I recently read an architectural magazine and came across a company called WinLED which manufactures LED lights. http://winled.com They have also developed a Revit Add-in and all their lighting products drawn up in Revit. All the photometric are set up with IES files that recreates the emittance of the light.
Looking at their website, under the menu ‘About’ section, I see that one of their customers is Radisson Hotels & Resorts, which is interesting.
Under the heading ‘Services’ They also have a dedicated area for the Lighting for Revit application:
Which takes you to the Revit Appstore download link when scrolling down.
I signed in using my Autodesk username and password and downloaded the Revit 2019 version of the add-in. Reading the description, I noticed they have a dedicated site for the tool: http://www.lightsforrevit.com/
Lights Revit Add-in
It is very simple to install the Lights add-in. If you encounter installation issues just make sure your Anti-Virus checking is turned off. User Account Control is turned off and Revit is closed.
I opened Revit 2019 and the Basic Sample Project. I found the Light add-in on the Add-ins ribbon tab. Opening the add-in it updated and then opened.
I selected the Libra 6W Recessed Downlight item and clicked the ‘Use in Revit’ Button. This loaded the item into the current Revit model.
The Basic Sample Project do not have any ceilings or ceiling plan views. I then created a Ceiling View for Level 2 by going to the View ribbon and then ‘Plan Views’. Then selected ‘Reflected Ceiling Plans’ from the tool list. I then selected Level 2 to create a ceiling plan from that level.
In the Level 2 ceiling plan. Change the view to Shaded Style. This is done to verify if a ceiling has been placed.
Then use the Ceiling tool found in the Architectural ribbon. I created a Compound ceiling at 2700 in height in the master bedroom. As the view is Shaded you can pick up that the ceiling has indeed been placed.
Now that we have a ceiling you can start placing the lights. Go to the Architecture tab and then the Component tool.
The Light we selected earlier will be selected and I changed the Placement option to ‘Place on Face’.
Start placing downlights.
Viewing the result
Once you have placed the lights we can now view the results. Firstly, go to the Level 2 Plan view. Then select the Camera tool in the View Ribbon.
Place the camera as shown.
The resulting view will open and you’ll notice the downlights in the ceiling.
Select one of the lights and select Edit Type to view its properties. You’ll notice all the relevant information is lighted. Close the box.
Now select one of the lights and click ‘Edit Family’ on the ribbon. The family will open in the Family Editor. Select the emittance cone as shown. Then click Edit Type in the properties area.
You’ll notice that an IES file is linked to the light fitting. Close the box and close the family.
Back in your project make sure you are in the ‘3D View1’ that was created by placing the camera earlier. You can enlarge the view of the room by clicking and dragging the grips of the view frame.
Now select the Teapot render icon at the bottom of the View. Select ‘Medium’ as Quality. Select ‘Interior: Artificial Only’ under the Lighting Scheme. Click the Render button at the top.
The rendering will begin and the result should get produced. If the image is very bright select the ‘Adjust the Exposure’ on the Rendering dialogue box and set the Exposure Darker.
You’ll notice the light’s effect on the floor. You can now save this Image or Export it to an external image file.
The WinLED light addon is very simple to use and I found it very useful. If you want more information on the above or more information on Revit and or training you are welcome to contact us via https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact/