Best lighting for visually impaired to buy [2020 Guide]


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Lighting Visually Impaired

Losing your vision can be extremely difficult for many, especially when a lot of their favorite hobbies required them to have perfect 20/20 eyesight. It doesn’t matter if it’s the result of an illness, accident or just old age, visual impairment can be difficult.

Fortunately, technology has evolved to the point where this is no longer an issue, and you can now enjoy your favorite hobbies, such as reading, with less difficulty.

That would be the case with light sources for the visually impaired. That is why we’ve compiled a list of the best products of this kind that you could buy.

Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.

What are the best lighting sources for the visually impaired?

1

Brightech LightView Pro

Brightech LightView ProTopping our list a is the Brightech LightView Pro, a simple-looking desk lamp that has a magnifying glass incorporated.

The bright LED lights are perfect for illuminating and reading better in the dark, and the adjustable neck is great for when you want to work at various angles but need to have your hands free.

Pros:

  • This lamp is equipped with a genuine 5 diopter glass magnifying lens
  • Paired with the bright cool white light of the LEDs
  • Will magnify objects 2.25x or 225% bigger than their original size

Cons:

  • The pole is a bit flimsy

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2

AIXPI Magnifying Glass with Light

AIXPI Magnifying Glass with LightThe second item on our list is yet another extremely simplistic and easy-to-use product, the AIXPI Magnifying Glass with Light.

This handy illuminated magnifying glass is great for those that have trouble reading finer prints, as it offers up to 30 times the magnification, and the LED lights make reading in the dark a lot easier.

Pros:

  • This magnifying glass provide 30X magnification
  • It allows users with low vision to read a text, no matter the size.
    12 pcs high quality, ultra-bright LED lights
  • helpful for people with macular degeneration or far-sightedness/feyopia
  • Once the batteries are added, the magnifying glass is ready to go
  • Optimal to enhance reading and viewing very fine details in books, newspapers, magazines, etc
  • Great magnifier for seniors, excellent for small print
  • A great choice for those who have low or impaired vision of most types

Cons:

  • Optics are  a bit distorted at the edges

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3

MagniPros 3X

MagniPros 3XThe MagniPros 3X is a magnification and lighting devices that you could use to turn reading into a whole new experience.

The shape allows for a large viewing field and the optics-grade lens makes it so that small text becomes easy to read again, even for the elderly or the visually impaired.

Pros:

  • Equipped with 12 SMD led lights which are covered by an anti-glare reflector
  • Optical grade magnifying lens covers large viewing area
  • Designed to last 100,000+ hours on a set of batteries.
  • The unit itself only weighs 6 ounces
  • The grip of this LED magnifier is ergonomically designed for most hands
  • The brightness level peaks at 720 lumens

Cons:

  • The plastic frame seems too fragile

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4

MagniPros Magnifying Glass

MagniPros Magnifying GlassThe MagniPros Magnifying Glass is a combination of the previous two entries, at it features the rectangular shape and wide viewing field of a reading pane, with the handle of a magnifying glass.

The optics are good and it offers between 3 and 5 times the magnification, depending on how you are holding it, and the ergonomic design makes holding it for hours on end very easy.

Pros:

  • Especially design to simulate the way we naturally view things from left to right
  • Magnifies up to 300%.
  • Made out of optical grade acrylic
  • Lighter and more scratch-resistant & shatterproof than glass
  • The large rectangular main lens can magnify up to 300%
  • The smaller bifocal lens at the corner can magnify up to 5x(500%)
  • Great for eye conditions such as aging eyes and macular degeneration
  • Ideal for anyone who loves to read for a longer period of time
  • SMD LEDs are powered by 3 AAA batteries
  • Designed to last more than 100,000 hours.

Cons:

  • Similar items offer more magnification

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5

OttLite 438PN9

OttLite 438PN9Just because the OttLite 438PN9 is at the bottom of our list doesn’t mean that it is bad, just that the previous entries are a bit handier.

For example, the OttLite 438PN9 is great as a desk lamp as well as a magnifying glass, and it is good for those that don’t want to keep their hands busy.

Pros:

  • LED illuminated 2X optical-grade magnifier with 4X spot viewer
  • Use as a table or floor lamp – conversion kit included
  • Energy-efficient LED’s rated to last up to 40,000 hours
  • Head with integrated handle and flexible neck easily positions the light exactly where you need it

Cons:

  • The pole is a bit flimsy

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Closing thoughts on lightning for the visually impaired

Having a good source of lighting is good when you have dimmed vision, but if you also couple this with a way to make prints and letters a bit bigger, then you have the making of a great overall tool for those will low vision.

As such, all the items on our list provide you with more or less of both, all of them suiting a wide variety of reading styles and situations.