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Posted by slimpy at Jan 1, 2015 2:18:56 PM
Re: Reality Check
Thank you Hans.

I already use incandescent light sources only. As you can see from the floor plan I make use of large ambient lights (power between 5% and 20%) already extensively.

The trouble with ambient light sources is that you want them to be as large as possible to have soft shadows but you also don't want them to be too close to the ceiling, floor or furniture to avoid obvious lighter spots and reflections.
If you look closely at the rendered image you notice a large white reflection on the floor just left of the bumber car. This reflection is caused by the ambient light in front of the fireplace even though this light is at 10% power only!
Getting the lights right is very time consuming because you have to render again at the best quality setting after every change. Even at very low resolutions this takes a few minutes.

I haven't tried any fireglow lights yet. I might give them a try when I've got some time. Thanks for the tip.

Best, slimpy