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Learn to use ElumTools

It’s so easy! Use the steps below but be sure not to skip the instructional videos in our catalog. The Getting Started video is a great place to begin!

  1. Validate lighting fixture families in ElumTools Luminaire Manager:
    1. Assign photometric files to your lighting fixture families (may need to edit family to change Source Type to Photometric)
    2. Correct source position if necessary (may need to edit family)
    3. Verify Lumens and Watts
    4. Add Light Loss Factors
  2. Prepare materials for lighting calculations in ElumTools Materials manager:
    1. Check surface reflectances and colors for Walls, Ceilings, Floors and “Map” if necessary
    2. Check surface type for transparent and transmissive surfaces
  3. Add calculation grids for point-by-point illuminance:
    1. Add calculation points to a workplane or floor using the ElumTools Add Points command (Room or Space)
    2. Place additional points on other surfaces as desired using ElumTools Add Points Planar Face command
  4. Calculate Room(s) or Space(s)
    1. If using Revit Architecture use the Calculate Rooms command to select one or more rooms to compute
    2. If using Revit MEP use either the Calculate Rooms or Spaces commands to select the areas to compute
  5. View the results
    1. Interact with the visualization to understand the lighting effect, try using the Pseudocolor mode to quantify illuminance on every surface
    2. Navigate to the appropriate Revit view you want to see the point-by-point information displayed, then use the ElumTools View Results command to see the values
      1. Experiement with Revit’s Analysis Visualization Framework (AVF) for point display by selecting the View Properties, Default Analysis
      2. Change units from the Properties of the Analysis Results
  6. Schedule Results
    1. Build a Revit schedule as desired. All statistical information is available in View properties
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