This answer about the contents of the briefcase contains an interesting quote from Roger Avary, the co-writer of Pulp Fiction:

Originally the briefcase contained diamonds. But that just seemed too boring and predictable. So it was decided that the contents of the briefcase were never to be seen. This way each audience member would fill in the blank with their own ultimate contents. All you were supposed to know was that it was "so beautiful." No prop master can come up with something better than each individual's imagination. At least that was the original idea. Then somebody had the bright idea (which I think was a mistake) of putting an orange lightbulb in there. Suddenly what could have been anything became anything supernatural. Didn't need to push the effect. People would have debated it for years anyway, and it would have been much more subtle. I can't believe I'm actually talking about being subtle.

If the co-writer of the movie not only didn't come up with it, but thought it was a mistake, this makes me curious: Who did come up with the orange lightbulb?

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    I don't know... but you'd be amazed at what sort of stuff gets thought up on set.
    – Catija
    Feb 7, 2016 at 0:26

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I remember encountering QT himself talking about a scene in a Hitchcock movie called Suspicion (1941) which had a scene where an actor carries a glass of milk that had a light bulb hidden in it so the audience would be subconsciously triggered to think of the glass of milk as something special. The milk was poisoned.

Based on that, I'm going to say it was QT himself.

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    Do you have a link to the interview where Tarantino says that? Where did you hear it? Nov 25, 2016 at 2:49

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