LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
For Christians, ‘The Epiphany’ is synonymous with light. The light of that star guided the wise foreigners in their search for Jesus Christ. In a sky full of stars they could evidently identify that star with accuracy. In those times people travelled in the relative cool of pre-dawn and early evening when the sun’s heat was less fierce. In our northern hemisphere, dawn and dusk arrive relatively slowly. The interval periods between day and night are called ‘pre-dawn’ and ‘twilight’. Nearer the equator those interval periods are brief.
The world changed with the discovery of electricity and artificial light. This light was clearly inferior to natural light. Back then, shop customers purchasing coloured material often asked to see the item outside the shop ‘in natural light’ aware that artificial light caused distortion. Today, we have LED lamps emitting light that can appear indistinguishable from natural light. Light-Emitting Diode bulbs are popular for use domestically and commercially having a lifespan and electrical efficiency several times better than incandescent lamps. The customer’s journey to the shop door to check an item’s colour, prior to purchase, is no longer necessary!