Lightning Network is a Layer 2 solution on top Bitcoin (Layer 1).

Layers

Under normal conditions we should run our own Bitcoin Full Node and point the Lightning Network Node to it. This way we make sure that we are independent of any third parties to notify us about events related to our channel(s) state.

However, many people do not want/can/care to run a Bitcoin Full Node, what they would like is a quick and simple way to test some Lightning Network applications (LApps).

For the cases when the Lightning Network node has just one or two channels with little funds…

Vlad Stan

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