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Light sources are used through the Firemaking skill to light the way through dark dungeons. Without them some places are pitch black and players cannot see where they are going. Some places won't even let a player in without one.

Apart from the Bullseye lantern, light sources can go out. For instance a candle could be doused by a minor gust of cave wind. Moreover, the exposed flame could provoke an explosion of gas. Therefore one should consider the Candle lantern as the worst of the lanterns and should try to acquire an oil version.

Falling into the water would also extinguish the light. Some lanterns could also break while falling. The Bullseye lantern will not break during a fall nor will it be extinguished by water.

If a light source is extinguished while in the dark area, and the player does not switch it on fast enough, a message appears, which reads:

You hear tiny insects skittering over the ground...

A bit later, another message appears, which says:

Tiny biting insects swarm all over you!

The player will start to lose 1 hp every few seconds until he/she dies or relights their lamp. No Magic, item or Protection prayer can negate the damage. However, the Protect Item prayer is effective, and certain Emotes, such as Give Thanks, though unable to block the attacks, can temporarily slow their infliction.

If a player attempts to extinguish a light source in an area where they need it (with the "extinguish" option), the game will not let them.


Light source Items

Light source items all need a tinderbox to be lit, with the exception of torches which can also be lit with dry sticks. Most lit light sources cannot be traded unless they are extinguished.

Members can light lanterns to see in dimly lit underground dungeons. However, certain Firemaking levels are needed to light different kinds of lanterns. No experience is received when lighting a lantern. Some lanterns require glass, which can be made by using the crafting skill.

There are three levels of brightness (1 being the lowest and 3 the highest) and the brightness does stack to add up to 3. Therefore, three torches are equivalent in light to a Bullseye lantern.

Name Level to light Brightness Notes
A torchTorch 1 1 Players can purchase torches at Tai Bwo Wannai's general store. Interestingly, torches can be lit in the chamber filled with water in Haunted Mine by rubbing dry sticks together and using them on the unlit torch.
A candleCandle 1 1 Players can purchase candles at Catherby's candle shop.
A black candleBlack candle 1 1 Used during the Merlin's Crystal quest.
A candle lanternCandle lantern 4 1 Players can craft candle lanterns or buy them from other players.
A black candle lanternBlack candle lantern 4 1 Made by using a black candle on a candle lantern.
An oil lampOil lamp 12 2 Can be crafted by players, or bought for other players.
An oil lanternOil lantern 26 2 Players can learn how to craft oil lanterns by talking to the candle seller at the Lumbridge Swamp. When the lantern is lit, the fire will eventually go out.
A bullseye lanternBullseye lantern 49 3 Players can craft bullseye lanterns or buy them from other players.
A sapphire lanternSapphire lantern 49 2 This lantern is created by taking a bullseye lantern and using a cut sapphire on it. It is mainly used for the Tears of Guthix and While Guthix Sleeps quests.
File:Emerald_lantern.pngEmerald lantern 49 2 This lantern is used during the Lunar Diplomacy quest.
A cave goblin mining helmetMining helmet 65 2 Mining helmets are dropped by level 11 cave goblin miners in the Lumbridge Cave. Can also give a brooch to Mistag to obtain one. The helmets are worn on a player's head. Once they are lit, they won't go out on their own, except in the water-filled chamber in the Haunted Mine quest and in the Sophanem Dungeon in the Contact! quest. They cannot be traded after they are lit.
File:Seer's_headband.pngSeers' headband 1 always lit 1 Reward from the Seers' Village Diary easy tasks, can be used as light source, is always lit, and does not require a tinderbox. Oddly, cannot be used to replace Glowing fungus in the Haunted Mine.
File:Seerheadband2.PNGSeers' headband 2 always lit 2 Reward from the Seers' Village Diary medium tasks, can be used as light source, is always lit, and does not require a tinderbox. Oddly, cannot be used to replace Glowing fungus in the Haunted Mine.
File:Seers_3.pngSeers' headband 3 always lit 3 Reward from the Seers' Village Diary hard tasks, can be used as light source, is always lit, and does not require a tinderbox. Oddly, cannot be used to replace Glowing fungus in the Haunted Mine.


One may acquire the empty or the filled version of the Oil lamp, Oil lantern and Bullseye lantern. In order to fill them, one has to distill swamp tar in the chemist's in Rimmington or at the lamp stall in Dorgesh-Kaan.

Explosion of gas

Oil lamps(or lower)can provoke an explosion in the Lumbridge cave, which extinguishes the lamp and causes up to 16 damage.


  • There is a Candle Shop in Catherby where players may purchase white or black candles, for 1 gp each.
  • Players can steal candles from the north-east table in the Saradomin church on Entrana. Failing gives this message "A higher power smites you" & does 3 damage (similar to pickpocketing farmers)

Other kind of lights

  • Despite being a lantern, the bug lantern item cannot be used as a light source. It is used in the slayer skill giving the ability to kill Harpie Bug Swarms. It requires 33 slayer to wield.
  • The city of Dorgesh-Kaan is kept alight by hundreds of magical lamps. As these lamps often break, one needs to repair them with the help of light orbs. This is one way to gain some firemaking experience.


  • The more light sources a person has lit in a cave, the brighter it will be.

This article uses material from the "Light sources" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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