Commercially Available Lighting in Star Trek

by Tadeo D'Oria, Eno Farley, Bernd Schneider and Jörg Hillebrand

Desk and Table LampsFloor LampsPendant LampsWall and Ceiling Lights

 

Although most Star Trek sets don't have conventional light fixtures, several off-the-shelf lamps could be seen. Here is a list of the models, among them some design classics.

See also a list of unidentified lamps and help us track their origin.

 

Desk and Table Lamps

Product photoLamp nameSeen inScreen capsComments
Arne Jacobsen Table Lamp
  • SNW-Enterprise ready room
  • SNW-Enterprise sickbay

SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"


SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1957.
Blown glass table lamp
  • Gravesworld

TNG: "The Schizoid Man"
Designed by Jeannot Cerutti for VeArt in 1986. We assume that this lamp came with a standard E 27 socket but with a special long light bulb. Lamps that are on sale or on display today often have a conventional light bulb in the socket.
Brass globe table lamp
  • Una's quarters on SNW-Enterprise

SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"
This is a brandless table lamp, which is being sold (as of 2022) by various furniture stores, as "Globus Table Lamp", "Pearl Table Lamp" or "Brass Globe Table Lamp".
Circa Table Lamp
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "The Vulcan Hello"
Like the matching floor lamp, this design is available from Pablo Designs.
Desk Lamp
by Ron Rezek
  • Uxbridge house
  • DS9 commander's office
  • Garak's tailor shop
  • DS9 crew quarters

TNG: "The Survivors"


DS9: "Past Prologue"


DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"
Not much is known about this lamp except for the designer Ron Rezek. It was heavily modified for the typically Cardassian holographic desktop viewer as it appeared in several DS9 episodes. See also the article on Variations of the DS9 Desktop Monitor.
Echoes of Vienna
  • Starling's office

VOY: "Future's End I"
Designed by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs.
Elise table lamp
  • Una's quarters on SNW-Enterprise

SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"
Designed by Pablo Pardo and available in different sizes with different bases.
España
  • Dixon Hill's office

TNG: "The Big Goodbye"
A figure by Raymonde Guerbe, the wife of Pierre le Faguays, executed by Max le Verrier in 1928.
Flos Tatou
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "The Red Angel"
Designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2012.
Gemlite Continental Model 850
  • Earth Spacedock

"Star Trek: The Search for Spock"
A glitter lamp available from Lava Simplex in the 1970's.
Gilda Table Lamp
  • Enaran reception

VOY: "Remember"
Designed by Silvia Capponi and In Suk Il for Artemide in 1993.
Giraffa Lamp
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "Context Is for Kings"


DIS: "Brother"
Designed by John August for Pablo Designs in 2016.
IKEA Evedal
  • Narek's quarters on the Artifact

PIC: "Maps and Legends"
This comparably pricey lamp was designed by Aaron Probyn.
Inner Pyramid
  • Proconsul Neral's office

TNG: "Unification II"

This is technically a work of art, rather than a lamp, but it is illuminated. Created by Ray Howett in 1985, as confirmed to Eno by the artist. The individual sculptures all seem to vary in their shapes and colors.

In the original version of TNG: "Unification II", the face of boom operator Bill Gocke is famously visible in the pyramid at one point of the scene. This goof was edited out for TNG-R.

Jazz
  • Starfleet Command meeting room
  • Wesley's Academy quarters
  • Ren's house on Banean homeworld
  • Renovation Team Nova
  • NX-01 conference room
  • ECS Horizon
  • NX Project hangar

"Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country"


TNG: "The First Duty"


VOY: "Ex Post Facto"


ENT: "Horizon"


LOW: "The Stars at Night"
Designed by Porsche for Italiana Luce in 1989.
LIM 360
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "Project Daedalus"
Designed by Pablo Pardo for Pablo Designs in 2009.
LT 305
  • Kirk's apartment

"Star Trek: The Search for Spock"
Also known as the Lotus Lamp, designed by Carlo Nason for Mazzega and made from white smoked Murano glass.
Minimalism LED table lamp
  • Spock's quarters on SNW-Enterprise

SNW: "Spock Amok"
Available from PageOne Lighting.
Oz Lamp
  • Varro generational ship

VOY: "The Disease"
Designed by Daniela Puppa and Franco Raggi for FontanaArte in 1981.
PH 4.5-3.5 Table Lamp
  • SNW-Enterprise crew quarters

SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"
Designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. This is the largest one of a lamp series with shades of 200mm, 290mm and 450mm diameter. The two smaller sizes come with a screwhead in the top piece.
President Lamp
  • Admiral Forrest's office

ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem"
Designed by Luis Pérez de la Oliva for Fase in the 1960's.
Rougier mushroom-shaped table lamp
  • Earth Spacedock
  • Ligon II
  • Angel I

"Star Trek: The Search for Spock"


TNG: "Angel One"

This design of the "tube lamp" series was produced by Rougier in the 1970's.

Whenever this lamp appeared in Trek, it was probably rented from Modern Props (No. 175-0150).

Rougier ovaloid table lamp
  • Ligon II
  • Angel I
  • Founders' homeworld

TNG: "Code of Honor"


DS9: "The Search II"

This design of the "tube lamp" series was produced by Rougier in the 1970's.

Whenever this lamp appeared in Trek, it was probably rented from Modern Props (No. 175-0160).

Rougier round table lamp
  • Ligon II
  • Angel I
  • Founders' homeworld

TNG: "Code of Honor"


DS9: "The Search II"

This design of the "tube lamp" series was produced by Rougier in the 1970's.

Whenever this lamp appeared in Trek, it was probably rented from Modern Props (No. 175-0170).

Shogun Tavolo Lamp
  • Tanuga IV research station

TNG: "A Matter of Perspective"
Designed by Mario Botta for Artemide in 1986.
Stemlite Model C-3
  • Eminiar VII

TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon"
Designed by Bill Curry for Design Line, ca. 1965.
Stemlite Model C-4
  • Leighton's home, Planet Q

TOS: "The Conscience of the King"
Designed by Bill Curry for Design Line, ca. 1965.
Trae Umi
  • La Sirena captain's quarters

PIC: "The End is the Beginning"
This LED desk lamp is powered by rechargeable batteries.
Z-Bar Solo Lamp
  • Discovery sickbay

DIS: "Perpetual Infinity"
Designed by Peter Ng for Koncept, ca. 2006. The lamp features a detachable base and can be seen without that base on Discovery.

 

Floor Lamps

Product photoLamp nameSeen inScreen capsComments
Biconica Floor Lamp
  • Species 8472 simulation of Earth

VOY: "In the Flesh"
Designed by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce in 1987.
Circa Floor Lamp
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "The Vulcan Hello"
Like the matching table lamp, this design is available from Pablo Designs.
Columnlite Model G
  • Planet Q

TOS: "The Conscience of the King"
Designed by Bill Curry for Design Line, ca. 1965.
Eclipse Lamp
  • Cooperative camp

VOY: "Unity"
Designed by Evert Jelle Jelles for Raak in 1964. The lamp features an adjustable shade, giving the impression of an eclipsed sun.
Enna Lamp
  • Discovery crew quarters

DIS: "Context Is for Kings"


DIS: "Brother"
Produced by Astro Lighting, UK.
IKEA Simrishamn
  • Majalan homeworld

DIS: "Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach"
Designed by I Bermudez/H Dalrot/A Probyn.
Mack Torchière
  • Starfleet Command

TNG: "Conspiracy"
Designed by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs in 1987. The design is a homage to the Hill House Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Medusa floor lamp
  • Titan-A ready room

PIC: "The Bounty"
Designed by Olaf von Bohr in 1968.
Neon lamp
by Rudi Stern
  • Starbase 515
  • Cochrane's bar in Montana

TNG: "Samaritan Snare"


"Star Trek: First Contact"
Rudi Stern designed this typical 80's lamp for Kovacs.
Lola Floor Lamp
  • Soong's lab on Terlina III

TNG: "Brothers"
Designed by by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan in 1987.
LT 316
  • Kirk's apartment

"Star Trek: The Search for Spock"
Designed by Carlo Nason for Mazzega in 1968 and made from white smoked Murano glass.
Modular Standing Lantern
  • Fesarius control room
  • Enterprise medical lab

TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"


TOS: "Operation - Annihilate!"
Designed by Malcolm Leland for Architectural Pottery, ca. 1951. This object comes without built-in lighting, and is supposed to hold candles in the alcoves.
Praying Mantis Lamp
  • T'Pring's home on Vulcan

SNW: "Strange New Worlds"
Designed for Rispal in 1950.
Serpente floor lamp
  • Starfleet Headquarters lounge
  • NASA event

"Star Trek: The Search for Spock"


PIC: "Two of One"
Designed by Elio Martinelli.
Skyscraper Lamp
  • Kirk's apartment
  • Enterprise-D ready room

"Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan"


TNG: "Contagion"

This lamp was designed by C. Jeré.

After it had appeared in Kirk's apartment in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan", the floor lamp was disassembled and converted to two separate wall lights in Picard's ready room on TNG.

Stix Floor Lantern
  • Ni'Var aka Vulcan

DIS: "All Is Possible"
Sold by Adesso (Model #4046-01) and made of stacked black cane sticks and black metal poles, with fabric-like beige paper inside.
Torchiere
  • Chancellor's office on Malcor III
  • Rom's quarters on Deep Space 9
  • Species 8472 simulation of Earth

TNG: "First Contact"


DS9: "Prophet Motive"


VOY: "In the Flesh"
A lamp by Ron Rezek, who also designed the famous Arno sconce of TNG, in the 1980's.
Totum Floor Lamp
  • Enterprise-D sickbay lab

TNG: "Suspicions"
Designed by Marilena Boccato, Gian Nicola Gigante and Antonio Zambusi for Zerbetto in 1970. Also available as table and sconce variations.

 

Pendant Lamps

Product photoLamp nameSeen inScreen capsComments
Caboche pendant light
  • M'Ttalas Prime

PIC: "The Next Generation"
Designed by Patricia Urquiola and produced by Foscarini.
Chandelier
by Tom Greene
  • Eminiar VII

TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon"
Tom Greene designed a variety of brutalist chandeliers. This particular chandelier is made of torch-cut brass, which accounts for the variation between individual pieces.
Hanging Light Structure
  • Rutia IV

TNG: "The High Ground"

Designed by Peter Hamburger in 1966.

The lamp also adorns Marty McFly's 2015 home in "Back to the Future II".

Holiday Pendant Lamp
  • Starbase 11 quarters

TNG: "Court Martial"
Smoked glass lamp series by Prescolite in the 1960's, sold in a variety of shapes and colors.
IKEA PS 2014
  • Coppelius Station

PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego I"
This light fixture is "inspired by sci-fi movies" and was designed by David Wahl.
Model 5096
  • Orion ship

ENT: "Bound"

Produced by Lyktan Bankeryds Belysning in the 1970's.

This lamp was painted green and placed on a side table for its appearance in the ENT episode.

Ribbon Chandelier
  • Deep Space K7 bar

TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"
Designed by Max Sauze for Lightolier.
Pendant lamp
by Robert Sonneman
  • Riker's quarters on the Enterprise-D

TNG: "Liaisons"
Designed by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs in the 1980's.

 

Wall and Ceiling Lights

Product photoLamp nameSeen inScreen capsComments
Arno Sconce
  • Ten Forward
  • Enterprise-D lounges
  • Enterprise-D crew quarters
  • Aldea

TNG: "The Price"


TNG: "The Survivors"

Designed by Ron Rezek.

Deanna's lamp looks like it could be more rounded.

Aura Sconce
  • Starfleet Command

DS9: "Paradise Lost"
Designed by King & Miranda Design for Arteluce in 1989.
Cyclos Sconce
  • Enterprise-D geological lab
  • Ancient Iconian building
  • Qomar homeworld

TNG: "Pen Pals"


DS9: "To the Death"


VOY: "Virtuoso"

Designed by Michele de Lucchi for Artemide, ca. 1980's.

Curiously, in "Pen Pals" the lamp is also used as a specimen tray.

Louvre Sconce
  • Ishka's home on Ferenginar

DS9: "Family Business"

Designed by Jean-François Crochet for Terzani in the 1980's.

Luminglas Plasma Disk
  • Borg alcoves

"Star Trek: First Contact"


VOY: "Revulsion"
Designed by Wayne Strattman for Strattman Design in the 1980's. This is a flat arrangement of small glass tubes (trade name: "Luminglas"), in which a plasma discharge simulates a lightning.
Mission MB-10 sconce
  • Kataan

TNG: "The Inner Light"
Designed in the 1980's and produced by Arroyo Craftsman.
Mission MCM-8 ceiling light
  • Kataan

TNG: "The Inner Light"
Designed in the 1980's and produced by Arroyo Craftsman.
Mission MW-10 sconce
  • Kataan

TNG: "The Inner Light"
Designed in the 1980's and produced by Arroyo Craftsman.
Noce Sconce
  • Qomar homeworld

VOY: "Virtuoso"
Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, ca. 1972.
PH Hat Sconce
  • Sarek's conference room
  • Klingon battlecruiser

TNG: "Sarek"


TNG: "Redemption I"
Designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1961. These were probably painted for their appearance in Star Trek. In any case, the Klingon emblem definitely isn't part of the original lamp. ;-)
Pistillo Lamp
  • Starfleet Command
  • Dolim's heat lamp room

TNG: "Conspiracy"


ENT: "The Council"
Designed by Studio Tetrarch in 1970 and produced by Valenti Luce.
Rainbow Model A-5040
  • Kivas Fajo's ship
  • Noonien Soong's lab
  • Ferengi soap opera

TNG: "The Most Toys"


TNG: "Brothers"


LOW: "Parth Ferengi's Heart Place"
Produced by Artup Lighting in the 1980's.
Overlapping Rectangles
  • Una's quarters on SNW-Enterprise

SNW: "Ghosts of Illyria"
This light fixture is available at Dazuma.
Rougier wall lamp
  • Angel I
  • Cardassian colony
  • Risa

DS9: "The Wire"


DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin"

This design of the "tube lamp" series was produced by Rougier in the 1970's.

Whenever this lamp appeared in Trek, it was probably rented from Modern Props (No. 180-0050).

Utopia 42 Sconce
  • Quark's Bar
  • Vulcan High Command

DS9: "Rapture"


ENT: "Kir'Shara"
Designed by Ernesto Gismondi for Artemide in the 1980's.

 

See Also

Unidentified Lighting in Star Trek - noteworthy lamps we couldn't identify yet

Re-Used Props - Furniture - tables, chairs, lamps, other furniture

Present-Day Devices as Props - or: what else game consoles and composters are useful for

 

Credits

The following designs were originally identified by Eno at Star Trek + Design: Robert Sonneman pendant, Mack Lamp, Giraffa Lamp, Enna Lamp, Chandelier by Tom Greene, Eclipse Lamp, Gemlite Continental Model 850, Circa lamps, Ribbon Chandelier, Neon lamp by Rudi Stern, LIM 360, President Lamp, LT 316, LT 305, Echoes of Vienna, Z-Bar Solo Lamp, Blown Glass Table Lamp, Cyclos Sconce, Inner Pyramid, MB-10, MCM-8, MW-10, Medusa, Caboche, Louvre Sconce, Model 5096, Lola Floor Lamp, Praying Mantis Lamp.

The Gilda Lamp, Torchiere by Ron Rezek, Biconica Lamp, Noce Sconce, Oz Lamp, PH Hat Sconce and Utopia 42 Sconce were found by sideofbeans, the Trae Umi by Mapping La Sirena, the AJ Table Lamp by Doug, the Stix Floor Lantern by @GeekFilter, Brass globe table lamp and Overlapping Rectangles by @AJHalliwell, IKEA Simrishamn by @annihilashawn, Elise table lamp by @BruceLevenstein Minimalism LED table lamp by Ripley Large.

Thanks to Donny Versiga, Lt. Washburn, Patrick Kovacs, Fleetyard and w for some hints!

The information about the following lamps comes from the book Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: Modular Standing Lantern, Columnlite Model G, Stemlite Model C-3, Stemlite Model C-4, Holiday Pendant Lamp.

Most episode screen caps from TrekCore. Some photos from Live Auctioneers, Pamono, 1stDibs, artnet.com, The Astro Shop and Mad for Mid-Century. Product images shown in accordance with Fair Use exemption.

 


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