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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.
And even before 1.2, the player him/herself generated a small amount of light.
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.
|Item||Emits light when||Waterproof||Mechanism||House|
|Torch||Held, dropped, placed|
|Candle||Held, dropped, placed||(placed) (held)|
|Glowstick||Held, dropped, thrown|
|Sticky Glowstick||Held, dropped, thrown|
|Bouncy Glowstick||Held, dropped, thrown|
|Spelunker Glowstick||Held, dropped, thrown|
|Mining Helmet||Equipped in helmet slot|
|Jellyfish Necklace||Equipped in accessory slot while underwater|
|Flare Gun||Held, when a Flare is available|
|Flare / Blue Flare||Fired from Flare Gun|
Furniture[edit | edit source]
|Star in a Bottle|
|Firefly in a Bottle|
|Lightning Bug in a Bottle|
|Jack 'O Lantern|
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.
|Christmas lights||Santa Claus|
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.
|Shadow Orb (item)||65%|
|Crimson Heart (item)||65%|
|Wisp in a Bottle||120%|
|Suspicious Looking Tentacle||120%|
Buffs[edit | edit source]
|Shine||100%||Shine Potion||5 minutes|
|Leaf Crystal||10%||Chlorophyte armor||Infinite|
Incidental light sources[edit | edit source]
The following items produce varying amounts of light, even though lighting is not their primary function.
Furniture[edit | edit source]
|Crystal Shard||20%||Underground Hallow|
|Campfire||125%||20× + 5×|
|Furnace||80%||20× + 4× + 3×|
|Adamantite Forge||80%||30× + 1×|
|Titanium Forge||80%||30× + 1×|
|Glass Kiln||XX%||30× + 18×/|
|Lihzahrd Furnace||XX%||Jungle Temple|
|Lihzahrd Altar||10% ||Jungle Temple|
Accessories[edit | edit source]
|Item||Emits Light When|
|Jetpack, Vortex Booster, and Lazure's Barrier Platform||Flying|
|Butterfly, Fairy, Flame and Frozen Wings||Flying|
|Mothron Wings and Yoraiz0r's Spell||Idle & Flying|
Blocks[edit | edit source]
|Living Fire Block|
|Rainbow Brick |
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||0%-100%||Dirt, Mud, or in a Clay Pot||Blooming (random)|
|Fireblossom||70%||Ash, or in a Clay Pot||Blooming (in lava)|
|Moonglow||30%||Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot||Blooming (at night)|
|Shiverthorn||??%||Snow, Ice or in a Clay Pot||Blooming (after a period of time)|
|Jungle Spores||75%||Jungle Grass in Underground Jungle||Always|
|Glowing Mushrooms||48%-52%||Mushroom Grass||Always|
|Giant glowing mushroom||48%-52%||Mushroom Grass||Always|
Other[edit | edit source]
|Item||Brightness||Source||Emits light when||Waterproof|
|Lava||10%-50%||Lower Cavern and below||As liquid||(spawns Obsidian on contact)|
|Teleporter||10%||Sold From Steampunker||When flashing|
|Plantera's Bulb||5%-10%||Underground Jungle||Always|
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.
|Demon Altar||0%-10%||Underground Corruption|
|Crimson Altar||0%-10%||Underground Crimson|
|Shadow Orb||0%-10%||Underground Corruption|
|Crimson Heart||0%-10%||Underground Crimson|
- Lihzahrd Altar and Rainbow Brick appear to emit no light when using the "retro" and "trippy" lighting settings.