Photoshop: Why does changing the light direction of layer styles on one layer affects EVERY LAYER with the same effect?

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Dear Adobe Gripe #17357:

Please fix the bug where changing the light direction of emboss (and other layer styles) on one layer effects EVERY LAYER with the same effect, ridiculous...
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Official Response
This is not a bug. It is a feature called "Global Light" which allows you to control layer styles globally within your document. If you don't want layer effects/styles to be affected by Global Light, uncheck "Use Global Light" if you don't want the angle setting to affect other effects in your document.

More details in the help documentation: