What were they thinking??? Desktop Lamp

In this (and the following?) blog posts, I'll be discussing "What Were They Thinking???" designs - designs that I'm sure someone gave thought to, and believed they are doing a good job - and someone reviewed their decision, and yet - they end up with a WWTT result - something that leaves you with a feeling someone totally messed up.

The first, started as I checked into a fancy hotel room in San-Francisco.

It was late in the evening, and the hotel room was dark.

(Side Note: why are hotel rooms so badly illuminated? I've googled it and didn't find a good answer...)

So as I stumble through the darkness (I typically first find the restroom, and within it some light which is relatively easy to find, then search for lights in the room), I noticed a desk lamp.