Adding a House Light

Porch and garage lights of many different styles can be added to your house. When viewing your design at sunrise, sunset, and evening, Realtime Landscaping will automatically illuminate any lights you have added.

To add a house light:

1.   Select the Perspective view (not required but recommended).

2.   Adjust your view until you can clearly see the wall of the house you want to add the light to.

3.   From the Building tab, click Add House Light.

4.   Click the picture of the light that appears to the right of the screen, and then select the light you would like to use from the menu that appears.

5.   Click the wall you want to add the light to. Press and hold Ctrl while clicking to add more than one.


Using IES Light Profiles

IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) profiles describe how light spreads in each direction. Realtime Landscaping includes a selection of profiles that you can use for any light. In Realtime Landscaping Architect, you can also import your own using the IES Light Profile Import Wizard.

Important: In Realtime Landscaping, light profiles are for visualization purposes only. Their pattern and brightness do not directly relate to a given light.



    House lights will turn on automatically based on their On time and the current time of day. To set the time of day, see Environment Settings.

    House lights share many of the same properties as landscape lights. For details, see Adding a Landscape Light.

    House lights are specially designed to attach to houses, and can only be placed on house walls. If you want to add a landscape light, see Adding a Landscape Light for information on adding lights that can be placed anywhere.

    House lights can be scaled and stretched to change their shape; for more information, see Scaling Objects and Rotating Objects. Note that changing the size or shape of a light does not affect its brightness.

See also:

House Light Properties
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Editing Objects
Environment Settings