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The SOURCE - Leadership in Lighting

For over 20 years, Eaton’s SOURCE has set the benchmark for educational facilities in the lighting industry, providing the highest standard of professional lighting education to the industry. Since its inception in 1991, over 100,000 individuals have benefited from the SOURCE experience, including specifiers, interior designers, architects, electrical contractors, engineers, distributors, builders, landscape architects and university students.

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BIM for the Lighting Industry

Building information modeling (BIM) models are a powerful design tool for the lighting industry.

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BIM: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between BIM and Revit?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent, 3D model-based process for planning, design, construction and management...

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BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent, 3-D model-based process for planning, design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure. Revit is one of the BIM platforms (software packages) used to create BIM models.

What is a Revit file?

A Revit file is the output from the software. It can be in one of three formats:

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A Revit file is the output from the software. It can be in one of three formats: RTE (Revit Template File), RFA (Revit Family File), RVT (Revit Project File).

Why does an LED Revit family emit various colors in a rendering?

This is the result of the IES file(s):

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This is the result of the IES file(s):

Revit seems to have an issue with "reading" absolute IES files for LED lighting fixtures. The IES file notes a "-1" for the initial lumens value.

A discretionary approach is to change the "-1" to the initial lumen value of the LED lighting fixture, save (you may want to add characters to the end of the filename to differentiate it from the original IES file) and reload the IES file in the Photometric Web File parameter.

What is a type catalog?

A type catalog (comma-delimited text file (.txt)) is an external file that contains specified syntax for family types and parameters...

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A type catalog (comma-delimited text file (.txt)) is an external file that contains specified syntax for family types and parameters. It is best practice to keep the list of family types within the model to six or less. If more are needed, a type catalog with specified syntax should be created.

The type catalog file must be in the same folder and location and have the same file name as the corresponding Revit family; if not, the types and data will not load into a project file.

How do I load a Revit family that has a type catalog into a project file?

From your project file, click Load Family located under the Insert menu.

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From your project file, click Load Family located under the Insert menu.

Does Eaton’s lighting division provide 2D CAD files of its products?

Eaton's lighting division provides 2D CAD files of products by request.

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At this time, we only provide 2D CAD files of products by request. If you need a more detailed 2D CAD drawing (similar to what’s shown in a specification sheet), our engineering department can address your request.

Glossary of Lighting Terms

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  • Thermal resistance

    A material’s ability to conduct heat.

  • Tunable color temperature

    LED fixtures that combine channels of RGB color and cool white LEDs to produce a range of color temperatures.

  • Burn position

    The allowed operating position of the lamp. Lamps (bulbs) restricted to a specific “burn position” (UP or DOWN) should not be operated in any other position for safety and/or performance.

  • Maintained foot-candles

    The average illuminance below which the light level is not supposed to fall throughout system life.

  • NEMA type

    The light distribution of a floodlight is referred to as “beam spread” and is classified by its “NEMA type.” The NEMA beam spread indicates the two edges where the light intensity photometric spreads horizontal and vertical to 10% of the maximum beam intensity.

  • Heat sink

    A part of the thermal system that conducts or convects heat away from sensitive components such as LEDs.

  • Watt

    A unit of electrical power. Lamps are rated in watts in order to indicate the rate at which they use energy.

  • Efficacy

    Expressed as LPW (lumens per watt), efficacy is how efficiently the lamp converts electrical energy into light.

  • Uniformity ratio

    Either the ratio of the illuminance in the brightest-lit spots to that in the dimmest areas (max/min), or of the average illuminance of the whole area to that of the dimmest spots (avg/min). The best results as far as visual acuity result when the uniformity ratio is close to one.