DLX-T10 copy and arrange

66_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

DIALux evo Tutorial 10

Using powerful tool-copy and arrange

This tutorial was made by DIALux evo 4 to explain the powerful tool of copy and arrange tool

If you don’t have any experience with DIALux evo, I advise you to start with  DLX-T1 which explains more basic function of the software that might not be explained here, DIALux evo Tutorial  1 DLX-T1 could be found @

https://ezzatbaroudi.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/dialux-evo-tutorials-4-creating-a-complete-project-from-a-to-z-with-dialux-evo/

Also you could see DIALux evo Tutorial 2 DLX-T2

https://ezzatbaroudi.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/dialux-evo-tutorial-5-creating-a-complete-interior-and-exterior-project/

00_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

To explain this tutorial I will take an example of staircase and spiral staircase which could be made easy by using the following steps

Create a stair step with dimension 1500 mm x 300 mm and height of 150 mm

 98_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

While selecting the object, go to copy and arrange tool and select copy along a line,If you are not selecting the object then you will not see this option.

 78_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Click on the arrow to see more options for distance and apply 0.3 for x and 0.15 for zQuantity 20 and apply

 77_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Now you have made this in very easy way.

 76a_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

You can create a room and duplicate storyThen you can use cut out to make staircase opening in DIALux evoFor more details check DIALux evo Tutorial 5 in my weblog

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Now let’s make more complex stair like spiral staircase

 76b_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Create a room with 10 meter height (ideally two room or 3 with cut out in this ceiling )To make it simple for this tutorial make one room with height of 10 meterCreate a stair step with dimension 1500 mm x 300 mm and height of 150 mm

 98_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Draw a circle reference line with radius of 1 meter

 75_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Select the stair step and go to copy andArrange tool click on copy along existing reference line.if you see option is not active change the view from room to story view

 74_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Click on the circle you made and then put quantity 60, then click on follow curve shape, finally apply.Some time you have to change the rotation offset to different angle to get it right.

 73_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Now you made the spiral stair steps but all are in one level.

 72_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Select one of the steps by clicking twiceFirst click will select all the stepsSecond click will select individual one

 71_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Go to object and make the Z position 9 m

 70_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Use Esc key to escape individual selection to select all elements.

 69_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

While selecting the group of objects go to copy and arrange tool and click ondistribute evenly (Z)

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Now you should be having similar view to what is shown here, however the top step is weird looking so select it and bring it down

 69_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

This step is very critical you should bring down to its normal position between the steps.Just bring it down vertically to be between steps.

 66_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

If you find the previous step is not easy then try the alternative waySelect the upper step and the lower step where you find a gap between stepsZoom and rotate to find the right one.

 65_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

While selecting both steps go to copy and arrange tool and  click on Align bottom(Z)

 64_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Use Esc to deactivate individual selection then select to grope of elementsAfter that go to copy and arrange tool and repeatclick on

distribute evenly (Z)

Now you have the steps aligned perfectly.

By the way you can delete the first stair step that you made it to create this spiral stair.

Enjoy planning the lighting!

 63_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Using this powerful tool is good for any objects and furniture to make modeling very easyYou could also use this for lighting arrangements.In the next example I will use a wallwasher to wash a curved wall

Import an AutoCAD drawing with a curved wall after you make in AutoCAD an offset wall with one meter (ideal for washing a wall with 3 meter height)

 62_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

After creating the room insert a wallwasherFor this tutorial I used ERCO 84014 After inserting the luminaire, make sure that the show light distribution curves is active form the display options in the upper right corner.

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Draw a curving reference line following the offset line of the imported drawing.

 60_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

Go to copy and arrange tool and select the wallwasher then click on copy along existing reference line. And move the mouse cursor to the curved line you madeif you see option is not active change the view from room to story view

after that put the quantity so that you have a distance close to 1 meter, in this example it is 6 with 0.923 meter spacing.

Select Follow curve shape. then you have to select the right angle for here it is 90o

 59_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

If you don’t not the right rotation then you have to use the trial and error method till you get it right(try different angles until you have the light side to the wall)Then delete the first luminaire

 58_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool wallwash curved wall wall washing

To make calculation faster go to Light scenes tool and click on Combine luminaire groups with the same dimming values, so you have one instead of 6 in this example.

 57_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool wallwash curved wall wall washing

Now you should have evenly distributed lighting on the curved wall.

 20_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

You can also use this for any light arrangement like grazing and light scalloping effect.

 30_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

DIALux evo is easier than DIALux 4 for lighting designers and light planner which make the light planning easier and faster by using the powerful tools of copy and arrange tool.Use your imagination to use this powerful tool whenever is required

 05_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case
 00_DIALux evo Tutorials 10 copy and arrange tool Staircase and  spiral stair case

 for other DIALux evo Tutorials DLX-T

DIALux evo Tutorials-DLX-T
you can also visit the LdG Lighting Design Guide page
Lighting design Guide-LdG

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