IES emitters

Image courtesy of Mihai Illuta. Ajax model courtesy of Jotero

IES and EULUMDAT emitters

IES and Eulumdat files are commonly used to mimic lighting fixtures, using the lighting information files provided by manufacturers. They are handy because they can easily imitate the complex lighting effects produced by specific fixtures, without having to model the lamp itself.

Both formats contain the luminous intensity at any angle, measured in laboratory using light sensors located all over a spherical dome around the light source, pointing to the center of the dome so that the data capture method considers all lamps as point sources.

You can use IES/EULUMDAT emitters with any type of geometry but for the most predictable results it is recommended you apply it to a small sphere (a few centimeters in radius). While the Emission color settings work here identical than on regular Area emitters, the intensity of the .IES/.EULUMDAT light itself is already specified in the file, so normally you shouldn't need to change it for realistic results. But you can adjust the intensity if you wish using the Intensity parameter which acts as a multiplier for the built-in intensity of the .IES/EULUMDAT file. You can also change the intensity using Multilight, but keep in mind that Color Multilight is not compatible with this type of emitter. 

The Maxwell installation comes with a large collection of IES and Eulumdat files, and you can easily get more from lighting manufacturers or on the internet. They can be found in the Maxwell installation folder, under the "ies" subfolder.

EULUMDAT emission and its lobe represented using the "View Lobe" option.
You can switch the material preview scene to the provided "preview_ies" which helps to visualize the final emission better

Important: To get the most physically correct results, IES/ Eulumdat files should be applied to small spheres (a few centimeters in radius) to copy the laboratory environment they were measured in as much as possible. Applying an IES or EULUMDAT file to a geometry other than a small sphere or using files captured from a non-point lamp can cause inaccuracies inherent to the method and format definition.


IES and EULUMDAT light sources: IES and EULUMDAT files are not compatible with the Color MultiLight mode, and its use can produce unpredicted results (generally reverting in a very dim emission), so we strongly recommend to use regular Intensity MultiLight for IES or EULUMDAT light sources.