daylight, he would go to sleep. He then finds himself at a bodega which is a poor substitute for a clean, well-lighted café. A Clean Well Lighted Place
To see the light "come into the world" is from 1680s; later in a Christian sense.The notion in make light of (1520s) is of "unimportance." Alternative spelling lite, the darling of advertisers, is first recorded 1962.