Take off light fixtures and lamps – Set your take-off sheet with the fixtures type, descriptions, number and type of lamps and accessories. Make a note at the top of the columns on the take-off sheet where you found the fixtures. ( i.e.: 1st floor, 2nd floor, room # etc. ) Count fixtures using a Tally counter. Make sure you highlight the fixtures as you count them. Write the quantity down on your take-off sheet under fixture type. Try to count all of one type at a time ( i.e.: Count all type “A” fixture, all type “B” fixtures, etc.)
If a fixture is not clear or labeled, look in adjacent room or area and see if it is logical that it is the same type.
If it is not clear what type they are then circle the item with a question mark and send an RFI or use other means to determine what it is.
DO NOT LEAVE IT OUT! List it down with a description as an unknown. Plug a price for this if you cannot determine what it is.
This information may be essential when it comes down to entering light fixture details in Red Rhino Estimating Software.
CHECK YOUR WORK – After you have counted and written down all light fixtures, make another visual pass over the drawings to find any fixtures you may have overlooked.
Look for additional lighting accessories or support needed and list them. ( i.e. strut supports, other structural supports, seismic wires, pendant, hooks, etc )
Look closely for emergency batteries or dimming ballasts that are required but not shown on the fixture schedule. They may be required by the notes on the plan.
Also, look for fixtures shown on the floor plans controlled by a dimmer switch or a scene controller.
Tips – Look for exit lights, they are the most likely to be missed.
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