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Why is RTS on lighting symbols?

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Can anyone explain why the term "RTS" (Remote Test Station?) is included in the name of so many of the lighting fixtures?  :huh:

 

 

 

 

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I just went through placing a bunch of random lighting fixtures and I didn't see it once.  Someone will ask you to attach a plan to show...

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I believe it is a recessed light with reflector trim and a spot bulb.  Many people just call it a recessed down light.

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I'm not certain what they actually stand for, but the "R", the "T", and the "S" are there to display the status of the light.

R = Used in standard rendering mode (R for Render is how I remember)
T = Used for ray trace views (T for Trace is how I remember)
S = Light is set to cast shadows (S for Shadows is how I remember)

If you turn light off you will see no extra letters at all.

 

P.S. Your electrical labels need to be on and set to automatic (or at least include the %light_info% macro) for the fixture in order to see the R, T, and/or S.

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One more detail I just discovered.  In order to get those labels to show up for all light fixtures automatically, you'll need to drop a schedule in the plan and check "Include Type" in the label tab of the schedule dbx. Without the schedule, the only option is to drop the macro I mentioned above into the label for each fixture. 

 

If you are looking for a way to get rid of the extra letters, just uncheck "Include Type". 

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