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Electric   light   is   almost   always   a   later   addition   to   a   historic   interior. Originally   the   rooms   were   lit   up   by   chandeliers,   equipped   with   candles. In   practice   this   meant   people   were   living   almost   in   the   dark.   The   light level   in   even   very   rich   interiors   such   as   in   royal   palaces   was   very   low according   to   our   nowadays   standards.   In   the   beginning   of   last   century many    chandeliers    were    electrified    and    equipped    with    incandescent candle   bulbs.   This   was   a   quite   good   solution,   these   bulbs   provided more   light   and   the   quality   of   the   light   was   perfect.   Now   we   are   facing the   ban   on   these   incandescent   bulbs.   The   LED   substitutes   available   on the   marked   are   at   the   moment   (in   my   opinion)   not   good   enough   yet. More   about   this   subject   in   the   book   "electric   light   in   historic   interiors".   I wrote   this   book   together   with   Wout   van   Bommel   and   Henk   van   der Geest. Modern   LED   techniques   with   their   small   dimensions   makes   it   possible to   introduce   "anonymous"      light   in   a   historic   setting.   You   can   add   light to   a   room   without   adding   visible   luminaires.   The   pictures   on   this   page from the Royal Palace in Amsterdam are an example.