S|365 Designer Lab – Materials & FFE: Lighting

Susan Rhodes LightwireLighting design is an art form and requires more technical requirements than meets the eye (pun intended!). That’s why we’re excited to feature Susan Rhodes of LightWire in today’s S|365 Designer Lab, where she shares tips and insights for lighting spaces for senior living environments.

Design in layers to create comfortable spaces.

Layer at least three different lighting sources.

Consider combining ambient, task, decorative, natural & specialty lighting for well-illuminated spaces.

2-HS-LobbyMake use of daylight.

Daylight in our interior environments helps to regulate our hormone systems for improved sleep cycles.

Daylighting also saves electricity, increases productivity & promotes wellbeing.

Magnolia homeProvide proper illumination levels & contrast ratios.

Appropriate illumination levels are vital for all users of any space.

Weakening muscles around the eye = increased illumination levels as we age.

To avoid trip hazards or falling, ensure adequate contrast ratios & illumination at thresholds, stairs, floor material changes & elevator entries.

Reduce glare sources.

Glare can be debilitating, especially for aging eyes.

Minimize direct view of light sources wherever possible.

Control glare through solar shades = enjoy filtered light without the glare.

light fixtureBe creative and have fun.

Lighting Design is an art form. Don’t forget to have fun!

One can be expressive & create memorable spaces, while ALSO meeting the many technical requirements for safety & aesthetic goals.




Special thank you to our guest contributor, Susan Rhodes!