Luminous vs Lighting - What's the difference?

luminous | lighting |


As an adjective luminous

is emitting light; glowing brightly.

As a noun lighting is

the equipment used to provide illumination; the illumination so provided.

luminous

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • emitting light; glowing brightly
  • brightly illuminated
  • Synonyms

    * beamful

    Derived terms

    * luminous paint * luminosity

    lighting

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia lighting) (en noun)
  • The equipment used to provide illumination; the illumination so provided.
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  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania.
  • The act of activating such equipment, or of igniting a flame etc.
  • * 2012 , Andrew Pessin, Uncommon Sense (page 142)
  • We've observed plenty of strikings followed by lightings , so even if we should not say that the strikings cause the lightings, isn't it at least reasonable to predict, and to believe, that the next time we strike a match in similar conditions, it will be followed by a lighting?
  • The process of annealing metals.
  • (Webster 1913)