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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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  • Lumen efficiency

    The percentage of total lamp lumens that a luminaire or system emits, minus any blocked or wasted light.

  • Energy Star

    A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy promoting money savings and the protection of the environment through the use of energy-efficient products and practices.

  • Correlated color temperature

    Describes the overall color appearance of a lamp. Often referred to as CCT.

  • Glare

    An interference with visual perception caused by an uncomfortably bright light source or reflection within a person’s field of view; a form of visual noise.

  • Driver

    A power supply that matches the electrical characteristics of the lamp. Similar to a ballast, it is used to power illumination sources.

  • Vibration

    A condition that may occur under certain wind conditions, causing the pole to vibrate. There are several modes of vibration, which may cause fatigue stresses severe enough to lead to pole and/or luminaire damage.

  • Chromaticity diagram

    A horseshoe-shaped line that connects the chromaticities of the spectrum of colors.

  • Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007

    Signed into law on December 19, 2007. Builds on progress made by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) in setting out a comprehensive energy strategy for the 21st Century. A major step toward reducing the United States’ dependence on oil, thereby increasing the country’s energy security and making it cleaner for future generations.

  • Color rendering index (CRI)

    A measurement, on a scale of 1 to 100, used to describe the ability of a light source to render all of the colors in a space accurately.