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Colored Ceiling Bulbs With Colored Light - NL, OfB, Pets

by jgwhiteus Posted 24th Sep 2005 at 8:17 AM - Updated 20th Oct 2008 at 2:26 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.
These are red, green, and blue ceiling bulbs that will give off colored light - red, green, and blue respectively (I have also included a pink ceiling bulb after a special request). You can create a lot of different atmospheric effects with them, whether seedy, spooky, or cool.

As with the previous version, you can combine two or more lights to create different lighting effects:

Red & Green: Amber light
Red & Blue: Violet light
Green & Blue: Turquoise light
Red & Green & Blue: White light with colored accents.

These will work ONLY with the Nightlife, Open for Business, and Pets Expansion Packs - if you would like similar lights for the Original Sims 2 or the University Expansion Pack, visit this thread: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=46317

Colored spotlights (all versions) available here: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=92373


NOTE 10/28/06: Tested with Pets. You can install these objects in the TSDATA\RES\LIGHTS directory of either Nightlife, OfB, or Pets - it shouldn't matter (though you should only install it in one).

NOTE: PLEASE BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR ORIGINAL "Lighting.txt" FILE WHEN INSTALLING THIS OBJECT. ALSO, BE SURE TO INSTALL THE .nlo FILE AND "Lighting.txt" FILE IN THE NIGHTLIFE/OPEN FOR BUSINESS/PETS DIRECTORY RATHER THAN THE ORIGINAL SIMS 2 DIRECTORY.


VERY IMPORTANT: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

1. PLACE THE "JGCOLORLIGHTNL.NLO" FILE IN THE FOLLOWING DIRECTORY:
C:\PROGRAM FILES\...\THE SIMS 2 [Nightlife OR Open for Business OR Pets]\TSDATA\RES\LIGHTS (all three games have similar directories)

* Note that the directory is "The Sims 2 Nightlife" or "Open for Business" or "Pets" and NOT "The Sims 2" (the original game directory)

2. OPEN UP THE "LIGHTING.TXT" FILE THAT IS IN THE TSDATA\RES\LIGHTS DIRECTORY WHERE YOU COPIED THE "JGCOLORLIGHTNL.NLO" FILE. PLEASE BACK UP THIS "LIGHTING.TXT" FILE IN CASE YOU RUN INTO PROBLEMS. IN THE "LIGHTING.TXT" FILE, TYPE IN THE FOLLOWING LINE OF CODE BELOW THE LINE READING sinclude "doors.nlo" (if you are using the Lighting.txt for Open for Business, the line would be sinclude "EP3Lights.nlo", and for Pets it would be sinclude "EP4Lights.nlo"):

sinclude "JGColorLightNL.nlo"

3. SAVE YOUR MODIFIED "LIGHTING.TXT" FILE (after making sure to have backed up the original). If you would like to later remove this object, just delete the above line of code from your "Lighting.txt" file, or replace it with your backup copy.

4. PLACE THE LIGHT OBJECT PACKAGES (e.g. "JGColorLightNL-CeilingRed.package") IN YOUR MY DOCUMENTS\EA GAMES\THE SIMS 2\DOWNLOADS DIRECTORY. The colored ceiling lights will appear in your "Lighting-Ceiling" category.


As always, please let me know if you run into any problems. Thanks,

J.
Style: Contemporary
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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
JGColorLightNL-CeilingLights-UPDATE.rar

Size: 62.1 KB · Downloads: 10,961 · 26th Sep 2005
62.1 KB 10,961 26th Sep 2005
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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Mad Poster
#26 Old 27th Sep 2005 at 7:11 AM
Hi jgwhiteus,

For some reasons, when I add these lights into my lots under a system of no EP (EP0) without the mod-part to make my EP2 versions of my lots, these EP2 lights still functions slightly like the Maxis coloured lights in terms of coloration. But both the colour strength and intensities are very weak. That means they still have effects on objects around but very weak. The weak light can only seen without other lights around at the game night. Well, I'm telling you just in case you may be interested to know.

A house of TYs...
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 27th Sep 2005 at 10:12 PM
sorry i havent replyied earlyer i reinstalled them and they work properly now
thank you if only you could make them glow in the neighborhood veiw too
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#28 Old 28th Sep 2005 at 1:27 AM
Hi stickylungs,

I'm glad that everything worked out and that they're working properly. Thank you for letting me know.

Hi niol,

Yes, I think the ceiling lights will still throw colored light on objects without the installation procedure - that is due to the "Lighting(Point Light)" filetype that is inherent in the file itself (which determines object lighting). However, to get the object to throw light on walls and floors, Nightlife requires that the object be linked to a .nlo (Lighting Override) file in the system folder. In Original & University, you used to be able to add in a special filetype to the object to throw light on walls and floors, but it's become unstable in Nightlife.

Sorry, that's probably more explanation than you cared to hear, but thank you again for testing these objects so thoroughly and keeping me updated. Take care,

J.
Test Subject
#29 Old 3rd Oct 2005 at 2:18 AM
I know this might sound odd but I've had hell with difficult installations of objects before can you put them in an installer? It might also help with removeing it if thers any problems as you coud uninstall them.

If you cant do it I understand perfectly I spend years doing programming and still cant do it myself.
Field Researcher
#30 Old 17th Oct 2005 at 1:09 PM
These are working GREAT for me! Thanks so much for making them!

Y'know, after reading this thread, I hesitated even downloading these lights, since I'm extremely cautious about "messing with" files in the \Program Files\ directories. I'm so afraid I'll screw something up. But once I gritted my teeth and DID it, it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. I just went step-by-step, reading carefully and following the directions to the letter, and it all came out fine!

I hope that reassures others who might be reluctant to download these lights. They're well worth the extra steps.
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Test Subject
#31 Old 20th Jan 2006 at 8:04 PM
Okay, I have your lights, followed all the instructions....how do I use them to light up the whole room? These currently throw a very dim light on an object and I am looking for the whole room effect.

Amberyl
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Lab Assistant
#32 Old 16th Apr 2006 at 2:47 AM
Thank you, this is brilliant!

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Test Subject
#33 Old 28th Apr 2006 at 8:43 AM
I'd love to download these, but I'm concerned because I use Gunmod's Radiance Lighting. Will they conflit?

Don't be fooled by the name, I'm a girl.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#34 Old 29th Apr 2006 at 3:00 PM
Hi Johnyvii,

The lightbulbs won't conflict, but because I think Gunmod's Radiance Lighting modifies the same lighting file ("Lighting.txt" in either the Nightlife or Open for Business Directory), you should install these bulbs and make changes to "Lighting.txt" AFTER you've installed Gunmod's file. That is, let Gunmod modify your files first, then follow the instructions to open the modified "Lighting.txt" and make the changes necessary for these objects (these objects only require modification of one line of text, while I think Gunmod's is much more extensive). Hope that made sense,

J.
Test Subject
#35 Old 29th Apr 2006 at 5:24 PM
Cool! Thanks, I look forward to using these!

Don't be fooled by the name, I'm a girl.
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Lab Assistant
#36 Old 31st May 2006 at 3:23 PM
Well I'm stumped. I got NL & OFB recently & hadn't got around to testing the old lights to see if they still worked but I'm sure they were working the other day when I was testing the radiance lighting.....anyway after I decided not to use radiance & restored all my back up files they didn't work, so I came & found the update. I installed the update,changed my NL txt file, & fired up my game. I then had 7 lights the three dead ones & the four new ones. The new ones worked great so I delleted the dead ones from in game but after I went to another lot the new ones didn't work. I searched my downloads folder to make sure the old ones were gone (just in case they were causing a conflict but I don't see how they could) they were so I deleted & re droped the new ones back into my downloads.......still no joy. Any sugestions? are you sure I don't have to change my OFB txt?
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 2nd Jun 2006 at 6:59 AM
Doh Ok I'm slow....I didn't drop the JGCOLORLIGHTNL.NLO file. They'r working great now.
Test Subject
#38 Old 22nd Jun 2006 at 11:59 PM
Hehehehe I love these lights been using them for quit some time, I'm a pleased customer xD

Would there be any chance of more colors coming out anytime soon? :D

Yellow would be awsome!! Then you could make orange with a red&yellow light :O mmmm choices.
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 5th Sep 2006 at 5:19 AM
Fantastic work - thanks!
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 6th Sep 2006 at 8:50 PM
my lights work, and produce a big patch of the colour wanted, but then after a while, i dont know why, the colour goes from the floor and walls, and the lights barely light up an oject in it's colour. Can someone help me please?
Instructor
#41 Old 17th Sep 2006 at 1:05 PM Last edited by alexpilgrim : 27th Sep 2006 at 10:15 AM.
Hi, I'm a Mac user and I downloaded the lights.
I opened the lighting.txt file and couldn't find the line reading "sinclude doors nlo" anywhere, so I decided to just put the lights themselves in the downloads folder without using the other two files that go in the game directory.
They actually work, but only on objects, not on the walls and floor.
I've been tweaking other txt files and they're usually the same for Mac and PC, maybe not in this case?


I've included a pic so you can see.



(Problem solved)

"Deep down I'm pretty superficial"

Instructor
#42 Old 3rd May 2007 at 8:57 PM
Thanks this mod is awesome! It makes my spooky lots "spooky."
Just so people know, this is compatible with Seasons. I've tried it out and it works well in my game.
Test Subject
#43 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 11:27 PM
Hey!~ I just wanted to let you know that I tested them in my game. I have seasons installed and It will work if you put it in the pets folder. I have plenty of downloads so, I haven't found any conflicts or Bugs. So this will also work in Seasons, I believe.
Very nice job J!

~Blood Tears of an Angel~
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 4th Sep 2008 at 11:11 PM
I'm confused. I have nightlife, OFB and pets, but in my files I see no files that say sims 2 nightlife or anything like that. I have one that says EP2 and that has a "lights" file in it. I'm not sure if this is the file I"M supposed to use?
Babu
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#45 Old 26th May 2012 at 4:13 AM
These are so convenient! Now I don't have to put those neon flamingo-shaped wall lights everywhere!
Field Researcher
#46 Old 11th Jul 2012 at 4:28 AM
I accidentaly installed it the same way I do everything else, and it seems okay, although the red is weaker than the others. And the spotlight version is hard to control...
Guest
THANKS POST
#47 Old 8th Mar 2014 at 2:47 AM
tnx
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