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Power Sockets and Light Switches

Anonymous
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Hi, i seem to be having some trouble finding an elements that i can use as a power socket and as a light switch. I've seen the ones in "2D" but they are only usable in plan view and i need to make some renders. I usually do my renders in Artlantis so it's not like i know how to model them.

Thanks
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Erich
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Try these Electrigon
Erich

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vistasp
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If the symbols in plan are not required, try this modular Switchplate Object.
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Anonymous
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Picking up AC for the first time in 10 years, so apologies if I'm missing something obvious! Is there no intelligent object for sockets and switches? I can't find it within the standard library, but it seems like a glaring omission...

On the residential work we do, we use interior elevations (and now Visualisation with TM) where we'd like to locate sockets and switches, while also having them show as electrical symbols in plan. I realised that light objects can be changed to show as symbols in plan, and we can set up the MVO to show them on RCP's; but I can't find anything for sockets and switches? Would also be really helpful if there was a way to link switches to lights, for production of simple electrical plans...

Thanks for any help

Nader Belal
Advisor
@SiRo_Arch

Adding my two cents, and the most impressive is that there is no minimal number of standard parameters for electric current circuits.
A good friend of mine have once told me that I´m so brute that I´m capable of creating a GDL script capable of creating GDLs.

Ralph Wessel
Mentor
SiRo_Arch wrote:
On the residential work we do, we use interior elevations (and now Visualisation with TM) where we'd like to locate sockets and switches, while also having them show as electrical symbols in plan. I realised that light objects can be changed to show as symbols in plan, and we can set up the MVO to show them on RCP's; but I can't find anything for sockets and switches? Would also be really helpful if there was a way to link switches to lights, for production of simple electrical plans...
Take a look at the CI Tools Electrical add-on – it should do everything you're looking for.
Ralph Wessel BArch

Brad Elliott
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SiRo- Where are you? Switch US 22 Under custom settings 3D Detail Level change it from off to Detailed. It will update the number of switches in plan to match in 3d. You can also change the switch type between Toggle, rocker and button. Same thing for outlets.
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Anonymous
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Thanks for the explanations, I'm planning the work I'll have to do (or have done, that is) for the one of these houses in Greece I want to get for the holidays, and I couldn't find how to deal with power sockets... I'm alright now, it all works.

Anonymous
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Yunker45 wrote:
...I'm planning the work I'll have to do for the one of these houses in Greece ...
Try this smart object for European sockets and switches "Electroblock 1.6"

Ralph wrote:
Take a look at the CI Tools Electrical add-on – it should do everything you're looking for.
Sadly, the one very simple thing it doesn't do is let you change the text for switches. (Maybe receptacles, too.) For example, we need the ability to change the text label "D" (or whatever it is) in a switch to VS (for Vacancy Sensor) or a "3" or "4" (for 3-way or 4-way switch) I sent a support ticket on this and was simply told "it's not possible." I downgraded my subscription as a result, and CI lost hundreds of dollars annually. Too bad, as it would likely take someone like you about 20 minutes to fix, if that.
Richard
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Richard Morrison, Architect-Interior Designer
AC25 (since AC6.0), Win10

Lingwisyer
Virtuoso
Richard wrote:
Too bad, as it would likely take someone like you about 20 minutes to fix, if that.

Maybe who ever scripted it did not follow any standards / annotate anything and has since left the company, so no one has been able to figure out how it was done...
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Ralph Wessel
Mentor
Richard wrote:
Sadly, the one very simple thing it doesn't do is let you change the text for switches. (Maybe receptacles, too.) For example, we need the ability to change the text label "D" (or whatever it is) in a switch to VS (for Vacancy Sensor) or a "3" or "4" (for 3-way or 4-way switch) I sent a support ticket on this and was simply told "it's not possible." I downgraded my subscription as a result, and CI lost hundreds of dollars annually. Too bad, as it would likely take someone like you about 20 minutes to fix, if that.
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the problem, but the labelling options are quite extensive and should easily solve that - take a look under the label panel in the object settings:
Ralph Wessel BArch

Ralph,
That is exactly the issue and how I would have expected it to work. However, this did not work with the U.S. switches (the label was apparently hard-coded), and tech support merely confirmed that there was no way to get it to work. I didn't even get a "oh, this is a bug, we'll get it fixed." You should be able to find the issue & response in your past support logs. All of my closed support tickets have evaporated off of the CI website, so I can't help with this.
Richard
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Richard Morrison, Architect-Interior Designer
AC25 (since AC6.0), Win10

Ralph Wessel
Mentor
Richard wrote:
Ralph,
That is exactly the issue and how I would have expected it to work. However, this did not work with the U.S. switches (the label was apparently hard-coded), and tech support merely confirmed that there was no way to get it to work. I didn't even get a "oh, this is a bug, we'll get it fixed." You should be able to find the issue & response in your past support logs. All of my closed support tickets have evaporated off of the CI website, so I can't help with this.
The localised objects all use the same underlying scripts for the UI - they just vary in how they render the 2D/3D representation to suit each country. Therefore the labelling is exactly the same for all countries (a snapshot of the US version is attached).

I'm disappointed to hear about the support response. If you could PM details of roughly when this occurred I'll see if I can follow up with the support team to discover how/why that happened. They should have been able to point out that it works exactly as you expected - we don't have hard-coded labels for electrical components.
Ralph Wessel BArch

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