Version: 2020.1
Light Probes and the Mesh Renderer
Light Probe Proxy Volume component

Light Probes and Scene loading

Unity updates its Light ProbeLight probes store information about how light passes through space in your scene. A collection of light probes arranged within a given space can improve lighting on moving objects and static LOD scenery within that space. More info
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data differently depending on how you load or unload ScenesA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
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Unity uses a LightProbes C# object to store Light Probe data for all currently loaded Scenes. The LightProbes object contains an internal data structure called a tetrahedral tessellation. Unity uses the tetrahedral tessellation in its calculations to determine how Light Probes light GameObjectsThe fundamental object in Unity scenes, which can represent characters, props, scenery, cameras, waypoints, and more. A GameObject’s functionality is defined by the Components attached to it. More info
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When you load or unload a Scene, Unity automatically updates the LightProbes object to contain the positions and coefficients of all Light Probes in all currently loaded Scenes. However, whether Unity updates the tetrahedral tessellation depends on how you load or unload the Scene.

When you load a Scene with LoadSceneMode.Single, Unity updates the tetrahedral tessellation automatically as part of the load process. When you load a Scene with LoadSceneMode.Additive, or unload a Scene with UnloadSceneAsync, Unity does not update the tetrahedral tessellation.

If Unity performs calculations using an out-of-date tetrahedral tessellation, the results do not take into account any newly loaded or unloaded Light Probes. This means that Light Probes might not light GameObjects as expected, and calls to LightmapSettings.lightProbes.CalculateInterpolatedLightAndOcclusionProbes() or LightmapSettings.lightProbes.GetInterpolatedProbe() might return unexpected results.

To force Unity to update the tetrahedral tessellation, you can call LightmapSettings.lightProbes.Tetrahedralize() or LightmapSettings.lightProbes.TetrahedralizeAsync(). These functions cause Unity to update the tetrahedral tessellation with data from all Light Probes for all currently loaded Scenes.

Updating the tetrahedral tessellation is CPU-intensive, and the CPU impact increases with the number of Light Probes. If you are loading and unloading multiple Scenes, and you experience a performance impact from updating the tetrahedral tessellation, then it might be beneficial to delay the update until you have loaded or unloaded a certain amount of content, or until a time when the CPU impact is not likely to affect the performance of your application.

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Light Probes and the Mesh Renderer
Light Probe Proxy Volume component