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Placement of Light Fixtures

Exterior and interior lighting should be directed to avoid glare and reflection and to maintain a consistent pattern and level of light. The type and placement of lighting should never cause the shadowing of building elements that need to be seen.

Consistent use of different types of lighting can provide useful directional cues and help people with vision loss differentiate between areas in a space. For example, one type of light can be used to light pathways and another type can be used for parking lots.

Here is a checklist for good lighting placement: