Translucent lamp shade

Translucency is the ability for light to pass through a material that is not transparent.

Translucency is a form of Transparency whereby light passes through a material, but you are unable to see anything on the other side of material. In the above image light illuminates the wall, even though the shade itself is not transparent.


In IRender nXt translucency is included on the Transparency Tab of the Material Wizard . Translucency can be set only after transparency is set.

Transparency tab on Material Wizard

The Translucency slider sets the translucent value. When set to 1 the material is 100% translucent, similar to frosted glass, thus preventing a clear view of anything viewed through the material.

The Transparency slider sets how much light passes through the material.


This chart will show you some of the typical results.

Translucency 100, Transparency 50 is the default if you select the Shade Defaults

The box has translucent sides, but an open top. The light on the ceiling comes directly from the light bulb in the box. The light on the wall has passed through the translucent surface.

Transparency = 10 Transparency = 50 Transparency = 100
Translucency = 100
Translucent shade is opaque.
TR 10 TL 100
TR 50 TL 100
Default for Shade
TR 100 TL 100
Translucency = 75
Some light passes through shade.
TR 10 TL 75
TR 50 TL 75
TR 100 TL 75

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