LightTools 8.5 introduces an expanded set of mapping options for surface receivers on non-planar surfaces, known collectively as conformal receivers. The available mesh mapping types now available are:
- XY mapping for planar surfaces and lens surfaces
- Cylindrical mapping for cylinders and cones
- Spherical mapping for ellipsoids, toroids, and spheres
- UV mapping for all other surface types
New for this version are spherical and UV mesh mapping options. These two new options eliminate the need to project illuminance data collected on complex surfaces onto planar meshes, making interpretation and optimization much easier. You can vary the number of bins in the mesh or set the desired bin size, and use the same filtering, analysis, and optimization capabilities that exist for planar meshes.