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Artemide "Chimera" - *First object with multiple custom lights!!!

by Numenor Posted 12th Jan 2006 at 12:27 AM - Updated 20th Oct 2008 at 2:22 PM by -Maylin-
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

The very first objects that contains custom light definitions!

"One of the most beautiful examples of the Italian Style: created by Artemide back in 1970, the "Chimera" and the "Mezza Chimera" (Half Chimera) were never discontinued, and still today they are a must-have piece of modern furniture!"

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  • The lamp is provided in two sizes: the "Mezza Chimera" - smaller - is to be placed on tables (any height); the "Chimera" - taller - just sits on the ground.
  • The light intensity can be set to three different levels: Low, Medium and High (see operating instructions below)
  • The bulb colours can be set to eight (eight!) different colours, including the default White and a special, animated "Magic Light" (see operating instruction below)
  • Both lamps, and all their coloured custom light, work with any game configuration (non-NL users will particularly appreciate these lamps, I think, since these are the only non-NL lamps with multi-coloured light :D)
  • The Chimera lamps are NOT recolourable (the different textures and lights are applied via internal BHAV routines)
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The lamps can be operated like any other Maxis lamps: they can be set to On, Off and Auto-light; in addition - but only when the lamp is LIT - there are two more menu options: "Intensity" -> Low/Medium/High; and "Change Bulbs" -> (8 different colour options).
Mind that you can change the bulbs, but the external plexiglas part is always white (therefore, when the lamp is off, it will always be white; this is intentional: Artemide never produced this lamp in other colours).
Please note also that the current setting aren't visible in the menus: i.e., if the lamp is lit you won't find the option "Turn on / This Light" (you'll find only "Turn on / This Room" and ".../All lights); if the bulbs are red you won't find the "Red" option; if the Intensity is set to medium, you won't find the "Medium" option.

The basic installation requires downloading and installing only the "": install it just like any other object (extract the two .package files from the zip archive and put both of them into your Downloads folder). Then, read the following important paragraph.

KNOWN BUG (Nightlife only!) and WORKAROUND
Almost all Maxis lights definitions are placed outside the object package, and are contained in several text files located in a specific folder in the game installation dir; only few Maxis objects, and now these lamps contain the light definitions inside the package itself.
There is a known bug that affects all the objects of this last type (including the Maxis ones): with Nightlife, exiting and re-entering the lot prevents the light to be reflected by walls and floor ; only the objects will reflect the light. Technically speaking, the "diffusion light" stops working, while the "direct light" is not affected.
The only WORKAROUND for this problem is to install a small text file, containing the light definitions, in the proper game installation dir. Here is how to do that:
  1. Be sure to have installed the SCRIPTORIUM .
  2. Download the attached "" and extract the file contained within (it is called "numenor_chimera_light.nlo", it's a plaint text file).
  3. Put the .nlo file in the folder "Scriptorium_CustomLights", easily accessible from the shortcut in your Downloads.

Credits for the original (real) lamp to Artemide
Credits (and many thanks!) to MaryLou for the beautiful textures and for the excellent beta-testing (and for the screenshots! )
Credits to Numenor (that's me! ) for having decoded and implemented the custom lights into an object package, for the mesh, the BHAVs and anything else... :p

Style: Retro
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:30 AM
wow! very cool! this will be a welcome addition to my sim downloads collection! :D

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Test Subject
#3 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:35 AM
Fantastic as always, Numenor!

*downloads + Thanks*
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:37 AM
so innovative thank you very much =)
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:37 AM
:o! So pretty!

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:39 AM
I applaud your magnificent work.

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#7 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:43 AM
You just keep amazing everyone dont ya- Fabulous job Numenor

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Lab Assistant
#8 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:44 AM
This is so awesome the colors the shape i love it
#9 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:56 AM
Stop making the rest of us look bad! Ok, no, I lied, don't stop. I like the pretties too much.

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Forum Resident
#10 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:58 AM
wow that is the most amazing thing ive ever seen! Your work is always amazing though
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#11 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 12:59 AM
Thanks! You can't imagine how many hours... days... weeks I've spent on this lamp...
Me and MaryLou, actually, without whose valuable help I'd never been able to create such delicate textures

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

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Test Subject
#12 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:04 AM
Way To Go. It Looks Awsome!

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Lab Assistant
#13 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:04 AM
Wow, impressive! Thanks for all your time!
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:07 AM
WOW. That is just beautiful.
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#15 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:20 AM
Wow! Bravo! *clapclap* You're a genious!

Test Subject
#16 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:20 AM
omg i wish i had your talent, this is PERFECT!

beautiful work!!!
OMG im jealous

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Test Subject
#17 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:21 AM
Wow these are simply amazing. Great job and thanks for all the hard work you creators put into these wonderful creations.
Forum Resident
#18 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:21 AM
Wonderful job! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:31 AM
I love it! I'm such a sim-modern-furniture junkie...
Test Subject
#20 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:37 AM
This is cool. Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:37 AM Last edited by FionaAzreal : 12th Jan 2006 at 1:52 AM.
Thank you so much!!!!! This is so great!!

*Edit* Hmm, it seems that I don't have a TSData folder inside my TheSims2 folder. Any idea why? Can I just create the folder myself?
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#22 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:46 AM
As Patric Star would say, Oooooooo, preaty lights

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12th Jan 2006 at 1:47 AM Last edited by damato : 12th Jan 2006 at 1:49 AM. Reason: too many smilies... sorry :\
Great job!
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#23 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 1:58 AM
damato, preatty sure it means any Expansion pack, and obviously, the origonal. Hope that clarifies things.......

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Lab Assistant
#24 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 2:00 AM
Can't wait to see it in game, it's so beautiful. Incredible job, you are so awesomely talented!
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 12th Jan 2006 at 2:01 AM
And I still love you ...Thanx :nyah: :ds:

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