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Daylight Estimator - How to use

 
To launch the Daylight Estimator, click the graphic on the left underneath the menu.

Step 1

Select the product (ies file) that represents the desired daylighting device (Luminaire)
Daylighting products are listed by product type, size, length of tunnel, and sun angle.



For example:
TCR-22in-4ft-40sky is a curb mount 22” TCR Sun Tunnel with 4ft of tunnel and represents product performance under an average 40 degree sun angle. This sun angle is ideal for estimating the number of tunnels needed. The 40 degree sun angle can be experience between the following times throughout the year:

In March between 9:00 am – 10:00 am
In April between 8:20 am – 9:00 am
In June between 8:15 am – 8:20 am

A corresponding high 80 degree sun angle is available to understand peak light output experience at high noon in June.

To help identify the correct products, click on the Show Luminare image to see a picture of the products or if more detail is needed to back to our product selection section at: http://www.veluxusa.com/consumer/products.

Step 2

Define the geometry of the space



Select the Length, width, and ceiling height of the space. The work plane height should be 2.5 ft for most applications and the suspension length refers to the length that the diffuser penetrates the ceiling height, for most applications this should be set to 0. In open ceiling applications, the ceiling height is equal to the height of the roof and the suspension length will be set to something other than 0, if unknown, 2.5’ is a good default value to use.

Step 3

Define room reflectance



If the reflectance values of the space is known, insert them here, otherwise, use the following default values:
Ceiling: 80%
Walls: 50%
Floor: 20% 

Step 4

Specify number of Daylighting devices or desired illuminance (foot candles).



Either specify the illuminance which quickly is translated to a foot candle value or enter the number of daylighting products. If you enter an illuminance value, the program will automatically display the equivalent foot candle equivalent and tell you how many daylighting devices will be needed to achieve these results. If you specify a number of daylighting devices, the program will tell you how many foot candles this number of daylight devices will produce on average in the defined space.

Optional Steps

Step 5 – Advanced Layout
Further define the spacing criteria for the daylighting devices
Step 6 – Advanced Luminaire section
Change the space of the foot print from round to square and vice versa
Step 7 – Units
Select the desired units of measure
Step 8 - Output
Add a project title and description
Print a summary of the results