Patents Assigned to Lutron Technology Company LLC
  • Publication number: 20210076475
    Abstract: A mobile device that is configured for wireless communication may be configured to operate as a remote control device in a lighting control system, controlling one or more lighting control devices of the lighting control system. The remote control device may control the light intensity in a space, for instance at a location of the remote control device, in response to an ambient light intensity measured at the remote control device. The remote control device may define a user interface for receiving an input that indicates a desired light intensity at the location. The remote control device may measure the ambient light intensity at the location via a light detector, compare the measured ambient light intensity to the desired light intensity, and cause the one or more lighting control devices to adjust the ambient light intensity at the remote control device until it agrees with the desired light intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Karc, James P. Steiner, William Bryce Fricke
  • Publication number: 20210075335
    Abstract: A load control device is configured to generate a control signal having a desired magnitude for controlling a load regulation device adapted to control the power delivered to an electrical load. The load control device may comprise a control terminal arranged to provide the control signal to the load regulation device, a communication circuit for generating the control signal, and a control circuit configured to generate an output signal that is provided to the communication circuit. The communication circuit may be characterized by non-linear operation. The control circuit may adjust the magnitude of the output signal in response to the difference between the magnitude of the control signal and the desired magnitude to adjust the magnitude of the control signal towards the desired magnitude. The control circuit may also be configured to determine if an incompatible load regulation device is coupled to the load control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: James P. Steiner, Daniel G. Cooper, Ryan S. Bedell
  • Publication number: 20210071475
    Abstract: A window treatment system includes a roller tube, a covering material, a motor drive unit, and an idler. The covering material is coupled to the roller tube such that the covering material is configured to be wound and unwound from the roller tube when the roller tube rotates. The motor drive unit is configured to rotate the roller tube. The idler includes a bearing sleeve, a bearing, a bearing retainer, and a pin. The bearing sleeve and the roller tube rotate together. The bearing sleeve includes a cavity and a flange. The bearing is disposed at least partially within the cavity and also defines a bore. The bearing retainer is disposed between the flange and an outboard face of the bearing to maintain the bearing's position. The pin is disposed in the bore such that the bearing sleeve and the roller tube rotate with respect to the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Randy C. Seiple
  • Publication number: 20210076476
    Abstract: A first wireless control device may be associated with a second wireless control device in response to the movement of the first wireless control device in relation to the second wireless control device. The second control device may determine whether the signal strength of the wireless signals received from the first wireless control device has changed, and may associate the first wireless control device with the second wireless control device if the signal strength of the received wireless signals has changed. The second control device may be disassociated with the first control device by moving the first wireless control device in relation to the second wireless control device. The second control device may disassociate the first control device when the signal strength of subsequent wireless signals received from the first wireless control device has changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jason C. Killo, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: 10941612
    Abstract: As described herein, a photovoltaic film may include a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged to form a frit pattern. The photovoltaic film may be affixed to a transparent substrate to form a film-treated panel. The transparent substrate may be glass, such as a windowpane. The photovoltaic cells may be configured to convert sunlight into electrical energy. The electrical energy may be stored and used to power an electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: David A. Kirby
  • Publication number: 20210068238
    Abstract: A control device configured to control an amount of power delivered to an electrical load may provide feedback regarding the amount of power being delivered to the electrical load. The control device may include a visual indicator that is illuminated by a plurality of light sources. The control device may comprise a control circuit configured to determine the amount of power being delivered to the electrical load and control the light sources to illuminate a portion of the visual indicator to indicate the amount of power being delivered. Different sections of the illuminated portion of the visual indicator may be illuminated to different intensity levels and the intensity levels may be adjusted between different operational states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Publication number: 20210064178
    Abstract: A control device configured for use in a load control system to control one or more electrical loads may comprise an actuation member having a front surface defining a touch sensitive surface configured to detect a point actuation along at least a portion of the front surface, a touch sensitive circuit, and a control circuit. The touch sensitive device may comprise one or more receiving capacitive touch pads located behind the actuation member and arranged in a linear array adjacent to the touch sensitive surface. The control circuit may be configured to operate using different filtering techniques based on the state/mode of the control device and/or based on whether the positions of point actuations by a user along the touch sensitive surface indicate a fine tune or gross adjustment by the user. For example, the control circuit may generate an output signal using light/no filtering or using heavy filtering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: James P. Steiner, Dinesh Sundara Moorthy, Christoph Porwol
  • Patent number: 10937307
    Abstract: A load control system may include devices for performing communications for controlling an amount of power provided to an electrical load. The devices may include load control devices that may communicate by transmitting digital messages. A user device having an adjustable wireless communication range may be used for discovering devices, configuring devices, and/or diagnosing devices in the load control system. The user device may detect whether devices are within an established wireless communication range of one another for performing communications. The user device may detect digital messages transmitted from a device and/or digital messages received at a device to determine whether the digital messages are correctly communicated in the load control system. The user device may provide an indication to a indicating whether a digital message is correctly transmitted or received by a device in the load control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jordan H. Crafts, Kyle Thomas Barco, Bryan Robert Barnes, David J. Dolan, William Bryce Fricke, Joel Hnatow, Jonathan T. Lenz
  • Patent number: 10939534
    Abstract: A load control device may be configured to control multiple characteristics of one or more electrical loads such as the intensity and color of a lighting load. The load control device may include concentric rotating portions for adjusting the multiple characteristics. A control circuit of the load control device may be configured to generate control data for controlling one or more of the characteristics of the electrical loads in response to rotations of the concentric rotating portions. The control circuit may be further configured to provide feedback regarding the control being applied on one or more visual indicators. The load control device may be a wall-mounted dimmer device or a battery-powered remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Thomas M. Shearer, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: 10935228
    Abstract: A lighting device (e.g., a controllable light-emitting diode illumination device) may have a light-generation module that may be assembled and calibrated prior to the light-generation module being installed in a finished good. The light-generation module may include an emitter module having at least one emitter mounted to a substrate and configured to emit light. The light-generation module may include a first printed circuit board on which the emitter module may be mounted and a second printed circuit board on which those circuits that are essential for powering the emitter module may be mounted. The light-generation module may include a heat sink located between the first printed circuit board and the second printed circuit board. The emitter module may be thermally-coupled to the heat sink through the substrate and the first printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Bocock, Robert Bollinger, Jr., Richard S. Camden, Kevin L. Gascho, Robert C. Newman, Jr., Peter W. Ogden, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20210055755
    Abstract: A wireless load control system for controlling one or more electrical loads comprises a wireless control device (e.g., a gateway device) able to obtain a present time from a server via a network (e.g., the Internet), control the electrical loads according to a timeclock schedule, and disable the timeclock schedule if the present time is not able to be obtained from the server via the network. The wireless control device may also be able to obtain the present time from a digital message received from an external device (e.g., a smart phone or a tablet device) via the network. The wireless control device may be configured to receive a control signal indicating a power outage (e.g., from a battery backup device), and to operate in a low-power mode in response to receiving the control signal indicating the power outage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, David J. Dolan, Timothy Mann, Christopher M. Riedl
  • Patent number: 10932346
    Abstract: Control-source devices may be associated with control-target devices of a load control system during a configuration procedure, such that the control-target devices are responsive to the associated control-source devices during normal operation. The configuration procedure may be executed using a network device having a visual display for associating the control-source devices and control-target devices. The control-source devices may be associated with the control-target devices on an area-by-area basis using an area configuration procedure. The control-target devices may be configured to flash a controlled lighting load according to a flashing profile during the configuration procedure. The flashing profile may be characterized by at least one abrupt transition between off and on, and at least one gradual transition between off and on, where the abrupt and gradual transitions are repeated on a periodic basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Arya Abraham, Nicholas J. Braskey, Brian M. Courtney, William H. Howe
  • Publication number: 20210051778
    Abstract: A control device for controlling power delivered to an electrical load may illuminate an area around a button of the control device, such as a gap formed between the button and an opening of a faceplate of the control device. The control device may illuminate the gap to provide a nightlight feature, to provide feedback (e.g., a status of the electrical load), and/or to indicate a selected preset. The button may have a cap portion that may be actuated by a user and a diffuser portion that may contact a rear surface of the cap portion and may conduct light emitted by an internal light source to illuminate the gap around the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Publication number: 20210051014
    Abstract: A load control system may be configured using a graphical user interface (GUI) software. The GUI software may be implemented to collect control devices and add the control devices to the load control system for configuration. Programming data may be automatically determined for the added control devices based on the type of control device, the location of the control device, and/or the load type controlled by the control device. The programming data may include control settings for a scene, a schedule, or an automated control feature. The programming data may be displayed for being viewed and/or adjusted by a user. The programming data may be transmitted to the control devices and/or a system controller for being implemented in performing load control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, Craig Alan Casey, Erica L. Clymer, Christina Evans, Christoper Matthew Jones, Sanjeev Kumar, John Nill, Neil R. Orchowski, Brent Protzman
  • Publication number: 20210047884
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment system (e.g., a motorized blind system) may include a headrail, a covering material extending from the headrail, a battery compartment coupled to the headrail, a valance clip comprising a stationary portion coupled to the headrail and a movable portion configured to be coupled to the stationary portion such that the movable portion is movable from a first position to a second position, and a valance configured to be coupled to the movable portion of the valance clip. When the movable portion is in the first position, the valance may cover the battery compartment. When the movable portion is in the second position, the battery compartment may be at least partially exposed. The battery compartment may be configured to hold at least one battery for powering a drive unit of the motorized window treatment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: David A. Kirby, Mailing Ren Wu
  • Publication number: 20210048519
    Abstract: A control device for a ceiling fan may have a motor drive circuit configured to control a rotational speed of a motor of the ceiling fan, an occupancy sensing circuit, and a control circuit configured to adjust the rotational speed of the motor in response to a detected occupancy or vacancy condition. The control circuit may process the signals generated by the occupancy sensing circuit to eliminate the effects of vibrations and/or wobbling of the ceiling fan. The control circuit may control the motor drive circuit to adjust the rotational speed of the motor in response to an accelerometer to minimize the magnitude of the wobble of the ceiling fan. The control circuit may be configured to learn a preferred rotational speed for the motor. The control circuit may also be configured to control the rotational speed of the motor to affect a thermal comfort level of an occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Publication number: 20210048872
    Abstract: A temperature control device (e.g., a thermostat) may be configured to control an internal heat-generating electrical load so as to accurately measure a present temperature in a space around the temperature control device. The temperature control device may comprise a temperature sensing circuit configured to generate a temperature control signal indicating the present temperature in the space, and a control circuit configured to receive the temperature control signal and to control the internal electrical load. The control circuit may be configured to energize the internal electrical load in an awake state and to cause the internal electrical load to consume less power in an idle state. The control circuit may be configured to control the internal electrical load to a first energy level (e.g., a first intensity) during the awake state and to a second energy level (e.g., second intensity) that is less than the first during the idle state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jason C. Killo, Donald R. Mosebrook, James P. Steiner
  • Publication number: 20210050164
    Abstract: A control device configured for use in a load control system to control an external electrical load may provide simple feedback regarding the operation of the control device. For example, the control device may comprise a base portion configured to be mounted to an electrical wallbox or over a mechanical switch, and a control unit connected to the base portion. The control unit may comprise a rotation portion rotatable with respect to the base portion, an actuation portion, and a light source. The control unit may be configured to control the light source to illuminate at least an illuminated portion of the actuation portion in response to actuations of the rotation portion and the actuation portion. In addition, the control unit may provide a limit indication on the illuminated portion by blinking the illuminated portion when the electrical load has reached a limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Altonen, Chris Dimberg, Jason C. Killo, Matthew Knauss, Michael W. Pessina, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: D911743
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Vladislav Pejic
  • Patent number: D911973
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Altonen, Jason C. Killo, Brad Michael Kreschollek, Noel Mayo