A guiding light

A guiding light

Richie Rail: a range of illuminated handrails.

Words by Justin Foote

Wayfinding is one of the most intrinsic parts of navigation and encompasses all of the ways in which we orient ourselves within a physical space, especially if that space is unknown to us. When our forebears struck out across oceans, leaving behind everything that was familiar, the light from the stars kept them on track.

Today, while we may not be crossing oceans, at night, light still plays an integral role in getting us from A to B, regardless of how short the journey.

“From a wayfinding standpoint, lighting is a universal language, it opens up a space in an accessible way, drawing people into and through it, says David Livingstone, Director of Liv Light, a lighting design and solutions company and distributor for the Richie Rail lighting system.

“The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is an innovative way of bringing lighting into a wayfinding scheme, being, as it is, integrated directly into the handrail.”

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the Richie Rail range comprises four unique illuminated handrail systems, three of which are suitable for use on exterior applications and all suited to commercial and residential use.

Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.
Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.

Richie Rail: a solution designed to suit any application

“Each system features CNC-machined sliding wall brackets for quick installation and a sleek, contemporary finish,” says David. “The wall brackets are hollow, concealing the power supply to the strip LED lighting core. The low-voltage input makes the handrail safe to touch. Glass-mounted brackets are also available.

“Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile and comes with anodised aluminium brackets. Handrails can be finished in anodised aluminium or custom powder coat colours. It is suitable for use on internal and external residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares and also in lift cars.

“Richie Rail 18 is for internal use only and has been designed to be used in conjunction with various timber handrails. The wall brackets for the Richie Rail 18 are manufactured from 316 stainless steel. It is suitable for residential and commercial applications.

“Richie Rail 20 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 42.4mm. It is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 20 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system in satin or polished stainless steel finishes.

“Richie Rail 26 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 48.3mm and like the Richie Rail 20 is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 26 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system with a satin stainless steel finish.”

The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.
The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.

Choose your system then choose your handrail

Once you’ve worked with Liv Light to identify the right Richie Rail system for your project, they will then help you match the system to the right handrail, which is then manufactured onsite.

“Standard length is 2.6m for residential, although we have made custom lengths up to 7m and further up to 25m for commercial projects,” says David. “We can accommodate anything from one-off residential projects through to large-scale commercial projects. We take the pain out of planning, designing, sourcing, supplying and installation.”

Liv Light offers clients a simple five-step process—Brainstorm; Design; Adapt; Supply; Enjoy.

“Achieving the right lighting design can be a complex process, however, we strive to make it as simple as possible for our clients by talking through their vision and determining their likes and dislikes and budget. After that initial consultation, one of our team members will craft a lighting plan that outlines each room and individual fixtures, along with costings.

“Next up—fine-tune the plan. With feedback from the client, we adapt the preliminary design and get approval to proceed. Once approved, we order your lighting and when your lights arrive at our workshop, we check all fittings and label them room by room, ready for delivery. Finally, we guide your tradespeople through a seamless installation process. Once your lighting solutions are installed, we’ll arrange for you to walk through the site to ensure you’re happy with the end result,” says David.

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A guiding light
A guiding light

A guiding light

Richie Rail: a range of illuminated handrails.

Words by Justin Foote

Wayfinding is one of the most intrinsic parts of navigation and encompasses all of the ways in which we orient ourselves within a physical space, especially if that space is unknown to us. When our forebears struck out across oceans, leaving behind everything that was familiar, the light from the stars kept them on track.

Today, while we may not be crossing oceans, at night, light still plays an integral role in getting us from A to B, regardless of how short the journey.

“From a wayfinding standpoint, lighting is a universal language, it opens up a space in an accessible way, drawing people into and through it, says David Livingstone, Director of Liv Light, a lighting design and solutions company and distributor for the Richie Rail lighting system.

“The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is an innovative way of bringing lighting into a wayfinding scheme, being, as it is, integrated directly into the handrail.”

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the Richie Rail range comprises four unique illuminated handrail systems, three of which are suitable for use on exterior applications and all suited to commercial and residential use.

Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.
Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.

Richie Rail: a solution designed to suit any application

“Each system features CNC-machined sliding wall brackets for quick installation and a sleek, contemporary finish,” says David. “The wall brackets are hollow, concealing the power supply to the strip LED lighting core. The low-voltage input makes the handrail safe to touch. Glass-mounted brackets are also available.

“Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile and comes with anodised aluminium brackets. Handrails can be finished in anodised aluminium or custom powder coat colours. It is suitable for use on internal and external residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares and also in lift cars.

“Richie Rail 18 is for internal use only and has been designed to be used in conjunction with various timber handrails. The wall brackets for the Richie Rail 18 are manufactured from 316 stainless steel. It is suitable for residential and commercial applications.

“Richie Rail 20 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 42.4mm. It is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 20 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system in satin or polished stainless steel finishes.

“Richie Rail 26 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 48.3mm and like the Richie Rail 20 is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 26 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system with a satin stainless steel finish.”

The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.
The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.

Choose your system then choose your handrail

Once you’ve worked with Liv Light to identify the right Richie Rail system for your project, they will then help you match the system to the right handrail, which is then manufactured onsite.

“Standard length is 2.6m for residential, although we have made custom lengths up to 7m and further up to 25m for commercial projects,” says David. “We can accommodate anything from one-off residential projects through to large-scale commercial projects. We take the pain out of planning, designing, sourcing, supplying and installation.”

Liv Light offers clients a simple five-step process—Brainstorm; Design; Adapt; Supply; Enjoy.

“Achieving the right lighting design can be a complex process, however, we strive to make it as simple as possible for our clients by talking through their vision and determining their likes and dislikes and budget. After that initial consultation, one of our team members will craft a lighting plan that outlines each room and individual fixtures, along with costings.

“Next up—fine-tune the plan. With feedback from the client, we adapt the preliminary design and get approval to proceed. Once approved, we order your lighting and when your lights arrive at our workshop, we check all fittings and label them room by room, ready for delivery. Finally, we guide your tradespeople through a seamless installation process. Once your lighting solutions are installed, we’ll arrange for you to walk through the site to ensure you’re happy with the end result,” says David.

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A guiding light

A guiding light

Richie Rail: a range of illuminated handrails.

Words by Justin Foote

Wayfinding is one of the most intrinsic parts of navigation and encompasses all of the ways in which we orient ourselves within a physical space, especially if that space is unknown to us. When our forebears struck out across oceans, leaving behind everything that was familiar, the light from the stars kept them on track.

Today, while we may not be crossing oceans, at night, light still plays an integral role in getting us from A to B, regardless of how short the journey.

“From a wayfinding standpoint, lighting is a universal language, it opens up a space in an accessible way, drawing people into and through it, says David Livingstone, Director of Liv Light, a lighting design and solutions company and distributor for the Richie Rail lighting system.

“The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is an innovative way of bringing lighting into a wayfinding scheme, being, as it is, integrated directly into the handrail.”

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the Richie Rail range comprises four unique illuminated handrail systems, three of which are suitable for use on exterior applications and all suited to commercial and residential use.

Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.
Seen here with an anodised aluminium handrail, Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile.

Richie Rail: a solution designed to suit any application

“Each system features CNC-machined sliding wall brackets for quick installation and a sleek, contemporary finish,” says David. “The wall brackets are hollow, concealing the power supply to the strip LED lighting core. The low-voltage input makes the handrail safe to touch. Glass-mounted brackets are also available.

“Richie Rail 17 features a slimline rectangular profile and comes with anodised aluminium brackets. Handrails can be finished in anodised aluminium or custom powder coat colours. It is suitable for use on internal and external residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares and also in lift cars.

“Richie Rail 18 is for internal use only and has been designed to be used in conjunction with various timber handrails. The wall brackets for the Richie Rail 18 are manufactured from 316 stainless steel. It is suitable for residential and commercial applications.

“Richie Rail 20 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 42.4mm. It is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 20 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system in satin or polished stainless steel finishes.

“Richie Rail 26 is a round, 316 stainless steel handrail with a diameter of 48.3mm and like the Richie Rail 20 is suitable for use on residential and commercial stairs and thoroughfares including accessible routes and exterior urban spaces. Richie Rail 26 can be supplied as a “plug-and-play” modular system, or as a seamless, fully welded system with a satin stainless steel finish.”

The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.
The Richie Rail system by Offspring Profiles is suitable for internal and external commercial and residential applications.

Choose your system then choose your handrail

Once you’ve worked with Liv Light to identify the right Richie Rail system for your project, they will then help you match the system to the right handrail, which is then manufactured onsite.

“Standard length is 2.6m for residential, although we have made custom lengths up to 7m and further up to 25m for commercial projects,” says David. “We can accommodate anything from one-off residential projects through to large-scale commercial projects. We take the pain out of planning, designing, sourcing, supplying and installation.”

Liv Light offers clients a simple five-step process—Brainstorm; Design; Adapt; Supply; Enjoy.

“Achieving the right lighting design can be a complex process, however, we strive to make it as simple as possible for our clients by talking through their vision and determining their likes and dislikes and budget. After that initial consultation, one of our team members will craft a lighting plan that outlines each room and individual fixtures, along with costings.

“Next up—fine-tune the plan. With feedback from the client, we adapt the preliminary design and get approval to proceed. Once approved, we order your lighting and when your lights arrive at our workshop, we check all fittings and label them room by room, ready for delivery. Finally, we guide your tradespeople through a seamless installation process. Once your lighting solutions are installed, we’ll arrange for you to walk through the site to ensure you’re happy with the end result,” says David.

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