Week 26: I Can’t See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The halfway point draweth nigh! This is week 26 of our 52 weeks without. As a super quick update, we are starting to get nervous that we will run out of things to give up when we hit the high 40s. The longer we go throughout this year, the more we simplify and the more intentional our daily choices become. As we continue to simplify, it becomes increasingly difficult to find things to give up. Feel free to review our older posts and recommend things we could give up for a week. We are always looking for more ideas!

That being said, we are giving up the lights in our home this week. We will not be touching a light switch (intentionally) for a full seven days. There are a few specific reasons we are looking forward to this challenge. But there are also a bunch of caveats that should be mentioned.

To clarify, we are giving up the electrical lights in our home. No lamps, nightlights, room lights, ceiling fan lights, chandeliers, nothing connected to the main electrical system of our house. We are allowing ourselves to use candles, flashlights, and a mini electric lantern we own. We are not going to be turning out the lights every time we go to work, visit a store, or attend church. It would be rather foolish to try to shut out all electric for one week. That being said, we intend to eliminate the electrical lighting we directly control.

Our goal is to see how this will impact our lives over the course of one week. We have two specific areas of interest when it comes to this challenge.

We hope this challenge will encourage us to spend more time outside. If we plan to maximize our usage of natural lighting, we may need to be outside early in the morning and late at night to make sure we are fully capturing the available brightness. This is one of the reasons we chose to do this challenge in the summer.

Making the most of natural light could mean early morning devotions on the back porch and late evenings with a book outdoors. This is something that is incredibly appealing to both of us as we look ahead to the week.

The other area we are interested in observing is the affect the lack of light has on our moods. Joshua is up at 5 am almost every morning to workout and run through his normal morning routine. Lifting weights in the basement is going to be quite difficult with naught but candlelight to guide the way. We foresee many a stubbed toe in his future. That, or he moves his workouts outside for the week. That is to be determined.

But we also believe the lack of lighting could impact our motivation to accomplish productive life things at night after work. With things starting to get dim around 7:45 pm it may be difficult to find the motivation to read, research, discuss interesting topics, play games, or do anything other than watch Netflix. We hope to find out.

We will see how this week plays out. It could be a lot of fun or super shady. Be on the look out for our follow-up post. Let us know the longest amount of time you have gone without lights.

3 thoughts

  1. I recently read a book called Plain Wisdom and one of the main people in it was Amish. One of the first chapters talks about how they don’t use lights and so they are much more in tune with the changing seasons and also how the day progresses. It was a really thoughtful chapter and a very interesting idea.

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. We will definitely look into this book. Living without lights has definitely been an adjustment so far. I think if it was ever something we did long-term it would require more specific planning. It would also be infinitely more difficult during the winter months when things get dark around 5 pm.

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  2. Once, after a severe storm, we were without lights for 2 days. We connected more with our neighbors. We sat outside together at card tables, played games, shared food, cooked on the grill and shared our stories. It was a great time of comraderie!
    We also went to bed earlier. Light and people became very precious to us.

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