as reading and writing.
- Use a 60-watt light bulb for tasks such as using a computer.
- Use a 60 to 80-watt light bulb for detail oriented tasks.
- Avoid cool fluorescent bulbs that emit harsh lighting. They strain your eyes and make you feel tired.
At Yale Lighting Concepts and Design, we carry a variety of bulbs and we’re here to help you find the right wattage. Visit any one of our seven showrooms throughout Central and Southeastern PA, Northern DE, and Southern New Jersey or browse YaleLightingConcepts.com