Lights Out is this horror movie where the ghost appears in the dark – and only in the dark. She vanishes when the lights are on, but attacks you ferociously when the lights are off. For some reason the protagonist still switches off the lights despite knowing a ghost is out there – maybe she didn’t want to sleep with a blindfold on?

But switching off the lights is actually a great idea for Singapore (although maybe after the Seventh Month is over). So here’s why turning the lights out would be great for all of us!

1. It saves money

The determiner of your electricity bill. Credit: 24HR ELECTRICAL

The determiner of your electricity bill. Credit: 24HR ELECTRICAL

The one universal reason for switching off the lights would be to save money. Wouldn’t you want to see a smaller electricity bill every month? Switching off the light every time you leave the room might only save a few cents each time, but it adds up over the course of a year. And you can use the money you’ve saved to watch Lights Out!

2. Less light pollution

Starry starry night. Credit: Science Alert

Starry starry night. Credit: Science Alert

Singapore has the highest levels of light pollution in the world. But what does that mean? Well, light pollution measures how bright the streets are at night and how much artificial light the population is exposed to – our ancestors certainly didn’t have enough light to go out and play Pokemon GO in the middle of the night! But our light pollution means we get to see fewer stars in the sky, and it also disrupts natural ecosystems (bright nights affect how animals sleep, too). So more lights out means less light pollution.

Imagine being able to see the Milky Way in the sky if we had less light pollution!

3. Cooler temperatures

Everyone's favourite appliance. Credit: Science Alert

Everyone’s favourite appliance. Credit: Science Alert

Unless you’re a firefly, light produces heat. Singapore is hot and humid enough as it is, and switching on all those lights means that we’re adding to the ambient heat in our country. Switching off the lights means cooler nights, less need for air-conditioning, and less perspiration.

It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

4. Gives us better sleep

Sleep. Credit: Her World Plus

Sleep. Credit: Her World Plus

So one of the problems with light pollution is that it affects our sleep cycles. It’s still bright, so all that light sends a signal to our brains that it’s not yet time to go to sleep, and thus we end up staying awake far later than we should. With less light pollution, we’ll become more accustomed to sleeping earlier (since it’s darker), meaning that we’ll get our full 8 hours of sleep every night!

Seriously, when was the last time you got eight hours of sleep?

5. Raises our birth rates

National duty. Credit: PZI Media

National duty. Credit: PZI Media

There’s this urban legend about a small town with an inexplicably high birth rate. It turns out that an early morning train wakes everybody up with its horns, but since it’s too early to go to work but too late to go back to sleep, everyone passes the time in the most (pro)creative way possible. It certainly sounds like something Singaporeans would do in the dark! Even with the lights off, it can be still pretty noisy at night.

Besides, it’s a free and fun way to pass the time, and we’d be doing our national duty.

Lights Out. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Lights Out. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

While lights out might be good for Singaporeans, it’s a terrible situation for the characters in Lights Out. The night is literally dark and full of terrors for them, and it’s safe to say that after watching Lights Out, you’ll never turn the lights out again.

Do you dare watch Lights Out?

 

Credits: 24HR ELECTRICAL, Science Alert, Pro Fair, Her World Plus, PZI Media, Golden Village Cinemas