* LightUp for SketchUp
LightUp is the fastest and simplest SketchUp renderer on the market. Experience true real-time rendering all within the SketchUp window. SketchUp has never looked so good!
* LightUp for SketchUp

Welcome to true real-time rendering

LightUp is the fastest and simplest SketchUp renderer on the market.

Thousands of professionals, from one-person architecture practices to movie-makers at Pixar, choose the LightUp plugin for SketchUp to instantly illuminate their models and show their work in the best possible light.

LightUp is the only SketchUp renderer that uses object-based rendering. This means you get stunningly accurate and beautiful results instantly inside the SketchUp window. The speed of LightUp makes it perfect for the way designers work. You can tweak and iterate your models and immediately see results. There's no waiting around for minutes or hours as with old-fashioned ray-tracing renderers. Move the camera around your model and watch everything render perfectly in real time. Create fly-through movies and export a file that can be played by your clients in their web browser.

Whether you're working on product visualisations, architectural designs or immersive 3D experiences, LightUp gives you speedquality and simplicity in a single SketchUp extension.

You can try LightUp FREE FOR 30 DAYS

So click the "Get this Extension" button in the top right of this screen and get started in minutes.

Happy lighting! 

Adam Billyard
Creator of LightUp 


LightUp is genuinely an astounding programming!

I have a section level PC LightUp still works. In the wake of expelling the vast majority of the planar reflections, flawed segments downloaded from the 3D distribution center, Point lights that were much excessively solid, Sketchup surfaces that were not exactly planes and gathering building and grounds into one gathering, I could then set the scenes and really made a film out of it. I needed to render in LightUp twice on the grounds that the rendering didn't finish the first run through nearness of dim smirch in a few territories). I utilized Sony Movie Studio to assemble a few motion pictures together.
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Hi Adam,
I am a MAC user, but somehow I downloaded and paid for the windows version of Light up
Is there a way to download the mac version without having to pay for it again?


Adam B.'s picture

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Great sketchup...btw what is the light that you are using it? I used something similar for my flashlight app i build, check it out on MaxFlashlight

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B.L. A's picture

Nope. Once it finally rendered the window it added its own background in place of the one I had, then popped up two windows I couldn't remove to see the final effect. I could see the edges moving when I manipulated the angle but the windows were stuck there. Pass.

How to use EULUMDAT files in the LightUp? Possible?

Adam B.'s picture


LightUp currently supports reading IES files only.


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andrea I.'s picture

Good evening Adam
We bought a few months ago a Lightup 5.3 annual license.
Today we had the need to reinstall the extension, but we could not , because the registration code that we used is not valid. You can re-enable our code?
We should have the for free up grade to 5.4 , shouldn't?
Could you kindly tell me the procedure to do that?

best regards

hey that looks really cool brosky.

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Hello Adam,

I have uninstalled the demo version long ago. Never got it to work right or my PC needs an upgrade. Meanwhile I need my Sketchup, and every time I start it though, I get the Lightup Demo Registration window. Please please, it's killing me! I even tried to uncheck the extension and it still pops up!


andrea I.'s picture

dear Adam

i bought light up and i very entusiastic. But i found a bug for mirror/specular materials

for example:

In the same file i have 4 surface with the same material

2 surface mirror correctly
2 surfece doesnt mirror correctly


I finally figured out how to unintall the program:
You can find the .rb file in AppData folder (usually hidden) under Users folder

LightUp is a lovely program. Its just a personal taste that I prefer another rendering.

Best lucks with LightUp

Hi Adam,

Would you please let me know how to UNINSTALL LightUp for SketchUp( the Trial Version)!!!

I have been trying everything and nothing worked...


Adam B.'s picture

Easiest way is to open Preferences->Extensions, and uncheck "LightUp Tools".

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good afternoon,

i was wondering why it is taking me too long to render a scene with a lot of faces. it says __% complete (2___.__ Mrays)


Adam B.'s picture

Hi Louise

The time it takes to light a model is largely effected by Resolution you have set in Preferences. For an interior, start with 25cm to get a quick result and then drop down to 5cm for final output.

Please watch this video on setting Resolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywyI0vJNNzQ


Can G's picture

At first I was delighted with the overall idea of lightup and bought its perpetual licence. Now I can easily say that it may be the most unstable sketchup renderer plug in. It's very difficult to take the same effect everytime, there are not much customization options and its user interface is waaayyy to old an difficult.

Also the author of the plugin tried to charge me another perpetual licence price to upgrade my version. When I told him that perpetual means perpetual like all the other programs he told me that "it's only perpetual for the version when you bought it, if you want to go perpetual with the next version you have to pay again"

Now :) this isn't funny. When I resisted, he accepted to upgrade for one time (still appreciate it) but for the next version I won't be "perpetual" anymore he said :) Sorry to hear that.

Anyways, I don't need it anymore. My advice to all designers who search for a quality sketchup renderer, just search a little more. I don't want to give the renderer name I'm using now but you will easily find it which has much more quality end results, have a much more modern and easy user interface and is real "perpetual".

Totally, good at first, not satisfied when you get used to it and see the other competitors.

Adam B.'s picture


Can't see any support email from you regarding any problem you are having.
Let us know if there is a specific issue you are having.


SketchUp crashes when I hit 'Go' SkecthUp 2016

hi, newbie here

im facing a huge prob when hit Go(render). SkecthUp will crashed. i try several time n method but still happened..
im using

window 7 Home Edition (64bit)
ram 4Gb
Display NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
SkecthUp 2016
latest LightUp version (trial 30days)

please help me....

Adam B.'s picture

Check you have the latest drivers for your graphics card
Check you have "Use Hardware Acceleration" checked in Preferences->OpenGL

Do you see the problem with all models or just a specific model?


i did all ur suggestion.. its still happen when i click render

model mean?

actualy im using laptop

Dell (forgot model)
i7 2.0

pokongku .'s picture

Hi Adam,

LightUp is truly an amazing software!

I've got an entry level PC and LightUp still works. After removing most of the planar reflections, questionable components downloaded from 3D warehouse, Pointlights that were way too strong, Sketchup surfaces that were not quite planes and grouping building and grounds into one group, I could then set the scenes and actually made a movie out of it. I had to render in LightUp twice because the rendering didn't complete the first time (presence of dark smudges in some areas). I used Sony Movie Studio to compile several movies together.

The finished movie looks really good. The camera movements were smooth and graceful.

Thank you for your continuous support. It's a great product.

I am going to get a new computer with a faster processor and better video card. Could you show me how to load LightUp to the new computer? Do I need to use the key for the last download?

pokongku .'s picture

Hi Adam,
I noticed whenever a Sketchup model is in LightUp rendered mode, the camera movements become jerky and sluggish.

Normally the camera in Sketchup moves very smoothly.
We are not dealing with animation or movie recording.

I just want to show the model in LightUp rendered mode to clients but it has proved unsatisfactory.

Is there anything I can do to make the camera move smoothly on screen in LightUp?

pokongku .'s picture

I managed to record this segment, not using the LightUp recording feature, but by OBS Studio video capture and then editing it in Sony Movie Studio. https://www.dropbox.com/s/f94hcm1r9w63cyh/SCENE11ex2.mp4?dl=0

I could not get LightUp Movie Maker to work. Kept getting the bug splat.

OBS can record in resolution of 1920x1080 and higher. How do I set up LightUp for higher resolution rendering?

Also when I use the camera motion control in LightUp rendering, the action is not smooth, as you can see in the attached segment. Anything I could do to improve on that ?

Hi Adam

I purchased the annual mac lightup for sketchup lisence few days ago, but the file was not downloaded successfully for unknown reason. Today I checked my online bank and realised the lisence actually costs me 148 pounds !!!

If there is nothing wrong with my memory, the price I paid is different with the price I saw previously on the website. (I thought it's 14pounds or sth. The payment page pop up when I was in download page, and there was no option of visions , the one I got is not even a student vision) I paid this much for a plugin which cannot be used in my laptop, so I am asking for a refund and sorry for the inconvenience.
I am a interior design student so I would like to download a 30 days free trial and if I like it I will recommend it to my classmates and get a lisence later , as a student I really can not afford the price of the annual lisence right now so please help me and process a fully refund to me plz!!!!!!!!

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