Creating Lighting Circuits (Zones)

Creating Lighting Circuits (Zones)

With our Circuit tool for lighting, you can divide your lighting plan into circuits, or zones, before you've even wired your fixtures. Each circuit will have its wattage total calculated automatically, giving you a good idea of the power your system will need to provide in each region, and in total.

Before using our Circuit tool for lighting, you'll need to lay out your lighting system using the Lighting Manager.

How to Create Lighting Circuits (Zones)

Open our Lighting tool:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Lighting flyout

 

F/X Site ribbon, Lighting flyout

F/X Site menu

 

F/X Site menu, Lighting option

 

 

 

GRAPHICS toolbar

 

GRAPHICS toolbar

Graphics RefNotes toolbar

 

Graphics RefNotes toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

or type FX_Lighting_Manager in the Command line

 

 

 

The Lighting Manager will open.

 

Click Circuit to begin defining circuits, or zones, in your lighting plan.

Lighting Manager, Circuit button

 

 

 

Zoning Manager, New button

The ZOning Manager will open. Click New to create a new circuit.

 

 

 

Use the cursor crosshairs to draw a closed polygon around the equipment you want to include in your circuit.

 

In this example, we've created a circuit that includes the four fixtures pictured to the right.

Draw lighting circuit

 

 

 

Circuit callout

Once you've closed the polygon to create the circuit, you'll see a callout within that circuit showing its total wattage. You can move the callout to the location of your choice.

 

 

 

The circuit will also be listed in the Zoning Manager, along with its wattage.

Circuit listed in Zoning Manager

 

 

 

Circuit to recalculate

If you've added or deleted equipment within a circuit, you can recalculate that zone's total wattage.

 

In this example, we've added two fixtures to our existing circuit, but the circuit still shows the original 8 watts in the drawing.

 

 

 

When we open the Zoning Manager, the circuit's new wattage has already been recalculated automatically to show the new total – in this example, 12 watts.

 

To recalculate the zone's wattage in the circuit callout in the drawing, select the zone and click the Recalc button.

Circuit wattage recalculated in Zoning Manager

 

 

 

Wattage recalculated in circuit callout

The wattage will be recalculated to the new total in the circuit callout.

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Troubleshooting

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

 

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

 

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

 

Issue: Text in the Lighting Schedule columns is overlapping

 

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

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