The Lighting Render Element stores direct lighting and diffuse color information.


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The Lighting Render Element stores direct lighting information from lights in the scene and materials as lit by the scene's lighting. This render element can be used to brighten, lessen, or tint just the direct lighting in a composite without affecting indirect light or reflections, for example.

The vrayRE_Lighting pass is the same as vrayRE_Raw_Light multiplied by vrayRE_Diffuse. vrayRE_Lighting is provided as a convenience to the compositor.

Note: Specific objects can be excluded from this Render Element by disabling the Generate Render Elements option in the VRayObjectProperties node for the selected object(s).





UI Path: ||Render Settings window|| > Render Elements tab > Lighting


The parameters for this render element appear in the Attribute Editor under Extra V-Ray Attributes.




Enabled – When enabled, the render element appears in the V-Ray Virtual Frame Buffer.

Deep output – Specifies whether to include this render element in deep images.

Filename suffix – The text added to the end of the rendered file, when saved as a separate file (e.g. myrender.specular.vrimg).

Apply color mapping – Applies the color mapping options specified in the Color mapping rollout of the VRay tab in the Render Settings window to this render element. This option is enabled by default.


Common uses

The Lighting Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of direct illumination after rendering in a compositing or image editing application. Below are a couple of examples of possible uses.



Lighting Render Element


Lighting Render Element with contrast added and tinted






Original Beauty Composite




Composite with contrast added and tinted





Compositing Formula

vrayRE_Raw_Light x vrayRE_Diffuse = vrayRE_Lighting