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    A word for luke-warm light?

    Describing the pleasant early November sunlight this morning, a colleague said that she liked the luke-warm light, and then started to correct herself, but she couldn't find a suitable expression. She was clear that she wanted to describe the light, not the heat. Those of us in the room understood what she meant, but couldn't come up with exactly what was wanted - weak and pale were not 'warm' enough. Is there an expression for light in English that is an equivalent of luke-warm for heat?

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Describing the pleasant early November sunlight this morning, a colleague said that she liked the luke-warm light, and then started to correct herself, but she couldn't find a suitable expression. She was clear that she wanted to describe the light, not the heat. Those of us in the room understood what she meant, but couldn't come up with exactly what was wanted - weak and pale were not 'warm' enough. Is there an expression for light in English that is an equivalent of luke-warm for heat?
    It reminds me of the Spanish song, A media luz.
    But that's a more sultry half-light.

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    We considered half-light, but it wasn't light enough.

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    Can light be "thin"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    We considered half-light, but it wasn't light enough.
    "Soft winter sunlight" perhaps?

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

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    Can light be "thin"?
    I am not sure, but I'd like to think it can be.

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    When I lived in Maine, we were so far north that the afternoon sun was making its way through a lot of atmosphere. It glowed. I never felt like it glowed in the early morning, which should have been the same, but in the afternoon, around 3 or so, an hour before sunset, there was a golden glow that I just loved. The mornings felt thin, though. As though it were tired from fighting its way through, and hadn't yet gotten its reinforcements that came later with more hours of sunlight behind it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A word for luke-warm light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When I lived in Maine, we were so far north that the afternoon sun was making its way through a lot of atmosphere. It glowed. I never felt like it glowed in the early morning, which should have been the same, but in the afternoon, around 3 or so, an hour before sunset, there was a golden glow that I just loved. The mornings felt thin, though. As though it were tired from fighting its way through, and hadn't yet gotten its reinforcements that came later with more hours of sunlight behind it.
    That's a beautiful description.

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