TomGriff

Box for Indirect lighting

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I am trying to figure out how to model a box structure on the celing to contain indirect lighting. A soffit with a gap between it and the ceiling seems like it should work, but I can't figure out how to extend it into the middle of the room. Curiously enough, they seem to like to follow walls. I've attached a pic showing what I'm trying to do. Any ideas?

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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You can place a soffit anywhere and shape it as needed. Place it, move it into position, then size it as needed.

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Got it. It was just a matter of figuring out how to manipulate the soffit.

 

Now, is there a way to place lighting in the gap between the soffit and the ceiling? I can imagine how it would look, but it would be nice to see it.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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You can place many types of light just above the soffit, but you really need something that points up. Not sure if there is one in the library or if you can change the direction of a stock light.

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I did see some fluorescent light strips in the library, but haven'e had time to play with them yet. That may be a possibility.

 

I did get two soffits modeled up perpendicular to each other and it looks great except for a gap where they meet. They appear to join up in the plan view but there is a distinct gap in 3D that I can't seem to repair.

 

Thanks for the help.

 

Tom

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Post the plan file if you wish and I'll look at the soffits. Make sure it's not open in the software.

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Well it took a while, but I think I have it figured out. The soffit issue was fixed by deleting them and recreating them outside of the plan. Then I just dragged them in, positioned and resized them. It worked great. The lighting effect is just 3D spot lighting pointed up (90º) with a spread angle of 170º. There appears to be a limit on how many lights can be added before some of them don't work. I still need to play with the height a bit. Right now the bottom of the soffits are 104" off the floor and 10" high, under a 10 foot ceiling. A 6" gap is a little tight for painting and changing lamps.

 

Thanks for the help,

 

Tom

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