Mining Light

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It's... beautiful.
The Engineer finding gold in a mine

The Mining Light is a cosmetic item for the Engineer. It is a faintly glowing strap-on helmet lamp, which attaches to his regular hard hat.

The item's description was written by ravn0s for the Hat Describing Contest, and was slightly edited by Valve.

Update history

May 21, 2009 Patch (Sniper vs. Spy Update)
  • [Undocumented] The Mining Light was added to the game.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for the Mining Light.
  • [Undocumented] The Mining Light can now be uncrated with Unusual quality.

January 25, 2013 [Item schema update]

September 10, 2014 Patch #1

  • Updated the equip_region for the Mining Light.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the item_type for the the Mining Light.

September 25, 2014 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Added the Limited attribute to the Mining Light.


  • Typical mining helmets have either a fitting attached to them or molded into their surface, for the purpose of holding such a light. Since the Engineer wears a construction worker's hard hat, the light must be attached by non-conductive leather, nylon straps, or similar material.
  • The backpack icon for the Mining Light has a model render of Engineer wearing it. This is not seen in-game as the alpha mask applied to both versions of the backpack icon (small and large) only leaves the hat visible, while hiding everything else, leaving his player model hidden as a result.


See also


  1. Saxton Hale   (TF2 Official Blog)      "Kiss These Items Goodbye!".      Published   January 10, 2013.      Retrieved   September 30, 2021.