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<strong>Thunderbolts and lightning, very very... exciting!</strong>
 
<strong>Thunderbolts and lightning, very very... exciting!</strong>
  
The purpose of this wiki is to collect all information about Lightning. Lightning enables super-quick payments, from your phone or PC. You can read about [[How Lightning Works]]. Lightning can be used on [[Bitcoin]], but on other cryptocurrencies as well! The Lightning Network is a decentralized system for instant, high-volume micropayments that removes the risk of delegating custody of funds to trusted third parties.
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The purpose of this wiki is to collect all information about Lightning.  
  
<strong>The wiki is a community effort, so it would be great if you wanted to help!</strong> Read (or write) about [[Node|Lighting nodes]], [[wallets]], [[services]], [[Shops accepting Lightning Payments|shops]], [[Editing the wiki‎|...]]. For questions use the contact form on [[Wiki contact]].  
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The Lightning Network scales blockchains and enables trustless instant payments by keeping most transactions off-chain and leveraging the security of the underlying [[Bitcoin|blockchain]] as an arbitration layer.
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This is accomplished primarily through "[[Channels|payment-channels]]”, wherein two parties commit funds and pay each other by updating the balance redeemable by either party in the [[Channel|channel]]. This process is instant and saves users from having to wait for [[On-chain transactions|block confirmations]] before they can render goods or services.
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[[Channels|Payment channels]] are trustless, since any attempt to [[Fraud|defraud]] the current agreed-upon balance in the channel results in the complete forfeiture of funds by the liable party.
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By moving payments off-chain, the cost of opening and closing channels (in the form of on-chain transaction fees) is ammortized over the volume of payments in that channel, enabling [[Payment|micropayments]] and small-value transactions for which the on-chain transaction fees would otherwise be too expensive to justify. Furthermore, the Lightning Network scales not with the transaction throughput of the underlying blockchain, but with modern data processing and latency limits - payments can be made nearly as quickly as packets can be sent.
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[[Hash Time-Locked Contracts]] (HTLCs) allow transactions to be sent between parties who do not have a direct channels by routing it through multiple hops, so anyone connected to the Lightning Network is part of a single, interconnected global financial system.
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In short, the Lightning Network enables scalable blockchains through a high-volume of instant transactions not requiring custodial delegation.
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Read (or write) about [[How Lightning Works]], [[Node|Nodes]], [[Invoice|Invoices]], [[Channels]], [[Wallets]], [[Services]], [[Shops accepting Lightning Payments|shops]] or read information on [[Editing the wiki‎|editing the wiki]]. For questions use the contact form on [[Wiki contact]].  
  
<strong>Read about</strong>
 
* [[How Lightning Works]], [[Node|Nodes]], [[Invoice|Invoices]] and [[Channels]]
 
 
* Read the [[FAQ]] or [[HOWTO]] page
 
* Read the [[FAQ]] or [[HOWTO]] page
 
* Existing nodes on [[:Category:Node]]. That page also has instructions on how to add your node.
 
* Existing nodes on [[:Category:Node]]. That page also has instructions on how to add your node.
 
* Links to [[Resources]]
 
* Links to [[Resources]]
 
<strong>Help out!</strong>
 
 
* [[Editing the wiki‎|Write pages]]. The requested pages are [https://lightningwiki.net/index.php?title=Special%3AWhatLinksHere&target=Template%3AStub&namespace= here]
 
* [[Editing the wiki‎|Write pages]]. The requested pages are [https://lightningwiki.net/index.php?title=Special%3AWhatLinksHere&target=Template%3AStub&namespace= here]
 
* [[Wiki contact|Make a better logo or favicon]] ;)
 
* [[Wiki contact|Make a better logo or favicon]] ;)
 
* [[Wiki contact|Tell me your ideas]]
 
* [[Wiki contact|Tell me your ideas]]
 
* [[Wiki contact|Do you want to help as an admin? Contact me]]
 
* [[Wiki contact|Do you want to help as an admin? Contact me]]
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Revision as of 14:01, 11 January 2019

Thunderbolts and lightning, very very... exciting!

The purpose of this wiki is to collect all information about Lightning.

The Lightning Network scales blockchains and enables trustless instant payments by keeping most transactions off-chain and leveraging the security of the underlying blockchain as an arbitration layer.

This is accomplished primarily through "payment-channels”, wherein two parties commit funds and pay each other by updating the balance redeemable by either party in the channel. This process is instant and saves users from having to wait for block confirmations before they can render goods or services.

Payment channels are trustless, since any attempt to defraud the current agreed-upon balance in the channel results in the complete forfeiture of funds by the liable party.

By moving payments off-chain, the cost of opening and closing channels (in the form of on-chain transaction fees) is ammortized over the volume of payments in that channel, enabling micropayments and small-value transactions for which the on-chain transaction fees would otherwise be too expensive to justify. Furthermore, the Lightning Network scales not with the transaction throughput of the underlying blockchain, but with modern data processing and latency limits - payments can be made nearly as quickly as packets can be sent.

Hash Time-Locked Contracts (HTLCs) allow transactions to be sent between parties who do not have a direct channels by routing it through multiple hops, so anyone connected to the Lightning Network is part of a single, interconnected global financial system.

In short, the Lightning Network enables scalable blockchains through a high-volume of instant transactions not requiring custodial delegation.

Read (or write) about How Lightning Works, Nodes, Invoices, Channels, Wallets, Services, shops or read information on editing the wiki. For questions use the contact form on Wiki contact.


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