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11-18-17 08:07:15 PM

Jul - General Chat - Daily Poll #1: Do you shower in the dark? New poll - New thread - New reply
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How often do you shower in the dark? If you do at all?
All the time   0.0%, 0 votes
Occasionally
 
6.7%, 2 votes
Rarely
 
20.0%, 6 votes
Once (ever)
 
16.7%, 5 votes
Maybe with DIM lights...
 
16.7%, 5 votes
Never
 
40.0%, 12 votes
I don't shower (!?)   0.0%, 0 votes
Multi-voting is disabled. 30 users have voted.

Xkeeper






Posted on 09-26-17 11:52:32 PM Link | Quote
To try to spruce things up around here, I'm going to try to make a poll daily (or at least fairly often). This one is about... showering in the dark.

I find that showering in the dark is difficult at first, and is really only fun when it's one you use all the time — not in a hotel or something. Your eyes can take a break if you know where everything is, and usually there's just enough light shining under a door to make things visible if you need it.

Without vision, brains tend to wander; it can be a sort of weak meditation in that way, since you're effectively depriving yourself of one of your senses. But on the other hand, if you're not very familiar with your surroundings, or adept at using your other senses, it can be a huge challenge and not fun at all, especially if you can't remember where the shampoo is.

An interesting twist might be available with home automation type devices, though. You could get in the shower, set things up where you need them, and then turn the lights off via a timer or voice command (if you have something in your bathroom that can receive it, for some reason). You could always do this by just... getting out of the shower, but then you have to not slip around when you try to get back in. At the other end, you could use the same method to turn the lights back on after finishing, so that you don't have to fumble around trying to get out of the tub and hit the lights in the dark.

Normally when I do it, the lights from the bedroom still filter in a little, creating an outline where the door is, and just enough light to make faint visions of objects visible. On a few occasions I've turned those lights off and used a spare towel to cover the bottom of the door to create true darkness; those times are rare, but I find myself sometimes having faint hallucinations when I do.

Either way, it's fun to experience, if you like that sorta thing.
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Posted on 09-27-17 12:00:43 AM Link | Quote
I've showered in dim lighting a few times when it's late at night, just to keep it from perking me up too much. Conversely, 99% of the showers I take are in the morning to wake myself up, so it's probably not the greatest idea then.

I've got both a shower and bathtub, so if I were to do it with the lights totally off I'd probably do it in the tub instead, like a crappy version of those sensory deprivation tanks. I'd probably also fall asleep a few minutes in.
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Posted on 09-27-17 12:38:41 AM Link | Quote
The lighting in our bathroom is really crappy, and since I shower at like, 4:30AM...

Yes, I shower in DIM LIGHTS.

Terrifying.
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Posted on 09-27-17 04:57:29 AM Link | Quote
I've rarely had to shower in the dark, only happened when the lights were not working and I always used whatever else to light up the bathroom even slightly.

That said, even with the lights on, very oftenly I end up taking the time to think about anything that's been bothering me. Sometimes just something someone said, or an idea that I've had during the day, or a project that I've been working on, sometimes I can even imagine entire conversations to see more or less how I would talk during them. It's just that taking a shower isolates you from the world for a moment, so I can take this time to relax my brain a bit.
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Posted on 09-27-17 10:52:13 AM Link | Quote
i shower in the dark a lot, but really by dark i mean dim lights.

the other thing is my bathroom is set up w/ a lot of cool colorful lights.
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Posted on 09-27-17 10:54:37 AM Link | Quote
i can't say i've showered in the dark (or even dim unless the bathroom lights aren't that great), though i'm with RanAS in that my mind wanders and i think over stuff anyway
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Posted on 09-27-17 11:04:56 AM Link | Quote
I think I showered in the dark like, once, when the power went out while I was in it. <.<;

It's not an experience I have thought much about trying, my mind wander a lot already when I'm in the shower so I don't think I would need it to be dark to do that. I could try it some time in the future maybe? :V
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Posted on 09-27-17 01:38:03 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by sofi
i shower in the dark a lot, but really by dark i mean dim lights.

the other thing is my bathroom is set up w/ a lot of cool colorful lights.

I've thought about using colored lighting before; a previous place I lived had normal bathroom lights, but also large red lights — heat lamps, basically. I would often turn off the main lights and leave the red ones on. It was an interesting environment.

I've thought about putting color-able Hue bulbs in the bathroom a few times recently; if nothing else making them glow a toxic green while the restroom is in use would be amusing
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Posted on 09-27-17 07:18:14 PM Link | Quote
I shower after work (so, noon-ish) which means even if I've got the lights off there's enough natural light that it doesn't make much difference.

Though I have tried it! And it's surprisingly a more relaxing experience?
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Posted on 09-28-17 02:47:09 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Originally posted by sofi
i shower in the dark a lot, but really by dark i mean dim lights.

the other thing is my bathroom is set up w/ a lot of cool colorful lights.

I've thought about using colored lighting before; a previous place I lived had normal bathroom lights, but also large red lights — heat lamps, basically. I would often turn off the main lights and leave the red ones on. It was an interesting environment.

I've thought about putting color-able Hue bulbs in the bathroom a few times recently; if nothing else making them glow a toxic green while the restroom is in use would be amusing

i have a green light, a red light + a LED strip that changes colors but stays on blue. these combine to produce approximately white light.

then i have a normal 2700K diffused light above the mirror to light anyone looking into it + a reflected half-mirror 2700K bulb that basically only lights the toilet.

the result is something very relaxing, though, esp if i switch the strip to changing colors and turn off the 2700K lights & hop into a tub full of epsom salts.

it's hard to explain, so you'd have to see a pic or smth.
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Posted on 09-28-17 04:12:37 AM Link | Quote
I’ve had baths in the dark… but never a shower.
Hmm, I want a long, ridiculously hot bath now. In the dark.
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Posted on 09-28-17 01:43:18 PM Link | Quote
I've taken showers in the dark the very few times power went out for long periods / while showering. It's nothing too special. If I could dim the lights I might try it that way, I guess, but right now my bathroom is pretty bright
Xkeeper






Posted on 09-28-17 04:31:05 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by sofi
it's hard to explain, so you'd have to see a pic or smth.

A picture would be pretty neat, yeah.


As for other places, I forget that sometimes people have bathrooms with windows in them, so I guess that would make it pretty hard... especially if you lived in a well-lit area.
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Posted on 09-29-17 12:04:12 AM (last edited by sofi at 09-29-17 12:04:21 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
As for other places, I forget that sometimes people have bathrooms with windows in them, so I guess that would make it pretty hard... especially if you lived in a well-lit area.

imo bathrooms w/o windows are the worst, even worse if they don’t have a fan.

rn, that’s the situation i’m dealing w/ & on top of that i live in Rainy City Seattle.
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Posted on 09-29-17 12:07:24 AM Link | Quote
I never really used the fan because the humidity is nice when it's usually dry as hell here, but I suppose in more moist climates it'd be really useful
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Posted on 09-29-17 12:23:57 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I never really used the fan because the humidity is nice when it's usually dry as hell here, but I suppose in more moist climates it'd be really useful

yeah, i imagine it all dries up fast over there
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Posted on 09-29-17 01:01:06 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I forget that sometimes people have bathrooms with windows in them


where i grew up, we had a window on the wall the tub was on, like, taking a shower you were standing right in front of it needless to say that curtain was always closed
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Posted on 09-30-17 07:12:37 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by 2Tie
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I forget that sometimes people have bathrooms with windows in them


where i grew up, we had a window on the wall the tub was on, like, taking a shower you were standing right in front of it needless to say that curtain was always closed

Wait what it isn’t even frosted/bubbly glass or anything?!!!

My bathrooms have always had windows, but it’s not the kind of glass you can see anything through.
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Posted on 09-30-17 10:31:07 AM Link | Quote
yep nope normal ol' glass

the house was built in the 20's (lead weights for the windowblinds, cloth wires in the walls, lead paint, asbestos tiles, ooh boy) but i feel like that doesn't answer why anyone thought a shower window was a good idea
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Posted on 09-30-17 03:46:51 PM Link | Quote
It rarely do *successfully* pull it off, even though I have no real problem with showering in the dark.

Granted, it's mostly because most of the times I try to do that somebody else lights up the room.
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