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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Please Check readme for full information:

How to Install

There are 2 ways to install the mod though automatically with SCRIPTORIUM or by moving and editing the Necessary files as instructed. The easiest way is to do use SCRIPTORIUM while manual is for more advance users.

Installing automatically

To install automatically use


It will install most necessary files including userstartup.cheat you do not need to follow the Manual install instructions. But for updating check 'how to update'
(Thanks to Numenor)

Note: This is does not contain the RLS-Shaders should only be used with NL and up.

For mac install instructions


(Thanks to skygirl22)

Installing with Deluxe or Double Deluxe Editions

Open folder called _Deluxe Editions.
Move the folder of the version of the Deluxe Edition that you have.

If you have Deluxe you don't install "Nightlife" and the "The Sims 2" folders as they are already included the deluxe folder. As With Double Deluxe you don't install "Nightlife", "Celebration" and "The Sims 2" folders. Continue install your other EP and SP if you have them following Manual Install.

Installing Manually

1) Make sure that you can run the game on high lighting and shadow settings and that your card supports pixel shader 2.0 to get the full effect of the mod. If you can run the game lighting on high then you are able to use this mod.
The mod can used with UseShaders false. You do not need 2.1 or 2.2 to install.

2) back up your userStartup.cheat by renaming it to something else
Found in:
\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config

3) Extract into the folders into ALL games that you have. Look in "_Stuff Packs" for SP games extract them if needed.


You have The Sims 2, Freetime, OFB, Family Fun Stuff

Open the .zip
Drag The Sims 2, Freetime, OFB folders from the zip into C:\Program Files\EA GAMES
Yes to replace
For stuff packs go _Stuff packs
And drag and drop in the same spot and replace.

NOTE: If you have H and M or IKEA the folder name in the zip couldn't read the (R) symbol and it replaced it with an r. It is recommended that you move the lights folder manually instead of extracting it.


4) The userStartup.cheat can be done either:

-a) Open userStartup file with notepad and copy all lines from this mod.
Then go to:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config
Open the userStartup with notepad and paste the contents at the top in the txt file.

-b) Extract the userStartup to:
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Config
This will overwrite everything that's in the file. This can be avoided by following step A instead.

If you find that you don't have a userStartup use method B

Useshaders false

If you have problems running the game with UseShaders on true. You can change it to false by opening userstartup with notepad and editing the line:
boolProp UseShaders true

And changing true to false:
boolProp UseShaders false

With it false, pool shaders and Bumpmapping will be disabled. Fish will disappear if using Seasons.

You would normally do this if your card has problems with 2.0 shaders and experience low FPS(slowdowns) after installing the mod.

Optional Files

Those are optional files that will change my default settings for unlit rooms and objects. This can be ignored if you don't want them changed. I recommend to use my settings first before deciding to change any of them.

pool reflections

RLS-Shaders changes the pool water shaders; don't use with Seasons unless you are playing the game with useshaders false.
This will only work with Nightlife and up.

Extract the RLS-Shaders.package in _optinal Files

My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads

Note: Remove the RLS-Shaders if you encounter problems with it installed.

Unlit rooms

You can choose between darker or bright shadows if you don't like the RLS default. This is how dark it will be in unlit rooms.
The default is balanced between realism and gameplay. Darker will be darker to those of older version of my beta. While brighter will be something close to maxis but greatly reduced.

Open either Darker Unlit rooms or Brighter Unlit rooms in optional files folder

Move the lighting file to:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

For Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

Balance Light Objects

With this file all lamps to be a bit more balanced with each other rather than based on the lights itself and how much light it should be casting. I don't know of other side affects with this besides that objects will tend to be getting much more light than they would of and will start to glow.

Open Balance Light Objects in the Optional files folder

Move the RLS-CustomLights file to:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

For Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

How to Update

If you are a previous user you can just simply need to extract a single folder into you base game to update the mod. This will also work if you installed with the SCRIPTORIUM.


Extract only the Sims 2 folder in the zip into your game dictionary same way like manual install:
EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Lights

If you using Deluxe or Double Dexlue do this instead:

For Deluxe:
The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

For Double Deluxe:
The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Lights

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