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Did you know Fifty Shades of Grey is actually all about lighting?

The hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is about to hit cinemas – but did you know it’s actually all about lighting? There are so many references to lighting in the novel, it might as well be called Fifty Lamp Shades of Grey. Here are Lux’s favourites.


‘Once underneath the dark, cold concrete of the garage with its bleak fluorescent light, I lean against the wall and put my head in my hands. What was I thinking?’ — page 50

Indeed. An LED lamp would have had a much quicker run-up time.


Fluorescents ping and buzz in sequence as harsh white light floods the large wooden building. From my upside-down view, I can see an impressive cruiser in the dock floating gently on the dark water, but I only get a brief look before he’s carrying me up some wooden stairs to the room above. He pauses at the doorway and flips another switch – halogens, this time, that are softer, on a dimmer – and we’re in an attic room.’ — page 347

Now put her down and go and turn off those fluorescents.


‘I’m running through dark places with eerie strip lighting, and I don’t know if I’m running towards something or away from it… It’s just not clear.’ — page 53

Not again. What’s the phone number for maintenance?


‘Moving smoothly through the crowd, his hair glints burnished copper and red under the recessed halogen.’ — page 418

He’s on fire! Put him out!


‘I hate energy-saving bulbs – they are so dim – but being naked here, with Christian, I’m grateful for the muted light.’ — Fifty Shades Darker, page 76

Well, we’re all making sacrifices to get carbon emissions down.


‘He sits naked, his body bathed in warm light cast by a solitary freestanding lamp beside the piano. With the rest of the room in darkness, it’s like he’s in his own isolated little pool of light, untouchable… lonely, in a bubble.’ — page 122

She only wants him for his beam distribution.