Designing with accessibility in mind has become standard in today’s building and renovating practice. Regardless of lifestyle changes, mobility issues or the natural ageing of NZ's population, it is essential to make sure the ever-evolving living and working environment can be as inclusive, accessible and comfortable as possible for its occupants.
When it comes to electrical solutions, it’s worth considering simple products that can help make buildings safer and more accessible.
Sensors detect infrared light radiating from objects in view and can be set to turn lights on automatically when movement is detected. They can light up areas where light is required for safety reasons, such as outdoor pathways, or where hands-free use is needed, like pantries and stairwells. Having sensors installed can improve quality of life for residents with disabilities, reduce the risk of falls by having areas better lit, and promote independence, especially for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.
The PDL Iconic Night Walk has a sensor light attachment which attaches onto a standard Iconic double powerpoint. It has a built-in PIR sensor which switches on a soft warm white LED light and illuminates the way when someone gets up at night. A great addition to hallways and bathrooms, it provides convenience and safety for the home.
Lighting has a great impact on accessibility where low light levels or overly strong lighting may lead to poor experiences for people with vision impairments or sensitivity to visual stimuli. Hence, using a dimmer is an efficient way to extend an ordinary lighting design to cater for the needs of people with special requirements. This gives the homeowner complete control over the level of light in the room. Dimmers can also help alleviate eye strain.
PDL dimmers come in two types: rotary and push-buttons, and can be easily installed with any range of light switches.
It is recommended that light switches are installed in easy to access locations and preset light timers used in areas that are narrow and hard to get to. Switchplates that are illuminated or contrast with wall colour will increase their visibility for the vision-impaired. With three skin designs, nine finishes and the ability to be easily clipped on and off standard Iconic grids, PDL Iconic changeable switch plates offer a range of options to increase accessibility, while not compromising on style. The PDL Modena range, featuring a much larger surface area, makes it easier for those with accessibility issues to locate and activate the switch.
Schneider Electric's home solutions consultant can discuss accessibility requirements and give architects advice on suitable products that meet their needs from the extensive PDL by Schneider Electric range. Appointments can be done digitally, offering support and guidance from the comfort of the home or office.
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