Light source

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Light sources are items that produce light. Some are brighter than others, and produce varying colors of light. Note that several weapons and armor types also generate light, but are not listed on this page.

Primary light sources[edit | edit source]

These items are intended to provide light as a primary function.

Portable[edit | edit source]

The following items are portable light sources that can provide light while being carried. Torches and Candles may also be placed as Furniture, and Glowsticks can be thrown. Water Candles will increase enemy spawn rates in the vicinity, while Peace Candles will do the opposite.

Item Emits light when Waterproof Mechanism House
Torch.png Torch  Held, dropped, placed Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Cursed Torch.png Cursed Torch  Held, dropped, placed Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Candle.png Candle  Held, dropped, placed Tango Tick1.png (placed) Tango Cross1.png (held) Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Glowstick.png Glowstick  Held, dropped, thrown Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Sticky Glowstick.png Sticky Glowstick  Held, dropped, thrown Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Bouncy Glowstick.png Bouncy Glowstick Desktop only.png Held, dropped, thrown Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Spelunker Glowstick.png Spelunker Glowstick Desktop only.png Held, dropped, thrown Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Mining Helmet.png Mining Helmet  Equipped in helmet slot Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Jellyfish Necklace.png Jellyfish Necklace  Equipped in accessory slot while underwater Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Flare Gun.png Flare Gun  Held, when a Flare is available Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Flare.png Blue Flare.png Flare / Blue Flare Fired from Flare Gun Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png

Furniture[edit | edit source]

The following provide light primarily as placed background Furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
Fireplace.png Fireplace  Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Tiki Torch.png Tiki Torch  Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Lamp Post.png Lamp Post  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Heart Lantern.png Heart Lantern  Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Star in a Bottle.png Star in a Bottle  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Firefly in a Bottle.png Firefly in a Bottle  Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png
Lightning Bug in a Bottle.png Lightning Bug in a Bottle  Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png
Candelabra.png Candelabra  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Copper Chandelier.png Chandelier  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Chain Lantern.png Lantern  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Mushroom Lamp.png Lamp  Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Skull Lantern.png Skull Lantern  Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png
Chinese Lantern.png Chinese Lantern  Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Jack 'O Lantern.png Jack 'O Lantern  Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png

Novelty lights[edit | edit source]

These placeable items provide a low amount of colored light, and are primarily intended as decoration, rather than providing functional light.

Item Source Waterproof Mechanism House
Disco Ball.png Disco Ball  Merchant Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Lava Lamp.png Lava Lamp Desktop only.png Party Girl Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Blue Light.png Christmas lights  Santa Claus Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png
Wire Bulb.png Wire Bulb Desktop only.png Mechanic Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png

Light Pets[edit | edit source]

These items summon a secondary floating light-emitting character that follows the player. They are infinitely reusable, cost no mana, remain indefinitely, and work in liquids. Light Pets have their own equipment slot in the player's inventory.

Item Brightness
Shadow Orb (item).png Shadow Orb (item)  65%
Crimson Heart (item).png Crimson Heart (item) Desktop only.png 65%
Magic Lantern.png Magic Lantern Desktop only.png 65%
Fairy Bell.png Fairy Bell  80%
Wisp in a Bottle.png Wisp in a Bottle  120%
Suspicious Looking Tentacle.png Suspicious Looking Tentacle Desktop only.png 120%

Buffs[edit | edit source]

The following Buffs provide light as a result of a Potion or Magic item.

Item Brightness Source item Duration Waterproof
Shine.png Shine  100% Shine Potion.png Shine Potion 5 minutes Tango Tick1.png
Basilisk Mount (buff).png Basilisk Mount Desktop only.png 30%Verify Ancient Horn.png Ancient Horn Desktop only.png Infinite (when below 27' underground) Tango Tick1.png
Rudolph Mount (buff).png Rudolph  20% Reindeer Bells.png Reindeer Bells Infinite Tango Tick1.png
Leaf Crystal.png Leaf Crystal  10% Chlorophyte armor.png Chlorophyte armor Infinite Tango Tick1.png

Incidental light sources[edit | edit source]

The following items produce varying amounts of light, even though lighting is not their primary function (so they don't count as a light source for NPC housing).

Furniture[edit | edit source]

Item Brightness Source Waterproof Mechanism
Crystal Shard.png Crystal Shard  20% Underground Hallow Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Campfire (placed).gif Campfire  125% 20×Wood.png + 5×Torch.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png
Furnace (placed).gif Furnace  80% 20×Stone Block.png + 4×Wood.png + 3×Torch.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Hellforge (placed).gif Hellforge  80% The Underworld Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Adamantite Forge (placed).gif Adamantite Forge  80% 30×Adamantite Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Titanium Forge (placed).gif Titanium Forge  80% 30×Titanium Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Glass Kiln (placed).gif Glass Kiln  XX% 30×Torch.png + 18×Iron Bar.png/Lead Bar.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Lihzahrd Furnace (placed).gif Lihzahrd Furnace  XX% Jungle Temple Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Lihzahrd Altar.png Lihzahrd Altar  10% [1] Jungle Temple Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Item Emits Light When
Rocket Boots.png Rocket Boots  Flying
Jetpack.png Jetpack, Vortex Booster, and Lazure's Barrier Platform Flying
Flame Wings.png Butterfly, Fairy, Flame and Frozen Wings Flying
Mothron Wings.png Mothron Wings and Yoraiz0r's Spell Desktop only.png Idle & Flying

Blocks[edit | edit source]

Any corresponding walls will also give off light, except for Offline Gemspark Walls. This may not be noticeable if both are used in the same area, as the blocks tend to outshine the walls.

Block Wall Source Mechanism
Demonite Ore.png Demonite Ore  N/A Cavern, early bosses (Corruption worlds) Tango Cross1.png
Demonite Brick.png Demonite Brick  Demonite Brick Wall.png Demonite Brick Wall Link:Ebonstone Block + 1×Link:Demonite Ore Tango Cross1.png
Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore  N/A Cavern, early bosses (Crimson worlds) Tango Cross1.png
Crimtane Brick.png Crimtane Brick Desktop only.png Crimtane Brick Wall.png Crimtane Brick Wall Desktop only.png Link:Stone Block + 1×Link:Crimtane Ore Tango Cross1.png
Meteorite.png Meteorite  N/A Meteorite biome Tango Cross1.png
Meteorite Brick.png Meteorite Brick Desktop only.png Meteorite Brick Wall.png Meteorite Brick Wall Desktop only.png Link:Stone Block + 1×Link:Meteorite Tango Cross1.png
Emerald Gemspark Block.png Gemspark Block  Emerald Gemspark Wall.png
Offline Emerald Gemspark Wall.png
Gemspark Wall
Offline Gemspark Wall
20×Link:Glass + 1×link:Gem Tango Tick1.png (block) Tango Cross1.png (wall)
Lavafall Block.png Lavafall Block  Lavafall Wall.png Lavafall Wall Link:Glass Tango Cross1.png
Living Fire Block.png Living Fire Block  N/A The Underworld Tango Cross1.png
Rainbow Brick v2.gif Rainbow Brick [1]  Rainbow Brick Wall.gif Rainbow Brick Wall Rainbow Slimes Tango Cross1.png
Solar Fragment Block.png Solar Fragment Block Desktop only.png N/A Link:Solar Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block Tango Cross1.png
Vortex Fragment Block.png Vortex Fragment Block Desktop only.png N/A Link:Vortex Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block Tango Cross1.png
Nebula Fragment Block.png Nebula Fragment Block Desktop only.png N/A Link:Nebula Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block Tango Cross1.png
Stardust Fragment Block.png Stardust Fragment Block Desktop only.png N/A Link:Stardust Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block Tango Cross1.png

Growable[edit | edit source]

These can be spawned given the right conditions, which occur naturally and can also be induced by the player.

Item Brightness Grows on Emits light when Waterproof
Blinkroot.png Blinkroot  0%-100% Dirt, Mud, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (random) Tango Tick1.png
Fireblossom.png Fireblossom  70% Ash, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at dusk) Tango Tick1.png
Moonglow.png Moonglow  30% Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at night) Tango Tick1.png
Shiverthorn.png Shiverthorn   ??% Snow, Ice or in a Clay Pot Blooming (after a period of time) Tango Tick1.png
Jungle Spores.png Jungle Spores  75% Jungle Grass in Underground Jungle Always Tango Tick1.png
Mushroom grass.png Mushroom grass  48%-52% Mud Always Tango Tick1.png
Mushroom plants.png Glowing Mushrooms  48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Tango Tick1.png
Terraria mushroom tree.png Giant glowing mushroom  48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Tango Tick1.png

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Brightness Source Emits light when Waterproof
Lava Bucket.png Lava  10%-50% Lower Cavern and below As liquid Tango Cross1.png (spawns Obsidian on contact)
Teleporter.png Teleporter  10% Sold From Steampunker When flashing Tango Tick1.png
Plantera's Bulb.png Plantera's Bulb  20%-25% Underground Jungle Always Tango Tick1.png

On world generation only[edit | edit source]

These are produced only on World creation, and can not be picked up, used, or placed by players.

Item Brightness Found in Waterproof
Demon Altar.png Demon Altar  0%-10% Underground Corruption Tango Tick1.png
Crimson Altar.png Crimson Altar  0%-10% Underground Crimson Tango Tick1.png
Shadow Orb.png Shadow Orb  0%-10% Underground Corruption Tango Tick1.png
Crimson Heart.png Crimson Heart  0%-10% Underground Crimson Tango Tick1.png
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lihzahrd Altar and Rainbow Brick appear to emit no light when using the "retro" and "trippy" lighting settings.
Furniture: Iron Anvil.png Crafting Stations • Candle.png Light Sources • Chest.png Storage Items • Pure Water Fountain.png Other Items