Customize Lighting Callouts
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Customize Lighting Callouts

As with most of our other callout styles, you can customize our lighting callouts to meet your specific needs for the appearance and the information contained within the callouts when placed in your drawing. For more information on our lighting tools, see our documentation on:

Customizing Our Default Lighting Callouts

To add your own custom lighting callouts, we recommend opening and editing our existing lighting callout source blocks.

 

Our lighting callout source blocks download automatically to the location LandFX/Blocks/graphics/callouts when placed for the first time. Their names start with LAFX-LITECO-.

 

To edit a lighting callout style, open the DWG file and make your desired edits to the source block.

Our callout source blocks won't download until they've been placed in a drawing for the first time, so you'll need to call out a lighting component before you can customize its callout style.

Edit callout source file

 

 

 

Lighting callout source file, example

Here is an example of one of our lighting callout source blocks – the block named LAFX-LITECO-F-11-01.-11-01.dwg.

 

After making any necessary edits to the aesthetic and attributes of a lighting callout, take care to save it in the same naming format and the same folder location as the original source file you opened and edited.

Lighting Callout Attributes

An attribute is a piece of dynamic text that allows "smart" blocks, such as lighting callouts, to take on different values each time they're inserted into a drawing. Because our lighting callout source blocks contain attributes, they are able to "read" information about lighting equipment in your drawing and reflect that information automatically.

 

Our lighting callouts rely on a specific set of attributes. If you create or edit lighting callouts, you'll need to make sure these attributes are included in the block files.

 

 

 

Definitions

  • Attribute Tag: Identifies each occurrence of an attribute in the drawing. The tag is what the system looks for to put in the appropriate value (e.g., for transformer number and power rating). Lowercase letters are automatically changed to capitals.

 

  • Attribute Prompt: Specifies the prompt that appears in your drawing when you insert a block containing this attribute definition. If you do not enter a prompt, the attribute tag is used as a prompt.

 

Callout attributes

Note that you can use our TEXT2ATTRIB tool – only available with our software – to convert text within a callout block to an attribute. Just type Text2Attrib in the Command line, press Enter, and select the text you'd like to convert.

 

 

 

Our Lighting Callout Attributes

We currently support the following lighting callout attributes:

 

Equipment

 

Transformer

 

Transformer

 

Transformer

 

Transformer

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Aux Equipment

 

Fixture

 

Fixture

 

Fixture

 

Fixture

 

Fixture

 

Fixture

 

Wire

 

Wire

 

Wire

 

Wire

 

Wire

Prompt

 

Transformer number

 

Power rating

 

Load

 

Current draw

 

Transformer number

 

Current rating

 

Watts

 

Load

 

Current draw

 

Tap number

 

COM number

 

Transformer number

 

Watts

 

Load

 

Tap number

 

COM number

 

Group identifier

 

Transformer number

 

Load

 

Current draw

 

Tap number

 

Size

Tag

 

NUM

 

POWR

 

LOAD

 

DRAW

 

NUM

 

CURR

 

WATTS

 

LOAD

 

DRAW

 

TAP

 

COMM

 

NUM

 

WATTS

 

LOAD

 

TAP

 

COM

 

GROUP

 

NUM

 

LOAD

 

DRAW

 

TAP

 

SIZE

Data

 

Identifying number for this transformer

 

Maximum wattage this transformer can supply

 

Total VA of fixtures and equipment that this transformer powers

 

Current in Amps flowing through this transformer (LV side)

 

Transformer from which this equipment receives power

 

Rating of this equipment's breaker or fuse in amps

 

Power consumption of this equipment in watts

 

Actual power consumption of this equipment in VA

 

Current in amps flowing through this equipment

 

Number of the transformer tap supplying power to this equipment

 

Number of the transformer circuit supplying power to this fixture

 

Transformer from which this fixture receives power

 

Power consumption of this fixture in watts

 

Actual power consumption of this fixture in VA

 

Number of the transformer tap supplying power to this fixture

 

Number of the transformer circuit supplying power to this fixture

 

Prompt for user input when placing callout

 

Transformer from which this wire receives power

 

Total VA of fixtures and equipment to which this wire delivers power

 

Current in amps flowing through this wire

 

Number of the transformer tap supplying power to this wire

 

Wire size (gauge)

We've had users request the desire to display their wire runs' load in watts. We currently only have a data tag to display wire load in Volt-Amps (VA).For information on why we recommend displaying load in VA rather than watts, see our Watt is a Volt Amp? Power Tip.

 

For now, if you would like it to read W instead of VA, you'll need to edit each callout manually at the end of your design. Keep in mind that if you were to adjust the design and those numbers changed, the callout would revert back to VA if you were to run our Verify Lighting tool.

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