Patents Examined by Haiss Philogene
  • Patent number: 9194555
    Abstract: A unique pattern arrangement, placement density, and wattage sizing of LEDs in a line voltage Linear Task Light produces uniform illumination with negligible point-source shadowing typically seen in other similar LED task lights. A desired energy code compliant 7½ Watts per foot is achieved using a greater number and smaller sized LEDs than in competitor's products, resulting in a better price-point efficiency in terms of dollars per Watt ($/W). The resulting product meets all Leed certification requirements, is California Title 24 compliant, and uses proximity sensing circuitry to further reduce energy consumption by shutting off when the illuminated area is vacant for a period of time. The LED Task Light disclosed is capable of higher illumination when needed, without sacrificing energy code compliancy through the use of timing circuitry to automatically reduce illumination intensity and corresponding energy consumption after a preset time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Boca Flasher, Inc.
    Inventor: David A Urban
  • Patent number: 9125267
    Abstract: The present invention provides LED array systems with improved methods of powering LED in the array by monitoring the relationship between temperature and driving power to predict how much power can be safely applied to the LEDs. The present invention also provides for a control system for LED arrays that allows for display of images or light patterns across and array of luminairs over a low bandwidth control protocol. The present invention also provides for a LED array luminair with reduced color fringing, light spill reduction and beam angle control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Frantisek Kubis
  • Patent number: 9123625
    Abstract: The invention provides an active matrix EL display device which can perform a clear multi-gray scale color display. In particular, the invention provides a large active matrix EL display device at low cost by a manufacturing method which can selectively form a pattern. Power supply lines in a pixel portion are arranged in matrix by the manufacturing method which can selectively form a pattern. Further, capacitance between wirings is reduced by providing a longer distance between adjacent wirings by the manufacturing method which can selectively form a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Yoshida, Hajime Kimura, Shinji Maekawa, Osamu Nakamura, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9113516
    Abstract: A dimmable LED driver adapted to be operated with a dimmer that is configured to generate a predetermined conductive angle, wherein the dimmable LED driver comprises: a rectifier configured to convert an alternating current output by the dimmer to a direct current, a buck PFC block configured to adjust an output voltage of the direct current so as to obtain a stable output voltage, a second buck DC/DC block configured to realize output of a constant current after the stable output voltage is realized, a dimming block configured to, after realizing output of the constant current, accomplish a dimming function jointly with the second buck DC/DC block, and an MCU configured to control the buck PFC block, the second buck DC/DC block and the dimming block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Luca Bordin, Shaoping Chen, Yuli Chen, Shijun Nie, Wei Tan
  • Patent number: 9107272
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments, an illumination system comprising a plurality of power strings features elements facilitating compensation for failure of one or more light-emitting elements connected along each power string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Cooledge Lighting Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Tischler, Philippe M. Schick, Paul Jungwirth, Calvin Wade Sheen
  • Patent number: 9100999
    Abstract: A system for controlling a lamp comprises a central controller having a waveform converter capable of modulating a control signal at more than one frequency over a two wire power cable. The control signal is capable of modifying a property of the lamp. The central controller also has a load current sensor capable of identifying the configuration of the lamp. The system further comprises a lighting control unit coupled to the lamp. The lighting control unit is powered via the two wire power cable and is capable of demodulating the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: S.R. Smith, LLC
    Inventor: Chuan Li
  • Patent number: 9101029
    Abstract: A first LED emits visible light of an emission color such that with respect to a CIE(1976)L*u*v* color space chromaticity diagram, the chromaticity is exterior to a prescribed white light region wherein the absolute value of a deviation duv from the blackbody radiation locus is at most 0.02 and the color temperature is within a range of from 2,500K to 10,000K, and the deviation duv from the blackbody radiation locus is larger than 0.02, and a second LED emits visible light of an emission color such that with respect to the above chromaticity diagram, the chromaticity is exterior to the prescribed white light region, and the deviation duv from the blackbody radiation locus is smaller than ?0.02.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Shamoto, Akeo Kasaukura, Toru Takeda
  • Patent number: 9096169
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter includes a plurality of converter portions, each of which includes a switching circuit portion and a control circuit portion, the switching circuit portion being configured to obtain an output voltage by stepping up or stepping down an input voltage with a switching converter circuit including a switch element, a wound element, and a rectifier element, and the control circuit portion being configured to control the output voltage by controlling the switch element of the switching circuit portion. The plurality of converter portions are arranged on a single circuit board such that the switching circuit portion of each of the converter portions is not adjacent to the control circuit portion of each of a rest of the converter portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Ohmura, Takayoshi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9101000
    Abstract: A dimmable LED illumination system includes a power converting circuit and a lamp. The power converting circuit is electrically connected to a power source to convert electric power of the power source into a voltage signal. The lamp includes a DC/DC converter and a LED module, wherein the DC/DC converter is electrically connected to the power converting circuit to convert the voltage signal into a corresponding current signal. The LED module is electrically connected to the DC/DC converter to be driven by the current signal to emit light. By adjusting a voltage provided by the power converting circuit, a current provided by the DC/DC converter could be adjusted as well, which changes a luminance of the LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignees: HEP TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 9101012
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) tube is applied to a lamp holder with a ballast, and has a lighting module, a first control module and a second control module connected to two ends of the lighting module, and a harmonic elimination module connected to the first and second control modules and parallelly connected to the lighting module. Each of the first control module and the second control module has a simulation circuit unit and a rectification unit. Each of the simulation circuit units and the harmonic elimination module has a switching element. The first and second control modules adjust electrical signals from the ballast, and the harmonic elimination module eliminates harmonic waves generated by the ballast so that the lighting module is compatible with the ballast and is lit. Accordingly, the LED tube can be directly mounted on a fluorescent lamp holder with the lamp holder intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: POESEN ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung-Hung Yu, Chin-Tsai Liu
  • Patent number: 9095028
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method, computer-readable medium and apparatus for monitoring a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) light banks for each one of a plurality of LED beacon lights. In one embodiment, the method includes determining an amount of ambient light, selecting an operating mode for each one of the plurality of LED beacon lights based upon the amount of ambient light, determining a value of a threshold for the operating mode that is selected, receiving a light output value of each one of the plurality of LED beacon lights, comparing the light output value of each one of the plurality of LED beacon lights to the predetermined value of the dynamic threshold and generating an alarm when the light output value of any one of the plurality of LED beacon lights falls below the predetermined value of the dynamic threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventors: John Patrick Peck, Kevin A. Hebborn
  • Patent number: 9089013
    Abstract: A wireless sensor for measuring a light intensity is operable to transmit wireless signals using a variable transmission rate that is dependent upon the light intensity in the space. The sensor comprises a photosensitive circuit, a wireless transmitter for transmitting the wireless signals, and a controller coupled to the photosensitive circuit and the wireless transmitter. The photosensitive circuit is operable to generate a light intensity control signal in response to the light intensity. The controller transmits the wireless signals in response to the light intensity control signal using the variable transmission rate that is dependent upon an amount of change of the light intensity. In addition, the variable transmission rate may be further dependent upon a rate of change of the light intensity. The sensor may further comprise a battery for powering the photosensitive circuit, the wireless transmitter, and the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 9089014
    Abstract: An illumination system includes an excitation light source that emits excitation light, a phosphor unit that converts the excitation light emitted from the excitation light source into fluorescence to emit the fluorescence toward an illuminated object and a light source device including the excitation light source and the phosphor unit. The illumination system further includes a state confirming device that confirms a state of the light source device based on the state of the phosphor unit when connected to the light source device and the phosphor unit emits the fluorescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 9078303
    Abstract: A LED string driving circuit includes a plurality of LED strings; a power supply unit configured to receive an input voltage and accordingly output a driving voltage to the LED strings; a comparison unit configured to receive the input voltage and output a first control signal according to a relationship between the input voltage and a predetermined voltage; a control unit configured to receive the first control signal and generate a second control signal according to a potential level of the first control signal; and a switch unit including a plurality of switch elements, and each are controlled by the second control signal and thereby forming various electrical loops and thereby configuring the LED strings corporately to form either a parallel loop or a series loop via the switch unit with respective electrical loops. A LED string driving method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Lin, Chin-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 9078326
    Abstract: A dimmable LED lamp, which receives power from a DC power source to emit light, includes a main body, a DC/DC converter, and a LED module; wherein the main body is hollow, and includes a conductive portion made of a conductive material, wherein the conductive portion is connected to the DC power source; the DC/DC converter is provided in the main body, and is electrically connected to the conductive portion of the main body to receive a power from at least a DC power source; the DC/DC converter converts a voltage of the power provided by the DC power source into a corresponding current; the LED module is provided on the main body, and is electrically connected to the DC/DC converter to emit light with luminance corresponding to the current received from the DC/DC converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: HEP TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 9078307
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting ballast system and method for fluorescent lamps. The system and method utilize a lamp current control loop to control the light level of a fluorescent lamp. The ballast includes an open loop detector that recognizes an open current control loop as an indication of a fault or hazard condition, and causes the ballast to output a safe lamp voltage or no voltage. The fault or hazard condition may be, for example, a very high voltage at the lamp or very low current across the lamp. The ballast also includes a disable circuit that prevents the open loop detector from triggering at times when the loop is expected to be open such as during ignition and maintenance restarting of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gang Yao, James Domenic Mieskoski
  • Patent number: 9078302
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling an illumination device in an aircraft is provided. The apparatus has a light source suitable for emitting light with a wavelength in the visible range. The apparatus also has a pulse-width modulator for delivering at least one output signal that is connected to the light source and suitable for effecting brightness control of the light source. The output signal is composed from a first number of first subsignals each having a first pulse width and a second number of second subsignals each having a second pulse width shorter than the first pulse width. The brightness of the light source is adjustable by varying the first number and the second number for a brightness change and the output signal is repeated after delivery of the first number and second number of subsignals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
    Inventor: Guenther Riess
  • Patent number: 9072140
    Abstract: An LED module includes: a first LED array which includes a plurality of first LEDs connected in series and through which a first branch current flows; a second LED array which includes a plurality of second LEDs 121 connected in series and through which a second branch current flows; and a transistor which is connected to the second LED array in series, and adjusts a second branch current according to a differential voltage between a first total forward voltage and a second total forward voltage. The first total forward voltage is a sum of forward voltages and includes the same number of the forward voltages as the number of the first LEDs. The second total forward voltage is a sum of forward voltages and includes the same number of the forward voltages as the number of the second LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Takahashi, Kazuhiko Itoh
  • Patent number: 9066383
    Abstract: A method of controlling illumination, including transmitting location information from a communication device to a computer; receiving illumination data with the communication device, where the illumination data is generated by the computer based at least in part on the location information; and transmitting an illumination signal from the communication device to a wearable accessory containing at least one light source, where the illumination signal is based at least in part on the received illumination data and is operable to actuate the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Eminvent, LLC
    Inventor: Seth Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9066407
    Abstract: A dedicated power source for LED lamps capable of reliably detecting attachment of an LED lamp is provided. A dedicated power source has a DC power source portion, and includes a lighting circuit which receives power supplied from the DC power source portion and light-controls an LED lamp including an LED element and a detection resistor connected in parallel to the LED element and an attachment detecting portion for detecting attachment of the LED lamp based on a voltage level changing in accordance with attachment/detachment of the detection resistor by attachment/detachment of the LED lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Terasaka, Hiroshi Kubota, Masahiko Kamata, Naoko Iwai, Takeshi Saito, Hiroki Nakagawa, Katsunobu Hamamoto, Hiroyuki Sako