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"Social Climbing Ivy" Retextures in Brass and White

by plasticbox Posted 10th May 2008 at 2:02 AM - Updated 22nd Oct 2008 at 6:02 PM by -Maylin-
23 Comments / replies (Who?) - 22 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This needs the CEP in order to be fully functional (you'll only see the shades in your game otherwise, not the bases).

One thing that has always bugged me about these cheapo Maxis lamps: they don't look lit when they're lit. They're supposed to be made from fabric, surely? And wouldn't a near-white fabric let some light through when there's a lightbulb directly behind it?

This is a Maxian lamp that is lit (I swear):

This is my version, also lit:

I made this by fumbling with the stdMatDiffCoef and stdMatEmissiveCoef in my recolour until I got the effect I wanted. This thread helped me figure out how it does not work, and a Google search plus 24 versions of this thing did the rest.

The other thing that bugged me were the frilly bases in that unlikely colour -- I've included two recolours in brass, one with the deco and one without:

The base recolours are independent from the shade, so you can have either or both in your game (and you're not going to accidentially delete the shade when you want to delete a base and vice versa). There is only one recolour each, both of the lamps will pick them up.

I'm including a brass recolour for the "Wall Flowers" wall light as well because it kinda fits the other ones, style-wise (and I have no idea what that green substance was even supposed to be); the shade of that one is *not* included because I haven't yet tweaked it into submission.

You can do what you want with this. Please link back to this thread when redistributing. Please respect that I don't do requests.


Additional Credits:
Thanks to Numenor and RGiles and various other people who've written up useful stuff about how the whole TXMT business works.
Style: Retro
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: AddOn

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
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  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
4. CEP Required: The CEP is necessary for this download to work. Make sure that you have the newest version of the CEP installed. Get it here: The Official CEP Download.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 10th May 2008 at 10:28 AM
Really Great! I never thought these lamps could possibly look good.
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#3 Old 10th May 2008 at 11:14 AM
definitely much better than the original! thanks!
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#4 Old 10th May 2008 at 11:19 AM
I have been wanting a plain recolor of these lamps ever since I stopped using overheads in every single room. (<- Was lazy.) But your recent spate of productivity is killing my downloads folder! Have mercy on me.
Field Researcher
#5 Old 10th May 2008 at 11:37 AM
these look really nice now they've been stripped down a bit, thank you !

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 10th May 2008 at 11:42 AM
Oh, thank you!

I've always liked the shape of that shade, but the frills and the colour of the base made this mostly unuseable. Yay! This is a great improvement! Thank you!

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Lab Assistant
#7 Old 10th May 2008 at 12:11 PM
Wow, plastic box. Another set of fantastic recolours. That bug where it didn't light up properly annoyed me, and thankyou for fixing the bug and sharing your creations!
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#8 Old 10th May 2008 at 1:11 PM
This has been one of the most useless objects in the game, now it'll be one of the most useful I think, it's perfect!

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#9 Old 10th May 2008 at 2:12 PM
I love the way you've been retexturing/recoloring objects. The color selection is splendid and the ideas are growing. Quite wonderful work. Thanks for these. I can't wait to see how you move forward with your recolors! I plan to use your fabulous designs in future houses I create (especially those with a nontraditional theme). Thanks again.

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#10 Old 10th May 2008 at 3:09 PM
Ohhhh thank you! I always hated how stupidly useless those original colours were... I can actually use these lamps now!

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#11 Old 10th May 2008 at 7:20 PM
i love love love for this, thank you very much! *huggles* :D
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#12 Old 10th May 2008 at 7:20 PM
Thank you!! My current Legacy house is completely built except for lights... now they can have these super-useful lights and not have to sit around skilling in the dark LOL

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#13 Old 11th May 2008 at 3:23 AM
Awesome & much needed improvement! Thanks so much!
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#14 Old 11th May 2008 at 4:46 AM
Imma just declare my undying love for you now mkay? These lamps have never looked so good! The textures are just so... so.... perfectly lampy! I sure am glad I purged my recolours folder a while back, because filling it up with all your goodies is pure joy. Thanks so much!!
#15 Old 11th May 2008 at 9:31 AM these lamps make sense in my game. Before your recolors they were only this: BORING. Thank you

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#16 Old 11th May 2008 at 11:09 AM
Really good as now these lamps are useful.
Thank you.

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#17 Old 11th May 2008 at 12:35 PM
I knew these lamps had it in them Great job!
#18 Old 11th May 2008 at 3:57 PM
thank you now we have better lamps. I how you plan to recolor some more table lamps
#19 Old 12th May 2008 at 2:17 AM
Thank you for doing what EA did not!
Hear me EA:
The reason I am still addicted to this game is very, very, simple-----MODDERS!!!
Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of this community.
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#20 Old 21st May 2008 at 7:35 PM
Thank you so much! I've always hated the patterns and colors Maxis provided that never matched any of my decor. These lamps will go with anything and everything! Just what I needed!
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#21 Old 18th Jun 2008 at 4:50 PM
I love this. They'll go with anyhthing. And old and modern, both. Thanks a lot, now I will actually use those lamps :-D
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#22 Old 24th Oct 2008 at 7:08 PM
I am always looking for decent lighting for my sims that I myself would be happy with in my own house, and I have to say a lot of the Maxis-made stuff is rather ugly.

I will make good use of your lights. They look simple, yet good. And as pepsihamster said, they can go with anything.

Thank you
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#23 Old 27th Sep 2009 at 7:29 AM
I love the simple recolour! Now this lamp will get a lot more use. thanks!
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#24 Old 13th May 2011 at 5:56 PM
Wow. Someone actually made those lamps usable. They practically look like the ones I got at home. Thanks!