Light sources

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Here in Vintage Story, the nights and caves can be quite dark and scary. Players may want more light than the environment provides. Many of these options can be held in the hand to provide dynamic lighting and will illuminate the area as players walk around. Here are some options to help:

Table of Light Sources

The table below includes all light sources (craftable and lootable).

Light source Duration Intensity
Firepit extinct 3
Firepit while fuelled 16
Oil Lamp infinite 11
Torch 3 days 14
Torch in Holder infinite 14
Candle infinite 1 candle = light level 7

(+1 light level per additional candle, up to 9 candles)

Lantern (no lining) infinite 18
Gold/Silver Lantern (no lining) infinite 19
Lantern (with lining) infinite 20
Gold/Silver Lantern (with lining) infinite 21
Chandelier infinite 1 candle = light level 8

(+2 light level per additional candle, up to 8 candles)

Firepit

Firepit lit.png

The firepit provides light as long as it has fuel.

Torches

Heat Torch.png

Torches are the simplest light source to make. They are crafted by cooking sticks in a firepit. Torches last forever when carried in player inventory or stored in a container, but burn out after 3 days when placed onto a block.

Torch Holder

Grid Brass torch holder.png

Will prevent torches from burning out when placed onto a block. Metal torch holders can be found in ruins, and Brass torch holders can be crafted using two plates in the crafting grid.

Oil Lamp

Grid Oil Lamp.png

Oil lamps are fairly easy to craft in early game. Oil lamps are made by combining a lump of fat and a fired bowl in the crafting grid. They don't provide much light when compared to other light sources, but don't burn out when placed on a block.

Candles

Grid Candle.png

Candles, made from wax (see beekeeping) can be a good permanent light source. Multiple candles can be placed in a block, which increases the light output of that block.

Lanterns

Grid Lantern.png

Lanterns provide the highest craftable illumination, but are expensive to create. Lanterns are crafted using a candle, metal plate and glass slabs or clear quartz nuggets in the crafting grid. The best light source players can craft are lined lanterns, which require gold or silver.

Chandelier

Chandelier.png

Chandeliers can only be found in ruins or acquired from traders, they cannot be crafted by the player. They need to be equipped with up to 8 candles, and can at the moment reach a maximum light level that is even higher than that of the sun.

Video Tutorials

Detailed explanation of how to craft a lantern


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