It’s true that each day is 24 hours long. (And if you’re like us, you might wish that you could squeeze a few more hours in here and there.)

But the amount of daylight varies by the time of the year, and in the winter, when there are fewer hours of daylight (and usually a lot less sunlight), it can affect your mood. In fact, there’s a medical diagnosis—Seasonal Affective Disorder—for what we commonly call the winter blues. Conversely, getting more light into your life (particularly in the morning) can brighten your outlook.  So, with that in mind, let’s shed some light on the subject of light and how to light a room with  different sources, including candles.

The lighting in your room should be practical, of course, but pretty and playful as well. Here are some tips:

  • Layer light. Mix ambient lighting, which lights up the entire space, with task lighting and accent lighting, which is more focused and/or decorative.
  • Start with the main fixture, which sets the tone lighting the room. If you want to make a real statement, consider one of our showstopping chandeliers. Take care to place overhead lighting properly, allowing for enough clearance over tables.
  • You can brighten a space quickly by adding accent lighting like our one-of-a-kind Bauble Lamp. Other ways to make a quick and easy change is to update those standard beige switch plates with our Courtly Check Switch Plates or replace your chandelier shades with our unique options.
  • Task lighting makes it easier to focus on a specific area. Our pendants illuminate the space above a kitchen island and add something extra to the spot where everyone gathers in your home that we like to call The Entertaining Kitchen.
  • Candlelight is another source of light, although we tend to think of candles as something reserved for special occasions. In Denmark, however, candles are an integral part of the custom of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), which is a philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. With hygge, the Danes seek to create a homey atmosphere through comforts that, in addition to candlelight, include food, drink, and warmth. To learn more about this tradition, check out the best-selling book The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

To sum it all up, look to the light in every form, particularly in these often dark and dreary winter days. Take some comfort in knowing that we are past the day with the fewest hours of daylight—December 21, the winter solstice. From here on out, there’s more light each day until we reach the summer solstice around June 21. We also turn the clocks ahead on March 10 to Daylight Saving Time, which means that while there will still be 24 hours in a day, we enjoy more of those hours in the daylight. That, of course, can certainly enlighten your point of view.

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