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In an era where technology shapes our preferences and social interactions, it seems that one aspect of our daily lives has caught the attention of the internet community: the aversion to using the “big light” in our homes. As evidenced by the popularity of a TikTok trend and conversations with interior design experts, the online world appears to be overwhelmingly united in its distaste for harsh, overhead lighting. But what lies behind this shared aversion, and why does the internet prefer softer, more nuanced illumination? Let’s delve into the reasons.

It all began with a simple TikTok video, where a woman passionately declared her household rule: never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever use the big light. The video resonated with countless viewers, who found themselves nodding in agreement. The term “big light” encompasses various overhead lighting fixtures, including frosted flush mount domes, imposing chandeliers, and ceiling fans, all of which emit a bright and direct light that, while practical, often disrupts the ambiance of a space.

The TikTok trend quickly gained momentum, inspiring a wave of copycat videos. The common thread in all these videos was the shared disdain for harsh, unforgiving overhead lighting. This sentiment reflects a universal aversion to the intrusive and often unflattering illumination created by the big light.

Interior designers, too, are in harmony with this sentiment, and for good reason. Designer Leah Alexander, in an article by Apartment Therapy, highlights that large overhead lights without dimmers are the primary culprits, casting a harsh, concentrated light that can resemble interrogation lamps or heat lamps at a fast-food joint. This unforgiving lighting does little to enhance the ambiance or aesthetics of a space.

The crux of the issue with the big light lies in its inability to adapt to the unique requirements of different spaces. It is a one-size-fits-all solution that pays no heed to a room’s style, structure, or the mood one aims to create. To truly make your home shine, multiple, layered lighting sources are often the way to go.

Whether it’s floor lamps, table lamps, or creative lighting solutions, having a variety of lighting options allows you to customize your space’s illumination to suit your mood and needs. Dimmer switches, small recessed lights on dimmers, and concealed cove lighting all provide more manageable and versatile lighting options. The ability to adjust the intensity and color of the light to match the time of day and the desired ambiance is a luxury that many internet denizens appreciate.