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The Sims 4 Building: Get The Most Of The New Lighting

The June Free Update improved lighting tremendously for those who play with higher settings on. Look how beautifully sunlight beams through the windows!

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These effects can be rendered even more stunning with a few tricks and tips.

How To Build To Make The Lightning Improvements Shine

Of course, there are simple steps, like placing objects near windows, such as plants.

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Still, there is a lot more you can achieve if you think about lighting since the inception of your build. The most dramatic light in The Sims 4 happens in the afternoon. To determine where it will hit your construction, you should build a big square…

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… then fill it with random windows,

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…so you can see where the most elaborate lighting features should go.

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Mix & Match

Massive floor to ceiling glass panels are the most popular choice in the Gallery and they do look impressive.

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However, if you mix and match them, you might get more interesting shadows.

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In fact, if you are willing to explore other combinations, you’d be surprised at the myriad of shapes different windows can project onto your floors and walls.

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Skylights

If you have Get Together, have I got news for you! You now have skylights! Go to a flat roof and find the glass dancefloors.

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Place one.

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Maybe more than one…

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Can you believe the outcome?

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Water Window

Water refracts lights. You might get a pleasing result placing a water window outside a room. And it will reduced a bit the jagged look shadows can get. Build a one square long room outside your window using the ‘Room Tool’.

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There you go.

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Fill it with a pool.

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Place window panes outside and inside.

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This is sure to make the place cooler both visually and temperature-wise! And the shadows are softer and not jagged!

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Tip: Change the water colour to achieve the perfect mood.

Two Story Ceiling

If you want lighting to have double the impact you can choose to have a room of your home – or the entire building, really – to have a two story ceiling. After you’ve build your dream room…

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…click on a wall to select the whole room.

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Go to ‘Save Room’.

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Save it, with any name you want.

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Go to the next floor.

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Open your Library, in the Gallery.

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If you can’t see your room, you might need to check ‘Include Custom Content’ under the ‘Advanced’ tab.

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Select your it and click on ‘Place Room’.

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Position it exactly on the top of the room on the lower floor.

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Drop it.

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Use the hammer tool to delete the floor and furniture.

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You might now want to also delete repeated wall decorations.

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And perhaps also remove flying light fixtures.

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Doors should go too.

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A window here makes more sense, doesn’t it?

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Wow! Look how gorgeous is the result!

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You can also try different windows to create other effects.

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After polishing the outside, it looks good externally too.

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Really classy!

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Tip: You can build multiple-story ceilings too.

Now, go on and get to building!

About the author

Kai Chen

I am from Macapá, a city by the beautiful Amazon river in the north of Brazil. I have enjoyed The Sims since 2001, when The Sims 1 caught my attention on the shelf, when I was around 18 and had gotten my first paycheck!

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  • What really grinds my gears about the whole lighting thing, is it makes my curtains way darker. For example, I put a green curtain on the wall. Middle of the day. And inside it looks blue. Even at night with lights directly in front or on top of it. This update ruined a good thing for one of my favorite indoor Decor 🙁