Lighting Alternatives – Pioneer Life in the 21st Century, Part 1

By Ebony Porter, January 24, 2017, Family, Green

Pioneer times were tough, and we would never suggest life without modern plumbing, refrigeration, or electricity! But with the fast pace of modern life, some folks have decided to learn skills from bygone eras. This includes purchasing local products made closer to home with more care and quality materials, unhooking from technology, and embracing homesteading. In our Pioneer Life in the 21st Century series, we’ll help you embrace a few pioneer-like actions, create mindful moments, and perhaps save a few bucks, whether you live in an apartment in the city or a planned community in the suburbs.

Lose the Lights

Can you imagine how bright the stars in the night sky must have looked 150 years ago without all the light pollution in our cities?

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Houston is lovely at night, but that glow you see emanating from all the buildings prevents you from seeing the night sky in all its glory.

Home is a space of refuge and restoration, and while zoning out and watching television has its place in life, eliminating all sources of light can be just as calming on a physical and psychological level. This practice can prove especially beneficial to those of us who use phones and computers throughout the day and night, as it’s causing headaches and migraines for many.

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Ready? Set? Lights Off!

Choose one day a week to commit to turning off all the lights in the main rooms of the house. It will quiet down the house, and may even provide simple, novel fun for your children. You might find that they look forward to that one night a week when the house is dark. Or perhaps you will find out just how much you look forward to a dark home after a bright busy day at the office.

Limit Electronics

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I’m not sure that huddling around the tablet at night is QUITE how Laura Ingalls Wilder spent evenings on the prairie with her family.

Back in the day, people either spent their nights knitting, reading, or talking. At the end of a long day working outdoors, this was a time to reconnect with the family and restore the spirit to prepare for the following day.

So, once your lights are turned off, take the next step and and turn off the television, too! And that tablet and smartphone? Put it away! Social media will go on without you checking it every hour.

Lose the electronics and have a peaceful evening. If you can’t bear to put your phone away for the entire night, perhaps commit to ignoring it for a specific window of time, such as 7 to 10 pm.

Lighting Candles

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That’s more like it. Nice and relaxing.

Now, we aren’t suggesting you sit in the dark. In the Pioneer Days, families would light either a gas lantern or a few candles, so why not follow suit in your home?

I light the candles on my dining room table every night of the week, not just on special occasions. I much prefer this to the overhead dining room light. And I really hope my daughters will remember this habit when they’re older. (And we’re also saving on our electricity bill!)

To really embrace that pioneer lifestyle, we suggest buying candles made from beeswax, as they have more benefits than you might be aware of.

  • They burn cleaner than other wax candles.
  • They aren’t made from petroleum based materials.
  • They burn slower and have longer burn times.
  • When placed without a draft, they are drip free.
  • Their scent is wonderful, naturally cleaning the air by producing negative ions,
  • The actual warm glow of burning, natural beeswax is aesthetically delightful.

To really take 21st century pioneer life to the next level, learn how to make your own beeswax candles with your family!

How do you feel about the possibility of losing the lights once a week and savoring the quiet glow of a home lit with candles?

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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