My daughters spend an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom cleansing and face painting. The light fixture over mirror where the maintenance takes place has ten incandescent bulbs. I imagine my electric meter doing pirouettes every time they're getting ready to go out. Of course, my meter is digital now and it doesn't spin, but I remember the old ones and that's what I see in my mind's eye. Tired of being ignored, I replaced their switch with a motion sensor that kills the lights 12 seconds after all activity ceases. Unfortunately, the device is not sensitive enough to detect the slow motion process of applying eyeliner and the girls frequently find themselves stranded in dark before their work is complete. To prevent the recurring blackouts, they overrode the motion sensor. I countered by covering the override button with tape. That proved to be about as effective as the Maginot Line.
I eventually decided that it wasn't worth destroying my relationship with my daughters over a physical disability they couldn't control. Instead, every time I found the bathroom light on I removed one of the ten bulbs and replaced it with one that burned out. They were down to four working bulbs before they realized they weren't going blind.
Nearly every other light fixture in the house has been replaced with compact fluorescent or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Only our bathrooms still need to be retrofitted with energy efficient lighting. Those three rooms, the smallest spaces in the house, have a total of 36 incandescent light bulbs, producing 2,160 watts of flying photons that make my blood pressure spike every time somebody takes a piss with the lights on.
This madness is going to end. Our new solar power system should be converting sunlight to electrons by January, and I have no intention of wasting clean energy to illuminate what routinely happens in a bathroom. I'm replacing those Hollywood lights with smaller fixtures equipped with LED bulbs. Now my daughters will have to do something else to aggravate me, which they undoubtedly will.
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