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Spotlight's light occluded facing towards camera

I'm working on lighting a level for a game in which players use flash lights to navigate a backyard area at night. I'm using a movable directional light for the sun, and a movable skylight for ambient light.

The issue I'm running into is that whenever a player shines the light (a spotlight) towards the game camera (which is at a static position showing the field), the light seems to get occluded by the grass static mesh, giving off less light. I'm trying to avoid this because I want the player to be able to see the same cone of light from all angles.

Here's an example: Cone A is what I get facing away from the camera actor. The Cone B is facing towards the camera. Note how it is barely visible.

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Here's a view from the other side. These are the same exact lights with same properties; however, I moved the camera around to the back, so now Cone B is on the left. The same problem persists where the light facing the camera loses visual effect.

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So essentially I'm curious as to what actually causes this light "occlusion" to happen. Is there a light/static mesh property I can set to where I get the visual result of the Left cone regardless of direction?

Product Version: UE 4.15
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asked Aug 30 '17 at 09:12 PM in Using UE4

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Just disable shadowcasting on your light

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answered Aug 30 '17 at 09:35 PM

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avatar image GMaul Aug 30 '17 at 09:52 PM

Both lights shown in the screen captures have shadow casting turned off. Sorry, I forgot to mention that detail in the post.

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