Lights: Custom appearence

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Davve, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Davve

    Davve L1: Registered

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    I have six lights, each with a different Custom Appearance attribute:


    Where a: dark, z: fully lit.

    What it should do: Each light should stay on for a short amount of time each, cycling through each other.
    What happens: All lights flash at the same time, as if they were all set to the value of the first one (zzzzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa).

    What's going on here?

    Do they all need to have different names? When I name them, only two of them work and I get the error "Too many light styles on a face at x" when compiling.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  2. LeSwordfish

    aa LeSwordfish semi-trained quasi-professional

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    Okay, lights that turn on and off are a bad idea. Each time a light can be on or off- any time a light is named, or set to use a custom apperarance- the compiler has to work out what the map looks like twice. If there are two lights in the same area,the compiler has to do it four times- once for both on, once for both off, one time for each one on and the other off.

    Every named/variable light multiplies the compilation of the area its in by two. Presuming these six lights are within a few rooms of each other, that area will be compiled 2x2x2x2x2x2=64 times.

    Whatever you're trying to do, env_sprites can probably do it better.
  3. henke37

    aa henke37

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    Yes, you may need to give them unique names. And yes, the error means that the engine doesn't like more than two switchable lights per face.
  4. Pocket

    aa Pocket func_croc

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    Isn't there also the option of making lights that project but don't bounce, so they're basically just a toggled decal that glows? Or is it only non-spotlights that can do that?

    EDIT: And I don't mean env_projectedtexture either; I'm talking something kind of like the flashlight in GoldSrc, where it created real-time changes to the lightmap.