Customizing a Light Fixture

Reference Number: KB-01057
Last Modified: July 16, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to adjust the size of a light fixture. How can I do this?

Kitchen bar with pendant light fixtures


A light fixture has several properties that can be customized in Chief Architect, including the size, the light source, materials, as well as the properties relating to a materials list and schedule.

To customize a light fixture

  1. Open the plan in which you would like to customize a light fixture.

  2. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the light fixture to select it, then click the Open Object edit tool.

    In this example, a Puck light is used.

  3. On the General panel of the Electrical Service Specification dialog that opens, adjust the Height, Width, and Depth to your liking.

    If you're working with rope lighting, different options will be listed, including the Distance Between Lights and the Light Display Size.

    General panel of the Electrical Service Specification dialog

    • Uncheck Retain Aspect Ratio if you would like to modify one of these values without affecting the others. Doing so may cause the symbol’s shape to become distorted. This does not affect editing performed outside of this dialog and is an action rather than a state: the next time you open this dialog, it will be checked.

    • Check Reverse Symbol to reverse the object’s appearance so that features on its left are located on its right and vice versa. This setting does not affect symmetrical light fixtures.

    You can also modify the 2D CAD block that's assigned to the light fixture. To learn more, please see the "Editing 2D CAD Blocks Assigned to 3D Symbols" resource in the Related Articles section below.

  4. On the Light Data panel, modify the light source to serve your needs.

    Adjust the Light Data of an electrical object to fit your needs

    • In this example, many of the settings here were adjusted.

    • The exact changes that you use will depend on the effect you wish to create, as well as the conditions in your plan and the location you wish to place the light.

    • For more information on these settings, please see the "Working with Light Sources" resource in the Related Articles section below.

    Note: If you're working with rope or strip lighting, a Moldings panel will also be available where additional settings can be specified. For more information on rope lighting, please refer to your program's Help documentation. 

  5. On the Materials panel:

    Materials panel of the Electrical Service Specification dialog

    • A "Light" or "Light Bulb" component is usually listed. Select this component, click on the Select Material button, then browse the Library for an appropriate lighting material. Once a material has been selected, click OK.

      Lighting materials, including LED options, can be found by navigating to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Materials> Lighting.

    • The same procedure can be performed for any other components that are listed.

  6. On the Label panel, specify your desired label properties for the fixture.

  7. On the Components panel, enter the Price of the fixture, as well as other information if you wish.

  8. On the Object Information panel:

    Specify information for the object on the Object Information panel

    • Use the Code field to specify a SKU, if applicable.

    • Use the Comment field to specify any additional comments.

    • Use the Description field to specify a description for the fixture.

    • Specify the fixture's Manufacturer.

    • Specify the fixture's Supplier.

    • Custom Object Fields can also be setup. This setting allows you to specify custom field values for use in schedules. For more information on Custom Object Fields, please refer to your program's Help documentation.

  9. On the Schedule panel:

    Schedule panel of the Electrical Service Specification dialog

    • Check Include in Schedule to list the selected object in any schedules that includes its Schedule Category.

    • Select Auto Schedule Category to assign the selected object to a schedule category based on its type.

    • Select Include in Schedule As to enable the settings that follow and assign the selected object to one or more categories in the list.

  10. Once all desired changes have been made, click OK.