LED Products Helping People with Disabilities

From humble beginnings a few decades ago, LED products have taken the world by storm. They are now ubiquitous, lighting homes, businesses, buildings, streets, your Christmas tree and can be found in all sorts of electronic devices.

There is another area where they have brought significant developments, in helping disabled people living more independently.

As LEDs are very efficient bulbs, it would make sense that products would be created for people with vision impairment, for example, which also includes all of us that are getting older and can’t see as well as we used to!

Whether brought on by age or medical conditions, restricted eyesight is always helped by better lighting, but until LEDs appeared, it meant soaring energy bills which could be prohibitive. However, as LEDs are so much cheaper to run and have a long lifespan, people with vision problems can now purchase the equipment that will make a real difference to their everyday life, from high-vision desk lamps, floor lamps or magnifying lamps with LEDs.

And this doesn’t need to stop once you leave your home. As LEDs are so small, you can also find a range of portable lighting devices that are compact and light.

Other everyday objects have been developed for the visually impaired. For example, buttons in remotes can be fitted with LEDs to provide background illumination, making it possible for partially sighted people to use their TV again. The same method has been applied to calculators and computer keyboards, which helps people of all ages, be it children at school, students and disabled people at work.

LEDs are also used widely for sensory toys for children with special needs, and as they are inexpensive, they provide affordable solutions. LED strips can be used to create light panels which will change colours with children’s touch, and as LEDs are so easily programmable, the range of possible responses is vast, providing a stimulating environment.

They can also help children with vision impairment to live more independently. As LEDs emit little heat, they can be safely used inside toys to light them strongly enough for a child to find them without needing the assistance of their parents. So when a favourite Teddy falls off the bed, it no longer is the end of the world!

For people with hearing impairment, a light signal can replace sound, and there again, LEDs are most useful. They can be used as motion sensors and transform movement or vibration into light, which makes them the ideal solution as a replacement for alarms, door bells or phone rings. The LED component can be set to blip or flash and give several types of signal. A South Korean company also invented a ‘Smart Bulb’ in 2014, which is an LED bulb that can connect with WiFi and Bluetooth and will enable disabled people to used Smart devices more easily.

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