Date Announced: 07 Aug 2012 The LEDPOD LED-based stairway and pathway lighting snaps into a handrail and focuses light downward.Klik Systems are delighted to announce that their award-winning LEDPOD will be exclusively available in the USA through their new official agents, R&B Wagner. The family owned handrail manufacturers now have sole distribution rights to LEDPOD in the USA, and are already underway with a very large project involving the ingenious luminaire; about 10 hours drive from their base in Milwaukee. Klik Systems have been supplying bespoke linear lights to architects and designers for over 25 years. Their LEDs for ‘Luminous’ at Darling Quarter Sydney – billed as the world’s largest digital art façade covering 557 windows – grabbed headlines around the world earlier this year. Based outside Sydney in Eastern Creek, with international agents across the globe, Klik Systems were also involved with SPARC lighting design, part of the VIVID Sydney 2012 festival. “We’re tremendously pleased to be working with Wagner,” said Klik’s marketing manager, Cliff Hadley. “They’re a terrific presence in the USA market and we’re looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”Klik System’s LEDPOD won Australian Luminaire Design Award for Excellence 2011. This ingenious ‘snap-in’ LED is designed for handrails of any size, and focuses light downwards on stairs and paths.“It was important to us to have the luminaire located out of view under the handrail, effectively lighting the stairs/walkway with good vertical illumination, whilst minimising glare,” says Cliff Hadley. “LEDPOD is particularly useful where no overhead lighting is possible.”With a history in architectural metals dating to 1850, R&B Wagner, Inc. is a recognized leader in the handrail industry. They began as a components supplier, and expanded into complete railing systems, contract manufacturing for OEM markets, vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities and an industry-leading resource base for technical expertise. CEO Bob Wagner sums up their ethos simply: “Provide the Best Customer Experience in our industry.”“We couldn’t be more excited about our relationship with Klik. “They are a fabulous organization and there is tremendous cultural alignment between our firms,” said Patrick Hutchinson, Director of Wagner Architectural Systems. “Partnering Klik’s vast lighting experience with Wagner’s metals capabilities provides unparalleled advantage to ornamental metals designers and users as well as an exceptional platform for creative lighting design. Together we have very high expectations for a bright future.” The LEDPOD fixture fits flush into handrails of any size, and has a sleek contemporary aesthetic. The LED’s asymmetrical optical system (patent pending) was designed using Photopia software and totally eliminates glare. A specially designed heat sink solved the problem of heat on the glass lens and handrail - which does not exceed 35 degrees. Installation and maintenance is made effortlessly simple with a retaining spring system, which also has a patent pending. “The LEDPOD is installed by means of a simple push, and a quarter turn will remove it, minimising any twisting of the cabling. There’s virtually zero chance of damaging the luminaire or handrail tube.” Says Hadley.
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