I've found myself in many hotel rooms with no overhead light so have moved standard lamps across the room to try and gain some task lighting. And if there is an overhead light it's usually too high up to actually shed light below.
I'm sure trying to work in these dimly-lit environments has caused eye strain, exacerbated by needing to turn up the brightness on my laptop's screen. Even hotels branded for business travellers are no better as this writer has similar complaints.
Then there's the plug sockets dilemma. I've struggled many times deciding whether to charge my phone and camera or to plug in the laptop and a lamp from across the room as there never seem to be enough accessible sockets.
It seems I'm not the only one who finds this low lighting exacerbating as it's a very regular complaint in hotel reviews on TripAdvisor. The dim lighting often raises concerns about cleanliness even in a hotel that has excellent housekeeping.
And in rural settings, where it really does go pitch black outside at night, I would still like decent lighting inside my room.
The best light for working is usually in the bathroom but I really don't want to sit on a cold tiled floor to send a few emails. Yet now many hotel bathrooms have different lighting offered so we no longer have just the harsh bright light if you get up in the night, I don't see why the bedrooms can't be more user-friendly with the lighting too.
I can understand that hotel room designers want us to feel relaxed and therefore 'mood lighting' has a role but when many of us want to get some work done while travelling it would be nice to have enough light to get the job done.
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