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A Lite-Brite (without black paper) spelling "Hello"
A Lite-Brite (without black paper) spelling "Hello"
TypeArts and Craft
Slogan"Lite-Brite, making things with light, What a sight, making things with Lite-Brite!"
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Lite-Brite is a toy that was originally marketed in 1967. It consists of a light box with small colored plastic pegs that fit into a panel and illuminate to create a lit picture, by either using one of the included templates or creating a "freeform" image on a blank sheet of black paper.[1] There are eight peg colors: red, blue, orange, white (clear/colorless), green, yellow, pink, and violet (purple).

In the event that pegs were lost or damaged, Hasbro provided refills and/or new colors. Color-by-letter templates were sold with the set so that children could create characters including Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo, My Little Pony, and Transformers among others.[citation needed]


Lite-Brite was invented by Burt Meyer,[2] (a partner) and Joseph M. Burck, (a senior designer) at Chicago toy and game design company Marvin Glass and Associates, which licensed the invention to Hasbro. Lite-Brite was named one of the top 100 toys of all time by Time magazine[3] and was named a Finalist for the Class of 2020 induction to the National Toy Hall of Fame.[4]


Lite-Brite allows the artist to create a glowing picture by punching multi-colored translucent plastic pegs through opaque black paper.[5] Using a standard light bulb, the light is blocked by the black paper except where the pegs conduct the light. When lit, the pegs have an appearance similar to that of LEDs.


Over the years, Lite-Brite was offered in different forms including a flat-screen version, a 3D cube,[6] and an FX edition that spins and plays music. The Lite-Brite LED Flat Screen currently sells at MSRP $10, comes in several colors, is LED lit, and is portable, running on three AA batteries.[needs update] The Lite-Brite 3D cube (called the Four-Share Cube) is a LED-lit four-sided cube that allowed children to play with friends or save three of their designs. The FX Edition is no longer on Hasbro's website. The website has SUN 'N NITE BRITE Sets priced at $10 MSRP and running on three AAA batteries.[7]


There are various websites online that host virtual Lite-Brite games.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Lite-Brite: Retro". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
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  3. ^ Townsend, Allie (February 16, 2011). "All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys - TIME" – via
  4. ^ "Meet the 2020 Toy Hall Finalists". September 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Toy Transformations at - History of Toys". Woman's Day. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  6. ^ "Handie Art Station > Background > Old Technology: Lite Brite". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  7. ^ "Hasbro Lite Brite Product Catalog". Hasbro.

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