Lighting in your home

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@CatEyes (2449)
United States
March 6, 2007 7:25pm CST
Do you have bright or dim lighting in your home? I have both. There are studies that say that the more natural light or bright light in your home, the less depressed and sad a person is. I wonder if that is why so many who work in a office are depressed like since they usualy do not have access to good natural light. What do you think?
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@lecanis (16739)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Mar 07
We have to have both in our home. If we don't have lights that are adjustable, my husband and I just can't live together. =p He suffers from pretty bad Seasonal Affective Disorder, and is prone to depression in general. So he has to get some bright light every day, and since it's cold here for a large part of the year, he can't always stay outside much to get it. Also hurting him is the fact he works nights. So we have to have bright lights he can use. I, on the other hand, have eyes that are oversensitive to light. So when I'm up and he's not around, I keep things pretty dim to make it easier on my eyes. I know, we're an odd couple. =p
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Good decisions there. I wnat my tract lighting to have dimmers also. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob
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• Malaysia
7 Mar 07
In a way, maybe this is true. I like my house to be full of natural light. So I make sure early in the morning I would open up all windows and doors so that natural light can come in. If not, I will feel less cheerful. Especially in the kitchen I need more light and air to keep the surrounding smelling fresh.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
7 Mar 07
We just bought our first house 3 years ago. It's got garbage for lighting. No ceiling lights in any of the bedrooms or living room. Lamps plugged in is all. I'm looking to get 3 sets of tract lights for the living room & one each for the bedrooms in the future. First we need all new windows. Got about $15,000 I can have please? LOL For most my life up until around 16 years ago I didn't drink nor need coffee. Well I sobered up 16 years ago & have accquired a caffiene addiction of sorts. When I first started drinking it I got the jump outta my skinsies often. Now I can drink 3 pots or more a day. I don't get jittery or anything along those lines. In fact I drink so much if I don't have a cup as soon as I wake up I get the worst migraine ever. Thanks for the discussion on another of my addictions. HAHAHA. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
7 Mar 07
oops even with the ability of copy/paste I still screwed up. Now this is absolutely HILARIOUS. Shhhhh. Dont tell anyone about this. Its our lil' secret. HAHAHA. Happy postings from Grandpa Bob
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Your tooo funny!! I promise I won't tell.
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I don't use a lot of light, unless I want to see something that I am going. we try to save on light bill. if we have no use for light we keep the lights off.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Hmm...that is an interesting theory. I have worked in many offices that did not have access to nature lighting. It seemed to serve as a more quiet work place. But I don't think I would ever label myself as being depressed because of the lighting issue. I actually prefer gentle lighting most often when I am working on the computer. My last job, the light above my head was half blown. And it made for a more dim light. But then they came to fix it...and I felt as if I was in a more harsh surrounding. In my house...there is a mixture. When I am eating, writing, drawing, or working on any of my art things, I prefer brighter lighting. But if I am working on the computer or reading, I prefer dim lighting. I guess because of the computer, I prefer not to have more lighting that will hurt my eyes....I am sensitive with migraine. And then when I am reading, I prefer to rad to relax me and help me go to sleep. So, the dim lighting suits me better then too.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
My house has natural light(sky light) and bulb light.. Its bright in my house til the lights burn out(and the high ceilings are horrible..for changing lightbulbs) so its often darker than it should be.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
7 Mar 07
I like natural light, I use lamps more than anything in my house, I just like the atmosphere a lot better with a lamp, its a lot softer.
@drakan291 (818)
• Ireland
21 Apr 07
Well i havn't yet botherd to put in dim lighting. It is quite expensive to have a builder to do it and right now i amn't going to spend a good hundred bucks for a different light! So i just have ordianary lighting!
@drakan291 (818)
• Ireland
21 Apr 07
Well i havn't yet botherd to put in dim lighting. It is quite expensive to have a builder to do it and right now i amn't going to spend a good hundred bucks for a different light! So i just have ordianary lighting!
@mememama (3077)
• United States
18 Apr 07
We have lots of windows in our house, so we open up the blinds and curtains. It's a routine for my son to point at each window in the morning to tell me what ones he wants open lol. At night, we turn on the lights so we can see.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
18 Apr 07
I would always like to have more natural lighting, and we have added additonal lighting to our house since we moved in. We tore out the old grotty back wall at our back door, and put in a double french door. We also added a skylight to the kitchen. I wuold like to add another window to my bedroom, and one to the hall. The only problem is in the winter, they are poor insulators, but in the summer it is glorious! I like bright light for reding, crafts, and cooking. Other wise I like soft, wamr lighting.
• United States
9 Mar 07
I have bright and dim lights. Our home is very well lit naturally too. It is true that one can get depressed without light.
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I prefer dim lighting in my home because my eyes are extremely sensitive to light. Natural lighting is much better for me than bright lighting, although I do have that option in some areas of the house where the kids do some of their homework. All areas where I spend the majority of my time are more dimly lit with the natural lighting though. I really don't think it has much to do with depression, unless the person has SAD, and I wouldn't assume anyone had that unless they were actually diagnosed with the disorder.