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We often forget how much artificial light influences our lives.
Before modern lighting, we used to go to sleep when night arrived, waking briefly for an hour or two in deep into the night before retiring again until the morning.
Today, darkness poses no constraint: one can finish work in the evening, cook dinner, and still have hours more to read, or study, or watch television.
But light was not always so easy to procure. It is, in fact, astounding how little effort an hour’s worth of light costs us.
Let’s try working for your light.
Each pixel you scroll through is equivalent to a second of work for an average waged worker in America. Let’s see how long it takes you to afford an hour’s worth of light in 2020.
Easy, there! If the few pixels you just scrolled through were equal to the wages you’d earn for a second of your time, you’d already have over 10 hours of sweet illumination.