is there a learning curve or will this be as easy to use as Lantios lights?
I own Lantios Lights 2 and Luxus, so I can compare my experiences with each of them.
With LL2, I can just load the lights, render, and expect good results. Sometimes some modifications are required to get the lighting looking the way I want it to—especially if I’m going for an “artistic” effect, rather than just “lighting that looks pretty good.” But out-of-the-box results are usually nice.
With Luxus, I can just change a setting on the Render pane and it’ll render in LuxRender instead of 3Delight. So the minimum amount of effort needed is about the same. But I soon learned not to expect good results on this first try. While Luxus will do some necessary conversions for you automatically, you’ll probably need to do some more things on your own to get it looking the way you want it to. And that will require some learning.
That having been said…I haven’t used Luxus very much yet and still don’t know much about it, but I’ve already gotten one render out of it that I was quite pleased with and others seem to like also.
Something else to consider…there’s already a Luxus tutorial in the store, and a lightset for Luxus was just released. And I imagine more will be coming.
Edited to add: But it’s not really fair to compare Lantios lights and LuxRender (Luxus or other methods) in terms of ease-of-use. Lantios Lights is designed to be a load-it-and-render-it lighting solution. As others have said, LuxRender is a whole different render engine with many different controls and options. Luxus and Reality are designed to give DAZ Studio users access to that render engine and its options, but they approach this goal in different ways. It’s apples to oranges. Both are delicious fruit, in my opinion.