Outdoor Lighting Design Tool - How it Works

When the Layout Tool opens, click on the desired input tab to open that section. Typically for first time visits, go through the input sections top to bottom. Once familiar with the tool operation, you can skip many of the input items and get results in seconds.

The tool will compute instantly when it has enough input.

The Outdoor Layout Tool has unique interactive functionality:

By clicking on the Add button in the lower right corner of the calculation area you can add a new luminaire arrangement to the plot area. Move any location by simply clicking and dragging.

Hover over a location to display the Edit/Delete functions.

The Edit screen is shown here. You have complete control over luminaire aiming and positioning.

The graphics are interactive so it's easy to just click and drag any graphic, or use the menus.

Have a peek at all of the input sections below.

When clicking the Light Design Tool icon adjacent to your chosen product on the Venture website, the photometric file is automatically loaded into the layout tool.

Light Loss Factors and lumen proration are also possible from this section. The Luminaire Wattage is pulled from the photometric file; this should be total connected load for accurate power density calculations.

The Arrangement and Layout section of the Outdoor tool is very powerful allowing its use as a template generator or layout tool.

To use the Outdoor tool as a simple template generator (one pole arrangement), set the arrangement from the pull down menu and leave the Layout and Spacing section blank.

To use the Outdoor tool as a layout tool, select the Arrangement for the majority of your locations from the menu. If you want a uniform luminaire position (array) to begin, enter the Column and Row quantities and the spacing between. This is simply a starting point, as the layout is completely interactive. You can add different arrangements, change, move and manipulate aiming in any way from the graphics area using the mouse.

Complete control over the illuminance contour values (isolines) is available from this section. All cells with checkmarks are included; set the values as desired.

Click in the colour cell to change the colour if something else is preferred.

The Display section is very important as it controls not only the appearance of the graphics area but how fast the tool computes and the number of point by point values visible.

The Scale can be set in this section. However, interactive zooming changes the scale (fixed plot size). Interactively zoom using the mouse wheel or the Zoom indicator in the upper right corner of the graphics area. Panning is also possible by holding down the mouse wheel as you move.

The Precision setting controls how smooth the isolines appear, and how many calculation points are used. The higher the precision, the smoother the plot and the more points displayed.

Isoline Labels, Illuminance Points and the background Grid can all be controlled from here.

The statistics are normally computed on the area covered by the plot, which is controlled by the zoom level. If you want more specific statistics, set the coordinates of the statistical area here. This area should always be visible in the graphics plot in entirety. The number of computation points is governed by the plot area and level of zoom.

Switch the statistical display on and off and select its contents from the Summary section.

The Output and Help section offers printing options.

The printed output consists of the graphics area containing the isoline contours and illuminance values if enabled. The summary provides statistical information and luminaire location specifics. Each output section is a single page.