Patents Examined by Douglas W. Owens
  • Patent number: 10582582
    Abstract: A control system for a stadium lighting system comprising a plurality of luminaires installed within the stadium to illuminate a pitch within the stadium in accordance with a light plan containing aiming information for each luminaire is disclosed. The control system comprises a data storage device storing the light plan and a controller communicatively coupled to the data storage device, the controller being responsive to object tracking information for an object travelling across the pitch. The controller is adapted to determine a direction of travel of the object from the object tracking information; evaluate the aiming information for each luminaire to identify if at least one luminaire is arranged to generate a luminous output in an aiming direction coinciding with said direction of travel; and generate a dimming level adjustment signal for the at least one identified luminaire to reduce the intensity of said luminous output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Harry Broers, Willem Peter Van Der Brug, Ruben Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10575383
    Abstract: An imaging sensor determines an influence of artificial light from one or more artificial light sources and an influence of natural light in an area associated with a lighting system. On the basis of the influence of the natural light and the influence of the artificial light, the imaging sensor determines the location of the one or more artificial light sources with respect to the location of the imaging sensor. Further, the imaging sensor allocates a portion of the area as an area of influence of the imaging sensor based on a threshold change in luminescence of the area associated with switching on or switching off of the one or more artificial light sources. Responsively, the imaging sensor associates at least one artificial light source of the one or more light sources and occupancy sensors corresponding to the at least one artificial light source with the allocated area of influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Dale Walma, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10566168
    Abstract: One or more pellicles protect a cathode, the pellicles comprised of a thin layer of material that allows electrons to pass while preventing contamination of the cathode from elements originating beyond the pellicle or contamination of an outside apparatus from elements originating on or near the cathode. The pellicle can be supported by an insulator, the insulator in turn supported by a deflecting layer. The pellicle can be maintained at a positive voltage relative to the cathode, such that a voltage gradient is created between the cathode and the pellicle that accelerates electrons emitted by the cathode away from the cathode. The pellicle is located at an appropriate distance from the cathode to allow electron transmission matching the energy of the electrons at that distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: John Bennett
  • Patent number: 10560995
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for configuring a lighting system including a set of at least 3 light sources (Li) having different spectra (Si(?)), including a step of automatically defining the intensities (?i) of each of the light sources of said set by minimising a distance between a reference spectrum (SR(?)) and a synthetic spectrum (Ss(?)) defined by the sum of the spectra (Si(?)) of each source (Li) of said set weighted by said intensities (?i).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: WATTLUX
    Inventors: Patrick Belin, Yannick Bailly
  • Patent number: 10548191
    Abstract: Self-identifying solid-state transducer (SST) modules and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In several embodiments, for example, an SST system can include a driver and at least one SST module electrically coupled to the driver. Each SST module can include an SST and a sense resistor. The sense resistors of each SST module can have at least substantially similar resistance values. The SSTs of the SST modules can be coupled in parallel across an SST channel to the driver, and the sense resistors of the SST modules can be coupled in parallel across a sense channel to the driver. The driver can be configured to measure a sense resistance across the sense resistors and deliver a current across the SSTs based on the sense resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven A. McMahon
  • Patent number: 10540885
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the field of fire alarms. The teachings thereof may be embodied in a strobe notification appliance having: a boost circuit connected to an input voltage; an energy storage circuit charged by the boost circuit; a drive circuit generating a drive current; an LED circuit with at least one LED element; a first sampling circuit collecting an overall voltage drop of all the LED elements; and a control circuit configured to adjust the drive circuit to supply a working current during an alarming stage and supply a detection current during a detection stage. The detection current is lower than the working current and thereby light energy produced by the LED elements during the detection stage is lower than alarming light energy produced during the alarming stage. During the detection stage, the control circuit determines whether the LED circuit works normally based on the collected overall voltage drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Hong Xiang Liang, Xue Song Shen, Jian Tan
  • Patent number: 10537003
    Abstract: A method of operating a smart lighting system comprising a first mobile device, a lighting control device and first through nth (n being a positive integer) lighting devices, includes establishing, by the first mobile device, a first wireless connection with the lighting control device; performing, by the lighting control device, a first time synchronization with the first mobile device; providing, by the first mobile device, the lighting control device with a scheduling information representing operation of each of the first through nth lighting devices according to lapse of time; and controlling, by the lighting control device, operation of each of the first through nth lighting devices based on a current time and the scheduling information, wherein the current time is determined based on the time synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-Chan Cho, Jong-Hyun Kim, Sung-Hee You
  • Patent number: 10537002
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a lighting array is disclosed. In one example, the system and method detect the presence or absence of short circuiting current flow through a light emitting device and provide an indication of the same. The system and method may also increase or decrease current flow through the lighting array to compensate for reduced lighting output or to reduce the possibility of lighting array degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff A. Smith, Edward A. Kiyoi, Ken McAllister
  • Patent number: 10531543
    Abstract: A configurable lighting system includes a coordinator device and a first lighting device that wirelessly communicates with the coordinator device. The system further includes a user device having a display interface that displays representations of multiple lighting devices including a representation of the first lighting device. The user device is configured to indicate the representation of the first lighting device in the display interface in response to a first user input received at the first lighting device. In response to a second user input received at the user device, the second user input associating the representation of the first lighting device with a zone of a physical area, the coordinator device associates the first lighting device with a second lighting device associated with the zone of the physical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Deborah Baus, Michael Alan Lunn
  • Patent number: 10531531
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a light output from a LED-based lighting solution is provided that may receive phase-cut AC signals and/or external digital control signals. The invention is capable of receiving both a phase-cut AC signal and an external digital control signal simultaneously and providing a desired light output from a LED-based lighting solution. The system generally includes a power source electronically connected to one or more dimmers and an AC power output of the dimmer connected to a solid state lighting device such as an LED. The system is capable of receiving signals from a wired and/or wireless external digital control device to additionally control the desired light output from a LED-based lighting solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyan Wang, Nan Shi
  • Patent number: 10529701
    Abstract: A micro light-emitting diode (microLED) display panel includes microLEDs; a substrate for supporting the microLEDs, the substrate being divided into a plurality of sub-regions; and a plurality of chip-on-film (COF) packages mounted on surfaces of the sub-regions respectively, a plurality of drivers being disposed on the COF packages respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Prilit Optronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Biing-Seng Wu, Fa-Ming Chen, Shin-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10531538
    Abstract: An apparatus (11) for the remote control of lighting apparatuses, in particular emergency lighting apparatuses (12), comprising a transmitter apparatus provided with at least one white light source having controlled activation, a receiver device used as a receiver of digital optical signals (16), which integrates a control, programming and management system managed by a software program (14), and a lighting apparatus (12), which incorporates a receiving circuit comprising a receiver photosensor (13); the transmitter apparatus is constituted by a smartphone (11), which actuates optical commands directed at the lighting apparatus (12), in a form of encoded luminous messages or intensity- and duration-controlled sequences of light variations according to a specific optical code and at different levels of luminosity, by means of a modulating process of the switching-on and the switching-off of the light source integrated in said smartphone (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Beghelli S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gian Pietro Beghelli
  • Patent number: 10531552
    Abstract: A device for generating an atmospheric-pressure plasma is disclosed. In an embodiment the device includes a piezoelectric transformer comprising an input region and an output region, wherein the input region is designed to convert an applied alternating voltage into a mechanical oscillation, wherein the output region is designed to convert a mechanical oscillation into a voltage, and wherein the output region adjoins the input region in a longitudinal direction, a contact element fastened to the piezoelectric transformer, the contact element being designed to apply the alternating voltage to the input region and a holder, wherein the contact element is connected to the holder by a form-fit connection, in such a manner that a movement of the piezoelectric transformer in the longitudinal direction, relative to the holder, is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Pavol Kudela, Franz Rinner, Markus Puff
  • Patent number: 10531548
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling one or more lighting devices to generate a dynamic light effect based on an image. A first area in the image is selected based on first selection criteria (e.g. object recognition). Within this first area, a sequence of sub-areas (260, 262, 264) are selected based on second selection criteria (e.g. zooming in to a recognized object). Color values are extracted from each sub-area and the one or more lighting devices are controlled based on the extracted color values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Bas Driesen, Berent Willem Meerbeek
  • Patent number: 10524334
    Abstract: A lighting device (e.g. LED driver) includes digital dimming, configuration and firmware updating via wireless communication circuitry and associated volatile memory (e.g., SRAM). A power stage converts AC mains input into a DC bus voltage, and further converts the DC bus voltage into output current for driving a load. A power distribution circuit generates a regulated DC voltage based on the DC bus voltage. A wireless interface circuit is linked to a wireless communications network (e.g., NFC), and configured to receive device configuration data during at least first operating conditions when the regulated DC voltage is unavailable, and further to receive dimming control data during second operating conditions when the regulated DC voltage is available. A controller generates gate driving signals for regulating the output current from the power stage, said gate driving signals generated based at least in part on the device configuration data and the dimming control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Price, John J. Dernovsek, Stephen D. Mays, II
  • Patent number: 10517152
    Abstract: A method of operating a switching power converter includes operating the switching power converter in a boundary conduction mode when a switching frequency of a switch in the switching power converter is below a switching frequency threshold such than an on time of the switch is adjusted based on a desired output power of the switching power converter, and operating the switching power converter in a discontinuous conduction mode when the switching frequency of the switch is above the switching frequency threshold such that one or more of the on time of the switch and a switching period of the switch are adjusted based on the desired output power of the switching power converter and the on time of the switch is clamped at a minimum switch on time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Ashish Ekbote, Noe Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10517159
    Abstract: A control device for controlling an electronic device includes: a switch, and a remote controller being operable to separate from or be in combination with the switch, wherein the switch and the remote controller each are configured to control the electronic device, and the remote controller is in combination with the switch when the control device is in a first usage state, or separates from the switch when the control device is in a second usage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qi Lin, Songling Yang, Xinyuan Xia
  • Patent number: 10517160
    Abstract: A lighting control method and an electronic device using the same are provided. The method includes receiving pattern information for controlling lighting, generating lighting control information including brightness level information corresponding to operation time information based on the received pattern information, and transmitting the lighting control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyeyoung Lee, Daedong Kim, Dusan Baek, Changhyun Lee, Jaeho Jung, Yangwook Kim, Haein Chun
  • Patent number: 10512132
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a light fixture that uses current sharing across any one or more LED strings within the light fixture. A processor may determine the current requirements of the one or more LED strings that are needed to produce a given intensity level. The processor may then apportion the current generation capability of a power supply across all active LED strings using time division multiple access (TDMA) whereby each LED string may conduct its apportioned current within its allocated time slot to the mutual exclusion of the remaining active LED strings in any given time period. The processor may transition from a TDMA mode of operation to a direct drive mode of operation when the time duration of each of the mutually exclusive time slots are substantially equal to each other or within a percentage range of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Illum Horticulture LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Adams, James V. Rhodes, Arthur A. Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10512139
    Abstract: A lighting controller is configured to make lighting control data in which lighting control information corresponding to a music piece is recorded and to control a lighting apparatus based on the lighting control data. The lighting controller includes: an information acquisition unit configured to acquire beat position information indicating beat positions of music piece data; a reference position plotting unit configured to plot a plurality of reference positions corresponding one-to-one to the beat positions of the beat position information; a lighting control information setting unit configured to set the lighting control information corresponding to the music piece; and a lighting control information editing unit configured to record the lighting control information with reference to the reference positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: PIONEER DJ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Kawano, Toshiki Nakai, Junichiro Inoue