Date: January 19, 2020 03:44PM
Please read my post on the thread, "Nevermo obesrvations from Oakland Temple open house". Probably TMI, and way too long, but all my true experiences.
You're right about the crazy costumes. Especially the hats and veils make everyone look strange. Everyone looks the same, so you can't tell one person for another. People certainly do not look like themselves!
What "natural light?" I have been in only eight of the temples, but none of them had any windows. For me, they seemed dim, and also the air was stale. I couldn't see anything at all, with that heavy veil over my face. .
The men sit across the room from the women, and I could never spot my father or husband, or any of the men I wanted to see. In the older temples, people are herded from room to room as quickly as possible, in lines, and are not allowed to sto, or break their order in line. They must sit where they are origninally assigned. Any talking is forbidden. You wouldn't dare wave at someone across the or say hello. Asking to leave your place in line or get out of your seat to go to the bathroom, results in scolding and snarking from the temple workers. "Can't you wait?" No, I'm not a child, I really must go! When you return from the bathroom, you must go back to your same seat, even though it is in the front, and you must crawl over everyone to reach it.
In the newer temples, the people remain in the same room for the whole session. It's a movie theater, so, yes, it is very dark. Occasionally, they turn on the lights, so people can change their costumes from one shoulder to the other, and put on their aprons, or whatever. Then, the lights go out and the movie resumes. Many people sleep, and even snore, during the movie.
The lights are bright enough in the hallways--they don't want old people falling. The wedding sealing rooms are bright, because of the famous eternally-reflecting mirrors (compliments of Home Depot). It is bright enough for the officiators to read the stock-printed wedding ceremony, and for everyone in the room to see you laugh, when you aren't supposed to be laughing.
Whoever took that video probably used lights to shoot the scene.
I would say that the temple was a very "dark" experience. I swear I felt the spirit of Satan in there, every time.