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Extended night lights are here, finally.

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By the looks of it, these are just simple World2XPlane packages that add streetlights only around roads. In fact, it's probably already built into any scenery package that uses it already e.g. xEurope2. It's a nice feature to have otherwise to extend the default autogen, but I'm sure LR had a good reason not to have this extended already. They likely come in small country packages because creating one for all of Europe or the US would be quite a painful process

 

 


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Looks great, thanks for the heads-up

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21 hours ago, CarlosF said:

I took me 10min to setup and configure, no complaints here and there should be none...really??, having many folders is not an issue now days, we aren't limited to HD space like we used to.

Awesome mod indeed!!!

Agreed, and freeware!


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20 hours ago, tonywob said:

By the looks of it, these are just simple World2XPlane packages that add streetlights only around roads. In fact, it's probably already built into any scenery package that uses it already e.g. xEurope2. It's a nice feature to have otherwise to extend the default autogen, but I'm sure LR had a good reason not to have this extended already.

Well, one reason might be that it looks artificial and unrealistic, with the lights so bright in the distance. Real night lighting in CAVOK conditions is attenuated with distance (inverse square law), and doesn't look like this. 

Has anyone figured out how to dim the distant lights in this package yet? 

The default XP11 night lighting doesn't look this sexy, and I don't think it's extended this far, even with the recent upgrades. But it does include fall-off with distance, so it looks less like a movie set.


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X-Vision lets you adjust the attentuation of distant lights, but I haven't tested it.

Kind of ironic that after years of not enough lighting, NOW WE HAVE TOO MUCH!!!

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Yes, I think there are specific XP datarefs that determine close/med/distant lights attenuation.


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"X-Plane 11\Resources\bitmaps\world\lites\lightx.txt" contains a section called "lights size and decay". The line "LIGHT_PARAMS" is commented out, but looks like a global setting that controls light attenuation. Might be worth playing with.

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13 hours ago, Bjoern said:

"X-Plane 11\Resources\bitmaps\world\lites\lightx.txt" contains a section called "lights size and decay". The line "LIGHT_PARAMS" is commented out, but looks like a global setting that controls light attenuation. Might be worth playing with.

I wouldn't mess with that. Install the lights.txt by Tom Knudsen ("TK Light Mod") and lights are fantastic. Then use datarefs, as Murmur stated, or the sliders within X-Vision (a UI for the datarefs) to work out light visibility.

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1 hour ago, Colonel X said:

I wouldn't mess with that. Install the lights.txt by Tom Knudsen ("TK Light Mod") and lights are fantastic. Then use datarefs, as Murmur stated, or the sliders within X-Vision (a UI for the datarefs) to work out light visibility.

Just be aware, if you mess with the lights in xVision, it overrides the lights.txt thus removing the effect of TK Light.


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13 minutes ago, Sethos1988 said:

Just be aware, if you mess with the lights in xVision, it overrides the lights.txt thus removing the effect of TK Light.

I am aware of this and usually overwrite the lights.txt after I apply X-Vision. However, it really depends - it only overwrites it if you mess with lights in X-Vision. I always check the change date of the lights.txt file, and often, it's untouched after using X-Vision. 

Let's assume the light attentuation feature within X-Vision connects to X-Plane datarefs (I am not sure as I haven't tested), maybe the lights.txt remains untouched by this setting?

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7 hours ago, Colonel X said:

I wouldn't mess with that. Install the lights.txt by Tom Knudsen ("TK Light Mod") and lights are fantastic. Then use datarefs, as Murmur stated, or the sliders within X-Vision (a UI for the datarefs) to work out light visibility.

It's a bloody text file that can be replaced by the updater and not a nuclear warhead without a manual.

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4 hours ago, Bjoern said:

It's a bloody text file that can be replaced by the updater and not a nuclear warhead without a manual.

The tricky thing is, a lot of different light parameters are set in that file. Using the TK light mod, autogen lighting is much improved, and I wouldn't want to sacrifice that for another, less important setting (set by X-Vision, for example). Of course it's nothing that could brick the sim (loved your metaphor), but it's easy to overwrite your custom settings.

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19 hours ago, Colonel X said:

The tricky thing is, a lot of different light parameters are set in that file. Using the TK light mod, autogen lighting is much improved, and I wouldn't want to sacrifice that for another, less important setting (set by X-Vision, for example). Of course it's nothing that could brick the sim (loved your metaphor), but it's easy to overwrite your custom settings.

Then just uncomment the line in Tom's edited file.

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I must have missed a memo.....I downloaded the Texas folder just to try.  Extracted and installed the folder per instructions.  But I see no difference between the prior default lighting and this "enhancement" .  Is there some other step I'm supposed to take to make this work ?

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