Would you be concerned if you had to eat McDonald’s hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of your life? Did you know you are probably doing the equivalent with your light?
Without food, we die. We need food, regularly and sufficiently, to survive.
Many of us now have the privilege of moving beyond survival when it comes to eating (and lighting, more on that later). We can choose how we eat so that we can thrive. We can select our foods for an enjoyable experience. As a modern society, we seem very willing to do so and spend enormous amounts on our tastebuds.
The kitchen is the most expensive room in the home, often filled with expensive appliances, fine countertops, and copious cabinetry. We could save all that by drinking three cans of Ensure every day.
We fill the kitchen with small appliances to get our coffee just right, to blend our smoothie to perfection, to crisp the edges of a waffle, or to chop the tastiest salsa. We could save all that by drinking three cans of Ensure every day.
We spend time at the local co-op searching out healthy ingredients for meals, we shop farmers markets and even want to know who raised our food and how they did it. We could save all that….
We buy cookbooks and surf online for recipes and read food blogs and follow celebrity chefs and watch cooking shows. We could save all that….
We pick our favorite restaurants and our favorite dishes and our favorite drinks and spend our money letting others cook tasty meals for us. We build second kitchens outdoors so we can grill out, smoke, and rotisserie our food for optimal flavor.
We import wine from France, olive oil from Italy, and spices from around the world.
We do all this not to survive, but to thrive. We know that we need to spend more time, energy, and money on our food or we will increase our changes of struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, decreased cognition, and so much more.
In short, we know that eating McDonald’s hamburgers as our sole food source might keep us alive for awhile, but will ultimately diminish our lives.
You would not do that to yourself, right? Then why are you lighting yourself for survival?
If you update your kitchen, consider updating your lighting.
If you read food blogs, consider learning more about light.
If you look for quality ingredients, look for quality lighting.
If you study nutrition, study wavelengths of light.
Is it time to give your eyes the same attention you give your mouth?
If you have light, you will survive. If you do it right, you can thrive.
FYI – here is a recent article from Dwell on using track lighting in kitchens. I’d be interested in your take on it.
Thanks for sharing! It was great to see the article as it provides a few examples of how track can solve problems (concrete ceiling, simple remodel situation, slope ceilings, etc.). There were also some examples in the article of what not to do with track- it is telling that every single photo was taken during the daytime and none showed the effect of the track. When track is needed we lean towards mud-in WAC Strut or similar slots that contain the fixture within the ceiling. It is more complicated to install up front, but provides us with options for a cleaner look at the ceiling and a wide array of interchangeable modules.