Look at offices, they are limited to 1 watt per square foot, hardly seems like enough.
enough. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder ("SAD"), and I've been effectively disabled because I physically can't work at a permanent position in the most of the buildings in Silicon Valley. After about two weeks of working inside one of those caves, I reach such a high level of exhaustion that I can't function.
I've compensated by working as a consultant, which allows me to set things up so that 70-80% of my work is done at home ("at my business offices"
), where I'm able to get natural light.
There's been talk the last ten or fifteen years about the sudden, mysterious appearance of an epidemic of "Cronic Fatigue Syndrome," which they haven't been able to find a cause for. My own suspicion is that they just haven't figured out yet that it's result of forcing everybody to work in near-dark conditions. (I hear this is a popular "California" aliment. Could that be because they put in place the PC "California Energy Code" a few years back? You can't even have decent windows--they all have to be heavily tinted to reduce the heat load.)
It's really depressing to go to work on the darkest, dingiest day of the year, and realize as you walk in the front door that it's much darker still inside the building you're supposed to be trying to work inside of.
[This message has been edited by SolarPowered (edited 12-08-2004).]