Tip of the Day #19 – High Contrast Light Switch

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Video Demonstration of a High Contrast Light Switch

Locating light switches can be challenging for someone who is visually impaired or low vision due to the poor color contrast of many light switches with the walls behind them. The one-color combo that I see quite a bit is white light switches placed on white walls essentially blending the two. For someone who has low vision or is visually impaired the simple act of adding contrast may be just what they need to make locating light switches just a little bit easier.

White light switch on a white wall with shadow streaks over it.

I have found adding high contrast to a light switch to be especially helpful for older adults with low vision who are struggling with memory issues. It can be challenging for them to remember exactly where the light switch is located on the wall. By making their light switches easier to see through contrast remembering exactly where the light switches are isn’t as critical.

There are so many creative ways to achieve contrast on light switches and what I’m sharing today is just one of many ideas.

By simply adding high contrast tape around a light switch one can achieve good color contrast. Tape is very versatile, it comes in so many different colors and designs, it is cheap and easy to apply.

For a full video demonstration you can click here.

I hope this tip of the day was helpful. If you are interest in my full list of my tip of the day blogs and videos click here.

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Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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