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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.

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 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
Bouncy Glowstick.png Bouncy Glowstick Held, dropped, placed Tango Cross1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png

Furniture[edit | edit source]

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 Tick1.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 | 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
Blue Light.png Christmas lights Santa Claus Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.png Tango Tick1.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) 65%
Magic Lantern.png Magic Lantern 65%
Fairy Bell.png Fairy Bell 80%
Wisp in a Bottle.png Wisp in a Bottle 120%
Suspicious Looking Tentacle.png Suspicious Looking Tentacle 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
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.

Furniture[edit | edit source]

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
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, and Flame Wings Flying
Mothron Wings.png Mothron Wings and Yoraiz0r's Spell Idle & Flying

Blocks[edit | edit source]

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
Rainbow Brick.png Rainbow Brick [1] Tango Tick1.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 (in lava) 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 5%-10% 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