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How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
5 Things to Consider to Make it Work, Get it Right and Make it Last
PATRICK HUTCHINSON, KLIK USA

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lluminated handrails provide a stunning
and graceful addition to architectural
design. To implement the right solution, there are considerations to get it
done right.
We're going to take a look at the
aspects metalworkers must evaluate
for electrical, mechanical and final
installation of lighting systems for
illuminated handrails.
Trends
Modern building and landscape design
can minimize the impact on the environment, control light pollution and more
gently weave together human spaces
with natural conditions. Illuminated
handrails can lead by placing the right
amount of light precisely where it needs
to be-on the stairs, ramps or bridges
pedestrians use. Most people don't even
realize where the light is coming from;
it's just there.
Output from illuminated handrails
paints spaces with multiple dimensions
of light that naturally fills a space and can
tend toward the warmer (or lower) color
temperatures that are more pleasing to
the eye. They make a canvas out of an
architectural space with minimal obtrusions. With proper system selection and
execution, lighted handrails are seamlessly built into the environment. Bringing
light to a space through a handrail opens
designers to a wider array of possibilities.
LED handrail technology continues to
evolve, resulting in high-quality light output

The Phipps Conservatory, located in Pittsburgh, features point source lighting that was recommended by the metalworker during the design phase. This allowed the rails to be easily adapted to
KLIK LEDpod 50™. The result is pathway lighting that fits in with the property's environmentallyconscious design.

at a very low wattage. It's a particular advantage as a replacement for step-lights, which
can be prone to water infiltration, short lifespan
and complex prep work for concrete forms. In
colder climates, elevating the light source also
isolates the light components from de-icing solutions, which are very hard on electrical systems.
Additionally, modern, low-voltage systems are
inherently safe, so fixture integration within the
rail does not expose users to risk. These systems
are well proven, have a high reliability and a wide
installation base.
Types
There are three basic types of illuminated
handrails for commercial markets. Each with
their own advantages, steps for installation and
specifics you must know regarding functions.
* Point Source Lighting requires a round hole
drilled within a standard pipe or tube rail,
but doesn't require a specific rail profile or
complex fabrication. It is secured within rails,
either by a flexible locking clasp, or by tapping

the drilled hole and using a thread-lock compound. All wiring for point source lighting is
internal within the railing, with no exposed
connections, making it an incredibly secure
solution. It is the best solution for curved and
helical rail systems. Some versions offer
asymmetric output, where the light is mounted
straight down from the rail, but the light output
is thrown out from the rail, providing increased
light coverage while reducing glare issues.
Delivered light can be increased or decreased
by varying the distance between fixtures, with
additional light modulation achieved by using
a dimming circuit. Some point source systems
are easily dimmable via two-wire solution,
while others require a third dimming channel. The two-wire systems are more easily
installed, and a better fit for handrails with
space inside the rim at a premium.
* Linear "Lightsticks" can be inserted into profiles between posts or brackets in a railing
fabricated from a caprail or channel profile.
The lights are held in by clips and wiring is run

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
Employment Lawsuits Happen
Supplier Members
New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
Index of Advertisers
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - President’s Letter
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Network
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Education Foundation
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Employment Lawsuits Happen
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Supplier Members
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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