What? Another post about cold weather. Nah. Not exactly. This one is a treatise on thermodynamics. Okay, not that either. It’s a short story about how I solved a problem by showering me with warm light.
Why I don’t like warm lights
Yeah. Warm lights. What a terrible concept.
You may know them as the ubiquitous “soft white” light bulbs. Those amber/yellowish hued lights that are the most prolific in households and stores everywhere. Bleh.
Not only are the substandard in terms of reading, they offer very little “real” light to help with things like shaving, cooking and (ugh) cleaning.
Sadly, the last item is made so much more difficult under the all-revealing light of bulbs other than soft white.
Showering me with LED’s
The latest craze is LED lighting. Highly efficient electricity use and a brighter luminosity. Plus, you can actually upfit your fixtures with higher wattage bulbs.
For instance, a 60W standard fixture can now take a 75W LED because it only draws 53W of actual power. That’s a nearly 30% increase in light! Wowsers!
Another benefit to LED lights is that they give off little actual heat, especially compared to classic incandescent bulbs.
Not enough warm fuzzies
But, that’s actually the problem. Without any heat generation, when I step out of the moderately hot shower, I’m chillin’ — and not in a fun way.
Now, I’m not a total dope, I turn my water temperature down as I rinse, trying to get closer to a cooler surface skin temp, but nope, still cold.
But there is a solution. Halogen light bulbs.
Normally, the most common appearance of halogen lights in your basic Walmart or Home Depot is in the floodlight section. But, there are still some standard fixture halogen bulbs made.
And, neato keen, these are also significantly less power hungry than classic incandescents.
So, I have the traditional double sinks in the master bath. Two light fixtures above with three sockets apiece. That’s six sparkly, clean white light halogen bulbs.
Showering me with warm light
I just close the door to my bathroom for about 20 minutes prior to a shower, step in and it’s nice and balmy in the bathroom.
No fogging of the mirrors. No racing to towel off before I freeze. Just a nice feeling of warmth that I can’t get from soft white lights.
So, when I talk about showering me with warm light, I mean the temperature, not the luminosity.
Now, if someone could just figure out how to get that shampoo from feeling like I’m doing the bucket challenge, everything would be aces.