Natural v. Artificial Light

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 11506

Does your lamp produce light the same as the sun does? Can you compare your flashlight to a lightning flash? Be a photographer for a day and discover the difference between natural and man-made light!



learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • What is the difference between light produced by fire and light produced by a flashlight (besides the fact that you can't toast marshmallows over a flashlight)?

Tell your teacher or parent the differences between the types of light shown above.

  • Did you mention that firelight is produced naturally, and a flashlight beam is produced by a battery?

All light can be grouped into one of two categories: natural light and artificial light.

Natural light is light that is not produced by a man-made source. It is light that occurs naturally in nature. Examples of natural light include fire, sunlight, moonlight, fireflies, and stars.

  • Can you think of any other examples of natural light?

Tell your teacher or parent.

Artificial light is light that is produced by a man-made source. For this reason, some people refer to artificial light as man-made light.

Artificial light is typically produced by household electricity or by a battery. Examples of artificial light include flashlights, wired lighting within your home, and the light from a television screen.

  • Can you think of any other examples of artificial light?

Tell your teacher or parent.

Now that you know the two main classifications of light, move on to the Got It? section to practice identifying natural and artificial light.

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