Everyday I look in the mirror and let me tell you...It's getting tough.
I'm looking old. The lines, the wrinkles and bags...I even tell myself to go ahead and embrace my grey. (I also tell myself to stop looking in the mirror.) I want to age gracefully. Ha!
The reality is that good lighting makes all the difference in the world as you get older. There is a Seinfeld Episode where Jerry dates a woman and depending on the lighting she either looks good or looks like a hag.
Boy...I can relate!
Did you know that the Feds are trying to make us look ugly? Ever heard of CFL's? Compact Fluorescent Lights. These are the new energy efficient bulbs that everyone is trying to shove down our throats. Countries across the world have embraced CFL's and are slowly phasing out incandescent bulbs.
We tried one in the light over our sink a few years ago. I didn't mind the weird shape or the fact that it took a few minutes to warm up. We both hated it because it made the kitchen look cold. Almost a blue light. It hurt our eyes, we started to squint. The light gave us a headache! And we both looked like death warmed over. Woof. As in "Bow Wow". Talk about instant ugly.
(*I understand that CFL's are now available in different color temperatures that are more similar to the warmer glow of an incandescent.)
The whole purpose of a CLF is energy efficiency. (Here's a nice site that explains the facts and myths of CFL's.) Besides being expensive, the biggest drawback is the mercury they contain. Are people really going to dispose of them properly? I doubt it.
There are options out there. Halogen is being discussed. (Heck, just use candles or oil lamps.)
Some lawmakers want to repeal the Bulb Act. South Carolina has put up a bill (pending approval) to allow the manufacture and sale of incandescents within the state. Let the "free-market" decide.
That's all I want. Let me decide what kind of lighting I want in my house. We might try CLF's again (with the warmer color) but it's just not right to take away my choice.
Getting older is tough enough without having to use lights that make you look "fugly".