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Multicolored Chinese Lanterns

by nicvncnt Posted 22nd Aug 2008 at 2:16 PM - Updated 22nd Oct 2008 at 6:08 PM by -Maylin-
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Chinese Lanterns

Bring your patios, gardens and outdoor restaurants to life with this colorful and modestly-priced Chinese Lantern set.

The lanterns can be found in lights > ceiling lights and cost §25 each.

These lanterns come in seven colors. They use my partylights lighting mod to cast colored light over surrounding objects and surfaces. If you have already installed my partylights or my illuminated shop signs, you can just delete the lighting file included in this download.

Each lantern is attached to a length of cable which is exactly one tile long. You can string any number of lanterns together in any combination of colors, and attach the ends of the cables to walls, trees, columns, etc.

I’ve also included a couple of additional items. There’s a support pole which you can use to hold up the cable ends if you don’t have a covenient wall or tree, and there’s a short length of cable which you’ll need to bridge the gap between the final lantern and the pole. The cable extension piece is grouped with the lanterns in lights > ceiling lights because even though it isn’t a light, it seems to make sense to keep it with the lanterns. The support pole can be found in decorative > sculpture as it has several other uses.

Due to the colored lighting effects used, you must at least have the Nightlife EP installed to be able to use these lanterns.


Installing the lanterns.

First, place the folder nicvncnt_chinese_lanterns in your downloads folder.

Second, we need to tell the game how to create the colored lighting effects. To do this, follow one of the three simple procedures below.


IF YOU ALREADY HAVE MY PARTYLIGHTS MOD INSTALLED

You don't need to do anything. The partylights.nlo file included in this download is a duplicate of the one in your game so you can just delete it.


IF YOU DON'T HAVE MY PARTYLIGHTS BUT HAVE INSTALLED NUMENOR'S SCRIPTORIUM

Place the file

partylights.nlo

in the scriptorium lighting folder

Scriptorium_CustomLights


IF YOU DON'T HAVE MY PARTYLIGHTS OR THE SCRIPTORIUM

Place the file

partylights.nlo

In the folder:

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights


Also in this folder, you will see a file called:

Lighting.txt

Make a backup copy of the file somewhere safe, away from your game folders.


Open the file

Lighting.txt

in Notepad and right at the end of the file, insert the following line:

sinclude "partylights.nlo"

then save the file and close it.


That's all there is to it!



FAQ

Lanterns don't cast colored light, just a white light which only illuminates objects, not walls and floors?

The lighting file is not installed correctly - you need to revisit the installation procedure above.


Want to remove the lanterns from your game?

You can still leave the lighting file in place - it won't do anything if nothing is using it.


Having problems with other lights after installing this mod?

Just revert to the backup copy of the lighting.txt file which you made.


Want to post recolors or use the lights in uploaded lots?

Go ahead!



Polygon Counts:
LANTERNS
verts 507
polys 700

CABLE EXTENSION
verts 54
polys 48

SUPPORT POLE
verts 116
polys 96

Additional Credits:
SimPE, Milkshape, UVM Pro, Photoshop
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nicvncnt_chinese_lanterns.zip 293.8 KB 6,242 22nd Aug 2008
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
Nightlife

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