Photometric lights use data measured from real-world lights, often directly from bulb and enclosure manufacturers themselves. You can import IES profiles from companies such as Erco, Lamp, Osram, and Philips; their IES files provide accurate intensity and spread data for a given light model.

Example IES profiles can be downloaded here (paths to the IES files will need to be edited).

Example IES lighting profiles


You can find a description of common light parameters on the lights page. Additional attributes are described below.



Allows you to choose an IES light profile that defines the distribution of light.

Look at

Allows you to define a target object the light always points toward.


IES file not working

Many IES files originate from various lighting manufacturers, some of whom put extra text at the beginning of their IES files. If you are experiencing difficulties rendering a particular IES file, try opening the IES file in a text editor and deleting the header text from the top of the file. The file should typically start with TILT=NONE  and if it doesn't, that may be the culprit.


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