: a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor
: the stage as a profession <the lure of the footlights>
First Known Use of FOOTLIGHTS
footlights (Concise Encyclopedia)
Row of lights set across the front of a stage floor to light the scene. The oil lamps and candles in use in the 17th century eventually gave way to gas and electricity. As more advanced overhead lighting techniques were developed, footlights became less necessary, except to create special shadows on actors' faces.
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