Lighting performance can only be accurately assessed by the calculation of illuminance at discrete points of adequate density on the task area. ElumTools applies proven illumination engineering principals to your lighting calculations as an add-in to Revit.
Calculate accurate illuminance across grids of points with height, spacing and meter aiming easily specified. Points can also be along lines or on any surface, like a table, wall or even stairway treads.
Interior lighting is easily computed using Revit Spaces or Rooms as individuals or groups. Revit Regions are especially useful for exterior analysis where they can serve as point boundaries and calculation volumes. And, when you just want to compute anything visible in a section-boxed 3D view, you can do that too!
Most often your calculation needs will be for illuminance (fc or lux). But ElumTools can also compute; Luminance (diffuse), Exitance, Unified Glare Rating and Daylight Factor on your calculation grids.
You can switch on the calculated results for any or all of the calculated areas in the view or sheet of choice. It’s easy to separate the General Use calculations from those done in Emergency or Daylight modes by displaying the results in different views.
ElumTools can schedule your lighting results with a click! You can modify if you like using Revit’s scheduling tools.
Isolines and Spatial Maps can be excellent visual aids in interpreting your computed results. Fabulous for presentation, they visually assist laypeople in understanding the distribution of light.
ElumTools makes it easy to assign any IES file to your own, or any other lighting fixture family in Revit. Simply select the family in ElumTools Luminaire Manager, click on the folder icon and navigate to the IES file location.
ElumTools comes with several generic luminaire families to guarantee your immediate success. You can match any valid IES file to the family and flex the family geometry as necessary. Boxes, cylinders, industrial and exterior boxes with poles are installed. You can even co-opt these for your own and modify as needed.
A robust collection of manufacturers photometric data (IES files) is available for ElumTools users with a click. It is a searchable database based on performance characteristics (and more) and is unique in the lighting industry. Download groups (zip) or drag and drop directly into ElumTools Luminaire Manager.
ElumTools allows you to visualize the difference in source CCT or RGB to help your clients further understand the lighting solution being provided.
Tools provides the ability to assign surface reflectances by Revit Category or by individual material. The ability to assign reflectance to a Revit category permits a generic reflectance to be used for a wide-ranging number of surfaces such as all ceilings, walls and floors.
ElumTools unique radiosity-based calculation engine has the distinct advantage over other visualization technologies of yielding a completely interactive 3D model after a single calculation. This allows immediate walk-through assessments and ultra-fast client collaborations.
ElumTools stores your calculated renderings in the Revit project file to be called up at any time. They can be easily removed singularly or in groups if needed.
ElumTools provides the ability to raytrace any rendered view to quickly provide an enhanced visualization showing specularity, crisper shadows and more defined luminance patterns on surfaces.
Unsure of how many luminaires are required to meet a specific light level? You can use the ElumTools layout Assistant to compute it accurately AND place the luminaires in your Revit model!
ElumTools can compute your emergency lighting results as well by toggling the program to Emergency Mode. Designate your EM fixtures by instance or type and calculate in the usual way. You now have complete results and rendering for your emergency lighting plans. Easily flip the software back and forth between General Use and Emergency with a click.
Compute single date and time daylight illuminance with ElumTools set to Daylighting Mode. Choose the Revit site or any other location and apply IES, CIE or Perez climate-based sky models. Single calculations at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on the Equinox are adequate for LEED Eqc7, Option 2.
If you need to truly understand the behavior of a space due to natural light you will need to see calculations for an entire year, every daylit hour of every day! This can only be achieved by very special software capable of dynamically simulating the behavior of daylight and compressing these calculations into a usable timeframe. Our software Licaso provides this capability for your Revit models when driven by ElumTools.