Lighting Properties#

Control aspects of the rendered mesh’s lighting such as Ambient, Diffuse, and Specular. These options only work if the lighting argument to add_mesh is True (it’s True by default).

You can turn off all lighting for the given mesh by passing lighting=False to add_mesh.

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import pyvista as pv
from pyvista import examples

mesh = examples.download_st_helens().warp_by_scalar()

cpos = [
    (575848.0, 5128459.0, 22289.0),
    (562835.0, 5114981.5, 2294.5),
    (-0.5, -0.5, 0.7),

First, lets take a look at the mesh with default lighting conditions

mesh.plot(cpos=cpos, show_scalar_bar=False)
plot lighting

What about with no lighting

mesh.plot(lighting=False, cpos=cpos, show_scalar_bar=False)
plot lighting

Demonstration of the specular property

p = pv.Plotter(shape=(1, 2), window_size=[1500, 500])

p.subplot(0, 0)
p.add_mesh(mesh, show_scalar_bar=False)
p.add_text("No Specular")

p.subplot(0, 1)
s = 1.0
p.add_mesh(mesh, specular=s, show_scalar_bar=False)
p.add_text(f"Specular of {s}")

plot lighting

Just specular

mesh.plot(specular=0.5, cpos=cpos, show_scalar_bar=False)
plot lighting

Specular power

mesh.plot(specular=0.5, specular_power=15, cpos=cpos, show_scalar_bar=False)
plot lighting

Demonstration of all three in use

mesh.plot(diffuse=0.5, specular=0.5, ambient=0.5, cpos=cpos, show_scalar_bar=False)
plot lighting

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 9.810 seconds)

Estimated memory usage: 255 MB

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