Maybe I was capping Azure and not aware of it. The information I've been able to find is that you cap each light at around 30, and I started seeing TEs as early as after 2 ephemeral murexes, which are listed on wiki as giving light strength equivalent to somewhere between 7 and 10 lights. So either light cap faster than 30, ephemeral murexes give higher than 7 to 10, or you don't need capped azure to get TE.
Making matters more complicated are abyssites of destiny and kismet. I have one of each.
You appear to be misinformed...
Dark Rings are in Kons, which is a visions zone. There are not ephemeral murexes in Vision zones, and thus in Kons.
Each Ephermal you kill in Kons will be about 3-5 azure. Again, my recommendation is to take 1 magic job with you, have them go kill Ephemeral Lumules/whatever the other mob is that escapes my vocabulary right now, and you to kill 5-6 T1 VNM to cap perle. You will have capped lights within 10-15 min, and then the only thing that will stop you is your kill speed, and your travel time/pull time to the next mob. Its a simple matter to either aeolian edge, cyclone, or blade: yu for your amber. About 10-15 amber is best for items. Any more and you will get more large chests than small chests [which will have your dark rings.]
Do whatever you like, but that will maximize your item output, and minimize your time input.
If your not capping Azure tho, TE is very rare. So for the Dark rings to pop, how much amber is needed? presumably not a lot if its an NPC item.
You may not need a lot of amber if the only issue was the quality of gold chests. However, lights also affect the frequency with which you will get that kind of chest. If you have capped azure and very low amber, most of your chests will be blue chests. If you want a good mix of both gold and blue chests, you want your amber light to be a close 2nd to azure.
Cap azure. Cap pearl. Get about 10~ amber. Edited, Feb 18th 2011 11:49am by Palides