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Improved Interior Lighting (For Realistic Lighting Mods)
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Feb 23, 2012 @ 1:46am
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Description
This Mod updates certain interior spaces with more realistic lighting solutions to better mimic ambient lighting caused by smaller enclosed spaces. Also adds a few personal stylistic alterations to improve visual interest in certain areas.

REQUIREMENTS
This mod is intended to be used with the mod "Realistic Lighting" by Pluto (aka kurtcop) found here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=7648&searchtext=realistic+lighting
(also found on Skyrim Nexus here: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=7654) OR other mods which significantly decrease the game's ambient light in interior spaces.

I have tested this mod without Realistic Lighting, and it works just fine without it. However, the visuals will not be quite what I intended. Overall, you'll be seeing a much lighter and brighter version of the affected interiors, and things will be a bit washed out. I highly recommend picking up the Realistic Lighting Mod (or other mods that darken the ambient lighting) to fully enjoy this!

A Bit of Background
I have enjoyed Pluto's Realistic Lighting mod very much, however, I've always felt he took things a little too far with reducing the ambient light throughout the game. I think it works fine in the exteriors, but in several interior spaces the lighting feels far too harsh. In real life, when light is in an enclosed space, it bounces around off surfaces a lot more, creating much softer shadows and more ambient lighting than what is reflected in-game with Pluto's mod.

This mod aims to fix some of these areas and create a more realistic feel. The first pass of this mod fixes the ever-popular Breezehome. Future updates improve upon further interior areas based on my own personal priority. The most highly-trafficked areas will be given priority. Please see the changelog which lists all areas affected by this mod. (typically each version will add a new area.)

After installation, in the affected areas only, expect ambient lighting to be a tad brighter, slightly more diffused, windows will generally emanate light as if light is really shining through them from the outside, as well as a few of my own personal artistic touches to certain areas (such as the light beams seen in Breezehome's bedroom).

Please keep in mind, this is not a world-wide alteration, but a built-by-hand, per-area, alteration. The altered areas are listed below in the change log.

INCOMPATIBLE MODS
Please be aware, the following mods are known to modify the lighting in areas affected by this mod. As a result, buggy lighting and strange results unintended by this mod WILL occur. I highly suggest you run this mod without any lighting mods that modify individual lighting in the affected areas.

-More Dynamic Shadows (It will work, but the lighting will not match up with what's in the screenshots and buggy visuals may occur).
-Any mod that alters lighting in Breezehome, Honeyside, and Sleepy Giant Inn (and soon more)

OTHER NOTES:
-I plan on releasing this mod to Skyrim Nexus after more work has been completed and it's a bit more fleshed out.
-If you are not used to using the realistic lighting mod, and install both Pluto's mod and mine at the same time, you'll undoubtedly notice that several areas are far darker than normal. This is due to Pluto's Realistic Lighting Mod, not mine. Mine aims to lighten up his mod and fix *some* of those very dark areas. In short, his darkens, mine lightens.
-I've been informed that this mod works well with Climates of Tamriel: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17802. I have run some tests with this mod and it appears to work well with mine. Your mileage may vary when using other world-wide lighting alteration mods.

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Change Log
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Current Version:
v1.8 - Riverwood: Sleeping Giant Inn Updated
-Increased amount of sunlight pouring into the main room during the day.
-Added a few shadow casting lights to certain areas.
-Greatly increased the radius of existing shadow-casters
-Added some day/night cycles to certain lights where sunlight shone through.

Previous Versions:
v1.6 - Breezehome Updated
-Increased overall level of light throughout the house.
-Fixed a few lights that were appearing to light the room but didn't properly light the character
-Removed two lights that became unnecessary.
-Optimzed performance for better framerates.

v1.5 - Honeyside
-Added day/night lighting in the kitchen/entry area coming from windows. During the day this area is now flooded with light. At night, its primary light source is from the cooking fire - with reduced diffusion of light coming from the windows.
-Brighened several extremely dark areas in the bedroom and basement. Attempted to lighten these areas while maintaining the original light sources by simulating a more realistic diffiusion of light throughout the room.
-No longer will you have to use a torch to view your weapon rack downstairs.
-Significant fine-tuning of every single light in Honeyside.

v1.0 - Initial Release: Breezehome
-Added several lights, removed a few, tweaked many others.
-Fixed strange, unrealistic light leaks in the alchemy room.
-Added sunlight filtering through various windows and holes in the ceilings.
-All sunlit areas are tied to the time of day and will shine bright during the day and dim at night (see screenshots for day/night comparisons).
-Fixed several buggy light situations throughout the house where lights would randomly blink on/off.
-Added several light rays filtering through cracks in the ceiling (particularly in the bedroom). These will shine bright during the day and less-so during the night. Someone needs to get a better roof on this house - too many holes! (Perhaps that's why it's called Breezehome?)
-Adjusted general ambient lighting throughout. Tried to soften up several darker areas and lighten the darkest areas up just a tad. No more Lydia sitting in dark shadows!

Check out the screenshots for further details. Unless labeled as "Before" or "Realistic Lighting Mod Only" the screenshots display what you should see. The ones labeled are for comparison only. Many show comparisons between day & night. A picture says a thousand words! As always, I look forward to feedback and constructive criticism. Most importantly - ENJOY!
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pedro2001 Aug 20 @ 1:26pm 
Okay thanks! I just bought a new computer that I will definetly use this on.
Knightshade  [author] Aug 19 @ 2:09pm 
@pedro2001: If you're getting 10fps, then I would suggest passing on this mod. While it shouldn't decrease an average computer's framerate, if you're already getting 10 fps, then even a 1fps drop is really bad...and you're likely to get that (or worse) with this mod.

As for when it will be updated, I'm not sure. I built this mod for myself originally, and decided to share it with the community...and was blown away by the reception it received! As a result I committed to building a few releases, which I did, and would like to update it further as my time permits - but it's definitely lower on my priority list right now. It is very stable, and very solid, and I use it myself whenever I play. I have been thinking of releasing a modification on it which adjusts the lights for a more vanilla setup. I make no promises, though!
pedro2001 Aug 18 @ 7:54am 
And does this decrease framerate? I have a bad computer and get like 10 fps. So I don't get mods that decrease framerate.
pedro2001 Aug 18 @ 7:53am 
When will this be updated?
Knightshade  [author] Aug 9 @ 12:19pm 
@awave: What kind of flickering shadows are you experiencing? There should be none at all. Is it possible you have a light source laying around on the ground? (torches, lights you've cast as spells, etc.) If so, that is likely the cause of the flickering. My mod maxes the # of shadow casting lights in the space, if any extra light sources enter the home it can cause this. On it's own, though, the mod should never exhibit this behavior.

Let me know if I can be of further help - thanks for the upvode and faving!

@Dan4ik1003: Glad you like it!
Dan4ik1003 Aug 9 @ 5:01am 
Very nice
awave Aug 9 @ 1:43am 
this is an amazing mod, but the flickering shadows upstairs in breezehome kill it for me. ive tried loading it with only realistic lighting as the only other mod and still, loading this one last of course. i want to resubscribe but ill wait until the flickering shadow issue is fixed. upvoting and faving though!
Knightshade  [author] Aug 6 @ 9:25pm 
@Spoiled Milk: Currently there are no plans to do so at this time. :(
Spoiled Milk Aug 6 @ 2:42pm 
could you make versions for the dlc?
Knightshade  [author] Aug 5 @ 6:02pm 
@The Festive Gollum: That's correct, it's not on the nexus for anyone. Currently it's exclusive to Steam. This may change in the future.