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Featured upload! Gunmod's Radiance Light System 2.4 *4/29/09*

by dDefinder Posted 27th Jun 2008 at 4:46 PM - Updated 29th Apr 2009 at 2:24 PM by dDefinder : to 2.4
566 Comments / replies (Who?) - 11 Feedback Posts, 14 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
"Enhanced lighting system for the Sims 2. Uses physics laws of light
to ensure the most realistic lighting possible within The Sims 2."
-Gunmod

UPDATE

2.4 APL-29
-Added optional files. 2 types of unlit room darknesses and a balance to all lights
-removed indoor sunlight color saturation.
-Increased unlit room brightness at night
-Decreased orb lights and few table lamps diffusive Strength
-Changed two street light colors from yellow to white
-Adjusted Sims and object overall light strength
-Adjusted seasons, morning, and evening
-Adjusted winter, Spring, and Fall indoor portal spill to match better with summer
-Adjusted cloudy day, will now resemble winter as but a bit darker and grey
-Fixed street lamp from M and G from casting a very weak light, again


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This is all based on Gunmod's Radiance Light System 2.1 and 2.2 made compatible for all expansion packs including stuff packs. I've included the pool shader from 2.2, It should not be used with Seasons if you have useshaders on true. All credit belongs to Gunmod, Previous versions are not needed.

General Changes from 2.2:
>Compatibility for all EP's and SPís
>Specular highlights for indoors and with usershaders on.
>Fixes to errors found on certain objects and lamps in base game.
>Corrected Dance and Neon lights and color.
>Adjustments to Day, night, Seasons and weather.
>Adjustments to dawn and dusk.
>Adjustments to Archways and Glass doors to make them cast more correctly.
>Adjustments to all light objects and windows.
>Adjustments to Userstartup.cheat
>Increase all light brightness and fallout range.
>Increase Doors and windows fallout range.


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Recommended downloads
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Smarter Lights by Numenor: "automatically turn the light on and off, depending of the type of the lot, the time of the day and what the sims are doing."
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=188024

Courtesy Lights by Numenor: "The Courtesy Lights will automatically lit up whenever the room is dark, when the standard lamps are off during nighttime, or in windowless rooms."
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=305228

Weather Atmosphere by chris997: "buyable sky, it projects new clouds in the atmosphere"
http://modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=187229
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Additional Credits:
Chocolate Pi for RLS 2.2 RC1
Chesspieceface for RLS 2.2 RC2
Original RLS creator Gunmod
Numenor for SCRIPTORIUM, Smarter Lights, Courtesy Lights
skygirl22 Mac Install instructions
MATY, InSim, MTS2 Feedback
Tags: #Gunmod, #Radiance, #Light, #System, #2.2, #2.1, #2.3, #beta, #Lighting, #Mod, #Hack, #RLS, #RC1, #Realistic

Type: Global Mods

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
BACKUP Maxis lighting.zip | Description: Backup lighting 263.1 KB 46,226 25th Sep 2008
Gunmod's_Radiance_Light_System_2_3_beta.zip | Description: Gunmod Radiance Light System 2 .4 338.9 KB 106,328 23rd Jan 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Please Check readme for full information:

How to Install

There are 2 ways to install the mod though automatically with SCRIPTORIUM or by moving and editing the Necessary files as instructed. The easiest way is to do use SCRIPTORIUM while manual is for more advance users.


Installing automatically

To install automatically use
SCRIPTORIUM by Numenor:

http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=192613

It will install most necessary files including userstartup.cheat you do not need to follow the Manual install instructions. But for updating check 'how to update'
(Thanks to Numenor)

Note: This is does not contain the RLS-Shaders should only be used with NL and up.


For mac install instructions

http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/showt...488#post1997488

(Thanks to skygirl22)


Installing with Deluxe or Double Deluxe Editions

Open folder called _Deluxe Editions.
Move the folder of the version of the Deluxe Edition that you have.

If you have Deluxe you don't install "Nightlife" and the "The Sims 2" folders as they are already included the deluxe folder. As With Double Deluxe you don't install "Nightlife", "Celebration" and "The Sims 2" folders. Continue install your other EP and SP if you have them following Manual Install.


Installing Manually

1) Make sure that you can run the game on high lighting and shadow settings and that your card supports pixel shader 2.0 to get the full effect of the mod. If you can run the game lighting on high then you are able to use this mod.
The mod can used with UseShaders false. You do not need 2.1 or 2.2 to install.

2) back up your userStartup.cheat by renaming it to something else
Found in:
\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config

3) Extract into the folders into ALL games that you have. Look in "_Stuff Packs" for SP games extract them if needed.


Example

You have The Sims 2, Freetime, OFB, Family Fun Stuff

Open the .zip
Drag The Sims 2, Freetime, OFB folders from the zip into C:\Program Files\EA GAMES
Yes to replace
For stuff packs go _Stuff packs
And drag and drop in the same spot and replace.

NOTE: If you have H and M or IKEA the folder name in the zip couldn't read the (R) symbol and it replaced it with an r. It is recommended that you move the lights folder manually instead of extracting it.

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4) The userStartup.cheat can be done either:

-a) Open userStartup file with notepad and copy all lines from this mod.
Then go to:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config
Open the userStartup with notepad and paste the contents at the top in the txt file.

-b) Extract the userStartup to:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config
This will overwrite everything that's in the file. This can be avoided by following step A instead.

If you find that you don't have a userStartup use method B


Useshaders false

If you have problems running the game with UseShaders on true. You can change it to false by opening userstartup with notepad and editing the line:
boolProp UseShaders true

And changing true to false:
boolProp UseShaders false

With it false, pool shaders and Bumpmapping will be disabled. Fish will disappear if using Seasons.

You would normally do this if your card has problems with 2.0 shaders and experience low FPS(slowdowns) after installing the mod.

Optional Files

Those are optional files that will change my default settings for unlit rooms and objects. This can be ignored if you don't want them changed. I recommend to use my settings first before deciding to change any of them.

pool reflections

RLS-Shaders changes the pool water shaders; don't use with Seasons unless you are playing the game with useshaders false.
This will only work with Nightlife and up.

Extract the RLS-Shaders.package in _optinal Files

To:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads

Note: Remove the RLS-Shaders if you encounter problems with it installed.


Unlit rooms

You can choose between darker or bright shadows if you don't like the RLS default. This is how dark it will be in unlit rooms.
The default is balanced between realism and gameplay. Darker will be darker to those of older version of my beta. While brighter will be something close to maxis but greatly reduced.

Open either Darker Unlit rooms or Brighter Unlit rooms in optional files folder

Move the lighting file to:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

For Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights


Balance Light Objects

With this file all lamps to be a bit more balanced with each other rather than based on the lights itself and how much light it should be casting. I don't know of other side affects with this besides that objects will tend to be getting much more light than they would of and will start to glow.

Open Balance Light Objects in the Optional files folder

Move the RLS-CustomLights file to:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

For Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

How to Update

If you are a previous user you can just simply need to extract a single folder into you base game to update the mod. This will also work if you installed with the SCRIPTORIUM.


Updating

Extract only the Sims 2 folder in the zip into your game dictionary same way like manual install:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

If you using Deluxe or Double Dexlue do this instead:

For Deluxe:
The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

Need more information?
 
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Test Subject
#526 Old 30th Jul 2014 at 6:40 AM
I don't know if anybody already has said this, but I downloaded the backup just in case something happened, and I couldn't find the Mansion & Garden SP in there??
Field Researcher
#527 Old 2nd Aug 2014 at 11:47 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamburgerdress
I don't know if anybody already has said this, but I downloaded the backup just in case something happened, and I couldn't find the Mansion & Garden SP in there??

There is a folder called _Stuff packs and it is in there. If anyone can tell me how this works with the Origin versions of the Sims 2 I'd be much obliged, can't find "Nightlife" ep anywhere!!
Lab Assistant
#528 Old 3rd Aug 2014 at 11:41 AM
Anyone know what to do with th sims 2 ultimate collection ?
Thank you.
Test Subject
#529 Old 14th Sep 2014 at 12:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rorsdors
There is a folder called _Stuff packs and it is in there. If anyone can tell me how this works with the Origin versions of the Sims 2 I'd be much obliged, can't find "Nightlife" ep anywhere!!


The Nightlife is where it should be with the other EP's. The Mansion & Garden isn't in the _Stuff folder though. I don't really need it, since I won't be uninstalling this mod anytime soon, but I just want it in case something happens.
Test Subject
#530 Old 14th Sep 2014 at 12:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydromel
Anyone know what to do with th sims 2 ultimate collection ?
Thank you.


Just follow the instructions. It worked for me and I have the Ultimate Collection.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#531 Old 16th Oct 2014 at 7:57 AM
This mod is just so beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Test Subject
#532 Old 2nd Dec 2014 at 10:13 PM
This Mod & The Ultimate Collection
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamburgerdress
Just follow the instructions. It worked for me and I have the Ultimate Collection.


Seconding on this - doing the manual installation is time-consuming, but it totally works. Just make yourself a little checklist to check off though, I think I placed and overwrote files twice or three times for some expansions . .

Sims. Playing god and nursmaid at the same time.
Test Subject
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#533 Old 28th Dec 2014 at 2:13 PM
I don't get how to install it. *-*
Test Subject
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#534 Old 25th Jan 2015 at 12:59 AM
I played the Sims 2 way back when it first came out. After the disappointment with 4, I decided to try again and to include this mod. I just want to say that the lighting is incredibly good. My only issue is that the doors of the wall closets go black. As a solution, I put a light source behind them.

Otherwise, this mod is incredible. I'm always amazed by how the mod community is able to improve a game. Well done.
Test Subject
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#535 Old 26th Jan 2015 at 8:38 PM
TY :D
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#536 Old 13th Feb 2015 at 7:06 PM
:D
Test Subject
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#537 Old 9th Mar 2015 at 6:47 PM
Im really confused. i have the ultimate collection one and i am so confused right now, i followed the readme but i cant get my head around it can anyone help?
Test Subject
#538 Old 9th Mar 2015 at 6:49 PM
Can anyone help? I have the ultimate collection one and im so confused on how to install this,I read the readme but i have no idea.
Guest
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#539 Old 28th Mar 2015 at 1:00 PM
thank
Lab Assistant
#540 Old 7th May 2015 at 12:03 AM
OMG I am with some of the others here... I haven't played S2 in years and just returned to it (after getting tired of the problems I was having with 3) and I remembered how gorgeous this lighting mod was. However, since I have The Ultimate Collection through Origin, my Sims file is just The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. That's it. There are no EPs or Stuffs in there. I am beyond confused how to get this installed correctly. Do I just drag all the EP folders into the main folder? Will that work? If anyone could help us out we'd appreciate it! I love this lighting and I am so grateful to dDefinder for keeping this alive and updated.

I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.
Scholar
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#541 Old 9th May 2015 at 5:45 PM
I love this mod... in particular the time between 6am/7am and 6pm/7pm
Test Subject
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#542 Old 2nd Jun 2015 at 9:37 PM
Perfect!
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#543 Old 7th Jun 2015 at 1:49 AM
Thanks so much *-* The lighting in the game irked me, looks so much better now.
Test Subject
#544 Old 20th Jun 2015 at 12:46 AM
My game won't open it keeps going to a box with a X and no words :I
Test Subject
#545 Old 12th Jul 2015 at 1:45 PM
Default No difference.
So basically everything was installed automatically and all, I checked all the .txt files and the additional lines are there so there was nothing really for me to do. The shortcuts etc. were also added automatically. However, I see no difference while in the game. Is there something else that should be done in order to make it work?
Test Subject
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#546 Old 30th Jul 2015 at 11:02 AM
I installed Radiance through Scriptorium, and so far it's looking good :) thought I'd come here and thank directly ;)
Test Subject
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#547 Old 6th Aug 2015 at 4:55 PM
Amazing!
Lab Assistant
#548 Old 15th Aug 2015 at 7:09 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rorsdors
There is a folder called _Stuff packs and it is in there.

WRONG. It is in the installation folder, but it is not in the backup maxis lighting folder.
Did anyone save their original lighting folder for the M&G pack? I didn't because I had assumed that it was included.

I'm a college student in poor health! Yay! So, during school months, I make sure to leave the Sims at home.
This is the song that never ends ~ It goes on and on my friends ~
my first ToT Challenge (which is actually indefinitely hiatus, I'm in a different TOT hood now)
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#549 Old 21st Sep 2015 at 6:24 PM
Amazing mod. Installed through scriptorium. I love how the day gradually changes with sunset or sunrise instead of the maxis way of switching the sky to dark or daytime instantly at 7:00. This is one of the best mods I ever downloaded for Sims 2. The lighting mixed with the buyable sky mod makes everything look more realistic. runs flawless for me with the ultimate collection. I appreciate the time and effort put into this. Job well done.
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#550 Old 29th Sep 2015 at 4:26 PM
we need some thing like this for the sims 3 game and I love this mod
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