In 2015, almost 40 million people were living with disabilities in the
United States alone. Many people don’t expect a debilitating injury,
so their homes become ill-suited after a severe accident or illness leading
to their condition. Here are a few alterations to home electrical systems
that might be useful to people with disabilities.
Retrofitting Switches and Outlets
switches and outlets might be necessary for individuals who can no longer reach them. For example,
if someone sustained severe spinal cord damage that led to paraplegia,
he or she would likely be using a wheelchair for ambulation. Someone’s
reach is significantly lower when sitting than standing, and most homes
are built with a person of average height in mind. Therefore, an electrician
might be called in to lower the light switches in a room in order for
individuals with limited reach to access the light controls. Likewise,
outlets can be repositioned higher to allow people easier access. This
is usually a problem in older homes, as new housing codes have been updated
to ensure outlets, switches, and other environmental controls are placed
within easy reach for those in wheelchairs.
Good visibility is crucial for people who have vision problems or trouble
navigating. An electrician can help
install an even lighting throughout all rooms to reduce glare. Frosted, surface-mount fixtures
are often used to light a room evenly without causing glares, which can
trigger headaches. It also makes it easier for people to see all aspects
of the house without worrying about tripping over objects in the shadows.
Types of Lighting
Electricians understand the different kinds of lighting a person can use
in their homes. For those who don’t get much natural sunlight, full-spectrum
lighting can reduce the yellow wavelength of light and cast a glow similar
to natural sunlight. Disabilities can often cause depression or mood swings
as the person affected adjusts to this change in lifestyle. His or her
family and caretakers also have to adapt. Studies have shown natural light
often improves peoples’ moods, which is essential to those who may
be experiencing stress in response to the disability.
Appliances can be hard to access even for people without disabilities.
Light switches attached to ceiling fans, for example, can be hard to reach
for people of short stature. However, a disability can make this even
more problematic. Appliance controls that connect to easy-to-reach switches
and remote controls can be extremely useful to people with limited mobility.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires buildings to have readily
accessible climate control systems, such as air conditioning, heating,
ceiling fans, and lighting. However, it didn’t include appliance
controls. Many device manufacturers have developed products designed to
be accessible by those in a sitting position. However, not many remote-control
systems are do-it-yourself projects, particularly in older houses. Experienced
electricians are needed to
safely evaluate the systems in the house and install any upgrades in order to avoid accidents.
If you’re ready to adapt your home for yourself or a family member,
then contact one of our
Marietta electricians at Lightning Bug Electric. We pride ourselves in delivering top-notch
electrical services for people in our community. Let us help you with
your electrical needs. We offer discounts for police officers, firefighters,
military members, and senior citizens. If you would like to schedule an
contact us at (404) 471-3847 or fill out our online form to get in touch.