12 ways to get incoming capacity for your Bitcoin Lightning Network node

Posted 25 days ago by LN+

Whether you're a merchant, freelancer, employee or any other entity hoping to receive SATs through the Bitcoin Lightning Network, incoming liquidity is critically important for you. To be able to receive funds you need to have channels that are partially or full empty from your side.

Here are 12 ways you can generate incoming liquidity in no particular order.

1. LightningNetwork+

Right here on LN+ you can participate in a liquidity swap or a dual funded channel. This is the only free option, but you need to open a channel to receive a channel of equivalent size. This is a good option if you wanted to open channels to be able to send funds anyway.

2. LN Big

LN Big is one of the most well connected OG node operator offering large incoming channels for a fee.

3. Thor by Bitrefill

Bitrefill is also an OG lightning service. They offer incoming channels via their lightning product called Thor.

4. Yalls.org

Yalls is an OG Lightning social bookmarking site by Alex Bosworth, Lightning Labs developer, who offers channels for a fee.

5. Blocktank by Synonym

Blocktank is a new player in the space providing liquidity via a simple interface for a fee.

6. LOOP by Lightning Labs

LOOP by LL allows you to send out SATs from your lightning node and receive them back on chain. You can use this service to create incoming capacity in two simple steps. First, open to any well connected node, check the node explorer right here on LN+. Second, loop out part or the entire channel capacity using Thunderhub or other tools that support looping out. You end up with a channel that is empty on your side, thus you can receive SATs immediately.

7. Flow by Voltage

Voltage is a cloud lightning node service. They offer easy purchase of channels from other nodes on the network. Flow leverages Lightning Lab's Pool.

8. Liqidity Marketplace by LnRouter

On the lightning analysis website LNRouter you can get an incoming channel for a fee from the Liquidity Ad Marketplace.

9. Magma by Amboss

On the lightning explorer website Amboss you can buy a channel for a fee at the Magma Marketplace.

10. Bitfinex

Bitfinex is a Bitcoin exchange that supports Lightning. You can create incoming capacity by opening a channel to BFX's node, and then sending a part or all of the SATs to Bitfinex, exchange the LN SATs to on-chains SATs at the exchange, and finally send the funds back to yourself on chain. This is a rather expensive option because exchanges charge fees when moving funds.

11. Kraken

Kraken is another major Bitcoin exchange that supports lightning deposits. You can do the same trick as described above for Bitfinex. Here is Kraken's node if you wish to connect to them.

12. Spend

The most obvious and perpaps somewhat overlooked way to generate incoming liquidity is to open a channel to a merchant who accepts Lightning payments and spend your SATs with them. Besides the already mentioned Bitrefill, which offers phone top ups and various gift cards, you can also spend your sats at hundreds of online merchants. Buy a hardware wallet at the Blockstream store, get plane tickets or book a hotel at Travala, gamble with Lightning Roulette, etc. Browse for more at LN Stores.

If you're aware of any other method to create incoming liquidity, please comment.

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DonKingLN replied 7 days ago

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