Ghost light

Ghost light
   This term refers to a freestanding pole with a single illuminated bulb that remains on stage as a safety precaution when the theatre is otherwise dark. "Ghost light" comes from the days of gas-lit theatres and refers to the dim lighting maintained to relieve pressure on gas valves, along with the myth that a light in a theatre kept ghosts away. The ghost light is sometimes called the "Equity Light" or "Equity Lamp" in reference to an Actors' Equity Association regulation that resulted from—according to theatrical legend—a lawsuit lodged against a Broadway theatre by a burglar who successfully broke into the theatre but fell in the dark and injured his leg.

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