Creates a point light that radiates light in all directions from its location.
Use point lights for general lighting effects.
Note: Starting with AutoCAD 2016-based products, all standard lights are calculated as photometric lights. It is recommended to update all standard lights in a scene to photometric lights. Photometric lighting is enabled by setting the LIGHTINGUNITS system variable to 1 or 2.
The following prompts are displayed.
Note: The options for this command vary slightly depending on the LIGHTINGUNITS setting.
Specifies a location in the drawing for the light.
Specifies the name of the light. You can use uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, spaces, hyphens (-), and underscores (_) in the name. The maximum length is 256 characters.
Sets the intensity or brightness of the light. The range is 0.00 to the maximum value that is supported by your system.
Turns the light on and off. If lighting is not enabled in the drawing, this setting has no effect
Photometry is the measurement of the luminous intensities of visible light sources.
In photometry, luminous intensity is a measure of the perceived power emitted by a light source in a particular direction. Luminous flux is the perceived power per unit of solid angle. The total luminous flux for a lamp is the perceived power emitted in all directions. Luminance is the total luminous flux incident on a surface, per unit area.
Note: The Photometry option is available only when the LIGHTINGUNITS system variable is set to 1 or 2.
Enter an intensity value in candelas, flux value, or illuminance value.
Intensity. Specifies the intensity value in candelas (Cd).
Flux. Specifies the perceived power in a luminous flux value (Lm).
Illuminance. Specifies the intensity of the light based on an illuminance value. (Lx|Fc). The illuminance value can be specified in either lux or foot-candles. Enter d (Distance) to specify a distance to use to calculate illuminance.
Note: Candela (symbol: cd) is the SI unit of luminous intensity, perceived power emitted by a light source in a particular direction (Cd/Sr). Lux (symbol: lx) is the SI unit of illuminance (Lm/m^2). Foot-candle (symbol: fc) is the American unit of illuminance (Lm/ft^2).
Color name. Specifies a color name.
?. Displays a list of color names. Enter a text string using wild card characters to display a partial listing of color names, or an asterisk (*) to display all the possible choices.
Kelvin. Specifies a Kelvin temperature value.
Exits the command option.
Makes the light cast shadows.
Note: Starting with AutoCAD 2016-based products, shadows are always rendered no matter the current status or values of the Shadow option. This option is maintained for scripting and backwards compatibility.
Off / On
Turns off and turns on display and calculation of shadows for the light. Turning shadows off increases performance.
Displays shadows with sharp edges. Use this option to increase performance.
Displays realistic shadows with soft edges.
Map size. Specifies the amount of memory to use to calculate the shadow map (64/128/256/512/1024/2048/4096).
Softness. Specifies the softness to use to calculate the shadow map. Enter a value (1-10).
Displays realistic shadows with softer shadows (penumbra) based on extended light sources.
Shape. Specifies a shape (Linear, Disk, Rect, Sphere, Cylinder) and dimensions of the shape.
Samples. Specifies the sample size.
Visible. Specifies whether the shape of the shadow should be visible (Yes or No).
Exit. Exits the command option.
Controls how light diminishes over distance. The farther away an object is from a point light, the darker the object appears. Attenuation is also known as decay.
Note: When the LIGHTINGUNITS system variable is set to 1 or 2, the Attenuation option has no affect on the light when rendered. This option is maintained for scripting and backwards compatibility.
Specifies how the light is attenuated.
None. Sets no attenuation. Objects far from the point light are as bright as objects close to the light.
Inverse linear. Sets attenuation to be the inverse of the linear distance from the light. For example, at a distance of 2 units, light is half as strong as at the point light; at a distance of 4 units, light is one quarter as strong. The default value for inverse linear is half the maximum intensity.
Inverse squared. Sets attenuation to be the inverse of the square of the distance from the light. For example, at a distance of 2 units, light is one quarter as strong as at the point light; at a distance of 4 units, light is one sixteenth as strong.
Turns on and turns off attenuation limits.
Attenuation start limit
Specifies the point where light starts as an offset from the center of the light. The default is 0.
Attenuation end limit
Specifies the point where light ends as an offset from the center of the light. No light is cast beyond this point. Setting an end limit increases performance where the effect of lighting is so minimal that the calculations are wasted processing time.
Controls the color of the light.
Specifies a True Color. Enter in the format R,G,B (red, green, blue).
Specifies an ACI (AutoCAD Color Index) color.
Specifies an HSL (hue, saturation, luminance) color.