How LED Lighting is Changing the Way Architects are Using Handrails
Today, more and more residential and commercial architects are utilizing LED illuminated interior and exterior handrail systems to help put a new emphasis on their designs. This isn’t a surprising factor. After all, LED lighting brings quite a bit to the design aspect, while providing an energy efficient and cost-effective life safety element.
When an architect works with metal or glass interior or exterior handrailings, they are replacing more traditional halogen, incandescent and fluorescent fixtures with LED integrated handrailings. This offers an eye-catching, innovative and appealing alternative – let alone one that typically costs less to maintain.
The fact is, LED makes the most sense if you are searching for energy efficiency, superior safety, and amazing aesthetics.
What many people still wonder, however, is why exactly this change is being made.
Reduce Maintenance and Energy Costs with LED Illuminated Handrails
One of the biggest reasons to adopt LED illuminated handrails is the fact they consume much less energy than other types of lights. This helps reduce the utility costs of the structure, facility, home, etc… LED bulbs emit more light per watt and they burn 10 times longer than traditional fluorescent bulbs, and up to 30 times longer than halogen bulbs. Thanks to this long-life span, building owners or managers, architects, developers and even homeowners can reduce the expense of frequent bulb replacement, as well as continued maintenance.
Also, the lighted railings are designed to be rugged and durable to withstand the conditions of their environment. This is true for both interior and exterior rails. What does this mean? You can have the LED illuminated railings installed anywhere – even in wet environments. Whether that be throughout a public park pier or walkway, pedestrian bridge, waterfront platform, outdoor ADA ramp, or street overpass.
Another benefit of these railings, over other illumination solutions, is they outperform traditional lighting regarding heat output, noise, and overall light pollution. Because LEDs minimize the build-up of heat, they are ideal for commercial systems that feature recessed lighting. This helps to reduce your carbon footprint, which is great for everyone.
Put Light Right Where It’s Needed with LED Illuminated Handrails
Put simply, LED bulbs are bright. They can be installed on your modern handrail and eliminate the need for additional, ancillary lighting. That’s because the LEDs can be put right where they are needed, placing light at the right angle and right distances, making areas much safer for public use. These bulbs reflect well on walking surfaces and don’t add unnecessary ambient light like many other options do. This is particularly important in locations such as theaters and museums.
Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are prone to break and are extremely fragile. If they are hit or bumped, they may even present a safety hazard to the public. Modern LED bulbs are manufactured using all solid-state components. They also are free from any mercury or filament.
Aesthetics are Obvious with LED Illuminated Handrails
The ultimate goal of any architect is to create a beautiful, structurally sound building that meets the needs of those who will be using it. The addition of LED illuminated handrails helps to meet these goals by highlighting & focusing on the design and architectural style.
Architects can use the wide array of customizable handrail designs available, along with various finishes and mounting options to make a real statement in any building they are commissioned to design.
The fact is, the use and relevance of lighted handrails are growing. It is something that architects, building owners/managers, and even homeowners should consider investing in. More information about handrail lighting can be found by visiting The Wagner Companies or by connecting with a handrail & lighting specialist to help fulfill your project needs.