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19 June 2023

The best views at the Federal Horticultural Show 2023: Sustainable lighting and barrier-free paths

In this joint project, the LED handrail was supplied by LUX GLENDER and the stainless steel mesh by Carl Stahl ARC.
The Federal Horticultural Show 2023 in Mannheim offers visitors an impressive view of the grounds, and a particular highlight is the striking panoramic footbridge. In addition to the impressive architecture, the footbridge also offers environmentally friendly lighting during the night hours, which is linear, uniform and without glare. Under the motto "Best views", this garden show focuses on current topics such as sustainability, climate, environment, energy and food security. Another remarkable feature is the nature-compatible lighting concept, which helps to protect the fauna.

Sustainable lighting for the panorama footbridge

The panorama walkway at the Federal Horticultural Show 2023 not only sets architectural accents, but also impresses with its lighting system. An innovative concept is used here that has a positive impact on the environment. Thanks to the "light-in-handrail system" from LUX GLENDER with energy-saving LED lights, the fauna is spared. Due to the low positioning of the light and the orientation towards the pedestrian path, nocturnal animals feel less attracted. The linear light guidance ensures that light-sensitive animals, birds and insects can use their natural habitats outside the path undisturbed. The use of a light colour with a low blue light component also minimises harmful effects on wildlife.

Accessibility and safety

Another important feature of the panorama walkway is its accessibility. The handrail was designed to meet the requirements for people of all ages. With a diameter of 42.4 mm, it offers both children and older people a secure hold and trouble-free use. In addition, the lighting of the walkway improves safety for visitors. The integration of an LED light strip in the handrail ensures uniform light distribution. The LUX GLENDER SAFE lighting system ensures optimal illumination of the walking surface and prevents glare for traffic passing underneath. The linear light distribution contributes to accident prevention. In addition, the electrical system is operated with low voltage so that the safety of all users is guaranteed.

Innovative architecture and resistant railing infills

The architecture of the panoramic walkway impresses not only with its functionality, but also with its aesthetics. The illuminated side of the bridge faces the solid railing, creating an elegant and open effect. Despite the seemingly light construction, the necessary wiring of the illuminated handrail is not visible. Another notable feature of the railing is the use of stainless steel mesh from Carl Stahl Architektur. With its modern, durable and resistant railing infills made of stainless steel mesh, the parent company of LUX GLENDER shows how harmonious and contemporary the interaction with the light-in-handrail system can be. It is to be expected that this trend towards environmentally friendly and glare-free bridge lighting as well as high-quality railing infills made of stainless steel mesh will continue to strengthen in the future.


The 2023 Federal Horticultural Show in Mannheim offers visitors a unique experience with "Best Views". The striking panorama walkway not only attracts architecture-loving visitors, but also sets new standards in sustainability and environmental compatibility. The nature-compatible lighting concept of the footbridge minimises the impact on wildlife and contributes to the preservation of biodiversity. The barrier-free design and the innovative lighting system ensure the safety and comfort of visitors. The use of stainless steel mesh as railing infill also demonstrates a trend towards high-quality and resistant materials. The 2023 Federal Horticultural Show in Mannheim is thus not only a place of beauty and relaxation, but also a pioneering example of sustainable design and urban innovation.
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