Duplicating Light effects in Maya


Have you ever tried duplicating a light with light effects in Maya? It never works. Right?


Well here is a cool trick to get it to work.

1. Select the light (with the light effects) in the viewport.
2. Open Hypershade by clicking on Window>Rendering Editors>Hypershade.
3. Click on Graph>Input and Output connections to display the node network.
4. Click on Edit>Duplicate>Shading network
5. That's it! Now the light has been duplicated along with the Optical FX node. 
Point light with Optical FX

Snapshot of Hypershade with Optical FX node duplicated
Tested with Autodesk Maya 2011 and 2012.
Happy Lighting.