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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.

Portable

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

Furniture

The following provide light primarily as placed background furniture.

Item Waterproof Mechanism House
FireplaceFireplace(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Tiki TorchTiki Torch ✔️ ✔️
Lamp PostLamp Post ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
(Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Blue Jellyfish JarBlue Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Pink Jellyfish JarPink Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Green Jellyfish JarGreen Jellyfish Jar ✔️ ✔️
Blue Fairy JarBlue Fairy Jar(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️
Pink Fairy JarPink Fairy Jar(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️
Green Fairy JarGreen Fairy Jar(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️
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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️ ✔️
Soul of Night in a BottleSouls in a Bottle(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️ ✔️
LampsLamps(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) ✔️ ✔️
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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
✔️
Christmas lightsChristmas lights ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Wire BulbWire Bulb(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ✔️ ✔️

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

Buffs

The following buffs provide light.

Buff Brightness Source item Duration Waterproof
ShineShine 100% Shine PotionShine Potion 10 minutes ✔️
Basilisk MountBasilisk Mount(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 20% Ancient HornAncient Horn(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ? Witch's BroomWitch's Broom(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Infinite ✔️

Incidental light sources

The following items produce varying amounts of light, even though lighting is not their primary function (so the furniture here do not count as light sources for NPC housing).

Furniture

Item Brightness Source Waterproof Mechanism
Crystal ShardCrystal Shard 20%
  • Divine Crate
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

Plundering (Underground Hallow)
✔️
CampfireCampfire 125% Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Any Wood + 5 Torch
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 20 Any Wood + 5 Torch

Plundering
✔️
FurnaceFurnace 80% 20 Stone Block + 4 Any Wood + 3 Torch ( @ Work Bench )
  • MerchantMerchant (3 SC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
✔️
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(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 80%Verify 18 Any Iron Bar + 8 Torch ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) ✔️
Lihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd Furnace(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 80%Verify
  • Lihzahrd Chest

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

Accessories

Item Emits light when
Rocket BootsRocket Boots Flying
Flying
Flying
Idle, flying

Blocks

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 Conversion )
  • Eater of Worlds
  • Treasure Bag (Eater of Worlds)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Eye of Cthulhu

Plundering
Demonite BrickDemonite Brick Demonite Brick WallDemonite Brick Wall Demonite Ore + 5 Ebonstone Block ( @ Furnace )
Plundering
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore n/a Demonite Ore ( @ Chlorophyte Extractinator Conversion )
  • Brain of Cthulhu
  • Treasure Bag (Brain of Cthulhu)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Creeper

Plundering
Crimtane BrickCrimtane Brick(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Crimtane Brick WallCrimtane Brick Wall(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Crimtane Ore + 5 Crimstone Block ( @ Furnace )
MeteoriteMeteorite n/a
  • Meteor Head

Plundering (Meteorite (biome))
Meteorite BrickMeteorite Brick(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Meteorite Brick WallMeteorite Brick Wall(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 5 Stone Block + Meteorite ( @ Furnace )
Shroomite PlatingShroomite Plating(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Shroomite Plating WallShroomite Plating Wall(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 25 Stone Block + Shroomite Bar ( @ Furnace )
Gemspark BlockGemspark Block(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) Gemspark WallGemspark Wall(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Offline Gemspark WallOffline Gemspark Wall(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
20 Glass + Any Gem ( @ Work Bench ) ✔️ (block)
(wall)
Lavafall BlockLavafall Block(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) Lavafall WallLavafall Wall(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) Glass ( @ Crystal Ball & Lava )
Living Fire BlockLiving Fire Block(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Martian Conduit WallMartian Conduit Wall(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Brain Scrambler
  • Gigazapper
  • Gray Grunt
  • Martian Engineer
  • Martian Officer
  • Martian Walker
  • Ray Gunner
  • Scutlix Gunner
Solar Fragment BlockSolar Fragment Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) n/a Solar Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Vortex Fragment BlockVortex Fragment Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) n/a Vortex Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Nebula Fragment BlockNebula Fragment Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) n/a Nebula Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Stardust Fragment BlockStardust Fragment Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) n/a Stardust Fragment + 5 Stone Block ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
Echo BlockEcho Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Echo WallEcho Wall(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 2 Echo Platform
or
4 Echo Wall ( @ Work Bench )

Growable

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(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 35% Stone in the lava layer or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Krypton MossKrypton MossKrypton Moss(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Xenon MossXenon MossXenon Moss(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Argon MossArgon MossArgon Moss(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Neon MossNeon MossNeon Moss(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 35% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️
Helium MossHelium MossHelium Moss(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) ?% Stone or Gray Brick Always ✔️

Pets

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(3DS version) Broken HeartBroken Heart(3DS version) Always
Cursed Sapling (pet)Cursed Sapling Cursed SaplingCursed Sapling While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Shadow Mimic (pet)Shadow Mimic(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Ornate Shadow KeyOrnate Shadow Key(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) While fast-traveling or not on the ground
Volt BunnyVolt Bunny(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Lightning CarrotLightning Carrot(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) While fast-traveling or flying
Dynamite KittenDynamite Kitten(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Ball O' Fuse WireBall O' Fuse Wire(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) While flying

Other

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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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lihzahrd Altar and Rainbow Brick appear to emit no light when using the "retro" and "trippy" lighting settings.