Adding and Placing Lighting Equipment

We offer a dedicated tool for adding and placing lighting fixtures. Use our Lighting tool to specify and place specific types and brands of lights, then create a lighting schedule to show costs, wattage, and other details.

Lighting Overview

Open our Lighting tool:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Lighting flyout

F/X Graphics menu, Lighting option

 

 

 

GRAPHICS toolbar

Graphics RefNotes toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

or by typing FX_Lighting_Manager in the Command line

 

 

 

The Lighting Manager will open.

 

 

1. Fixtures you add to your project will be listed in this area. (Note: This area will be blank until you add lighting fixtures to the current project.)

 

2. The symbol assigned to a selected fixture will appear here.

 

3. The photo assigned to a selected fixture will appear here. You'll be able to place the photo in your drawing using our Photo Callout tool.

 

4. Add a new lighting fixture to your project.

 

5. Edit a lighting fixture you've added to your project.

 

6. Delete a lighting fixture from your project.

 

7. Import lighting fixtures from another project or template.

 

8. Place a lighting fixture in your drawing.

 

9. Place a schedule of the lighting fixtures you've used in a project.

 

 

 

 

Here's what the Lighting Manager looks like once you've added fixtures to your project:

Adding New Fixtures

Click New to add a new type of fixture to your project.

 

 

 

The Select Manufacturer dialog box will open.

 

 

Here, you can either:

 

  • Select a specific manufacturer to specify a fixture from a specific manufacturer, including reviewing that manufacturer's product line and unique specifications, or ...

 

  • Select Generic/Custom to specify a generic or custom fixture.

 

 

 

Adding Manufacturer Fixtures

Click the logo of the manufacturer whose fixtures you want to see.

 

The New Light Fixture dialog box will open. Here, you can access the lighting fixtures available from the selected manufacturer in our database.

 

 

1. The selected manufacturer's logo.

 

2. Click this link to return to the previous dialog box and select a different manufacturer.

 

3. This list shows all fixture types available from the manufacturer in our database. Click a fixture type to select it.

 

4. Thumbnail images of all models within the selected fixture type. Click a thumbnail to select that model

 

5. Click this link to visit the selected manufacturer's website, browse the manufacturer's catalog, and learn more about the manufacturer.

 

 

 

If you click one of the thumbnail images for a fixture, you'll see a dialog box specifically for that fixture, where you can configure a number of options including materialsm lamp options, finishes, and more.

 

Click Add to project to add the fixture to your project.

 

 

 

The Lighting dialog box will open.

 

Select a symbol to represent your fixture, then click OK.

 

 

 

The New Light Fixture dialog box will open.

 

Here, you can review all the data assigned to the fixture.

 

1. The model name of the selected fixture.

 

2. The Note field will often be populated with manufacturer information about the fixture. Add to it if you want.

 

3. The two-letter code of the selected fixture.

 

4. Replace Fixture: Click this button to select a different fixture.

 

5. If you want, you can assign a per-unit Cost to the selected fixture.

 

6. Assign a Detail to the selected fixture.

 

7. Use these menus to configure options such as lamp type and beamspread.

 

8. Thumbnail image for the symbol currently assigned to the selected fixture. Click here to select a new symbol.

 

9. Thumbnail image for the photo currently assigned to the selected fixture. Click here to browse to and select a new photo to represent the fixture. You'll be able to place the photo in your drawing using our Photo Callout tool.

 

10. Additional options to configure, including material, finish, and mounting select.

 

 

 

The model you specified will be listed in the Lighting Manager.

 

 

 

Adding Generic Fixtures

 

To add generic lighting fixtures to your project, click the New button in the Lighting Manager.

 

 

 

Scroll down to and select the Generic/Custom option in the Select Manufacturer dialog box.

 

 

 

The Lighting dialog box will open.

 

 

Select the Lighting tab to view the Lighting symbol library, or the Power tab to view the Power symbol library.

 

 

 

Select a symbol to represent your item, such as a light fixture. The following dialog box will open.

 

 

1. Enter a model name for the generic fixture you're adding.

 

2. Add a note about the fixture.

 

3. The Fixture Code field will be blank.

 

4. Replace Fixture: Click this button to select a different fixture.

 

5. If you want, you can assign a per-unit Cost to the generic fixture you're adding.

 

6. Assign a Detail to the fixture.

 

7. Use these menus to configure options such as lamp type and beamspread.

 

8. Thumbnail image for the symbol currently assigned to the generic fixture. Click here to select a new symbol.

 

9. Thumbnail image for the photo currently assigned to the generic fixture. Click here to browse to and select a new photo to represent the fixture. You'll be able to place the photo in your drawing using our Photo Callout tool.

 

10. Additional options to configure, including material, finish, and mounting select.

Placing Lighting Fixtures

With your drawing open in Model Space, go to the Lighting Manager.

 

 

Select the lighting or power item you want to place, then click Place.

 

 

You can then click to place the lighting or power fixture in your drawing. Depending on the symbol you've selected, you may need to click again to set its rotation in your drawing.

Editing Lighting Fixtures

To edit a fixture in the Lighting Manager, select it and click Edit.

 

 

 

You can also use our Edit Object/Block Data tool to select a fixture you've already placed in your drawing. This tool opens a pickbox, which you can use to select the fixture in your drawing you want to edit.

 

 

 

 

The Edit Light Fixture dialog box will open.

 

Here, you can make edits to the selected fixture in the following ways:

 

1. The model name of the selected fixture.

 

2. Any notes about the selected fixture.

 

3. The two-letter code of the selected fixture.

 

4. Replace Fixture: Click this button to select a different fixture .

 

5. If you want, you can assign a per-unit Cost to the selected fixture.

 

6. Assign a Detail to the selected fixture.

 

7. Use these menus to configure options such as lamp type and beamspread.

 

8. Thumbnail image for the symbol currently assigned to the selected fixture. Click here to select a new symbol.

 

9. Thumbnail image for the photo currently assigned to the selected fixture. Click here to browse to and select a new photo to represent the fixture. You'll be able to place the photo in your drawing using our Photo Callout tool.

 

10. Additional options to configure, including material, finish, and mounting type.

Generating a Lighting Schedule

You can place a schedule of lighting fixtures you've used in your project within either Model Space or a Paper Space Layout Tab by opening the Lighting Manager and clicking Schedule.

 

 

 

Select a destination for the schedule:

 

Drawing: Place the schedule directly in your drawing.

 

Table: Place the schedule in your drawing in table format.

 

Spreadsheet: Send the schedule to a spreadsheet program, such as MS Excel, for further editing.

 

 

 

Schedule Text in Uppercase (or Upper and Lowercase)

You can control whether the text in any of your schedules in in all uppercase, or in upper and lowercase, from the General Preferences. For instructions, see our Schedule Text in Uppercase article.

This setting will apply to all schedules you place in your drawings, including:

  • Plant Schedule
  • Irrigation Schedule
  • Details Schedule
  • Site schedules such as:
    • Reference Notes (RefNotes) Schedule
    • Lighting Schedule
    • Concept Schedule
    • Zoning Schedule
    • Site Development Schedule
    • Grading Schedule

 

 

Work Areas and Lighting Schedules

Functioning essentially as drawings within a drawing, Work Areas allow you to divide your site into a number of distinct areas. In this way, you can break up your design into separate regions, phases, scope-of-work requirements, and virtually any other way you can imagine. This feature makes it possible to limit any of your site schedules, including the Lighting Schedule, to specific Work Areas. You can also break up your schedule to show separate summaries of Site Development items in each Work Area. For information on dividing your Site Development schedule (or any other site schedule) in this way, see our Limiting Site Schedules With Work Areas page.

Labeling Fixtures

Lighting is not commonly called out individually in site designs. We've found that most designers prefer using the Lighting Schedule to show the various lights used in a plan.

 

 

If you want to label your lights, you can use one of our Site Leaders to place a label.

You can also use our Photo Callout tool to label lights with their respective photos. For more information, see our Photo Callout page.

Docking the Lighting Manager

We've turned the Lighting Manager into a dockable palette, meaning you can dock it to the side of your CAD interface and continue working within your drawing while still specifying and editing fixtures. You can also dock several of our other manager dialog boxes, including the Planting, Reference Notes (RefNotes), Irrigation, and Details managers. Here's how to dock the Lighting Manager.

Importing Lighting Fixtures from a Template or Project

If you find yourself adding the same fixtures to multiple projects, we recommend setting up a project template and then adding your commonly used fixtures to that template. You can then import those items into a new project from that template. This practice can save you immeasurable amounts of time, considering all the data you need to fill out for each fixture you add to a project. With templates, you only need to add and configure your fixtures once, then simply import them and attached data into the present project.

The following steps also apply to importing fixtures from regular Land F/X projects. However, we recommend setting up and importing from a template – mainly because templates are set up to be read-only. This means you can rest assured that the data in your templates hasn't changed when you import your fixtures into a project.

To import fixtures into the current project, open the Lighting Manager and click Import.

 

 

 

The Select Project dialog box will open.

 

 

Select the template that includes the fixtures you want to import.

 

 

Click OK.

 

 

 

The Import RefNotes dialog box will open.

 

 

Highlight the items you want to import, and click Add to Project to add them to the current project.

 

 

 

Click Done when finished.

 

 

 

The fixtures you imported will now be listed in the Lighting Manager.

 

 

Those fixtures, and all associated data, is now added to your project, and you can place it as needed.

Related Webinars

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  • Understanding the Manufacturer Connection: The Manufacturer Connection is a dynamic and invaluable relationship that we at Land F/X have pioneered into an exclusive, easy to use tool that benefits both designers and manufacturers. Learn about the work we put into manufacturer content and how to enhance your CAD design and specification processes for site amenities, lighting, and hardscape. (1 hr 1 min)
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Troubleshooting

Issue: You are unable to send your Lighting Schedule to an Excel spreadsheet

 

Issue: Error Message when placing lighting fixtures: Lighting – Non-photometric lights: Non-photometric lights are not supported by the current render engine

 

Issue: Bad DXF group (10) error when placing lighting fixtures

 

Issue: Text in the Lighting Schedule columns is overlapping

 

Issue: Outside Limits error message in the Command line / you are unable to place lighting fixtures / can't see lighting fixtures in Model Space

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