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Torches and glowsticks can be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Torches won't work underwater, but glowsticks will.

— A loading screen tip

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
TorchTorch Held, dropped, placed No Yes Yes
Cursed TorchCursed Torch Held, dropped, placed Yes Yes Yes
CandleCandle Held, dropped, placed Yes (placed)
No (held)
Yes Yes
GlowstickGlowstick Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Sticky GlowstickSticky Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Bouncy GlowstickBouncy GlowstickDesktop VersionConsole version Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Spelunker GlowstickSpelunker GlowstickDesktop VersionConsole version Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Mining HelmetMining Helmet Equipped in helmet slot Yes No No
Jellyfish NecklaceJellyfish Necklace Equipped in accessory slot while underwater Yes No No
Flare GunFlare Gun Held, when a Flare is available Yes No No
FlareFlare / Blue FlareBlue 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
FireplaceFireplaceDesktop VersionConsole version Yes Yes Yes
Tiki TorchTiki Torch No Yes Yes
Lamp PostLamp Post Yes Yes No
Heart LanternHeart Lantern No Yes Yes
Star in a BottleStar in a Bottle Yes Yes Yes
Firefly in a BottleFirefly in a Bottle No No Yes
Lightning Bug in a BottleLightning Bug in a Bottle No No Yes
CandelabraCandelabra Yes Yes Yes
ChandelierChandelier Yes Yes Yes
LanternLantern Yes Yes Yes
LampLampDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version No Yes Yes
Skull LanternSkull Lantern No No Yes
Jack 'O LanternJack '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 BallDisco Ball Merchant Yes Yes No
Lava LampLava LampDesktop VersionConsole version Party Girl Yes No No
Christmas lightsChristmas lights Santa Claus Yes Yes Yes
Wire BulbWire 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)Shadow Orb (item) 65%
Crimson Heart (item)Crimson Heart (item)Desktop VersionConsole version 65%
Magic LanternMagic LanternDesktop VersionConsole version 65%
Fairy BellFairy Bell 80%
Creeper EggCreeper EggDesktop Version 80%
Wisp in a BottleWisp in a Bottle 120%
Suspicious Looking TentacleSuspicious Looking TentacleDesktop VersionConsole version 120%

Buffs[edit | edit source]

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

Buff Brightness Source item Duration Waterproof
ShineShine 100% Shine PotionShine Potion 5 minutes Yes
Basilisk MountBasilisk Mount 20% Ancient HornAncient HornDesktop Version Infinite (when below 27' underground) Yes
RudolphRudolph 20% Reindeer BellsReindeer Bells Infinite Yes
Leaf CrystalLeaf Crystal 10% Chlorophyte armorChlorophyte 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 ShardCrystal Shard 20% Underground Hallow Yes No
CampfireCampfire 125% 20×Wood.png + 5×Torch.png No Yes
FurnaceFurnace 80% 20×Stone Block.png + 4×Wood.png + 3×Torch.png Yes No
HellforgeHellforge 80% The Underworld Yes No
Adamantite ForgeAdamantite Forge 80% 30×Adamantite Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Yes No
Titanium ForgeTitanium Forge 80% 30×Titanium Ore.png + 1×Hellforge.png Yes No
Glass KilnGlass KilnDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version  ??% 30×Torch.png + 18×Iron Bar.png/Lead Bar.png Yes No
Lihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd FurnaceDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version  ??% Jungle Temple Yes No
Lihzahrd AltarLihzahrd Altar 10% [1] Jungle Temple Yes No

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Item Emits Light When
Rocket BootsRocket Boots Flying
Jetpack, Vortex Booster, and Lazure's Barrier PlatformJetpack, Vortex Booster, and Lazure's Barrier Platform Flying
Butterfly, Fairy, Flame and Frozen WingsButterfly, Fairy, Flame and Frozen Wings Flying
Mothron Wings and Yoraiz0r's SpellMothron Wings and Yoraiz0r's SpellDesktop VersionConsole 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 OreDemonite Ore n/a Cavern, early bosses (Corruption worlds) No
Demonite BrickDemonite Brick Demonite Brick WallDemonite Brick Wall Ebonstone Block.png + 1×Demonite Ore.png No
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore n/a Cavern, early bosses (Crimson worlds) No
Crimtane BrickCrimtane BrickDesktop VersionConsole version Crimtane Brick WallCrimtane Brick WallDesktop VersionConsole version Stone Block.png + 1×Crimtane Ore.png No
MeteoriteMeteorite n/a Meteorite biome No
Meteorite BrickMeteorite BrickDesktop VersionConsole version Meteorite Brick WallMeteorite Brick WallDesktop VersionConsole version Stone Block.png + 1×Meteorite.png No
Shroomite PlatingShroomite PlatingDesktop VersionConsole version Shroomite Plating WallShroomite Plating WallDesktop VersionConsole version Shroomite Bar.png + 15×Stone Block.png No
Gemspark BlockGemspark BlockDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Gemspark WallGemspark WallDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Offline Gemspark WallOffline Gemspark WallDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
20×Glass.png + 1×Gem.gif Yes (block) No (wall)
Lavafall BlockLavafall BlockDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Lavafall WallLavafall WallDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Glass.png No
Living Fire BlockLiving Fire BlockDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version n/a The Underworld No
Rainbow BrickRainbow Brick[1] Rainbow Brick WallRainbow Brick Wall Rainbow Slimes No
Martian Conduit PlatingMartian Conduit PlatingDesktop VersionConsole version Martian Conduit WallMartian Conduit WallDesktop VersionConsole version Martian Madness No
Solar Fragment BlockSolar Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole version n/a Solar Fragment.png + 5×Stone Block.png No
Vortex Fragment BlockVortex Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole version n/a Vortex Fragment.png + 5×Stone Block.png No
Nebula Fragment BlockNebula Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole version n/a Nebula Fragment.png + 5×Stone Block.png No
Stardust Fragment BlockStardust Fragment BlockDesktop VersionConsole version n/a Stardust Fragment.png + 5×Stone Block.png 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
BlinkrootBlinkroot 0%-100% Dirt, Mud, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (random) Yes
FireblossomFireblossom 70% Ash, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at dusk) Yes
MoonglowMoonglow 30% Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at night) Yes
ShiverthornShiverthornDesktop VersionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 75% Snow, Ice or in a Clay Pot Blooming (after a period of time) Yes
Jungle SporesJungle Spores 75% Jungle Grass in Underground Jungle Always Yes
Mushroom grassMushroom grass 48%-52% Mud Always Yes
Glowing MushroomsGlowing Mushrooms 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Giant Glowing MushroomGiant Glowing Mushroom 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Fire MossFire MossDesktop VersionConsole version 35% Stone in the lava layer Always Yes

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Brightness Source Emits light when Waterproof
LavaLava 10%-50% Lower Cavern and below As liquid No (spawns Obsidian on contact)
TeleporterTeleporter 10% Sold From Steampunker When flashing Yes
Plantera's BulbPlantera'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 AltarDemon Altar 0%-10% Underground Corruption Yes
Crimson AltarCrimson Altar 0%-10% Underground Crimson Yes
Shadow OrbShadow Orb 0%-10% Underground Corruption Yes
Crimson HeartCrimson 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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