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Living in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere would be like a dream come true for a lot of people. Going off grid, especially, is becoming more popular by the minute. The pace of modern living is just way too much for a lot of people to handle, with all the stress of being micromanaged every minute of the day. Who really wants to keep living like that?

But living in a cabin in the woods in isolation brings some new concerns all of its own. How do you get electricity? Should you use fire for light, or is that too dangerous? If your home is lit up like a Christmas tree every night, you might find yourself attracting some unwanted visitors—everything from bears to bugs to people who don’t know what it means to mind their own business. Any one of those can be frustrating to deal with.

Here are a few ideas you can use to help you manage the light in your forest cabin.

Setting Up Off-Grid Electricity

Let’s be honest here. Modern living isn’t 100 percent annoying. Having electricity has its advantages, and you can generate your own without being tied into the local power company. For a reasonably small upfront cost, you can get set up with solar panels on your roof or a small wind turbine—or both. Portable batteries will store the electricity generated for when you need it, and you can plug your lamps right into them, as they usually come with standard 2-prong electric sockets.

Using Natural Daylight

The larger your windows are, the more daylight they’ll let in during the day. But if privacy or home security is a concern, then you can install a skylight in your ceiling to let light in without requiring huge glass windows. You can also add tint to your windows or skylight to keep harsh, direct sunlight from overwhelming your home’s interior during sunny weather.

Install Window Coverings to Keep Light Out or In

Keeping the light out during the day and keeping the light in during the night is easy when you have properly-installed drapes or blinds from a company like Sylvan’s & Phillip’s. With blinds, you can adjust the amount of light that they allow to pass thought with the twist of your fingers. For curtains and drapes, it’s usually good to have two layers—a sheer, light curtain to diffuse sunlight during the day and a thick, dark drape to block out all light at night or when you’re trying to take a nap in the middle of the day.

Living out in nature is the perfect lifestyle for some people, as long as you are able to adjust to the changes. Managing light can be fairly straightforward when you follow these three tips for simple living.

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