Illuminate the possibilities: faucets with LED lights

June 18, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Faucets with LED lighting for temperature have been around for a while, but I wanted to take some time to extol some of their benefits.  There are many on the market, from the more low-end add-on devices to the higher end system that has the feature built-into the actual faucet.

The first benefit is the most obvious; the color denoting the water temperature.  This feature has universal appeal for anyone at any age that may need some help with knowing if the water is hot, warm, or cold. It is always advisable to utilize an anti-scald device to minimize chance of being scalded by hot water and protect from unexpected changes in water temperature.  However, the addition of the LED lighting with these faucets will maintain a person’s awareness of the current water temperature during functional use.

On many occasions, while working with clients with cognitive impairments, I would mark the faucet handles or sides of a single lever faucet with red and blue tape to give a visual cue reminder of which side is associated with hot and cold water respectively. The color is a visual cue that is consistent throughout the stream of the water itself, as well as for the duration of water flow.  This alleviates the concern of knowing which handle is for the hot and which is for the cold.  It also eliminates the guesswork for how hot or cold the water will be when turning a single lever faucet in either direction to find the desired temperature.

Combined with the lighting, the water temperature controls, on some of the models, are color-coded and touch-sensitive.  These features are a convenience for some, but may be limiting to others.  The size of the touch-sensitive control may be difficult to access for persons limited fine motor control and/or if using a closed fist.

As with any other products, it is important to know the needs of your client when making recommendations.  The integration of LED lighting is a great feature, but will not meet the needs of all users.  While it may be an added benefit to the user that has a sensory impairment who cannot test the temperature of the water with their hands or arms, it is not useful to the person with a visual impairment as they may not be able to see the colors associated with the water temperature.

What are your thoughts on faucets with LED lights?

(video of Hansacanyon faucet by Hansa)

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