PDA

View Full Version : lighting software


Rainman7
11-24-2008, 09:27 PM
Anyone have any luck with landscape lighting software? Found one to be the most realistic? I am in the process of trying a couple..just wanted to know what not to waste my time on.

Thanks

irrig8r
11-24-2008, 10:02 PM
What are you trying and what are your results?
Is it a CAD program?
Does it calculate wire runs too?

Nightscaping was offering one called Dynascape for a while, not sure if they still do.

http://www.nightscaping.com/pdfs/dynascape.pdf


My only experience is with a much older version of RainCAD... v 5.0 I think... I think the newest version allows you to specify fixtures from a number of manufacturers.

Mayor_tx
11-24-2008, 10:15 PM
See if this one helps you any.

http://www.cast-lighting.com/calculator/volt-calc.html

or

http://www.uniquelighting.com/product_pages/Wiring_Wizard.htm

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-24-2008, 11:41 PM
There are lots of voltage drop calculators available, but I think rainman7 was looking more for a lighting design system.

I have tried the software that Vista, (Kichler? not sure it was a while ago) and others have offered in the past... essentially you import a photo and then "paint with light" to create a crude rendering of what the lighting system (might) look like when you are done. Let's just say I never bothered to put much time into using these as the results are very amature-ish IMO.

Dynascape used to offer a Lighting Only CAD based package that was very robust. I see they no longer list this Lighting Only module on their website, but it might still be available from Nightscaping. I bought it but the learning curve to using it well was so steep I never adopted it. The dynascape package would work best for typical suburban lots. Here all of my systems are installed on irregular shaped lots with tons of elevation changes. Building the base map would take hours and hours of valuable time.

Then you move to Prograde software such as AGi32. Amazing stuff, if you have the time and inclination.

Some manufacturers (Nightscaping and Unique for instance) will produce a full scale technical drawing (and do the lighting design for you - grrrrr) if you want. Contact them for details.

Have a great day.

Lite4
11-26-2008, 10:04 AM
I know prolandscape made some software that you could snap a photo and drop in different fixtures on the photo and essentially turn the lights off so you could 'roughly' see what the light would maybe look like. It seemed a bit hokey to me when I saw it, but that is really all I know about. Best thing you can do is demo the property for the owner and let him see it first hand and it will give you the experience of trying some new effects or getting the overall look right.