Claypaky K-EYE Wins a PLASA Award of Innovation

by Michael Eddy
The Claypaky K-EYE HCR wash light with the Award for Innovation
The Claypaky K-EYE HCR wash light with the Award for Innovation

The Claypaky K-EYE HCR won a PLASA Award for Innovation. The award is assigned by a jury made up only of professionals in the field, who carefully analyze the various products. It was presented at the ceremony held Monday evening, September 18th at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London. The jury made the following comment for the award: “A new approach to accurate color rendering starting at chip level rather than manipulating existing sources.”

Pio Nahum, Claypaky's CEO, welcomed this acknowledgement with great pleasure and illustrated the original specifications behind the K-EYE's design: "For years, our most demanding customers felt the need for a light that differed from the others not so much for the number of special effect devices, but also and especially for the 'quality' of the light it produced. This is a very difficult parameter to define, since it relates to perception: it is the sum of multiple factors such as diffusion uniformity, color temperature, color control features, and most of all a high color rendering index. To meet these requirements, Claypaky and Osram have developed a technology named HCR, used in the K-EYE range and in ADB's Klemantis."

K-EYE HCR: a joint Claypaky - Osram project
The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six chips, each for a different color: besides the three classic red, green and blue colors, Claypaky has added amber, cyan, and lime. This exclusive Claypaky technology provides a very wide color range with excellent color spectrum coverage.

Alongside the LED light source heart of this system is its brain: the brand new sophisticated software algorithm that controls its functions. The light produced by the K-EYE has a CRI that reaches values: typical CRI values range from 97 up to 99. These values were previously only possible with traditional light sources.

Lighting designers who were not satisfied with the performances of LED devices in comparison with traditional lamps, in particular because of their incomplete color range, poor color rendering index, and lack of consistency, will finally be able to produce every color, every nuance, and every shade with K-EYE HCR luminaires.

HCR technology is available in a wide range of fixtures to ensure maximum flexibility of use:

  • K-EYE HCR K20: moving head wash light, 37 LED modules, 750 VA, 11,000 lumens
  • K-EYE HCR K10: moving head wash light, 19 LED modules, 450 VA, 5,500 lumens
  • K-EYE HCR S20: static wash light, 32 LED modules, 500 VA (tilt adjustable over 210°)
  • K-EYE HCR K10: static wash light, 17 LED modules, 300 VA (tilt adjustable over 210°)

Pio Nahum added: "On behalf of the whole company, I would like to congratulate the entire R&D team, which has created a winning product that rewards the joint efforts of Claypaky and our colleagues at Osram."

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