Lighting in vanilla Minecraft is limited at best. Torches are cheap and decently portable, and glowstone is a pretty good permanent solution for towns or mining shafts. Truly portable lighting, however, is nonexistent. User Fluffy2 has created a mod to add lanterns and flashlights to the game, making exploring dark dungeons or traveling during the night less perilous and tedious.
The system put in place with this mod is actually fairly intricate. Lanterns and flashlights have fuel systems, storage devices, and interactive features.
Lanterns require lantern oil, which is created with bottled fat. It is either stored in individual units or in a barrel, which allows lanterns to be filled up with a simple click. Otherwise they must be combined via the crafting interface manually. A single bottle of oil will provide four minutes of light – a value which is configurable in the config file. This oil can be used in furnaces as well.
A lantern acts like a mobile torch, lighting up the area around the player for several blocks. Lanterns can also be hung or set down by using shift+rightclick while it is equipped. It acts like a block rather than an item, so running into it will not pick it up. It must be shift+rightclicked again to return to the inventory.
Flashlights are a bit simpler – batteries add a full charge to the device and do not function in any other way. They cannot be stored in anything like a barrel, but they can stack. The amount of light provided by a flashlight depends on how close you are to the object – as it is in real life.
There are other facets of this mod as well, including candles, chandeliers, new torches, and more – you will have to download the mod to see for yourself!
How to install Lanterns and Flashlights for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Lanterns and Flashlights – this is an AdFly link, so make sure you wait for the timer to count down in the top right corner and click “skip ad”. Using AdFly helps support developers.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
Can you name any recent adventures where you would have benefited from having a lantern or a flashlight? Share your story in the comments below!