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House Addiction

This is mostly for ebonlock: we are so addicted to House we are plowing through 3 eps in one night (we aren't big into TV) and I was pouting over the end of season one quickly approaching. Liz says she is going right out and purchasing season 2 once we are done. I said, "really? Purchasing?" because I'd been thinking we'd Netflix 'em and she tapped her arm and said "yeah, the first one's free."

But I have to know: why don't they ever turn on the goddamn lights??? Serious fall risk to have people running around in darkened labs and exam rooms!

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ginsu
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I think House is great. Curmudge, however, sees it as a fundamentally unappealing show on which all the characters are conniving schemers. Where do you stand?

why don't they ever turn on the goddamn lights???

I had this reaction to the pilot, but not since. West Wing was significantly darker yet, especially in season four, I think.

I actually love the House sets -- those redwood panels in the lobby with the vertical sheets of water, for instance.
psyfic
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Fall risk is minimal unless you change the layout of a room constantly.

The simplest answer is they probably want to save money. Most hospitals do. Plus it's easier to read some equipment, and better for the eyes, to view computer screens when it's dark.

More exotic, but still possible answer is that they might have a lab tech or few that suffers photo sensitivity and need to comply with the ADA (Americans w/Disabilities Act) that require them to provide a suitable work environment. If I still had the health to work in hospital (or anywhere else) like I used to, that would be one of my requirements -- no or low and indirect light in my cubicle/office as well as in the lab/break room/records area.
moonlightnrain
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I disagree strongly, but of course I work in our hospital's Facilities department. And the Exam Rooms are just as dark as the labs (where they are often testing blood, not looking at scans).
psyfic
Mar. 17th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
You disagree that the risk is minimal? Or you disagree that it's easier on the eyes to view computer screens/monitors in dimmer conditions? Or...?

LOL. When I go to the doctor, or if I go to the ER, I *insist* on the exam room being dark. In fact, I turn the lights off as soon as I step in. The light is a severe health risk to me, particularly fluorescents. It's never been an issue and a doctor can always use an area-specific light for a moment or two if necessary.
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