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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 No Yes Yes
Cursed Torch.png Cursed Torch Held, dropped, placed Yes Yes Yes
Candle.png Candle Held, dropped, placed Yes (placed)
No (held)
Yes Yes
Glowstick.png Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Sticky Glowstick.png Sticky Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Bouncy Glowstick.png Bouncy GlowstickDesktop VersionConsole Version Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Spelunker Glowstick.png Spelunker GlowstickDesktop VersionConsole Version Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Mining Helmet.png Mining Helmet Equipped in helmet slot Yes No No
Jellyfish Necklace.png Jellyfish Necklace Equipped in accessory slot while underwater Yes No No
Flare Gun.png Flare Gun Held, when a Flare is available Yes No No
Flare.png Blue Flare.png Flare / Blue Flare Fired from Flare Gun Yes No No

Furniture[edit | edit source]

The following provide light primarily as placed background Furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
Fireplace.png FireplaceDesktop VersionConsole Version Yes Yes Yes
Tiki Torch.png Tiki Torch No Yes Yes
Lamp Post.png Lamp Post Yes Yes No
Heart Lantern.png Heart Lantern No Yes Yes
Star in a Bottle.png Star in a Bottle Yes Yes Yes
Firefly in a Bottle.png Firefly in a Bottle No No Yes
Lightning Bug in a Bottle.png Lightning Bug in a Bottle No No Yes
Candelabra.png Candelabra Yes Yes Yes
Copper Chandelier.png Chandelier Yes Yes Yes
Chain Lantern.png Lantern Yes Yes Yes
Mushroom Lamp.png LampDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version No Yes Yes
Skull Lantern.png Skull Lantern No No Yes
Jack 'O Lantern.png Jack 'O Lantern No Yes Yes

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 Yes Yes No
Lava Lamp.png Lava LampDesktop VersionConsole Version Party Girl Yes No No
Blue Light.png Christmas lights Santa Claus Yes Yes Yes
Wire Bulb.png Wire BulbDesktop Version Mechanic Yes Yes No

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 VersionConsole Version 65%
Magic Lantern.png Magic LanternDesktop VersionConsole Version 65%
Fairy Bell.png Fairy Bell 80%
Creeper Egg.png Creeper EggDesktop Version 80%
Wisp in a Bottle.png Wisp in a Bottle 120%
Suspicious Looking Tentacle.png Suspicious Looking TentacleDesktop VersionConsole Version 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.pngShine Potion 5 minutes Yes
Basilisk Mount (buff).png Basilisk Mount 20% Ancient Horn.pngAncient HornDesktop Version Infinite (when below 27' underground) Yes
Rudolph (buff).png Rudolph 20% Reindeer Bells.pngReindeer Bells Infinite Yes
Leaf Crystal.png Leaf Crystal 10% Chlorophyte armor.pngChlorophyte armor Infinite Yes

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 Yes No
Campfire (placed).gif Campfire 125% 20×Wood.png + 5×Torch.png No Yes
Furnace (placed).gif Furnace 80% 20×Stone Block.png + 4×Wood.png + 3×Torch.png Yes No
Hellforge (placed).gif Hellforge 80% The Underworld Yes No
Adamantite Forge (placed).gif Adamantite Forge 80% 30×Adamantite Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Yes No
Titanium Forge (placed).gif Titanium Forge 80% 30×Titanium Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Yes No
Glass Kiln (placed).gif Glass KilnDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version XX% 30×Torch.png + 18×Iron Bar.png/Lead Bar.png Yes No
Lihzahrd Furnace (placed).gif Lihzahrd FurnaceDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version XX% Jungle Temple Yes No
Lihzahrd Altar.png Lihzahrd Altar 10% [1] Jungle Temple Yes No

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 Version 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) No
Demonite Brick.png Demonite Brick Demonite Brick Wall.png Demonite Brick Wall Link:Ebonstone Block + 1×Link:Demonite Ore No
Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore N/A Cavern, early bosses (Crimson worlds) No
Crimtane Brick.png Crimtane BrickDesktop VersionConsole Version Crimtane Brick Wall.png Crimtane Brick Wall Desktop Version Link:Stone Block + 1×Link:Crimtane Ore No
Meteorite.png Meteorite N/A Meteorite biome No
Meteorite Brick.png Meteorite BrickDesktop VersionConsole Version Meteorite Brick Wall.png Meteorite Brick Wall Desktop Version Link:Stone Block + 1×Link:Meteorite No
Shroomite Plating.png Shroomite PlatingDesktop VersionConsole Version Shroomite Plating Wall.png Shroomite Plating Wall Desktop Version Link:Shroomite Bar + 15×Link:Stone Block No
Emerald Gemspark Block.png Gemspark BlockDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Emerald Gemspark Wall.png
Offline Emerald Gemspark Wall.png
Gemspark Wall
Offline Gemspark Wall
20×Link:Glass + 1×link:Gem Yes (block) No (wall)
Lavafall Block.png Lavafall BlockDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Lavafall Wall.png Lavafall Wall Link:Glass No
Living Fire Block.png Living Fire BlockDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version N/A The Underworld No
Rainbow Brick v2.gif Rainbow Brick[1] Rainbow Brick Wall.gif Rainbow Brick Wall Rainbow Slimes No
Martian Conduit Plating.png Martian Conduit PlatingDesktop VersionConsole Version Martian Conduit Wall.png Martian Conduit Wall Desktop Version Martian Madness No
Solar Fragment Block.png Solar Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version N/A Link:Solar Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block No
Vortex Fragment Block.png Vortex Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version N/A Link:Vortex Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block No
Nebula Fragment Block.png Nebula Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version N/A Link:Nebula Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block No
Stardust Fragment Block.png Stardust Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version N/A Link:Stardust Fragment + 5×Link:Stone Block No

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) Yes
Fireblossom.png Fireblossom 70% Ash, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at dusk) Yes
Moonglow.png Moonglow 30% Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at night) Yes
Shiverthorn.png ShiverthornDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 75% Snow, Ice or in a Clay Pot Blooming (after a period of time) Yes
Jungle Spores.png Jungle Spores 75% Jungle Grass in Underground Jungle Always Yes
Mushroom grass.png Mushroom grass 48%-52% Mud Always Yes
Mushroom plants.png Glowing Mushrooms 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Terraria mushroom tree.png Giant Glowing Mushroom 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Moss Fire.png Fire MossDesktop VersionConsole Version 35% Stone in the lava layer Always Yes

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Brightness Source Emits light when Waterproof
Lava Bucket.png Lava 10%-50% Lower Cavern and below As liquid No (spawns Obsidian on contact)
Teleporter.png Teleporter 10% Sold From Steampunker When flashing Yes
Plantera's Bulb.png Plantera's Bulb 20%-25% Underground Jungle Always Yes

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 Yes
Crimson Altar.png Crimson Altar 0%-10% Underground Crimson Yes
Shadow Orb.png Shadow Orb 0%-10% Underground Corruption Yes
Crimson Heart.png Crimson Heart 0%-10% Underground Crimson Yes
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lihzahrd Altar and Rainbow Brick appear to emit no light when using the "retro" and "trippy" lighting settings.
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