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Fixture Schedule

The 'Fixture Schedule' system is used to input lighting fixtures using the designations of the fixture as shown on the takeoff documents.

1. Point the mouse on 'schedules' and left click. Highlight 'Fixture Schedule' and left click.

2.The 'Fixture Schedule' window pops-up, which looks similar to the Feeder and Panel Schedule windows. Any fixture entered in the 'Fixture Schedule' will be included in your Fixture Bill of Material under reports. You will see 'fixture assemblies' and 'fixture parts' on the left side. In the middle windows there are special assemblies and special parts windows. These two windows populate when a 'special' assembly or part is created. To the right is the input window. This is where you will see your selection, the fixture type from the blueprints and finally the quantity of the fixture.
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3. Entering fixtures as an assembly - For example purposes we will have to make some assumptions. From our fictitious project, fixture A is a 2x2 lay-in, with a count of 90.

Point the mouse into the Fixture Assembly window on the left and click 'Flour Lay-In' then '2x2 Recessed Lay-In'. At this point you can use the assembly by double clicking and the selection window is populated with the 2x2 selection. Also the cursor is blinking in the fixture type window waiting for the designation. Type in 'A,' then either hit the tab key or point the mouse in the quantity window and left click. Now the cursor is blinking in the quantity; insert 90 and push enter. The fixture schedule begins to build.

4. Entering fixtures as an assembly that require editing - For example purposes we will have to make some assumptions. From our fictitious plan, fixture type 'B' is 1000w hi-bay and the count is 175.

Point the mouse into the Fixture Assembly window on the left and click 'Hi-Bay' then 'Hi-Bay 1000w'. Highlight it, right click and from the small window pick 'show assembly contents'. After reviewing the contents of the assembly you determine that the SO cord and connector is not needed for this fixture.

Exit out of this window; right click 'Hi-Bay 1000w and this time choose 'create special assembly'. The 'Add/Edit' window pops up; change the SO cord quantity to 0 (zero) and click enter. Do the same with the cord connector, then click the update button (top right) then exit out.

The hi-bay has become a special assembly. Point your mouse on the hi-bay you just edited in the special assembly window, double left click it and the description window populates with the cursor blinking in the type window. Type in 'B,' click the quantity window (or hit tab), type in the quantity of 175, push enter and the fixture is added to the fixture list.
5. Hints:

A. Fixtures with multiple parts - Track lighting is a good example of this situation. The track itself may be in 4'-0" sections, but some track sections have 2 lights, and then another section may have 4 lights, etc. Input the track like any other fixture, then count the lights separately and input them with a 'created' designation for the fixture type. For example, if the track lights on the plans are designated as 'TL,' input the track as TL then input the lights as TL1. Doing it this way also assures you that when the fixture report prints out, the track and the lights will be side by side in the report.

B. The logic has been built into ACES to 'direct' the estimator to the Fixture Schedule System when he tries to input a fixture in a different manner then prescribed. Fixtures are not listed in the Parts and the Assembly windows.

C. You may also enter fixtures by creating 'special parts or special assemblies'. When creating fixtures in 'special parts or special assemblies' be sure to select 'Fixtures' in the drop down 'Category' box. By selecting 'Fixtures' in the drop down 'Category' box, your fixtures will be indicated in the 'Fixture Schedule' under the correct category.

For example, if you create a chandelier using 'Special Parts' and categorize it as a fixture, it will be indicated in the 'special parts' window in the 'fixture schedule system'. But if you called it a 'device,' it will be added to the 'Special Parts' window under devices.
Any fixture that is not in the 'Fixture Schedule System' will not be in the 'Fixture Schedule - Bill of Material' under the menu item 'Reports', for vendor quotes.

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