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Redstone Lamp
Redstone Lamp.png
Lit Redstone Lamp JE3 BE2.png

Partial (when on)


Yes, 15 (when on)

Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data values

See Data values


See Data values

A redstone lamp is a block which produces light when activated with a redstone trigger.


A redstone lamp can be mined by hand or with any tool, dropping itself as an item.

Block Redstone Lamp
Hardness 0.3
Breaking time
Hand 0.45


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Redstone +


A redstone lamp can be used to produce switchable light.

Redstone lamps are redstone mechanisms and can be activated by:

  • An adjacent active power component, including above or below: for example, a redstone torch (except that a redstone torch will not activate a redstone lamp it is attached to), a block of redstone, a daylight sensor, etc.
  • An adjacent powered block (for example, an opaque block with an active redstone torch under it), including above or below
  • A powered redstone comparator or redstone repeater facing the redstone lamp
  • Adjacent powered redstone dust configured to point at the redstone lamp (or on top of it) or directionless; a redstone lamp is not activated by adjacent powered redstone dust that is configured to point away from it.

A redstone lamp activates instantly, but takes 2 redstone ticks to turn off (4 game ticks, or 0.2 seconds barring lag).

An active redstone lamp produces block light 15. An inactive redstone lamp produces no light.

Although a redstone lamp acts like an opaque block in most ways (torches and levers can be attached to it, redstone dust can be placed on it, etc.), an active redstone lamp is "transparent" to sky light, reducing the sky light level by 1.

Data values[]

A redstone lamp uses its ID to specify its activation state:

Name ID Name Block ID
Inactive Redstone Lamp minecraft:redstone_lamp 123
Active Redstone Lamp minecraft:lit_redstone_lamp 124

Every redstone lamp (active or inactive) has a block data value of 0. Redstone lamps have no block states.



November 11, 2010Notch claimed that "lamps" had actually stood for "Light A-givin' Material Portal Side... the yellow stone thing"
Official release
1.2.112w07aAdded redstone lamp.
1.2-preDarkened texture for inactive redstone lamp.
1.2.4Added 2-tick delay to deactivation.
1.7.213w37aBlock ID 124 (lit redstone lamp) was removed from the /give command.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0build 1Added redstone lamps.
Console Edition
TU12CU11.0Patch 1Added redstone lamps.
See also: Lantern


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Note that lamps themselves are solid blocks, so they power other lamps. This causes the cross-shaped patterns that you see.

A glowing roof is easy to do - just lay wire across the blocks, or line the top of the lamps with redstone blocks. Floors and walls are also do-able. For a floor, just use the "knight's move" shape underneath the floor with torches. For a wall, use wall-mounted torches that power blocks above them.