Cinema4D Light Dome

Hi everyone and welcome to helloluxx, the new home of my blog.

As a thank you for all the continued support, I’ve created a Light Dome scene that you can download for use in your own Cinema4D scenes. You will need MoGraph to use the setup and I created it using Cinema4D r11.5, but it should work fine in r11, and maybe even 10.5.

Light Dome - Basic Render Result

Light Dome – Basic Render Result

The Light Dome is fairly straight forward to use. Here’s a screenshot of the available parameters.

Light Dome Parameters

Light Dome Parameters

I’ve also created a short tutorial that gives you a quick overview of the controls. You can check this out on Vimeo.

Light Dome Introduction from Tim Clapham on Vimeo.

Download the Cinema4D Light Dome scene as a zip file here.

Author: Tim


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  2. Chris Martin
    Chris Martin On November 22, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Very cool Tim!!!

  3. illd
    illd On November 23, 2009 at 2:08 AM

    Thanks for that scene file and good luck for your new company!

  4. Regis
    Regis On November 23, 2009 at 2:49 AM

    Very nice and very handy set up.
    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Juan
    Juan On November 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Thanks to be sharing always as much wisdom and to show creative ways to us in this constant to evolve of 3D

  6. Cameron Bowyer
    Cameron Bowyer On November 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Hi Tim

    Thanks for the Light Dome! Good luck with your new venture.

  7. hires
    hires On November 23, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Nice..! Thank you very much

  8. Heerko Groefsema
    Heerko Groefsema On November 24, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Good luck with your new company and thanks for keeping up with your nice and well explained tutorials.

  9. HorsePower Studios
    HorsePower Studios On November 25, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    Sweet!!! Sorry to hear about HYPA, but I’m sure you’ll be bigger and better in the future.

  10. James Wicks
    James Wicks On November 25, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Hello HelloLuxx,
    Thanks Tim for all you do to help us.


  11. Tony Harris
    Tony Harris On November 26, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Excellent website for users on the more technical side of Cinema 4D! I wanted to use a light dome a few days ago but since i use release 10 there are no plug ins available anymore for this 🙁 there was Lumen which was quite a good plug in, and for a really simple dome you could use place on points on a half sphere!

    Cheers for the light dome Tim.

  12. Derek Lerner
    Derek Lerner On November 27, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Really nice tool. Thanks for sharing this Tim.
    helloluxx FTW!

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  14. Keitto
    Keitto On December 9, 2009 at 6:16 AM

    This is really awesome! Thank you so much, man!! ^^_ Congrats!!

  15. Jose Arrebola
    Jose Arrebola On December 16, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Hi, Tim

    Your Lightdome is very useful and impressive, I use it a lot. I have one question for you?, I want to generate only a shadow from one light, not for all, is it this possible by means the plugin. Thanks in advance !

    • Tim
      Tim On December 16, 2009 at 9:29 PM


      You can switch shadows off in the light dome and then add a new light in your scene and use that for casting the shadow.


  16. Jose Arrebola
    Jose Arrebola On December 16, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Thans for all Tim, I try this …

  17. Jedidiah Hurt
    Jedidiah Hurt On January 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Hey Tim,

    Thanks for sharing! I was having some major issues with GI render times and was able to accomplish a similar effect with the light dome at much reduced render times.

    I did run into one issue and was wondering if you had experienced it as well? It occurs when casting shadows from the light dome using shadow maps. The shadows/lights (not sure which) appear to flicker when rendering an animation. Here’s a demo with the light dome casting shadow maps onto a grid of cubes:

    If you render about thirty frames, you should notice flickering. It doesn’t happen with area shadows. Any idea what the issue might be?

  18. Jedidiah Hurt
    Jedidiah Hurt On January 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    I found the problem. I had made the geometry of the light dome visible and forgot to turn it back off when rendering. I’m guessing that since the lights are sitting on the surface of the dome, the C4D renderer ‘jitters’ between clipping and not clipping the lights with the surface of the sphere…

  19. leo
    leo On January 23, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    WoW Amazing light setup !
    I have thought about it a lot. Maybe if you make a dome capable to “read” 50 – 60 color’s information of an HDRI image, it would look much better, because a gradient is not that realistic.

    So it’ll be the same principle. It will create 60 lamps around the scene but instead of connecting a gradient node, you connect an HDR images, and it juste pick the color at this point, and cast the same color whit the lamps created !

    What do you think about it ?


    • Tim
      Tim On January 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM

      It should work with the current setup, just swap the texture linked to an hdri rather than the gradient material. Increase the segments and adjust the brightness accordingly.

  20. leo
    leo On January 23, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Ok, thank you, I’ll try !

  21. Johannes Kollender
    Johannes Kollender On February 4, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Hey Tim!
    Really nice setup! I made something similar in the past but not as thorough as you did.
    I expanded the Xpresso to be able to sample textures (e.g. HDRIs) for some IBL goodness and would like to share if anyone is interested.
    Of course I’ll do this only if you’re cool with that, cause after all it’s your brainchild. 🙂


    • Tim
      Tim On February 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM

      Hi Jo,

      The setup already uses a texture for the light colour, so adding an image instead will work no problem at all, as you have already discovered by the sound of things. I have no problem with you sharing the file, as long as you credit me and keep a link to the helloluxx blog.


  22. altug tezer
    altug tezer On May 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    i really liked your light dome but no matter how i use it i cannot overcome the flickering. have you been able to solve this problem?


    • Tim
      Tim On May 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM

      I don’t have a problem with flickering, do you have the sphere that the lights are cloned onto visible for rendering?

  23. Paul
    Paul On May 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM


    Love the lightdome! I have used it for a great number of stills and animations, and have some beautiful results. I seem to have little to no problems with flickering–if I do, I usually adjust materials and shading (especially any filteres/shaders where I have flipped the UV coords.) and that takes care of it (but of course resolution may be a factor).

    Further, I just wanted to say that any and all tutorials you have done are of immeasurable value to me. I have only been working with/studying C4D for about 6 months, and have learned a great deal in that period, but my knowledge curve inevitably spikes when I work through your instructionals. [And I believe I am in a large majority in this opinion… a few weeks ago I read somebody’s post discussing you (I think it might have been on a site/thread discussing or in connection with FXPHD). He made the statement that you have “a frightening amount of knowledge” as it pertains to both CG and C4D. I would firmly second that.

    I do have one quick question regarding the lightdome….

    I am currently trying to render a still. The scene is difficult to light in the manner I wish as it is quite deep along Z (and GI would take days). I have used your lightdome extensively and especially love the color gradient feature, and it would be perfect if I could use it to light this scene. Question: would the lightdome (or rather any Xpresso functionality contained within) break if I made the dome editable and elongated same along Z? I didn’t want to try it as it is set up as a preset in a specific way with a icon, etc. and would prefer no to reinstall. I appreciate any response….(unfortunately, I have only scratched the surface with respect to Xpresso, or I think I would be able to resolve this on my own).

    • Tim
      Tim On May 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM

      Hi Paul

      Thanks for your message and kind words.

      I’m not sure of the advantage to stretching the dome along one axis, but you should be able to just stretch the sphere using the object tool. After all the setup is simply an array of lights that are cloned across the spheres vertices.

      However my suggestion would be to add extra lights into the scene. I use the light dome myself, but I will 99% of the time add in additional key and fill lights.


  24. Navarro Parker
    Navarro Parker On September 28, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Have you tried it with r12?

  25. Thomas
    Thomas On October 22, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    I was looking for something completely different, but stumbled upon this handy tool.
    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge! It saves me a lot of time trying to get good lighting!

    Keep up the good work!

  26. Hugo
    Hugo On December 28, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Hi Tim,
    Thank´s for your lightdome, is really usefull and effective. I´d like to show you a project where I used it. Perhaps you will recognize from where I got my inspiration. Happy new year!

  27. pete
    pete On March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Hello Tim,

    Love the light dome, have used it a few times now but i am a bit confused about the target. I am currently lighting an outdoor scene and I would like the emphasis to be on the edge of the scene but when I move to the “Target Light Dome” I am not seeing a change. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Tim
      Tim On March 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      @Pete I would use the light dome to create some subtle ambient lighting in your scene and then add some key and fill lights manually to create the more lit areas.

  28. sahara
    sahara On April 19, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Tim,may i use this for commercial projects that i sell and include your dome set up?

  29. Tim
    Tim On April 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    @Sahara Can you please contact me to discuss how you’d like to use the light dome please. Send a message to tim (a) luxx dot com dot au, thanks.

  30. Martin
    Martin On August 16, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Just what I was looking for! great! many thanks!

  31. chris
    chris On May 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    so excellent, as usual….

    thx, tim!

  32. bougnat
    bougnat On June 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    MERCI, j’aime votre travail

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