I've always been a major proponent of mood lighting -- for whatever reason, I'm very sensitive to lighting. The quality of light in a room has a profound effect on my comfort. For me, soft and sultry lighting is always preferable, but there is definitely a very narrow sweet spot for optimum lighting. You want it to be soft, but not make you feel tired. You want it to be bright enough to see, but not give you a headache. Sadly, the energy-saving LEDs that everyone has started using are really oppressively bright and artificial-feeling. I want to be a responsible consumer but I also want cozy lighting, darnit! Luckily there are alternative options. Here are a few of my favorite designer lamps from pinterest.