Adding a Light to a Pier Piling in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00479
Last Modified: January 13, 2022

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Home Designer Professional


I am attempting to add a light to a piling in a pier I have created. However, when I add a light, an error message states that lights can only be added to a wall or cabinet. How do I add lights to a piling?


In Home Designer Pro, wall lights cannot be added to a plan unless they are placed on walls or cabinets. It is possible, however, to place wall lights in special locations such as on a pier piling using a wall marked as invisible. In a 3D or elevation view, it will appear as though the lights are mounted directly to the pilings.

Begin by opening the Home Designer Pro plan in which you would like to place lights on a piling and determine the location where you would like to add the pilings and place the lights. 

To place a wall

  1. From the menu, select Build> Wall> Exterior Wall , and then click and drag to draw a wall.

  2. Click on the wall using the Select Objects  tool to select it and display its edit handles. If necessary, use these edit handles to position the wall precisely where the pilings will be located. Don't draw it off to one side or another, it needs to occupy the same space the pilings will.

    Note: If you already have pilings in your drawing, move them to the side and draw a wall where the pilings once were. This wall will serve as a mounting platform for your lights but will remain unseen in 3D views.

Next, it's time to add the lights. These will need to be mounted to the wall you have just created.

To place wall lights

  1. From the menu, select View> Library Browser  to open the Library Browser side window if it's not already open.

  2. Navigate to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Lighting> Wall Mounted and choose a desired light object.

    In this example, the Caged Lantern option is used.

  3. With the desired light selected, click in your plan to place it on a wall.

  4. To adjust the placement of the light, click on it using the Select Objects  tool, then use the Move handle to drag it into position.

To specify the wall as Invisible

  1. Once you have added a light or series of lights to your plan, click on the wall using the Select Objects  tool to select it.

  2. Select the wall and click the Open Object  edit button to open the Wall Specification dialog.

  3. On the General panel, under Options, place a check in the box beside Invisible.

  4. Click the OK button to close the dialog and apply the change.

Although you cannot place a wall light on a wall that has already been specified as Invisible, a wall with lights mounted on it can nevertheless be made Invisible. 

When the wall is converted into an invisible wall, the light objects that are attached to it will appear to float in space in a 3D view.

It's now time to click on the piling and drag it to the correct position.

To move existing pilings into position

  1. Click the Select Objects  tool and click on a piling to select it and display its edit handles.

  2. Click and drag using the central Move  handle to position the piling in the proper location.

  3. To move the piling through other objects such as the wall, hold down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard.

  4. Repeat this process with the other pilings. If needed, adjust the position of the lights so that they each line up with a piling. 

In a 3D view, the lights will now appear to be mounted on pilings.

To create new pilings

  1. Browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Shapes> Cylinders within the Library Browser and click to highlight and select an appropriate vertical cylinder. 

  2. Click in floor plan view to place a cylinder, then click on it using the Select Objects  tool.

  3. Click the Open Object  edit button to open the Geometric Shape Specification dialog, and specify the height that you want the piling to be.

  4. Make any other desired adjustments, such as to the Materials of the shape, then click OK to close the dialog.

  5. Click the Copy/Paste  edit button, then click where you want an exact copy of this piling to be located.

    You can also use Sticky Mode  if you want to continue to place copies until another tool is selected.

  6. To see the lights and pilings in a 3D view, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview .

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