Lighting Reality PRO V2.0

Lighting Reality PRO V2.0 – What's New!

Version 2.0 of Lighting Reality PRO is now available. The main new features are:

  • The inclusion of Australian and New Zealand standards AS/NZS 1158
  • AutoCAD 2018 DWG file format support
  • Auto-recovery to safeguard your valuable work
  • Favourites refresh in the choose luminaire dialogue
  • Keyboard shortcuts to maximise productivity
  • Increase maximum number of luminaires in Outdoor to 999
  • Numbering of lighting fixtures can now be user-defined (including alphanumeric)
  • Auto-grid spacings setup within the options panel
  • Bulk import of column data, so Outdoor designs can be populated from external systems
  • Custom DXF export now supports multiple layers
  • Visible masking grip points to accurately edit masks

You will discover a wide selection of new and revised photometric data from Lighting Reality’s manufacturer partners and should note that we now have an “update on demand” service where fresh data will be available within weeks of release. Running an "Update" will automatically advise you as soon as new data is ready for you to download.

Release Notes

To download the release notes in PDF format for Roadway and Outdoor please click on the links below:

Download pdf Lighting Reality V2.0 Outdoor Release Notes

Download pdf Lighting Reality V2.0 Roadway Release Notes

Installation Requirements

PC specification

  • Lighting Reality PRO V2.0 runs solely on Microsoft’s Windows Operating system
  • Supported versions of the Windows Operating System are aligned with Microsoft’s published product lifecycle, (current lifecycle: but subject to change by Microsoft). This currently includes Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Typical minimum memory required is 2GB
  • CPU are as appropriate for the OS
  • Minimum hard disk space is 180MB for the application and 1.6 GB for the full current UK photometry dataset
  • Screen resolution which is at least XGA (1024 x 768)

Support by Lighting Reality for problems and issues with previous Windows operating systems is limited to those versions still within Microsoft’s extended support window, which currently includes Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1), Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 January 9, 2018 January 10, 2023
Windows 10 October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025

Note that some versions of Windows include the Microsoft PDF print driver. We have found the Windows PDF print driver works well with Lighting Reality PRO.

It is likely Lighting Reality PRO will continue to function under earlier versions of Windows, however we do not guarantee this.

General Requirements

Before running the IDS link for Lighting Reality PRO V2.0 please ensure:

  • The above specific requirements are met and you have sufficient storage space to complete the installation.
  • Ensure you possess full administrative rights and permissions for the target PC.
  • The user account has complete and unrestricted Internet access.
  • You have to hand the 15 digit unique individual licence key issued to you.
  • It is recommended that you backup all your project files and all bespoke photometric data you may have added to your current version of Lighting Reality.

Installation Upgrade

If you already have Lighting Reality PRO V1.8 installed then the following video details how you can upgrade to Lighting Reality PRO V2.0

New Installation

To install Lighting Reality PRO V2.0 as fresh install on a new PC, the following video details how to achieve this.

Once you have logged on to your PC and accessed the Email we sent to you, click the download web page link contained in the body of the message. A small download of the actual IDS utility will begin and can be run directly online or downloaded and saved to a convenient location on the host PC (do not use the Desktop).

When run, the internet installer control panel will appear on screen, enter your unique 15 digit licence key and verify the credentials returned are correct BEFORE proceeding, if they are not your details contact

The user will then be presented with our EULA which you must read and accept in order to continue.

An itemised selection panel is displayed, which enables the user to select the program and photometry they wish to download and install at that time. The panel can be revisited later should you wish via the Update feature within the application. Once satisfied with your selection, click to download and install - the bars will indicate progress.

Depending on your user account profile and windows version, during installation you may be prompted by user access control and security dialogue which is normal during any installation and should be responded and accepted to allow the process to conclude.

A default installation will place Lighting Reality on your C: drive and create our new directory structure. Desktop icons and entries in the program menu will be available to launch the application. If this is the first time you have installed and run the application, you will be prompted with an opening screen requesting you to activate your copy of the program, simply click on the "Activate Licence" button. However, if you are installing over a previously activated version of the program, you will not be required to re-activate.

Future updates, releases and new photometry data sets will be accessible from within the application by selecting the Help menu and update. The Internet installer control panel will appear confirming your credentials, click next and IDS will automatically refresh and select any new components available to you for download.

IT Support Information

To accommodate the variety of IT infrastructure and support that exists within the corporate field, we have provided a number of alternative procedures primarily for use by IT Support Teams.

Upon the initial run of the IDS Utility download there is access to a Web proxy menu if an internet connection is not detected due to a proxy server restriction. This allows those with suitable credentials to set up a web proxy connection. In some cases, the web proxy details can be obtained by the Auto button to detect them, failing that they can be manually input and then the connection tested.

From within the IDS control panel under the Options menu:

  • Download Program Only – this will select and download only the main application installer without data sets. The file downloaded is not installed but can be used for onward distribution of the application only.
  • Custom Install Program – invokes our main application installer allowing for the program and data sets to be installed to custom locations outside our standard default file structure.
  • Download Only – having selected your preferred data sets and program they will be downloaded only and not installed, again this option may suit those requiring a volume of files to distribute.
  • Download CD ISO File – in situations whereby Users have limited or no internet access rights and an off-line installation is necessary, an ISO file to create an installation CD can be downloaded.

Firewall and Proxy Server configuration

The main cause of failure of the IDS has been the stringent security employed by corporate bodies to protect their infrastructure by the utilisation of a combination of firewall and proxy server measures. In the case were the vendor can be given a trusted status, it has proved beneficial for Lighting Reality to be granted an exemption or “white listed” from the security protocols.

URL Information

The URL information may prove helpful to network professionals.

  • Access to ports 80 (http) and 443 (https) on the Lighting Reality servers are required
  • All current files are accessed through allowing access to files with the .deploy and .txt file extensions.
  • The licence server requires access to the webservices (.asmx files) at

FTP Information

If you have a valid licence key(s) and require access to our .ISO distribution for internal users of Lighting Reality please contact us using our FTP request access form Request FTP access


Lighting Reality Ltd offers customer support through our web site using a dedicated on line support request form or you can email direct to

It is always helpful to give a brief concise and clear description of the issue with details of the User environment and, whenever possible, screen captures of the case in point.


The new service from Lighting Reality

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