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Laboratory of Ergonomics

Designing room lighting with


DIALux
Instructions for laboratory course
Part 1. Creating the interiors

1. Changing the application language to English

1. Open DIALux from your desktop or find the 2. In the window opened click the Globalne tab
application on yout computer. and in the dropdown box next to Jzyk find and
Go to Plik > Ustawienia > Opcje Oglne choose English (United Kingdom).
Restart the application afterwards.

2. Creating a new project

1. On the welcome screen choose New Interior Project 2. In the Room Editor tab fill the Width and Length
of the room according to your task description.

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3. You can add additional points From the same window
or by clicking the right mouse button and Insert Point
on the screen to the right. Then You can drag the
created points to shape the room the way you want.
Please note that a non-rectangular room will be
harder to optimize later - but feel free to try.

4. Once Done, Click OK. Current Tab will change to 5. There choose the materials (colors) for floor,
General. Fill Room name and description as You see walls and ceiling. For walls you should rather use
fit and move to Room Surfaces tab. colors with Reflection Factor below 30%.

6. You may choose the colors for each wall individually


by choosing each wall from the Project tree, and then
the materials from the menu above the tree.

It is important to notice the way in which Menu is


organizes in DIALux:

top: changes the most, shows parametres and


properties for currently selected object/function. Think
of it as lowest level menu

bottom left: the Guide is a linear list of steps to be


taken in designing light in rooms. Sort of (top) first
level menu

bottom right: Tree view with several tabs at the


bottom (Project, Furnitures, Textures etc.) Think of it
as second (mid) level menu.

And this is how the menus will be reffered to in this


instruction: top, mid and low level menu.

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3. Moving around the room with the different views

1. You can view your room from different angles to see 2. Once a view was opened it can be also
how it looks and precisely place neccessary objects. accessed from the tab menu bar below the main
screen.
You can change the view in the top menu bar.
The views are presented by yellow-colored boxes
and are, in order: 3D view, Floor Plan, Side View and
Front View

3. You can choose different cursor functions from the 4. The tabs below main screen is also where your
top menu bar. These are: Select, Zoom, Rotate, reports will show!
Move, Roam Scene
Try for yourself to check all possibilities and become
somewhat fluent in this.

4. Adding furniture and task areas

1. Click Furniture in top level menu, or the Furniture tab 2. In the same way add special areas: UGR
in mid level menu. Calculation point (Diverse Elements folder).
Browse the tree to find the items listed in your task. For each work areas select Output results -
Then, using drag and drop, Put the appropriate find it in properties window once an object is
items to your room view. Then move it around to selected.
place them properly or use the properties window to
input dimensions directly. Repeat the process for all You may also add items like windows and doors:
Furniture needed. find them by browsing the tree.

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