Even though this tutorial has lots of advanced features of DIALux evo that is useful for many regular users of DIALux, however it is written with lots of descriptions to make it easy for beginners and people who have little or no previous knowledge about the software, So I hope you will find it as easy as I thought.
Please help me improving this tutorial by adding your comments if you find any of the steps not clear or if you have any idea for improvements.
In this tutorial you will learn the following commands.
1- Using help lines.
2- Inserting false ceiling.
3- Creating niche in the ceiling by using cutout tool..
4- Inserting furniture, importing 3ds files and m3d files. Creating objects.
5- Copying along reference lines.
6- Using copy and arrange tool.
7- Using colors, textures and importing images.
8- Modifying textures by move, scale and rotate option.
9- Applying Reflection and Reflective coating to materials.
10- Using RGBW wallwashers (colored light e.g. LED) and tiltable spotlight.
11- Aiming tiltable luminaires “model with joints”
12- Save Camera View or POV (Point of View).
13- Managing light scenes and control groups.
14- Calculation and rendering.
15- Preparing the print out report.
For this tutorials you will build up a similar scene to the one below
|Start an empty rectangular room|
|Put the following dimensionsLength 7 m ,with 5 m, Height 4|
You put the room type if you want to get the recommended lighting levels as per EN12464 in Assessment zone and application.
To have similar view to my following snap shots thought this tutorial click on the question mark ? Icon on the property window to hide deceptive texts.
Creating Dropped Ceiling
|Make sure you are on constriction mode|
|Go to reference line tool|
|Select a line|
|Select a room cad view NOT STORY and make sure you are in Floorplan view|
|Draw a reference line in the room form point 1 to 2 and make the offset line to be 1 m in the PARALLELS SPACED APART.|
Tip: if the line is outside the room you can rotate along z axis 180 different than your current angle.
|Make sure to put theClearance height = 3.25ceiling thickness=0.75m0.75m of thickness to make it solid without void because you are going to use the cutout tool as you will see later|
Creating a recessed track lighting system
|From reference lines tool draw help reference grid with distance of x,y as 1,1 m above the dropped ceiling|
|From reference lines draw polygonal reference line in the point shown in the side image.Then right click to close polygon.|
|You can delete the help reference grid, and now you can see polygonal reference line clearly.|
|This is the position of a track light system.Now create offset lines form the four sides of the polygonal reference line in the same way as you did step-3 with an offset value of 0.035 m so you have the width of a track like the next image|
|go to 3d view|
|Select cutout toolAnd draw a rectangular cut out in the dropped ceiling|
|Draw a random cutout in the ceiling|
Go to plan view and select the cutout you made, if you can’t select it then go to the Cutout tool and select the cutout.
Move the corner points of the cutout to the corner points of the outer reference lines by mouse.
Go to plan view and select the cutout you made, if you can’t select it then go to the Cutout tool and select the cutout.Move the corner points of the cutout to the corner points of the outer reference lines by mouse.
|While selecting the cutoutActivate the Limit Cutting Depthput 0035 m as depthThis is the depth of a the Track|
|Now go to material tool|
|Select a black color and drag it while pushing the shift key of keyboard and apply the color to the inner surface of the niche.|
|Go to plan view and make another ceiling in the corner of the inner reference lines.|
Put clearance height as 3.25 and ceiling thickness 0.75
|Go to color and pick the color that you used by selecting the pick material optionsThen apply it to the four sides’ surface of the new ceiling.|
|Now you should be having niche in the ceiling similar to a reassessed track lighting system|
Of course you could do the above by many different ways like objects and subtraction, but this way is very useful when you place lighting as DIALux detects ceiling and place the ceiling luminaires right at the ceiling!
Inserting furniture and objects
|Go to furniture and objects tool and select DIALux evo object catalog|
||select place individual object and place it somewhere in the roomMake the position at x=3,y=2 mHeight =0.35Rotation @Z=90°|
|You can always use the mouse tool of modifying objects, which could be very handy if you have a cad background|
Place a standard cube@position x=3m ,y=4.65 mSize L =0.3 ,W=0.3, H=1.3
Repeat the above for another cube with
position x=0.070m, y=2.9 m
size L = 0.140, W=4.2, H= 0.420
Insert another cube with
size L = 0.020, W= 0.800, H= 0.4 somewhere in the room, it doesn’t matter where as you are going to use it to create copies of it and delete it later, but make it near the left wall.
|Select the last cube and go to copy and arrange tool then select copy along line.If you are not selecting an object you will not see this option as active.|
|copy and arrange tool icon|
|Draw the line on the cube near the left wall|
|Put the following valuesبirst put Quantity 5Then distance 0.825Then apply|
|After creating this object ungroup the parts|
|Delete the object that was created in step-18 (used to creates these parts witch is selected in the next image)|
|Make sure you are in the Copy and Arrange Tool, Select all the objects near the wall, and select center z to make the smaller objects and the center height of the bigger object.|
create the last object which we use it as a painting on the wall
Place a cube with
position x= 0.025m, y= 2.55m, Z=1m
Size L = 0.050, W= 1.100, H= 1.100
Go to floorplan view and while selecting the last object use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste the last object (you can also copy and paste by mouse right click )
The pasted object will be automatically selected, but should be modified to the following values
Size L = 0.030, W= 1.05, H= 1.05
|Go to front view If you don’t see front view then click on the small arrowTip: use shift to select another abject and ctrl to deselect an abject|
|Select the last two objects on the wall go to Copy and Arrange Tool and select Align Right x, Then click center z|
|Finally select subtract, and click on subtract button after you make select the bigger object if not selected.You can swap between objects under the line SUBTRACT FORM WHICH OBJECT?|
|Now you should be having a view like this one.|
Importing 3ds and m3d files to DIALux evo
Vitra Organic Chair will be used in this tutorial
Vitra provide 3ds files for most of their products which could be imported easily into DIALux 4 and DIALux evo, however the file size should remain small in size with not too many surfaces, as rule of thumb try not to include a file more than 1 Mb,
This file has 208 KB which should be ok for most computers but if your computer specification is low then try to use lighter file, or use DIALux standard furniture.
The direct link to download the 3ds file for this chair is
|go to DIALux Furniture and Objects tool and select DIALux object Catalog|
|Once the catalog opens click on import button which is located at bottom left of the catalog|
|Now click on add files and browse to the downloaded file of vita organic chair|
|You Have To Select All Files While Importing 3ds files for version evo1, otherwise you won’t be able to see the 3ds file|
|Select the 3ds of the downloaded file|
|Go back to the catalog (if the catalog is minimized then maximize it)
|Now in the search box of the catalog white organic, select the file and then apply, or double click on the object.|
|Make sure the chair appears in the furniture and objects window.Select Draw line arrangment|
|draw the line arrangement form point 1 to point 2.if you draw it from line 2 to 1 then you have to rotate it later(anti-clockwise)|
|Put the quantity 2 and distance as 2|
Repeat the line arrangement for chair for the lower reference line then Put the quantity 2 and distance as 2 for the second line.
|Move both arrangements to the center of the reference line, by selecting the red arrow|
|If you select one of the chairs you select the arrangement where you can modify that arrangement, if you click another time on the same chair you activate selection of only that chair, then you can modify the object properties.|
|Now select any chair twice to activate object properties and then select all other chair and modify the height to 0.675 m|
If you feel your computer get slow in calculation download a liter chair form vita called Tom Vac, this chair has only 61.1 KB
The direct link is
|To replace all chair at one command select all chairs and then click on Replace selected objects, and then select the new object. Of course you have to import the new 3ds file first.|
Go to http://archive3d.net to download flowers, this is a good website that has a lot of 3ds files, some of them could be used in DIALux which has small size and not too surfaces.
The direct link for the selected flowers for this tutorial is
Unlike Vitra 3ds made in meters which is perfect for DIALux, you find a lot of files in this website in different dimensions e.g. (mm, inches and feet)
|Select the downloaded 3ds flower file (Flower N171208) and then click next and select millimeters.Click next twice and finish.|
|select the object and right click the mouse and select save objectSave object to a convenient location, let’s make it desktop and name it as Flower T4.|
In a similar way to step-26 go to DIALux evo Furniture and Objects tool and open DIALux furniture catalog and import the files as you did in importing Vitra chair.
After importing write in the search box of the catalog the word Flower T, selected and apply, similar to step-17
|Go to 3d view and place the flower somewhere on the table, you can do this by dragging the flower by mouse to the table or by using place individual object and then selecting the location.|
|Keep the flowers selected and go to copy and arrange tool, click shift and select the table so you have both objects selected.Click on center x, center y to make the flower vase center on table.|
|let’s place the last object for this tutorial, go to furniture and object and select a sphere and make segments as 24 and diameter as 0.3|
|Place it on the column created earlier|
|Go to plan view and select the corner of the sphere to the corner of the column, this is a very easy way to move objects corners|
|go to front view and move the z arrow of the sphere up to be at top of the column|
|Now your project should look like the following image|
Applying materials and colors
|Time to color your project so go to Materials tool|
|Select DIALux material catalog|
|Palisander||Type in the search box the word grey+06 and then select it and click apply (alternately double click on the material)Repeat the same for the three materials
|Go back to material and now select Materials tab where you can find your selected materials form the catalog, If you wish to make them favorites then right click the mouse and select favorite.|
|Go to 3d view and Drag and drop theGrey+06 to the floorPalisander to table top and paining on wallGrass to the green color of flowers|
|Make sure you are still in the materials tool and select the top surface of the table and rotate the surface by 90°.You can move scale and rotate the material as you wish.|
|let’s import an image for the paining, this is the selected one for this tutorials.|
|You can download then to Material tool, click on CREATE TEXTURE MATERIAL and browse to the image you want to import|
|Select apply material and apply it to the front face of the painting object (alternately drag it while holding shift key down)|
|Select the material on the painting and scale it to cover the whole painting.The points marked in red to scale.The point marked in green to rotate.The point marked in blue to move.|
|Apply this color to the ceiling 3 parts, walls, column, sphere and the 6 parts of low cabinet under the paining.|
|Ceiling part 1||Ceiling part 2||Ceiling part 3||Sphere + column||The 6 parts of low cabinet under the paining.|
|Apply similar color shown in the image to the chair top parts|
|Zoom to flower vase and apply a white color to the flowers, and a dark green to the grey color.|
|Select a white color and apply the following valuesChange the Material type to TransparentMake reflection factor around 40%Degree of transmission around 30%And refractive index as 1.3|
|your project should look like this|
|All what was done earlier was in the construction mode, now go to light mode|
|The following luminaire will be used for this tutorial|
|Type||Article Number||Direct link to download ULD data for ERCO website|
|RGBW wallwasher||ERCO 37838||http://www.erco.com/37838|
|Spot light for TrackBeam Narrow Spot||ERCO 75890||http://www.erco.com/75890|
|Spot light for TrackBeam Spot||ERCO 75870||http://www.erco.com/75870|
|Spot light for TrackBeam Oval flood||ERCO 75882||http://www.erco.com/75882|
|Download the above ULD data form the direct link to the desktop|
|After downloading all the files go to file -> import -> luminaire file and import all the 5 ULD data files by selecting the files and clicking open.|
|Go to floorplan view and select 37838, you can type itin the search box, it will appear in the Select, History Tab|
|Draw line form point one to point 2 in the ceiling. the line of light should be close to the offset reference line. You can move this line after you draw it by move action.|
|The quantity of the wallwasher should be 5 and the distance should be 1 m|
|Makesure the light distribution is going to the left wall by activating show light Distribution form the display option in the upper rightUse rotate option if the light distribution not to the wall.|
|Go back to light and select, type 37824 in search box and select this light.Draw Rectangular arrangement inside track location using inner reference lines following points 1,2 and 3 as illustrated below.|
|You can always modify the Rectangular arrangement by selecting Edit Polygon in the top tool bar|
|Select 75870 , in the floorplan view palace it in the track facing the paining and rotate the luminaire by 90° around Z axis|
|Go to Copy and Arrange tool in LIGHT MODE, and then select the last luminaire and the painting and CENTER Y.|
|Go back to Luminaire tool and select, type 75890 in the search box|
|Place 2 single luminaire somewhere in the room near track location, then modify location as shown.make sure to put – sign before the rotation for both angles|
|LocationX=1.975Y=3.686Rotation =-45 @ Z axis||LocationX=1.975Y=3.030Rotation = -135 @ Z axis|
|The last step in luminaire mode before going to calculation is to aim the spot light, the Cantax spot light form ERCO has a rotatable joints as we can see form DIALux icon.If you see the icon heighted in red box this means the luminaire has rotatable parts(model with joints)You can rotate it in the Edit Joints Tool highlighted by orange box|
|Aim the other two spot light one for flower and the other for sphere as shown.|
Save Camera View or Point of View (POV)
|Time to calculate your project, so go to calculation mode
|You can start calculation right away but for this tutorial you will learn how to modify control groups and light scenes Go to Light Scene Tool in the CALCULATION MODE|
|Keep this control group as it is and keep the group of 6 downlight as it is as well, but delete all other groups by clicking on the x on top right corner of control group window.|
|Name you light scene to be all Light on|
|Duplicate light scene form actions of light scene tool then name the new scene asWall washer Cyan ,50% Downlight|
|Activate Wall washer Cyan, 50% Downlight scene by double clicking on the scene, if you wish activate Generate outputs for this light scene tosee values and results in the output.|
|After selecting Wall washer Cyan ,50% Downlight scene, modify the scene to haveRGBW wallwasher Group Red=0,Green=100,Blue=100,Warm White=0Downlight Group=50%|
Now you have 2 light scene, Remember you can modify these values after calculation, however if you would like to generate different results in the output then you have to create the scene you want.
Note: If you want to speed up the calculation time, then keep only one scene as we have furniture with many surfaces.
|Before you start calculation save the project in another name so you can have a backup file.Go to Calculation tool in the CALCULATION MODE and start calculation|
|You can show the different light scene by clicking on show once calculation finishes or form the top right corner select the required scene form the drop down menu and click on right icon to show it.|
Before adjusting the white balance
After adjusting the white balance to 4000K
|Go to view and select the saved POV(point of view) and restore it by double clicking on the image, or by selecting the image and clicking the show view button|
|-Zoom to the painting
-Go to Results tool
-Click on isoclines button
-Select the painting surface to get the values in isoclines
-You can adjust the color configuration as you wish
-You can create outputs for this calculation surface.
|Go back to light scene and adjust the light and color as you wish by dimming the value of RGBW Wallwasher or dimming the value of other luminaires|
Documentation and printing out the results
|Go to documentation modeSelect action gives you possibilities selecting predefined output e.g. Single room report.|
|Click on Edit and select what you want to printDouble click on the page and the preview of the page will appear|
|Double click on views pageIn the page settings select tab ALLSelect the views you want to includeClick refresh|
There are many setting for each page according to the information needed for print out. Try it out and enjoy!
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