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Types of electric light - synonyms or related words

Anglepoise

British

an electric light that you can move into different positions to change where the light shines

downlighter

noun

British

a light in a room that shines downwards over a small area

fairy lights

noun

British

small lights used for decorating something, especially a tree at Christmas

flashlight

noun

mainly American

a torch1 1

floodlight

noun

a very strong light that is used for lighting a public building or sports event at night

floor lamp

noun

a standard lamp

fluorescent light

noun

a very bright light that consists of a long glass tube containing fluorescent gas

hurricane lamp

noun

a light with a strong glass cover that protects the light or flame from wind and rain

illuminations

noun

formal

British

coloured lights that are used for decorating a town

lamp

noun

an electric light, especially a small one, that stands on a table or desk

light

noun

a piece of electrical equipment that produces brightness

nightlight

noun

an electric light that shines a small amount of light, especially used in a child’s bedroom at night

searchlight

noun

a large powerful light that you can turn to shine in any direction

sodium

adjective

sodium lights produce a strong, bright, orange light

spot

noun

informal

a spotlight1 1

spotlight

noun

a powerful light that shines on a small area, for example in a theatre

standard lamp

noun

British

a tall light that stands on the floor and consists of a pole with a lampshade (=cover) at the top

streetlamp

noun

a light on top of a long pole on a street or road

strip light

noun

an electric light in the form of a long tube, usually fixed to the ceiling

strip lighting

noun

light from strip lights, or the electric lights themselves

strobe light

noun

a strong electric light that flashes very quickly

table lamp

noun

a small light that is designed to stand on a table

torch

noun

British

a small electric light operated by batteries that you hold in your hand. The American word is flashlight

uplighter

noun

an electric light in a room with a shade that sends light upwards so that it is reflected

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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