Good Questions: How Do You Get Sunlight Into Your Dark Apartment?

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1) I live in a loft in TriBeCa, and since a new building began going up next door, there is very little light in the apartment. I have seen alarm clocks that work by strobing light and have definitely thought of one of those old school lamp timers but I'm curious as to what you and your readers might suggest for both the dearth of light and the problem of waking up in pitch black every morning. Thanks in advance, Evan

2) Do you have any ideas for lighting basement apartments with windows solely exposed to the airshaft? I like natural light... can it be mimicked? Thanks, Meri

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Yes, yes, yes. While it will increase your electric bill, we find that even sunny apartments we visit are underlit, and we strongly suggest more lighting every time.

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1. Indirect light and low light is best for adding light and energy to a space. Turn off the overhead, and use table lamps for general illumination, uplights to illuminate walls, and use closet lights to open up these dark spaces.

2. Try full spectrum light bulbs. We use them all over, but sometimes find they can cast a cool glow, so we mix them up with halogens and regular bulbs too.

3. If waking up is a problem, put some of your lights on a timer. We have plants with plant lights in our bedroom and these go on every morning at 6am. It's nice.
Anyone else? MGR

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.