Amazing but true!

London Bough of Enfield, social housing resident sees the light!

London Borough of Enfield resident, Colin Lee, can for the first time in nearly 20 years see his way out of his residential housing block safely, both in the light and in the dark. Not that amazing I hear you say, but it is when you consider that Colin has been registered blind for more than 17 years!


Colin says that even with normal electrical daylight lighting switched on, he was unable to see his way out with confidence. Colin used to struggle to orientate himself due to his visual impairment and consequently could not see the stair edges or the handrails. It used to take Colin as long as 5 minutes to leave his home. However, with the new installation of our EcoBrite Ultra low-level wayguidance system, Colin is delighted that he can now confidently see his way both up and down the stairs. Colin can now leave his home freely in a fraction of the time he used to.


To put it into context, there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and this is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 (Alzheimer's Society). There are currently 2 million visually impaired and blind people (RNIB estimate and this number are set to rise to 4 million by 2050). And finally diabetics, there are just over 3.2 million diabetics (NHS figures). In total that's just over 6 million people, almost 10% of the UK's population. These groups of people all suffer from different but also common problems to varying degrees, such as;

  • Spatial Disorientation (Spatial-D)
  • Memory loss
  • Visual impairment
  • Loss of coordination 

In the past, there has a been a lack of awareness for issues such as Spatial-D or the minimum amount of light that the eye can see. These two areas, in particular, are critical when trying to escape in an emergency. EcoBrite Ultra low-level wayguidance systems give these people equality by providing adequate illumination compared to conventional electrical lighting to highlight the emergency route. Lastly, these systems provide better emergency escape lighting for able-bodied persons because they are fitted below smoke reservoirs.

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