Revit Architecture: Adding Fixtures to Ceilings

In this Revit Architecture tutorial I show you how to load and place Component Fixtures onto Revit Ceilings. I also show you how to correctly align them onto a Suspended Ceiling Grid.

Tutorial Agenda

  1. Loading the Fixtures Families
  2. Placing the component families onto your ceiling
  3. Aligning the components with the suspended ceiling grid
  4. Copying the components to create your layout

For the purpose of this tutorial, I am going to use a simple rectangular building with a ceiling element already placed into it. I have picked a “suspended ceiling grid” type for the ceiling- so that I can show you how to align the fixtures once you have placed them onto the ceiling. This mimics the workflow you would adopt if you are setting out light fittings in a commercial environment. In this tutorial I am going to use a rectangular light fitting component- but the same process would hold true for other ceiling-mounted fixtures such as sprinkler heads, PIR detectors, etc.

In the above image you can see the ceiling we are going to put our fixtures onto- this image is taken from a Reflected Ceiling Plan View. So let’s go ahead and place our Light Fitting fixture. First choose “Component” form the “Architecture” menu…..


Depending on your template file, you may already have the Component Fixture available to you in your Project. However for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s assume the Component Family is “not” in this Project. Consequently we need to load it into this Project using the “Load Family” tool…..

When you hit “Load Family” the File Browser opens and you have access to the Default Revit Library that is created when you first install Revit. Navigate your way to Lighting > Internal…..



Now for the purpose of this tutorial it does not really matter which Light Fitting Family you choose. I’m going to a Rectangular Fitting that is the same size as the grid into which I am going to place it. By doing so, I can also show you how to align your fittings with the ceiling grid. Once you pick your desired fitting from the list and hit “OK” it immediately becomes available to place in your mode. PLEASE ENSURE that you are in a REFLECTED CEILING PLAN View for this operation or you won’t be able to see where you are placing your Light Fitting! When you do this you’ll find that the fitting does NOT snap to the ceiling grid. This is normal. With this in mind don’t worry about its exact location on the ceiling- just go ahead and place a single fitting….



Now that we have a fitting on the ceiling, we can go ahead and align it to the grid. To do so we need to use the Align tool. Go ahead and activate the Modify menu and then choose Align….



Now, you’re going to have to do this operation (i.e. Aligning) twice- once to align it with one grid line and then a second time to align it with a perpendicular grid line. With the Align tool, you first click is on the element you want to align “to”, the second click is on the element that you wish to move/align. In the image below you can see that I’ve aligned the light fitting to the grid. Note the “Constraint” padlock still visible as I finish off the Alignment process. Please Note: You do not need to manually constrain your fittings to the ceiling grid to keep them aligned. If you move the ceiling grid (which we will do in a minute), your light fittings will move wit it automatically.



So far we have a single light fitting fixture correctly aligned to our suspended ceiling grid. Let’s go ahead and add more fittings. The easiest way to do this is simply to copy the one we have already aligned. Go ahead and use the “Copy” tool….



Once you have selected “Copy” make sure you have “Multiple” checked on the Options Bar…



By activating the “Multiple” option, we can very quickly add many light fittings to our ceiling- all within one operation. Note that Copy tool allows us to snap to the grid- so very swiftly we can add many more light fittings, all correctly aligned……


You can see in the above image that I am able to snap to an intersection of the grid lines in order to accurately place multiple light fitting components. Now that I placed four light fitting fixtures, I just want to show you them in section. Let’s create a quick section through two of the lights…..



The image below is taken from the Section View. Note how these this particular light fitting family has the ability to cut itself into the ceiling element. so in effect it is taking out a tile for every light fitting- this is really useful if you are scheduling the area of the suspended ceiling- or calculating the number of tiles needed.


Key Points

  • Ceiling-hosted component families will automatically affix to ceiling elements
  • Ensure you are in a Reflected Ceiling Plan View in order to see where you are placing them
  • You can align your ceiling fixtures to suspended ceiling grids using the Align tool
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