A top hat, also known as a stove pipe or snoot, is a device used in theatrical lighting to shield the audience’s eyes from the direct source of the light. It is shaped like a top hat with a hole in the top, and the brim being inserted into the gel frame holder on a lighting instrument. The cylinder allows light to pass through but takes away the glint of a lighting instrument facing the audience. It also reduces flare created by the light, which is often useful when the unit is hung near the proscenium or other objects that the designer does not want to light. There are also half-hats or “eyelashes”, which function in a similar manner but have only half the cylinder, and short hats, which are shorter in length. Top hats are manufactured for most modern-day lighting instruments with gel frames of varying sizes.