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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]

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

Portable[edit]

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.png Torch Held, dropped, placed Tango Cross1.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
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 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]

The following provide light primarily as placed background Furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
Tiki Torch.png Tiki Torch Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.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 Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png
Star in a Bottle.png Star in a Bottle Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.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 Tick1.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 Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png

Novelty lights[edit]

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
Blue Light.png Christmas lights Santa Claus Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png

Buffs[edit]

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

Item Brightness Source item Duration Waterproof
Shadow Orb (buff).png Shadow Orb 65% Shadow Orb (item).png Shadow Orb (item) Infinite Tango Tick1.png
Fairy.png Fairy 65% Fairy Bell.png Fairy Bell Infinite Tango Tick1.png
Wisp (buff).png Wisp 120% Wisp in a Bottle.png Wisp in a Bottle Infinite Tango Tick1.png
Shine.png Shine 100% Shine Potion.png Shine Potion 5 minutes Tango Tick1.png
Rudolph (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]

The following items produce varying amounts of light, even though lighting is not their primary function. Of these, only the Heart Lantern will work as a House's light source.

Furniture[edit]

Item Brightness Source Waterproof Mechanism
Crystal Shard.png Crystal Shard 20% Underground Hallow Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Campfire.png Campfire 125% 20×Wood.png + 5×Torch.png Tango Cross1.png Tango Cross1.png
Furnace.png Furnace 80% 20×Stone Block.png + 4×Wood.png + 3×Torch.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Hellforge.png Hellforge 80% The Underworld Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Adamantite Forge.png Adamantite Forge 80% 30×Adamantite Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png
Titanium Forge.png Titanium Forge 80% 30×Titanium Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Cross1.png

Blocks[edit]

Item Waterproof
Demonite Ore.png Demonite Ore Tango Tick1.png
Demonite Brick.png Demonite Brick Tango Tick1.png
Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore Tango Tick1.png
Meteorite.png Meteorite Tango Tick1.png
Amber Gemspark Block.png Gemspark Block Tango Tick1.png
Lavafall Block.png Lavafall Block Tango Tick1.png
Lavafall Wall.png Lavafall Wall Tango Tick1.png
Living Fire Block.png Living Fire Block Tango Tick1.png

Growable[edit]

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 (in lava) Tango Tick1.png
Moonglow.png Moonglow  ?? Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at night) 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]

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 ?? Sold From Steampunker When flashing Tango Tick1.png

On world generation only[edit]

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

Visible in darkness[edit]

These items are visible themselves in darkness, but emit no light onto other items or the environment.

Item
Lihzahrd Altar.png Lihzahrd Altar
Rainbow Brick.gif Rainbow Brick
Furniture: Iron Anvil.png Crafting Stations • Candle.png Light Sources • Chest.png Storage Items

Pure Water Fountain.png Other Items ( Red Banner.png Banners • Holly.png Christmas Decorations • Music Box.png Music Boxes • Good Morning.png Paintings • Angel Statue.png Statues • Eye of Cthulhu Trophy.png Trophies)