Oliver ReesProduct Design BSc
An illuminating handrail to reduce stair falls
Stair falls accounted for the second highest number of accidental fatalities last year. The most common causes are: carelessness from rushing and not holding onto handrails, trip hazards, and poor lighting. LunaRail is an illuminating handrail that encourages safer use of stairways in commercial environments such as elderly care homes. LunaRail encourages people to hold on. This is achieved by taking inspiration from bespoke handrails of the past - creating a seamless journey from start to finish along a smooth contoured, warm to the touch wooden rail that has no interruption from brackets. This has also led to a beautiful aesthetic that will not lead to stigmatisation. A non-intrusive ambient light shines during times of poor lighting and during the night. This guides users towards the handrail. When the user holds on a brighter light illuminates the route and any potential trip hazards before them.