• This lesson will take you through creating an IES light in V-Ray for Maya
  • The information centers around the use of the VRayLightIES
  • This lesson topic is approximately 20 minutes in length
  • Lesson covers all 3 Learning Cycles for the Lesson Topic – Lecture, Demonstration, and Activity.
  • Learning Outcomes: You will be able to light a scene with a VRayLightIES and understand how to adjust the settings to create the look you want in your renders


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Goal – Create & adjust the VrayLightIES. Develop the look for our miniature house set, to create something that has a cinematic feel

Objective – We will light a scene with the VrayLight and understand how to use IES light profiles in a scene                        

Outcome – You will be able to adjust the VRay IES Light to create different light looks in your renders



Available materials

To set up the lesson follow the links below and download all available materials.

Lesson plan download
Presentation (Lecture) download
Demonstration tutorial download
Scenes & Assets download


1. Terminology

Lighting is important to our lives and our 3D scenes. Without it we can’t see anything!

2. Light!

a) Lighting in the real world


b) Light Falloff

Real lights have Decay. Light falls off to the square of it’s distance – Inverse Square Law



c) Light Temperature

Use the temperature value to create the right mood for your scene



3. IES Light

a) Light Overview


b) Intensity, Color, Temperature


Color Mode: Color (with indigo Light Color)

Color Mode: Temperature (with Temp. of 3200)


Soft Shadows



a) Profiles



Time to see it work! 




Time to do it yourself!

Now it’s your turn!! Use the provided scene file to recreate the cinematic look as you have seen me demonstrate
We have also provided a final scene for your reference.


Used values:

a) Key light in desk lamp
  • Example_IES_A IES File
  • Temperature - 4800
  • Filter color - 0.075
  • Intensity - 0.025
  • Light Shape From IES file



b) Back light in Wall lamp
  • Example_IES_B IES File
  • Temperature - 3200
  • Filter color - 0.16
  • Intensity - 0.3
  • Soft Shadows
  • Circular Light Shape
  • Diameter - 3.0



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