In Star Trek we typically see many exterior space shots of starships, like the Enterprise-D pictured below, where some windows are illuminated and some are dark (see yellow highlights). Up until halfway through Voyager most of these starships shots were done with physical models having physical internal lights, and in my memory the state of the window lights always remained static during those shots. (For obvious budget and TV image quality reasons)

Do we ever see an exterior shot of a physical starship model where the light behind a window switches on or off, or e.g. changes color? Because, hey, at some point somebody must've wanted to go to sleep or was done using the bathroom while 'the camera was on'.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D with windows highlighted

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    If you're specifically interested in whether starship lights have been shown to switch on or off in exterior shots (rather than in general), I'd recommend editing the title of the question to more clearly reflect that, since users occasionally post answers based primarily on a question's title, without having properly read the body. Sep 27 at 12:21
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    DS9 used CGI ships from it's 6th season a Voyager from it's 4th so are those the hard limits for the question?memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/CGI
    – A.Steer
    Sep 27 at 12:33
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    Good points, both LogicDictates and A.Steer, updated the question to clarify
    – dennis_vok
    Sep 27 at 12:49
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    "NEELIX: Computer, lights! Maximum level! Bergamot tea, hot. First thing in the morning I replicate some curtains."
    – Valorum
    Sep 27 at 13:00
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    I vaguely remember reading an interview with someone who worked on the Voyager studio model, where it was described that some of the little windows were made to occasionally darken for a moment as if someone were walking around in front of them. If I can find it again, I'll post an answer (or else, I might simply file it as a false memory). Sep 27 at 21:58


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