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DIALux evo Tutorial 4

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DIALux evo Tutorials
Even though this tutorial has lots of advanced features of DIALux evo that is useful for many regular users of DIALux, however it is written with lots of descriptions to make it easy for beginners and people who have little or no previous knowledge about the software, so I hope you will find it as easy as I thought. Please help me improving this tutorial by adding your comments if you find any of the steps not clear or if you have any idea for improvements. You can add your comments to the bottom of the online version of this Tutorial @

Tutorial 4

Creating a complete project from A to Z with DIALux evo
In this tutorial you will learn the following commands. 123456789101112131415Using help lines. Inserting false ceiling. Creating niche in the ceiling by using cutout tool. Inserting furniture, importing 3ds files and m3d files. Creating objects. Copying along reference lines. Using copy and arrange tool. Using colors, textures and importing images. Modifying textures by move, scale and rotate option. Applying Reflection and Reflective coating to materials. Using RGBW wallwashers (colored light e.g. LED) and tiltable spotlight. Aiming tiltable luminaires “model with joints” Save Camera View or POV (Point of View). Managing light scenes and control groups. Calculation and rendering. Preparing the print out report.


DIALux evo Tutorial 4

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For this tutorials you will build up a similar scene to the one below


DIALux evo Tutorial 4

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Creating room

Start an empty rectangular room

Put the following dimensions Length 7 m ,with 5 m, Height 4 Tip: You put the room type if you want to get the recommended lighting levels as per EN12464 in Assessment zone and application.

To have similar view to my following snap shots thought this tutorial click on the question mark ? Icon on the property window to hide deceptive texts.


DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Before hiding deceptive texts After Hiding deceptive texts Creating Dropped Ceiling Step-3 Make sure you are on constriction mode Go to reference line tool Select a line Select a room cad view NOT STORY and make sure you are in Floorplan view 4 .

Tip: if the line is outside the room you can rotate along z axis 180 different than your current angle. Click inside the room to select the room 5 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Draw a reference line in the room form point 1 to 2 and make the offset line to be 1 m in the PARALLELS SPACED APART. Step-4 1. Go to Ceiling Tool 2.

2 (points at the offset reference line) then 3.75m 0.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi 3.75m of thickness to make it solid without void because you are going to use the cutout tool as you will see later.4 and last right click the mouse and select close polygon. 6 .25 ceiling thickness=0. Make sure to put the Clearance height = 3. Draw new ceiling following points 1.

y as 1. Then right click to close polygon.1 m above the dropped ceiling Step-6 From reference lines draw polygonal reference line in the point shown in the image .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Creating a recessed track lighting system Step-5 From reference lines tool draw help reference grid with distance of x. 7 .

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi You can delete the help reference grid.Now create offset lines form the four sides of the polygonal reference line in the same way as you did step-3 with an offset value of 0. and now you can see polygonal reference line clearly.035 m so you have the width of a track like the next image Step-8 go to 3d view 8 . Step-7 This is the position of a track light system.

9 . Move the corner points of the cutout to the corner points of the outer reference lines by mouse. if you can’t select it then go to the Cutout tool and select the cutout.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Select cutout tool And draw a rectangular cut out in the dropped ceiling Draw a random cutout in the ceiling Go to plan view and select the cutout you made.

Step-9 Now go to material tool Step-10 Select a black color and drag it while pushing the shift key of keyboard and apply the color to the inner surface of the niche.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi While selecting the cut Activate the Limit Cutting Depth And put 0035 m as depth This is the depth of a the Track. 10 .

11 .25 and ceiling thickness 0.75 Step-13 Go to color and pick the color that you used by selecting the pick material options Then apply it to the four sides’ surface of the new ceiling.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-11 Go to plan view and make another ceiling in the corner of the inner reference lines. Step-12 Clearance height as 3.

but this way is very useful when you place lighting as DIALux detects ceiling and place the ceiling luminaires right at the ceiling! 12 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Now you should be having niche in the ceiling similar to a reassessed track lighting system Of course you could do the above by many different ways like objects and subtraction.

Put in the search box the word 200x80 a legs 2.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Inserting furniture and objects Step-14 Go to furniture and objects tool and select DIALux evo object catalog 1. Select the object that appears 3. Click apply and close 13 .

y=2 m Height =0.65 m Size L =0.3. which could be very handy if you have a cad background Step-16 Place a standard cube @position x=3m .35 Rotation @Z=90° You can always use the mouse tool of modifying objects.3 14 .y=4.3 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-15 object and place it somewhere in the room Make the position at x=3.W=0. H=1.

070m. but make it near the left wall. H= 0.2. H= 0. Step-19 copy and arrange tool icon Select the last cube and go to copy and arrange tool then select copy along line. W= 0.420 Step-18 Insert another cube with size L = 0. y=2. If you are not selecting an object you will not see this option as active.800.020. 15 .9 m Size L = 0.140.4 somewhere in the room. it doesn’t matter where as you are going to use it to create copies of it and delete it later.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-17 Repeat the above for another cube with Position x=0. W=4.

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Draw the line on the cube near the left wall Put the following values First put Quantity 5 Then distance 0.825 Then apply 16 .

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Move the green arrow down to center of the cube Tip if you select the triangle then you can move in x,y plane, but if you select the green arrow you will move the object only in y axis. The red arrow will move only in x axis. For this tutorial move only the green arrow.

After creating this object ungroup the parts

Delete the object that was created in step-18 (used to creates these parts witch is selected in the next image)


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Make sure you are in the Copy and Arrange Tool, Select all the objects near the wall, and select center z to make the smaller objects and the center height of the bigger object.

Create the last object which we use it as a painting on the wall Place a cube with Position x= 0.025m, y= 2.55m, Z=1m Size L = 0.050, W= 1.100, H= 1.100

Go to plan view and while selecting the last object use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste the last object (you can also copy and paste by mouse right click ) The pasted object will be automatically selected, but should be modified to the following values Size L = 0.030, W= 1.05, H= 1.05


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Go to front view If you don’t see front view then click on the small arrow Tip: use shift to select another abject and ctrl to deselect an abject

Select the last two objects on the wall go to Copy and Arrange Tool and select Align Right x, Then click center z


DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-25 Finally select subtract. and click on subtract button after you make select the bigger object if not selected. 20 . You can swap between objects under the line SUBTRACT FORM WHICH OBJECT? Now you should be having a view like this one.

35 m form the table. to place you can use this for imported chair in these locations.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Importing 3ds and m3d files to DIALux evo Step-26 In similar way to Step-3 .use rotation if the offset line is inside the table.the reference line will be the the edge of the table and the PARALLELS SPACED APART=0.draw 2 reference lines with an offset of 0. one for each sidefor each one like the next image. Step-27 Vitra Organic Chair will be used in this tutorial 21 .35 outside the table.Draw two lines.

This file has 208 KB which should be ok for most computers but if your computer specification is low then try to use lighter file.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Vitra provide 3ds files for most of their products which could be imported easily into DIALux 4 and DIALux evo. as rule of thumb try not to include a file more than 1 Mb. however the file size should remain small in size with not too many go to DIALux Furniture and Objects tool and select DIALux object Catalog Once the catalog opens click on import button which is located at bottom left of the catalog Now click on add files and browse to the downloaded file of vita organic chair 22 . The direct link to download the 3ds file for this chair is http://www.3ds_0001435D. or use DIALux standard furniture.

otherwise you won’t be able to see the 3ds file Select the 3ds of the download ed file 23 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi You Have To Select All Files While Importing 3ds files for version evo1.

click assign 3. 24 . Select the object in the right window by mouse. click import Step-29 Now in the search box of the catalog white organic.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-28 Go back to the catalog (if the catalog is minimized then maximize it) 1. select the file and then apply. 2. or double click on the object.

Select Draw line arrangement draw the line arrangement form point 1 to point 2.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-30 Make sure the chair appears in the furniture and objects window.if you draw it from line 2 to 1 then you have to rotate it later(anti-clockwise) Put the quantity 2 and distance as 2 25 .

by selecting the red arrow 26 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-31 Repeat the line arrangement for chair for the lower reference line then Put the quantity 2 and distance as 2 for the second line. Step-32 Move both arrangements to the center of the reference line.

then you can modify the object properties. Now select any chair twice to activate object properties and then select all other chair and modify the height to 0. if you click another time on the same chair you activate selection of only that chair.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-33 First selection is the selection of the arrangement and its properties Second click selection is the selection of the objects and its properties If you select one of the chairs you select the arrangement where you can modify that arrangement. this chair has only 61.675 m If you feel your computer get slow in calculation download a liter chair form vita called Tom Vac.1 KB The direct link is 27 .

(mm.g. some of them could be used in DIALux which has small size and not too surfaces. you find a lot of files in this website in different dimensions e. this is a good website that has a lot of 3ds Unlike Vitra 3ds made in meters which is perfect for to download flowers.vitra. Step-35 Go to http://archive3d. inches and feet) 28 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi http://www. The direct link for the selected flowers for this tutorial is Step-34 To replace all chair at one command select all chairs and then click on Replace selected and then select the new object. Of course you have to import the new 3ds file first.

Click next twice and finish. Step-37 select the object and right click the mouse and select save object Save object to a convenient location. Select the downloaded 3ds flower file (Flower N171208) and then click next and select millimeters.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-36 The current version of DIALux evo 1 doesn’t yet have an automatic scaling tool so you can use DIALux 4 to import and scale 3ds file and then save the file in m3d format. 29 . let’s make it desktop and name it as Flower T4. Open DIALux 4 and create a room of any size then go to file. import and edit 3d models.

After importing write in the search box of the catalog the word Flower T. 30 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-38 In a similar way to step-26 go to DIALux evo Furniture and Objects tool and open DIALux furniture catalog and import the files as you did in importing Vitra chair. you can do this by dragging the flower by mouse to the table or by using place individual object and then selecting the location. Step-40 Keep the flowers selected and go to copy and arrange tool. similar to step-17 Step-39 Go to 3d view and place the flower somewhere on the table. Click on center x. selected and apply. click shift and select the table so you have both objects selected. center y to make the flower vase center on table.

3 Step-42 Place it on the column created earlier Step-43 Go to plan view and select the corner of the sphere to the corner of the column. go to furniture and object and select a sphere and make segments as 24 and diameter as 0.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-41 place the last object for this tutorial. this is a very easy way to move objects corners 31 .

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-44 go to front view and move the z arrow of the sphere up to be at top of the column Now your project should look like this 32 .

Palisander 2.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Applying materials and colors Step-45 Time to color your project so go to Materials tool Step-46 Select DIALux material catalog Step-47 Palisander Type in the search box the word grey+06 and then select it and click apply (alternately double click on the material) Repeat the same for the three materials 1. Grass Grass grey+06 3. grey+06 33 .

You can move scale and rotate the material as you wish. Step-49 Go to 3d view and Drag and drop the Grey+06 to the floor Palisander to table top and paining on wall Grass to the green color of flowers Step-50 Make sure you are still in the materials tool and select the top surface of the table and rotate the surface by 90°.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-48 Go back to material and now select Materials tab where you can find your selected materials form the catalog. If you wish to make them favorites then right click the mouse and select favorite. 34 .

click on CREATE TEXTURE MATERIAL and browse to the image you want to import Step-52 Select apply material and apply it to the front face of the painting object (alternately drag it while holding shift key down) 35 . You can download then to Material tool. this is the selected one for this tutorials.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-51 let’s import an image for the paining.

4. Note: 80% is very high don’t use this values for walls unless you are really sure as this value affect the calculation drastically The default values in practice is 70% for ceiling.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-53 Select the material on the painting and scale it to cover the whole painting. 50% for walls and 20% for floor 36 . The point marked in green to rotate. Put reflection factor as 80%. Adjust saturation to left so you can get a white color. The points marked in red to scale. green and blue to high values 3. Red. 2. Step-54 let’s apply color to the rest of the surfaces by toing to Material Tool and selecting Create Color Material 1. The point marked in blue to move. Select Material type to be painted.

sphere and the 6 parts of low cabinet under the paining. walls. column. 37 . The 6 parts Sphere Ceiling part 1 Ceiling part 2 Ceiling part 3 + column of low cabinet under the paining.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-55 Apply this color to the ceiling 3 parts.

Reflection factor=90%. 2. Material Type :Metallic. Reflective coating=90 (this is to make the object glossy and have a polish look like a metal similart to the prieview sphere). 38 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-56 After applying the color to the above object in the upper table and walls. 3. change the color property 1. Apply the above color to the legs of chair and table to give them polish metal look during rendering.

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-57 Apply similar color shown in the image to the chair top parts Step-58 Zoom to flower vase and apply a white color to the flowers. 39 . and a dark green to the grey color.

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-59 Select a white color and apply the following values Change the Material type to Transparent Make reflection factor around 40% Degree of transmission around 30% And refractive index as 1.3 your project should look like this 40 .

com/37838 41 .erco.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Inserting luminaires Step-60 All what was done earlier was in the construction ERCO 75870 Article Number ERCO 37824 ERCO 37838 Direct link to download ULD data for ERCO website ERCO 75890 http://www. now go to light mode The following luminaire will be used for this tutorial Type Downlight RGBW wallwasher Spot light for Track Beam Narrow Spot Spot light for Track Beam Spot Spot light for Track Beam Oval flood ERCO 75882 http://www.

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Download the above ULD data form the direct link to the desktop Step-61 After downloading all the files go to file -> import -> luminaire file and import all the 5 ULD data files by selecting the files and clicking open Step-62 Go to floorplan view and select 37838. you can type it in the search box. it will appear in the Select. History Tab 42 .

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DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-63 Draw line form point one to point 2 in the ceiling. Step-64 The quantity of the wallwasher should be 5 and the distance should be 1 m 44 . the line of light should be close to the offset reference line. You can move this line after you draw it by move action.

type 37824 in search box and select this light. 45 . Use rotate option if the light distribution not to the wall Step-66 Go back to light and select.2 and 3 as illustrated.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-65 Make sure the light distribution is going to the left wall by activating show light Distribution form the display option in the upper right. Draw Rectangular arrangement inside track location using inner reference lines following points 1.

in the ploorlan view palace single luminaire in the track location above the flower .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi You can always modify the Rectangular arrangement by selecting Edit Polygon in the top tool bar Step-67 Go back to light and select. you can go to right view and adjust the location to make the luminaire inside the niche(Track) Step-68 46 . type 75882 in search box and select this light .

type 75890 in the search box 47 . Step-70 Go back to Luminaire tool and select. in the floorplan view palace it in the track facing the paining and rotate the luminaire by 90° around Z axis Step-69 Go to Copy and Arrange tool in LIGHT MODE.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Select 75870 . and then select the last luminaire and the painting and CENTER Y.

030 Rotation = -135 @ Z axis Step-71 The last step in luminaire mode before going to calculation is to aim the spot light.975 Y=3.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Place 2 single luminaire somewhere in the room near track location.975 Y=3. then modify location as shown. the Cantax spot light form ERCO has a rotatable joints as we can see form DIALux icon. If you see the icon heighted in red box this means the luminaire has rotatable parts(model with joints) You can rotate it in the Edit Joints Tool highlighted by orange box 48 .686 Rotation =-45 @ Z axis Location X=1. make sure to put – sign before the rotation for both angles Location X=1.

Go to Edit Joints tool and select the HEAD OF Cantax Spotlight facing the paining The head should appear in red. Aim the other spot light to the flower as shown. 49 . Then click on set illumination point in the Edit joints Actions.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-72 Active 3d view . and select only the head. Step-73 Aim the spot light to the sphere as shown. don’t select the luminaire arm or luminaire top. then click the mouse cursor to middle of the painting as you could see form the green ring in the third image so you can easily aim the spot light to the painting.

Any time you can restore the view by clicking on show view icon. 50 . Try to save similar view of the project to the one shown under.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Save Camera View or Point of View (POV) Step-74 Go to Views Tool and move the project in 3d view to appropriate view and click on Save New View in actions of views to be able to go back any time to the same view.

blue and warm white). You can dim any value from 100% to 0% before or after calculation. so go to calculation mode . but you can change this anyway. You can click inside the red box and change the name You have four values as this luminaire has four color of RGBW (Red. it will be the RGBW wallwasher If you canot see the control group click on the arrow heighted in Green box. Step-76 You can start calculation right away but for this tutorial you will learn how to modify control groups and light scenes Go to Light Scene Tool in the CALCULATION MODE Step-77 DIALux evo create by default each arrangement as control group. Select the first control Group.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Light Calculation Step-75 Time to calculate your project. The orange box shows you how many you have of this luminaire. Green. 51 .

If you want to remove any of them you can select any spotlight and click on – icon which will be activated only if you select an added luminaire to the group. Select all track spotlights then click on + icon on control group window to add those light to this control group.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-78 Keep this control group as it is and keep the group of 6 downlight as it is as well. 52 . but delete all other groups by clicking on the x on top right corner of control group window. Step-79 Go to Light scenes Actions and select Create new luminaire group and select the new luminaire group which should have 0 luminaire.

50% Downlight 53 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-80 Name you light scene to be all Light on Step-81 Duplicate light scene form actions of light scene tool then name the new scene as Wall washer Cyan .

then keep only one scene as we have furniture with many surfaces. however if you would like to generate different results in the output then you have to create the scene you want. 50% Downlight scene by double clicking on the scene.50% Downlight scene.Blue=100. Step-83 After selecting Wall washer modify the scene to have RGBW wallwasher Group Red=0. Remember you can modify these values after calculation. if you wish activate Generate outputs for this light scene to see values and results in the output.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-82 Activate Wall washer Cyan. 54 . Cyan .Green=100. Note: If you want to speed up the calculation time.W arm White=0 Downlight Group=50% Now you have 2 light scene.

55 .DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-84 Before you start calculation save the project in another name so you can have a backup file. Go to Calculation tool in the CALCULATION MODE and start calculation Step-85 You can show the different light scene by clicking on show once calculation finishes or form the top right corner select the required scene form the drop down menu and click on right icon to show it.

that is not true 2000 means you are seeing the room too warm and software will take that factor to make it cooler. go to display options at the right upper corner and select white balance as manual. Before adjusting the white balance After adjusting the white balance to 4000K 56 . For this tutorial select a value of 4000K. Many people get confused thinking that 2000 should make the room very warm like the lamp values. The white balance The warmer the color you select (values towards 2000) the cooler the appearance of the room you get and vice versa.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-86 If the color appearance of the light looks unnatural.

57 . Start the rendering 4. You can save the rendering after you get the result by save button Step-89  Zoom to the painting  Go to Results tool  Click on isoclines button  Select the painting surface to get the values in isoclines  You can adjust the color configuration as you wish  You can create outputs for this calculation surface. Go to Raytracer tool 2.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-87 Go to view and select the saved POV(point of view) and restore it by double clicking on the image. Adjust the resolution to the required value (1024x768) 3. or by selecting the image and clicking the show view button Step-88 1.

DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-90 Go back to light scene and adjust the light and color as you wish by dimming the value of RGBW Wallwasher or dimming the value of other luminaires 58 .

Single room report. Step-91 Go to documentation mode Select action gives you possibilities selecting predefined output e. Step-92 Click on Edit and select what you want to print Double click on the page and the preview of the page will appear 59 .g.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Documentation and printing out the results.

com/dialux-evotutorials/ Best Regards Ezzat Baroudi 60 .wordpress.DIALux evo Tutorial 4 Ezzat Baroudi Step-93 Double click on views page In the page settings select tab ALL Select the views you want to include Click refresh There are many setting for each page according to the information needed for print out. Try it out and enjoy! Here is a link to previous evo tutorials http://ezzatbaroudi.