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I'm trying to use IES file which is 4FT light source and Cycles renders a reflection of it as a simple spot. If I try to use that IES on Area light instead of Point light to get an actual 4Ft rectangle, IES data simply doesn't work and it just is a regular Area light. As far as I know IES only works with Point lgiht source anyway. In comparison I used the same files in 3Ds Max and it reflects a proper rectangle. Are IES lights simply broken in Blender?

Thank you

3Ds Max Correct Reflection Cycles Incorrect Reflection

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Problem solved. I used a simple mesh and applied emission to it with IES. But mesh itself should be exactly close to IES parameters. For example 4'x2" rectangle. In that case IES texture is displayed correctly. If your mesh is different from what IES is supposed to cover, you won't get right result.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello :). As far as I know, mesh lights don't support IES profiles. To use IES, you need to connect them to the strength input of your point light. $\endgroup$ Sep 18 '20 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hi. that doesn't produce right reflections. It reflects a point in that case even if IES it a rectangle or something else. I consider it a lack of functionality that Blender has. $\endgroup$ Sep 18 '20 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ Good to know, I'm no expert on IES lights in Blender :). $\endgroup$ Sep 18 '20 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ I also don't think you are right on mesh lights. I can clearly assign IES to a mesh light and it does change the output. It's just a matter of using the right mesh. $\endgroup$ Sep 18 '20 at 15:20

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