As I have discussed previously, reading makes me tired. And as I have also discussed previously, I sometimes suffer from insomnia. So when watching a movie while insomniacked doesn't produce the desired result of putting me to sleep, I turn to reading an actual book.
The problem is, my husband DOESN'T suffer from insomnia, and while I can get away with watching TV while he is asleep, I cannot turn on a light to read as that has the effect of waking him up and making him look at me meanly which makes me sad, which makes me less likely to get to sleep.
As it is, I often end up reading by the combined light of my laptop screen and the ambient light of the television on mute, but I am regularly thwarted by darkening scenes and rapidly flickering light levels (For the record, Saturday Night Fever, terrible to read by, as is any horror movie, ever. Cooking shows seem best as they don't have much reason to dim the lights). But here is wherein my idea blossoms.
I think that there should be a cable channel called "The Night Light Channel" and it should just be steady bright white light. It could support itself by having ads for books or magazines on the bottom, but they would need meet a standard that would not change the luminance much.
And of course, it does not only have to be used as a reading light, but it could be used to look for your bra while trying to quietly escape a stranger's house after a one night stand, or to light a child's room so that they can be sure there are no zombies sneaking up on them, or to check your alarm clock when you wake up at 4 am and can't be sure if you set it to 7 am or 7 pm.
Perhaps this is something that Amazon.com should look into, to go along with their Kindle, since it isn't backlit. That way, people can use their awesome product with ease while giving them an extra place to advertise their OTHER products.
BOOYAH! Why have I not been hired as a supreme idea-haver extraordinaire yet?
(Because you give away all your ideas on your blarg, my husband says...)