Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Windlight Settings

I have gotten a lot of requests to put these back up, so here is the most updated version of my personal day cycle for Second Life.

 With this version I'm including my most up to date sky settings, plus the day cycle file for those of you with the most up to date SL viewers with the new day cycle control panel.

 These are the same windlight settings I used in my screenshots from The Island of Milk&Cream. These are the settings I use all the time in Second Life, unless I'm in a sim that specifically uses alternate windlight settings.

 Anyone is welcome to use these. If made the region windlight settings for a sim, or included as presets in an SL viewer I'd appreciate being credited.

 For those of you who have never installed windlight files before, here is how it's done.

 Windows users will want to go to the base directory of their system drive and look for the "Users" folder. From there you will find the Second Life settings folder;

C:/Users/<your Windows log-on account>/AppData/Roaming/SecondLife/user_settings/windlight

 Inside the windlight folder you'll find three more folders, "days", "Skies" and "water".

 In the zip file you download from this blog will be two folders, "days" and "skies".

 You will want to copy the single file you find in the "days" folder from the zip file into the "days" folder in your windlight directory. Then copy all of the files from the "skies" folder from the zip file to the "skies" folder in your windlight directory.

 The folder you want to look for on OS X is;

~/Library/Application Support/SecondLife/user_settings/windlight/

Linux should be;


 Simple, right?

 Once that is done, start up Second Life and log in.

 At the top of your screen select the World menu

World > Environment Editor > Environment Settings

From the Environment Settings panel click on "Customize my environment" and under "Sky/Day Cycle" select "Day cycle" and choose "Penny Day 1c" from the drop down menu.

 (If you do not see the panel above you may be using an older viewer that does not support estate level windlight or include the fixes made to the day cycle editor. In this case you will need to create the day cycle manually from the individual presets. They are named according to their time on the day cycle timeline so it should be pretty easy. Remember to click the "Save Test Day" button if you are setting it up this way!)

 Enjoy your new windlight settings!


  1. Thanks, Penny... I installed these the other day and am giving them a try.

  2. I keep getting an error saying the file is corrupt :(

  3. Seeing as UKanDo already has your camera settings as default I’ve now added your Windlight Settings to it as an option!

    Thanx for all your work on user setting! Let me know if I missed any!

  4. Wow! These are beautiful settings. Thank you so much!

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  6. I would love to actually use this WL. It looks amazing... but the file doesn't exist anymore. Slightly disappointing. But still looks great!