External lighting: how to approach design aspects with a BIM software Edificius

External lighting: how to approach design aspects with a BIM software

Using a BIM software solution to design outdoor lighting for a single-family residence: design execution aspects and verification of Casa en los Cisnes in the Real Time rendering view

Lighting outdoor spaces for appealing night time outdoor scenarios is a way to increase both safety and improve aesthetics too.

Appropriate artificial outdoor lighting becomes essential for living outdoor spaces during the evening and night time hours or for simply finding your way around in complete safety.

External lights, by definition, should be used to illuminate the useful areas of a building without causing dazzling effects and without any "light waste" towards the surrounding environment where lighting isn't required. When dealing with outdoor lighting, (especially when it comes to street ligting and/or open area lighting) it is fundamental to avoid any form of light pollution or loss of light towards the sky.

In order to carry out these checks in the design phase, the designer requires technologically advanced tools and software procedures. Let's see how the external lighting of Casa en los Cisnes can be studied and approached, in terms of lighting design, with Edificius, the architectural BIM design software by ACCA software.

Specifically, we will insert external recessed spotlights, assign properties to light points (type, range, focus, cone opening angle, inclination, etc.) and then verify our lighting design choices work in real time.

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Spotlight and outdoor lighting. Edificius-generated Casa en los Cisnes rendering

Outdoor lighting: the Casa en los Cisnes project

For the design and modelling of outdoor lighting, we'll first create a Magnetic Grid and use it as a guide for installing recessed spotlights.


We can then choose a model recessed spotlights from hundreds of different models available in the FREE online BIM Objects Library and then easily position them in specific points using the 2D Magnetic as a guide for precise insertion.

From the object menu we can select the light point and then proceed to customizing the characteristics of the single light point using the properties toolbox

Here we can assign the type (point light or spot light), colour temperature (LED, incandescent, etc), focus range, cone opening, inclination angle, etc.

Simple copy/paste functions allow us to comfortably copy the light point object or properties (as previously configured) and paste them to the other spotlights, or simply paste the entire object to other specific positions.


Lighting properties can also be defined from the RTBIM view (Real Time Rendering) enabling us to quickly see the visual effects of our lighting scenario and make the suitable adjustments if necessary.


In these three focuses, dedicated to "Casa en los Cisnes", we have seen how BIM software technology can actually improve and simplify designers work.


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