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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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  • Virtual End Node (VEN)

    A VEN is typically a "client" and can be an "Energy Management System" (EMS), a thermostat or another end device that accepts the OpenADR signal from a server (VTN).

  • Illuminance, E

    The density of the luminous flux incident on a surface. It is measured in lux E v. Sometimes called “illumination.”

  • 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.

  • Pole geometry

    The dimensional and physical shape of the pole. Basic characteristics include height, shape (round and square cross sections), diameter (or square size), wall thickness, taper (if any), material and weight. When combined with different loadings of luminaires and brackets, the same pole will exhibit different vibration characteristics.

  • High lumen

    Lamps that operate with higher lumens (brightness) than a standard model.

  • Initial light levels

    The average light levels when the luminaires are new. Measuring initial light levels assures that you receive a system that meets your requirements.

  • Discharge lamp

    The production of light by passing a current between electrodes through a vapor or gas. Examples include fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.

  • HID

    A point source electric-discharge lamp in which the light-producing arc is contained within a secondary bulb. HID lamps include groups of lamps known as mercury, metal halide and high pressure sodium.

  • EPA (effective protected area)

    Light fixtures or luminaires are rated in EPA, referencing apparent wind profile of a fixture or object based on its geometric shape. A round fixture that is more streamlined has a lower EPA than a flat-sided fixture of the same silhouette. Poles are rated by EPA capacity at several wind speeds, and EPA equals Actual Wind Silhouette times Cd.