Being a sci-fi show, Star Trek likes to flaunt its technobabble. Phasers work thanks to the nadion pulse in the discharge crystal, a transporter stores your quantum properties with a heisenberg compensator, and isolinear chips have replaced monotronic microtapes. The same can be said for various display technologies: in The Next Generation, the viewscreen is holographic, while the consoles use a "triaxial optical crystal" as a display medium, which basically makes them 3D LEDs.

But one thing I have never heard about was light. You'd think with how omnipresent it is in basically everything that at least once a passing remark could have called for a Cherenkov bulb or whatever, but I just haven't found anything. So, if you know what kind of lighting technology the Federation employs, I'd be happy to know. Thanks.

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    It works extremely well, thanks for asking. In some cases all too well
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 17:44
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    Something something lighting panels. I'm sure there's sonething in the TNG Technical Manual about this.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 18:40
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    (Incandescent) Light Bulbs In ENT: Acquisition Jonathan Archer complained that you can't just yank out an antimatter injector as if it was merely a light bulb. Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 19:26
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    @SillybutTrue - That doesn't indicate that that's what they have though. There's a bunch of references to baths and we know that they have showers.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 19:50
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    The Cardassians were having some problems with their lighting, they weren't sure how many lights were visible. As I recall, they had to ask Picard to help them count.
    – JK.
    Commented Oct 21, 2021 at 0:46


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