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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Lighting Guide Kit: What Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Need to Know about Lighting

What Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Need to Know about Lighting Braille Edition Guidebook cover

The Lighting Guide Kit includes a Better Vision Lamp and a book about appropriate lighting for students with visual impairments.

What Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Need to Know about Lighting is a booklet that helps teachers, administrators, parents, and practitioners make decisions about lighting that aids their student or child with comfort and productivity. Too often, students with low vision work in lighted environments that do not meet their visual or physiological needs. This short, easy-to-read book presents information, based upon the latest research, about light and its physical properties. It shows how to judge what kind of light is best for a given student or situation. Vivid photographs show examples and help convey meaning.

Better Vision Lamp

The Better Vision Lamp was specially developed by an inventor and APH staff in order to provide the best light possible for students with visual impairments. This energy-saving lamp gives off light that doesn't cause photo stress in most people with retinal, corneal or lens disease/injury, or cortical visual impairment. Lightweight and handsome, the Better Vision Lamp goes with any décor. It uses a special 27 watt, 2700K, compact fluorescent tube that is different from most tubes of its type because it emits no blue or ultraviolet light.

The lamp and the book together make up the Lighting Guide Kit. The lamp is not offered separately.

Lighting Guide Kit
(Large Print Book with Better Vision Lamp):
Catalog Number: 1-08941-00
Click this link to purchase the Lighting Guide Kit.

Lighting Guide Kit Video

In this Homegrown Series DVD, APH Low Vision Project Leader Elaine Kitchel discusses the research behind the development of the Better Vision Lamp and APH’s commitment to provide the best light possible for students with visual impairments.

Elaine and other Lighting Guide Kit users discuss the types of tasks they enjoy while using the lamp – from doing homework, completing reading assignments and paying the bills, to hooking a rug, making jewelry, and looking at photos – as well as some of the benefits, like less eye fatigue and being able to work longer and more efficiently.

Runs approximately 19 minutes. Closed Captioned.
Click this link to purchase the Lighting Guide Kit Video.

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