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Bitcoin: Bitcoin Lightning Nodes


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This chart shows the total number of Bitcoin Lightning nodes.

What Is Lightning Network

The Bitcoin blockchain is not able to process a very high number of transactions per second. It is built for security and size rather than speed. This means that using the main Bitcoin blockchain to conduct micropayments for everyday purchases is not practical.

Lightning nodes offer a solution to this by creating a way for bitcoin micropayments to be made to send funds anywhere in the world, instantly.

It is a Layer 2 scaling solution that has its own set of rules, separate from the main Layer 1 blockchain, allowing for much faster payments and much lower fees.

It is able to do this by opening up channels off the main Bitcoin blockchain. Transactions are made between parties across those channels. The resulting balances following those transactions can be seen between the parties, without the balances having to be broadcast on the main Bitcoin blockchain until a later time when the channel is ready to be closed.

Lightning is still in early stage development but as you can see by the Lightning data live charts on this site, it is growing over time.

Lightning is seen as a very important project for the future growth and success of Bitcoin. It will allow for day-to-day payments to be made in bitcoin which are not practical using the main Bitcoin blockchain.

In summary, Lightning offers...

  • Instant Payments: Transaction speed is typically in milliseconds. It relies on blockchain smart contracts rather than having to wait for block confirmation times on the main blockchain.
  • Scale: Lightning Network can process many millions of transactions per second.
  • Low fees: Because the transactions are settled off-chain the Lightning Network makes micropayments in bitcoin feasible as the fees are extremely low.
Mobile Wallets

Here are a list of mobile wallet providers should you be interested in experimenting with the Lightning Network.

Some of these are still in development testing so you should never deposit large amounts of money onto them:

Data Source

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For more in-depth information about the Lightning Network, a comprehensive library of resources is at:

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Bitcoin Lightning Capacity

Cumulative capacity held by all nodes on the Lightning Network.

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