General
Parameters

Enable

Intensity

Options

Sampling

Shadows

Barn Door Effect

Notes

General

The VRay Spot Light is a V-Ray specific light source plugin that can be used to create physically accurate area lights.

Parameters

VRay Spot LightEnable

Enable - turns the VRay Spot Light on and off

Intensity

Color - specifies the color of the light when the Mode parameter is set to Color. When using photometric units, this color is normalized so that only the color hue is used, whereas the light intensity is determined by the  light Intensity.

 

Intensity - this value determines the light intensity.

Units - allows choosing the light units. Using correct units is essential when you work with the VRayPhysicalCamera. The light will automatically take the scene units scale into consideration to produce the correct result for the scale you are working with. The possible values are:  

Default (scalar) - the color and multiplier directly determine the visible color of the light without any conversion. The light surface will appear with the given color in the final image when seen directly by the camera (assuming there is no color mapping involved).

 

Luminous power (lm) - total emitted visible light power measured in lumens. When this setting is used, the intensity of the light will not depend on its size. A typical 100W incandescent light bulb emits about 1500 lumens of light.

 

Luminance (lm/m^2/sr) - visible light surface power measured in lumens per square meter per steradian. When this setting is used, the intensity of the light depends on its size.

 

Radiant power (W) - total emitted visible light power measured in watts. When using this setting, the intensity of the light does not depend on its size. Keep in mind that this is not the same as the electric power consumed by a light bulb for example. A typical 100W light bulb only emits between 2 and 3 watts as visible light.

 

Radiance (W/m²/sr) - visible light surface power measured in watts per square meter per steradian. When this setting is used, the intensity of the light depends on its size.

Options

 

Decay - allows you to choose the behavior of the light intensity from the distance of the light source. Normally the light intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the light (surfaces that are farther from the light are darker than surfaces which are closer to the light). The possible values are:

 

Linear - when this option is on the intensity will not decay with distance.

 

Inverse - light intensity inversely proportional to the distance from the light.

 

Inverse Square - light intensity inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the light. This is the normal behavior of light.

 

Penumbra Falloff - determines how the light will transition from full strength to no lighting inside the light cone. The possible values are:

 

Linear

 

Smooth Cubic

 

Affect diffuse - this determines whether the light is affecting the diffuse properties of the materials.

 

Affect specular - this determines whether the light is affecting the specular of the materials.

 

Area Specular - if enabled, the hilights will match the shape of the light. If false, hilights will always be calculated as from a point light.

Legacy Mode - if enabled the V-Ray spot light will behave as it did in V-Ray 1.05.29 and earlier versions of our product. Note the spot light actually work properly is this is disabled.

Sampling

Photon Subdivs- this value is used by V-Ray when calculating the Global Photon Map. Lower values mean more noisy results, but will render faster. Higher values produce smoother results but take more time.

 

Caustic Subdivs- this value is used by V-Ray when calculating Caustics. Lower values mean more noisy results, but will render faster. Higher values produce smoother results but take more time.

 

Cutoff Threshold- this parameter specifies a threshold for the light intensity, below which the light will not be computed. This can be useful in scenes with many lights, where you want to limit the effect of the lights to some distance around them. Larger values cut away more from the light; lower values make the light range larger. If you specify 0.0, the light will be calculated for all surfaces.

Shadows

Shadows - when on (the default), the light casts shadows. Turn this option off to disable shadow casting for the light.

 

Shadow Bias - bias moves the shadow toward or away from the shadow-casting object (or objects). If the Bias value is too low, shadows can "leak" through places they shouldn't, produce moire patterns or making out-of-place dark areas on meshes. If Bias is too high, shadows can "detach" from an object. If the Bias value is too extreme in either direction, shadows might not be rendered at all.

 

Shadow Radius - adjusts the softness of non area shadows.

 

Shadow Subdivs - this value controls the number of samples V-Ray takes to compute lighting. Lower values mean more noisy results, but will render faster. Higher values produce smoother results but take more time. Note that the actual number of samples also depends on the DMC Sampler settings.

 

Shadow Color - this parameter specifies a shadow color for this light. Note that any other color than black is not physically correct.

Barn Door Effect

Barn Door On - This option enables or disables the barn door effect. Barn doors restrict the light cone on the four sides of the light to produce a rectangular light shape (in the real world, they are four planes attached in a square around the light).

 

Barn Door Left - this is the left barn door shutter value.

 

Barn Door Right - this is the right barn door shutter value.

 

Barn Door Top - this is the top barn door shutter value.

 

Barn Door Bottom - this is the bottom barn door shutter value.

Notes