Light 5E Spell

Hello magic practitioners of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 18th episode of our cantrip series. Today we’re going to be taking a look at the one the only dnd 5e light spell.

It is usable by the bard, cleric, sorcerer and the wizard and of course through extension anyone else using this spell list. It is found in the players handbook so everyone should have access to it or at the very least be aware of its existence. Now let’s take a quick look at some of the mechanics here.


Effect: Touch an object (<10ft). The object sheds bright light in a 20foot radius, and dim light for another 20ft. Color can be changed. Covering the object blocks out the light. Only one cast can be active, dismissed as an action. When target is being held or warn by a hostile creature (dex save).

  • Casting Time: 1 Action
  • Range: Touch
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Components: Verbal and Material
  • School: Evocation

The cast time is one action, the range is touch, the duration is one hour, and the rough effect is touching object less than 10 feet, the object sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim light for another 20 feet. The color can be changed covering the object and blocks out the light only one cast can be active at a time, dismiss as an action when target is being held or worn by a hostile creature.

There is a dexterity save in there. The components are verbal and material. The school is evocation which is that i don’t know the light cantrips to me i feel like they should be more under illusion but i do get why their evocation so just my personal greetings. Now let’s write out the full description here.


In this light 5e you may touch one object which was not larger than 10 feet in any of its dimension. Until the end of this light spell 5e, the object would shed bright light in a 20-foot radius and also dim light for an extra 20 foot in an addition. Of course, the light can be colored how ever you like. Basically, in this dnd 5e light completely covering the object by something opaque blocks the light.

The spell will end if you cast it again or else dismiss it like an action. If you ever target an action in this spell then an object held or worn by the hostile creature, but to avoid this dnd 5e spell that specific creature must be succeeded on a dexterity saving throw.

So a lot of really cool things here now this is in my opinion in terms of light at least are superior to dancing lights. If you recall dancing lights actually only provides a dim light which means you get disadvantage to still on your perception checks where with light thats with another case.

So super cool stuff there. I also really like that you can target it on to worn or carried items that really does play into the alternative use is quite a bit is definitely something that i would consider taking as a caster not gonna lie. They usually i’m an arcane rogue and also already have dark vision and most of my builds but i mean if i didn’t this would be very useful. Now lets get into some of those alternative uses here.

Alternative Uses

So firstly if an enemy has the ability to turn invisible i would certainly use this on him. If it doesn’t have if it’s not wearing anything per se i might use like a pin or something of that nature to put on to the enemy.

Alternatively if you have enemies that are constantly escape into like a vampire bat or a vampire who every time you get close to beating him he just turns into a bat and goes with a bunch of other bats or disappears into the light or night if you were to use this on him.

It would definitely help you differentiate in addition of that one of the helical enlarged event but one of the debates in it into with someone else who is quite knowledgable dnd 5e claimed that dancing light is more effective in some ways because he can use it as a distraction but if you have an animal familiar or anything like that you can certainly use light casted on them have them basically fulfill the role of the if you will to confusing disorientate foes.

Attributes Of Light 5E Spell

Casting Time1 action
ClassesBard, Cleric, Sorcerer, Wizard
ComponentsV M
Duration1 hour
MaterialA firefly or phosphorescent moss
TargetOne object that is no larger than 10 feet in any dimension
Wrap Up

In any case that’s about all i could come up with in terms of viable usable ones. If you have any other ones you’d like to suggest though please take it down the comments as well as any cool stories you have regarding this cantrip i really would enjoy reading it. In any case i hope you all guys have a great and as always happy casting.

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