Imagine to live in a land with about 84 days of daylight followed by cutting about five to ten minutes every day after that until winter solstice. During those 84 days, you won’t need light, right? May be once in a while during a thunderstorm, but otherwise you walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night, not switching on the lights. Even the light in the fridge or oven is unneeded.
Of course during that time, the few times you actually switch on the lights, by accident or because a thunderstorm rolls thru town, bulbs die and you would not even notice. I am talking about real light bulbs, the one forbidden now in Germany, formerly sold as heat bulbs. The ones that have not toxic stuff in them.
In August, when nights again make the aurora visible (It is there all summer, but during daylight you can’t see it.), with a sudden you need to switch on the lights when heading to the bathroom at night. OMG, no light! Or may be just one bulb left. Even worse when it happens in your walk-in closet! 😉
The day, an Alaskan resident replaces the bulbs in the house/apartment is the “day of light.” This year, we will have to replace 17 bulbs! We will first have to make a stop at the store. 😉
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