this is kinda outta place and maybe better suited to the lightwave part of this forum,but ill fire away anyway
have given a URL as well as a plugin for creating normal maps within lightwave,in flays own words "NormalMapCreate - main plug-in to create normal maps within Modeler.
NormalMapColor - an alternative way to create normal maps from Layout.
BumpMapCreate - a shader used with Surface Baker which allows you to add the high-res object's bump map to the low-res object's normal map.
NormalMapShader - allows you to render low-res objects using the created normal map"
the url for the plugin and the tuts is
the link also has a few links to possible useful tutorials for those new to lw and wanting to cut their teeth