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trope in which a light is far brighter than any Real Life
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
Can lead to Blinded by the Light. Compare Nuclear Candle and Photoflood Lighting. May be a component of Over The Top Christmas Decorations.
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- 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.
Anime and Manga
- The Fourth Doctor once built a gadget called a "fizgig" in the Doctor Who Magazine 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."
- One 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.
Films — Animation
- The activation of the Depelter Turbo on Over the Hedge 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.
- The Spongebob Squarepants Movie has King Neptune and 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 Running Gag from Fred, the "My leg!" guy.
Films — Live-Action
- When Clark W. Griswold finally gets the Christmas lights (all 25,000) working in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 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.
- The Christian film Let There Be Light (2017) attempts to play it seriously, the protagonist starts a campaign with his wife, called "Let There Be Light" in which, to promote Christianity, people would go out on the Christmas Eve night and light the sky with the flashlights of their cellphones, later the news report on the movement mentioning that it was even visible from space. In reality, even if a thousand people got together in one place and pointed their flashlights to the sky, their visibility even from Low-Earth-Orbit it would still be lost by brighter light sources in the surrounding areas.
- Jesus emits a very bright shadowless light upon His arrival from heaven in the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing.
Mythology & Religion
- Meant to be taken seriously in The Bible, as Paul in his first epistle to Timothy says that God dwells in "unapproachable light" which no man can see or could ever see. Which throughout the rest of Scripture could explain why God could not let man in his mortal state see Him as He really is, and why He uses a cloud to shield this brightness from His own people Israel when He entered into the Temple to dwell there.
- In Battlefield 3 the unlock-able flashlight attachment for most guns. This flashlight is literally brighter than the in-game sun (at least on Xbox) and if glanced from a close distance, can completely cover the screen in white.
- The alternate mode of the flashlight in The Long Dark kicks the beam from 20-ish lumens to at least 3500. To compensate, it kills the battery power in seconds. It's good to scare away the glowing wolves.
- In Mortal Kombat 9, Stryker's X-Ray attack starts by putting his flashlight on the opponent's face, which is apparently bright enough to make anyone fall on their knees, stunned, including a man with sunglasses, the god of thunder, and even a Blind Weaponmaster.
- On Rocko's Modern Life, 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.
- Gravity Falls:
- 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", the machine in Stan's basement causes a light brilliant enough to be seen across town.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: in "It's Not Easy Being Breezies", Rarity wears a dress that's so shiny that this is the result.
- Kim Possible: In "A Very Possible Christmas'', the lights on Kim's house are so bright that Ron is blinded by their glare when he arrives.
- On The Simpsons, Bart sleeps over at the Wiggum house. When Chief turns out the light, Ralph's night light is so bright Bart has to shield his eyes. Ralph says, "I'm scared," with the implication that he's STILL afraid of the dark.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Night Light Spongebob is so scared of the dark, that he buys an absurd amount of night lights, but thats somehow not enough. Patrick comes over and they even bring in a lighthouse to brighten up Spongebobs home.
- Not quite a gag, but there are some flashlights out there that can blind you even if you're wearing sunglasses. This video from 2016 proves that. And it's only gotten brighter since then, with "coke can blasters" of 2018 frequently surpassing the 10.000 lumen mark. That power comes at a price, though: these torches are very prone to overheating at higher levels, and drain the battery in less than an hour. Others are not quite as bright, but the beam collimation is so focused they can reach a hilarious distance, and it only goes crazier when you swap the light-emitting diode for an LEPnote like the ultra-compact Acebeam W10.
- A variety of Real Life lights verge on this. Out of context, they are absurdly bright, but they are in fact only reasonably bright for the tasks they were intended for. This includes powerful spotlights mounted on aircraft and ships, weaponized high-intensity lamps mounted on ground vehicles meant to blind and disorient the enemy, and search-and-rescue spotlights. Before high-power LEDs became affordable, this field was exclusive to halogen and HID lamps.