Modifying a Light for Placement on a Stair or Pier Piling

Reference Number: KB-00478
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I am attempting to add a light to a piling in a pier or stair that I am designing; however, when I do, Chief Architect produces an error message stating that lights can only be added to a wall. How do I add lights to a piling or stair when Chief will only allow me to add them to a wall?


In Chief Architect, wall lights cannot be added to a plan unless they are placed on walls. It is possible, however, to modify the wall light to place it in special locations such as on a pier piling, or on deck stairs.

To edit a wall light

  1. Select View> Library Browser  and navigate to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Lighting> Wall Mounted, or to one of the bonus catalogs that contains lighting.

  2. Locate an appropriate light that you want to place on your pier or stair, then right-click on it in the Library Browser and from the menu that displays, select Copy.

    For the purposes of this example, the "Round Aisle Light (wall)" symbol from the Theater Objects bonus catalog was used.

  3. Still in the Library Browser, go down to the User Catalog, right-click and select Paste to create a copy of the light which can be modified.

  4. Right-click on the pasted light and select Open Symbol .

  5. In the Symbol Specification dialog:

  • On the 3D panel, modify the Symbol Name to be descriptive of the new symbol.

    For the purposes of this example, call this symbol "Outdoor Stair Light."

  • On the Options panel, under Placement, move the radio button to Floor Mounted.

    Since this light will be placed on an outside staircase, also select Outdoor under options.

  • Click OK when you have finished making changes to apply them.

  • Select and click to place the modified light symbol in your floor plan, and notice that now if you place the symbol away from the wall, you will not receive a warning message.

  • Finally, you will  be able to open the Electrical Service Specification dialog to adjust the Height, Width, and set an Offset From Floor value in order to place it at an appropriate height along a stair step or pier piling.

    For the purposes of this example, the Height of the original Round Aisle Light symbol was decreased to 2".