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The ancient lamp provides a very small amount of light immediately around itself, unconditionally. This light is incredibly weak, barely able to reach the tiles next to it, making it unsuitable for most tasks.
However, if the terrain is in your favor, you can build a Simple research bench right next to it, so that the colonist is in light to increase your research speed very slightly. You can also fit a second work station, such as a Hand tailor bench on the opposite side. This gives its light a niche similar to the Unstable power cell and Mech node, without the costs associated with those two structures (both having -20 beauty, the mech node being far more valuable to just deconstruct for plasteel and components, and the unstable power cell exploding violently if it's damaged).
It also provides no heat, which may make it slightly preferable to torches in conditions where heat cannot be easily managed, or where wood is scarce. However, it cannot satisfy ideological requirements (e.g. darklight or styles).
- Ideology DLC Release - Added.