Lighting the large studio that I use as living room, office and dining room is becoming a problem. Now that the daylight hours are shorter, it's something I have to cope with.
When the light in the ceiling fan was working, it was the first one I turned on in the evening. Then I could add others as needed, and all was well. There was no glare on the TV screen, yet I could sit on the couch and read without squinting.
Of course, it was summer then. I had a much smaller part of the day when I had to deal with such matters. And I was in the honeymoon stage of living here at the Fortress, still making excuses for anything that wasn't quite perfect.
As soon as that overhead light burned out, I knew the honeymoon was over, at least as far as lighting was concerned. There is a set of three track lights over the middle of the TV area, and I have a floor lamp and a table lamp at opposite ends of the couch. That's been how I've lit the room for the last month or so.
Today one of the track lights burned out, and because I didn't have another bulb of that type, I stole one from one of the lights near the back door, since I almost never use them. But this bulb was too bright for the room, and no matter which way I pointed the fixture, the glare was just too much.
So I had to turn off the lights and wait for them to cool so that I could remove the globe from the middle fixture. I'll find a more muted, lower wattage bulb to replace it with, but in the meantime my home is somewhat dimmer, in keeping with the season.
I like a lot of light in the winter. It helps me get through the short, dreary days. But I don't like a lot of glare, so I'm going to have to keep working at it until I get it right.
It seems a silly thing to waste so much time on, because there should be as simple answer. The best solution would be to replace the ceiling fan light, but I'm not about to get up on a ladder that high, even if I had one.
I wonder if light bulb changers are listed in the phone book. This is California, so they probably have to be licensed by a state board.