Visual Design Software

Lighting and Controls Design

The Visual programs are comprehensive lighting software designed for industry professionals. The desktop applications, Visual Lighting and Visual Controls, increase your productivity and accuracy with an intuitive software to automate your design process.

The web based Visual Design Tools simplify your design of typical applications.

Design Confidently with Visual Software


Visual Lighting


Visual Lighting is an intuitive software tool to develop a lighting design for interior and exterior spaces.  This powerful modeling software combines lighting and energy calculation tools to create lighting designs and provides comprehensive intelligence and analysis for advanced lighting projects.


  • Start the design by importing PDF, DWG, or Google Map images
  • Electrical and daylighting calculations
  • Uniformity Glare Ratings (UGR) calculations
  • Photometrically accurate renderings to visualize your design
  • Export your lighting design to the Visual Controls software
  • Coming Soon! Calculations for lighting products with UVC 222nm, UVC 254nm, and Pulsed Xenon

You can download the Visual Lighting software and start your free 1- month trial today.


Visual Controls


Visual Controls is a comprehensive design software for creating lighting controls design for a space. The software is easy to use and provides product recommendations, assists with product placement, and automates the design process.

  • Start the design by importing PDF, DWG, or Google Map image
  • Product recommendations based on energy code and application
  • Creates a Bill of Material
  • Generates a Sequence of Operations
  • Automatically creates riser diagrams
  • Professional documentation

You can download the Visual Controls software and start automating your design process.


Visual Design Tools

The Visual Design Tools are a set of web-based tools that allow users to get quick answers for many common lighting scenarios while they are selecting products online. Below are links and descriptions for each design tool.
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The Area Tool will calculate the optimal pole spacing between 4 poles. This is a scenario typical of parking lots or other open areas.

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The Economic Tool allows for the comparison of three lighting systems' life time cost following RP-31.

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The Floodlight Tool can calculate the number of light fixtures required to illuminate a surface based on your criteria.

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The Interior Tool will calculate the number of light fixtures needed to meet an average amount of illumination across the workplane for an enclosed rectangular room.

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The Photometric Tool provides a rich array of charts and tables summarizing the photometric performance of a light fixture.

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The Roadway Tool will find the optimal spacing for poles along a roadway using the criteria and procedures set forth by the IES for Roadway lighting.

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The Simple Economic Tool is for quick and simple electricity savings analysis on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

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The Template Tool can be used to view iso-illuminance contours also called templates.

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The Wallwash Tool can calculate the number of light fixtures required to illuminate a surface based on your criteria.


Training and Support

Explore the video catalog for a how-to video on using the Visual Controls software. If you would like to attend instructor-led training classes, please click here for the Acuity Academy classes.

If you have any questions on the Visual Design Software please contact the Visual Support Team.

Visual Support Center


Visual Lighting Videos

Visual Lighting - Unified Glare Rating (UGR)
Visual Lighting - Warehouse Design
Visual Lighting 2020 - New Features

Visual Controls Videos

Visual Controls - Navigating the Interface
Visual Controls - Basic Wired Design
Visual Controls - Import Interior Tool

Visual Design Tools

Visual Interior Tool
Visual Economic Tool 2.0 Walkthrough
Acuity Model Selector - Revit Add In

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