6 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
lamp, a light, light, counter for lights
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
1605 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 灯 【トウ】 light, lamp, counter for electric lights
  • 灯台 【トウダイ】 lighthouse, old-fashioned interior light fixture comprising a wooden pole with an oil-filled dish and a wick atop it
  • 洋灯 【ヨウトウ】 lamp
  • 消灯 【ショウトウ】 putting out the lights, turning off the lights

Kun reading compounds

  • 灯 【ひ】 light, lamp
  • 灯明かり 【ひあかり】 lamplight, torchlight
  • 灯火 【ともしび】 light, lamp, torch
  • 灯す 【ともす】 to light (a candle, lamp, etc.), to turn on (a light)
  • 明かり 【あかり】 light, illumination, glow, gleam, lamp, light
  • 明かりを消す 【あかりをけす】 to turn the lights off


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • lámpara
  • luz
  • contador para luces


  • lâmpada
  • luz
  • sufixo p/ contagem de luzes


  • lampe
  • lumière
  • compteur de lampes
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