As promised, I am posting a rendering (using the Metropolis Light Transport rendering method) showing what the great combination of Google Sketchup Pro and Kerkythea is capable of. The picture is of a simple, small commercial staircase with metal and frosted glass railing (modeled in seconds in Sketchup using a stairway ruby script) and a recessed, vertical surface-mounted, cool-white LED accent fixture I modeled in Sketchup, which are the only lights in the scene. This is just a sample and architectural lighting designers can take the combination to new heights but combine these programs and the DIALux program mentioned below and your well equipped as a lighting designer without spending tons of cash.
There is also a Kerkythea plugin for Sketchup that allows you to export your Sketchup models or selected portions of them along with materials, UV coordinates, and light sources directly into Kerkythea. The plugin also allows you to load in your Kerkythea material libraries into Sketchup so you can specify them directly in your Sketchup model and have them ready to render in Kerkythea. The plugin also comes with Kerkythea light fixtures you can work with in Sketchup. Sweeet! A must have for the Sketchup to Kerkythea workflow! I use it all the time! You can get the SU2KT (Sketchup to Kerkythea) plugin here
Here is an image of a high-powered, self-contained, Architectural LED Module that was modeled in Sketchup, exported using the SU2KT plugin including materials, and was rendered in Kerkythea. Kewl! Let me know what you think. 🙂
PS. Let me know what you think of the other images here by posting a comment please 🙂