The absence of light has once been one of the plagues that haunted Egypt for 3 days during the time Moses asked to let the Israelites released so that they can observe the festivals of God. Many of you who have watched The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille will remember this quite well. It was so dark that they could not even see each other. It surely was haunting. Imagine yourself being in that situation. Do you think you can stand the dark without being paranoid or even simply be disturbed? With the wild imagination of human beings, mental torture can result from the lack of light.

Utter darkness have not been experienced by generations for several thousands of years now, but the mere fact that it is dark within your house simply because there has been a power outage, is already impatiently disturbing. With today’s dependence on technology that makes almost anything instant, our generation is quick to get disappointed and some even get to the point of rage.

Imagine your own house. How is light spread throughout? A standard house may have three bedrooms, a living room, a study room or a library, a kitchen and a dining area. It may also have one or two bathrooms and a laundry room. How many lighting fixtures do you have? What is ideal and why?

There are different kinds of lighting fixtures that you can install or simply make stand like floor lamps and table lamps. There are those that you can install on the lower part of your wall so that you can have standing light which is very helpful especially when you wake up in the middle of the night. Your path will be readily lit and you have the lesser chance of stumbling or fumbling for familiar things like table, chair, wall, until you can flip on the ceiling light switch.

You should also consider the environment when you install lighting fixtures. Instead of the old light bulbs, opt for the compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which can save on energy consumption for a longer period of time. It is also better that you have at least two differing lighting strengths in each room. It is not always that you need a bright light like when you have to read or sew and you have to insert a string of thread into the eye of a needle. Sometimes you will just be chatting with your family and a dim light will suffice. Dim lighting is also ideal for a TV room. Don’t forget to have one in the master’s bedroom! Using the right amount of lighting not only enhances the mood but it also saves on energy and let’s not forget, lessens your electric bill.