The <feSpecularLighting> SVG filter primitive lights a source graphic using the alpha channel as a bump map. The resulting image is an RGBA image based on the light color. The lighting calculation follows the standard specular component of the Phong lighting model. The resulting image depends on the light color, light position and surface geometry of the input bump map. The result of the lighting calculation is added. The filter primitive assumes that the viewer is at infinity in the z direction.

This filter primitive produces an image which contains the specular reflection part of the lighting calculation. Such a map is intended to be combined with a texture using the add term of the arithmetic <feComposite> method. Multiple light sources can be simulated by adding several of these light maps before applying it to the texture image.

Usage context

Categories Filter primitive element
Permitted content Exactly one light source element first and any number of descriptive elements in any order.


Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGFESpecularLightingElement interface.


<svg height="200" width="200" viewBox="0 0 220 220"
  <filter id = "filter">
    <feSpecularLighting result="specOut"
        specularExponent="20" lighting-color="#bbbbbb">
      <fePointLight x="50" y="75" z="200"/>
    <feComposite in="SourceGraphic" in2="specOut"
        operator="arithmetic" k1="0" k2="1" k3="1" k4="0"/>
  <circle cx="110" cy="110" r="100" style="filter:url(#filter)"/>



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Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
feSpecularLighting Yes 12 4 Yes 9 ?
in Yes 12 4 Yes 9 ?
kernelUnitLength ? ? ? ? ? ?
specularConstant Yes 12 4 Yes 9 ?
specularExponent Yes 12 4 Yes 9 ?
surfaceScale ? ? ? ? ? ?
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
feSpecularLighting Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
in Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
kernelUnitLength ? ? ? ? ? ?
specularConstant Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
specularExponent Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
surfaceScale ? ? ? ? ? ?

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