When I set up the lights and rendered from the front, the image was lit appropriately. Then I wanted still images from every 15deg so I parented my lights to the camera. This way I just I rotate the camera around aim, and the lights follow appropriately. I tried rendering with the lights on and the lights off, the files look the same. I thought maybe the lights shouldn't be behind the camera, put them in front, no difference.
My guess is I mess'd up some setting, just don't know what.
This link will show you the images and a screen shot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12426629@N08/sets/72157624899807611/)
Also, if someone knows what it takes to make the lights, rotate every 15 deg, but stay situated the same relative to each other I would be open to that advice as well.
for i in range(24):
c.move( x, -45, z, a=1)
c.render('camera1', x=432, y=864)
Thanks for any troubleshooting help someone might have!