Is there any way to use the lights stored in a .X file

(For that matter, is there any way to use anything other than the three directional lights that come with a BasicEffect, without knowing HLSL.. )

Re: XNA Game Studio Express Reading lights from .X?

Shawn Hargreaves - MSFT

We don't currently import light settings from either .X or .FBX.

BasicEffect gives you three directional lights, but obviously you can turn some of those off if you only want one or two. For anything other than that, you need to use HLSL.