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Sensory Rooms and Lighting
Sensory rooms (or multisensory environments) have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Originally intended for those with profound and multiple disabilities, sensory rooms have evolved into a space for all children to calm and also stimulate the senses. One of the key elements of a Sensory Room is Sensory lights - these are available in a variety of forms.
A multi sensory environment can mean a multitude of things-
- Purpose built sensory room with innovative, state of the art sensory equipment
- Pop up dark den in the corner of a classroom or bedroom
This post will focus on one area of a Sensory Room or space – Sensory lights.
There are many practical benefits to using Sensory Lighting; including for calming purposes. Imagine the soft orange glow of a table lamp on a cold and snowy winters day, the flickering flame of a candle. Lighting can evoke the senses and calm the body – it’s easy therefore to appreciate the function it plays in a sensory room, and so aiding those with autism or sensory processing disorders.
Types Of Sensory Lights
There are a number of different lighting options available.
A black UV light is inexpensive and fits into your ordinary light fitting (or you could put one in a table lamp). These lights produce a deep purple black light with large amounts of Ultra Violet light. The UV light is reflected by white and lightly coloured clothes. This makes them glow in the dark and flourescent materials and dyes light up.
Other types of lamps can be bought relatively cheaply which create a stunning effect in a sensory room. The small kaleidoscope lamp (approximately £100) runs off batteries and rotates to project moving coloured lights on the walls or ceilings of any room. It is small enough to be used in a sensory den. Other lights and cheap projectors are available that project different shapes and patterns onto a wall.
There are a multitude of hand held sensory lights which look great in a dark environment. Most of them can be purchased for a few pounds. Below is a small selection;
- Shake and shine light – shake them and watch them glow
- Light up tambourine – tambourine with led light effects
- Flashing Sensory ball on a stick – a tactile ball that flashes when shaken
- Squishy gel Light up balls – bounce or shake them to make them glow or flash
- Colour changing eggs lights – a gentle mood light that slowly changes colour
- Night lights – animal shaped colour changing lights offer soothing colours that are calming before bedtime
Hand-held sensory lights are a cost effective, portable solution for calming the senses out and about.
For more information on our range of hand-held and free standing sensory lights and accessories please visit www.sensorydirect.com