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LED Handrails – Good Concept or Potential Graffiti Surface?

I just read an article about lighting for stairwells – an interesting concept that includes illuminated railings along stairway walls:

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Zoran Sunjic‘s design for an LED-lit stairway rail is based on the idea that a stairway that has low light can be spruced up by his LED rail, or some energy-hogging fixtures can be replaced by the inventi0n.  At each end of the rail, an LED illuminator lights up the rail – which is designed like a fiber-optic structure.

What do you think?  I think this is a really interesting concept, but as soon as it gets covered with the funk of ten thousand people running their hands all over it, it’s going to look like hell unless it’s maintained and cleaned.  Also, the minute some chump sprays paint on it or carves it up, it might look like crap.  Is the design modular?  That might be pretty handy in public installation situations.

More pics:

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Thanks, TrendsNow!