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I know that redstone torches are dimmer than normal (coal) torches. I also know that someday torches won't last forever and we will need to craft lanterns.

But today I got an idea... I have tons of redstone dust, and I was wondering how much light can redstone torches provide. Do they provide enough light to prevent monster spawning? Would it be viable to use redstone torches for general illumination?

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From the Minecraft wiki:

Hostile mobs will spawn at light levels of 7 or below

Because Redstone Torches give off a luminescence of 7, redstone torches by themselves do not provide enough brightness to discourage hostile mobs from spawning.

More detailed info about light here.

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