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This modification makes 'shining' items (default: Torch, Glowstone, Glowdust, Lit Pumpkin, Redstone, Lava Bucket, powered Minecart) illuminate everything around them if,

  1. The player has them equipped. (In Hand/Armor).
  2. They are dropped on the ground.
  3. Another player has them equipped in Multiplayer.

On top of that, burning Entities shine light, and Creepers about to explode light up!

You may add any Item ID you wish as shiny item, via the settings file. Also supports armor items!

  • Rewritten from scratch to be a FML Coremod for Minecraft 1.4.2, requires Forge
  • Boosted efficiency A LOT, I'm positive it cannot be done any better now
  • Dynamic Lights is now modular! See readme!
  • Configuration files for Dynamic Light modules can now be found at /config/
  • Global toggle Button can now be configured via Controls Menu.

Toggle button InGame:

The key is "L". You can turn all dynamic Lights on/off with it. The button can be rebound using the ingame options.

There is no limit to the number of lights you can create, note however they are fairly FPS-costly. You can disable modules to obtain better FPS!

I recommend using Optifine for replacing Notch's funky render code with slightly less funky rendering code.

The mod works in Multiplayer, yet is clientside, it cannot lag servers. Note however 'dropped' light sources will not necessarily prevent Mobs from Spawning, and neither will your handheld light.

Note: DO NOT INSTALL THE COREMOD ON SERVERS! It will crash on load.


See readme in your downloaded file.

How the config syntax works:

[DynamicLights_thePlayer, DynamicLights_dropItems and DynamicLights_otherPlayers configs]

Possible Setups:

  • X := simple ID X, wildcards metadata
  • X-Y := simple ID X and metadata Y
  • X-Y-Z := simple ID X, metadata range Y to Z
  • A-B-C-D := ID range A to B, meta range C to D

There is a default value used as "setting", you can specify one by appending "=x" to the ID part.

Valid Entry examples:


Torch BlockID, 50, will use the default light value (15).

35-* (equals 35)

Wool BlockID, covers all wool metadata/colors.


Wool BlockID, 35, magenta subtype (meta 2), will use a light value of 12.


Wool BlockID, accepts metadata range [2..5].


Item ID range [314..317] covering golden armor, wildcarded meta/damage which means any value goes.

Also unnecessarily specifying the default light value of 15, you could leave =15 out aswell.

You can also substitute block/item IDs with their untranslated String values, useful for mod items.

tile.cloth is the same as 35, so tile.cloth-2-5=10 is valid.

item.helmetGold-item.leggingsGold-*-* is valid too.

Values that cannot be mapped to anything will be logged and ignored

For more info go to the forum of minecraft:

Installation instructions

Required Stuff to have installed beforehand (Client): Forge

  1. Make sure you followed the Forge installation instructions.
  2. Best testlaunch minecraft once before installing this.
  3. If the file you downloaded IS NOT a .jar, if it is an archive, you NEED to open it and find the installation instructions inside.
  4. Drop the downloaded file into your .minecraft/mods/ folder.

Dynamic Lights - Downloads
Minecraft Version Downloads
1.12.1 (stuttering)
1.12 (stuttering)
1.6.4 and 1.6.2