|Catches fire from lava||
Daylight detectors can be broken fairly easily by hand, but can be broken faster by using an axe. Inverted daylight detectors cannot be collected directly; they drop a regular daylight detector. In Bedrock Edition, the inverted sensor may be obtained via inventory editing or add-ons.[Bedrock Edition only]
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Nether Quartz +
Any wood Slab
A daylight detector can be used to produce redstone power in proportion to the daylight or night time.
- To place a daylight detector, use the "Use Item/Place Block" control.
- A daylight detector can be "inverted", which reverses the power levels produced by the daylight detector. To invert a daylight detector, aim at the placed daylight detector and use the "Use Item/Place Block" control.
- A daylight detector activates when exposed to sufficient daylight (daylight detector mode) or when exposure to daylight is low enough (inverted daylight detector mode).
- An active daylight detector:
- powers adjacent redstone dust, including below it, and redstone comparators facing away from the daylight detector, to a power level that depends on the time of day, the weather, and the internal sky light level (see tables below)
- powers adjacent redstone repeaters facing away from the daylight detector to power level 15
- activates adjacent redstone mechanisms, including above and below, such as pistons, redstone lamps, etc.
- A daylight detector has no effect on other adjacent blocks (for example, it cannot power a block the way a repeater can).
- The output signal of daylight detectors in the loaded chunk is updated every 20 gametime[JE only]/daytime[BE only]. Block update have no effect on daylight detectors.
The daylight detector power level depends on the time of day, the weather, and the internal sky light level.
|Power||Clear||Rain or Snowfall||Thunder|
|Time ↓||Time ↑||Time ↓||Time ↑||Time ↓||Time ↑|
|2||22782–23069[JE only]/23070[BE only]||12931–13218||22799–23231||12769[JE only]/12770[BE only]-13202||22944–23352||12648–13057|
|3||23070[JE only]/23071[BE only]-23296||12705–12930||23232–23504||12497–12768[JE only]/12769[BE only]||23353–23700||12300–12647|
|4||23297–23529||12471–12704||23505–23745||12256–12496||23701–59||11941[JE only]/11942[BE only]-12299|
|5||23530–23767||12233–12470||23746–23991||12010–12255||60–441||11560–11940[JE only]/11941[BE only]|
|8||167–535||11465[JE only]/11466[BE only]-11834||883–1429[JE only]/1430[BE only]||10571–11118||1736–2608||9392–10265|
|9||536–933||11067–11464[JE only]/11465[BE only]||1430[JE only]/1431[BE only]-2069||9931–10570||2609–3942||8059–9391|
|10||934–1371||10629–11066||2070–2875||9125[JE only]/9126[BE only]-9930||3943–8058|
|11||1372–1865||10136–10628||2876–4108||7892–9124[JE only]/7893–9125[BE only]||N/A||N/A|
|12||1866–2444||9557–10135||4109–7891[JE only]/7892[BE only]||N/A||N/A|
Inverted Daylight Detector
Using a daylight detector inverts it. However, the output of the inverted detector is not a simple inversion of the daylight detector's output; it uses a much simpler algorithm that depends only on the internal sky light level. Specifically, it outputs a signal strength of 15 minus the current internal sky light level, where values over 15 or below 0 are taken as 15 or 0 respectively. This means that an inverted daylight detector actually outputs a strength of 11 at midnight when it's clear weather, if it has line of sight with the sky. The effects of shade are applied before inverting, so shade increases the signal strength when it isn't already full, and prevents it from reaching zero.
The inverted daylight detector cannot be obtained as an item in Java Edition. Mining an inverted daylight detector simply drops a regular daylight detector.
Daylight detectors can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass" sound.
|Sound||Subtitles||Source||Description||Resource location||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Block broken||Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8||16|
|None[sound 1]||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||None[sound 1]||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Blocks||Once the block has broken||1.0||0.8|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.4||1.0|
|?||Blocks||While the block is in the process of being broken||0.23||0.5|
|?||Blocks||Jumping from the block||0.12||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Falling on the block without fall damage||0.18||1.0|
|?||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.3||1.0|
|?||Blocks||When the block is placed||1.0||0.8|
|Name||Resource location||Form||Translation key|
|Daylight Detector||Block & Item|
|Name||Resource location||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
|Daylight Sensor||Block & Item|
|Inverted Daylight Sensor||Block|
In Bedrock Edition, a daylight sensor's block data stores its power level:
|Four bits storing a value from 0 to 15 representing the daylight sensor's current redstone power level.|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|inverted||If true, the daylight detector is inverted.|
|power||The current redstone power level produced by the daylight sensor.|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|redstone_signal||The current redstone power level produced by the daylight sensor.|
A daylight detector has a block entity associated with it which stores only its entity ID and position (the minimum data for a block entity). Although the daylight detector's block entity stores no additional data, the block entity ensures that the daylight detector is updated every game tick.
- Block entity data
- Tags common to all block entities
|July 6, 2010||Notch suggests that he may implement daylight sensors (in the blog post mentioning Alpha 1.0.2_01).|
|November 24, 2012||Jeb stated that there may be a daylight sensor.|
|January 2, 2013||Jeb tweeted an image of the daylight sensor.|
|1.5||13w01a||Added daylight sensors.|
|1.8||14w31a||Daylight sensors can now be toggled between day and night by using them.|
|1.9||15w47a||Daylight sensors no longer emit signal during the night when sufficiently shaded.|
|Inverted daylight sensors now emit a variable signal at night.|
|1.11||16w32a||The block entity ID has now been changed from |
|1.13||17w47a||"Daylight Sensor" has now been renamed to "Daylight Detector".|
|The different block IDs for the daylight detector have now been merged into one ID.|
|Added an inverted block state to daylight detectors.|
|Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 151 and 178.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.13.0||build 1||Added daylight sensors.|
|v0.15.0||build 1||Daylight sensors can now be moved by pistons.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Patch 1||Added daylight sensors.|
|TU25||CU14||1.17||Daylight sensors can now be toggled between day and night by using them.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added daylight detectors.|
The 13w01a snapshot image released by Mojang.