Technology | May 02, 2013

HD Retina, Martini's World Exclusive New LED Light for an Unmatched Color Perception Quality

All truly great inventions, the ones that really have affected the course of history and people’s lives, have changed the context of a world that was not ready to welcome them. Small and large objects have introduced new solutions and unprecedented perspectives that previously only existed in the minds of their creators. They are innovative, surprising, revolutionary products: in a word unexpected.

Indeed, unexpected is the adjective that best expresses the concept of HD Retina, as the payoff itself reads "Unexpected light for your mind“. HD Retina is not simply a new LED, rather it is a product that incarnates a different way of considering light and its function and upturns the perspective we usually take in approaching the concept of lighting.

HD Retina is a high definition LED that saturates both warm and cold colors at the same time, in a balanced manner, making them pleasing to the human eye. This is why this type of LED is well-suited to multiple areas of application and in particular in general lighting situations in which different color objects need to be illuminated all together.

The HD Retina project develops the intuition of Giorgio Martini, Deputy Chairman of the company, according to whom it is important not so much to understand how to best illuminate the color of an object, but rather to study how the human eye reconstructs colors.

What is ideal visual comfort? We normally say that it is sunlight but, in actual fact, this is not the case because this too tends to distort color: thus a natural light has been identified that is considered ideal on the eyes, corresponding "to dawn and dusk" or, more precisely, to a color temperature of between 3,500 K and 3,700 K.

The further innovation proposed to the market is a different but real perspective with which to consider "color". Color, in fact, is not a physical characteristic of objects, but rather the result of the visual perception of the light that illuminates them. When we look at an object, our eye knows how to recognise the different shades of color; yet when we recall it in our memory, that object will always be associated with a single, unique color, which we recognise as familiar and perceive as the "real" color, “ideal”, which is in actual fact  that associated with the objects in an ideal context of the natural light of dawn and dusk, when the source par excellence – the sun – illuminates indirectly.

This is, therefore, very briefly, the heart of HD Retina LED: technology able to make colors true to those the memory associates with familiar objects, with excellent color saturation, making an unprecedented result possible with any artificial light source.

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