Daylight Sensor

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Daylight Sensor


First Appearance 1.5 (Snapshot 13w01a)
Type of Block Redstone
Stackable Yes 64

A Daylight Sensor (also known as a Daylight Detector) is a solar-powered slab-like block that is activated only by sunlight. It is similar to a solar panel in real life. It detects daylight in the sky and outputs a redstone signal that corresponds to the sunlight of which the sun is positioned. When the sun reaches its maximum daylight (at noon), it can activate up to 15 redstone activated blocks. Daylight sensors only activate when in sunlight, and will turn off during the night. Players can turn them into "night-time sensors" with a simple right-click, making them giving out a current when turned to night. This makes for much easier lampposts. They cannot be pushed with a piston. Daylight sensors can be used in furnaces as fuel, smelting 1.5 items per sensor. During sunset, with 2 different sensors, both sensor variations give power at the same time. This could be used for multiple redstone-powered contraptions, like a redstone-powered door or a food dispenser. In bedrock edition, it is possible to record how many times it is activated using a comparator.

A Lampost made out of a Daylight Sensor and redstone lamps


Daylight Sensor
Glass Glass Glass
Nether Quartz Nether Quartz Nether Quartz
Wooden Slab Wooden Slab Wooden Slab


On July 6, 2010, Notch suggested that he may implement daylight sensors and Jeb tweeted an image of the daylight sensor on January 2, 2013.

Daylight sensors were added in Java Edition 1.5 snapshot 13w01a. The ability to toggle between day and night mode was added in update 1.8 snapshot 14w31a.


  • Daylight sensors are 38 block high, which is shorter than a slab.