Patents Assigned to Musco Corporation
  • Patent number: 10378732
    Abstract: Lighting applications which are particularly difficult to light because of “non-standard” target area characteristics or the like would benefit from advancements in lighting design. That being said, conventional wisdom in lighting design has reached a point of diminishing returns in terms of beam control. Envisioned is an LED lighting system designed for precision lighting insomuch that—as compared to state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures—sharpness of cutoff is improved while in at least some cases simultaneously allowing a steeper cutoff without undesirable beam shift. Furthermore, overall beam dimensions can be tailored fixture-to-fixture for an application without replacing an entire optic system or designing an entirely new fixture, and control of intensity distribution is improved (e.g., by avoiding striations at the edge of beam patterns). Said envisioned LED lighting system employs a number of materials not used in conventional LED lighting systems in novel ways to achieve the aforementioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss
  • Patent number: 10356886
    Abstract: A lighting system is designed to include (i) primary lighting fixtures at a poletop position to provide primary lighting at a target area so to ensure specific light levels, lighting uniformity, or the like needed to adequately perform specific tasks during nighttime or low ambient light conditions; and (ii) secondary lighting fixtures at a mounted position on the same pole, but other than poletop, to provide targeted lighting on the pole itself rather than the target area. A method of providing enhanced spectator experience through theatrical effects is achieved by varying intensity, color, duty cycle, or other operating characteristics of the secondary lighting fixtures, including coordination with the primary lighting fixtures to provide multi-dimensional theatrical effects at or near a poletop location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick K. Cooley, Ryan P. Cady
  • Patent number: 10344948
    Abstract: There is a category of situations which may have previously been considered direct replacement but in fact takes on many elements of a true retrofit; namely, replacing existing LED lighting systems (which they themselves were retrofits) with different LED lighting systems that (i) overcome a deficiency or inadequacy of the existing LED lighting system retrofit, (ii) adds a functionality to the existing LED lighting system retrofit, or (iii) reestablishes functionality that would otherwise be lost with the existing LED lighting system retrofit. Discussed herein are means to provide improved glare control, horizontal beam containment, playability and control functionality for interfacing with third party controls in these so-called retrofit-of-a-retrofit, or “upgrade” situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Joel D. DeBoef, Aric D. Klyn, Alan W. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10347979
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile network concealment system or assembly which provides for aesthetic modification without impairing, diminishing, or otherwise affecting radio frequency (RF) transmission/reception. Said mobile network concealment system or assembly improves accessibility to encased mobile network devices well after installation in a manner such that (i) materials can be tailored, colored, molded, or otherwise formed or manipulated to be aesthetically pleasing, and (ii) a technician has the ability to remove, alter, or otherwise modify or access the devices in a way that allows the technician to service or troubleshoot the mobile network devices in situ (i.e., without removing the concealment system).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Boyle, Kurt C. Herr, Jr., Gregory N. Kubbe, Andrew D. Mullen, Nathanael J. Van Ee
  • Patent number: 10337693
    Abstract: As lighting systems age the need for retrofits—namely where newer lighting technology is used to replace older or different technology, but where a direct replacement is not possible without some kind of modification to the rest of the lighting system—increases. The residential lighting retrofit market is well established with a one-for-one light source replacement approach that is widely embraced; for example, a table lamp with a failed incandescent bulb can be readily replaced with an LED bulb despite the disparate power requirements because of the onboard driver system, and this avoids having to modify the lamp itself, the outlet, incoming power, etc. No such solution exists for specialized lighting systems such as sports and wide area lighting systems. The present invention is directed to such a solution, and one which is cost effective, easy to implement, and customizable to meet the varying site requirements of such specialized systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Timothy A. Barker, Andrew J. Schembs, Alan W. Sheldon, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss, Aric D. Klyn, Joel D. DeBoef
  • Patent number: 10337680
    Abstract: Discussed herein is a new way to light baseball fields or other target areas (e.g., target areas including a plane and an aerial space) according to accepted standards or desired levels which provides both target area lighting and uplighting and in a manner that reduces or eliminates glare for certain playing positions while maintaining lighting levels across both the target area and the aerial space above the target area without necessitating the use of low-mounted uplights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: Myron Gordin
  • Patent number: 10330284
    Abstract: Precision lighting design is a subcategory of lighting design which benefits from a concerted, synergistic effort to improve beam control; sports lighting is one such example. Beam control is improved when all light directing and redirecting devices are considered together, and insomuch that adverse lighting effects are best avoided when considering how all the lighting fixtures in an array interact with one another. To that end, envisioned is a multi-part visoring (i.e., light redirecting) and optic (i.e., light directing) system designed with consideration towards how a fixture lives in a mounted space—how its photometric and physical presence affects other fixtures in or proximate said space—while demonstrating improved beam control over that which is available to general purpose (e.g., indoor residential) lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Joel D. DeBoef, Steven T. Heaton, Chris P. Lickiss, Luke C. McKee
  • Patent number: 10267491
    Abstract: Disclosed and described herein is a sharp cutoff LED lighting luminaire and methods of use thereof. Further disclosed is a modification thereof which allows baseballs or detritus trapped by the luminaire to fall to the ground. In the state of the art often designers will use the same type of LED lighting fixtures at the top of the pole as for low-mounted uplighting; specifically, taking an additional fixture similarly configured, inverting the orientation (i.e., so to project upward instead of downward), and mounting it relatively low on the pole. The envisioned sharp cutoff LED lighting fixture is better suited for low-mounted uplighting insomuch that it reduces back light, haze, internal glow, and perceived glare as compared to current LED lighting fixtures typically used for the same purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Luke C. McKee, Steven T. Heaton, Joel D. DeBoef
  • Patent number: 10212766
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for illumination, including wide area lighting applications. In one embodiment, a method of illumination comprises: comparing metamers at a known and similar CCT with at least one metamer having a higher M/P or S/P ratio; selecting at least one of said metamers for improved perceived brightness; evaluating the selected metamer(s) for desired CCT and acceptable CRI; manufacturing a lighting apparatus which emits light of a given CCT having increased melanopic content compared to one or more extant metameric variations of the same or similar CCT; wherein said light has an acceptable CRI. The method can be applied in various apparatus and systems. In one example, the methods, apparatus, and systems can be used to illuminate a wide area target area with increased perceived brightness compared to typical similar lighting. In some cases, this allows energy savings and/or less lighting sources or fixtures than typical lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Bradley D. Schlesselman
  • Patent number: 10201056
    Abstract: Methods and systems for illuminating areas or objects in areas by manipulating the spectral power distributions (SPDs) of light sources. In one aspect, light of a given desired correlated color temperature (CCT), white in one example, is adjusted by a metamer to a different SPD designed to produce improved perceived brightness by observers. This retains the desired CCT but can allow for such things as reduced number of light fixtures or light sources, less energy, and/or longer effective light source lives for the same perceived brightness of conventional lightings. In another aspect, composite SPD regardless of CCT can be manipulated for other benefits such as highlighting portions of or objects in the area, or improving lighting performance for such things as weather conditions (e.g. snow or fog) or ambient conditions (e.g. twilight).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Lawrence H. Boxler
  • Patent number: 10199712
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are means and methods by which unrelated or outside entities may add value to strategic partnerships with mobile network service providers—beyond providing preexisting elevating structures. In the state of the art, mobile network service providers must rely upon multiple technicians using multiple tools to pinpoint where a tower or pole exists, and must perform precise horizontal and vertical aiming of each mobile network device when elevated and mounted at a particular position on said tower or pole. Said means and methods are directed to reducing the time and cost associated with this onsite commissioning of mobile network devices by factory wiring and factory aiming at least some of these devices in a commensurate fashion to factory wiring and factory aiming of disparate devices such as lighting fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Boyle, Kurt C. Herr, Jr., Gregory N. Kubbe, Andrew D. Mullen, Nathanael J. Van Ee
  • Patent number: 9970645
    Abstract: A high-intensity LED lighting system is presented whereby one or more LED lighting fixtures are affixed to an elevating structure, the elevating structure having a substantially continuous internal pathway. Said pathway can be used as a conduit or duct for pressurized air which is introduced at or near the bottom of the elevating structure and forced upwardly toward the lighting fixtures so to provide cooling of one or more components of the lighting fixtures so to, ultimately, improve the efficacy of the LEDs contained therein. A method of designing lighting systems, including analysis of whether or not to add air cooling to increase light source efficiency is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: Myron Gordin
  • Patent number: 9964267
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a solution to installing a large number of lighting fixtures on a pole or other elevating structure in a manner that does not project light behind the pole/elevating structure, does not project light so to strike the pole/elevating structure and produce localized glare, does not produce uneven loading, and minimizes uncontrolled uplighting. Said solution is achieved, at least in part, by an envisioned tilted pole top fitter designed to offset rows of lighting fixtures to prevent both physical and photometric interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: Nathanael J. Van Ee
  • Patent number: 9955540
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for a low current led fixture internal auxiliary power supply capable of supplying a low DC voltage output on the order of 1-50 VDC from a voltage input ranging from 15 VDC to 1000 VDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9951929
    Abstract: Presented is a design of modular LED lighting fixture whereby the steps of light directing and light redirecting are independent, but cooperative, so to promote a compact fixture design with low effective projected area (EPA), good thermal properties, and a selectable degree of glare control. A lighting system employing a plurality of said fixtures is highly customizable yet has the potential to be pre-aimed and pre-assembled prior to shipping, which reduces the potential for installation error while preserving the customized nature of the fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Timothy J. Boyle, Lawrence H. Boxler
  • Patent number: D833662
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Steven T. Heaton
  • Patent number: D841852
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Steven T. Heaton, Luke C. McKee
  • Patent number: D841854
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss, Kenneth G. Lewis, Jr.
  • Patent number: D841855
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss, Kenneth G. Lewis, Jr.
  • Patent number: D841856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss, Kenneth G. Lewis, Jr.