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Synonyms for light and the sources of light


Radiant "light words" that can be used to describe light and it's properties like power, quality, softness, hardness, lustre and the like.

Shine on and learn the "language of light".




Ablaze radiant with bright color and light.
Aglow glowing.
Alight illuminated, lighted or lit.
Argent silvery or silvery white.
Aureate golden in shine or color.
Auroral of or pertaining to auroras (northern lights or dawn); roseate.


Beaming emitting, radiating or as if radiating light.
Blazing of tremendous fervor or intensity; white-hot; shining intensely.
Blink to send or transmit a message or signal with a flashing light; to twinkle; to glimmer; to flicker; gleam; sparkle; glimmer; glance.
Bright shedding, emitting, reflecting or having much light; shining; luminous; radiating.
Brilliant sparkling with luster; glittering; very bright.
Burnished having a shiny and glossy surface.


Candlelit illuminated by candle or candles.
Clear transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded.
Clinquant glittering with gold, silver or tinsel.
Cloudless clear; bright; free from clouds.
Colorful having striking color; iridescent; interesting, multifaceted, energetic or distinctive.
Comforting affording comfort or solace.
Corona crownlike circle of light surrounding an object (especially seen round the sun or moon during eclipse).
Coruscant glittering; flashing; having brief brilliant flashes of lights or points.
Crystal (clear) pellucid; absolutely transparent or clear.


Dazzling brilliant; splendid; shining and shimmering intensely.
Deep extending far; profound; significant.
Distinct very clear; marked; variegated; different; notable; easily perceived.


Effulgent shining; radiant; resplendent; splendid; luminous.
Enkindle to take fire or set afire; to arouse; to incite; to make glowing and luminous; to light.


Flaming passionate; ardent; intense; resembling a flame in characteristics (like warmth, brilliance, color etc.).
Flare to shine briefly and suddenly; to become excited; to intensify suddenly; to spread or open outward.
Flashy showy; visually impressive or appealing; dazzling or wonderful for a moment.
Flicker to shine intermittently; to pass or appear briefly and quickly; a slight or brief sensation, movement or flash of light.
Flowing moving, gliding or proceeding smoothly, gracefully or continuously.
Fluorescent glowing as if with fluorescent light; brilliantly colored; vivid.
Fulgent shining brilliantly and/or intensely; radiant; dazzling; effulgent.
Fulgid scintillant; coruscant; glittering; dazzling.


Gentle soft; soothing; tender; amiable.
Gilt resembling gold as in luster or color; superficial gloss or brilliance.
Glacé having a glossy, smooth and glazed surface; to glaze.
Glance to shine, flash or sparkle briefly.
Glancing light which gleams sparkles or flashes as it bounces off other surfaces.
Glare to shine brightly and intensely; a bright and intense light; showy or garish brilliance or appearance.
Glaring shining intensely and brightly.
Glaze to give a smooth lustrous or glassy surface to; to become glassy or glazed.
Glazy glazed; glassy.
Gleam to shine brightly; to glitter; to emit a brief flash or beam of
Gleaming bright with a steady but dimmed shining or light.
Glimmer to shine faintly or lightly; to appear faintly; to twinkle.
Glinty glittery; sparkling.
Glistening Reflecting light in large amounts or readily; having a surface luster.
Glittering shining with a sparkling or shimmering light; impressively elaborate; glamorous; desirable and valuable.
Glittery shining with a sparkling or shimmering light; impressively elaborate; glamorous; desirable and valuable.
Glorious splendid; characterized by great splendor and beauty.
Glossy having a shiny, smooth and lustrous surface; showy; stylish and
Glowing softly radiant or bright; full of praise; highly energetic or enthusiastic; beautiful.
Golden lustrous; radiant; shining; something resembling gold.


Hot exciting; energized or charged; arousing; passionate; fresh.


Ignite to arouse or excite passion or feelings; to light or spark off.
Illuminated irradiated, decorated or illustrated by light.
Illuminating producing or giving light; tending to increase knowledge or insight; clarifying; enlightening.
Incandescent passionate or full of emotion; very brilliant or bright; shining.
Inflame to make glow; to kindle or light up; to arouse passionate action or feeling; to become aroused or excited; intensify.
Intense extreme in degree, strength or size; excessive; ardent; fervent; deeply felt; profound.
Inviting alluring; tempting; attractive.
Irradiant illuminating; shining brightly; able to brighten or illuminate.


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Kind warmhearted; generous; friendly; beneficial; gentle.
Kindle to build or set a fire; to ignite or light up; to become bright; to glow.


Lambent softly brilliant, radiant and/or light; flickering softly and lightly on or over a surface; having a gentle glow (especially without heat); luminous; twinkling.
Light having light; bright; gentle; free from troubles or worries; to signal; illuminate; dawn; daybreak; brightness; a source of light.
Lighted illuminated (especially with artificial light).
Lighten brighten; illuminate; to make lighter or light; to alleviate; gladden.
Limpid characterized by transparency and clearness; pellucid; bright and clear; without worry and calm; serene.
Lively full, of life, spirit and energy; refreshing; invigorating; brisk.
Lucent shining; translucent; clear; bright; lustrous; lucid.
Luminescent shining with or emitting light by luminescence.
Luminosity the state, quality or condition of being luminous.
Luminous emitting light; bright; easily understood or comprehended; enlightened.
Lustrous having a glow or sheen; radiant; luminous.


Mirrorlike reflective: resembling a mirror.
Moonlit lit by the moon.
Mysterious arousing wonder (especially by eluding comprehension and explanation); enigmatic; pleasantly and curiously unknown.


Nitid shining; bright; lustrous; fine; spruce.


Optical of or relating to light and/or sight; visual.


Pellucid translucent or transparent; allowing or admitting the passage of light.
Polished shiny and smooth; refined; elegant; cultured; having no errors or imperfections; flawless.
Powerful strong, effective, influential or potent; large; capacious.
Prismatic brilliant and/or varied in color; iridescent; of or pertaining to a prism.


Radiant emitting light or heat; bright; emanating great love, joy, happiness or health; the luminous object from which light emanates.
Radiate to emit light (especially as if in rays); to illuminate; experience or showing a feeling of happiness and/or well-being.
Reflective capable of or creating or producing reflection.
Refulgent radiant; brilliant; shining; splendid.
Relucent shining and/or glittering with reflected light; luminous; bright.
Resplendent splendid; brilliant; dazzling; colorful and shiny.
Reveal to make known; to uncover; to show.
Rich characterized by abundance, fullness, fruitfulness or great quality; of great worth; strong; intense; sumptuous.
Rising ascending, going up, advancing or increasing; emerging.


Satiny smooth, shiny and lustrous; glossy.
Scintillant brilliantly clever, witty or amusing; high-spirited; sparkling.
Sharp having clear detail and form; intellectually keen; exact; precise; intense; attractive or stylish.
Sheeny lustrous; bright; glistening; glossy; radiant; glittering; reflecting light.
Shining splendid; brilliant; radiant; distinguished; emitting or reflecting light; polished.
Shiny radiating or reflecting light; bright; having a shiny and smooth surface; glossy; excellent; remarkable.
Shower to bestow abundantly; to sprinkle or spray with.
Showy aesthetically pleasing; brilliant; flashy; stylish; striking.
Silken having a gleaming, smooth, soft and/or reflective surface; luxurious; delicately pleasing.
Silvery resembling silver in appearance, color and luster.
Sleek smooth; glossy; healthy; thriving; to make glossy or smooth; to polish; that which makes glossy or smooth.
Soft smooth; affectionate; attracted; tender; easy; calm.
Spangly sparkly; glittering.
Sparkling glittering; flashing; brilliant; lively; appearance or act of something sparkly; a gleam.
Sparkly glittery; lively; high-spirited; vivacious.
Spectral of or pertaining to a spectrum.
Specular Having the qualities of a mirror; smooth and reflecting.
Splendent lustrous; shining; brilliant; glossy; splendid; marvelous.
Splendid brilliant with color or light; radiant; splendor and very beautiful; showy; very good; magnificent; pompous; famous; celebrated.
Splendiferous brilliant; splendid; beautiful; gorgeous.
Starlit lighted or illuminated by starlight.
Strong powerful; effective; intense; solid.
Sublime majestic; noble; awe-inspiring and impressive; supreme.
Sunlit lighted or illuminated bu sunlight.
Sunny bright; shining; radiant; warm; genial; cheerful.


Tinsel showy; sparkling.
Translucent clear; lucid.
Transparent clear; obvious; open; public; sheer; free of deceit or lies.
Twinkling shining with a sparkling light (especially intermittently).


Unclouded clear; not troubled, obscured or darkened by anything.


Vibrant bright; lively; vigorous; resonating.
Vivid clear; brilliant; bright; intense; powerful; colorful; detailed; lively.


Warm friendly; loving; passionate; caring; characterized by excitement, liveliness or enthusiasm; passionate; fresh or recently made; imparting or preserving heat; to enliven; to become or make enthusiastic, animated or ardent; to become friendly; to become, keep or make warm or warmer.


White (light)
Yellow (light)



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Led (light-emitting diode)
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