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Illuminated Shop Signs

by nicvncnt Posted 6th Jan 2008 at 6:19 PM - Updated 22nd Oct 2008 at 4:44 PM by -Maylin-
29 Comments / replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
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.
Brighten up your downtown streets with multicolored light from these wall-mounted advertising signs.

They can be found in lights > wall lights and cost $495 each, which is a snip considering how much extra custom they will bring in for your shops and other businesses.

The signs come in four basic colors, each with several different designs including smashed versions for your inner city lots. Each sign casts a different colored light onto objects and surfaces around it.

The signs use my partylights lighting mod. If you have already installed this mod, you can just delete the lighting file included in the download.

You must at least have the Nightlife EP installed to be able to use these signs.

Installing the signs.

First, place the folder nicvncnt_shopsigns in your downloads folder.

Second, we need to tell the game how to create the colored lighting effects. To do this, follow one of the three simple procedures below.


You don't need to do anything - the partylights.nlo file included in this download is a duplicate of the one in your game so you can just delete this one.


Place the file


in the scriptorium lighting folder



Place the file


In the folder:

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

Also in this folder, you will see a file called:


Make a backup copy of the file somewhere safe, away from your game folders.

Open the file


in Notepad, and right at the end of the file insert the following line:

sinclude "partylights.nlo"

then save the file and close it.

That's all there is to it!


Signs don't cast colored light, just a white light which only illuminates objects, not walls and floors?

The lighting file is not installed correctly - you need to revisit the installation procedure above.

Want to remove the signs from your game?

You can still leave the lighting file in place - it won't do anything if nothing is using it.

Having problems with other lights after installing this mod?

Just revert to the backup copy of the lighting.txt file which you made.

Want to post recolors or use the lights in uploaded lots?

Go ahead.

Polygon Counts:
Each sign has 280 Faces, 408 Verts

Additional Credits: SimPE Milkshape

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.

Sims 2 Nightlife
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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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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 10:07 PM
wow, so cool. alot of color options and you even thought of broken versions! Thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
#3 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 1:47 AM
Very cool!

I've made some mods for The Sims 1 -- yes, The Sims ONE :-) -- which you can find at
Top Secret Researcher
#4 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 1:09 PM
oh cool! these are very, very useful!!! thank u!!!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 11:26 PM
These are great
Thanks :D

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do !!
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#6 Old 9th Jan 2008 at 11:22 PM
These are great, thank you.
Forum Resident
#7 Old 3rd Feb 2008 at 6:03 AM
Oh, wow! These are absolutely fantastic, you did a great job. Well worth being featured, a mon avis. :]
#8 Old 3rd Feb 2008 at 8:03 AM
Your light signs are great.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
Test Subject
#9 Old 5th Feb 2008 at 5:12 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 15th Mar 2008 at 5:36 AM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
Love you signs. Where did you learn how to work with UMV pro to make this, and do you know of a good tutorial?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#10 Old 5th Feb 2008 at 9:03 PM
Originally Posted by vita4all
Love you signs. Where did you learn how to work with UMV pro to make this, and do you know of a good tutorial?

I started out with UVM classic (which is freeware) and played around with it some, then upgraded to UVM Pro which is a great piece of software and I would recommend to anyone as it's so intuitive and easy to use. If you're already ok with making 3d models you should be able to hit the ground running with UV mapping but there are plenty of tutorials on the web if you need guidance.
Test Subject
#11 Old 8th Feb 2008 at 8:47 AM
Excellent, just downloaded and will try soon. Btw, is that really "sinclude partylights.nlo", or just include?
Field Researcher
#12 Old 9th Feb 2008 at 8:42 AM Last edited by Canoodle : 15th Mar 2008 at 5:35 AM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
Test Subject
#13 Old 12th Feb 2008 at 2:00 AM
Thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
#14 Old 12th Feb 2008 at 2:02 AM Last edited by Canoodle : 15th Mar 2008 at 5:35 AM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
I like it
:D very nice signs
Test Subject
#15 Old 4th Jul 2008 at 7:34 PM
Cool idea If only the labels were in simlish... (you know, for sim-realism)
Test Subject
#16 Old 18th Nov 2008 at 5:06 PM
love the quick-stop clerks reference

thankyou to mizu for drawing my supercute avatar
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#17 Old 20th Nov 2008 at 9:18 PM
Originally Posted by vanuys
love the quick-stop clerks reference

snoochy boochies
Top Secret Researcher
#18 Old 22nd Apr 2009 at 8:49 AM
It's a shame this has so few comments... Thanks again!

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Test Subject
#19 Old 11th Aug 2009 at 11:46 PM
they are awsome anyone know of any car dealer signs?
#20 Old 18th Sep 2009 at 11:56 PM
Wow! I love the colors.
Test Subject
#21 Old 12th Dec 2009 at 11:48 AM
hello how do u make this objetcs ^^ and how to recolor.. any link for a tutorial THANKS.
Test Subject
#22 Old 1st Aug 2011 at 6:58 AM
This is so great, but could you make a haircut sign?
Test Subject
#23 Old 15th Sep 2011 at 2:15 AM
Oddly enough, these remind me of the 90s... good years, thank you for sharing. :3
Test Subject
#24 Old 18th Jul 2014 at 7:18 PM
Thank you ! :)
Test Subject
#25 Old 21st Aug 2014 at 9:46 PM
Wow, these are awesome!
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