Creating indicator lights

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This tutorial will show you how to make those indicator strips on the ground and walls that change color when the trigger is activated. It assumes you have moderate knowledge on the Hammer Overlay Tool.


info_overlays all laid out.

The bulk of the lights are comprised of info_overlays. The four textures used are:

  • signage/indicator_lights/indicator_lights_floor
  • signage/indicator_lights/indicator_lights_wall
  • signage/indicator_lights/indicator_lights_corner_wall
  • signage/indicator_lights/indicator_lights_corner_floor

1. Create a path using the above info_overlays from your trigger to whatever they should activate. Give them all the same name; in this example we will use button_lights.

Note:The overlays should be 8 units wide. Set the U End to length / 32.

Checkmark Box

Where to put the frame.

1. Create a prop_static with the following properties:

Property Name Value
World Model models/props/sign_frame01/sign_frame01.mdl

Align it so it will be at the end of your light path.

Where to put the brush.

2. Create a 32Wx4Lx32H block brush textured with tools/toolsnodraw. Texture the edges with signage/signage_border and the front with signage/signage_doorstate. Align this brush so it fits inside the prop_static sign frame.

3. Tie the brush to a func_brush entity and give it the same name as your info_overlays.

Making it Work

Final product

1. Create a env_texturetoggle entity somewhere near your overlays. Give it the following properties:

Property Name Value
Name button_lights_toggle
Target Brush(es) button_lights (or whatever you named the overlays/func_brush)

2. Now just add the following output to the trigger for your button/switch/etc:

My Output Target Entity Target Input Parameter Delay Only Once
Io11.png (on trigger) button_lights_toggle SetTextureIndex 1 0.00 No
Io11.png (off trigger) button_lights_toggle SetTextureIndex 0 0.00 No

You now have helpful indicator lights to put around your map! You can download the tutorial map here.

See also