Touch lamps are superb for lighting because they are inherently easy to operate. You just touch the light to turn it on or off. So, you don’t have to fiddle with a push-button, flip switch, or mechanical switch. Those other types of switches can be difficult for seniors with arthritis, weakness and decreased fine motor control to use. But a touch lamp just requires a simple tap to be used.
Some of the newer touch-sensitive lamp even allow seniors to control other aspects of lighting, including light temperature, light intensity, and much more. So, they can control the quality of the lighting they use, which means they can adjust the lighting to their own individual needs. Ultimately, enhanced control over lighting means your loved one will see the words in their book or crossword puzzle better – with less strain on their eyes.
Best Touch Lamps for Seniors & the Elderly
In this article, I explore the more senior-friendly touch lamps out there. This list of touch lamps considers the lighting requirements of seniors, eye care and comfort, and overall design. Any of these lamps are beneficial for individuals whose fingers may have lost some of their nimbleness.
These touch lamps come in a matched set – one for each side of the bed. Their traditional, minimalist design will match any bedroom decor and keep a light within reach all the time. Just a tap on the base turns it on and off.
With a minimalist table lamp design and warm, bright light, this touch lamp is an excellent addition to the bedside cabinet of your loved one. It measures a compact 8.66 inches wide and 17.32 inches high. The simple design and compact build combination allow seniors to use the lamp to illuminate their bedroom, living room, or any other room where they need an easy-to-use lamp.
The ZEEFO Touch Control LED Table Lamps use 7W Edison Dimmable T45 bulbs that are fit for purpose. The 7W LED bulb produces light equivalent 60 watts of incandescent lighting, which reduces energy consumption by as much as 90%. In addition, the bright lamps are also renowned for flicker-free lighting, which plays bodes well for eye care.
Aside from quality lighting, the ZEEFO Touch Control LED table lamp is easy to use. The lamps come with three lighting levels, i.e., Low lighting, Medium lighting, High Brightness lighting that allows seniors to control the brightness levels to match their needs. Furthermore, to make the lamps more functional, ZEEFO has added two USB ports and a 1500W power outlet, which allow users to charge/power different devices.
My favorite feature of the COZOO 3-Way Dimmable Touch Lamp is its blue light pole. The blue night pole acts as a night light for seniors who wake up frequently during the night letting them adjust to their surroundings. But, it’s not so bright as to disturb their sleep either.
A unique selling point of the COZOO 3-Way Dimmable Touch Lamp is its blue light pole. The blue night pole provides ample light use when you wake up in the middle of the night. Eyes are quicker to adapt to blue light after waking up compared to bright white light. Because of this, the blue light from the pole is handy for the elderly who frequently wake up during the night. On the other hand, the light from the pole is dim enough for users to sleep through the night with the light left switched on.
Light from the lamp is 3-way dimmable to meet different lighting modes. Additionally, it comes with shades that soften the light, further protecting the eyes of your elderly loved one. Finally, the touch-sensitive control buttons are backlit to make it easy for the elderly to control the lamp in the dark.
I should mention other notable features such as 3 USB ports and 2 AC outlets, a fire-resistant, hardened plastic outer shell, and an inbuilt multi-protection system that protects the lamp and its circuitry from overcurrent, short-circuiting, and overloading.
If you are looking for something different for your lighting needs, look no further than this touch lamp. It has an eye-catching design that draws inspiration to the industrial revolution era. However, all it working mechanism are modern.
The LEGELITE Industrial Touch Lamp uses a 2700K Edison LED bulb that produces warm white light. Additionally, you can control the brightness of this lamp with a simple tap of its base. It comes with three brightness levels ranging from soft, moderate, to bright.
The lamp also comes with other features such as 2 USB ports to charge devices such as smartphones and tablets.
While its touch control system is one of the main features of this lamp, it has a lot more to offer, especially for elderly users. For instance, you can control the brightness of the light through its pole or base. You can even alter the brightness from high, medium, to low. Plus, you can also turn the lamp on and off using the touch controls.
Shine Hai’s 3-Way Touch Control Table Lamp also has a premium design and build going for it. It comes with an aesthetically pleasing, minimalist design that suits a wide range of environments. From your loved one’s bedroom, living room to their office, the lamp will meet their needs. It measures 15.9 inches high by 5.5 inches wide so it won’t take up a lot of space either.
But perhaps it is the 6W LED that makes this touch lamp a standout product. The lamp uses a Vintage Edison Dimmable ST64 E26 Bulb that produces soft white light, bright light. These bulbs are specifically designed and manufactured to negate flickering and dazzling, which can affect your eye’s health. This feature helps protect the somewhat fragile eyesight of your elderly loved one. Additionally, the lamps produce light equivalent to 60W incandescent lighting, which helps lower your electric bills.
The TaoTronics LED Touch Lamp is perfectly designed for ardent readers. For starters, the lamp emits bright light for reading. Plus, the bulb produces that comfortable, flicker-free light I’ve discussed on other recommendations. As such, your elderly loved ones can read in comfort.
And after reading, the lamp can help them create the perfect ambiance in the room. With seven brightness levels to adjust, you can adjust the lighting in your room to your precise requirements.
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And its adjustable design allows users to cast the light as needed. For example, the lamp’s head can swivel 90 degrees and tilt 135 degrees, while its base can swivel 45 degrees and tilt 150 degrees. All of these adjustability options allows your loved one to install and use this lamp in their bedroom, office, living room, or anywhere they need to cast light while protecting the eyes.
This simple touch lamp can easily double as a night light because of the full length shade. This keeps the bulb from shining directly into aging eyes while napping or resting. It could be used in multiple rooms of the home due to it’s basic angular design.
The Seaside Village Table Touch Lamp is another dimmable lamp that your senior loved one can comfortably use. It has a minimalist design as it measures 5.12 inches wide and 14.37 inches in height. Aside from its dimensions, its shape allows use in the living room, office, bedroom, and locations.
But perhaps it is the combination of bulb and lamp control that will interest most buyers. This lamp uses a vintage Edison 6W LED bulb. Producing 2700K, this bulb produces light equivalent to 60W incandescent.
The non-flickering bulb is also 3-way dimmable. So you can adjust the light intensity based on your needs at any given time. Add the fact the double-layered linen lampshade diffuses light in just the right amount, and you can rest assured the light from this lamp will not adversely affect your loved one’s eye.
For controls, the touch feature allows users to adjust the brightness as needed with a simple tap on the side or top of the base. The USB ports are designed to function whether the light is switched on or off.
If you or your loved one prefers the warm and perhaps brighter glow of incandescent bulbs, then this is the touch lamp for you. No LED lights here! Plus you also get a more modern design with the ease of touch controls.
Undoubtedly, LED bulbs are far more energy-efficient. That said, not all people love the tone and warmth of LED bulbs. If your elderly loved one prefers the look and feel of an incandescent bulb, then you are in luck. The pair of Simple Designs Home Valencia Brushed Nickel Mini Touch Lamps uses incandescent light sources.
Importantly, however, they have modern touch controls. For example, the lamp has low, medium, and high settings, which you can adjust by simply touch the brushed Nickel lamp bases. You can also turn on the lights on or off with the touch control.
The lamps do have a contemporary look and feel. Their base and pole combine to form one continuous structure made of brushed Nickel. To top the design off, the incandescent bulbs are shrouded by fabric shades. The linen fabric diffuses and softens the light emitted by the bulbs. The diffusion, in turn, improves eye care.
Important Lighting Tips for Seniors
There are several steps you can take to improve the lighting for seniors and the elderly which makes it easier for them to complete their daily tasks while improving their overall safety. Here are my top recommendations:
- Choose Lights With Easily Accessible Controls. You don’t want them fumbling around in the dark for a light switch. That’s why touch lamps and motion-activated lights are such a great choice for seniors.
- Use Night Lights In The Main Areas. If you or your senior loved one tend to wander at night, make sure the path is lit well at all times to prevent a fall or injury. See my guide to night lights for seniors for more information.
- Have a Back Up Plan For Power Outages. Seniors should always know where to get light during a power outage. Have battery powered lamps and lanterns available and check them periodically to make sure they work – before you need them.
- Use Task-Specific Lighting Choices. To avoid lighting up the entire room or home, choose the appropriate lighting for the situation. Reading in bed? Use a bedside lamp or clip on light. Working at a desk? Use a desk lamp with adjustable brightness settings, etc.
- LED Lights Save Energy and Money. Because LED lights use much less energy, they are less expensive to operate. This is really important for lights that are kept burning 24/7.
- Let the Sun Shine When You Can. No light is brighter than our own sun, so use that to your advantage. Place your favorite reading chair next to a south facing window (if you are in the northern hemisphere – reverse it if not) so that you can maximize your sun exposure.
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If you are taking care of an elderly loved one, there is no better lighting fixture you can buy for them than a touch-controlled lamp. Touch lamps are easy to use, and they enhance your loved one’s independence, something they cherish and love.