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Bright lights and moody mo­ments

Per­haps it’s the shorter days and longer nights but I’ve be­come ob­sessed with mood light­ing lately.

Un­like task or am­bi­ent light­ing, the sole pur­pose of mood light­ing is to cre­ate invit­ing spaces us­ing pools of light within a larger room.

The key is keep­ing the light low enough to cre­ate at­mos­phere but not so low that it strains your eyes and makes you want to go to sleep.

But I’ve reached the point now where I’ve be­come a lit­tle in­tol­er­ant of pen­dant lights, which fall into the am­bi­ent cat­e­gory, sim­ply be­cause they light the whole room in even — but un­in­ter­est­ing — light.

So my habit now is to turn the main light off and a lamp on when­ever I en­ter a room. If you haven’t seen the flaw in this ap­proach yet, imag­ine a not-so-tidy house full of peo­ple and pets and the lights turned down low, or off al­to­gether, be­fore lo­cat­ing the switch for the lamp.

The chances of tidy­ing up so that no one bumps into any­thing in the dark are fairly slim so I’m start­ing to con­sider other op­tions. I may be a lit­tle late to the game but I’ve re­cently dis­cov­ered that, like many other as­pects of the house, light­ing can be con­trolled us­ing Blue­tooth and Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy.

You don’t need any spe­cial wiring ei­ther — com­pat­i­ble light bulbs are avail­able from re­tail­ers like Bun­nings.

But I can see the po­ten­tial for the whole thing to go pear-shaped in our house­hold. At the mo­ment, turn­ing the lights on and off is a case of who can be both­ered get­ting up.

But if you can change light lev­els with­out mov­ing from the com­fort of your chair, I can see that other mem­bers of the house­hold may want to ad­just the light­ing ac­cord­ing to their own pref­er­ences. Per­haps it’s bet­ter to keep them in the dark for now.

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