Let There Be Light

I just counted, and it turns out I have 7 lighting fixtures with a total of 19 bulbs of different intensity and dimmability in my bedroom. It’s not a huge bedroom or anything. But I have light sensitivity, so I need to have full control of the lighting situation.

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15 thoughts on “Let There Be Light”

  1. Hey, buy dimmable LED bulbs, and you won’t have to replace any of them until you’re my age. The ceilings in my beautiful house are 15-to-18 feet high. When i had it built 21 years ago, I bought a huge 12-foot ladder so I could replace the bulbs as they burned out.

    I can’t safely climb a 12-foot unsteady ladder anymore, so last year I paid the teenage son of my yards-keeper $20 to scamper up it and replace every single bulb with a guaranteed-forever LED bulb. They’ll probably outlive me.

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  2. “This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.”

    So some app called “ASSkismet” is delaying my comments?? Please tell it to go to hell for me!

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  3. I grew up with overhead lighting. I always find the uneven light provided by lamps annoying. But having 19 assorted lamps would feel better than just two or three. It was something my first wife and I disagreed about. She hated overhear lighting more than I hate the lack of it.

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    1. Same here: I grew up with overhead lighting, hate its absence in homes and in most rooms of my own home. Kitchen and dining room in my house are the only properly lit rooms in my house. Elsewhere, I am feel like I’m in a dungeon and the darkness makes me sleepy.

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      1. Same here: I grew up with overhead lighting, hate its absence in homes and in most rooms of my own home. Kitchen and dining room in my house are the only properly lit rooms in my house. Elsewhere, I am feel like I’m in a dungeon…

        Yes!

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  4. Same here: I grew up with overhead lighting, hate its absence in homes and in most rooms of my own home. Kitchen and dining room in my house are the only properly lit rooms in my house. Elsewhere, I am feel like I’m in a dungeon…

    Exactly! I had not come up with this simile, but it is just right.

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  5. Here in Arizona, every room in my house (except the kitchen and bathrooms, of course) has at least one ceiling fan, and each fan has four light bulbs (now all LEDs), so my castle is very well lit! (Most of the light switches have a dimming bar in case things get a little too bright.)

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  6. The wrong overhead light, though, is just weird — not bright enough, and still casts shade. I have this problem in my kitchen. Even four superbright bulbs above does not fix the issue. I am thinking I might need to install a very light colored floor (which I do not have). ?

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    1. “I am thinking I might need to install a very light colored floor (which I do not have). ?”

      Since you asked:

      I’m a doctor, not an architect, but I’d recommend that you replace the overhead light fixtures and not try a weird experiment with the floor. A lighter floor might make the overall room light appear somewhat brighter, but wouldn’t help with the shadows and uneven lighting.

      I replaced the original unsatisfactory overhead light fixtures in my kitchen with new LED floodlights several years ago, and now my kitchen light so bright that I sometimes dim it. (And I’m sure that the new lights were considerably cheaper than new flooring would have been.)

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      1. Yes — I have had LED floodlights that were so bright I couldn’t take it but shadows still fell. I clearly need a fancier system than just four down the middle. I need under the cupboard lights, a light above the stove perhaps, and perhaps a square of little track lights in the ceiling. It’s hard to tell!

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