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These files are obsolete!

LIT files have stored lighting-information until some patch. Today, lightning is stored in the following .DBCs:

For worlds that have terrain data, a corresponding LIT file includes information about the sky color, and possibly lighting conditions. They are stored in World\name\lights.lit


Offset 	Type 	Description
0x00 	uint32 	Version number
0x04 	uint32 	Light count - number of lights defined in this file

64 bytes per light:

Offset 	Type 		Description
0x00 	C2iVector 	(-1,-1) for the 'default' first record, (0,0) otherwise
0x08 	int32 		-1 for the 'default' first record, 0 otherwise
0x0C 	C3Vector 	Coordinates (X,Y,Z)
0x18 	float 		Light radius
0x1C 	float 		Light dropoff
0x20 	char[32] 	Light name

The float values seem to be multiplied by 36. Dividing by 36 gives back the original scale (I think) In the case of "I think", I think that the game client uses the floats to perform some kind of Cube-Mapped LightMapping (hence the X, Y, Z, -X, -Y, -Z values). -DG

The below structure has been taken from PreVanilla ( however it appears to have never changed.

struct LitFile
 uint32_t_t versionNumber; // 0x80000003 v8.3 for Undermine, 0x80000004 v8.4 in 0.5.3, 0x80000005 v8.5 starting from 0.11.0
 uint32_t lightCount;
 LightListData lightList[lightCount];
 struct LightListData
   C2iVector m_chunk;
   int32_t m_chunkRadius;
   C3Vector m_lightLocation;
   float m_lightRadius;
   float m_lightDropoff;
   char m_lightName[32];

Light Data

4 * 0x15F0 bytes per entry.

The first block of the four seems to have the sky colors, the second and fourth are usually all black, the third might be lighting colors or something else entirely.

Offset 	Type 		Description
0x0000 	18 * int32 	Lengths
0x0048 	18 * 64 * int32	Color + time records
0x1248 	32 * float 	Float values A
0x12C8 	32 * float 	Float values B
0x1348 	uint32 		Int value I
0x134C 	32 * float 	Float values C
0x13CC 	32 * float 	Float values D
0x144C 	32 * float 	Float values E
0x14CC 	32 * float 	Float values F
0x154C 	uint32 		Int value J
0x1550 	32 * float 	Float values G
0x15D0 	8 * uint32 	Padding (all 0)

The color and time records are in the following format:

Each row of 64 integers contains 32 pairs of integers: the first value is the time in half-minutes (on a scale of 0 to 2880 from midnight to midnight), the second value is a BGRX color. The i-th row contains Lengths[ i ] records like that. I think the color values for intermediate times are interpolated based on the times given in this list.

So there are 18 time-based color rows described here, for the first block these are always the sky colors (well, the first 8 at least). WoWmapview is currently only drawing a very crude, fake sky globe - the colors may or may not match up ;)

This section only applies to versions PreVanilla …

Just as in v8.5 each light has 4 sets of light data which map to the "Params" of DB/Light#Structure.

struct LightData
  DiskLightDataItem m_lightdata;       // ParamsClear
  DiskLightDataItem m_stormdata;       // ParamsStorm
  DiskLightDataItem m_lightdataWater;  // ParamsClearWat
  DiskLightDataItem m_stormdataWater;  // ParamsStormWat

struct DiskLightDataItem                  // There are two structures for this data, one for file data mapping and one for in-memory
  int32_t m_highlightCount[18];
  LightMarker m_highlightMarker[18][32];  // this is the equivalent of DB/LightIntBand
  float m_fogEnd[32];                     // the following float arrays are the equivalent of DB/LightFloatBand
  float m_fogStartScaler[32];
  int32_t m_highlightSky;
  float m_skyData[4][32];
  int32_t m_cloudMask;
struct LightMarker
  int32_t time;
  CImVector color;

The 7 sets of floating-point values have to describe the arrangement of the sky colors somehow, but they're pretty difficult to interpret. They usually contain at most 8 values, the rest being 0.

So today I experimented with a custom .LIT file (red and blue skies are hilarious), so here are the meanings for the various color tracks:

Number 	Description
0 	Global diffuse light
1 	Global ambient light
2 	Sky color 0 (top)
3 	Sky color 1 (middle)
4 	Sky color 2 (middle to horizon)
5 	Sky color 3 (above horizon)
6 	Sky color 4 (horizon)
7 	Fog color / background mountains color
8 	 ?
9 	Sun color + sun halo color
10 	Sun larger halo color
11 	 ?
12 	Cloud color
13 	 ?
14 	 ?
15 	Ground shadow color
16 	Water color [light]
17 	Water color [dark]

The below structure equates to each individual light in the file.

struct CurrentLight
  CImVector DirectColor;
  CImVector AmbientColor;
  CImVector SkyArray[6];
  CImVector CloudArray[5];
  CImVector WaterArray[4];
  float FogEnd;
  float FogStartScalar;
  CImVector ShadowOpacity;
  float Darkness;
  float CloudData[4];

The different skies are interpolated based on distance.

The four sets of data are completely different. #0 is the default look. #1 and #3 are usually all black. #2 might be the 'ghost view' lighting for when you're dead, but I'm not sure.