Adding a Basic Light
Maya 8.0 Tutorial
How to Add a Light in Maya
By default, Maya includes a light in every new scene. As soon as you add a light, the default light turns off and your new light provides the scene's illumination.
You can add several lights to a scene and the shadows can be enabled for specific lights.
Choose Create > Lights > Spot Light (include options). This is the simplest type of light Maya offers. A spot light illuminates in only one direction.
In the options box, choose the light color by clicking the color rectangle Specify whether or not you want shadows by selecting the Cast Shadows checkbox.
Click the Create button and a light is added to your scene.
Select the light and press the t key. A manipulator appears. Using the Move tool, move the light and manipulator individually to set the light's location and look-at point.
The lights settings can be adjusted by selecting the light and opening the Attribute Editor.