Light sources

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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
Ichor TorchIchor Torch Held, dropped, placed Yes Yes Yes
Coral TorchCoral TorchDesktop and Mobile versions 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, Console, and Mobile versions Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Fairy GlowstickFairy GlowstickDesktop and Mobile versions Held, dropped, thrown Yes No No
Spelunker GlowstickSpelunker GlowstickDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 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
Release LanternRelease LanternDesktop and Mobile versions Thrown/used (disappears after a while) Yes No No
NightglowNightglowDesktop and Mobile versions Held Yes No No

Furniture[edit | edit source]

The following provide light primarily as placed background Furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
FireplaceFireplaceDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Yes Yes Yes
Tiki TorchTiki Torch No Yes Yes
Lamp PostLamp Post Yes Yes YesDesktop and Mobile versions
NoConsole VersionOld-gen console version3DS version
Blue Jellyfish JarBlue Jellyfish Jar Yes No Yes
Pink Jellyfish JarPink Jellyfish Jar Yes No Yes
Green Jellyfish JarGreen Jellyfish Jar Yes No Yes
Blue Fairy JarBlue Fairy JarDesktop and Mobile versions Yes No No
Pink Fairy JarPink Fairy JarDesktop and Mobile versions Yes No No
Green Fairy JarGreen Fairy JarDesktop and Mobile versions Yes No No
CandleCandle Yes Yes Yes
CandelabraCandelabra Yes Yes Yes
ChandelierChandelier Yes Yes Yes
LanternLantern Yes Yes Yes
Heart LanternHeart Lantern Yes Yes Yes
Star in a BottleStar in a Bottle Yes Yes Yes
Firefly in a BottleFirefly in a Bottle Yes No Yes
Lightning Bug in a BottleLightning Bug in a Bottle Yes No Yes
Lavafly in a BottleLavafly in a BottleDesktop and Mobile versions Yes No Yes
LanternSoul in a Bottle Yes No Yes
LampLampDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 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, Console, and Mobile versions Party Girl Yes No No
Christmas lightsChristmas lights Santa Claus Yes Yes Yes
Wire BulbWire BulbDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 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, Console, and Mobile versions 65%
Magic LanternMagic LanternDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 65%
Fairy BellFairy Bell 80%
Creeper EggCreeper EggDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 80%
Wisp in a BottleWisp in a Bottle 120%
Suspicious Looking TentacleSuspicious Looking TentacleDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 120%
Pumpkin Scented CandlePumpkin Scented CandleDesktop and Mobile versions 80%
Guardian GolemGuardian GolemDesktop and Mobile versions 80%
Jewel of LightJewel of LightDesktop and Mobile versions 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 Mount (buff)Basilisk MountDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 20% Ancient HornAncient HornDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Infinite (when below 27' underground) Yes
Rudolph (buff)Rudolph 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% Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Any Wood + 5 Torch
Old-gen console version3DS version: 20 Any Wood + 5 Torch
No Yes
FurnaceFurnace 80% 20 Stone Block + 4 Any Wood + 3 Torch Yes No
HellforgeHellforge 80% The Underworld Yes No
Adamantite ForgeAdamantite Forge 80% 30 Adamantite Ore + Hellforge Yes No
Titanium ForgeTitanium Forge 80% 30 Titanium Ore + Hellforge Yes No
Glass KilnGlass KilnDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 80%Verify 18 Any Iron Bar + 8 Torch Yes No
Lihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd FurnaceDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 80%Verify 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
JetpackJetpack, Vortex Booster and Lazure's Barrier Platform Flying
Butterfly WingsButterfly, Fairy, Flame and Frozen Wings Flying
Mothron WingsMothron WingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and Yoraiz0r's Spell 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 Demonite Ore + 5 Ebonstone Block No
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore n/a Cavern, early bosses (Crimson worlds) No
Crimtane BrickCrimtane BrickDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Crimtane Brick WallCrimtane Brick WallDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Desktop versionMobile version: Crimtane Ore + 5 Crimstone Block
or
Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version: Stone Block + Crimtane Ore
No
MeteoriteMeteorite n/a Meteorite biome No
Meteorite BrickMeteorite BrickDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Meteorite Brick WallMeteorite Brick WallDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Stone Block + Meteorite No
Shroomite PlatingShroomite PlatingDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Shroomite Plating WallShroomite Plating WallDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 15 Stone Block + Shroomite Bar No
Gemspark BlockGemspark BlockDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions Gemspark WallGemspark WallDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
Offline Gemspark WallOffline Gemspark WallDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
20 Glass + Any Gem Yes (block) No (wall)
Lavafall BlockLavafall BlockDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions Lavafall WallLavafall WallDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions Glass No
Living Fire BlockLiving Fire BlockDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions n/a The Underworld No
Rainbow BrickRainbow Brick[1] Rainbow Brick WallRainbow Brick Wall Rainbow Slimes No
Martian Conduit PlatingMartian Conduit PlatingDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Martian Conduit WallMartian Conduit WallDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions Martian Madness No
Solar Fragment BlockSolar Fragment BlockDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions n/a Solar Fragment + 5 Stone Block No
Vortex Fragment BlockVortex Fragment BlockDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions n/a Vortex Fragment + 5 Stone Block No
Nebula Fragment BlockNebula Fragment BlockDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions n/a Nebula Fragment + 5 Stone Block No
Stardust Fragment BlockStardust Fragment BlockDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions n/a Stardust Fragment + 5 Stone Block No
Echo BlockEcho BlockDesktop and Mobile versions n/a Cyborg in Graveyard 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, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 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 MushroomGlowing Mushrooms 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Giant Glowing MushroomGiant Glowing Mushroom 48%-52% Mushroom Grass Always Yes
Lava MossLava MossDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 35% Stone in the lava layer Always Yes
Krypton MossKrypton MossDesktop and Mobile versions 35% Stone Always Yes
Xenon MossXenon MossDesktop and Mobile versions 35% Stone Always Yes
Argon MossArgon MossDesktop and Mobile versions 35% Stone Always Yes

Pets[edit | edit source]

These are normal pets who emit light either incidentally, or as part of their movement, but aren't Light Pets.

Pet Item Emits light when
Baby TruffleBaby Truffle Strange Glowing MushroomStrange Glowing Mushroom Always (same brightness as Glowing Mushrooms)
CupidCupid3DS version Broken HeartBroken Heart3DS version Always
Cursed Sapling (pet)Cursed Sapling Cursed SaplingCursed Sapling While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Shadow Mimic (pet)Shadow MimicDesktop and Mobile versions Ornate Shadow KeyOrnate Shadow KeyDesktop and Mobile versions While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Dynamite KittenDynamite KittenDesktop and Mobile versions Ball O' Fuse WireBall O' Fuse WireDesktop and Mobile versions While flying

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
Frost ArmorFrost Armor ? Crafted Causes all melee and ranged weapons and projectiles to glow 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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