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Fallout 4 Workshop Guide: How to Setup Lights and Power Them

| December 1, 2015

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You’ve put dozens of hours into Fallout 4, most of which have been scavenging supplies and building a massive, fortified settlement for all of your people. But one problem still troubles you, how do you light the whole thing up? Setting up buildings is actually pretty easy in Fallout 4, but putting lights up is surprisingly difficult to figure out. Here’s a quick guide for how to setup lights and power them in Fallout 4’s Workshop.

First up, you need power of course. Build a generator of sufficient power for all the lights you want to setup. Luckily, unless you’re using spotlights, they just require a general connection to power, without sucking up any of the units. You can go small here, but it might be a better use of resources to build a big generator and hook other items up to it. This all comes down to how your settlement is arranged though, so it’s up to you.

Next pick a location where you want to put some lights. These attach to walls and ceilings mostly, so just set them all up as you want. Clustering them together is a good idea, as you’ll see later, but really you just want to get things hooked up how you want.

Once the lights are up you need to get the power to them, but first you have to make it so you can turn them on and off. Inside the Power menu of the Fallout 4 Workshop you’ll see the Connectors & Switches section. You’ll need at least one of these to setup your lights, though you’ll probably need a few.

The easiest setup is to hook a switch right to the wall, near the lights. This will have an area of effect, supplying power to any nearby lights. If you just want them to remain on all the time, simply put a power conduit onto the wall where the switch would go. The end goal is just to get power from the generator and to the lights that you setup. With the right configuration you can have them all powered on with minimal wiring.

That’s really about it as far as setting up and powering on lights in Fallout 4. These are just the basics, but using these tips you should be able to expand and setup a really nice base with some great looking lights. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything else you’d like covered in Fallout 4.

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  • Dick Sportsweiner

    More pictures please :)

  • Karnie

    This took me forever to figure out in the house in Diamond City…. Logic dictates that you would need a wire to run from the switch to the light… and as there was nothing even remotely resembling a tutorial or instructions in the game, logic was all I had to go on, so I spent so much time and resources trying to wire everything up. Way to go, Bethesda.

  • Kool Breeze

    I did this but the lights are still not working inside a house it all works no problem at guard stations and all but getting power into one of the prebuilt houses has brought me to google which got me to here and this offered me no real help beyond What I figured out on my own. They did it they really did it this time. :)

    • Beau Carrillo

      The only way i was able to get power working in the first sanctuary brebuilt house was by making sure i had the generator run a wire to a conduit attached to a wall then making sure the light was near enough within a radius to the conduit, or at least on the same wall. I also found sometimes it helps to have a wire leading to the cieling so that essentially your powering the wall and the wall powers the light. As for the other prebuilt houses i have done no testing because i wish i could just be rid of them but if they dont work the same i highly doubt they are inteded to be lit up at all if youve come to that conclusion. Best of luck, and sorry it took a month before someone could spend half a second to give you a response on this but you probably figured it out by now :P

      • John Tanasichuk

        You can scrap the complete house. Walk around with the workstation open and anything that is outlined in yellow can be scraped, old cars, trees, light posts and houses. Anything that outlines in green can be stored for later use.