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Lighting Software

by Nook Schoenfeld • in
  • August 2018
  • Buyer's Guide
• Created: August 9, 2018

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This month, PLSN combed the internet to see just how many different lighting software programs there are out there. We were pleased to find so much more than just a few CAD programs, often mixed with previsualization packages for drawing light plots. We found software that takes care of your paperwork for you. We found programs designed to show you the best choices for architectural installs through photorealistic renderings. There is software available for designing proper roadway and tunnel lighting. Heck, we found a program that lets LDs design their own fixture, complete with body shape, reflector, lens, ray tracing, type of bulb and socket.

Many of these programs come as stand-alone applications. Some are part of larger bundles where users can choose what is best for them. Some are free. Some are installed on the lighting consoles you may be using. Most have an initial purchase cost, followed by various subscription rates. Almost all provide limited trial versions or student discounts.

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