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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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  • Kelvin

    The Kelvin unit is the basis of all temperature measurement. In lighting, Kelvin is the unit of measure for color temperature used to indicate the overall color of the light produced from a source. See “correlated color temperature.”

  • Absorption

    A process by which incident flux is converted to heat or other forms of energy.

  • Rapid start

    A fluorescent lamp-ballast circuit designed for continuous cathode heating while the system is energized to start and sustain lamp light output at efficient levels. Rapid start ballast designs can be electromagnetic, electronic or hybrid. Full-range fluorescent lamp dimming is only available with rapid start systems.

  • LED Luminaire

    A complete lighting unit consisting of LED-based elements and all necessary components: driver, parts to distribute the light, and parts to position and protect the light-emitting elements and connect the unit to a circuit branch.

  • 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.

  • Coefficient of variation (CV)

    A measurement of illuminance uniformity. The standard deviation of a set of grid values divided by the average.

  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

    Electromagnetic radiation from an external source that affects an electrical circuit. The disturbance may interrupt, obstruct, or otherwise degrade or limit the effective performance of the circuit.

  • Vertical illuminance

    This is the quantity of light on a vertical plane.

  • Halogen

    A type of incandescent lighting in which the filament burns hotter and longer, producing a whiter light that typically lasts longer than standard incandescent.