Patents Assigned to Ruud Lighting, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20100014290
    Abstract: A light-directing apparatus for off-axial preferential-side distribution of light from a light emitter having an emitter axis, including a lensing member positioned over the light emitter a shield member embedded within the lensing member in a position in the path of light emitted toward a non-preferential side. The lensing member having a proximal end substantially transverse the emitter axis and an outer surface configured for refracting light from the emitter. The shield member may be snugly received in a shield-receiving void of an inner surface of the lensing member. Alternatively, the shield member is embedded by the lensing member having been molded thereabout. Another aspect of this invention is a lighting fixture utilizing such light-directing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7637642
    Abstract: The inventive ceiling-mounted light-fixture support assembly includes a mounting bracket having upper and lower surfaces, a length, and a width between two width sides. The assembly also includes a fixture attachment member having a top with portions defining a top opening which has a width narrower than the width of the mounting bracket. The fixture attachment member further has a recessed portion defining a slideway which (a) is in lateral communication with the top opening, (b) has a width wider than the width of the mounting bracket, and (c) is spaced sufficiently lower than the opening-defining portions of the top to receive the two width sides of the mounting bracket. In use, the fixture attachment member can be positioned so that the mounting bracket is at least partially within the slideway and then repositioned so that the mounting bracket is within the top opening for light-fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Kinnune, Alan J. Ruud
  • Patent number: 7637630
    Abstract: An LED apparatus for illumination toward a preferential side in a downward and outward direction including a shield-gasket member in the form of a layer positioned over LED packages and secondary lens members. The shield-gasket member has a shield portion and a substantially planar gasket portion thereabout. In preferred embodiments the shield portion extends over a part of the lens portion of the secondary lens member. A cover preferably secures the shield-gasket member with respect to the secondary lens member, the primary lens and the LED package, the shield-gasket member is preferably sandwiched between the cover and the flange of the secondary lens member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Alan J. Ruud
  • Patent number: 7637075
    Abstract: A reinforced pole structure including a hollow pole with an interior surface and an access hand-hole therethrough near the bottom end and a base plate to which the bottom end of the pole is secured, the reinforced pole structure also including an elongate reinforcement device, preferably in the form of two elongate reinforcers, against the interior surface of the hollow pole, the lower edges of the reinforcers being welded to the pole at the bottom end and the hole-adjacent edge(s) of the reinforcers being welded to the lip of the hand-hole. Preferably, the reinforcers have a far-side pair of edges which, at least in positions opposite the hand-hole, are welded to the interior surface of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: James Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20090298376
    Abstract: A method for LED-module assembly comprising the steps of providing a base portion with a base inner surface and a cover with a cover inner surface which together define a module interior, the cover having at least one opening therethrough; putting a sealing member into the module interior; positioning an LED lens into the cover opening; aligning an LED emitter and the LED lens within the module interior; sealing the module interior by securing the base portion with respect to the cover. The LED emitter is powered for imaging of the LED module to test light-output characteristics. A specific type of the LED lens is selected and its type and orientation are verified. The step of vacuum testing checks for water-air/tightness of the sealing of LED-module interior. A central database provides assembly and testing parameters to automated tool(s) performing each particular step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne Guillien, Scot Siebers, Joel Kapellusch, Kurt S. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20090296392
    Abstract: An LED lighting fixture including a support structure having a horizontal cross-dimension; a top structure attached to the support structure and extending outwardly beyond the support structure, the top structure having a bottom surface with peripheral portion surrounding a non-peripheral portion; and a plurality of LED emitters positioned on the peripheral portion for emitting light in downward direction substantially outside of the horizontal cross-dimension of the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20090290360
    Abstract: A lens for directing light from a light emitter in a preferential-side off-axial direction with respect to the emitter axis. The lens includes an emitter-adjacent base end forming an opening, an inner surface extending from the base end and forming a void, an output-end surface configured to direct light toward the preferential side, and an outer lateral surface configured for TIR to direct light toward the output-end surface, whereby substantially all light from the emitter exits the output-surface predominantly toward the preferential side. Another aspect of this invention is a recessed lighting fixture utilizing the inventive lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Mario A. Castillo
  • Publication number: 20090290361
    Abstract: A recessed lighting fixture for mounting into a structure (being an illumination area. The fixture includes a support member configured for mounting into the structure and including a front end-portion having an edge defining a light opening and a back end-portion recessed from the opening. The support member and opening have a centerline. A mounting board is disposed at the back end-portion and defines with the support member an open space extending to the opening. An LED arrangement includes (a) LED emitter(s) on the mounting board for directing light toward the opening, each emitter defining an emitter axis, and (b) a lens for each emitter at least one of which is off-centerline in a first lateral direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventors: Alan J. Ruud, Kurt S. Wilcox, Mario Alberto Castillo
  • Patent number: 7618163
    Abstract: LED apparatus for illumination toward a preferential side, including a light emitter having at least one LED on a base, a primary lens positioned over the light emitter and having a central axis, and a secondary lens placed with an inner surface surrounding the primary lens. The secondary lens has a base-adjacent lower end defining a main plane substantially perpendicular to the central axis, and a compound outer lens surface with a middle-region reference point defining a reference axis parallel to the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20090262532
    Abstract: An LED apparatus for illumination toward a preferential side in a downward and outward direction including a shield-gasket member in the form of a layer positioned over LED packages and secondary lens members. The shield-gasket member has a shield portion and a substantially planar gasket portion thereabout. In preferred embodiments the shield portion extends over a part of the lens portion of the secondary lens member. A cover preferably secures the shield-gasket member with respect to the secondary lens member, the primary lens and the LED package, the shield-gasket member is preferably sandwiched between the cover and the flange of the secondary lens member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Alan J. Ruud
  • Publication number: 20090251898
    Abstract: An LED floodlight fixture includes (1) a housing that has (a) at least one end-portion and (b) a single-piece extrusion including (i) a base having an LED-adjacent surface and an opposite surface and (ii) a heat-dissipating section having heat-dissipating surfaces extending from the opposite surface, and (2) an LED arrangement mounted to the LED-adjacent surface in non-water/air-tight condition with respect to the housing. The housing preferably forms at least one venting gap to provide cool-air ingress to and along the heat-dissipating surfaces by upward flow of heated air therefrom. Additionally and/or alternatively, the base of the single-piece extrusion has one or more venting apertures to provide cool-air ingress for such purpose. One aspect of the invention involves the heat-dissipating section of the extrusion including a closed extruded wireway therealong enclosing wires extending to/from electrical component(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kinnune, Alan J. Ruud, Wayne Guillien, Don Miletich, Kurt Wilcox, Russell S. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7591567
    Abstract: Luminaires for illuminating a target zone having target zone subregions in front of and to the sides of the luminaire. The luminaire includes a housing, a lamp holder in the housing positioned to support an electric lamp in a generally vertical orientation, and a compound parabolic reflector in the housing partially surrounding a lamp light-emitting segment location having plural regions. Preferred forms of the compound parabolic reflector include segmented center and side portions. The preferred segmented center portion has a first plurality of two-dimensional parabolic segments each of which has a focal point in a different one of the plural light-emitting segment location regions. The preferred segmented side portions are each provided with a second plurality of two-dimensional parabolic segments having focal points along the light-emitting segment location. The parabolic segments are effective to direct a preponderance of light toward the plural target zone subregions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Eric J. Haugaard
  • Patent number: 7585084
    Abstract: A ceiling fixture mounting assembly including a box for affixing to a ceiling and containing electrical wiring, the box having opposite vertical sidewalls each with first and second laterally spaced threaded holes receiving corresponding first and second fasteners, and two vertical mounting plates each projecting upwardly from the fixture to terminate in an upper edge and positioned to overlie one of the sidewalls and each having first and second ways receiving the first and second fasteners, respectively, the first way configured for supporting the fixture at an angle to the box for connecting the wires, wherein the improvement comprises each fastener having a head and a threaded portion and the first and second ways having first and second mounting slots, respectively, each having a lower closed end and an upper open end and sized smaller than the head, the plate having a recess at the closed end configured to receive the head such that it is in vertical alignment with the open end, thereby holding the plat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Kinnune, Kurt S. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7572038
    Abstract: A retrofit canopy luminaire assembly adapted for downward illumination and having a housing with inwardly-directed ledges near the lower edges of the housing. The luminaire has at least two support brackets secured to at least one of the ledges; a face plate removably secured to the brackets on the lower side of the housing; and a hanging tether attached to one of the brackets and to the face plate. The face plate is adapted to hold lighting fixture components. When the face plate is removed from the brackets, the face plate hangs freely held by the tether to allow free access to the inside of the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Kinnune, Wayne Guillien
  • Patent number: 7566147
    Abstract: In an embodiment of an LED light fixture, the fixture includes a housing defining a chamber and an LED module that is outside the chamber and adjacent to the housing. The LED module includes a mounting board with a plurality of LED packages mounted thereon and a cover over the mounting board. The cover and the mounting board together form a module interior and the cover is configured to expose the LED packages. The improvement in this light fixture includes a rigid wireway between the LED module and the housing and defining a passageway between the module interior and the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Wayne Guillien
  • Publication number: 20090129071
    Abstract: In a first embodiment the invention is for use with a light-fixture assembly for elongate light tubes of the type that includes (a) an elongate support frame and (b) a cross-structure at each of the opposite ends thereof and has at least one lamp holder thereon. The improvement of the embodiment wherein the cross-structures each include at least one folding arm movable between a stowed position substantially parallel with the support frame and a deployed position substantially perpendicular to the support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: RUUD LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventors: John Stanley, Don Miletich, Wayne Guillien
  • Patent number: D592343
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Wilcox, Wayne Guillien
  • Patent number: D592351
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kinnune, Alan J. Ruud, Christopher Ruud, Robert D. Giese
  • Patent number: RE40934
    Abstract: The improved bollard luminaire has an upwardly directed, elliptical main reflector and a lamp “nested” within such reflector and positioned at or near its lower focal point. An upper cone-shaped reflector receives light from the main reflector and directs it laterally through a transparent lens element. Such element provides a 360° lateral light opening unobstructed by wiring, support posts or the like. Light reflected through such opening is relatively sharply focused along an axis about 70° from vertical. Unreflected light from the lamp which “misses” both reflectors also provides a degree of “uplighting,” often found useful for aesthetic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Ruud, Eric J. Haugaard
  • Patent number: D603077
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kinnune, Alan J. Ruud, Christopher Ruud, Wayne Guillien, Russell S. Schultz