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Which word can I use to describe too much light, i.e., when I have switched on 3 bulbs while there was a need for only 1 bulb?

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Any reason why you couldn't simply say overly bright? Does it need to be a single word? Just curious. –  J.R. May 16 '12 at 1:34
    
I hadn’t realized that Thesaurus vulgaris had gone extinct. I’m sure he would have settled this question right away. –  tchrist May 16 '12 at 3:13

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If the light is too bright, you might use terms dazzling or glaring. If instead you refer to cost of running several bulbs, say extravagant or wasteful.

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The light is blinding if excessive light, and not excessive power bills, is what bothers you.

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overlit

The place has been overlit: it has been provided with more than the required amount of lighting (intensity), such as an overlit stadium for an all-night match.

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If positive: brilliant

If negative: glaring, blinding

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As a noun, you'd use brilliance. –  Jez May 17 '12 at 14:54

Excessive does it for me. The effect, if dazzling or glaring, or the power consumption, if extravagant or wasteful, might lead to different choices (q.v.), but if it's simply a matter of more light than was needed or desirable, then ...

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