Is it Halloween Yet?

I’m a big fan of dramatically lit homes.

And with the seasonal change, we’re heading into ever-shorter Fall days.

And yet, the technique doesn’t work all the time ” and can even backfire: especially for smaller homes, interior lighting at night can produce an (unhelpful) “Jack-o-Lantern effect.”

The (kind of) scientific explanation?

The ratio of (orange) interior lights to (white) exterior is lopsided in a small house with lots of windows, making it seem like a back-lit pumpkin.

A back-lit pumpkin, of course, is the reverse combination, i.e., interior white and exterior orange (dyslexia helps with that one).

See also, “Great Idea for Fall Listings: “Virtual Twilight.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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