Patents Assigned to TIR Systems Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20080298058
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cove illumination module for use in a plurality of illumination applications wherein a particular type of cove type illumination pattern is desired due to close proximity between the cove illumination module and a to-be-illuminated surface. The cove illumination module comprises a substrate to which a plurality of light-emitting elements is operatively connected. Optionally, the substrate can form a base portion of the cove illumination module. An external housing unit is sealingly mated with the substrate in order to environmentally seal the light-emitting elements. The external housing unit comprises one or more optical elements which can shape the beams of light emitted by the light-emitting elements under operating conditions and generate a desired illumination pattern on a lit surface, thereby providing a cove type illumination pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: TIR SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Peter Kan, Adrian Weston, George Matheson, Damon Campbell, Lawrence Schmeikal, Stephen Flood
  • Publication number: 20080297054
    Abstract: The present invention provides a luminaire system and method for creating white light having a desired colour temperature. The system comprises one or more white light light-emitting elements for generating white light having a particular colour temperature. The system further comprises one or more first colour light-emitting elements and one or more second colour light-emitting elements. The luminaire system mixes the coloured light generated by the first and second colour light-emitting elements with the white light of a particular colour temperature, in order to create white light having a desired correlated colour temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Ingo Speier
  • Publication number: 20080278954
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting assembly for one or more light-emitting elements, wherein the mounting assembly is configured such that the one or more light-emitting elements are inferiorly connected to a carrier. The carrier comprises one or more light transmission regions, wherein each of the one or more light-emitting elements is aligned with a light transmission region enabling light to pass through the carrier. The inferior mounting of the light-emitting elements can provide ease of thermal access to a cooling interface associated with the one or more light-emitting elements by a thermal management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: TIR SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Ingo Speier
  • Publication number: 20080266893
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact format lighting module that can provide a desired level of mixing and collimating of light generated by multiple light-emitting elements within the lighting module. The lighting module comprises two or more light-emitting elements for generating light having one or more colours, wherein the light-emitting elements can be configured into a closely packed array. The module further comprises a primary optical system enabling light extraction from the light-emitting elements to which it is optically coupled. A secondary optical system that is optically coupled to the primary optical system and is configured to be compatible with the primary optical system and provides a means for mixing and collimating the light extracted from the two or more light-emitting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: TIR SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Ingo Speier
  • Publication number: 20080239675
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermally and electrically conductive apparatus that can provide both thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity for one or more electronic devices connected thereto. The apparatus comprises a thermally conductive element that is in thermal contact with one or more electronic devices and optionally in contact with a heat dissipation system. A portion of the thermally conductive element is surrounded by a multilayer coating system comprising two or more layers. The multilayer coating system includes alternating electrically insulating and electrically conductive layers in order to provide paths for the supply of electric current to the one or more electronic devices. A conductive layer of the multilayer coating system may be selectively patterned to connect to one or more electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Ingo Speier
  • Publication number: 20080224024
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination system enabling dynamic colour control of the illumination produced by the system. The illumination system comprises light-emitting elements for producing illumination, and at least one detecting device which collects information relating to the illumination, which is inherently non-linear. The illumination system also integrates a computing system which receives the information from the at least one detecting device and linearises this information using a multivariate function having a solution defining a hyperplane representing constant chromaticity for a given luminous intensity, and then determines a number of control parameters based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Ashdown
  • Publication number: 20080105455
    Abstract: The present invention provides a printed circuit board (PCB) adapted to reduce stress due to coupling of a structure to two different areas of the PCB. The invention involves mechanically isolating an area of the PCB intended for coupling with the structure by forming a stress-relief region around the area in order to create a localised movable area. By introducing such localised flexibility into the PCB in at least the area of one coupling, any build-up of stress due to the coupling of the structure can be mitigated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Palfreyman, Lawrence Schmeikal
  • Patent number: 7329998
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for generating light using light-emitting elements and detecting the intensity and spectral power distribution of light using the same light-emitting elements as spectrally sensitive photodetectors. The light-emitting elements function in two modes, an ON mode and an OFF mode, wherein in the ON mode the light-emitting elements are activated and emit light of a particular frequency or range of frequencies. When in the OFF mode, the light-emitting elements are deactivated, wherein they do not emit light but serve to detect photons incident upon them thus generating an electrical signal representative of the intensity and spectral power distribution of the incident photons. The detected signal from the deactivated light-emitting elements can be used to provide photonic feedback to a lighting system, and thereby may be used to control the brightness and color balance of the lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Tir Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Jungwirth
  • Patent number: 7320593
    Abstract: Light Emitting Diode Light Sources for Dental Curing are disclosed. Some embodiments of the invention include structures such as Light Emitting Diode Array(s), heat sink, heat dissipation, heat pipe, and control circuitry are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Calvin D. Ostler, Kevin D. Ostler, Bruce R. Walker, Marc C. Cimolino, Miles F. Elledge
  • Patent number: 7319298
    Abstract: The present invention provides a luminaire system capable of generating light of a desired chromaticity and luminous flux output during continuous operation with varying ambient operating temperature. The luminaire system can be further capable of maintaining a desired correlated colour temperature during dimming of the luminaire. The luminaire system comprises one or more arrays of light-emitting elements for generating light with a current driver system coupled thereto for selectively supplying electrical drive current to each of the arrays, wherein the current driver system is responsive to drive signals received from a controller. The luminaire system further comprises an optical sensor system for generating optical signals representative of chromaticity and luminous flux output of the light. A heat sensing system is operatively coupled to the one or more arrays for generating signals representative of the junction temperatures of arrays of light-emitting elements during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Tir Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Jungwirth, Shane P. Robinson, Ingo Speier, Ian Ashdown
  • Publication number: 20070274084
    Abstract: A luminaire comprising a housing having thermally separate compartments for an electronics portion and a lighting portion. These thermally separate compartments can provide thermal isolation between the electronics portion and the lighting portion. The lighting portion comprises a plurality of light-emitting elements and further includes an optical device comprising two linear diffuser elements and can be used to further improve the light emission characteristics of the light-emitting elements thereby providing a directly viewable luminaire wherein the illumination produced by point light sources appears uniform along the length of the luminaire. A power supply for supply of energy to the light-emitting elements and a controller for controlling application of energy from a power source to the light-emitting elements is provided in the electronics portion and can be thermally separated within the electronics portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Kan, Adrian Weston
  • Patent number: 7267461
    Abstract: A luminaire comprising a housing having thermally separate compartments for an electronics portion and a lighting portion. These thermally separate compartments can provide thermal isolation between the electronics portion and the lighting portion. The lighting portion comprises a plurality of light-emitting elements and further includes an optical device comprising two linear diffuser elements and can be used to further improve the light emission characteristics of the light-emitting elements thereby providing a directly viewable luminaire wherein the illumination produced by point light sources appears uniform along the length of the luminaire. A power supply for supply of energy to the light-emitting elements and a controller for controlling application of energy from a power source to the light-emitting elements is provided in the electronics portion and can be thermally separated within the electronics portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: TIR Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Kan, Adrian Weston
  • Patent number: 7267459
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sealed housing unit and a method for its manufacture, wherein the sealed housing unit can protect light-emitting elements and the connected electronic circuitry from moisture. The sealed housing unit comprises a thermally conductive base onto which an array of light-emitting elements is mounted. A frame is sealingly connected to the thermally conductive base circumferentially enclosing the array of light-emitting elements and connected circuitry. An optically transmissive panel sufficiently sized to span the area defined by the frame, is sealingly connected to the frame to form a sealed cavity enclosing the array of light-emitting elements and the connected circuitry. The light-emitting elements can be electrically activated via electrical wires provided through one or more apertures within the thermally conductive base or the frame. Each aperture comprises a form of sealing means which suppresses the penetration of moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: George Matheson
  • Patent number: 7255458
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for the diffusion of illumination from discrete light sources such that the illumination is blended and directed in one or more desired directions. The illumination system comprises a substrate having a plurality of light-emitting elements thereon which are arranged in an array, wherein these light-emitting elements produce illumination at one or more wavelengths. Proximate to the light-emitting elements is a diffuser, which collects the illumination produced by the discrete light-emitting elements and redirects this illumination in one or more predetermined directions, thereby blending together the one or more wavelengths of illumination and concentrating the illumination in the predetermined directions. The illumination system further comprises a power system, which provides energy to the light-emitting elements thereby resulting in their activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Tir Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Ashdown
  • Publication number: 20070085489
    Abstract: The driving and control device according to the present invention provides a desired switched current to a load including a string of one or more electronic devices, and comprises one or more voltage conversion means, one or more dimming control means, one or more feedback means and one or more sensing means. The voltage conversion means may be a DC-to-DC converter for example and based on an input control signal converts the magnitude of the voltage from the power supply to another magnitude that is desired at the high side of the load. The dimming control means may comprise a switch such as a FET, BJT, relay, or any other type of switching device, for example, and provides control for activation and deactivation of the load. The feedback means is coupled to the voltage conversion means and a current sensing means and provides a feedback signal to the voltage conversion means that is indicative of the voltage drop across the current sensing means which thus represents the current flowing through the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Shane Robinson, Paul Jungwirth, Ion Toma
  • Patent number: 7202608
    Abstract: The driving and control device according to the present invention provides a desired switched current to a load including a string of one or more electronic devices, and comprises one or more voltage conversion means, one or more dimming control means, one or more feedback means and one or more sensing means. The voltage conversion means may be a DC-to-DC converter for example and based on an input control signal converts the magnitude of the voltage from the power supply to another magnitude that is desired at the high side of the load. The dimming control means may comprise a switch such as a FET, BJT, relay, or any other type of switching device, for example, and provides control for activation and deactivation of the load. The feedback means is coupled to the voltage conversion means and a current sensing means and provides a feedback signal to the voltage conversion means that is indicative of the voltage drop across the current sensing means which thus represents the current flowing through the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Shane P. Robinson, Paul Jungwirth, Ion Toma
  • Publication number: 20070051881
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical sensor having one or more filter-photodetector pairs and feedback to monitor the intensity and chromaticity of the white light generated by an illumination system. According to the present invention, filter-photodetectors are configured into pairs thereof, wherein a first filter-photodetector of a pair is configured and arranged so as to be sensitive to a predetermined region of the electromagnetic spectrum, while a second filter-photodetector of the pair is configured and arranged to be sensitive to a substantially complementary region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The spectral responsivity of the first filter-photodetector and the second filter-photodetector overlap in a predetermined region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Ashdown
  • Patent number: 7182480
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination optical system that enables the direction and mixing of light from light emitting devices. The optical system comprises a plurality of light emitting devices that are spatially arranged in an array, wherein this array comprises one or more sections, such that the light emitting devices in a particular section emit light within a predetermined wavelength range. Through the use of a combination of macroscopic and microscopic optical systems, the illumination created by the array can be manipulated such that a desired illumination distribution is created. The macroscopic optical system provides a means for redirecting the illumination in one or more desired directions, wherein this redirection is provided by a collection of appropriately shaped and positioned reflective optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Kan
  • Publication number: 20070040512
    Abstract: The present invention provides a luminaire system capable of generating light of a desired chromaticity and luminous flux output during continuous operation with varying ambient operating temperature. The luminaire system can be further capable of maintaining a desired correlated colour temperature during dimming of the luminaire. The luminaire system comprises one or more arrays of light-emitting elements for generating light with a current driver system coupled thereto for selectively supplying electrical drive current to each of the arrays, wherein the current driver system is responsive to drive signals received from a controller. The luminaire system further comprises an optical sensor system for generating optical signals representative of chromaticity and luminous flux output of the light. A heat sensing system is operatively coupled to the one or more arrays for generating signals representative of the junction temperatures of arrays of light-emitting elements during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Applicant: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Jungwirth, Shane Robinson, Ingo Speier
  • Patent number: D535774
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: TIR Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian Weston, Eddie Young, George E. Matheson