Garda Illuminated LED Handrails from DW Windsor have provided a perfect solution for lighting stairways at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow.
Challenged to provide an effective yet discreet general and emergency lighting solution Arups lighting design team quickly discounted traditional bulkhead methods (from the walls) for not meeting aesthetical requirements. With a stainless steel handrail already planned for the ground level up to the VIP area Arup decided to integrate the lighting, specifying DW Windsors Garda LED handrail.
Garda is an illuminated handrail and balustrade system that delivers market-leading photometric performance, ensuring unparalleled uniformity across the 2.4m stair treads at the SSE Hydro.
Garda provides a 3 hour battery back-up system in the event of emergency, high energy efficiency and a life of in excess of 60,000 hours (to L70). Low energy consumption and negligible maintenance requirements will also reduce any lifecycle cost to the arenas operators.
The Garda Illuminated LED Handrail was site welded to the standard handrail on the staircases to provide a high-quality seamless finish between the two sections and on both sides of the stairwell.
DW Windsors Stratum lanterns were additionally used to light the roads and walkways behind the arena.