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Import RFA files, Import of RFA lamps with gray spheres


Hello, I'm a beginner. When I import the RFA file into archicad, the gray spheres are added to it along with the object. Please tell me how to get rid of these gray spheres. Thank you in advance!Снимок экрана 2023-05-14 в 20.59.29.pngСнимок экрана 2023-05-14 в 21.00.12.png





I personally try not use imported RFA files into Archicad. Although it is convenient to do this, I find the translation can often bring in over complicated geometry, which can have extreme impacts on your file's performance if these objects are used a lot.


If you are wanting to keep this item in your library and use it on other projects, I recommend that you;

1. Remodel the light using Archicad tools (slabs is usually pretty good).

2. Create a new object. (File > Libraries and Objects > New Object...)

3. Change the Subtype to Model Element > Electrical Element > Light)

4. Go to floor plan and Restore the Window down (See Attached).

5. Click on 3D script, then back to floor plan so that the floor plan window is sitting on top of the 3D script. (See Attached).

6. Select your elements. Use the drag command and drag the elements into the 3D script. Note that you need to hold your left click in when dragging. (See Attached).

7. You can repeat 5-6 to create the 2D script.

8. Save you object.


You can also comeback later and substitute some of the coordinate values for parameters later if you want to make the lamp smarter. Also, have a look at the GDL center. There are some helpful exercises that can help you create some great content. Try having a look at this one, How to create a Hanging lamp? | GRAPHISOFT GDL Center.




What you are seeing is the IES file that may have been associated with the element in Revit. You could convert the object to morphs and delete the relevant spheres and then re-save as a gdl object. 

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