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unity_LightColor[1] returns black color when the Point Light's color is white



How to reproduce:
1. Open the user's attached "" project
2. Open the "SampleScene" Scene
3. Open the "TestPointAutoLightColor.shader" Shader in External Editor
4. Uncomment the line "return unity_LightColor[1];"
5. Comment out the line "return unity_LightColor[0];"
6. Observe the "Capsule" GameObject's color in the Game view

Expected result: "Capsule" GameObject's color is white
Actual result: "Capsule" GameObject's color is black

Reproducible with: 2018.4.34f1, 2019.4.24f1, 2020.3.7f1, 2021.1.5f1, 2021.2.0a15

- The issue is not reproducible when returning unity_LightColor[0]
- The issue is not reproducible if the Point Light's color is anything but white

  1. Resolution Note (2021.2.X):

    This issue is by design. With no ForwardAdd pass in the shader, lights set to "Not Important" and "Auto" Render Mode (pixel lights) will be treated as Vertex lights instead. The lights in the repro project are set to Auto, so the unity_LightColor array, which contains colors of 4 vertex lights, will contain colors of the 4 first of these.

    The last light in this array (unity_LightColor[1] in this case) will be blended with SH in order to prevent pop-in, which is explained here, and is what causes the observed gray color. Note that this behavior only occurs when a directional light is present in the scene.

    In a scene with many lights, the best solution is to handle additional pixel lights in a ForwardAdd pass. The ForwardBase pass only handles the main directional light and 4 vertex lights. Please see the following link for more information on how to make a shader use all lights properly

    This information will make it into the manual soon.

Comments (1)

  1. nsaxena_unity

    Apr 29, 2021 14:56

    - The issue is not reproducible if the Point Light's Render Mode is anything but "Auto"

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