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BIM for the Lighting Industry

Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows designers to demonstrate the intrinsic properties of a structure as well as the physical space of a new or retrofitted building.

With BIM, users can perform energy analyses and make more informed decisions about lighting fixtures. BIM also offers a way to view an entire 3-D representation as well as sections of the model. It provides real-time coordination to assist in lighting design, and designers can access rendering tools needed to complete model visualization and energy assessments quickly and easily.

In order to support designers throughout the planning process, Eaton’s lighting division offers BIM models for more of its products than any other lighting manufacturer. These BIM models provide seamless integration of Eaton’s lighting products into designs easily and without cost.

BIM Videos

Autodesk BIM 101: Intro to Building Information Modeling

BIM 101: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling

What is BIM? This video explains the power of building information modeling in building design and infrastructure.

BIM: Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How can I reach someone at your company who can help me with your Revit files?

Learn how to get answers to your questions regarding Eaton's Revit files.

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We have a few different ways that you can get your questions answered regarding our Revit files. Your questions will be addressed by our in-house BIM manager. 1) Send an email to LightingBIM@Eaton.com; 2) Contact us using this form and select BIM / Revit from the list in the ‘You have a question about’ field; 3) Submit a question in our nano request question field pop-up window located at the bottom left of the Eaton’slighting division website.

What are the benefits of BIM?

BIM is an intelligent, model-based process that makes it possible for many different stakeholders to work more collaboratively.

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BIM is an intelligent, model-based process that makes it possible for many different stakeholders to work more collaboratively and more effectively. The transfer of knowledge is streamlined to assist with the planning, designing, building and managing of buildings and infrastructure. BIM models are actionable, and they reduce errors and reworks. They are also accessible anywhere and anytime.