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What Is Lumion?

Lumion is a real-time 3D rendering software for architects, designers, and visualization professionals. Compatible with major CAD and 3D modeling software (SketchUp, Revit, Archicad, Rhino, AutoCAD, Allplan, Vectorworks & many more), Lumion allows for a seamless and intuitive workflow.

With a fast rendering speed and a library of over 10.000 objects and materials, Lumion makes it easy to visualize with unparalleled speed and accuracy and transform designs into immersive experiences.

Who Uses Lumion?

Architects, architectural studios and enterprises, designers, urban planners, and visualization professionals who require real-time 3D rendering software for their projects.

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Reviews of Lumion

Average score

Overall
4,7
Ease of Use
4,5
Customer Service
4,3
Features
4,5
Value for Money
4,1

Reviews by company size (employees)

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Chanaka
Chanaka
Civil Engineer in Sri Lanka
Verified LinkedIn User
Civil Engineering, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Most common and easy 3D rendering and visualization software

5,0 3 years ago

Comments: If you are expecting a high-quality, fast rendering for the designs, Lumion is the option you should choose. It’s faster and has many preloaded elements which will aid in designing a perfect simulation. But you got to have a device with high performance to use Lumion and Lumion works only on Windows operating system.

Pros:

Lumion has the best output quality of renderings considering all the software out there. And from my personal experience, most professional designers use Lumion due to easiness and effectiveness. And with preloaded elements, the rendering and creating final output becomes quite professional and attractive. Also, it is equipped with many user-friendly features such as drag and drop, compatibility with many other application outputs. Usually, I create the model in SketchUp and use Lumion for rendering. The elite effects in Lumion such as 360 view, virtual reality function, make the rendering life-like and quite helpful when presenting the final design to clients. Most importantly out of all the rendering software, Lumion had the fastest rendering speed and enhanced output options to users which is vital in rendering software.

Cons:

Although Lumion is a good application for rendering, it takes quite a heavy processing power in doing the rendering. You got to have a device with higher performance to use Lumion effectively. And this is only available for Windows users. That’s quite a disadvantage for Mac and other operating system users.

Kelvin
Architect in Kenya
Architecture & Planning, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Easy Learning curve

5,0 2 years ago

Comments: Genuinely user friendly and produces one the best renders.

Pros:

When i first started designing, the prof recommended this software and i have never looked back. It has been my to-go software for the past 7 years. Learning it took me less than a week on basics and getting my first render done. Over the course of years i have discovered new and updated tools and ways of doing things. The layout is pretty much simple and my best software when it comes to production of semi-realistic photos and videos.

Cons:

Of course you need a good PC to operate Lumion and for a very international software this limits some users. The fact that i have to pay for every new release is not the best pocket friendly option.

James
James
Project Architect in US
Architecture & Planning, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Lumion for Fast Rendering

3,0 6 years ago

Comments: For fast renderings, especially early on, Lumion is great. Additionally, the plants and trees render fantastically. The only downside is the potentially cartoonish nature of the final product. We have found that some materials do this more than others, but it’s hard to know which will work without a lot of wasted time doing test renders.

Pros:

For architectural rendering, the program is really good about allowing you to set up scenes and get lots of renderings out fast. We used it a lot to do multiple renderings of different design options early on in SD.

Cons:

The other program we use in our office is Vray. The materials in Vray are much easier to get right. Whenever we did Lumion renderings, there was always a slight cartoonish-ness to the actual buildings.

Zorana
Zorana
Architect in Serbia
Verified LinkedIn User
Architecture & Planning, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Power of Lumion

4,0 4 months ago

Comments: I am using Lumion for over 6 years now, mostly in my landscape designs. Lumion has great plant library, and i am very happy with an outcome it provides.

Pros:

Lumion is very easy to use, with capability to create super fast lot of different scenes in up to 8k resolution.

Cons:

It does not achieve the great quality with lighting as other softwares on the market.

Betre
Betre
Civil Structural Engineer in Ethiopia
Verified LinkedIn User
Civil Engineering, 501–1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Lumion is the ultimate tool for exterior renders

5,0 5 years ago

Comments: Overall, I would say Lumion made our Jobs easy by making Final image renders easy and effective. It doesn't require deep knowledge of rendering and graphics design. And it creates amazing Quality pictures for showing to clients, posters and all printable media.

Pros:

Lumion comes with preloaded environment maps to insert your final design for buildings(3D Models) to get your picture perfect final product image. It is very easy to use, drag and drop menu, with very optimized and realistic rendering process and video walk through production tools. It also has vehicles, people and other objects packed library that adds great details to your final image. The redering is seamless and very quick. Overall, it provides you with all the quick fix ups to finalize your final render.

Cons:

Though the process is very easy, at times the lumion engine is quite processing power intensive that it crashes background apps. And the final product varies on the Quality of your graphics card and PC processing power.