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spotLight [-coneAngle angle] [-decayRate int] [-discRadius linear] [-dropOff float] [-intensity float] [-name string] [-penumbra angle] [-rgb float float float] [-shadowColor float float float] [-shadowDither float] [-shadowSamples int] [-softShadow boolean] [-useRayTraceShadows boolean]

spotLight is undoable, queryable, and editable.

The spotLight command is used to edit the parameters of existing spotLights, or to create new ones. The default behaviour is to create a new spotlight.

Return value

stringLight shape name

In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


ambientLight, directionalLight, exclusiveLightCheckBox, lightList, lightlink, pointLight, spotLightPreviewPort


coneAngle, decayRate, discRadius, dropOff, intensity, name, penumbra, rgb, shadowColor, shadowDither, shadowSamples, softShadow, useRayTraceShadows
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
-coneAngle(-ca) angle createqueryedit
angle of the spotLight
-decayRate(-d) int createqueryedit
decay rate of the light (0-no decay, 1-slow, 2-realistic, 3-fast)
-discRadius(-drs) linear createqueryedit
radius of the disc around the light
-dropOff(-do) float createqueryedit
dropOff of the spotLight
-intensity(-i) float createqueryedit
intensity of the light (expressed as a percentage)
-name(-n) string createqueryedit
specify the name of the light
-penumbra(-p) angle createqueryedit
specify penumbra region
-rgb(-rgb) float float float createqueryedit
color of the light (0-1)
-useRayTraceShadows(-rs) boolean createqueryedit
ray trace shadows
-shadowColor(-sc) float float float createqueryedit
the shadow color
-softShadow(-ss) boolean createqueryedit
soft shadow
-shadowSamples(-sh) int createqueryedit
number of shadow samples.
-shadowDither(-sd) float createqueryedit
dither the shadow

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can be used more than once in a command.

MEL examples

// Create a spot light
string $light = `spotLight -coneAngle 45`;

// Change the cone angle value
spotLight -e -coneAngle 33 $light;

// Query it
spotLight -q -coneAngle $light;
// Result:33//