Nyxx

New lighting for the Classic PMDG NG we all love. 800WL

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Hi,

After learning from making lights for the PMDG -8F, I thought I would push myself as far as I could and doing so I ended up using 57 out of 58 light available to me.

I please ask you take this journey with me as I think it will make what you get even more rewarding to use.

I cannot post the photo I used as a reference but after asking Jim here at AVSIM he tells me it's perfectly ok to post a link.

Before you open the photo, I chose it because of the wow factor it brings, the photo highlights (whites) are a bit over blown so you won't get that unless you turned thing up to much.

This time all the lights are going to have a Kelvin and a lot of different ones to blend.

https://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/446853/ph-tfb-arke-arkefly-boeing-737-800/

First zoom in on the MCP and let's talk about the MCP, look very carefully at it. You will note.

The two other panels have light above them at first I thought it was the underside of the panel above being lit up, no it's the recess in the gap that the lights show up.

Next look at the bottom row of switchers, all in the dark but look were both end panels meet and just before they do the light reachers just to the bottom.

Note on both outer panels the light bloom that's also responsible for the recesses being lit. 

Lastly look at the LNAV button for some reason this button is in the dark. So the challenge to myself was set, and here is the result. I used 26 lights to make this, ouch!

MCP.jpg

Now please open and look at the photo again. This time the whole photo.

After studying this, the things that jump out but of course are so natural are the following.

The light being generated from the panel lights are illuminating the back of the yokes.

The splash lighting onto the FMC and at the same time the bottom the the ND's frame are almost in the dark.

The FMC's generating a blue glow that hits the panel above them.

Can I make ambient lighting? and can i try to make the FMC glow? I love a challenge. After another 25 lights and half of them being the blue glow I did my best. 

This is trying to match the photo as best as I could.

Main-Panel-Lighting-Photo-match.jpg

From the Captain's seat.

Main-Panel-Lighting.jpg

Lastly for the main panel light just one I love.

Main-Panel-Lighting-FULL-VC.jpg

 

Now for the easy bits......lol

The Radio panel spot light.

Radio-panel-main.jpg

 

A close up.

Radio-panel.jpg

 

Reading Lights

Reading-lights.jpg

 

Lastly and I have no idea why I could not make the Dome lights as I wished the overhead panel switches that should give deep shadows of the switchers don't give any shadows it must be the way PMDG make the panel if you know a why please enlighten me.

So lastly just two screen shots of the Dome lights.

From the Captains seat.

Dome.jpg

 

The overhead panel.

Dome-Overhead.jpg

 

That's it I hope your enjoy?

Glad to share with you my work.

You can find it here

 

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Great work. How can I get these, and do you have instructions on how to "install" these?

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21 minutes ago, hvw said:

This looks absolutely stunning.

Thank you very much

3 minutes ago, Bob Marton said:

Great work. How can I get these, and do you have instructions on how to "install" these?

 

Here

https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/topic/19489-pmdg-ng-800wl/ 

I thought I had added a link in the OP at the bottom, sorry.

As for instruction have a look at my -8 post because it has full instructions just drop the NG file in your 800WL

https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/topic/19480-pmdg-747-8f/

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Great work, but if one does not have FSLLights, then this is not useable, correct?

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Correct Vu, but its Free so why not?

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Great job,thank you very much for sharing

however (this my opinion which doesn't undermines your great work in any way), due to PMDG design that doesn't adopt for such great tool and not providing shadows for switches, it makes them look floating above clear glass.

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51 minutes ago, ph-cxz said:

It uses spotlight. But the latest version only supports p3d v4.1.

https://www.flightsimlabs.com/index.php/spotlights-2/

It says =    p3d v4.1. (or later)

From the DL page "---Now supports Prepar3D v4.1 to v4.3 ---" 

There is a FSX version

https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/files/file/317-fslspotlights/

But no idea if ini made within P3D will work, properly not.

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On 11/9/2018 at 11:36 PM, Nyxx said:

You can find it here

Link seems dead o.O 

Nice work btw.

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1 hour ago, Nyxx said:

Link works for me

Yeah, my mistake sorry - thought that the here was supposed to be a link.

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Spotlight inis for FSX and P3D are fully interchangeable, absolutely no issues. You need the latest spotlight from FSL though. 4.1 and later is fine.

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I've just done a flight and I have change it.

I've now made the FMC glow a stand alone light. No longer ties to the main panel lights.

The file in the topic at FSL Spotlight as now got the new update..

Enjoy.

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Hi David,

Thanks for sharing these lightings. Is it possible to use these for the 737-900s as well and if so, what should I do to accomplish this? (I tried to copy the .ini file to the appropriate -900 folder tbut this doesn't seem to do the trick :rolleyes: )

 

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Hans there is no trick it will not work with the 600-700 or the 900. The reason why is the Cockpit is in a different place. Sorry.

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Just now, Nyxx said:

Hans there is no trick it will not work with the 600-700 or the 900. The reason why is the Cockpit is in a different place. Sorry.

Thanks, David

 

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3 hours ago, Johnny19 said:

Tried it last night, looks great! Thank you!

Thank you, I updated it late last night Ivan, the FMC bloom is now on its own light not tied to the main panel anymore.

Enjoy!

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44 minutes ago, Nyxx said:

Thank you, I updated it late last night Ivan, the FMC bloom is now on its own light not tied to the main panel anymore.

Enjoy!

I'll try it now, dusk flight form EDDK to LICJ with Ryanair :) Thank you!

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On 11/12/2018 at 9:48 AM, hvw said:

Hi David,

Thanks for sharing these lightings. Is it possible to use these for the 737-900s as well and if so, what should I do to accomplish this? (I tried to copy the .ini file to the appropriate -900 folder tbut this doesn't seem to do the trick :rolleyes: )

 

 

On 11/12/2018 at 11:25 AM, Nyxx said:

Hans there is no trick it will not work with the 600-700 or the 900. The reason why is the Cockpit is in a different place. Sorry.

There is a „trick“. But considering the amount of lights this is a bit of work, you have to costruct it a bit, but why not?..

please note, I am away from my computer so this comes out of my head, handle with care. And make backups first.

Go to your 737-800 aircraft.cfg. Look for the [views] section, there are 3 values seperated by commas. Those are the location of the point of view. I don‘t recall which one is the value for the „forward/backward“ position (sry, my english has suffered since school). 

Now also open the aircraft.cfg of the 737 version you want to use (let’s assume the -700) with the spotlights and also go down to views. Compare the values, 2 of them should be the same, one should be different. That‘s your value. The difference between the two values of the -800 and -700 is the important value you need to modify the spotlights.ini. Write it down.

 

now use a copy (!!) of Nyxx’ spotlights.ini and open it with the spotlights manager. It works interactively so check out which value moves the light balls backwards (as the 737-700 is shorter than the -800. now, from this original -800 value substract the value you calculated before from the cfg files. Do this for every light and you should get the same lighting for the -700. 

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38 minutes ago, hvw said:

Great. Thanks, Marc. I might give it a go sometime in the near future.

 

sure.. I THINK both the cfg and the manager work with the values as meters but it might be the case that in the cfg it's feet. I am not totally sure about it, but the windows calculator can easily convert it.

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