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Turn On / Off All Lights

by Mootilda Posted 12th Dec 2012 at 4:38 PM - Updated 19th Jan 2013 at 8:52 PM by Mootilda : Add new object to turn off lights
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This simple mod will turn on all of the lights on your unoccupied lot. Illuminating your lot will allow you to ensure that you have adequate lighting while building, to see better while decorating, and to take better pictures of your lot.

To use, just choose the object (a blue box with a picture of a lightbulb) from Misc / Misc in the Buy menu and the lights will come on. Once the lights are on, you can delete the object.

By request, I have added a similar object which will turn off all of the lights on your lot. Select the object (a black box with a picture of a lightbulb) from Misc / Misc in the Buy menu and the lights will go off. Once the lights are off, you can delete the object.

Price: $1
Poly Count: 12

Please note that this mod will not work properly for the base game, but requires at least one EP or SP. However, it does not require any specific EP, so I've marked it as base-game compatibility.

Additional Credits:
Quaxi and Peter and Inge Jones, for SimPE:
http://sims.ambertation.de/

Numenor, for the AnyGameStarter, which allowed me to test this mod with various game configurations:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=250555

Pescado, for his magic wand. The magic wand also turns on all lights on a lot, but has other features which you may not want.
Tags: #light, #lighting, #turn on

Type:
      Object Mods: Object Interaction Mods (things that change how sims interact with objects or their environment, like "Multi-owner door" or "sunbathe anywhere")

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

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Moo_TurnOffLights.zip | Turn OFF all lights.

Size: 2.4 KB · Downloads: 3,991 · 19th Jan 2013
2.4 KB 3,991 19th Jan 2013
Moo_TurnOnLights.zip | Turn ON all lights.

Size: 2.6 KB · Downloads: 5,138 · 12th Dec 2012
2.6 KB 5,138 12th Dec 2012
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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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#26 Old 21st Jan 2013 at 9:47 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 25th Jan 2013 at 6:28 AM. Reason: Add quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoannaRocks777
It keeps saying "Incorrect command line"
If you are getting an error when selecting, placing, or deleting the box, please attach your error log and tell me what you're doing with the box and what EPs and SPs you have installed, so that I can try to solve the problem.
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#27 Old 21st Jan 2013 at 9:59 PM
Yay! Thank you, Moo!
Theorist
#28 Old 27th Jan 2013 at 3:33 AM
Taking Nighttime Photos on Unoccupied Lots


This mod. is wonderfully useful for taking photos of unoccupied lots.

I do have one tip to share. Typically if you want to take a photo of an unoccupied lot, you select the Options button (with three dots on it) on the Sims 2 GUI, so as to get rid of the crosshatch of black lines. On the other hand, if are trying to simulate a nighttime shot, then you use the Day/Night Toggle button to make it dark, but that only works in Buy or Build mode - so then you are stuck with the crosshatch of lines.

So it would seem that a lot of the usefulness of this mod. would be invalidated because you cannot take photos of unoccupied lots in nighttime mode - with all the lights on - without also getting the distracting crosshatch. However, there is one Build sub-mode that suppresses the crosshatch of lines, while maintaining the Night Toggle state:

Select Build Mode/Terrain/Ground Cover and the crosshatch of lines disappears!
Field Researcher
#29 Old 27th Jan 2013 at 3:52 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sophie-David


This mod. is wonderfully useful for taking photos of unoccupied lots.

I do have one tip to share. Typically if you want to take a photo of an unoccupied lot, you select the Options button (with three dots on it) on the Sims 2 GUI, so as to get rid of the crosshatch of black lines. On the other hand, if are trying to simulate a nighttime shot, then you use the Day/Night Toggle button to make it dark, but that only works in Buy or Build mode - so then you are stuck with the crosshatch of lines.

So it would seem that a lot of the usefulness of this mod. would be invalidated because you cannot take photos of unoccupied lots in nighttime mode - with all the lights on - without also getting the distracting crosshatch. However, there is one Build sub-mode that suppresses the crosshatch of lines, while maintaining the Night Toggle state:

Select Build Mode/Terrain/Ground Cover and the crosshatch of lines disappears!

Ha, that's what I do!

I am happy to hear any ideas for my Storybook expansion project, as well as open to others helping.
Also, check out my object recoloring tutorial.
Top Secret Researcher
#30 Old 27th Jan 2013 at 1:06 PM
That or use the design tool, that deactivates the grid, too! (Just have to be careful where you point it when taking a shot or else you'll have a "ghost" object in the background. )

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#31 Old 1st May 2013 at 1:23 PM
This is pretty useful. Thanks for this :D:D
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#32 Old 4th Dec 2013 at 9:52 AM
So very useful, and so clever! You are consistently awesome!
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#33 Old 25th Jan 2014 at 1:22 AM
beauifuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#34 Old 29th Jan 2014 at 4:32 PM
I love this box! Having lights on to take pictures does wonders for them. The other thing that I'm always finding I have to do to my unoccupied houses is to manually scoot the chairs in so they don't look weird sticking out into the room in my photos. Is this something that is easily done in a similar manner?
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#35 Old 30th Jan 2014 at 3:12 AM
I'm sorry, I have no idea. That would definitely require some research.
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#36 Old 30th Jan 2014 at 5:41 AM
Ok, nevermind then, I know you are busy.
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#37 Old 15th Oct 2014 at 10:47 AM
Thx !
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#38 Old 24th Jan 2015 at 9:29 PM
Possibly the most helpful mod I've downloaded so far when it comes to lot creation! I have a hunch that Mootilda's creations will continue helping members of the community for years and years...
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#39 Old 10th Jun 2015 at 8:35 AM
Thanks.
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#40 Old 13th Sep 2017 at 8:24 PM
A thankful comment in memory of a great person. This is still another useful mod and program this creator has given to us. Some of these mods and programs are so ingrained in Sims 2 culture that it would be hard to imagine NOT having them.. RIP, Mootilda.
Field Researcher
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#41 Old 27th Jan 2022 at 2:46 AM
Sadly doesn't work for me
Banned
#42 Old 19th Jun 2022 at 5:58 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 19th Jun 2022 at 6:10 PM.
I know Mootilda is deceased, so does anyone else know why I should use this mod instead of the Maxis cheat "boolProp allObjectLightsOn True"?

That cheat turns on all lights on unoccupied Lots, day or night. I've used it since forever to take my Lot pictures.
The only drawback to this cheat is that, once activated, you can't turn the lights off again, although as a Lot builder I find that to be only a minor annoyance. It's certainly better than installing and keeping track of yet another mod.

And in actuality, the lights can be tuned off by typing "boolProp allObjectLightsOn False", except this won't take effect until exiting and re-entering the Lot (or another Lot). This looks like it may have been yet another oversight/error/bug on Maxis' part, so maybe a better "mod" would be to fix the Maxis cheat so that it turns off lights right away, instead of having to exit and re-enter a Lot.
How about it, you mod-makers, care to look into this? Maybe it's an easy fix.
Theorist
#43 Old 19th Jun 2022 at 8:01 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScaryRob
I know Mootilda is deceased, so does anyone else know why I should use this mod instead of the Maxis cheat "boolProp allObjectLightsOn True"?

That cheat turns on all lights on unoccupied Lots, day or night. I've used it since forever to take my Lot pictures.
The only drawback to this cheat is that, once activated, you can't turn the lights off again, although as a Lot builder I find that to be only a minor annoyance. It's certainly better than installing and keeping track of yet another mod.

And in actuality, the lights can be tuned off by typing "boolProp allObjectLightsOn False", except this won't take effect until exiting and re-entering the Lot (or another Lot). This looks like it may have been yet another oversight/error/bug on Maxis' part, so maybe a better "mod" would be to fix the Maxis cheat so that it turns off lights right away, instead of having to exit and re-enter a Lot.
How about it, you mod-makers, care to look into this? Maybe it's an easy fix.


I don't know whether it'd be easy or not for someone to create a custom cheat (I suspect not easy at all). Maybe someone will have fun looking into it but the cheat as is isn't fit for purpose.

The cheat turns on object lights which is not the same as "the lights" and what this mod does. For example, there's lights on tvs, fridges, and fireplaces that come on when those objects are in use. That cheat turns them on so there's a glow coming from a fireplace without a fire and the tv is emitting light when it's not on, etc. The cheat isn't great for actual lights either because it only turns on the light but doesn't change the lamp textures so it doesn't give a good result. Mootilda's mod does exactly what you'd want it to as a builder--correctly turns actual lights on and off.
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#44 Old 20th Jun 2022 at 2:58 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Honeywell
I don't know whether it'd be easy or not for someone to create a custom cheat (I suspect not easy at all). Maybe someone will have fun looking into it but the cheat as is isn't fit for purpose.

The cheat turns on object lights which is not the same as "the lights" and what this mod does. For example, there's lights on tvs, fridges, and fireplaces that come on when those objects are in use. That cheat turns them on so there's a glow coming from a fireplace without a fire and the tv is emitting light when it's not on, etc. The cheat isn't great for actual lights either because it only turns on the light but doesn't change the lamp textures so it doesn't give a good result. Mootilda's mod does exactly what you'd want it to as a builder--correctly turns actual lights on and off.

Thanks for clarifying that, Honeywell.
I was aware that the cheat seems to turn on the effect of lighting, or the "glow", without actually turning on the lights themselves. It's kind of hard to explain, and it's best to just try the cheat oneself to see the effect.

Regardless, I think it's important to at least mention the option of using the cheat, since I think many players might not even know it exists, and I found it odd that it hasn't been mentioned at all until now.
Again, from a purely Lot builder perspective in regard to taking pictures, the cheat works fine for me. For example, when I take pictures of my Lots for upload, I have no need to illuminate things like TV's or fireplaces. All the lights come on, and that's all I need - and this may be all that most people need.
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