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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

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


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 ✔️ ✔️
Cursed TorchCursed Torch Held, dropped, placed ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Ichor TorchIchor Torch Held, dropped, placed ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Coral TorchCoral Torch Held, dropped, placed ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
CandleCandle Held, dropped, placed ✔️ (placed)
✔️ ✔️
GlowstickGlowstick Held, dropped, thrown ✔️
Sticky GlowstickSticky Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown ✔️
Bouncy GlowstickBouncy Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown ✔️
Fairy GlowstickFairy Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown ✔️
Spelunker GlowstickSpelunker Glowstick Held, dropped, thrown ✔️
Mining HelmetMining Helmet Equipped in helmet slot ✔️
Jellyfish NecklaceJellyfish Necklace Equipped in accessory slot ✔️
MagiluminescenceMagiluminescence Equipped in accessory slot ✔️
Flare GunFlare Gun Held, when a Flare is available ✔️
FlareFlare / Blue FlareBlue Flare Fired from Flare Gun ✔️
Release LanternRelease Lantern Thrown/used (disappears after a while) ✔️
NightglowNightglow Held ✔️


The following provide light primarily as placed background furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
FireplaceFireplace ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Tiki TorchTiki Torch ✔️ ✔️
Lamp PostLamp Post ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Blue Jellyfish JarBlue Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Pink Jellyfish JarPink Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Green Jellyfish JarGreen Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Blue Fairy JarBlue Fairy Jar ✔️
Pink Fairy JarPink Fairy Jar ✔️
Green Fairy JarGreen Fairy Jar ✔️
CandleCandle ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
CandelabraCandelabra ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
ChandelierChandelier ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
LanternLantern ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Heart LanternHeart Lantern ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Star in a BottleStar in a Bottle ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Firefly in a BottleFirefly in a Bottle ✔️ ✔️
Lightning Bug in a BottleLightning Bug in a Bottle ✔️ ✔️
Lavafly in a BottleLavafly in a Bottle ✔️ ✔️
Soul of Night in a BottleSouls in a Bottle ✔️ ✔️
LampsLamps ✔️ ✔️
Skull LanternSkull Lantern ✔️
Jack 'O LanternJack 'O Lantern ✔️ ✔️

Novelty lights

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
✔️ ✔️
Lava LampLava Lamp
Christmas lightsChristmas lights ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Wire BulbWire Bulb
✔️ ✔️

Light Pets

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) 65%
Magic LanternMagic Lantern 65%
Fairy BellFairy Bell 80%
Creeper EggCreeper Egg 80%
Wisp in a BottleWisp in a Bottle 120%
Suspicious Looking TentacleSuspicious Looking Tentacle 120%
Pumpkin Scented CandlePumpkin Scented Candle 80%
Guardian GolemGuardian Golem 80%
Jewel of LightJewel of Light 120%


The following buffs provide light.

Buff Brightness Source item Duration Waterproof
ShineShine 100% Shine PotionShine Potion 10 minutes ✔️
Basilisk MountBasilisk Mount 20% Ancient HornAncient Horn Infinite (when below 27' underground) ✔️
RudolphRudolph 20% Reindeer BellsReindeer Bells Infinite ✔️
Leaf CrystalLeaf Crystal 10% Chlorophyte armorChlorophyte armor
(set bonus)
Infinite ✔️
Witch's BroomWitch's Broom ? Witch's BroomWitch's Broom Infinite ✔️

Incidental light sources

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).


Item Brightness Source Waterproof Mechanism
Crystal ShardCrystal Shard 20%
  • Arch Demon
  • Divine Crate

Plundering (Underground Hallow)
CampfireCampfire 125% Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Any Wood + 5 Torch
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 20 Any Wood + 5 Torch
FurnaceFurnace 80% 20 Stone Block + 4 Any Wood + 3 Torch ( @ Work Bench )
HellforgeHellforge 80% Plundering (Ruined House) ✔️
Adamantite ForgeAdamantite Forge 80% 30 Adamantite Ore + Hellforge ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) ✔️
Titanium ForgeTitanium Forge 80% 30 Titanium Ore + Hellforge ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) ✔️
Glass KilnGlass Kiln 80%Verify 18 Any Iron Bar + 8 Torch ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) ✔️
Lihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd Furnace 80%Verify
  • Lihzahrd Chest

Plundering (Jungle Temple)
Lihzahrd AltarLihzahrd Altar 10% [1] Plundering (Jungle Temple) ✔️


Item Emits light when
Rocket BootsRocket Boots Flying
Idle, flying


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 Crimtane Ore ( @ Chlorophyte Extractinator )
  • Eater of Worlds
  • Treasure Bag (Eater of Worlds)
  • Eye of Cthulhu
  • Treasure Bag (Eye of Cthulhu)

Demonite BrickDemonite Brick Demonite Brick WallDemonite Brick Wall Demonite Ore + 5 Ebonstone Block ( @ Furnace )
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore n/a Demonite Ore ( @ Chlorophyte Extractinator )
  • Brain of Cthulhu
  • Treasure Bag (Brain of Cthulhu)
  • Creeper
  • Eye of Cthulhu
  • Treasure Bag (Eye of Cthulhu)

Crimtane BrickCrimtane Brick Crimtane Brick WallCrimtane Brick Wall Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: Crimtane Ore + 5 Crimstone Block ( @ Furnace )
Stone Block + Crimtane Ore ( @ Furnace )
MeteoriteMeteorite n/a
  • Meteor Head

Plundering (Meteorite (biome))
Meteorite BrickMeteorite Brick Meteorite Brick WallMeteorite Brick Wall Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 5 Stone Block + Meteorite ( @ Furnace )
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: Stone Block + Meteorite ( @ Furnace )
Shroomite PlatingShroomite Plating Shroomite Plating WallShroomite Plating Wall 25 Stone Block + Shroomite Bar ( @ Furnace )
Gemspark BlockGemspark Block Gemspark WallGemspark Wall
Offline Gemspark WallOffline Gemspark Wall
20 Glass + Any Gem ( @ Work Bench ) ✔️ (block)
Lavafall BlockLavafall Block Lavafall WallLavafall Wall Glass ( @ Crystal Ball & Lava )
Living Fire BlockLiving Fire Block n/a Dropped by any enemy in the Underworld
Rainbow BrickRainbow Brick[1] Rainbow Brick WallRainbow Brick Wall
  • Rainbow Slime
Martian Conduit PlatingMartian Conduit Plating Martian Conduit WallMartian Conduit Wall
  • Brain Scrambler
  • Gigazapper
  • Gray Grunt
  • Martian Engineer
  • Martian Officer
  • Martian Walker
  • Ray Gunner
  • Scutlix Gunner
Solar Fragment BlockSolar Fragment Block n/a Solar Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Vortex Fragment BlockVortex Fragment Block n/a Vortex Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Nebula Fragment BlockNebula Fragment Block n/a Nebula Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Stardust Fragment BlockStardust Fragment Block n/a Stardust Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Echo BlockEcho Block n/a 2 Echo Platform
4 Echo Wall ( @ Work Bench )


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) ✔️
FireblossomFireblossom 70% Ash, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at dusk) ✔️
MoonglowMoonglow 30% Jungle Grass, or in a Clay Pot Blooming (at night) ✔️
ShiverthornShiverthorn 75% Snow, Ice or in a Clay Pot Blooming (after a period of time) ✔️
Jungle SporesJungle Spores 75% Jungle Grass in Underground Jungle Always ✔️
Mushroom grassMushroom grass 48%–52% Mud Always ✔️
Glowing MushroomGlowing Mushrooms 48%–52% Mushroom Grass Always ✔️
Giant Glowing MushroomGiant Glowing Mushroom 48%–52% Mushroom Grass Always ✔️
Lava MossLava MossLava Moss 35% Stone in the lava layer or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Krypton MossKrypton MossKrypton Moss 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Xenon MossXenon MossXenon Moss 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Argon MossArgon MossArgon Moss 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Neon MossNeon MossNeon Moss 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Helium MossHelium MossHelium Moss ?% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️


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

Pet Item Emits light when
Baby TruffleBaby Truffle Strange Glowing MushroomStrange Glowing Mushroom Always (same brightness as Glowing Mushrooms)
CupidCupid Broken HeartBroken Heart Always
Cursed Sapling (pet)Cursed Sapling Cursed SaplingCursed Sapling While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Shadow Mimic (pet)Shadow Mimic Ornate Shadow KeyOrnate Shadow Key While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Volt BunnyVolt Bunny Lightning CarrotLightning Carrot While fast-traveling or flying
Dynamite KittenDynamite Kitten Ball O' Fuse WireBall O' Fuse Wire While flying


Item Brightness Source Emits light when Waterproof
LavaLava 10%–50% Lower Cavern and below As liquid (spawns Obsidian on contact)
TeleporterTeleporter 10%
When flashing ✔️
Plantera's BulbPlantera's Bulb 20%–25% Underground Jungle Always ✔️
Frost ArmorFrost Armor ? Crafted Causes all melee and ranged weapons and projectiles to glow ✔️

On world generation only

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% Corruption ✔️
Crimson AltarCrimson Altar 0%–10% Crimson ✔️
Shadow OrbShadow Orb 0%–10% Corruption ✔️
Crimson HeartCrimson Heart 0%–10% Crimson ✔️
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lihzahrd Altar and Rainbow Brick appear to emit no light when using the "retro" and "trippy" lighting settings.