Self-illumination

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Self-illumination on the Cheater's Lament.
See the VDC on $selfillum for how this is implemented in materials.

Self-illumination is a feature of the Source Engine that causes certain textures to appear to glow when in areas with little light. This effect is used to add to the appearance of certain items in Team Fortress 2.

Objects that glow in the dark

List of items with Self-illumination
Class Slot Item Notes
Weapons Melee Sun-on-a-Stick
  • The orange segments.
Sun-on-a-Stick
Cosmetics Bolt Boy
  • The lens.
Bolt Boy
Cross-Comm Express
  • The monocle.
Cross-Comm Express
Cosmetics Cross-Comm Crash Helmet
  • The laser and monocle.
Cross-Comm Crash Helmet
Infernal Impaler
  • The horn lighting.
Infernal Impaler
Lieutenant Bites
  • The eyes.
Lieutenant Bites
Lieutenant Bites the Dust
  • The eyes.
Lieutenant Bites the Dust
Soldier's Stogie
  • The burnt end of the cigar.
Soldier's Stogie
Weapons Melee Neon Annihilator
  • The neon tubing.
Neon Annihilator
Sharpened Volcano Fragment
  • The orange segments.
Sharpened Volcano Fragment
Third Degree
  • The heated coil.
Third Degree
Cosmetics Apparition's Aspect
  • The whole head.
Apparition's Aspect
Blazing Bull
  • The horns, ears, and eyes.
Blazing Bull
Carrion Companion
  • The eyes.
Carrion Companion
Electric Escorter
  • The lightbulb.
Electric Escorter
Fallen Angel
  • The wings.
Fallen Angel
Filamental
  • The whole head.
Filamental
Googol Glass Eyes
  • The lenses.
Googol Glass Eyes
Mucous Membrain
  • The goo.
Mucous Membrain
Person in the Iron Mask
  • The eye-slits and ear-holes.
Person in the Iron Mask
Portable Smissmas Spirit Dispenser
  • The window on the house in the snow globe.
Portable Smissmas Spirit Dispenser
PY-40 Incinibot
  • The lenses.
PY-40 Incinibot
Spectralnaut
  • The skull.
Spectralnaut
Tail From the Crypt
  • The tail.
Tail From the Crypt
Triclops
  • The lenses.
Triclops
Vicious Visage
  • The lenses.
Vicious Visage
Waxy Wayfinder
  • The flame and the top of the candle.
Waxy Wayfinder
Weapons Primary Grenade Launcher
  • The stripe and the end of the grenades.
Grenade Launcher
Iron Bomber
  • The stripe and the circles on the side of the grenades.
Iron Bomber
Loose Cannon
  • The fuse and plug on the cannonball.
Loose Cannon
Secondary Quickiebomb Launcher
  • The team-colored sections of the stickybombs.
Quickiebomb Launcher
Stickybomb Launcher
  • The stickybombs.
Stickybomb Launcher
Cosmetics Cap'n Calamari
  • The eye.
Cap'n Calamari
Eyeborg
  • The eye.
Eyeborg
Forgotten King's Restless Head
  • The eyes.
Forgotten King's Restless Head
HDMI Patch
  • The screen.
HDMI Patch
Mannhattan Project
  • The mushroom cloud.
Mannhattan Project
Polly Putrid
  • The eyes.
Polly Putrid
Scottish Snarl
  • The eyes and teeth.
Scottish Snarl
Taunt Spent Well Spirits
  • The stripe and the end of the grenades.
Spent Well Spirits
Weapons Secondary Robo-Sandvich
  • The light.
Robo-Sandvich
Melee Apoco-Fists
  • The gems.
Apoco-Fists
Cosmetics Bunsen Brave
  • The flames.
Bunsen Brave
Can Opener
  • The brain.
Can Opener
Cold War Luchador
  • The gems.
Cold War Luchador
Ivan The Inedible
  • The sandwich.
Ivan The Inedible
Soviet Stitch-Up
  • The bolts and the wounds.
Soviet Stitch-Up
Storm Spirit's Jolly Hat
  • The whole hat.
Storm Spirit's Jolly Hat
U-clank-a
  • The star.
U-clank-a
Weapons Primary Rescue Ranger
  • The screen and the light.
Rescue Ranger
Secondary Giger Counter
  • The light emitted.
Giger Counter
Cosmetics Clockwerk's Helm
  • The lenses.
Clockwerk's Helm
Data Mining Light
  • The whole hat.
Data Mining Light
Face Full of Festive
  • The festive lights.
Face Full of Festive
Industrial Festivizer
  • The festive lights.
Industrial Festivizer
Mining Light
  • The light.
Mining Light
Pip-Boy
  • The screen and buttons.
Pip-Boy
Special Eyes
  • The lenses.
Special Eyes
Tin-1000
  • The lenses.
Tin-1000
Head Mounted Double Observatory
  • The lenses.
Head Mounted Double Observatory
Weapons Primary Blutsauger
  • The team-colored muzzle and stripe.
Blutsauger
Secondary Kritzkrieg
  • The yellow lines on the barrel.
Kritzkrieg
Quick-Fix
  • The lights on the backpack.
Quick-Fix
Vaccinator
  • The beaker, hose, hose connector on the backpack, and the nozzle.
Vaccinator
Melee Übersaw
  • The team-colored liquid and the nozzle.
Übersaw
Vita-saw
  • The team-colored liquid.
Vita-Saw
Cosmetics Archimedes the Undying
  • The eyes.
Archimedes the Undying
Byte'd Beak
  • The lenses.
Byte'd Beak
Dr. Gogglestache
  • The lenses.
Dr. Gogglestache
Emerald Jarate
  • The neon liquid and the symbol.
Emerald Jarate
Herzensbrecher
  • The vials and heart.
Herzensbrecher
Quadwrangler
  • The vials.
Quadwrangler
Steam Pipe
  • The lenses.
Steam Pipe
Templar's Spirit
  • The eyes.
Templar's Spirit
Trepanabotomizer
  • The lights.
Trepanabotomizer
Taunt Results Are In
  • The x-ray.
Results Are In
Cosmetics Carious Chameleon
  • The eyes.
Carious Chameleon
Holy Hunter
  • The bullets and symbol.
Holy Hunter
Marsupial Man
  • The lenses.
Marsupial Man
Randolph the Blood-Nosed Caribou
  • The nose.
Randolph the Blood-Nosed Caribou
Sir Hootsalot
  • The eyes.
Sir Hootsalot
Sniper's Snipin' Glass
  • The lense and attachments.
Sniper's Snipin' Glass
Weapons Building Ap-Sap
  • The eye.
Ap-Sap
Cosmetics Backstabber's Boomslang
  • The eyes.
Backstabber's Boomslang
Upgrade
  • The lenses.
Upgrade
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Multiple classes
Weapons Melee Crossing Guard
  • The lights.
Crossing Guard
Cosmetics Doublecross-Comm
  • The monocle.
Doublecross-Comm
Professor's Pineapple
  • The liquid.
Professor's Pineapple
Snaggletoothed Stetson
  • The eyes.
Snaggletoothed Stetson
Weapons N/A Botkiller Wrench
  • The eyes on Mk. 1 Silver, Gold, Rust and Blood botkiller weapons.
Botkiller weapons
Festive Wrench
  • The festive lights.
Festive weapons
Cosmetics A Rather Festive Tree
  • The festive lights.
A Rather Festive Tree
Accursed Apparition
  • The skull.
Accursed Apparition
Aperture Labs Hard Hat
  • The lightbulb with a team-colored lens.
Aperture Labs Hard Hat
Awesomenauts Badge
  • The insignia.
Awesomenauts Badge
Beacon from Beyond
  • The flame and the top of the candle.
Beacon from Beyond
Bombinomicon
  • The eyes and gums.
Bombinomicon
Cheater's Lament
  • The halo.
Cheater's Lament
Conspiracy Cap
  • The bulb.
Conspiracy Cap
Dead Little Buddy
  • The ghost.
Dead Little Buddy
Dueler
  • The outline.
Dueler
Electric Badge-aloo
  • The monocle.
Electric Badge-aloo
Gifting Man From Gifting Land
  • The outline.
Gifting Man From Gifting Land
Hooded Haunter
  • The ghost.
Hooded Haunter
Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head
  • The inside areas. Set to fade in and out.
Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head
Philateler
  • The outline.
Philateler
Pocket Horsemann
  • The eyes and mouth.
Pocket Horsemann
RoBro 3000
  • The jet flame and the eye.
RoBro 3000
Rump-o'-Lantern
  • The bulb.
Rump-o'-Lantern
Spirit Of Giving
  • The screen.
Spirit Of Giving
Unknown Monkeynaut
  • The monkey.
Unknown Monkeynaut
Virtual Viewfinder
  • The lenses, ear covers and inside screen.
Virtual Viewfinder
Voodoo-Cursed Engineer Soul
  • The eyes and brain.
Voodoo-Cursed Soul
Blapature Co. Contributor
  • The rainbow circle.
Blapature Co. Contributor
Action items Power Up Canteen
  • The button on the Return to Base canteen.
  • The syringe on the Übercharge canteen.
  • The strap on the Ammo/Clip Refill, Buildings Upgrade, Critical Hit Boost, and Übercharge canteens.
  • The symbol on all five canteens.
Power Up Canteen


Update history

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed self illumination on the Earbuds.

September 15, 2011 Patch

February 1, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed an issue with the self-illumination on the Vaccinator's backpack.