7.4.1 Place Luminaires

Place is the most common method of inserting Luminaires into the Design Environment.

The Place command can be found on the Luminaire tab and the Home tab of the Ribbonbar.



The Home tab button is dual function; the upper portion executes the command, the lower portion initiates a drop-down menu.

Once a selection has been made other than the default, the upper button portion will change to execute that command with the next press and the graphic is changed accordingly. Selecting one of the other commands from the drop-down menu will revert the button to that mode.



To insert a luminaire, one must first be defined in the Luminaire Schedule. See The Luminaire Schedule Editor for more information.



To Place a luminaire, select a Luminaire Type from the graphical list. Select the coordinates desired with the mouse, keyboard entry or Object Snap.

After a luminaire is inserted with Place, Visual continues the command to allow for multiple insertions. To end the command, right-click or press Enter.



By clicking the Luminaire Type List during command execution, all defined Luminaire Types are shown and a selection can be made.

Symbol, Type, and Catalog Number are shown to identify types in complex projects.

Preceding the Catalog Number is a number in square brackets representing the number of that Luminaire Type currently inserted in the Design Environment.



Mounting Height is the distance from the Active Plane that the luminaire will be inserted. Mounting Height is always applied in the z-direction. Changes to the Active Plane orientation (i.e. moving to the X-Z or Y-Z planes) will still result in the Mounting Height being applied in the Z-direction.



Orientation is the rotation angle applied in the horizontal plane. This angle is in reference to the 0° axis of the Luminaire Symbol defined in the Luminaire Editor. Angles are applied in a clockwise fashion and the impact can be immediately seen prior to placement as shown at right.



Tilt is the rotation angle applied in the vertical plane. Unlike Orientation, Tilt angle is applied in place of the angle used to define the  Luminaire Symbol in the Luminaire Editor. Angles are applied in a counterclockwise fashion when viewed from the East Elevation, with 0° being straight down; thus a positive tilt angle rotates the luminaire up.



See Luminaire Display Options for further explanation of augmentation to Luminaires to aid in design.