Workshop: Lighting Design with DIALux evo 8.0
DIALux evo 8.0 is a new version of DIAL’s lighting design software. This time the new features focus entirely on the design process. The lighting designer is often faced with the challenge of designing a simple building or individual rooms quickly and efficiently. The software developers at DIAL were aware of this and have developed new functions to simplify working with design tools and speed up the whole design process.
Designing with image files
The lighting designer does not always have access to DWG plans. With the DIALux update it is now possible to use image files as a basis for the design process. In future the user will be able to employ the import assistant for *.jpg, *.bmp and *.png plans and true-to-scale presentation of plans. Subsequent adjustment of the plans is possible at any time. In addition, image cutouts from pdf plans or Google Maps can be imported simply by using the snipping tool in DIALux evo 8.0.
There are also new functions for room design. Interior rooms can be defined directly via an interior room contour. DIALux evo generates the walls automatically. It is not necessary for the lighting designer to previously create exterior contours. This saves time and improves workflow for the designer who would like to have quick normative evaluation of individual rooms.
It is now possible for the user to integrate lengths and angles directly in CAD. Angles are displayed for each design drawing to make it easier to create rooms without a plan. So checking lengths and typical angles (0°, 30°, 45°, 90°) is much simpler and takes less time. DIALux evo 8.0 also makes it easier to dimension objects such as windows and skylights as well as arranging circles and selecting the single lines of a polygon. Values can be entered immediately when scaling.
Quick dimensioning and orientation
With DIALux evo 8.0 there is a reference point for each view (building, individual floor or room). The user can define these as he wishes. There are also new functions at the product level. Luminaire properties are now presented in more detail. This makes it easier for the designer to select the right product. The values which the lighting designer can now see include among others light output ratio and luminous efficacy.