Minecraft has you attempting to survive in a variety of different environments. You will be in the sweltering heat of the desert, or the frigid colds of the mountains. If you find yourself trying to live on a sheet of ice, then you might be wondering what you can do for lighting. Never fear because we have some options available to you if you want to light up some cold areas in the game.
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Non-Ice Melting Lighting Blocks
The light sources that do not melt ice in Minecraft are Soul Campfires, Soul Lantern, Soul Torches, up to three Candles, and Redstone Torches. You can place each of these on a block of ice and it will not melt the ice below it or around it!
Soul based lighting blocks are the best option available because they emit the most light while not melting the ice. However, they are also the most difficult to get because you will need to brave The Nether to get the items required to build them.
To create these Soul lighting blocks, you will need to obtain Soul Soil or Soul Sand. These blocks can be found in Soul Sand Valley and Nether Wastes biomes. Here’s a look at the recipe requirements:
- Soul Torch – 1 Coal/Charcoal + 1 Stick + 1 Soul Sand/Soil
- Soul Lantern – 8 Iron Nuggets + 1 Soul Torch
- Soul Campfire – 3 Sticks + 1 Soul Sand/Soil + 3 Wood Blocks
The easiest option available to light up the ice is going to be the Redstone Torch. Redstone Dust can be found pretty reliably deep into the ground. You will start finding it from y-coordinate 16 to -64. You just need one single Redstone Dust and a Stick to create a Redstone Torch.
Finally, you can always craft yourself some candles. You can stack up to four candles in total on a single block, but only three candles and below will not melt the ice. Three Candles stacked on a block will give you more light than a Redstone Torch, but unfortunately they can be a bit difficult to make.
Making Candles requires 1 Honeycomb and 1 String. The String is easy to find, but getting Honeycomb can be difficult because it requires that there are bee nests nearby. If you are lucky enough to find some bees in the area, you can harvest the Honeycomb from the nest and create your own beehives to farm it.
That’s everything you need to know about illuminating an area that is on ice in Minecraft! We have more coverage of the game in the Minecraft section of our website.