Light clients allow the end user to interact with the bitcoin blockchain and to make and confirm transactions without committing the disk space. However, there are some benefits from running a full node too. An important characteristic of full nodes is that they are trustless. This means that they will reject any block or transaction that violates consensus rules, even if every other node on the network thinks that it is valid. Full nodes help process or validate transactions. That’s why those who are interested in mining will most likely have to be using a full node. Full nodes also contribute to the functionality of a network, and the more full nodes that are operating within the network, the more trustless and decentralized the system becomes. Those who are beginners should definitely get acclimated with a light client because it’s just going to make your life easier. Once you become more experienced, you can switch to a full node. Full nodes are the backbone of the network. They are tasked with routing, mining, and providing wallet services and can also independently verify transactions. Light clients, on the other hand, allow great accessibility and ease of use. One more thing worth noting is that the relationship between full nodes and light clients exists because if it did not, then light clients would not be able to connect to the crypto network. This might lead them to use a centralized service instead.
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