Gradus Installs Intelligent Step Lighting Solutions at The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester
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09 January 2012

The University of Manchester is Britain's largest single-site university, with a proud history of achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future.

Gradus’ RNT718L clear PVC-u stair edgings with Glacier (light grey) slip-resistant inserts and green Continuity LED lighting was installed in 16 of the University’s lecture theatres, in order to create a continuous linear lighting effect across each step that is clearly visible when ascending and descending the staircase.

The step lighting has been designed specifically to suit interior environments such as auditoria, where light is required for safety but should not detract from the primary function of the installation.  In order to meet the latest guidelines on creating safe stairs, the stair edging inserts were chosen in a colour that provides a tonal contrast with the dark blue carpet so that the step edge is defined in normal conditions; whilst the lighting helps students and staff to safely navigate the lecture theatres in reduced light conditions. 

In addition to safety, Gradus illuminated stair edgings have been used to complement the streamlined and modern design of the lecture theatres, replicating the design of the grey desks with green highlight detail onto the staircase for a co-ordinated appearance.

Trevor Humphreys, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities at The University of Manchester, said: “We wanted to opt for a company with a proven track record of supplying and installing step lighting solutions to lecture theatres and auditoriums, so Gradus was the perfect choice. The finished result is not only attractive, but also creates a safe environment for both students and staff.”

Rachael Robertson, Product Manager for Gradus, added: “By utilising LED technology, our Continuity step lighting offers an extra low voltage alternative to mains voltage lighting that has a 50,000 hour life expectancy and is very easy to install. The profile itself, as with all Gradus PVC-u stair edgings, is covered by a 10 year warranty, providing a durable, safe and attractive solution for the university.”

Gradus is the leading UK manufacturer of LED lighting products, combining safety with aesthetics, for use in lecture theatres, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs and cruise liners. Gradus Lighting way finding systems assist in creating safe and accessible environments for all, in line with BS8300:2009+A1:2010, Approved Document M and the Equality Act. Gradus also provides a full project management service, site installation, maintenance and after care. 

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