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Category Item
Heavy Load
Function Fire starting
Light source
Capacity Unknown units
Contents Lighter fluid
Light distance 2 tiles
Light strength 0.4
Technical details
Class name Base.Lighter

A lighter is a drainable item with various uses.


A lighter can be used to light candles, molotov cocktails, cigarettes, campfires, or antique ovens, burn corpses, or as a light source. In order to use a molotov or cigarette, a lighter must be equipped in the secondary slot of the inventory. Corpses can be burnt if a lighter is in the primary slot and a gas can is in the secondary slot.

Light source

The light provided by a lighter is inferior to that of a flashlight, but will provide a ring of light around the player. If a flashlight isn't in the player's inventory, pressing the 'F' key (default) will equip a lighter and turn it on. Once equipped, pressing 'F' will turn it on or off.


Product Recipe Description Skill Level
A Lit Candle x1
Candle.png + Matches.png
Candle x1 Lighter
Matches x1
(consumed) (consumed)
A Lit Candle. Level 0


Lighters can be found in many counters and on vehicle glove boxes and seats.


Building/Room Container Rolls Chance
All Wardrobe 4 2
Crate 1 4
Side Table 1 2
Bin 1 2
Office Drawers 1 3
Other 1 3
Garbage Bag 1 1
Bar Shelves 4 3
Counter 2 3
Bin 1 2
Convenience Store Shelves 4 2 (x3)
Corner Store Counter 2 2 (x2)
Counter 2 2 (x2)
Fossoil Counter 4 2 (x2)
Shelves 4 2 (x2)
Crate 4 2 (x2)
Grocery Storage Bin 1 2
Grocery Counter 4 2 (x2)
Crate 4 2 (x2)
Garage Storage All 2 3 (+2)
Gas Store Shelves 5 2
Counter 2 2
Gas storage Counter 5 2
General Store Other 5 1
General Store Storage Other 5 1
Kitchen Counter 2 2
Mechanic Metal Locker 3 3
Motel Room (Occupied) Bin 1 2
Post Office Counter 2 1
Storage Unit All 3 2
Zippee Store Counter 1 2 (x3)
Shelves 4 2 (x2)
Crate 4 2 (x2)


Profession Container Rolls Chance
All Glove Box 1 5
Seat 1 1



From items.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Version 39.67.5
	item Lighter
		LightDistance		= 2,
		Weight			= 0.1,
		Type			= Drainable,
		UseWhileEquipped	= FALSE,
		TorchCone		= FALSE,
		LightStrength		= 0.4,
		DisplayName		= Lighter,
		ActivatedItem		= TRUE,
		Icon			= Lighter,
		MetalValue 		= 1,
		cantBeConsolided 	= TRUE,


RC 2.9 Added to the game
Build 23
All light sources are a bit stronger
Build 28 Burn zombie corpses ! It'll need some petrol and a lighter/matches.
Build 35 Bug Fix: lighter can't be consolidated

See also

Tools Baking PanBowlBucketCan OpenerCooking potEmpty Bottle (Pop)Empty Bottle (Water)Empty Bottle (Alcohol)Empty MugEmpty JarExtinguisherFishing Net TrapFishing RodFishing Rod (Crafted)Fishing TackleGardening Spray CanGas canJackJar LidKettleLug WrenchMopMortar and PestleNeedleNotched Wooden PlankPaint BrushPropane TankPropane TorchRoasting PanSawSaucepanTire PumpTrowelUmbrellaWatering CanWelding MaskWrench
Tools/Weapons AxeCrowbarFrying PanRolling PinScrewdriverSledgehammerShovelRaw AxeStone HammerWooden Spear
Illumination Lit CandleFlashlightLighterMatches
Stationery Empty NotebookEraserJournalPenPencilSheet of Paper