But with the ensuing darker hours of Autumn and Winter I have even more excuse to illuminate the home with the softer glow of oil lamps and beeswax :-)
The harsh blaring light of a TV or computer screen eg. makes one agitated and tense, while the dimmer light of lamps and candles helps one to unwind and de-stress.
I like to end the day with no noise and in low light.
It helps to ready me for bed and rest.
It's more natural and kinder to the body and soul, especially after a day full of activity and motion.
It's also a way to connect to the past and how our ancestors ended their days.
I was speaking with my 96yr old mother just recently about such things, and she reminisced about when she was a girl living in a two-storey victorian terrace house with her parents and siblings and numerous other family members.
She laughed as she remembered how excited they were to get gaslight connected to the house - just in one room mind you, the main sitting room - because it was expensive and they had to pay for it daily by inserting coins in a box to operate the gas-lamps.
And she looked back fondly to the nightly ritual of my irish grandfather standing at the bottom of the stairs and calling up to the bedrooms, "Put that candle out!"
He knew that if he allowed her to, she would be sitting up in bed all night long reading a book by the flickering flame and "burning the candle at both ends"!
Now I know where I get it from... :-)