StepGuard™ wayfinding, stair nosing and accent lighting solutions, all evenly illuminated by Light Tape® no-glare electroluminescent lighting.
Make a switch from hazy LEDs to StepGuard™ powered by proprietary Light Tape® EL Lamps
Have you invested a fortune upgrading your cinema’s digital projector to the latest 4K digital laser technology? Then, find yourself disappointed when the movie rolls and your overbright LED stair nosings are stealing the show, washing out your new screen? Get rid of the LEDs, Light Tape® EL lamps illuminate like a laser! Clean, crisp, and even without any glare or light pollution.
StepGuard™ with Light Tape® offers illuminated solutions with absolutely no glare or light pollution.. Change the way you think about step and aisle lighting for movie theaters or commercial venues. StepGuard™ has solutions to accent light walls in movie theaters and other venues like auditoriums, museums, and more with long runs and just one connection. From auditorium egress lighting for convention centers or universities to wall guidance or walkway lighting for a concert hall or a church, StepGuard™ is commonly utilized in commercial venues but also perfect for your home theater. StepGuard™ has you covered!
Direct View Illumination
Light Tape® lamps make direct view illumination possible. Our proprietary electroluminescent light source does not produce a glare or create light pollution.
Our most popular nosing! One Light Tape® at a 45–degree angle on the front edge. While seated the step lights are not visible, only when walking up the steps. On the way down, each step illuminates, as if they were being turned on just for you!
SG Classic OT
Our StepGuard™ Classic offers the option for an up-light and down-light position at the same time. This classic series design uses just the top track for Light Tape® on top illumination.
SG Retro OT
Like the Classic OT, the Retro OT uses just the top track for Light Tape® location. The Retro Design is perfect for older cinema refurbishments or plush carpet venues.
Cast a glow on the step tread, not your screen. Ideal for when you want to design a truly Immersive Experience for your patrons with our proprietary Light Tape® lamps inside.
SG MAX DL
Our flagship immersive solution! Designed with an immersive experience in mind for a visionary customer. Heavily influenced by IMAX’s top lighting designer to eliminate all direct view lighting. The MAX Immersive creates an even glow at the base of each step for navigation with a gray insert on the 45-degree nose for little contrast as you ascend.
SG Classic DL
Our StepGuard™ Classic offers an up-light and down-light position at the same time. This Classic series design uses the bottom track for Light Tape® down low illumination.
Double the lights, double the safety with our StepGuard™ Dual Illumination nosings. Utilizing our proprietary Light Tape® lamps on both the upward and downward facing angles, you get the best of both worlds with no-glare direct view illumination and a glow on the stair tread.
SG MAX Duo
Designed with the MAX Immersive experience in mind, we added another Light Tape® lamp to the 45-degree track to delineate step edge and add to the downlight glow. This light is only visible when standing and walking down the stairs, each one turns on for you.
SG Classic Duo
The standard for dual illumination. Our classic series profile is based on a traditional design where the light source was never pointed towards the screen for fear of glare. Historically the standard design was for only up and down illumination.
SG Retro Duo
The Retro Duo utilizes two Light Tape® lamps, one on the nose, the other in the down position. This design is perfect for older cinema refurbishments or plush carpet venues.
Life Safety Stair Nosings
All the great things our Immersive system has to offer with LED’s. We designed our StepGuard™ systems to be a perfect balance of design and safety. When safety codes call for LED illumination, our Life Safety systems are a perfect option!
SG MAX Life Safety
The MAX Life Safety design will help to eliminate the light cast forward with the aluminum internal light guide. You will not be able to see the light source while seated.
SG MAX Duo Life Safety
Like the Max Duo, but we swapped the Light Tape® lamp on the down-light position and went with a High Bright LED for extra brightness on the step. The LEDs create a wash on each step, adding another level of safety.
SG Classic Life Safety
The Classic Life Safety system uses the lighting channel on bottom of the profile to hold high bright LEDs. The top channel is filled with an anti-slip rubber insert.
SG Classic Duo Life Safety
Our StepGuard™ Classic Duo uses Light Tape® for the up-light and LEDs for the down-light position. The high bright option utilizes LEDs as the down light. The LED location concentrates the light onto the step. The patron is not able to see the light source, just the illuminated surface.
SG Retro Life Safety
The Retro Life Safety utilizes a high bright LED in the down-light position to cast illumination along the stair tread without shining light on screen. This design is perfect for older cinema refurbishments or plush carpet venues.
SG Retro Duo Life Safety
The Retro Duo HB utilizes Light Tape® on the nose and a high bright LED in the down-light position. This design is perfect for older cinema refurbishments or plush carpet venues.
Wall and Aisle Wayfinding
From entrance to aisle, safely guide your patrons through the venue with our wayfinding systems.
The StepGuard™ WallGuide with Light Tape® on top offers no-glare navigation illumination – follow the glowing line.
The StepGuard™ WallGuide with Light Tape® downlight offers the perfect amount of light for navigation while preserving an immersive environment.
The StepGuard™ WallGuide Duo system has one Light Tape® lamp in the bottom slot bottom slot to provide a long continuous illuminated line to follow as a guide into a venue, as well as a Light Tape® lamp top light for a visible guideline.
WallGuide DL Life Safety
The StepGuard™ WallGuide DL Life Safety system has one LED lamp in the bottom slot bottom slot to provide a long continuous illuminated line to follow as a guide into a venue.
WallGuide Duo Life Safety
The StepGuard™ WallGuide Duo Life Safety system has one LED lamp in the bottom slot bottom slot to provide a long continuous illuminated line to follow as a guide into a venue, as well as a Light Tape® lamp top light for a visible guideline.
The StepGuard™ Aisle lighting system is designed to be mounted on the floor and provide linear wayfinding illumination.
Wall Accent Lighting
Want to create a vibe before or after the show with linear accent illumination? Check out our Ambiance accent lighting system with Light Tape® inside.
This two-part system has a base that is mounted directly to the wall in sections. Then, one continuous roll of Light Tape® is placed inside the channel with the quick Snap-N-Light™ lens placed over top.
Integrated Row Numbers
Direct patrons with our Integrated Row Number systems that blend seamlessly into the tread of our StepGuard™ profiles.
SG Step Row Number
Our Seat Numbering systems are great for wayfinding - both directionally and for egress.
SG Seat Number
Our aisle chair numbering system. Incorporates no-glare Light Tape® for chair numbering, and LED module downlight for added illumination.
Our egress signage incorporating our proprietary no-glare Light Tape® can be customized to suit your venue's needs.
SG Disabled Signage
StepGuard™ Egress & Step Lighting Products
We offer several StepGuard™ egress lighting and wayfinding lighting products including aisle lighting profiles and step lighting systems designed to meet the demands of performance venues, auditoriums, and the cinema industry.
StepGuard™ lighting systems are easy to install and provide egress lighting and wayfinding lighting with even illumination without hot spots for the safety and visibility of your commercial theater or auditorium space. In addition, when you get a StepGuard™ lighting system, we provide more than simply a safety lighting system—we also provide:
- Installation guidelines to help your contractors
- Training & support for your lighting system
- Delivery to every corner of the world – we deliver your lighting system anywhere your theater, auditorium, or venue is located.
Contact Us to Try StepGuard™ Lighting Systems
Give StepGuard™ safety lighting products a try and you will understand the difference electroluminescent lighting makes for safety and accent lighting in your commercial theater or auditorium. If everything else in your cinema, performance venue, or auditorium is benefiting from the latest technology, why not have the best steps, aisle and hallway lighting. Contact us to try our Light Tape® StepGuard™ safety lighting products.Contact Us
Benefits of StepGuard™ Safety Lighting: An Egress & Wayfinding Lighting Solution
While most movie theater technology has vastly improved with the cinema industry’s transformation over the years, egress and wayfinding lighting for theater and performance venues which includes step lighting and aisle lighting has largely remained the same. Most safety lighting includes bulky metal extrusions with spotty lighting, hot spots, and limited curb appeal. At Electro-LuminX™ Lighting Corporation, we’ve set out to change the status quo of safety lighting systems with our StepGuard™ lighting system.
One of the major benefits of StepGuard™ safety lighting is that it does not cause light pollution. Our Light Tape® electroluminescent illumination technology is completely different from other lighting solutions in the performance and cinema industry. The lighting technology used in StepGuard™ lighting systems may appear bright to the eye, but the glow does not cast long distances. StepGuard™ safety lighting systems can use electroluminescent lighting so the light is like a laser, very visible, but will not illuminate a room enough for reading. Read more about the benefits of using StepGuard™ with our electroluminescent light product, Light Tape® versus LED lighting for your step and egress lighting needs.
Electroluminescent Lighting Versus LED Lighting for Commercial Theaters and Auditoriums
If you’re considering upgrading your theater or venue lighting to an LED light source, consider StepGuard™ lighting systems as an alternative. StepGuard™ is different from LEDs in a variety of ways, offering benefits that LED lighting does not offer.
There are several downsides to LED lighting versus electroluminescent lighting. While LEDs can have long lifetimes, LED bulbs leave spotty lighting as they rarely fade at the same rate. LEDs are a single point light source so they are best designed to illuminate areas that need a task light such as a warehouse or office. StepGuard™ safety lighting uses our Light Tape® lighting product which employs electroluminescent lighting technology to produce a continuous coating of phosphors, in order to evenly illuminate an entire surface. In addition, our StepGuard™ lighting system using our electroluminescent light, Light Tape® offers the following benefits for your commercial theater or venue experience:
- Every inch of lighting in the StepGuard™ safety step and egress lighting emits the same even light without producing any heat.
- A StepGuard™ lighting system always stays cool to touch, which opens countless design options
- Our electroluminescent light, Light Tape®, offers elegant, unobtrusive lighting – perfect for commercial theater lighting or auditorium lighting to illuminate step hazards and guide patrons to their seats
Learn more about the benefits of using Light Tape® electroluminescent lighting versus LED lighting for your commercial theater or auditorium venue.Contact Us
Frequently Asked Questions About StepGuard™ Aisle & Step Lighting
- Rapid Installation of Lighting
Installation of StepGuard™ lighting systems into your theater or auditorium setting is easy. StepGuard™ arrives ready to install, all that’s needed is a drill and a screwdriver. Customers report over a 50% reduction in installation time and cost with StepGuard™. Power for StepGuard™ lighting can be remotely located, and one transformer can illuminate an entire theater.
- Unmatched Durability
With StepGuard™ lighting for venues and theaters, the end caps don’t fall off and the light system never fails. StepGuard™ is a completely integrated aluminum extrusion line that is assembled mechanically with screws and does not use hot glue. StepGuard™ safety lighting does not come apart, and virtually no maintenance is needed after installation.
- Dimmable Lighting that is DMX Compatible
StepGuard™ lighting brightens from dim to zero without any flicker. The StepGuard™ lighting system has completely seamless integration with any control system. Light Tape® can light your StepGuard™ lighting system for 40,000 hours and never get hot, making it a perfect safety lighting solution for theaters, auditoriums, and venues.
- Energy Efficient System with Light Tape® Inside
When you Light Tape® electroluminescent lighting for your StepGuard™ lighting system, you’re utilizing the most energy efficient lighting system available, Light Tape® can cut energy cost by 70%.
- Top Quality Commercial Lighting
Light Tape® is built with pride in the USA utilizing the best materials and manufactured to last. StepGuard™ light system extrusions and accessories make a great lighting product even better. Learn more about our product details and accessories in the StepGuard™ design guide.
- No On-Screen Glare, Even Illumination
StepGuard™ utilizes Light Tape® to create the luminaire. When using Light Tape® with your StepGuard™ system it is non-glare and does not have hot or cold spots at any size offering a completely uniform light source without the need for diffusion. Light Tape® is extremely visible like a laser, yet does not cast light on your screen like a common LED.
There are obvious safety concerns in commercial theaters and auditoriums due to the limited light for egress navigation. Low level lighting also creates a nice, comfortable environment to relax and enjoy a movie, performance, or speaker. As a viewer, you require some low-level light inside a theater or auditorium to prevent trips and falls. Having your customers’ safety is of the utmost importance so they keep coming back to your theater or venue. Not having proper safety lighting can lead to legal action and expensive litigation in a commercial theater or public auditorium environment. Some lighting is also optimal for the performance or theater viewing experience.
The largest contributor today to light pollution in theaters and auditoriums is LED light sources. LEDs are a single point light source, emitting a very intense light forward. LEDs were not invented to be a low-level accent light, but to replace incandescent illumination sources traditionally used for task lighting. It is very difficult to control the cast light from an LED, even with cleverly designed profiles. Any visible light emitted from LEDs, such as the top of the step, shines to the ceiling and screen which causes glare and obstructs the view of the movie or performance.
Like in any industry, there are advances in technology at usually different paces. The last innovation in the cinema industry before high-definition cameras of today was LED lighting. LEDs were supposed to last forever with uniform lighting and low energy. Turns out that LEDs fail at different rates with bulbs fading at varying times which is visually unappealing for a safety and accent light. They also get very hot and produce a glare. As camera technology advanced, the excess light from LEDs has become obtrusive and unwanted.
The easiest way to prevent light pollution in theaters is to eliminate the use of LEDs. For years, LEDs have been the preferred solution for illumination but are falling out of favor to electroluminescent lighting which has seen tremendous advances in technology. The second way to reduce light pollution is the design of the profile which can guide the light to the proper surface or viewing angle.
Light Tape® is an electroluminescent light source that is uniformly coated with phosphors resulting in perfectly even illumination. It is very visible and produces clean light like a laser. Light Tape® is flat and only shines on one plane, thus is much easier to control cast light. LEDs are light emitting diodes and single point light sources. LEDs have gaps in illumination, appear spotty without significant diffusion and loads of space. Light Tape® electroluminescent lighting also saves on installation time, typically taking 60-70% less time to install due to the plug and play configuration of Light Tape® electroluminescent lighting systems.
Electro-LuminX® Lighting Corporation manufactures Light Tape® electroluminescent lamps and also the Smart Driver™ power systems that are digitally controllable. We manufacture Light Tape® in the United States employing our novel patented technologies. We are the only company in the world that manufactures both the light source and a wide array of mounting profiles.
There are three areas where one would normally find lighting inside a theater venue. The steps of the theater are important to light from a safety standpoint to illuminate the steps to help theater guests navigate the theater. Theater walkways also commonly have a down light or guide to help you enter the venue; typically a cast light a meter high or so to the ground. The last area theaters need lighting is usually the walls to provide low level light but also to improve the ambiance and cinematic experience. The StepGuard™ theater lighting system can also be linked to your emergency system for additional lighting safety.
When it comes to steps, our StepGuard™ profiles lead the way in step lighting and egress lighting with a wide array of illuminated extrusions. Our StepGuard™ WallGuide™ wayfinding solutions help light aisles, rows, and pathways with the perfect balance of elegance and illumination. Our StepGuard™ Ambiance™ wall accent lighting system offers seamless soft graze illumination with no heat and completely uniform illumination.
Our StepGuard™ 45 is the most popular step lighting profile offered at the moment, with the light source at a 45-degree angle. Light pollution is not a problem when StepGuard™ is designed with Light Tape® inside. Light Tape® offers a true continuous linear light source. There is no attenuation or fading along the length. Light Tape® provides totally integrated lighting control working with the end user’s dimming system. The benefit enables us to design solutions to fit branding and not worry about unwanted light wash. Our StepGuard™ AE is designed for IMAX theaters offering solely a downlight. We offer many other step lighting and egress lighting solutions and profiles as part of our StepGuard™ lighting systems, please take a look at our design guide for more specs and information.
Direct view is where the Light Tape® technology really comes into play in the StepGuard™ Ambiance™ series. With no light pollution, there are so many degrees of freedom with respect to design. The StepGuard™ Ambiance™ series can operate 100 foot sections with just one connection, one power supply, and no break in light. Installation is simple too, quickly install the base mount and slide in the continuous section of Light Tape®, Unlike LED solutions like SlotLine that are modular 4 foot sections with dozens of potentially spotty LED bulbs with excess heat and additional power supplies.
There are several other companies out there that offer theater lighting solutions. In the US, Tempo and Tivoli have been around for a long time, these companies predominantly produce and buy materials from China and assemble them to order. In Europe, Gradus and MondoColor lead the way; their expertise is in aluminum extrusions and not lighting. With the variable quality of LEDs in the marketplace, it’s hard to know what batch you will get. LED binning is limited and along with the LED lights fading over time individually, you will never get a color match. This is why electroluminescent lighting with seamless lighting without glare offers the solution to those lighting issues. Contact us to get a sample and see the difference in using StepGuard™ lighting systems with Light Tape® instead.
StepGuard™ is delivered to the site, venue or theater ready for installation. The only action required for installation of StepGuard™ is to screw down the profile and insert the anti-slip rubber insert to cover the screws. Where LED suppliers typically deliver as parts and the lighting profile is cut and assembled on site. Generally, the entire assembly is held together by loads of glue which is expensive and can look sloppy when finished. StepGuard™ looks clean when installed and as it arrives at the site ready, the installation is easy.
Our Smart Driver™ power supplies are capable of running an entire venue with just one energy supply. The steps are connected in parallel with one main wire going back to the power supply. The power supply can then be controlled by the camera system, via DMX or 0-10vdc dimming protocols. The ability of our StepGuard™ lighting system to have one power supply to operate large zones helps tremendously with wiring and power drop costs.
Yes, we are IECEE certified at Electro-LuminX™ Lighting Corporation. At the moment, we are the only company that has completed the rigorous certification process. A big part of that process is to ensure final products are delivered ready for installation. For the full IECEE certification, you must deliver a completed lighting fixture for safety, no longer will you be able to cut and assemble lighting systems on site which removes error in the field.
We at Electro-LuminX™ Lighting Corporation are the only company that not only makes the lighting extrusion and profiles but also the light source; our electroluminescent light, Light Tape®. We also deliver a fully assembled lighting system ready for installation for around $100 a meter depending on volume. Where LED systems are usually offered in parts for the same price then assembled on-site, increasing the installation costs by 75% compared to systems using Light Tape® as the light source.
Simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call. We can walk through options and have sample kits available based on your lighting needs.
The StepGuard™ lighting system is built to order and supplied as a complete plug-n-play package which can be installed efficiently and with complete ease. Electro-LuminX Lighting Corporation is the only company in the world that manufactures both the light source, Light Tape®, and the lighting profile, StepGuard™.
About StepGuard™ Step and Egress Lighting Systems by Electro-LuminX™ Lighting Corporation
Electro-LuminX™ Lighting Corporation is based in the United States. We are the dedicated developer and manufacturer of Light Tape® electroluminescent lighting; making our lighting applications and products in the United States. The StepGuard™ safety lighting system was methodically developed after years and iterations of field testing. The StepGuard™ lighting system is the only solution where the manufacturer not only makes the lighting profile but also makes the light source which is our electroluminescent light product, Light Tape®. Our involvement in the creation of both the light and lighting profile results in a complete lighting solution that is not only elegant, but a tremendous value. The StepGuard™ lighting system is ideal for cinemas, auditoriums, and any venue where safety is paramount.Contact Us