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Does anyone else hate having artificial light on when natural light is available?

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Joeytribbianiz Mon 02-Nov-20 10:28:00

Or am I weird?

Drives me crazy when I get up in the morning and people are sitting with the blinds drawn and lamps/overhead lights on. It makes me feel really weird - like a bit headachy and discombobulated. Just an overwhelming feeling of wrongness.

Anyone else or is it just me?

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Meruem Mon 02-Nov-20 10:39:05

In the mornings I like natural light but in the evenings I don't. So in summer I shut my heavy curtains and put a lamp on even when it's still light outside! But then I have "summer sad" and I find it helps.

SnuggyBuggy Mon 02-Nov-20 10:40:55

I'm with you, I use the natural light as long as I can.

spiderlight Mon 02-Nov-20 10:44:38

I'm the same. I hate having artificial lights on in the morning and it drives me mad when my teen DS sits in his room with his blind down and lights on in the middle of the day, but he says he prefers it. I need real light in the mornings though or my head feels really weird.

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Mon 02-Nov-20 11:08:26

Yep. I hate it at work when blinds are drawn and lights are on...

Janegrey333 Mon 02-Nov-20 12:04:54

Me! I HATE that!!

Lesserspottedmama Mon 02-Nov-20 12:09:27

Yes! It’s definitely a thing. I would go as far as to say it can make me feel slightly unwell. Especially the really harsh white lights.

VenusClapTrap Mon 02-Nov-20 12:13:18

Yes yes YES! I go nuts with Dh when he turns the light on on a morning. I end up shrieking “Just open the bloody blinds!”

I go from sleepy to instant fury. I don’t know why it is such a massive overreaction, but there it is.

Orchidflower1 Mon 02-Nov-20 12:15:13

Totally with you @Joeytribbianiz

Moondust001 Mon 02-Nov-20 12:15:39

I have daylight spectrum lighting at home and in the office for this reason. Not all artificial lighting has to be poor lighting.

Redwolf1 Mon 02-Nov-20 12:39:34

Yes! My husband and kids would leave the curtains closed and lights on all day if I didnt go round turning them off and opening curtains. Natural light is so much nicer, and as I regularly tell my 5yo, free!

Joeytribbianiz Mon 02-Nov-20 12:41:09

This is so reassuring. I have such a strong reaction to it that I was beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with me!

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iklboogeymum Mon 02-Nov-20 12:43:40

I love natural light. The blinds & curtains are open as soon as I get up and stay open as long as possible. Autumn light is especially lovely.

Iminaglasscaseofemotion Mon 02-Nov-20 12:46:04

I'm the same. Lights don't go on until its dark. I can't understand why so many people sit in their houses with blinds shut and lights on during the day. Dp does it if I'm not here and it drives me insane to come home and see the curtains shut.

Spreadingchestnut Mon 02-Nov-20 12:50:36

Yes! It makes me feel unwell and claustrophobic.

pinkbalconyrailing Mon 02-Nov-20 12:53:29

it weirdly feels darker inside with natural light coming in through windows + the artificial lights.

Nicolastuffedone Mon 02-Nov-20 12:53:41

Natural light......I have to be almost in the dark before I’d put the light on

IsadoraQuagmire Mon 02-Nov-20 12:54:44

Yes, I do. I hate artificial light anyway, it's depressing.

OohKittens Mon 02-Nov-20 12:55:55

I just hate all light, I love dark days and when the sun shines outside of summer I get so irritable.

Maireas Mon 02-Nov-20 12:58:39

Here's my major irritant - look at any tv show, if there are side lamps they will be switched on, even in broad daylight. Always. Every single soap, drama or even a reality show. Lamps always on. Drives me mad.

troppibambini Mon 02-Nov-20 13:00:21

God I hate this as soon as I'm up blinds are open and windows are open for a bit. I drive the kids mad grin

whatswithtodaytoday Mon 02-Nov-20 13:00:48

Yes yes yes! It makes me feel weird, I get claustrophobic with too much artificial light. I don't understand why you wouldn't open the curtains when you wake up, yet my partner would leave them closed all day.

Ewanispurple Mon 02-Nov-20 13:01:59

YES! I can not stand artificial light unless it's dark outside, I really don't like the lights on at home during the day - DH thinks I'm crazy grin

DuesToTheDirt Mon 02-Nov-20 13:07:26

Same here. When I go in the office and the blinds are down, unless there is direct sun on people's computers I go round putting them up.

lynsey91 Mon 02-Nov-20 13:09:50

I could not agree with you more OP. I don't really like artificial light at all. Obviously I turn lights on when it is actually dark but only use a few lamps. I hate overhead lights.

I could not live in a dark house and the houses me and DH have lived in have all been light with good size windows. His parents' house was dark and they almost always had to have a light on during the day.

Quite a few of my neighbours never (or rarely) open their curtains/ blinds and I find that really strange

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