Living rooms in the US are lit with LEDs, the lights that use infrared radiation to produce the glow that we see in TVs, on smartphones and in computers.
The idea behind them is to create more natural lighting, because the radiation that the light source emits has to travel much further to reach us.
And as long as there is light, there will be more light.
But that’s not always the case.
If you have a room with a lot of lights and no natural light source, then you’ll see a lot less of the natural light in the room.
But a lot more is happening in this room than just the natural glow of LEDs.
LEDs have an enormous impact on how our brains interpret the natural environment.
So it is important to consider the energy use of the LED lights, as well as the lighting system that surrounds them, and what they are doing in that room.
This article originally appeared on Axios. Read more