I posted this a few weeks ago over on Just 18 Summers where I blog once a month, but I thought readers here might enjoy it too.
I’m not afraid of the dark, but I am a big believer in the beauty of light. The Light of the World, of course. But in our homes, too, light is such an important element. Daylight flooding through the windows is the preferable light for people and houseplants alike, but once the sun goes down—especially as the days grow shorter—the gloom of darkness can be kept at bay by a variety of mood lighting options.
All over our house, are little lights that illuminate the pathways, spotlight something pretty, or warm the atmosphere—both literally and figuratively. There’s just something about the golden glow of a lamp or candle that bathes a room in a comforting radiance.
This lamp lights the entryway by our front door. Its nightlight bulb gives a welcoming glow—one that can be seen from the street—twenty-four hours a day.
A string of fireflies lights up a decorative door in one corner of my office. A friendly sight (and illumines the edges of furniture just enough to keep me from stubbing my toe) when I’m on deadline and up to write long before the sun.
Even in the daylight, the flicker of a tiny flame-shaped bulb brightens the mantel and spotlights a favorite plant.
Our windowless garage opens into the windowless laundry room, so it’s nice to be greeted by this cheery lamp each time we arrive home. (And it’s likely saved us from tripping over a laundry basket or somebody’s shoes a time or two.)
Fortunately, a wide variety of flameless candles are available now, including those that turn off automatically after a few hours. Arranging a few real, decorative candles (unlit) among the flameless kind, give the effect of having them all lit, especially if they are placed above eye level like these atop an armoire in our living room.
Even outdoor “rooms” benefit from the glow of a string of lights. We purchased these LED rope lights for $6 during after Christmas markdowns. They use very little electricity and were still burning brightly and continuously more than two years later when we sold the house.
At night, they offered light that was dim enough to discourage bugs, yet made the deck a pleasant place for late night visiting. Here at our new (to us) house in Wichita, we found solar LED lights for the back deck. So far, they work perfectly!
Whether you choose to leave a few small-wattage lights on full-time like we do, or to only turn them on when you wish to create a mood for special occasions, there’s no denying the power of a little light. The cost is minimal—well under two dollars a month for a string of LED rope lights, and under $1 a month for each CFL 7-watt nightlight-type bulb burning 24/7 (depending on the price of electricity in your area, of course). Worth every penny, in my opinion, simply for the ambiance! But when you factor in the safety benefits—night lights mean less chance of tripping or falling, plus light is a proven deterrent to home break-ins—the small investment may be even greater.
So don’t hide your lights under a bushel. No! Let ’em shine, let ’em shine, let ’em shine!