There’s a lot of things that were wrong with my life, but I didn’t even know that there was a problem. If you can’t speak out loud what your problem is, it shows up by you feeling uncomfortable.

If you’ve ever noticed feeling uncomfortable in your apartment or house, but you’re unable to pinpoint exactly why, my bet is that your lighting sucks.

Most people have terrible lighting, but that’s because they don’t even know that there’s good and bad lighting.

First there’s two kinds places and two kinds of lighting.

First, the two kinds of lighting:

Direct and indirect.

Direct lighting is where the source (lightbulb) is directly pointing in your eyes.

Think interrogation room, computer manufacturing plant or your crappy office.

It’s bearable.

You feel like crap in it, but it’s cheap to light big places, and if you’re building a transmission, you need to see what you’re doing.


Direct Lighting – Harsh


Indirect Lighting – Soft

Then there’s indirect.

Indirect lighting on the other hand, bounces light off something before it hits your eyes. This softens and dulls the light, so it isn’t as intense when it hits your eyes.

Think floor lamps, rope lighting, christmas lights.

So which is best for you?

Depends. Are you in a technical place, like are you building, assembling, or engineering something?

That’s the only place I’d recommend direct lighting.

Anything creative?

Indirect, full stop.

Think about all of the timeless literature written under fluorescent lights:

War and Peace by Tolstoy

The Symposium by Plato

The list goes on and on…

Lighting your apartment, if you have the choice, get both of them.

If you start falling asleep before you want to, bright lighting is better than anything else to wake you up. Coffee, loud music, nothing beats bright lights.

Other than that, stick with indirect lighting.

I’ve got four different indirect light sources and one direct for a 15 x 20 living room, and I can’t tell you how happy I am with it.

For my bedroom, there’s only one light source – and it absolutely has to be indirect.

Here’s a problem: most indirect lighting is plugged into outlets so they can’t be hit with a light switch.

Here’s a solution: I bought one of these.

They’re remotes that you can plug things into, and click them on and off. You set the different plugs into different ‘zones’. I’ve got each room in my place set to a different zone.

Get home and it’s dark? One click illuminates your family room, another your bedroom.

Take a look at your own lighting, and see if you could be more comfortable.

Until next time,