Simulation of artificial lightings

Efficient artificial lighting design is an important factor of a pleasant appearance of well-designed architecture for the darker times of the day. In addition, comfort and ergonomics are ensured by correct selection and placement of luminaires. Hence the importance of artificial lighting is not to be underestimated even during the early preliminary design phases. Digital lighting models with detailed specific properties are now offered by a variety of luminaire manufacturers (eg ERCO) web pages. This enables drag and drop lighting objets directly into programs such as 3D Studio Max Design. By using a "light meter", a user-definable grid of virtual light measurements, the area may be examined towards acceptance of specific DIN standards. Thus, both individual areas and an entire building can be simulated realistically, analyzed, and optimized for the respective requirements. A costly and time-intensive model sampling of building and site can therefore be omitted in most cases,  and dependencies of alternative lighting scenarios can be conveyed and discussed with client as well as planning team, e.g.

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Calculation of lighting values for areas as well as definite objects
Effect of color temperature (light) on the appearance of areas
 Review and identify areas with high levels of blinding
 Simulation of lighting scenes based on rendered perspectives