Ultra-high CRI Usb Lamp
Relio is born as the dream of three 25yr-old Italian guys of creating a light users would fall in love with. Artificial lamps nowadays emit bad quality light, leading to poor, unnatural color rendition. The idea is simple: light is an instrument used to do things, professionally or in spare time. Relio emits a Sun-like light spectrum, and colors will be perceived the way they are. In the long run, you'll be able to do things more proficiently and with more satisfaction.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Relio is the smallest, most powerful and most rugged USB light, and the only one in the world to emit light with ultra-high color rendering (CRI).
At 35mm, it's the smallest, most portable package we were able to conceive: powered by ubiquitous USB, pocketable, rugged, with a tripod socket to be mounted everywhere, and with custom TIR optics to provide a near-perfect, artefacts-free beam.
It's machined in Italy from a solid aluminium block, hand-sanded and hand-assembled with maniacal precision.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Relio is powered by ubiquitous USB: a standard socket is all it takes to power it on.
It is really bright! For mobile-usage needs, it can also be powered by a USB battery pack (the ones used to charge smartphones on-the-go).
Relio can be mounted on standard UNC 1/4-20 camera tripods, because it has a standard socket on its bottom.
We believe that users have the right to choose their preferred accessories, and find them perfectly compatible. That's what we call a "user-friendly" design!
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Idea is born on December 2013, and took a lot of personal efforts to be turned into a production-ready item.
We completed CE and FCC certifications, patented our idea, our design and our trademark, self-made our beautiful website and self-managed our media advertising.
It was a success! After being featured on some famous light and photography blogs, we sold-out the initial stock in 6 hours!
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Relio is CNC machined from a single block of aluminium.
Every piece is hand-sanded, polished, then anodised. To achieve perfect evenness, items have to be tilted to a specific angle to avoid acid stains. Then, each Relio is hand-positioned onto a vice to polish chamferings.
Relio uses no glue, seals, o-rings: this peculiarity makes it durable, easy to assemble and to fix.
The front screws resemble rivets: no one loves screws in the front! ..but our screws are a very distinctive part of Relio appearance.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
CNC machined from block
Aluminium (body), PMMA (2x TIR lenses included)
Hard anodisation type III
Further specs at: http://bit.ly/1BHihYo
usb, light, led, high-cri, CRI, photography, aluminum, eco, green, color rendering
We wanted to provide one of the highest color rendering index possible.
We tested a lot of light sources, it was really hard to find the right one.
The optics have been a critical component: we wanted a perfect beam shape. At the end, we made our own TIR lenses. Such a challenge!
Power efficiency has been hard to achieve: we custom-developed the internal electronics to reduce wasted heat to minimum. The result: 3W power consumption, 200 lumens of light in 92-96CRI. Best-in-class!
Relio design had to be emphatic, elegant, unobtrusive, distinctive.
We took a cube, slightly rounded it and matched all possible proportions between components: screws, lens, chamferings, all shapes are proportional to each other.
The result is a very organic, solid-looking item.
TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Marco Bozzola, Roman Radaelli and Ivan Capelli