Levers are a good way to have a constant on/off state active for things like doors or lights. They can be used to secure your home with iron doors and keep mobs out. Unlike buttons or pressure plates, levers will keep emitting a redstone pulse until you switch it off. It is an incredibly simple recipe that does not even require a crafting table to make. Today I would like to show you how easy it is to make a lever.
Required Materials for a Lever
One piece of cobblestone
Cobblestone can be acquired by mining any piece of stone with a pickaxe.
Chop down a tree and turn the logs into planks. Using two planks turn them into the sticks you need for your lever.
How to make a Lever in Minecraft?
To make a lever simply gather a piece of cobblestone and one stick and place them in your crafting menu. Place the cobblestone at the bottom and the stick above it and that is all you need to make a lever.
The recipe is very cheap and can literally open many doors for your builds.
How to use a Lever in Minecraft?
Levers can be placed with a right click. It will power any adjacent block and can activate doors and lamps. Levers will be in the “off” state when originally placed.
Right clicking the lever will put it in the “on” state which will send out a redstone pulse until it is switched off again.
This can open your doors or power any adjacent redstone dust for fifteen blocks as long as all the dust is connected. You can use these levers in conjunction with iron doors to protect yourself or villagers from zombies.
If you would like to have a lever on both sides of a door and have either lever open or close the door regardless of the state either lever is in, you will need to make an XOR gate. An XOR gate is a logic gate that will override the function of another redstone emission. This makes it so you can place two levers that will open or close the door independently of the other.
Place two redstone comparators side by side and right click to activate them. Place dust all around it and levers at the back corners. Have some dust running from the end of the comparator to your door. If you arrange it like above, either lever will now open and close the door regardless of the state of the other lever.
The right lever is flicked on and opens the door.
The left lever is flicked on and despite both levers being activated the door will close. Flicking the left lever at this point will open the door and vice versa for the right lever. This logic gate is a little finicky due to how the behavior of comparators will change depending on the strength of the redstone pulse. To arrange it for both sides of a door simply place both levers at equal distances from the comparators. I’ll leave it up to you for how to hide the wiring, every build is different after all.
Q. Can Villagers use Levers?
Villagers cannot utilize levers. This means you can keep your villagers safe by setting a perimeter of iron doors and using levers as a means of access. This will prevent them from getting out with things like pressure plates.
Q. Can Mobs use Levers?
Mobs cannot use levers either. The only mob that can interact with levers at any capacity would be creepers exploding. The explosion can damage your wiring and lead to a frustrating time. Iron doors with levers keeps just about every mob from getting inside.
Congratulations! You now know how to utilize levers to a high potential. Levers make redstone easier to understand as it constantly emits its redstone pulse without further interaction. They can also be used to simply open and close doors or turn lights on and off. With a little bit of redstone knowledge you can keep yourself and villagers safe from mobs without worry or hassle.