View Full Version : Light newbie and IES Lights

02-09-2008, 12:34 AM
Looking at all the pics for IES lights on boards and wondering..Is there some tut for making them someplace?
Do I need to model them?
Will Luxigons work?

Haven't used them before at all and they look intersting.

02-09-2008, 02:13 AM
I think how it works is you need an IES file and a plugin that will read it. From what I understand, IES is data about the behavior of real lights.. or something like that. The plugin reads the data and produces the appropriate light patterns... kind of similar to the approach HDRI panoramic images take.

I think that's how it works anyway...

02-09-2008, 05:32 AM
yea, got all that.

So I just make a sphere in modeler and put a light in it?

wouldn't a sphere just hanging on the side of a wall look strange for a light fixture?

02-09-2008, 06:39 AM
hmm actually the sphere to be used with dpont's IES node should be small enough not to be seen (it can be as a small as one millimeter, for instance), so it can fit in the lamp itself - That way you won't see the sphere, just the model of your light