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A {{Comedy}} trope in which a light is far brighter than any RealLife light of that type, or possibly anything short of the sun. Generally established by panning all the way out to space with the beam still visible. Bonus points if the light bulb used is a tiny incandescent one.[[note]]The gag doesn't work as well with LED technology, where you can have a tiny 4mm
lamp put out almost twice the light of a regular household lamp.[[/note]]

Can lead to BlindedByTheLight. Compare NuclearCandle.



* Not uncommon in battery commercials such as one Duracell commercial showing a set of kids replacing a flashlight battery with their most recent battery, and then panning out to show the beam from said flashlight cutting through space.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros The Falcon Punch]] in ''VideoGame/FZero [[TheAnimeOfTheGame GP Legend]]''.
* The light given off by the jewel meat and anyone who eats it in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. Particularly in the {{Bonus Material}} at the end of the episode where the reporter eats some and the glow [[ExplosiveInstrumentation blows up the film crew's equipment]].
* In one of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' movies, Nami is very interested in helping two orphans find the treasure their father spent his life working for, until she is reminded by Usopp that she can't actually keep it, to which she says she knows. When the kids say they don't actually care that much about the treasure itself, and she can have it if she wants, her smile blinds all those in the cave with her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Fourth Doctor]] once built a gadget called a "fizgig" in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' strip "The Star Beast." Comprised of a cannibalized FM radio, an electric iron, and several other gadgets, it stunned his pursuers with "ultra-white light."

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One ComicStrip/FoxTrot strip has Jason ponder cartoonist corner-cutting techniques such as justifications for leaving a blank panel. As he ponders how it would work indoors, Peter shows off his new 50,000-watt flashlight and generates this effect.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* One of these shows up in [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Socrates' mind]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', coating the faulty transmitter inside his head. It fades after the chip is repaired, revealing a colorful field.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The activation of the Depelter Turbo on ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' is so bright it gives the other characters a tan, pops a bag of microwave popcorn, and can not only be seen from space, it blasts a satellite as it leaves orbit and can be seen from outside the ''galaxy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'' has King Neptune and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADkLBtSGKMo his shiny bald head]]. So devastating is this baldness that it emits blinding light while ''indoors and underwater'' and leads to a variation of a RunningGag from Fred, the "My leg!" guy.
-->''"My eyes!"''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* When Clark W. Griswold finally gets the Christmas lights (all 25,000) working in ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', the resultant light causes the stuffy next-door neighbors to be momentarily blinded causing damage as they stumble about, and the local power plant to have to activate auxiliary power to accommodate the increased electrical usage.
* In ''Deck the Halls'', Danny [=DeVito's=] character wants to decorate his house so that the lights can be seen from space. This creates the major conflict.

* Jesus emits a very bright shadowless light upon His arrival from heaven in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book ''Glorious Appearing''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'':
** In at least one ChristmasEpisode, Tim tries to win the neighborhood Christmas ornament contest using lights so bright they blot out the sun.
** Another involved a set of lights that were so bright they cut through a thick Michigan fog and let a circling plane safely land.
** Another one has Tim [[TimTaylorTechnology grossly overpower a microwave]] to the point where he and Al have to wear welding goggles and lead vests to use it, and even then they're advised to "not look directly at the potato." It comes out of the microwave glowing!
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and family rebel against the neighborhood association's edicts for tasteful Christmas decorations with an [[TakeOurWordForIt unseen]] display of decorations so gaudy that they put on sunglasses before turning them on. The camera stays in the dark house; light blasts in through the windows.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', during scenes at Phil's, anytime someone came in or left via the front door, a blinding glare would come in and everyone in the place would yell "Close the door!" This was an EarlyInstallmentWeirdness bit that was dropped after the first few episodes.
* On ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Francis lights up some fireworks, the last of which turns the nighttime scene as bright as day. Afterwards the others wonder when their sight would return.
* An episode of ''Series/GroundedForLife'' had an overly helpful relative switch the family over to new energy efficient bulbs, cue a room full of 300W lamps with wisps of smoke rising from each.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', a Kenny Rogers chicken restaurant is built across the street from Jerry & Kramer's apartment building. The restaurant's neon sign shines directly into Kramer's window at all times, filling his entire apartment with bright red light and making him unable to sleep.
-->'''Jerry:''' Can't you shut the shades?\\
'''Kramer:''' They ''are'' shut.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' the unlock-able flashlight attachment for most guns. This flashlight is literally brighter than the in game sun (at least on X-box) and if glanced from a close distance, can completely cover the screen in white.
* The alternate mode of the flashlight in ''VideoGame/TheLongDark'' kicks the beam from 20-ish lumens to ''at least'' 3500. To compensate, [[TenSecondFlashlight it kills the battery power in seconds]]. It's good to scare away the [[SicklyGreenGlow glowing wolves]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Gyarados's Hyper Beam]] in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/275-hyperbeam/ this]] ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jon's]] smile in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1430 a comic]] from ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'', complete with [[ShoutOut the name]] "[[Literature/WhiteTeeth Zadie Smithfield]]".
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[https://xkcd.com/1603 on modern flashlights.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Filbert, Rocko and Heffer are in high school asked to make a lamp out of a potato. Heffer eats the potato and several potato chips, and Filbert, in frustration, starts stuffing other items down Heffer's throat, ending with the lightbulb for the potato lamp. To their astonishment, the bulb lights up, and they start stuffing Heffer with potato products. The next morning, they present Heffer as the lamp. At first it doesn't light up, but then all the lights in town go dark and Heffer's bulb lights up so brightly it forms a beam that bursts through the roof and out into space.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In the short "Mabel's Guide to Color", Mabel tries to reflect light from a waterfall so Grunkle Stan can see a rainbow for the first time. The result not only blinds Stan, it starts a fire in his office.
** Near the start of "Scary-Oke", [[spoiler: the machine in Stan's basement]] causes a light brilliant enough to be seen across town.
* ''WesternAnimatin/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' in "It's Not Easy Being Breezies", Rarity wears a dress that's so shiny that this is the result.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Not quite a gag, but there are some flashlights out there that can blind you even if you're wearing sunglasses. [[https://youtu.be/kZCj6JC0lXY?t=9m47s This video proves that]].
* A variety of RealLife lights verge on this, except for the small fact that they are in fact a ''reasonable'' degree of brightness for the tasks they were intended for. This includes powerful spotlights mounted on aircraft and ships, and even weaponized high-intensity lamps mounted on ground vehicles [[BlindedByTheLight meant to blind and disorient the enemy.]]