Bitcoin Lightning Network Capacity Up 25% in the Last 4 Months
The Bitcoin Lightning Network holds over 5,000 BTC (96 million) as more people use the layer 2 scaling solution to transfer bitcoin.
In June 2022, the network capacity hit 4,000 BTC, indicating increased growth despite the ongoing bear market. The increasing capacity is good for users since it leads to faster transaction speeds and sizes.
Despite a decline since May 2022, the number of nodes supporting the network has also been growing steadily and currently stands at just over 17,000 nodes:
Advantages of the network include:
1. Instant payment – Payment speed measured in milliseconds to seconds.
2. Scalability – Capable of millions to billions of transactions per second across the bitcoin network.
3. Low fees.
4. Cross blockchains
The Lightning network was designed to scale the bitcoin network’s main layer. This layer is slow, built for security and size rather than speed. Lightning has its own set of rules, separate from the main Layer 1 blockchain, allowing for much faster payments and much lower fees.
Lightning does this by opening up channels off the main Bitcoin blockchain where transactions occur. The resulting balances following those transactions can be seen between the parties without the balances having to be broadcast on the main bitcoin blockchain.
By transacting and settling off-blockchain, the Lightning Network allows for exceptionally low fees, which enables for emerging use cases such as instant micropayments.
With smart contracts, Lightning can settle the final balance of those payments into the base layer while ensuring that all transactions abide by the rules of the protocol.
JmekaSaysThis post is based on this twitter thread.