On cloudy days do you keep lights on in your house/apartment?

Do you keep lights on when it's cloudy outside? - cloudy skies
United States
January 18, 2008 8:15am CST
We are having some very cloudy, dismal days in Boston these days and the weather isn't so great. I have a couple of lamps in my living room where I sit at my pc and I usually keep the lamp on my desk on and one of the lamps on and end table on also. Since I keep the blinds in the kitchen closed all of the time I also keep the kitchen light on for when I go in there for whatever. What lights do you put on when it's cloudy and dreary out? Do you really need them or are they on more for comfort?
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Like you, here in Michigan we've been having some very cloudy days for days and days and days. Praise the Lord though we have sun today - I'd almost forgotten what it was like. Cloudy days it really depends on my mood and what I'm working on whether I have lights on or not - sometimes I do it just to have some light but it's never the same as sun.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Yep I have many times seen weeks and weeks where we didn't see the sun or if we did it was just for a few minutes... I'm just thrilled here it is noon and the sun is still shining bright - it's great because there's an inch or two of snow so the sun reflects off that making it even brighter... Migraines - I know that one, suffered horribly yesterday from the first I've had in months but it was cloudy and I layed in my room with lights off and was just in pain still. I'm glad it's gone today.
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• United States
19 Jan 08
The sun finally did come out today and I got to turn my lights off. I'm lucky in that I don't have to worry about migraines and headaches.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
20 Jan 08
We're actually into our second day of seeing the sun :) I am thrilled :) Although I do see clouds to the north of us and we're supposed to get snow today I am just enjoying it while I can.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 08
The weather is dull and rainy at the moment. I prefer sunny days with natural light coming into my lounge. It was dim in here when I came downstairs. I put on the ceiling lights straight away. I need this light or I can't see properly. It wouldn't be good for reading, using my laptop, feeding my baby or changing his nappy if the lights were turned off. I only need my kitchen light on when it is dark outside. Sometimes I go upstairs when it is dark without putting a light on. I put the lights on upstairs in the evening so I don't trip over. When I go into my bathroom I must always put a light on because it has no natural day light.
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• United States
19 Jan 08
My bathroom has no natural light either although since I'm always alone I usually leave the door open and can get the light from the living room and the kitchen since my apartment is so small.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Jan 08
We are having those same dreary days here in Texas, and yes i do have lights on..I just do not like this weather, it seems to sap your entergy and it makes me want to sleep alot more..I have a light on in my kitchen right now,and a light near my computer also..I am just sitting here and looking at my husband, he is in his recliner sleeping and "Tiny" our dog is laying on him and they are both asleep..Normally on a bright sun shiney day they would be up and about...
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• United States
19 Jan 08
Days like these do seem to take all the energy out of us don't they? Having lights on seems to make it just a bit more cheery for me.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
18 Jan 08
The efficiency apt. I live in is so dark all year around that I have a light on all the time. I do use those super energy efficient funny looking ones that put out 150 watt equivelent but only use like 35. I keep the one on where I have the computer all the time because the Parrot is there too and she needs the light. All other lights are on only as needed.
• United States
19 Jan 08
I have those funny looking new bulbs too and I think their in just about everything in my little apartment.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
19 Jan 08
Do you know that Bush is trying to enact some kind of legislation that makes them mandatory. All the new lamps coming out now are made to accomodate at least the smaller ones so that you don't have to buy the adapters for most lamps anymore.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Yes, ctry, I do tend to burn a couple of lights on those gloomy days when we don't get much sunlight. They cheer up the place and also add a degree of comfort. I am usually in my bedroom during the day because I only have one connection to my phone line, but I am considering moving everything back into my living room where I had things set up previously. It will take a bit of work on my part to move things around, but that's not such a bad thing either. I could use the exercise, LOL.
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• United States
19 Jan 08
lol....I on the other hand am thinking of putting my bedroom where my living room is and vice versa! I had it that way once and I think I liked it better. If I did more entertaining I wouldn't do it though.
@lucgeta (925)
• France
18 Jan 08
Lights are mainly out in cloudy days, the luminosity comes from outside is enough ffor most of tasks like computer. Some tasks do require lights like cooking thou they are for short amount of time.
• United States
19 Jan 08
On days like this I think I keep lights on just for a bit of a more cheery effect. A lot of times I don't really need them to see.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
18 Jan 08
On cold cloudy, dismal days, I prefer candles over lamps. Candles gives off just enough light, and it gives off heat as well. With the rise in our electric bill due to having our heat on, I try my best to save as much electricity I can. Plus, the smelly candles gives the house a nice smell to boot.
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18 Jan 08
With all the talk of global warming, I have to admit that I have been making a conscious effort to make sure I use as little energy as possible. Though I do hate the horrible weather as it does make me depressed, roll on the summer!
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I turn my lights in in the living room when it is gloomy outside I usually need the light to read something or for the calculator to work and so on. I know it runs the light bill up but hey we need to see what were doing right?
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@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
we always leave the light on whenever we're inside or outside the house because our would really look like a haunted house outside if we don't put some lights on
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
30 Apr 08
On any given day there might be two lights on in the house. On really dark cloudy days, I normlly have the floor lamp on in the living room and the small lamp on at my desk, mainly to see better, really don't need them on for comfort sake.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Generally I like the kind of dim light that comes on a rainy or stormy day...unless I'm trying to read or do something that requires more light then I'll put on one near me but that's it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
It depends how dark it is for me to turn the lights on.I like the dark because I can't sleep with the lights on.
• United States
27 Jan 08
On cloudy days, we usually just open up the window blinds to maximize the amount of light we do get into the room. Now,depending on how cloudy it is, we may end up turning on one light only when needed, and then turning on the other lights when it gets dark enough, but we try to keep everything off until we need it.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
26 Jan 08
I live in a house that has a basement that is set up as a livingroom and a bedroom and bathroom and computer room. So we spend most of our time downstairs where it is a little darker during the day. We have a window in our bedroom and living room but none in the computer room. But even with windows we still need to turn on the lights when we are down here. It is dark at all times of the day. When I do sit upstairs, usually when I'm cooking, it is light and I don't need to turn on any lights.
• United States
22 Jan 08
Well, it's nice and warm here in Florida so, I have all of the windows open and the fans going to cool off without having to run the air conditioner. I also only turn lights on if I absolutly have to. I try and conserve electricity in every way I can. :-)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I'm in NY and it's been just as dreary here. Horrible! On the one hand, we need to save electricity, on the other hand, I need lights on a timer to simulate sunrise so I can get up. I need them to wake up and I must have SAD-Seasonal Affective (spelling?/word?) Disorder because without more lights and the full spectrum kind, I yawn, move slowly, and sometimes find reasons to take naps or go back to bed after not being up very long. So unfortunately, it seems that I need them.
• United States
19 Jan 08
The only time I put lights on is when it gets too dark in the room to see.I love cloudy days. I love rainstorms. So A grey day doesn't bother me.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I think for me it depends on my mood so it must be a comfort thing in my case..If I'm feeling blah and gloomy I'll just leave the lights off but if I'm NOT I'll put on a lamp or two...
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
19 Jan 08
I think i may have mentioned before, that we live in a basement apartment and its ALWAYS dark down there!! we have those half underground windows, and not a whole lot of light comes in through there even on the best of days. On a sunny day i will open the curtains and let whatever sun can come in in, but even on those days i still need to keep the lights on. That is why i am VERY glad that the electricity, or "hydro" as they call it here, Is included in my rent. It's always dark and cold, so often i have all the lights on and the space heater too! lol.