Outdoor Can Lights

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I've never done a nighttime exterior shot before, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I placed can lights in the eaves of this home like you see attached in another house we When I view it in a camera view, only 8 lights work (as allowed by my graphics card) but when I ray trace it, I get no exterior lights on. What settings am I missing? This was done in X8. The ray trace settings are out of the box settings on "high quality". See attached pics and plans. Hopefully this made since. I have one heck of a head cold and that's probably why I missed something. Thank you in advance for taking time to look this over.




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Here's a quick take.


No textures came thru with the plan so I just

changed the color of the siding material to

look more like your photo.


Changed all the cans to 60W Point Lights

and gave them a light yellow color.


Used pretty basic setup: Outdoor/High Quality/

Dark/No Blur/No Caustics and Default Image



It takes a lot of passes to get rid of the grain and

there is still some bleeding but it should get you

headed in the right direction.


Left Image was 15 passes in 12 minutes

Right Image shows 46 passes in 30+ minutes


Edit: Oh yeah, I changed out the background

image too. The fireworks weren't doing it for me. :rolleyes:


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Thank you Rich for taking the time to help me out, I'll try it out and let you know my results.

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Rich, your settings did the trick. If I ever get around to doing that raytrace, I'll post the results. Thank you again for your help!

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