How to light up a lamp or light bulb in Daz Studio

Skill Level: Beginner / Views: 1918 / System Requirements: Daz Studio, but should also work in Poser

How to make a table lamp, wall lamp, ceiling lamp or even a bare light bulb appear to light up and glow in your renders.

NetWorthy on 1:52AM Sun, 01 June 2008

Simple Instructions

Make sure the lamp is very near its final location. 

Determine where the camera line of sight will hit the lamp, place a pointlight directly in front of the lampshade in the line of sight. The pointlight should be pale yellow or yellow-orange to simulate incandescent lighting - use pale bluish-white if lamp is fluorescent. Do spot renders to make sure the lampshade "lights up" properly and the color is OK.  Adjust the location and / or pointlight color until it looks good. 

If you still have trouble making the lamp look good at this point:
  • If light is too saturated, try reducing the light strength; 
  • Look at the lampshade. If lampshade is not plain white or cream, you might have to lighten the shade color quite a bit or remove the texture entirely. Once you have done this, spot render and adjust the pointlight again until it looks good.
Duplicate the first pointlight, put this new one behind the lamp at the point on the lampshade that is closest to the nearest wall. This makes a realistic light flood on the wall.  Do spot renders and adust color or location until the wall effect looks good.

Once you get all of this OK, you can parent the lights to the lamp and make small moves of the lamp without messing up the lights. That's it! 

You can also use this technique for a bare light bulb, you might have to reduce the size or strength of the pointlights is all.

Enjoy! Let me know how it works for you!

Tutorial Comments

Lianam  6:15PM Mon, 27 November 2017

Thanks this was very helpful. I have a better idea on how to do lights now. :)

Maladjuster  12:03AM Wed, 10 July 2013

I know this tutorial is really old, but it's super-helpful! Thanks!

AlienSlof  6:57AM Fri, 22 January 2010

So simple and so effective!

jaynep12002  9:37PM Sat, 27 December 2008

Thanks for this, it will be useful.

guppyaddict  1:10PM Sun, 07 September 2008

Thanks for this tut, it's helped me get the effects I wanted with flames which I have had problems with since starting with D|S. I can now render semi-realistic flames for my scenes! Thanks again!

blueblott  5:17AM Sun, 31 August 2008

I have been trying to find a way to create a gas lamp effect on a foggy night useing the Victorian Street light. do you have any ideas on that? Thanks,

NetWorthy  11:33AM Sun, 08 June 2008

I haven't found any fire / torch props I really like, I've had to resort to painting them as postwork. But one or two well placed pointlights in the vicinity of the torch or firepot will lend realism when the light floods surrounding items. You many want to skew the color values more towards red for this usage.

CurtieBear  9:12PM Thu, 05 June 2008

As an aside, how well would this work for torches/fire pots?

CurtieBear  9:10PM Thu, 05 June 2008

Thanks for the tutorial. Will come in handy. :o)

Country_Liv  6:49PM Thu, 05 June 2008

TYVM! I just got DAZ and need all the help I can get! Liv

popeslattz  6:21PM Thu, 05 June 2008

I've done this with candles and even a light in someone's hand. A very cool effect.

dragonmuse  6:59AM Thu, 05 June 2008

Very nice tutorial :)

LBJ2  1:15PM Wed, 04 June 2008

Great idea for a tutorial like that. I'm a smuck with light settings in DAZ studio :) Thanks a lot.

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