While I was growing up, we lived in several different houses overseas. Without fail, in each of these houses we had enough light.
Each square room had at least one ceiling light fixture, and each rectangular room had a minimum of two ceiling light fixtures. And, my paw to Vishnu, most of these light fixtures must have been bodged together out of discarded C130 landing lights.
When you flicked on the wall switch, you bloody well had light.
Might be the areas I've lived in States-side, but the lack of good general room lighting is really beginning to grate on my nerves.
Friend of moms in Amarillo has a house in which the living room has no ceiling light fixture at all. House I'm in now has one ceiling light at the back end of a rectangular living room.
And it's not getting any better. Some folks are building a series of new houses and I walked in out of curiosity, just to look around. Told the crew boss he left out the ceiling lights in the living room.
"Nah," sayeth he, "There's plenty of electrical outlets for all the lamps they'll need."
I guess the folks who plan houses don't figure anyone's going to be reading books these days, so why bother putting in enough light.