So it turns out early lighting had a dark side.

No, not the spooky kind. © The Trustees of the British Museum

It was inefficient, messy, and miserable (by our standards, that is). To see how time- and sanity-consuming it was, check out

The Dark Side of Lighting: Early Modern Candlelight As Reflected In Period Satires.

After reading this, I guarantee you’ll never look at a candlelit house museum the same way again.