Day 178: Lighting Matters
There’s a lot of guaranteed truths in life that we ignore. The sky is blue. Water is wet. Missing objects will always be in the last place you look. Justice is somewhat believable. Spoilers look really stupid on a Chevy Cavalier. Tom Hanks is too charming to be taken seriously. Diet Dr Pepper tastes like Diet Dr Pepper. Jazz is the most acceptable music genre. Don’t try to fight it. It’s the truth, whether you choose to ignore it or not. Also, lighting matters.
As a whole, it affects how we live our day to day life. Our old apartment didn’t get much sunlight. Because of this, Rachel was only comfortable with all the lights on, even at High Noon. This created a more negative atmosphere. The place seemed more like a shelter than a home. It tricked us both into believing that the outside world was dark and unwelcoming, which honestly was probably true. Because the lighting was so bad, we developed a Stockholm Syndrome and barely went outside. Our new apartment gets a lot of sun and because of that, it feels more like home than the last place ever was. And it generally puts us in a much better mood and we feel more encouraged to explore the neighborhood around us. Because it’s bright and we see it as such. The lighting in your home has a direct effect on how you live in it.
Another way that light effects us is how we physically react to changes in it. I’ve been wearing a hat outside every day for the last 5 years. Partially because I like the way they look on me, but also, the outside world without it freaks me out. You don’t realize how much that black line on the top of your horizon does until you try to navigate the world without it. Suddenly, there’s a whole wide world above you. Light hits your eyes differently and personally, it tricks me into thinking I’m lost. Everything suddenly feels foreign and disorienting. Eventually, you get used to it. This sensation only lasts for a few moments until you get your bearings straight. But when you’re not expecting it, it can ruin your day.
The powers that be really want me to use a different computer at work. I’ve been using the same one for 9 years and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. But The Man wants me to use the new computer on the other side of the office. First, they cut off the network access to my computer. Claimed there was no way to repair it. So I recovered and recreated the files I needed and saved it to my hard drive. Problem solved. I can still use my own computer. But then the light above it burned out. When the lighting company came to change out the bulb, they replaced it was a cool one. While the whole store has warm lighting, there’s one stark blue light, right above my computer.
It’s downright disorienting to be around. Sitting at my desk, I can feel a fake moon shining over me. My casted shadow is stark. I feel like I’m in a David Lynch film. But of course, the lighting over the bee computer is just fine. Normal. Nice. So they won. It might’ve not been their intention, but they won. That computer is dead to me, as is that portion of the desk. They might as well set it on fire. I’m not using it again. Now they have to figure out a way to turn the safe around so I can access it from that side. They won’t. Life is just slightly more inconvenient now. Thanks, lighting!
It affects all of your feelings about the day. It’s the difference between optimism and pessimism. It’s everything you want it to be. It’s easily manipulated and yet, we never bother to do so. Your home could feel so much different if you change up the color temperature. You can avoid low-flying birds if you’d just take your hat off. You could have the same day twice, but it’ll feel a whole lot different if one was sunny and the other was gloomy. It’s the difference between a Wednesday and a Friday. Lighting is everything. And lighting matters.