If you’re looking to add prestige to an entrance, give pedestrians safe passage across a bridge, or to create a feature staircase, an illuminated handrail is the perfect solution. This 'how-to' guide takes you through the right questions to ask before starting a project.
1. How much light do you need?
The first thing to consider is, what is the lighting task? and what is the light level required to meet it?
First and foremost, a handrail provides functional lighting, achieving light levels in excess of 150lux and 40% uniformity! And there’s even an emergency option.
2. Continuous light or not?
Next, decide how you want the scheme to look from a lighting perspective. Do you want a continuous line of light? If so, maximise module sizes and fill the spaces between the stanchions and brackets, dimming down to the required level (if over lit).
Our Garda Comfort module is a perfect solution for continuous light, as it can be cut to any length. Alternatively, you can design using the least number of modules to achieve the lighting design. Garda and Garda Pro modules were designed to achieve performance illumination and can be spaced several meters apart whilst still achieving high uniformity (40% plus).
3. ‘Effect’ or performance?
What are your lighting objectives? Is performance or effect (we call it comfort lighting) your priority? Our Garda Comfort module is an ideal solution for schemes where maximising the visual appearance of the module itself is of interest, it focuses on a tight pitch between LED’s, making sure that they are not visible.
Alternatively, if performance is your main driver then opt for a precision optic such as the Garda Pro.
Colour temperature is also a big consideration. Do you want to blend with surrounding colour temperatures or highlight? Garda modules are available in 2700K, 3000K and 4000K colour temperatures as standard. Garda Comfort is also available in RGB.
Remember selecting an illuminated handrail in a lower colour temperature (3000K or under) will be more sympathetic to flora and fauna and wildlife habitats.