With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a good time to check the light levels around your home for the ambiance factor. As Bill Haley & His Comets sang back in the 50s, “… I wanna tell you things and hold you tight, but how can I do it with the room so bright?” Take it from Bill Haley: you gotta “Dim, Dim the Lights” if you want some atmosphere.
In many older homes, the dining room may be the only light fixture on a dimmer. And if the mechanism is still that little round dial that’s yellowing with age, it may be time to replace the dimmer before your next romantic dinner. (And if the outdated light fixture is older than your relationship, time to change that out, too – the light fixture, that is, not your relationship!)
Let us now address the (ahem) boudoir. Dimmable light fixtures – whether they be chandeliers over the bed dripping in crystals, or recessed lighting in the ceiling – can definitely help set a romantic atmosphere. And indirect light from wall sconces can add another layer of ambience to any room.
There is actually science behind dimming the lights for romance. Because of humans’ built-in circadian rhythms, lowered light levels tell our bodies it’s time to relax. Further, dim light causes our eyes’ pupils to dilate, a subconscious indication of attraction.
Biology aside, it’s up to you to set the mood. So lower the lights and up the romance factor.