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Content 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 4.11.1 4.11.2 4.11.3 4.11.4 4.11.5 .......................................................................................................2 Installation ..............................................................................................4 Recommended system requirements ......................................................... 4 Installation of the program and the luminaire catalogue off a DVD ................ 4 Installation of the program as a download ................................................. 6 Relux Online Update ............................................................................... 6 Activation, registration ............................................................................ 8 About ReluxSuite and this guide ............................................................10 Part 1: get started in 5 minutes .............................................................11 New look and feel: the revised user interface ........................................... 11 The logic governing the rotating and shifting of objects has been changed... 11 Import and Export dwg or dxf formatted files ........................................... 13 Edit and draw objects in the 3D view ...................................................... 14 ReluxEnergy ........................................................................................ 15 ReluxTunnel ......................................................................................... 15 New ReluxMovie module ........................................................................ 17 New, GR and TI glare rating outdoors ..................................................... 20 Part 2: enhanced features for advanced users .......................................22 Move or rotate objects in a new way ....................................................... 22 Move and rotate working plane .............................................................. 24 Edit and draw objects in the 3D view ...................................................... 25 Align objects to external walls ................................................................ 26 Modification of insertion points ............................................................... 28 Multiple insert function .......................................................................... 28 Placing grid/ raster snap........................................................................ 29 Move and scale room elements .............................................................. 30 Draw polygonal scenes (interior, exterior) ............................................... 31 CAD import with ReluxPro...................................................................... 35 New ReluxMovie Module ........................................................................ 44 Introduction ..................................................................................... 44 Animation bar .................................................................................. 44 Maintaining the observer height.......................................................... 45 Animation path ................................................................................. 45 Multiple animation paths .................................................................... 46

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Interpolation .................................................................................... 46 Stretch-compress animation............................................................... 47 Animation properties ......................................................................... 48 Rendering the animation.................................................................... 48 New GR and TI glare rating for outdoors.................................................. 51 What is calculated? ........................................................................... 51 Measuring area and observers ............................................................ 52 Raytracing calculation in Relux Pro ......................................................... 54 How to use the Relux raytracing calculation ......................................... 54 The Standard mode parameters ......................................................... 56 The Expert mode parameters ............................................................. 58 Set up a viewpoint ............................................................................ 62 Raster measuring areas and start of calculation .................................... 62 ReluxEnergy ........................................................................................ 64 Tunnel module ..................................................................................... 73

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1.1 Recommended system requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista®/Windows7 Pentium duo core with 2 GHz or above, 1 GB RAM or more, > 2GB RAM with Vista® Graphics card supporting OpenGL The disk space required on your hard disk can vary depending on the Installation type selected. 1.2 Installation of the program and the luminaire catalogue off a DVD Please close all other programs before installing the program. Place the DVD in your DVD drive. The setup for ReluxSuite ought to start automatically. If the setup routine does not start, this probably means that the „Autostart“ function has been deactivated. You should open Windows Explorer, select the drive in which the Relux DVD is located and start the setup manually by double-clicking on the start.exe file. The installation program starts with the opening screen for selecting the language. The language selected here applies for the installation only. Different languages can be selected later on when using the program and also for the program outputs. You start the installation of the main program by pressing on ReluxSuite (Fig. 1).

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Note: If the 2007 Version is already installed on your system, enter a new path for the ReluxSuite Version. If you need your projects from Relux Professional 2007 and the imported LDC’s at a later date, you can copy these into the ReluxSuite directory.
You should now select Install ReluxSuite. You should now read the licence agreement and accept it so that you can continue with the installation (Fig. 2). Select the country in which you are located. In the next window, you can specify a path for the installation of ReluxPro. The default proposed for Relux is C:\Program Files.

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2010 . 20 minutes) or whether you wish to use this data off the DVD. You can select the manufacturers by double-clicking the tick or by using +++ or ---. duration approx. If necessary please refer the Relux Professional 2007 manual for a more detailed description of the installation process. 18.05. In the case of a network. so that all users can access it. 2 Once the setup routine has copied the program data. the outputs and the database. Fit for ReluxSuite. © Relux Informatik AG. we recommend copying the data to a network drive.INSTALLATION 5/81 Fig. you can specify the language for the user interface. You can change these settings in the program at any time (Extras – Language). You can choose whether you install the manufacturer data locally (this is recommended if you have sufficient memory space.

4 Click on the “Check now” button. In the “Relux Update” window.relux. You will then always be able to work with the latest program and database versions (Fig. We recommend you to leave this option switched on. you can start ReluxPro for the first time. Fit for ReluxSuite. Fig.Online Update.biz (Fig.2010 .4 Relux Online Update Once the installation has been successfully completed. 3). Your PC needs to be connected to the Internet to do this.INSTALLATION 6/81 1. 1. you must then enter the user name and password that you selected when registering under “My Relux” on © Relux Informatik AG.05. you can download the program free-of-charge from the Relux Informatik AG homepage at www. 18.3 Installation of the program as a download Fig. We recommend that you now update ReluxPro and the manufacturer databases that have been installed via the menu option Help . 4). The update manager will start and you can specify whether ReluxPro should look for updates on a regular basis. 3 If you do not have a ReluxPro DVD. with a time interval of two weeks.

05. Fig.2010 . © Relux Informatik AG. you will be prompted to save these before the update is started. From Fig. If there are projects that have not been saved. 5 "Select packages" window can start downloading the files that you have selected by clicking on the “Update” button. showing you all the updates that are available for your Relux Installation. If ReluxPro is still open. it will then be closed. 18. ReluxPro will look for updates. Fit for ReluxSuite.INSTALLATION 7/81 the Relux Informatik AG homepage. After you have entered your user data and clicked on the “Update” button. You can select each item individually for the update in order to keep down the size of the download. 5 The ”Select packages” window will open.

For activation you will need Internet. 6 ReluxPro is costfree. but has to be activated within 30 days. The activation is anonym.2010 . Fig. 18. 6).05. registration All activations and licences are administrated in ReluxPro Menu “help” – “about Relux”.5 Activation.INSTALLATION 8/81 1. Fit for ReluxSuite. I © Relux Informatik AG. E-mail address is optional for receiving Newsletter (Fig.

The activation is anonym. For activation you will need Internet. Please insert ReluxCAD licence code here and activate with button.05. © Relux Informatik AG. ReluxTunnel runs with a USB stick. 7 ReluxCAD. 18. plugIn for Autocad from Autodesk needs a licence. Fit for ReluxSuite.2010 . which can be ordered from Relux.INSTALLATION 9/81 Fig.

ReluxSuite includes the following programs: ReluxPro Tunnel (new) Relux Raytracing calculation (new) ReluxEnergy (new) ReluxOffer ReluxCAD ReluxTools ReluxAdmin ReluxLum ReluxPickIt ReluxUpdate ReluxUninstall Note: This “Fit for Relux Suite ” reference containing about 70 pages full of in- formation.biz.05.2010 . all of which come under the same name of ReluxSuite.ABOUT RELUXSUITE AND THIS GUIDE 10/81 2 ABOUT RELUXSUITE AND THIS GUIDE The ReluxSuite contains a numerous package of software programs. For all users with a deeper interest in the use of Relux raytracing we recommend to have a look in our separate manual. All Information are available for your purpose either on our DVD ReluxSuite . © Relux Informatik AG. or on www. Fit for ReluxSuite.relux. The name of the Version is the calendar year.g. 18. followed by a number that is increased for each new version (e. 2010-1).

For your convenience it is clearly structured and much more user-friendly. These commands have been refined for the movement or rotation of objects in the 3D view as of ReluxPro 2006. Beside this first approach to ReluxSuite 2010 the interested Relux user will find all information around Relux Suite 2010 in the second part of this manual. 18. 9).1 New look and feel: the revised user interface General: The interface can be changed interactively.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 11/81 3 PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES The following 4 features will help all advanced Relux users to switch in the new ReluxSuite. Just click to an object in your current scene to select it. The software will be delivered in the “Standard layout“ and can be enhanced to achieve the complete user interface layout under “Window . Fit for ReluxSuite. 8). Fig. Enjoy a new look and feel: the user interface with the main menus has been revised.2 The logic governing the rotating and shifting of objects has been changed Move or rotate objects in a new way General: moving and rotating objects works consistently in the same way in both the floor plan and the 3D view. 1. 3. Note: please refer part 2 of this guide for a more detailed description of this features. © Relux Informatik AG.Extended layout” (Fig. 8 3.2010 .05. 2. The coordinate system appears (Fig.

y and zaxis (z-axis only in 3D view) as well as the square areas between the axes). As soon as the mouse pointer approaches the coordinate system (the x. 18.2010 . Click once with the left mouse button (Fig. The color of the handle will change from yellow to orange and you can move the object around without keeping the left mouse button pressed (Fig. 10 © Relux Informatik AG. 9 Fig.05. its initial color changes to yellow. Fit for ReluxSuite.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 12/81 3. 11). 10). 4. 5. Press „Esc“ to leave this command Fig.

or dxf files within a few steps. 18. 11 3.05. or exterior) © Relux Informatik AG. or off step 4: define drawing units (usual 1000/m for interior projects and 1/m exterior projects) step 5: set rotation (requires knowledge of the drawing. Follow the 7 steps to import a CAD file: step 1: enter project data step 2: select a file (dwg.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 13/81 Fig.3 Import and Export dwg or dxf formatted files General: The new powerful CAD interface allows to import all dwg. Fit for ReluxSuite. Just start ReluxPro and try the assistant CAD import.2010 . otherwise proceed to step 7) step 7: draw scene (interior. or dxf) step 3: define layers to be turned on. otherwise proceed to step 6) step 6: set origin (requires knowledge of the drawing.

2010 . Fit for ReluxSuite. This allows for e.. 13 move Room element in the 3D view © Relux Informatik AG.g. 13). 18.Scene as DWG/ DXF…”. 3. Fig. 12 14/81 To Export a Scene from your current project as dwg-.4 Edit and draw objects in the 3D view General: towards the previous versions all edit functionalities can be performed in 2D and 3D view mode. or dxf-file select “File – Export . the move.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES Fig. windows and figures (Fig.05. draw and scale of objects that are located on a wall like doors.

ch. For further information please contact us via e-mail at info@relux. 14 excerpt from a German energy pass 3.05. Fig. Fig. 16).6 ReluxTunnel The tunnel calculation software has been developed for experts and refers to norms CIE88. May 09). (SIA380/4 & CTE HE-3. It refers to energy standards and norms as EN 15193. 18. CIE140 and SLG201 (Fig. DIN 18599-4.5 ReluxEnergy ReluxEnergy is the powerful free of charge module to calculate the energy consumption for interior lighting of non residential buildings. Fit for ReluxSuite. You must purchase a license to run this module. 15+ Fig.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 15/81 3. or by telephone on +41613330770.2010 . 15 ReluxTunnel module © Relux Informatik AG.

16 New project type: Tunnel © Relux Informatik AG.2010 . 18.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 16/81 Fig.05. Fit for ReluxSuite.

Fit for ReluxSuite. Use the 3D View to set the individual camera positions. the program subsequently generates a camera flight through the scene. Enter the first position in the 3D view. To do this.2010 . To check: play the animation with Play animation forwards.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 17/81 3. You can change the route for the animation in the 3D view. Render animation Step 7: © Relux Informatik AG.7 New ReluxMovie module Fig. 17 Animation module By incorporating several camera positions in the 3D View. click the mouse on the camera position (blue square) and change the position. Set first camera posi- Select the speed at which the camera should move. Select tion. The following steps are necessary for generating a film: Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 6: Select Add new animation from the “Animation” toolbar. 18. Repeat Step 3 for each additional camera position.05.

a time axis appears at the bottom of the picture showing each individual camera position with a triangle and a line. A camera position selected on the time axis (the position is given a red marking) can be shifted along the time axis by moving the controller while keeping the Ctrl key pressed. Set up an animation Render an animation Set a camera position Delete a camera position Jump to previous camera position Jump to previous picture Play animation backwards Stop animation Play animation forwards Jump to next picture Jump to next camera position Ctrl + Alt +  Ctrl + Shift +  Ctrl +  Ctrl +  or Ctrl +  Ctrl +  Ctrl + Shift +  Ctrl + Alt +  © Relux Informatik AG. If the Ctrl key and Shift key are pressed simultaneously. Fig. resolution and codec Step 9: Select file name and location for saving file 18/81 When an animation is set up. This can be changed in the properties for the animation. The functions of the different pictures are set out in the following table. the preview in Fig. Fit for ReluxSuite. the marked camera position and all those after it will be moved along the time axis. The duration of a new animation is 30 seconds on the basic setting. 18 Animation bar If the time axis controller is moved with the Shift key pressed. 18.05. 18 will be played manually.2010 .PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES Step 8: Select format.

05. the observer height will be maintained. Uncalculated and calculated scenes can be rendered by the radiosity method. The film is not saved in the Relux project file but in a separate file. © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. As long as you keep the Alt key pressed. Raytracing scenes are not taken into account.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES Useful key shortcuts: 19/81 To ensure that the observer height can be maintained when the different camera positions are set.2010 . Alt  Note: It is not possible to continue with a rendering process that has been interrupted. Maintain the observer height when moving and rotating in the 3D view. 18. a useful key shortcut has been introduced for operation via the mouse and the keyboard.

21 GR Observer points © Relux Informatik AG. Under the Artificial light calculation. 20 3D View of an outdoor project Fig. It is possible to define individual observer points or groups. Fig.PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 20/81 3.8 New. 19 Calculation manager dialog In addition to the determination of GR values for sports grounds. the glare can also be calculated for other outdoor applications.2010 . it is now possible to calculate new GR and TI values for several observers.05. Fit for ReluxSuite. GR and TI glare rating outdoors The glare rating in outdoor projects has been extended in the calculation manager. 18. and the Glare rating tab. Fig.

diffuse reflection is assumed for general outdoor projects. Fit for ReluxSuite. lished by the approximation method described in CIE 112. Fig. 23 GR values for the observer points for railway passengers and TI values for the observer points for the train conductor.05. The first grid was compiled for passengers on the platform and the train conductor in accordance with the guidelines applied by the German Railway (DB).2010 .PART 1: GET STARTED IN 5 MINUTES 21/81 In addition. 22 3D View of the platform Fig. Contrary to the ReluxStreet module where the luminance is established from directed reflections (r-tables). Note: The surrounding luminances used for the calculation of GR and TI are estab- © Relux Informatik AG. there are ready-prepared observer grids for the calculation of the GR and TI values. 18.

Fig. 26 cube with the active handle moved 0.2010 . © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. 18. Just click to an object in your current scene to select it (Fig. Basic operation “move” and “rotate” in the toolbar.1 Move or rotate objects in a new way General: moving and rotating objects works consistently in the same way in both the floor plan and the 3D view.5 m in z-direction. 25 selected cube with activated handle Fig.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 22/81 4 PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 4. These commands have been refined for the movement or rotation of objects in the 3D view as of ReluxPro 2006. 24: shows a selected cube in a scene Fig.05. 24).

During this movement operation of objects it is possible to change settings such as the placing grid. rotate object. From left to right: move object. You will find them in the menu bar under “Tools“ and in the toolbar. Press „Esc“ to leave this command.05. An operation can started in one window (e. The viewpoint can be changed during this operation (you can rotate. 18. pan and zoom the view). 26).2010 . 27. scale object. 27 handles and cursors for some operations (photomontage). (Fig. 3D view). The color of the handle will change from yellow to orange and you can move the object around without keeping the left mouse button pressed (Fig. From left to right: move object. y and z-axis as well as the square areas between the axes). rotate object. 25). Move. They all have special handles and a specific mouse pointer which you can see in Fig. etc. rotate and scale are the most important operations for constructing a scene. its initial color changes to yellow.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 23/81 As soon as the mouse pointer approaches the coordinate system (the x. The advantages are follows: The movements of objects are more convenient without keeping the left mouse button pressed.g. floor plan) and it can be finished in another window (e.g. Fig. © Relux Informatik AG. scale object. Fit for ReluxSuite.

You can start these operations with the menu Tools . The handles. Fit for ReluxSuite. 30). belong to the working plane (Fig.2 Move and rotate working plane The working plane can be moved and rotated like any other object in the scene. 29 new position Fig.2010 .Fig. 18.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 24/81 4. choose either move or rotate. 28 original position Fig. 28 .05.working plane. Fig. which you see afterwards. 30 after rotation © Relux Informatik AG. From here.

Note: during the “draw cube with the mouse“ command.05. Fit for ReluxSuite. 18. press “ESC“. © Relux Informatik AG. After setting an appropriate placing grid .3 Edit and draw objects in the 3D view The rotated working plane can now be used for drawing an object for instance a staircase.use the ”raster properties“ icon . you can undo wrong entries with “backspace”. terminate with “return” or double click the last point.2010 .start with the design of a staircase using the command “draw a cube with the mouse“. To exit the edit mode. Enter your input with “return” or double-click the last point. 31 draw object in 3D view Each mouse click on your working plane creates a new point. Fig.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 25/81 4. After you have defined the last point.

33 .05.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 26/81 4. Fig. 18. Keep the left mouse button pressed and align the object to an external wall of your choice (Fig.2010 . 34 click the black cube: its initial color changes to yellow.4 Align objects to external walls Move an object onto an rectangular wall and see how the object turns among its lengthwise axis so that it is always parallel to the wall (Fig. 33 Selected object Fig. 35).Fig. © Relux Informatik AG. please select the object and after you have moved the mouse pointer to the small black cube of the coordinate system its initial color changes to yellow. Fig. 32 Align objects to external walls If you want to repeat this command. Fit for ReluxSuite. 32).

as it should be. 35 Keep the left mouse button pressed and align the object Whether the object turns the right way or not will depend on where the origin point and the object axis of the object are defined.05. 38 and select “Use object axis” © Relux Informatik AG. If the zero point is on the rear side and the Y-axis is parallel to that part of the object. Fig. 37 press the right mouse button Fig. 36 object axis related to the scene Fig. Click on the object. then there will be no problem. 18.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 27/81 Fig. Fit for ReluxSuite.2010 . press the right mouse button and select “Use object axis”.

or 3D furniture). 18. You can move objects along rectangular external walls using the object axis. 39 select the object of your choice and click the right mouse button 4. Click once on the object of your choice in the objects and control panel.5 Modification of insertion points From now on it is very convenient to change the insert point of 3D objects. Therefore select an object (except manufacturer’s 3D luminaires. You can click onto the 3D view as well as the floor plan as often as you wish to insert the object. Now you’ve entered the multiple insert function mode. open the context menu via right mouse click and select the option “edit insertion point”. 4. © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. Another option is to select the same command from the fly out menu “Tools”.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 28/81 Note: The automatic object rotation works for all objects in 2D and 3D. Fig.6 Multiple insert function If you want to insert an object into your scene from the objects and control panel you have two options: Use the drag and drop function to insert an object from the objects and control panel into your scene as usual (since Version 2006-1). Exit this command with “ESC”.05.2010 .

The first is for a typical Relux scene.05. The center snap option in the menu raster properties is very helpful for recessed mounted luminaires in particular ceiling systems. and the second for imported CAD drawings. The icons in the toolbar are: switch the view of the snap grid on and off. snap into the center. open “Raster properties” menu. 18. etc.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 29/81 Fig. © Relux Informatik AG. You can use the above-mentioned icon for this.2010 .7 Placing grid/ raster snap There are two different snap functionalities. 40 “objects and control panel” and multiple insert function mode 4. snap into the center (you’ll find it in the menu raster properties). Fit for ReluxSuite. raster properties: change the grid size. Here we will consider the typical Relux scene (for CAD snap mode please see capture „CAD Import“). snap onto the crossing points (standard). To change for instance the grid size.

such as windows. can be selected directly on the wall and moved afterwards (Fig.05. 41 Zentriertes Zeichenraster im Grundriss 4. © Relux Informatik AG.s. 42 Their size can be changed as well (Fig. doors and Fig. click on the red point and move the mouse. use an axis (X.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 30/81 Fig.and Y-axes. or Y) or the square area between the X. Fit for ReluxSuite. 43 To change a dimension. 43). Fig. Fig.8 Move and scale room elements From now on room elements. 42). To move the wall element.2010 . like all Relux Objects. 18.

4. After that dialog.2010 . This procedure works also for exterior projects (without extrusion of the walls) Diese Möglichkeit erlaubt es sowohl Räume aus einem Grundriss heraus. 44). Dieser Vorgang funktioniert sowohl für Innenräume als auch für Außenprojekte (dort entfällt das Extrudieren der Wände). or add a new room to the your project. exterior) Define a new interior project.9 Draw polygonal scenes (interior. wie auch aus einem Schnitt zu konstruieren. 18. Example 1: extrude scene to Z-axis Fig. A new menu opens and you can extrude your scene either to the Z-. click on the black cube and press the left mouse button while moving it.05. Choose a polygonal room shape (Fig. You can end this 2D edit mode with a double click either or the „ENTER“ key.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 31/81 If you would like to move the wall element from one wall to another wall. 44 selection of room type © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. you will be in the 2D edit mode. 45). or X-Axis (Fig. where you can define the room shape and the length of each wall (Fig. 46).

where you can define the sectional room shape and the height of each wall. © Relux Informatik AG.2010 .05. 44. 47 Fig. Choose a polygonal room shape. After that dialog.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 32/81 Fig. Note: During the drawing command. 18. Fit for ReluxSuite. 48: from left to right: Click on corner point to move it. Fig. The backspace key will remove the last corner point. Example 2: extrude scene to X-axis Define a new interior project. 46 set direction of extrusion (Fig. you can change the snap grids or use zoom functionalities.Fig. or add a new room to the your project. or in the following toolbar Fig. A new menu opens and you can extrude your scene either to the X-Axis. select the scene and find command “Corner point insert” in the fly out menu under “Tools“. 46) If you want to add or remove corner points. 45 2D edit mode Fig. You can end this 2D edit mode with a double click either or the „ENTER“ key. 47. you will be in the 2D edit mode. click on the blue line between two corner points to add new point.

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52 Radiosity rendering Fig.2010 .05. 18. Fit for ReluxSuite.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 34/81 Fig. 53 Raytracing rendering © Relux Informatik AG.

otherwise proceed to step 6) step 5: set origin (requires knowledge of the drawing. or off step 4: define drawing units (usual 1000/m for interior projects and 1/m exterior projects) step 4: set rotation (requires knowledge of the drawing. or dxf files within a few steps. or exterior) © Relux Informatik AG. otherwise proceed to step 7) step 7: draw scene (interior. see File-Import-CAD Plan. or dxf) step 3: define layers to be turned on.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 35/81 4. 54 CAD import General: The new powerful CAD interface allows to import all dwg. The second option is to import CAD drawings into existing scenes.10 CAD import with ReluxPro There are two ways to import CAD files. 18. Example 1: construct scene from CAD plan) Fig. Follow the 7 steps to import a CAD file: step 1: enter project data step 2: select a file (dwg. Option one is to construct a CAD scene from a CAD plan.05.2010 . Fit for ReluxSuite. Just start ReluxPro and try the assistant CAD import.

Fit for ReluxSuite. oder dxf Fig.2010 .05. 55 select CAD file: dwg.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 36/81 Fig. 56 switch on or off the CAD layers Fig. 18. 57 set position © Relux Informatik AG.

.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 37/81 Fig. 18. After step 5 you will reach the “Floor Plan” where you can select all corner points of your scene.05.\Program Files\ReluxSuite\examples) you will find some example CAD drawings. Fig. Fit for ReluxSuite. 60).2010 . 58 set drawing unites Fig. For efficient use we suggest to use the CAD snap mode (please refer to tool bar CAD snap mode(Fig. 60: CAD snap mode © Relux Informatik AG. 59 rotate drawing Note: In the ReluxSuite program directory (.

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63). After this step the scene is completed. 18. Fig. 64 3D View There are icons and a dialog box for working with CAD drawings: Icon for the “Properties” dialog. where you can set the type of your scene (interior. Icon turns drawing on or off. Fit for ReluxSuite.05. or exterior) as well as the direction of extrusion in the following menu (Fig. like a layer “Show CAD plan”. 65 CAD icons and tool bar “CAD snap mode” © Relux Informatik AG. Icon for switching on/off the snap mode for CAD drawings.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 39/81 With a double click on your scene you will open a new menu. Fig. Tool bar CAD snap mode (below).2010 .

66 Plan properties Note: If you wish to. 18.2010 . Fit for ReluxSuite. you can add additional scenes to your imported CAD drawing with a click on the button „draw scene“ (tool bar “Tools”).05.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 40/81 Fig. © Relux Informatik AG.

The next step is the import of a second CAD section to our scene. 67 Note: The origin of a working plane for walls lies always in the left hand corner as in Fig. Therefore please move your mouse pointer to „Wall 1“ in the tab „Scene“ and click with your right mouse button.2010 . Open the menu “Raster properties” and set an appropriate placing grid for the following steps (0.dwg).05.“ Fig. 18. Please select „Assign working plane“ (Fig. Fit for ReluxSuite.1m). After this step you can turn the working plane around 180°..PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 41/81 Example 2: add a second CAD drawing to your scene A scene in your Relux Project can contain more than one CAD drawing: for example a floor plan and a section. In the ReluxSuite program directory (.\Program Files\ReluxSuite\examples) you will find some example CAD drawings (Profile-UG-EFH. 68 select a file © Relux Informatik AG. The context menu opens. 67). 72 (view from inside the room). Select „File – Import – CAD Plan“ and follow next steps as before. Fig.

Fit for ReluxSuite. Fig. 70 define origin Fig. 69 define drawing unites Set the origin point and click the button “Determine”. Just click to the origin and after a successful import you should see the drawing as follows.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 42/81 Fig. 71 3D View © Relux Informatik AG. 18.05.2010 .

Please refer to our prepared building and open “example3.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 43/81 Example 3: building with several floors In example 1 and 2 we have shown single scenes projects. © Relux Informatik AG. 7. extrudes a working surface based on CAD drawing vectors. creates a new escape route area based on CAD drawing vectors. extrudes a cube based on CAD drawing vectors. Fit for ReluxSuite. 8. 5. creates a new escape route based on CAD drawing vectors. 3. creates a new scene (interior. 72 Building 1.05. extrudes a wall based on CAD drawing vectors. 6.rdf“. creates a virtual measuring area based on CAD drawing vectors. 18. Fig. But it is also possible to construct a whole building. extrudes a cube based on CAD drawing vectors. or exterior) based on CAD drawing vectors. 4. or curves.2010 . or curves. 2. Default thickness is 10cm.

As you can see. 73: “Animation” toolbar © Relux Informatik AG. For this. 4.11.11 New ReluxMovie Module 4.2010 .1 Introduction Films can be generated in a particularly easy manner with the animation module in ReluxPro.05. You can have these displayed or hidden via the Window-Animation Bar and Window-Symbol Bar-Animation menus. however.2 Animation bar Fig.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 44/81 Note: For an indoor lighting design. instead of rebuilding the entire scenery in a single scene. there are many different possibilities. Fit for ReluxSuite. we recommend that the design be performed for each floor. 4. you simply require the “Animation” toolbar and the animation bar. which is why we are now setting out the details of these new options. The procedure for compiling an animation has already been described in the “New ReluxMovie Module” section. or individual room. 18.11.

until it is Keeping the Ctrl key and the left mouse button pressed in the black area. An animation path of this type can be copied. minutes and seconds (hh:mm:ss:ff.3 Maintaining the observer height In order to maintain the observer height when the different camera positions are set. either with the mouse or with the close to a camera position and this changes its colour to red. The setting for this can be made under the Extras – Options – General Settings menu. the trajectory of the camera between the individual camera positions is shown as a dotted blue/orange path. all the subsequent camera positions will similarly be moved. The positions are shown on the time axis with the symbol. © Relux Informatik AG. Each section of line represents a picture. This can be changed in the properties of the animation in question. As long as you keep the Alt key pressed. 18. you can now move the camera position on the time axis.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 45/81 When a new camera position is set. …) or in hours. There are two ways of showing the time: the number of pictures (1 B.. The positions on the time axis can be changed manually.2010 . Maintaining the observer height when moving and rotating in the 3D View. a useful key shortcut has been introduced for operation via the mouse and the keyboard. The duration of an animation is automatically set at 30 seconds.. moved and rotated in the same way as an object. command. By clicking on the path.11.4 Animation path In the 2D and 3D View. A new camera position on the time axis will overwrite an existing camera position. 4.05. SMPTE timecode). In the Floor Plan View and all other 3D Views. Fit for ReluxSuite. the camera travels along this path when the animation is played. under the Animation units in SMPTE Timecode option. Alt 4. To do this. These squares can be selected and the camera position changed or deleted. If you additionally press Shift. the position of the camera on the time axis is established automatically on the basis of the specified speed. 2 B.11. the current observer height will be maintained. the individual camera positions are shown as blue squares. you should move the controller (black bar).

75 Linear interpolation © Relux Informatik AG.6 Interpolation Between the camera positions. 74 Animation path 4.2010 . 18.5 Multiple animation paths The program allows more than one animation to be conducted within a scene. When you click on one of the camera positions (blue squares) in the 3D View.11. Relux shows one or other of the animation paths in the “Animation” toolbar. the 3D camera symbols are shown with blue lines.11.05. For nonactive animations.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 46/81 Fig. These are red if the animation is active. The 3D camera symbol is shown in red if the associated animation is active. This interpolation can also be switched. select one of the three interpolation functions in the context menu for the animation node in the scene tree: Linear: Fig. the path that the camera follows is set automatically. To do this. the Akima interpolation is used for the path. By way of a default. 4. Fit for ReluxSuite.

you can specify the length in seconds to which the animation is to be stretched or compressed.7 Stretch-compress animation If you have compiled an animation and wish to compress or lengthen the playing speed of a film. Fit for ReluxSuite. you can select the Stretch-compress function in the context menu for the animation.11. be considerable deviations from the direct link between the photo points. however. 18. 77 Akima interpolation This interpolation type similarly creates a soft curve between the points.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 47/81 The simplest type of interpolation.05.2010 . There can. Akima: Fig. Fig. The animation cannot be compressed so far that the individual photo points overlap (Fig. It guarantees a smooth and jolt-free profile. The Akima curve remains closer to the direct link. This generally causes a jolt at the point where the photo is taken. This connects points by means of a line. The values between the points are established on a linear basis. 76 Cubic interpolation This interpolation leads to a soft curve between the points. 4. than the cubic interpolation. 78). however. Cubic: Fig. In the subsequent dialog. 78 Stretch animation © Relux Informatik AG.

2010 .11. select the – render animation option. this can be specified by setting the time to be shown in seconds or the number of pictures. the calculated 3D View. or “Luminance distribution” i.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 48/81 4.e. 4. Fit for ReluxSuite. Time axis: defines the range that is shown in the animation axis.11. you can call up the property window for this animation. Render settings).9 Rendering the animation An animation path must be rendered beforehand for the film to be obtained. The following settings can be made via the dialog (5): Fig. At the moment. To do icon with the film slate-board in the toolbar or select the Extras this. 80 Render settings Output type: here the user determines the output type with which the film is to be generated. It is possible to choose between “Uncalculated”. The following dialog can be used to make settings for the format and resolution (Fig. the normal 3D View.05. Fig. 18. calculated radiosity scenes can be rendered by this method but not raytracing scenes.8 Animation properties By double-clicking on the animation node in the project tree or clicking on the Animation toolbar. i. 79 Animation settings Frame rate: defines the number of frames per second of film. 80. © Relux Informatik AG.e.

the rendering process will be started automatically (Fig. As a further option. and it is also possible to choose between “JPEG” and “BMP”.2010 . 81).05. you can limit the animation to a duration that you select yourself. The user’s video folder is set as the default (My files/My videos). Resolution: The most common film formats are listed in the selection box. You can also specify the film resolution that you would like via the input fields (width and height).PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 49/81 Format: Defines the output format for the film. the film is calculated in the standard format used for Windows. 18. it is possible to select a codec that is available on the computer and also the desired compression stage. By clicking on “Start” you call up a dialog which asks you where the target file is to be written to. Duration: Here you decide which part of the animation is to be saved in the film. Fig. With the input fields of “from” / ”to”. You can choose either “All pictures” or just “Current picture”. Fit for ReluxSuite. 81 Render manager The Render manager shows the following information: Number of pictures calculated / Total number of pictures Time elapsed since the start of the rendering process Time remaining until the process is completed Estimated overall time for the compilation process © Relux Informatik AG. By clicking on Options. With the “AVI” option. the film can also be saved as a series of individual pictures. After confirming with OK.

If the film is to be shown in the Standard Player once the rendering is complete. The film is not saved in the Relux project file but in a separate file.2010 . 18.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 50/81 Path for the film being calculated The checkbox can be used to show or switch off a preview.05. The preview shows which individual pictures are being written to the film. Fit for ReluxSuite. the “Open after calculation” box must be checked. © Relux Informatik AG. The process can be stopped at any time in order to eliminate any setting errors. Note: It is not possible to continue a rendering process that has been interrupted.

1 What is calculated? The direct light from each individual luminaire is calculated at each observer point. Fig.12. new GR and TI glare ratings can be calculated for observers. Although this is an approximation. gives the GR or TI value. Fit for ReluxSuite. Under Artificial light and the Glare rating tab. 82 Calculation manager dialog 4. set out as a ratio to the surrounding luminance.2010 . This value. GR values stand for stationary observer points and TI values for travelling or moving observer points.12 New GR and TI glare rating for outdoors The glare rating in outdoor projects has been extended in the Calculation manager.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 51/81 4. The surrounding luminance value is obtained as a function of the defined measurement area. 18.05. The following description explicitly covers the verification required by the German Railway (DB) for overground platforms. © Relux Informatik AG. CIE 112 stipulates that it is a permitted approximation. referred to as the reference value.

Note: Try to avoid dissimilar reflections beneath reference surfaces if possible. The observer points arranged like a table represent the waiting passengers next to the railway lines. as described. The program looks for this reflectance automatically.. station platform. Fit for ReluxSuite.). The observer points for the vehicle driver are positioned in parallel to the reference surface.2010 . The first observer point is at an angle of 20° prior to the first luminaire above © Relux Informatik AG. Care was taken to ensure that this is lined up in parallel beneath a repeated pattern of positioned luminaires. 83. Fig.05. it may be necessary to adjust the reflectance of the reference surface. The Reference area must be allocated a mean Reflectance of the real area that is positioned underneath it. 2 1 Fig.2 Measuring area and observers See Point 1. The position and size of the reference area ought always to be selected to suit the requirements (sports ground. If the reflectance of these real surfaces (e. 83 Measurement or reference area See the above Figure. The program positions a group of 5x5 observers uniformly in front of the reference area for calculating the GR values. 18. the observer points arranged in a row represent the conductor of the train that is arriving.. the program requires a Reference area for establishing the surrounding luminances.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 52/81 4.12. the floor) changes.g. To calculate the GR value and the TI values. This procedure. makes it possible to establish GR / TI for any desired scenes and at different levels. In the picture above you can see the reference area shown in red.

A bright white wall direct in the observer’s field of vision thus only has an indirect influence on the mean background luminance. the calculated GR and TI values tend to be too high (see CIE112). only the reference surface is taken into account. Note: The observer points are not updated automatically. it is placed 1. Please note that when GR and TI values are determined for outdoors. The basic parameters are set in accordance with the German Railway (DB) Guidelines. To do this.66m alongside the left edge of the measurement field (platform edge). On the other hand. it is not necessary to recreate every 3D detail in outdoor projects. If the observers have to be realigned due to changes in the luminaire positions or the alignment of the measurement surface. 18. © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. according to the method proposed in CIE 112 for determining the mean background luminance.2010 . all the light reflections are calculated as in the past. In the transverse direction.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 53/81 the reference surface.05. you must trigger the automatic positioning of the observer points manually. The number of steps and the distance between them is governed by the length of the measuring surface and the number of measuring points set. but. All the parameters can be adjusted as required. go to the Calculation Manager and start DB Guidelines again. As a result.

relux. A ray tracer is a complex tool with many adjustable parameters which need to be set by the user. etckann. or on our web-site www. Note: Both modes are independent. is noted for its accurate calculation results. which allows to control the program execution separately for the different individual tasks of a lighting simulation like the direct or indirect part of the illumination calculation. which has been validated worldwide.1 How to use the Relux raytracing calculation Fig. or special adjustments for daylight scenes. Fit for ReluxSuite.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 54/81 4.13 Raytracing calculation in Relux Pro 4. 85 The raytracing calculation is based on a version of Radiance that has been revised by Relux.13. 84 Fig. only the number of diffuse interreflexions can be specified separately. This verified method. Note: The following chapter provides a short introduction into the use of this calculation method. 18. To use the raytracing calculation just open the calculation manager of ReluxPro. For usual scenes these automatic settings deliver already very good results within acceptable calculation times.05. You will find this additional guide either on our ReluxSuite DVD. Relux Raytracer offers two modes for doing calculations: in the standard mode the most important parameters are set automatically depending on the chosen quality setting. For more detailed information please refer to our newly completed guide "Radiance calculation with ReluxPro ". This for example offers the option of setting © Relux Informatik AG.2010 low quality values in the standard mode for quick preview renderings in the chosen .biz. For specific demands Relux Raytracer additionally offers an expert mode.

Fit for ReluxSuite. Afterwards.2010 . one can easily switch between the two ways by simply activating / deactivating the expert mode.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 55/81 image format and at the same time setting high quality values in the expert mode dialog.05. 18. 86 ReluxPro raytracing calculation © Relux Informatik AG. Fig.

Fit for ReluxSuite. furniture and wall materials 3. Develop the layout of the room with e. 87). Further inputs are required here. Let us first cover the standard settings.2010 . you can go further and open the calculation manager.05. starting with the type of calculation: : Type of lighting Artificial light Daylight Only Only luminaires are calculated as light sources Windows are depicted as black surface (night). For artificial light calculations: select and position the luminaires of your choice and for daylight calculations: select and position at least one window or a skylight Fig. 87 Calculation manager (Standard mode) Once the layout of the scene has been completed. 18. 1. © Relux Informatik AG.2 The Standard mode parameters The preparations for a visualization with the "Raytracing calculation" encompasses the same steps as those for a light standard calculations in "ReluxPro " (Fig. The light coming through windows and skylights is calculated. Create a new project or add a new scene to your current project 2.g. The calculation manager incorporates a switch box to activate the Radiance parameters.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 56/81 4. in the same way as for the standard light calculations.13.

22 of 1973 Uniformly overcast sky This sky type has been described in DIN 5034 Part 2 with a specific luminance for all directions. The best possible quality of renderings is achieved with „high“. The time is converted and also shown as so-called "true solar time (TST)" using the date and the longitude entered in "Project Location". 22 of 1973 Overcast sky to CIE The CIE defines an overcast sky with an uneven light distribution here. 18. without the radiation due to the sun.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 57/81 Artificial light and daylight All artificial light sources and daylight are taken into account . together with the date and true local time.biz. You will find this additional guide either on our ReluxSuite DVD. quality as well the number of „Inter-reflections“ are additionally taken into account. In the Expert mode. As next you’ll find the settings for the daylight calculations with the different sky conditions. If requested you can set the switch button "with sun" to calculate the effect of direct sunlight as well. Sky type Clear sky according to CIE Only the radiation of the sky is taken into account.relux. Fit for ReluxSuite. or on our web-site www. i. a lot more settings are additionally available. © Relux Informatik AG. This document contains only a summary. CIE Publication No. determined solely by the angle of the point in the sky to the zenith. CIE Publication No. 22 of 1973 Intermediate sky according to CIE A partially overcast sky with the components of overcast and clear sky being determined on the basis of the sun probability and additional weighting factors. This essentially determines the position of the sun and therefore the luminance distribution of the sky. CIE Publication No. deviating slightly from DIN 5034 Part 2.05.2010 .e. Note: For more detailed information please refer to our newly completed guide "Radiance calculation with ReluxPro ". In the standard mode you can set as well the Fig.

Consistency of the value settings is of course vital. some guidelines are given to provide you with the necessary background for performing the task of adequate parameter adjustment. the results will likely be not satisfying. Fit for ReluxSuite.. © Relux Informatik AG. e. only a few of the values need to be changed by the user. In the following. Note: the opportunity of individual parameter settings is both a convenience and a challenge.3 The Expert mode parameters Fig. 88 Fig. In general.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 58/81 4. 18.2010 .g.13. 89 Expert mode The justification of several parameters is the aim to provide the possibility of adjustment for all kinds of specific scenarios. If.05. dependent on the project. a high image quality is chosen and at the same time an insufficient spatial resolution for the indirect light calculation is set.

05. These indirect rays sample the (indirect) illumination reaching the point in consideration from the whole hemisphere above it. One additionally takes advantage of the fact that the indirect illumination varies much less strongly compared to the direct part. which is applied to smoothen rough borders and pixel effects in the final image. A further geometry-specific adjustment possibility affects the way in which the objects are stored internally. The subdiRelux Raytracerparameter then determines how soft the shadows are rendered. but in contrast to the simple direct ray tracing method. (For simple scenes deactivating can save around 10 % of the calculation time) Image Quality: For convenience. so normally the octree resolution doesn't need to be changed. Of course a higher amount of subdiRelux Raytracerunfortunately also results in an increase of the necessary calculation time Indirect Illumination: Calculating the indirect part of the illumination is undoubtedly the most complex task of a visualization. the number of indirect rays which are sent out to sample the surrounding hemisphere. in this case rays are sent out not only from the observers point of view. this memory optimization also doesn't need to be changed by the user. Usually. For the ray tracing process the scene data are converted into a special structure (octree). The underlying algorithm however is already capable of handling a wide range of these geometry ratios. the soft shadows option should remain activated. Relux Raytracer by default allocates all objects in a highly compressed data structure. they are only provided for very exceptional cases in which problems with the geometry export show up. of which the four most important ones can be set in Relux Raytracer: The number of interreflexions. from 16000 to 32000). For a realistic image appearance. especially if this detail appears locally concentrated. it might be necessary to augment this value (e. Within Radiance. Thus it is possible to cache values from the calculation and reuse them for points in the vicinity to a certain amount (interpolation method). © Relux Informatik AG. but also from various points within the whole scene. i. even in the expert mode some parameters are still subsumed under the category image quality. presently the options soft shadows and the connected value of the source subdiRelux Raytraceramount are adjustable by the user.2010 . up to which depth indirect interreflexions are followed. the spatial resolution used for the calculation and interpolation process. Given the fact that usually scenes are growing more complex with each year. Only in cases in which huge scenes also contain a lot of small geometry detail. the indirect illumination is also simulated with a ray tracing process. which serves to simulate the part of the illumination which is not considered due to the fact that only a finite number of indirect interreflexions are traced. Fit for ReluxSuite. 18.g.e. and finally a value for the background ambient illumination. Thus scenes can be rendered now with the new version which would be an impossible task for previous Relux Raytracer versions.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 59/81 Scene geometry: Parameters in this category in general don't need a user interference. An important criterion for this conversion process is of course the ratio of smallest appearing geometry size to the overall scene size. The scene is divided subsequently into cubes and sub cubes to provide information about which parts of the overall volume are occupied by objects and which not. Direct Illumination:Concerning the direct part of the overall illumination calculation. Apart from some internal calculation parameters this value also controls the over sampling rate and the image filtering. This general approach demands a set of specific parameters.

the value can safely be reduced (to between 300 and 500. Fit for ReluxSuite.2010 800 – 1200 . an infinite amount of interreflexions needs to be considered to simulate the light flux exchange between the scene surfaces in a physically exact manner. The necessary spatial resolution is a critical parameter which is very much a function of the scene geometry and leads to artefacts in the image if set to inadequate values. or set it completely zero. it may make sense to reduce the number of indirect rays so as to keep the calculation times within reasonable limits.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 60/81 Theoretically. Hence.05. The ambient illumination is scene dependent in general. one can work with few interreflexions and simulate the rest with an ambient background light. unfortunately. The default value of 0. in order to avoid erroneously adding light to the scene.05). What has been said above. 2-3 interreflexions are recommended for usual scenes. Experimenting with different settings is recommended. similarly applies here – a large amount of scene detail and a high illumination variance could necessitate an adjustment (to between 800 and 1000. The pronounced dependence on the scene geometry and the illumination configuration make it difficult to provide any further general advice. Given the major influence on calculation time. one should reduce the ambient light accordingly when using such a high number of interreflexions.) Of course the number of indirect interreflexions has a high influence on the amount of calculation time. On the other hand. With more or less empty scenes and fairly uniform illumination.4 m is already a relatively coarse setting to keep calculation times to within reasonable limits. In this case. For quick preview runs the indirect calculation can be switched off completely (0 interreflexions).2 or. Simple scene (artificial and/or daylight with precalculation of daylight openings. however. The number of indirect rays is set to a default value which is adequate for standard scene types (please consult the following chart). rapidly leads to a considerably higher calculation time. Keep in mind that then all surfaces which are not illuminated by a light source directly are rendered unnaturally dark. it is generally advisable to experiment with different settings. Higher values for the number of interreflexions (3-5) are recommended for scenes with mostly indirect illumination. More than 7-9 interreflexions are generally not advisable. With 1 interreflexion. To limit calculation times especially for visualizations. The influence on the calculation time is less pronounced than for the spatial resolution parameter (although 1000 rays might sound a great deal. they still only permit a rather coarse sampling of the surrounding objects). however. where the indirect component part plays a more minor role.6 and 1. with artificially illuminated exterior areas. such as windows. (clearly. or more) in order to make sure that all the surrounding details are correctly sampled. the sampled contributions decrease quickly with higher iteration levels and in the end fall below the general error of the applied stochastic ray tracing method. in the case of scenes that require a fine spatial resolution on account of extensive geometry detail. for the practical application. in extreme cases. the value can often be increased (to between 0. or less). 18. too. for instance. or if a high calculation accuracy is needed. Take for example a simple indirect illumination scenario. with 2 interreflexions additional paths like luminaire -> ceiling -> walls -> workplane can be considered. but which also have only a low illumination variance. uniform light) © Relux Informatik AG. its advisable to make some previews to find out suitable values for typical scenarios. for example) without immediately causing image artefacts.1 or 0. Scenes with a high illumination variance and/or fine detail might need a finer setting (such as 0. good. as low as 0. It should be noted that this. the path luminaire -> ceiling -> workplane is sampled.0 m.

All the geometry objects outside the room act as pure obstructions.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 61/81 More complex scenes (more details. Each daylight opening is treated separately. rooms with large window sections that cover entire walls from the floor to the ceiling.05. For this reason. necessary for the level of the external interreflections to be correctly specified. however. The number of indirect rays can perhaps also be increased (e. e. highly varied illumination through the use of narrow beam spots und/or direct sunlight) Calculation of daylight without the precalculation of daylight openings such as windows 1500 – 3000 3000 – 5000 Daylight calculations are generally more challenging. and a luminous intensity distribution is generated which describes the angular dependence of the incoming daylight. (By contrast to the sun itself. Another difficulty is that the sky hemisphere cannot be treated as a localized light emitter in the same way as a normal luminaire. The precalculation routine thus converts daylight openings into localized light sources. the sky portion of the illumination is evaluated using the indirect light process in Radiance. but which can easily be simulated as an angular light source with a source angle of approximately 0.5°). © Relux Informatik AG. it is recommended that the number of interreflections be increased to 3-5 or more (both the interreflections within the room and those outside it must now be considered together). In this case. The default (and minimum) value of 1 for the interreflection only takes the sky itself into consideration. because of its great distance.g. making for a more accurate calculation by comparison to a simulation that uses the indirect algorithm for simulating the room as a whole. Switching off the window precalculation can also make sense for scenes with very large daylight openings. to 800-1000 or more). Fit for ReluxSuite. it is recommended that a precalculation be run for all the openings (windows and skylights). which similarly cannot be localized.2010 . because of the greater variance of the illumination (by comparison to artificially lit scenes). To accurately simulate the illumination through daylight openings. It is thus possible for this precalculation to be switched off.g. it is possible to additionally consider the amount of light (from the sun and the sky) which is reflected by external objects. produce disturbing highlights in conjunction with reflecting surfaces when images are generated. It is. making allowance for the chosen sky model and all the external obstructions (if modeled). 18. of course. With 2 or more interreflections. These localized sources can.

.4 Set up a viewpoint Fig.2010 .05.5 Raster measuring areas and start of calculation The Relux raytracing module has a "Raster measuring areas" dialog (Fig.13. The measuring surfaces contained in the project are listed in the dialog. 90) has been included to allow a viewpoint to be set up for the raytracing calculation..' button will activate the extended dialog for selecting the additional "vertical illuminances". Fit for ReluxSuite. 80) for calculating luminances or illuminances. A preview button is provided for the creation of previews. Pressing the '. together with the corresponding intervals between the points. It also offers facilities for defining additional views and entering the settings for the size of the visualizations.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 62/81 4.13. This dialog is used in the same way as in ReluxPro calculations. 90 Views The "Views" dialog page (Fig. and the basic settings are shown for the number of points in the X and Y direction. 18. © Relux Informatik AG.. 4.

PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 63/81 Fig.05. 18.2010 . 91 Berechnungsmanager (Rastermessflächen) © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite.

In addition to this. The graphic user interface for ReluxEnergy Fig. Note: An overview of the total energy consumption will be provided on the basis of the EN 15193 energy standard. 92: GUI of Relux Energy © Relux Informatik AG. together with a "stop" light which provides direct feedback on whether the DIN standards have been attained or not. Changes which are made in ReluxPro data files will automatically be transferred to the ReluxEnergy project as long as you do not move or delete these reference data files. General information: ReluxPro data files can be imported into the ReluxEnergy program.05.14 ReluxEnergy ReluxEnergy is a powerful free-of-charge module for calculating the energy consumption of interior lighting in non-residential buildings. No recommendations are given regarding the maximum overall energy consumption per year at the moment. Fit for ReluxSuite. An overview is also available for the DIN 18599-4 energy standard. such as EN 15193 and DIN 18599-4 (SIA380/4 & CTE HE-3 will be following in May 2009). It is based on energy standards. since there are no recommendations contained in the standard. Once the files have been imported. you then add the extra details regarding consumption and the information that is required by the standards. 18. as well as the current energy consumption. ReluxEnergy provides you with the total maximum permitted energy consumption per year.2010 .PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 64/81 4.

Energy evaluation (see above) is divided into three sections: Scene explorer. The following two project examples illustrate the capability of ReluxEnergy. individual rooms and sections (red outline) 2. where the data can be entered for the building and its zones (yellow outline) Results overview.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 65/81 Note: To achieve meaningful results. Results: This tab works in the same way as the Print manager in ReluxPro and makes it possible to organize all the project results. where all the rooms and sections are listed (green outline) Settings.relux. For further information please visit www. it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of the energy standards. Use of the graphic user interface is highly intuitive. 18. Fit for ReluxSuite. when using ReluxEnergy. It contains two different tabs. for the building.2010 .05.biz. Relux Informatik AG and their partners in Europe offer frequent training courses on this special field of light engineering. © Relux Informatik AG. 1. including EN 15193 and DIN 18599-4.

2010 . The room will now appear in ReluxPro and.\Program\ReluxSuite\Examples\ReluxEnergy. Rooms that include daylight openings will influence the calculation in a different way from rooms without daylight. Fig. the results will automatically be transferred back into ReluxEnergy. Fit for ReluxSuite. for every zone. you need to select a pre-defined profile from the combo box in the “Additional settings” tab for purposes of defining the annual hours of use (Fig. An example is provided in your program installation folder at . 18. 93). Fig.. should one and the same room occur more than once in your building (this is typically the case in office buildings). Import ReluxPro project files with a click on the icon. General settings for room: (Fig. Insert one zone with a click on the icon. or just use the drag & drop function to import a room into your ReluxEnergy zone (this does not work with scenes that are extruded to the X-axis).PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 66/81 Beispiel 1: Projekt gemäß EN15193 Open a new ReluxEnergy project with a click on the icon. or press <Ctrl-I>. 94 General settings © Relux Informatik AG. The energy consumption will now be calculated automatically for each room and for the project overview. 83) You can fill in how many times you wish to evaluate this room. or press <Ctrl-L>. or press <Ctrl-N>. 93 EN 15193 Select the EN 15193 standard. select the room in the scene explorer and press “F6”.rdf Select the rooms in the following menu. You can also import more than one project file and scene.05. Note: If you have to change the lighting design for any reason. after all the changes have been made.

Fig. 97 zusätzliche Einstellungen You have now completed your entries and you will find the energy consumption for an individual room in the “Results” tab. Repeat the procedure (6 to 9) for each of the other rooms which have no daylight openings. 18. © Relux Informatik AG.05. 94): an average “Absence factor” of 0.. such as windows.2010 .PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 67/81 Additional settings for room: (Fig. 98) You can fill in how many times you wish to evaluate this room. 96). A light control system could significantly reduce the energy consumption. 95 General settings for section: select one of the “presence control” options to enable and define this option (Fig. should one and the same room occur more than once in your building (this is typically the case in office buildings). Fit for ReluxSuite.2 is set as the default (This means 20%/day when the room is not in use). 96 Generelle Einstellungen Fig. General settings for room with daylight: (Fig. Fig. Click the “Controlled constant illuminance” switch box to enable or disable this option (it should only be enabled for use with daylight openings like windows).

Fig. 100 Generelle Einstellungen Additional settings for section: (Fig.2 is set as the default (This means 20%/day when the room is not in use). Click the “Controlled constant illuminance” switch box to enable or disable this option.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 68/81 Fig.2010 . 18. 100) select one of the “presence control” and “daylight depending control system” options to enable and define this option. you can fill in the values here. 98 Generelle Einstellungen Additional settings for room with daylight: (Fig. Fit for ReluxSuite. 99 zusätzliche Einstellungen General settings for section: (Fig. 101) if there is any additional installed power required. such as parasitic power for controls or emergency charging power. © Relux Informatik AG. 88) an average “Absence factor” of 0. A light control system could significantly reduce the energy consumption. Fig.05.

Fig.2010 .05.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 69/81 Fig. 102 rooflight properties © Relux Informatik AG. 102). 18. You should simply select the type of rooflight (Fig. Modifications should be kept within limits. 101 installed power The different parameters for rooflights such as “Daylight sources” and the dimensions in the “Rooflight properties” tab will be filled in automatically. Fit for ReluxSuite.

will be not be provided by either ReluxEnergy or ReluxPro . more parameters will need to be filled in.2010 . 104 obstruction Now you have completed your entries. 18.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 70/81 The project-related parameters for vertical windows. Repeat the procedure (6 to 9) for all other rooms with daylight openings. Please refer to DIN 18599-4. where all these parameters are explained in detail. © Relux Informatik AG. such as “Window properties” and “Obstruction”. Fig. such as windows. you will find the energy consumption for an individual room in the “Results” tab. Presence control Daylight dependent control systems Glare shield Dimensions and consistency of daylight openings (ReluxPro).05. Fit for ReluxSuite. 103 window properties Fig. If there is an atrium or a double-glazed facade. Note: there are several options for optimizing the power consumption of your project.

These profiles include fixed parameters that cannot be changed by the user. Fit for ReluxSuite. however. 105 paragraph from the German DIN 18599-10 standard The consultant can evaluate the power consumption from the utilization profiles and a recommended maximum power consumption for each profile.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 71/81 Example 2: project based on DIN 18599-4 General information: the use of ReluxEnergy on the basis of DIN 18599-4 is fairly similar to the procedure for EN 18593. Fig. Insert one zone with a click on the icon. You can also import more than one project file and scene.. The consultant can thus compare their planned power consumption with a reference value (for each individual zone and section). or press <Ctrl-L>. or press <Ctrl-N>. Fig.2010 .rdf. two key points that differ in the EN 15893 and DIN 18599-4 standards: Only the DIN 18599-10 norm contains several “utilization profiles”. They form part of the standard. Import ReluxPro project files with a click on the icon.\Program\ReluxSuite\Examples\ReluxEnergy_18599_4. 18. An example is provided in your program installation folder at: . There are. © Relux Informatik AG. or press <Ctrl-I>.05. 106 excerpt from a German energy pass Open a new ReluxEnergy project with a click on the icon.

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Select the rooms in the following menu, or just use the drag & drop function to import a room to your ReluxEnergy zone (this doesn’t work with scenes that are extruded to the X-axis). Define zones and utilization profiles: for every zone, you need to select a pre-defined utilization profile from the combo box. Follow steps 5 to 17 from the previous example (example 1) (EN 15193) in order to calculate the total power consumption (including per zone and per room) for your project.

Fig. 107 utilization profiles

Note: The utilization profiles and a recommended maximum power consumption for each
profile make it possible to evaluate the power consumption. The traffic light provides an overview of your project (green traffic light = values are within recommended range; red traffic light = revise concept). There are several options for optimizing the power consumption of your project. Presence control Daylight dependent control systems Glare shield Dimensions and consistency of daylight openings (ReluxPro )

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4.15 Tunnel module The tunnel calculation software has been developed for experts and is based on the CIE88, CIE140 and SLG201 standards. Knowledge of these standards is necessary in order to evaluate the precise results. You must purchase a license to run this module. For further information please contact us via e-mail at info@relux.ch, or by telephone on +41613330770. After your tunnel module has been activated via a hardware lock, you can start ReluxPro and select the “Tunnel“ option from the start menu. A tunnel project is controlled via the <Scene Bar> and the <Tunnel Bar>. If these happen to be hidden (which is unlikely), you should simply use the “Scene“ and “Tunnel“ options in the "Window“ fly-out menu to activate them.

Fig. 108 start icon for tunnel project

Fig. 109 “scene Bar” for tunnel lighting

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Step 1: Tunnel geometry Start ReluxPro and select the project type “Tunnel”. Fill in the basic parameters for the tunnel geometry and the calculation parameters. Step 2: Luminaires / LDCs You need to insert at least one row of luminaires. Therefore please move your mouse pointer to „Room structure“ in the tab „Scene“ and click with your right mouse button. The context menu opens.

Fig. 110 new luminaire row

Fig. 111 add luminaires If you open this option for the first time I your project, the product selection will open automatically. Alternatively you can use the usual ways of luminaire selection.

Note: In the product selection, you can use the Tab: Individual luminaire to import
a single LDC file. After you have added one or more luminaires to the project and closed the product selection again, the configuration dialog for the “Alternative equipment” and “Regulating steps” will open automatically (only the first time).

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Fig. 112 Options In the “Alternative equipment” dialog, you must enter the selected LDC’s to the “Adaption” or “Interior” group. You may create more than one entry in each group. If you want to use the same LDC with a different flux values you must select it more then once and use the “Modify type” function in the product selection (Fig. 112).

Fig. 113 Modify luminaire

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the configuration dialog opens as well. Choose how many Control groups and Regulating steps and the kind of controlling you want. © Relux Informatik AG. for instance after changing the type of the 4th luminaire. these rows will automatically synchronized. it is possible to insert the basic parameters by selecting the row in the scene bar. You can change this later by pressing the “configure” button.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 76/81 Fig. If you wish you can create multiple rows.05. 18.2010 . Dimming (On/Off) (On/50%/Off) After creating the row of luminaires. 114 configure luminaire controlling The first time the “Regulating steps” dialog is opened. We currently support three modes of switching the luminaires. Fit for ReluxSuite.

In list mode you can modify the x-position of each luminaire. each row will be created with a unique distance between the individual luminaires. 116 Options In Fig. you can use the buttons. Fit for ReluxSuite. Fig.05. 18. 115 Options By clicking the first icon in the toolbar. If you select one or more grid rows.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 77/81 Fig.2010 . © Relux Informatik AG. To begin with. to insert a copy of the selected luminaire this button deletes the selected luminaire and change the x-position of one of the luminaires. 116 you can manually change the control group and the power level of each row. If you activate the shift lock all the following luminaires will also be moved. you can switch to the luminaire list of the current row.

© Relux Informatik AG. 117 Tunnel automatic placement) If you select this mode.2010 .PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 78/81 Step 3: Calculation There are two ways of running the calculation: Automatic placing (Button ) (Fig. Min luminaire dist. the tunnel module will try to find the optimum distance between the luminaires. for example 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1…….05. Before the automatic placement starts. Automatic shift Hold the initial lum. Fit for ReluxSuite. For the interior rows. Maximum luminaire distance: At this distance the program uses the next lower flux level. to use the given distance in first part of the entrance zone. 117 Tunnel automatic placement For the entrance lighting you have a few options to control the result. After running this mode. a dialog opens which allows you run the optimization of interior and entrance separately or together. the program will try to find the ideal position on the basis of the specified parameters and the regulating strategy. At the beginning This forces the program. dist / Lum.2 1 2 1 1 1 1 The program will also place the luminaires with the lower power levels at the end of the row. Fig. you will find the luminaires of the adaptation rows sorted like this. 18. dist.

05. Step 4: Checking results After the calculation. the program will automatically create the three standard areas: Entrance area: for the constant level in the first part of the threshold zone Interior area: for the constant level in the interior zone Adaptation area: for variable levels from the portal to the end of the transition zone ) Fig. this spreads the nominal curve during the placing calculation. the program will recreate them automatically when you delete them all. 120) contains a summary for all three areas. You can open the results by using the toolbar “outputs”. 18. and will also provide user defined areas. Fig. you will find all the available results for each area and the regulating steps in the <output bar>. © Relux Informatik AG. 119 Toolbar “Output” Note: Each time a output window is open you can use its properties dialog to configure its specific options The “Result overview” output (Fig.normal calculation (Button This command triggers a calculation of the current situation.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 79/81 Useful to make (small) corrections if the automatic calculated value is not optimal. 118 Calculation specifications You can modify these manually after the program has created them.2010 . Fit for ReluxSuite. If no measuring area exists in the project. you can choose more than one regulating step to calculate. We are going to make this behavior configurable. Factor length / Factor luminance The algorithm will work with modified length / entry luminance. At the moment. In the regulating steps dialog. Note: at the moment you have to press the button each time you want to recalculate.

2010 .05.PART 2: ENHANCED FEATURES FOR ADVANCED USERS 80/81 Fig. 120 “Result overview” Fig. 121 result overview © Relux Informatik AG. Fit for ReluxSuite. 18.

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