The classic lighthouse thought experiment leads to a situation in which some "thing" is traveling faster than the speed of light. This is the case because the lighthouse's light beam, if powerful enough, will shine a circle of light on its destination that can travel faster than the speed of light - as a function of the distance from the lighthouse itself. The "motion of effects" argument is advanced to explain that the "thing," the circle of light, that is moving faster than the speed of light is not a real thing that contains any information. This is generally accepted as a way to avoid contradicting the relativity theory dictate that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. However, if we consider the lighthouse beam to be comprised of photons, as is of course the Standard Model's conception of light, we can see that the actual photons comprising the light beam can travel faster than the speed of light in a transverse direction. This is the case because the photons at, let's say, a million light-years from earth, may shift transversely much more quickly than their forward motion, as a function of the speed of rotation of the lighthouse itself. In this conception, it's not just an "effect" that is moving faster than the speed of light, but the photons themselves. This thought experiment reveals, it seems, yet another paradox resulting from the Standard Model and relativity theory: if we accept that light is comprised of photons, then we must accept that they can indeed travel faster than the speed of light. But in this thought experiment, the photons may travel at a potential infinite transverse speed as a function of their distance from Earth. Any thoughts?