Design an accessible home


Case Study Description

Designing with accessibility in mind has become a standard in today’s building and renovating practice. Regardless of lifestyle changes, mobility issues or the natural ageing of our 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 the surroundings more accessible and safer.

Tip #1 - Motion sensors

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 need to be hands-free like pantries and stairwells. Having sensors installed can improve the 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 socket. It has a built-in PIR (Passive Infrared) 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 to the home.


Tip #2 - Dimmers

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. Giving you complete control over the level of light in the room, dimmers can help alleviate the strain on the eyes.

PDL dimmers come in two types: rotary and push-button, and can be easily installed with any range of light switches.


Tip #3 - Light Switches

It is recommended that light switches are installed in easy to access locations and pre-set light timers used in areas that are narrow and hard to get to. Switches that are illuminated or contrast with wall colour will increase their visibility for the vision-impaired. With 3 skin designs, 9 finishes and the ability to be easily clipped on and off standard Iconic grids, the PDL Iconic changeable switch plates give you a range of options to increase accessibility, while not compromising on style. The PDL Modena and Prestige ranges feature a much larger switch surface area, and make it easier for those with accessibility issues to locate and use the switch.

Our home solutions consultants can discuss accessibility requirements and give advice on suitable products from the extensive PDL by Schneider Electric range to meet your  individual requirements. We can run the appointment digitally, offering support and guidance from the comfort of your home or office.

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