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Yes, I think it's expected that setting roughness = 0, combined with using point lights for illumination, leads to no visible specular highlight. The size of the highlight is infinitesimally small, so the sample points (e.g. pixel centers) almost surely miss it. The math breaks down as well, as the reflectance would become infinite on the zero-sized ...

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By lighting in object space, sure, you could avoid transforming the normals into world space. However, you'd have to transform the light positions/vectors into the object's space. Also, if you want any view-dependent shading such as specular, you would have to transform the camera position into object space as well, to calculate view vectors. Now, all of ...

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If you compute the lighting in object space, before you scale the object then you will get false lighting. Imagine a small cube being lit by a single point light representing a light bulb. Now, scale that cube up to the size of a building. The lighting will have been calculated already, and now the entire building is being lit by a single light bulb.

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