The psychology of bathroom lighting

When at Capitol the other night I got to wondering about the lighting in public bathrooms – the light in the Capitol bathrooms is very dim. Like so dim it’d be hard to see any drips on the seat. A couple of other restaurants I’ve been to have adopted the same approach. I wonder if it’s because one’s complexion looks all matt and smooth without the aid of hard fluorescents to show wrinkles and unevenly applied make-up and rogue hairs and wiggly bits and therefore when checking yourself out you think you look especially good and attractive and more sociable and therefore decide to stay out longer and drink more hence the establishment makes more money off you. Under the harsh reality of fluorescents one would certainly think twice about subjecting one’s dining companions to any more time that socially polite!

And lighting in dressing rooms is a random thought for another day…


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