Trace Architect's Light Fixtures

The Trace Architect's Light Fixtures command is used to trace a light fixture layout from another drawing that was done by someone else.

Before using this command, create light fixtures using the Light Fixture Project Schedule command.

This command should be run from the drawing that you are copying the light fixture layout from. The drawing should not be one where you are doing your electrical design.

To trace the light fixtures, go to

DM Electrical->Light Fixtures->Trace Architect's Light Fixtures

The Background Mapper dialog box will appear.

Background Mapper Dialog Box

Light Fixture--Trace Architect's Light Fixtures Dialog Box

The list in the top-left of the dialog displays all of the light fixtures currently defined in the project schedule. Each callout can be mapped to a specific block on the drawing. Callouts that are currently mapped will list the block to which they are currently mapped.

Select Block to Map to Callout: This button allows you to select the block on the drawing that will be mapped to the currently selected light fixture callout. If the callout is already mapped to a block, it will be overwritten with the newly selected block .

Remove Block from Select Callout: This button allows you to remove the block to which a callout is mapped. The callout will no longer be mapped to a block.

Adjust Block Rotation Angle and Insertion Point: This button allows you to adjust the rotation angle and insertion point of the Design Master Electrical block to match the block that was inserted by the architect. In the following picture both of these blocks are inserted at rotation angle 0 with their insertion point at the center of the white circle.


The blocks look similar, but they have a different insertion point and rotation angle. This button is used to show how the blocks need to be rotated and moved so that they look exactly the same when inserted.

You will first be prompted to insert the architects block on the drawing. The location of this insertion does not matter, because the blocks are temporary and will be deleted when this command is done. We recommend you use an empty area of the drawing.

Select insertion point for architect's block:

Next you will be prompted to place the light fixture block on top of the architect's block.

Specify insertion point:

Specify rotation angle <0>:

In this picture, you can see how the two blocks are inserted on top of each other.


The architect's block, in magenta, was inserted first at the circle at the top-right. Then the Design Master Electrical block was inserted. The insertion point was at the bottom-right and the rotation angle was set to 90.

Tracing the Light Fixtures

After all of the callouts are properly mapped to blocks and the rotation angles and insertion points are adjusted, press the OK button to continue.

You will then be prompted to select the location of the alignment point on the drawing. It is important to select the same location on this drawing as the alignment point is inserted on the destination drawing.

Select alignment point location:

Next, you will be prompted to specify the north direction on the current drawing.

Select north direction:

You will then be prompted to select the blocks to actually map. Using this selection, it is possible to map only part of a drawing, if desired.

Select blocks to map:

Finally, you will be prompted to select the drawing to which to map the light fixtures. It is important that no one, including yourself, have this drawing open. If anyone does, the command will fail.

Select drawing to map devices to Dialog Box

Light Fixtures--Trace Architects Light Fixtures.Select Drawing dialog box

The selected drawing will be opened and the light fixtures will be inserted on it.

When inserting the light fixtures, a check is made to see if a light fixture already exists in each location. If there is one, a new light fixture is not inserted on top of the over one. This feature prevents duplication of light fixtures on your drawings.

It is possible to take an updated plan from your architect and run this command on it again. Light fixtures that have not moved will not be duplicated. New light fixtures or light fixtures that have been moved will be reinserted on the drawing. It will be necessary for you to go back and manually erase any light fixtures that have been removed.

A detailed tutorial with step-by-step instructions for this command can be found in the separate tutorial files.

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