Technological developments have transformed the way projects are conceived and executed across all industries, and lighting was not left out!


BIM (Building Information Modeling) is one of the technologies that has most directly impacted our work. They have enabled the creation of intelligent digital models that contain detailed information about our products, allowing us to simulate and visualize different lighting scenarios in a lighting project and create more synergies between all the specialties involved.


Throughout this article, we will explore the application of BIM lighting, its advantages, and how it contributes to the optimization of projects and the creation of more comfortable and efficient environments. Read on to learn more.



What does BIM lighting consist of after all?


BIM lighting is an approach that combines the use of information modeling technologies with specific lighting design tools. These technologies enable professionals to analyze the luminotechnical performance of an environment before it is even built. 


Using a BIM model, it is possible to simulate and adjust different aspects of lighting such as the positioning of luminaires, lighting intensity, light distribution, and even shadow effects. 


This simulation gives designers a deeper understanding of the impact of lighting in a space, allowing them to make more informed and accurate decisions.


And you want to know some great news? On our website, you can view the BIM files of all our products. 😉


Discover the advantages of BIM lighting


In addition to what we have already indicated in this article, BIM technologies also allow:


– Optimize projects: BIM lighting allows professionals to analyze and test various lighting options in a virtual way, identifying
the best solution to apply before even physically implementing it. This option makes projects more efficient, eliminating the need to make adjustments after implementation.


– Save energy: Lighting represents a significant part of the energy consumption of buildings. Using BIM technologies, it is possible to analyze and compare different lighting configurations, identifying those that offer more efficient lighting solutions. This allows you to reduce energy consumption and, consequently, save on operating costs.


– Create comfortable environments: Lighting plays a key role in creating pleasant and functional environments. Through this technology, it is possible to visualize the environment in different lighting conditions, evaluating the light distribution, intensity, and quality of the environment, enabling the creation of spaces that meet the aesthetic, functional, and ergonomic needs of the users.


– Improve communication and collaboration: BIM lighting facilitates communication between all team members, as it provides a
clear and accurate visual representation of the objectives that the project must meet. It also helps avoid misunderstandings and conflicts during the design process, allowing for more efficient collaboration between all professionals involved.


– Analyze performance: By using BIM technologies , it is possible to perform more advanced performance analysis, such as luminotechnical studies, light distribution, shadow calculations, and even analyze energy efficiency. This analysis provides valuable information to optimize projects, ensuring that lighting requirements are being adequately met.


– Better integration between everyone: this is probably one of the most important advantages that the application of BIM has brought to our projects. BIM technologies allow the integration of all the specialties involved in the project, even before the execution of the work. This possibility allows professionals to anticipate all kinds of problems, assess lighting needs in conjunction with other systems, make more informed decisions, and, most importantly, minimize potential errors later on.



The Importance of the BIM Repository and Library


To properly apply BIM lighting, it is critical to have access to a properly updated BIM repository and library.


In the BIM Repository, lighting-specific files, such as luminaire models, performance data, and lighting parameters, can be organized in a structured way, making it easy to locate and retrieve information quickly. This organization thus allows professionals to have access to the lighting elements necessary for the correct development of the project.


In addition, the BIM Library also plays an important role in the effective application of BIM lighting. A collection of components, such as luminaires, control devices, light sources, and other related materials can be found in this library. The library offers professionals a selection of pre-defined lighting elements, allowing them to reduce the time required to model and configure each component individually. In this way, it promotes consistency and the reuse of components in different projects, resulting in greater efficiency and quality in luminotechnical projects.



In general, the new technologies emerging in the market have brought several advantages for the development of more efficient projects, with fewer errors and costs charged. 


The BIM technologies are an excellent example of this, since its implementation in our production process, the KATOA team has felt significant improvements in products and projects developed and our customers have certainly noticed greater efficiency and control in achieving the proposed objectives. In addition, the use of this technology has significantly improved the communication between all specialists involved in the projects, which has contributed to the decrease in errors.


Being always aware of what the market has to offer new is one of the goals of KATOA, because we know that only in this way we can give an effective response to the wishes of our customers!