Light sources in Minecraft are useful for decorations, brightening up dark spaces and keeping hostile monsters away from your base. While making a torch and sticking it onto a wall works as a light source, it isn’t the most effective compared to others out there. Other light-emitting blocks like beacons, froglights and glowstone are also a bit hard to come by, especially when you’re just starting, making lanterns among the best for both practical and decorative purposes. This guide will teach you how to craft lanterns in Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions.
How to Make a Lantern in Minecraft
There are two lantern types in Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions that have similar but slightly different crafting recipes. The first lantern requires a regular torch and eight iron nuggets. To craft a torch, you’ll need either one coal or charcoal and one stick. Place these ingredients into your inventory crafting space or a crafting table to create four torches. As for the iron nuggets, you can convert an iron ingot into nine iron nuggets through your crafting interface.
The second lantern in Minecraft Java and Bedrock is a Soul Lantern, crafted using one Soul Torch and eight iron nuggets. While standard torches use one coal and stick, soul torches also require either soul sand or soil. When placed, Soul Lanterns emit less light but have a blue flame texture instead of orange. While this makes the Soul Lantern less practical than a normal one, it pairs well with blocks such as stone brick, warped wood, oxidized copper, cyan terracotta and cyan concrete.
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If you want to decorate your base with lanterns, you can either place them on top of blocks or use chains to hang them from the ceiling. You can use as many chains as you wish to connect the lantern. However, unlike torches, you can’t place them against the wall. Despite this, you can also set it on top of fences and walls to make decorative lampposts.
Minecraft is available on PC, Android, iOS, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation platforms.