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Blender 2.8 Light Widgets Overview


Gottfried Hofmann writes:

The light objects widgets in the Blender 2.8 viewport can make your lighting work considerably easier - for example it allows for an easy point-and-shoot workflow. A short overview of all the lighting widgets in Blender 2.8:

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Gottfried Hofmann

Founder of, co-author of the Cycles Encyclopedia. Blender enthusiast since 2.50 alpha 0. Got a knack for simulations and teaching.


  1. Cool!
    I have an important suggestion for the spot light.
    It would be very nice if you could place the cone on a rectangular shape. In times of modern LED lighting there are more and more lights that have a rectangular beam shape where the angle has to be adjusted.
    I have had only last such a case. You had to trick because it didn't work properly with an area light.

    Thanks for the tutorial

    • Rombout Versluijs on

      Are you sure is a beam, the way lights work and with their reflector a light is almost 90-95% in a cone shape. I believe so at least :)

  2. Rombout Versluijs on

    WOuld be nice if the spotlamp had also the option to adjust the softness. In Thea Render is use for sketchup we have this option. It really nice and fast to set spot lamps using that method

    • Rombout Versluijs on

      PS that area light is a bit buggy. Whn hovering over it, its state "ctrl translate" but nothing really happens. Also when you use the scaling it is not very clear if its still selecteed

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