Show me the light

When I turned up at my training venue the other day it was in darkness. I assumed that the room had no windows, but when I looked behind the curtain there was one huge window. Why on earth then would I want the curtains drawn and have to rely on artificial light all day?

The room was set up with a freestanding screen stood in front of the window, so I asked for the room to be rearranged so that the projector faced an internal wall so that we could open the curtains and allow in the natural light. So I was even more confused when I discovered that there was already a built-in screen on the internal wall.

This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered such a setup. When will conference facilities realise that natural light is far preferable to artificial light, and when you add in the potential energy and cost savings on lighting this seems an absolute no-brainer!

So please, conference venues and hotels please show us the light, and keep those curtains open.

Perhaps hotels could divert some of these savings to bedrooms and give guests some decent lighting here for a change.

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