10 Dorm Lighting Solutions If You Hate the Big Light
I’ve gone to great lengths to avoid using the Big Light in my dorm room. When my roommate and I first moved into our sophomore year dorm, we accidentally tripped a circuit breaker, leaving all of our outlets out of commission. Our only options were to use our room’s fluorescent lighting (you know, the harsh, insufferable light that comes in most dorms), or live in total darkness until we could get an electrician to stop by. We chose darkness — and an extended wait time. Because we’d arrived early to campus for RA training, it took a few days for a maintenance worker to restore our power, which meant we spent multiple nights tripping over shoes and running into bed frames. I started using my phone flashlight to get around, which made me feel like a small Victorian child roaming about by candlelight. All so that we didn’t have to turn on our dreaded Big Light. I know I’m not alone in my disdain — there’s an entire contingent of people on TikTok who vow to “never, ever, ev-er use the Big Light.” If you’re one of us, check out the below list of less harsh, more aesthetically pleasing lighting options.