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Infinite Light

In reality, no light exists that can emit light over an infinite distance. The impurities, moisture and dispersion that exist in the atmosphere and environment influence the distance a given light can travel. Nevertheless, light sources exist that can be seen as being infinite, e.g., our sun. Compared to the monitor in front of you or the floor lamp in the corner of the room, the sun can qualify as an Infinite light Type. As with the Parallel light types, the Infinite light also bears the advantage that it does not have to be place a great distance from the objects in the scene in order to achieve the proper lighting angle. However, the orientation of the Z axis is important since it defines the direction in which the Infinite light will emit. As with the Parallel light types, light is not emitted from a central point but parallel to the light’s Z axiss. The emitting surface is different from that of a parallel spotlight in that it is infinitely large. Hence, the size of the scene to be illuminated no longer plays a role. This light is well-suited for lighting outdoor scenes or very large areas from a specific direction.

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