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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
Base ID 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, 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 XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2
Lit Candle
Lit Candle
0 XP none Candle.png


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 41.65
	item Lighter
		DisplayCategory		= LightSource,
		LightDistance		= 2,
		Weight			= 0.1,
		Type			= Drainable,
		UseWhileEquipped	= TRUE,
		TorchCone		= FALSE,
		LightStrength		= 0.4,
		DisplayName		= Lighter,
		ActivatedItem		= TRUE,
		Icon			= Lighter,
		MetalValue 		= 1,
		cantBeConsolided 	= TRUE,
		StaticModel		= Zippo,
		WorldStaticModel	= ZippoGround,
		ticksPerEquipUse	= 110,
		Tags 			= StartFire,


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 (Pre 41) vde
Camping Campfire MaterialsChipped StoneNotched Wooden PlankSturdy StickTent Kit
Construction AxeBucketCrowbarHammerNeedlePaint BrushPropane TankPropane TorchStone AxeSawScrewdriverSledgehammerStone HammerWelder Mask
Cooking Baking PanBowlButter KnifeCan OpenerCooking PotEmpty Bottle (disambiguation)Water Bottle (Mayonnaise)Water Bottle (Remoulade)Water BottleEmpty JarEmpty MugEmpty Orange Soda BottleFrying PanHunting KnifeKettleKitchen KnifeRolling PinRoasting PanSaucepan
Farming Gardening Spray CanNPK FertilizerSackShovelTrowelWatering Can
Fishing Fishing Net TrapFishing RodFishing Rod (crafted)Fishing TackleCrafted Spear
Illumination CandleFlashlightLighterMatches
Keys Car KeyCombination PadlockKey RingKey (Door)Key (Padlock)Padlock
Mechanics Gas CanJackLug WrenchTire PumpWrench
Miscellaneous Bath TowelDish TowelExtinguisherMopMortar and PestleUmbrella
Stationery Empty NotebookEraserJournalPenPencilSheet of Paper
Trapping Cage TrapMouse TrapSnare TrapStick TrapTrap BoxTrap Crate