List of light sources

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A GIF of atmospheric lightning, which can be a spectacular source of illumination.

This is a list of sources of light, including both natural and artificial sources, and processes and devices that emit light. In this list, light is considered to be electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye, and not blackbody radiation in the more general sense. The list is also limited to sources of light, as opposed to objects such as the Moon that provide light by reflection.


The Sun
Emission nebula and stars
Starry sky crossed with the Milky Way and a shooting star

Celestial and atmospheric light[edit]


A bioluminescent fungus

Nuclear/high-energy related[edit]

Direct chemical[edit]

Electric powered[edit]

Color temperature comparison of common electric lamps
Some common electric lamps, with their color temperatures
A 230-volt incandescent light bulb, with E27 (Edison 27 mm) screw base
Filament of an incandescent closeup


Incandescent lamps[edit]

See also: Incandescence

Electroluminescent (EL) lamps[edit]

Main article: Electroluminescence

Gas discharge lamps[edit]

Main article: Gas discharge lamp
A General Electric NE-34 glow lamp, manufactured circa 1930.

High-intensity discharge lamps[edit]



A small fire in a backyard fire pit.



An operating "fusor"
From space, an entire city emitting light

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