Plural Load Devices Patents (Class 315/152)
  • Patent number: 10375805
    Abstract: A wired switch allows switching the power supplied to a wirelessly controllable appliance, such as a lamp, which may be controlled by e.g. a smart phone running an app. A wireless switch is retrofitted to the wired switch. The wireless switch comprises one or more sensors arranged to detect both the position of the wired switch and a touch input. A controller, receiving indications based on said detection, determines a reachability of the wirelessly controllable appliance. The controller then associates an OFF command to the area of the wired switch that would normally be pressed to turn the lamp off. This allows the lamp to be turned OFF, when the wired switch is in the ON position, by a user controlling the wired switch as (s)he normally would without the used needing to actually change the position of the wired switch (thereby turning OFF power to the appliance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Lambertus Andrianus Marinus De Jong, Evert Schaeffer, Peter Deixler, Wouter Lambertus Petrus Willaert, Richard Hoogenstraaten
  • Patent number: 10368424
    Abstract: A lighting system is disclosed for deploying dynamic lighting effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus Rene Engelen, Philip Steven Newton, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Jochen Renaat Van Gheluwe, Ramon Antoine Wiro Clout
  • Patent number: 10362661
    Abstract: A wearable wireless device may be configured for control of a parameter of a load control device. The load control device may be responsive to a network device, for example, to provide fine tune adjustment of the parameter. The wearable wireless device may include a touch-responsive visual display for displaying feedback of the parameter of the load control device. The visual display may be configured to be actuated to receive a user input to adjust the parameter of the load control device. An actuation of the visual display of the wearable wireless device may adjust the parameter by a greater percentage than the fine tune adjustment provided by the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, Erica L. Clymer, Jason C. Killo, Jeremy B. Kleinberg
  • 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: 10299354
    Abstract: A wireless operated LED lighting controller has both analog and phase control outputs which operate a dimming luminaire, and sensors for lighting and motion which operate autonomously as needed. In addition it is locally operated by a handheld infra-red controller. At least one sensor can be chosen from the group of: a light detector, a motion detector, an acoustic detector, a temperature sensor, and a microwave detector. The sensor is electrically connected to the phase control output. A light output of the controller is affected by signals detected by the at least one sensor. The lighting controller has the phase control output enabled for either a leading edge dimming or a trailing edge dimming, and has a mode for completely turning off the dimming luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EuControls, Corp
    Inventors: Tom O'Neil, Lee Chiang
  • Patent number: 10285238
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for synchronous lighting control by a mobile terminal. The method comprises acquiring a loading program of each of a plurality of lamps required to be synchronously controlled; acquiring a state of each of the plurality of lamps according to the loading program; grouping the plurality of lamps according to the state of each of the plurality of lamps; and controlling a switching and a color of each of the plurality of lamps synchronously according to the grouping. A beneficial effect of the present disclosure is that by grouping the smart lamps, the smart lamps are managed in batch, and by using a colorful scene and a changing music to control a switching and a color of the smart lamps, the intelligence level of the system is improved, the control style is enriched, and the user experience is better.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN JBT SMART LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huiping Chen, Wenbin Zhang, Xukai Wang, Chengguang Zhong, Shengnan Xiao, Jinglian Zhu, Ling Peng, Weiliang Yu, Bingfeng Wang, Anning Huang
  • Patent number: 10255880
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and includes identifying a change to be made in a brightness level of the light-generating appliance, the identifying of the change being effected by an input external to the light-generating appliance; determining, with a component of the light-generating appliance and in response to identifying the change to be made in the brightness level, a level of change to be made in a nonbrightness-related lighting output parameter of the light-generating appliance, to maintain a level of user stimulating light for a user visually exposed to the light-generating appliance, the level being equal as before the change in brightness level is made and after the change in brightness level is made; and changing the brightness level of the light-generating appliance according to the identified change in the brightness level, and changing the nonbrightness-related lighting output parameter based on the determined level of change to be made in the nonbrightness-related lighting output parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: F.lux Software LLC
    Inventors: Michael Herf, Lorna Herf
  • Patent number: 10240751
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for illuminating a target area. Such systems may mitigate shadows and lack of light homogeneity at surgical intervention settings, or any other clinical or otherwise critical human operational confined area that utilize a substantially uniform light flooding. One or more lighting modules can be disposed in a target area, for illumination one or more illumination target locations. An object detection component can detect an object in the target illumination location, and provide data indicative of the detected object to an illumination module adjustment component. Based on the data indicative of the detected object, the illumination module adjustment component can provide data indicative of an illumination adjustment to the first illumination module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TurningMode, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Zapata, Carlos Eduardo Vargas Silva
  • Patent number: 10244609
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for bi-directional communication between a power supply and one or more light engines (and/or other lighting system components) via the existing power lines so that no additional communication wires are needed. In particular, the power supply can transmit information by modulating its output (voltage or current) and the light engine (or other lighting componentry, such as a sensor) can communicate back by modulating how much power it draws from the power supply. Any suitable type of modulation scheme can be used, and a master-slave arrangement can be used to control the bi-directional communication if so desired, so as to avoid multiple devices communicating over the power line communication channel at the same time. Other embodiments allow a multiple simultaneous communications over the power line communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventor: Bernhard Siessegger
  • Patent number: 10237945
    Abstract: An illumination device, system and method are provided herein for emulating sunlight along a daytime or nighttime locus. Sunlight is emulated depending on the path length of the sun relative to a structure containing the illumination device and system. One or more illumination devices can be grouped together and perform the sunlight emulation along the locus by producing different color temperatures throughout the day by all illumination devices within that group producing the same color temperature changes throughout the day. Moreover, a particular advantage of the preferred embodiments is the ability to manually change at any time the emulated natural sunlight output from the one or more groups of illumination devices and advantageously change the color output more so at certain times than at other times by simply actuating a trigger on a dimmer associated with a virtual or physical keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Ketra, LLC
    Inventors: Nav Sooch, Horace C. Ho, Rebecca Frank, Jason E. Lewis, Ryan Matthew Bocock
  • Patent number: 10212778
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a camera and a processor. The camera may be configured to capture video data of an area of interest. The processor may be configured to (A) process the video data, (B) generate control signals used to initiate an external stimulus and (C) execute computer readable instructions. The computer readable instructions may be executed by the processor to (a) stream the video data to an external server, receive facial recognition results from the external server and (c) if the facial recognition results cannot detect a face of a detected person, determine which of the control signals to generate. The external stimuli may be implemented to encourage a detected person to look in a direction of the camera sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KUNA SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Haomiao Huang, Christopher Hiszpanski
  • Patent number: 10194119
    Abstract: A mesh network-based environmental data capture system and method for providing communication between a base system having at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and other ICD(s), wherein the ICD(s) are capable of smart cross-communication with each other and remote access to their inputs via a server computer, including the steps of providing this base system; at least one user accessing the ICDs and inputs remotely via a user interface through a remote server computer and/or electronic device communicating with it, for providing a secure surveillance system with extended inputs range and wireless smart cross-communication for monitoring a target environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Martin A. Renkis
  • Patent number: 10178733
    Abstract: A light emitting assembly includes a first light emitting component, a second light emitting component, and a third light emitting component. The components are arranged such that a first light, a second light and a third light mix to form a mixed light. The assembly includes a control device, which has a first control channel and a second control channel operating the three components and configured such that in a first operating range the first component is driven via the first channel and the second and third components are driven jointly via the second channel. In the first operating range the mixed light is continuously adjustable from the first color to a fourth color, and in a second operating range the second component is driven via the second channel and the first and third components are driven jointly via the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventor: Farhang Ghasemi Afshar
  • Patent number: 10174921
    Abstract: A slim OLED lamp is provided, which may include a lamp holder, a support, and a base. The support connects the base to the lamp holder. When the lamp holder, support, and base are folded to be in the same plane, the lamp holder, the support, and the base can be close to and adjacent to one another. A light-emitting unit manufactured by the organic light-emitting technology can be plugged into the lamp holder, so the light-emitting unit can be conveniently replaced. There is at least one rotation direction between the support and lamp holder, so the freedom degree of the illumination range of the light-emitting unit can be increased. The base includes a control unit applicable to various light-emitting units with different rating currents so as to adjust the brightness thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Feng-Wen Yen, Cheng-Hao Chang, Ching-Yan Chao, Yuan-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 10172204
    Abstract: Systems and methods permit use of efficient solid state emitters for broad spectrum continuous spectrum lighting defined by illumination data. The illumination data, which can be sold as a commercial product, can be recorded or authored and include spectral, temporal, and spatial information. A lighting fixture can use information such as the illumination data, emitter age, temperature, and calibration data to calculate drive levels as needed to control intensities of individual emitters and thereby produce desired patterns of spectral content and time variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Telelumen, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Paolini
  • Patent number: 10159198
    Abstract: A grow light includes a plurality of cool white LEDs, a plurality of warm white LEDs, and a driver electrically coupled to the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs. An intensity level and spectral composition of the radiant energy emitted by the grow light may be tuned or configured by varying a ratio of the quantity of cool white LEDs to the quantity of warm white LEDs, by varying a spatial arrangement among the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs, or by varying a level of current provided to some or all of the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CABATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Vilgiate
  • Patent number: 10157652
    Abstract: A magnetic device configured to perform an analog adder circuit function and including a plurality of magnetic units. Each magnetic unit includes n magnetic tunnel junctions electrically connected in series via a current line. Each magnetic tunnel junction includes a storage magnetic layer having a storage magnetization, a sense magnetic layer having a sense magnetization, and a tunnel barrier layer. Each magnetic unit also includes n input lines, each being configured to generate a magnetic field adapted for varying a direction of the sense magnetization and a resistance of the n magnetic tunnel junctions, based on an input. Each of the n magnetic units is configured to add said n inputs to generate an output signal that varies in response to the n resistances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CROCUS TECHNOLOGY SA
    Inventor: Quentin Stainer
  • Patent number: 10159127
    Abstract: A low-voltage DC lighting system with identification addresses, comprising a smart controller, a terminal controller, a plurality of digital control switches connected with a low-voltage DC power supply through the terminal controller and controlled by the terminal controller and low-voltage DC lamps connected with each of the digital control switches respectively, each one of the smart controller and the terminal controller has a unique code, a storage space and an own CPU respectively, the terminal controller has a network interface connected to the smart controller, and the terminal controller exchanges information with the smart controller through the network interface, the smart controllers are also connected with each other via network interfaces, and the smart controller stores the identification addresses of every low-voltage DC lamps controlled by the terminal controller; the terminal controller comprises a network information receiving and transmitting module, a terminal calculating module and a lig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Kinhing Yau
  • Patent number: 10151134
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for opening a movable panel of a motor vehicle, comprising the following steps of: —projection of at least one light spot (102) with which an authorized user (U) has to interact, —determining if there is an intention to open the panel (100), and if so—authorizing the opening of the panel (100). The step of determining if there is an intention to open the panel (100) comprises: —acquiring a measurement signal of a movement performed by the user (U), —filtering the signal, —identifying if the movement performed by the user (U) is in a predefined correct order with at least the following steps: moving the user's part towards the light spot (102), keeping it in the light spot (102) and moving it outside the light spot (102), and —determining if the movement performed by the user (U) meets a predefined specific time condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Theodor Dehelean, Dragos Molocea, Bernd Ette
  • Patent number: 10127849
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying always-on content on a display of a mobile device allow the device to use a low power processor for certain always-on content and to coordinate with the device application processor for the remaining always-on content. In an embodiment, a pixel row-skip pattern is specified by the low power processor based on the display screen's resolution setting as well as ambient light conditions. In a further embodiment, the execution of pixel rendering in keeping with the prescribed pattern is synchronized between the device's low power processor and main application processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Nathan M. Connell, Parikshit Dharawat, Christian L. Flowers
  • Patent number: 10111296
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include methods, devices, and systems for calibrating LED(s). In one aspect, a method includes: (1) obtaining a desired color value for each LED of a plurality of LEDs to be calibrated; (2) obtaining image information from an image sensor, the image information corresponding to operation of the plurality of LEDs; and (3) generating calibration information for each LED of the plurality of LEDs based on the desired color value for the LED and the obtained image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Honglei Wu, Cornelius O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10111297
    Abstract: A processing device can digitally control lighting fixtures by receiving a request to generate light at a correlated color temperature (“CCT”) level in an environment. The environment can include a first lighting fixture having a first range of generatable CCT values and a second lighting fixture having a second range of generatable CCT values. The processing device can determine a first CCT value based on the request and the first range. The processing device can further determine a second CCT value based on the first CCT value and the second range. The processing device can further transmit a first digital signal to the first lighting fixture to cause the first lighting fixture to generate light at the first CCT value. The processing device can further transmit a second digital signal to the second lighting fixture to cause the second lighting fixture to generate light at the second CCT value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David Ciccarelli, Daniel Aaron Weiss, Ryan A. Zaveruha
  • Patent number: 10103292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mixed-light generation apparatus configured to generate mixed-light by mixing light generated from three or more LED-fluorescent combinations each of which comprises an LED-chip and a phosphor layer that is excited by an excitation wavelength of the LED chip to emit light, wherein each of the LED-fluorescent combinations is configured to generate light corresponding to a different coordinate value based on the CIE 1931 color coordinate system, and the mixed-light is configured to be controllable in color within an area based on coordinates of light generated from three or more LED-florescent combinations by respectively controlling driving currents that are supplied to each of the LED-fluorescent combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IN-SIL SONG
    Inventor: In-sil Song
  • Patent number: 10051707
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for lighting control based on a combination of inputs. One or more properties of light output of a lighting fixture (120A, 120B, 120C) are controlled based on local input (based on local sensor readings) and group input (provided to the lighting fixture and additional lighting fixtures) and/or one or more sensors (125A, 125B) are auto-calibrated. For example, in some embodiments a lighting controller (130A) of a lighting fixture may receive both the local input and the group input and control a dimming level of a light source (150A) of the lighting fixture based on the local input and the group input. For example, the local input may be based on input from a local sensor that is indicative of a light level near the lighting fixture and the group input may be indicative of a desired group level of dimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Deixler
  • Patent number: 10034359
    Abstract: A cloud-connected off-grid lighting and video system may include one or more wireless lighting modules and a bridge device to transmit a video stream or images to external devices such as a remote device, a cellular phone, a home automation system, or a security system. The cloud-connected off-grid lighting and video system may operate over the cloud via an Internet connection allowing the bridge device to communicate with a server on the Internet that may implement software for the interface to capture data regarding activity detected by-the wireless lighting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: WIRELESS ENVIRONMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Michael V. Recker, David B. Levine
  • Patent number: 10015864
    Abstract: A controller comprising: an output for controlling light source(s) arranged to emit light to illuminate an environment; and an input for receiving a signal output from at least one sensor. The controller is configured to: identify presence of a user and at least one further user based on the signal output from the sensor; determine lighting preferences of the users; detect an orientation of the users based on the signal from the sensor; estimate a field of view (FOV) of the users based on the detected orientation of the users; determine that at least one light source is positioned to emit light in both the FOVs of the users, arbitrate between the lighting preferences of the users to determine light settings to be applied to the at least one light source, and control said at least one light source based on the determined light settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Julian Charles Nolan, Matthew John Lawrenson, Alexander Henricus Waltherus Van Eeuwijk, Hilbrand Vanden Wyngaert, Huon Urbald Ogier Norbert Van De Laarschot
  • Patent number: 10009988
    Abstract: A wearable wireless device may be configured for control of a parameter of a load control device. The load control device may be responsive to a network device, for example, to provide fine tune adjustment of the parameter. The wearable wireless device may include a touch-responsive visual display for displaying feedback of the parameter of the load control device. The visual display may be configured to be actuated to receive a user input to adjust the parameter of the load control device. An actuation of the visual display of the wearable wireless device may adjust the parameter by a greater percentage than the fine tune adjustment provided by the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, Erica L. Clymer, Jason C. Killo, Jeremy B. Kleinberg
  • Patent number: 9999117
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for lighting control. For example, a user may commission a touch-controlled luminaire (106) to emit light output having various lighting properties dependent on a manner in which the touch-controlled luminaire is touched subsequently. In particular, a user may use an electronic mobile device (102) such as a smart phone, tablet computer, or a wearable computing device (e.g., computing glasses, smart watches) to associate a touch event profile indicative of a manner in which a touch-controlled luminaire was touched (e.g., tapped, swiped, etc.) with a lighting control action. The user may then provide that association to the touch-controlled luminaire. When the touch-controlled luminaire is later touched in the same manner, it may adjust its light output in accordance with the lighting control action. Operation and commission of gesture-controlled luminaires (706) is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Philip Steven Newton, Tim Dekker, Ramon Antoine Wiro Clout, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Dirk Valentinus René Engelen
  • Patent number: 9986613
    Abstract: Disclosed are lighting devices (102), luminaires, lighting systems, lighting modules (104), and methods of controlling the same are taught herein. In various embodiments, a lighting device (102) may include a light source such as an LED (118) configured to emit light towards a targeted portion (106) of a surface (108). An LED driver (120) may be configured energize the LED in response to a compensated signal (132). A light sensor (122) may be configured to measure light reflected from the targeted portion of the surface and to generate a reflected light signal (128) that represents one or more properties of the reflected light. A controller (116) may be operably coupled with the LED driver and the light sensor. The controller may be configured to generate the compensated signal based on the reflected light signal and an input signal (130) that represents one or more desired properties of light to be reflected from the targeted portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Antoine Wiro Clout, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Philip Steven Newton, Tim Dekker
  • Patent number: 9986133
    Abstract: In certain aspects, the present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and devices for expanding a printing color gamut such as CMYK for printing or in preparation for printing on printing devices. In certain aspects, the disclosure relates to systems, methods and devices for optimizing or improving multicolor process print manufacturing, in particular, through automated and adaptive selection of additional colorants using color-perception based analysis of embedded visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew James Kyan, Nawar Badie Fdhal Mahfooth, Mordechai Mark Sibilia
  • Patent number: 9984557
    Abstract: Systems and methods of increasing the efficiency and accuracy of a walk test in a fire alarm system are provided. Some methods can include receiving one or more walk test result signals from a system in a region, the signals indicative of one or more triggered input devices in the system and one or more activated output devices in the system, identifying one or more output devices in the system configured to be activated responsive to the one or more triggered input devices, comparing the activated output devices to the output devices configured to be activated, and transmitting a signal indicative of results of the comparing. Additionally or alternatively, some methods can include visually displaying or audibly emitting an indication of the results of the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: RajeshBabu Nalukurthy, Aatish Sethi, Balamurugan Venkatesh, Mahadevan Somasundram Balakrishnan, Devanatha Reddy Sareddy, Monica Ravi
  • Patent number: 9974147
    Abstract: A light fixture is provided or retrofitted with wireless LED lighting system requiring no additional wireless devices. An LED driver housing has power output terminals and control input terminals for an LED driver disposed therein. An LED lighting device includes driver input terminals to receive the output power from the LED driver, and to which an LED array and a wireless communication module are coupled to receive power therefrom. The wireless communication module comprises a transceiver configured to send and receive wireless communication signals with respect to an external device, and a controller linked to the transceiver and configured to generate lighting output control signals. Dimming control signals received via the transceiver may be processed by the controller and transmitted to the driver without requiring additional hardware or wiring within or attached to the driver. The lighting device also can wirelessly receive occupancy sensor data or LED configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Davis, John J. Dernovsek, Stephen D. Mays, II, Christopher Radzinski, Wei Xiong
  • Patent number: 9949339
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to control artificial lighting using accurate geographical location, date and time, in order to activate such electrical activity only during needed periods of actual terrestrial darkness related to sun elevation. Accurate, real-time calculation of sun elevation relative to geographical location and date/time allow natural lighting characteristics such as natural light spectrum and intensity to be matched to artificial lighting, in order to provide a smooth transition in ambient lighting and to save energy. An apparatus according to the invention comprises a global positioning system (GPS) element for determining latitude, longitude, altitude, date and time and a calculation element for determining sun elevation angle accurately. A specific embodiment requires only desired sun elevation angle inputs from the user for controlling electrical switches in a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lonestar Inventions, L.P.
    Inventors: Osman Ersed Akcasu, Ibrahim Akcay, Ibrahim Onur Uslu, Jacqueline Mahan Akcasu
  • Patent number: 9930753
    Abstract: A system and method provide fail-safe operation of a lighting system. A lighting level detector is used to obtain a baseline lighting level for a low-intensity light. If the detector measures less than the baseline level when an occupancy sensor determines the space is unoccupied, a high-intensity light is energized and an indication is provided to a user that the low-intensity light has failed. A method provides daylighting operation of a lighting system. An occupancy sensor can have Wi-Fi functionality to enable remote configuration of the sensor. A line voltage occupancy sensor can include an interface with low voltage devices. An occupancy sensor can include an integral interface to enable an external control system to override the sensor's normal logic under emergency conditions. An occupancy sensor can include an active temperature compensation feature. An occupancy sensor can also incorporate an automatically adjustable coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jaiganesh Balasubramanian, Justin Morton
  • Patent number: 9927108
    Abstract: A luminaire having a body that includes a first portion and a second portion, the second portion including two or more apertures. At least one of the two or more apertures being sized to match a main lighting component, at least one other of the two or more apertures being sized to match a first function module, and at least another of the two or more apertures being sized to match a second function module. One of the first function module and the second function module is one of a motion detector, a camera, an air pollution sensor, and a communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Andras Kuti, Roland Batai, Norbert Kovacs, Daniel Lorincz
  • Patent number: 9918372
    Abstract: The wireless lighting control device examples conserve battery power before installation and/or commissioning. To save battery life, such a device remains in a low power mode and is awakened for commissioning, for example, by a button press (e.g. for a wall switch) or motion or audio sensing (e.g. for an occupancy sensor or the like). When awakened, the lighting control device enters its commissioning mode with the radio transceiver active for a short period of time. If the lighting control device is not commissioned within that time interval, for example, it may reenter the sleep mode. Conversely, if successfully commissioned during the active time period, the lighting control device is ready for normal operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventor: John Peter Roquemore, III
  • Patent number: 9907150
    Abstract: The wireless lighting control device examples conserve battery power before installation and/or commissioning. To save battery life, such a device remains in a low power mode and is awakened for commissioning, for example, by a button press (e.g. for a wall switch) or motion or audio sensing (e.g. for an occupancy sensor or the like). When awakened, the lighting control device enters its commissioning mode with the radio transceiver active for a short period of time. If the lighting control device is not commissioned within that time interval, for example, it may reenter the sleep mode. Conversely, if successfully commissioned during the active time period, the lighting control device is ready for normal operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventor: John Peter Roquemore, III
  • Patent number: 9900962
    Abstract: An illumination system and an illumination method thereof are provided. An environmental condition of a position of an illumination apparatus is detected, so as to produce an environmental information. A corresponding illumination result prediction model is selected according to a first environmental information. An illumination character of an illumination light is adjusted according to the illumination result prediction model and the first environmental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yao-Chi Peng, Shih-Ming Huang, Chien-Lung Wang, Ming-Chun Wu, Po-Chang Li
  • Patent number: 9888542
    Abstract: Aspects are provided for controlling outdoor lighting systems using a photocontrol interface that can be connected to a motion sensor and a luminaire driver or ballast. In some aspects, a dimming control node is electrically and communicatively coupled to a motion sensor via wired connections to a photocontrol interface. The dimming control node is also communicatively coupled to a luminaire ballast or driver. The dimming control node receives sensor data from the motion sensor via one of the wired connections and provides power to the motion sensor via another one of the wired connections. The dimming control node can determine a sensor output state of the motion sensor from the received sensor data, and can select a dim-level configuration corresponding to the determined sensor output state. The dimming control node can configure the luminaire ballast or driver in accordance with the selected dim-level configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Ryan Wagner, Robert Burt
  • Patent number: 9872361
    Abstract: A networked light control system includes light sensor circuitry that includes plural light sensors configured to sense an ambient light level, a control unit configured to generate a control signal that activates or deactivates one or more lights in a network of lights based on the ambient light level that is sensed by the light sensor circuitry, and relay logic circuitry configured to open or close a relay or a solid state switch for activating or deactivating the one or more lights based on receipt of the control signal generated by the control unit. The relay logic circuitry is configured to control the relay or the solid-state switch responsive to a failure in the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mohammed Ammari, Youcef Chaoua, Louis Bacon
  • Patent number: 9860965
    Abstract: A cloud connected lighting system may include a wireless lighting network of coordinated lighting devices and a bridge to provide connectivity to external devices such as a cell phone, home automation system or security system. The cloud connected lighting system may be implemented locally with a cell phone communicating with the bridge for control, status and alerts. The cloud connected lighting system may operate over the cloud via an Internet connection allowing the bridge to communicate with a server on the Internet that may implement software for the interface with the wireless lighting network and to capture data regarding activity detected by motion sensor associated with the wireless lighting network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Wireless Environment, LLC
    Inventors: Michael V. Recker, David B. Levine
  • Patent number: 9839182
    Abstract: Methods of installing and using a horticulture lighting controller having a substantially rectangular shaped housing with an in-operation removable front cover panel, the methods preferably comprising mounting the fully assembled lighting controller to a mounting surface without first having to remove any component of the controller, remove a front or outer cover of the controller, perform any wiring connections on a backside or backplane of the controller chassis, or pre-wire any connections whatsoever, and then removing the front cover panel to connect the controller to a power supply circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Martin R. Mason
  • Patent number: 9839094
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for providing low voltage power for low voltage lighting sources, e.g., so-called landscape lighting. A low voltage lighting power supply includes an enclosure and a power circuit enclosed in the enclosure. In some embodiments the power circuit has a primary side and a secondary side. The primary side accepts power from a main power source and the secondary side has a plurality of separate output power circuits, each output power circuit generating a separate low voltage lighting power signal capable of lighting a plurality of low voltage light sources and each being rated for a particular output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Tyson, John J. Andrisin, III, John Joseph Ascherl, Joseph John Janos
  • Patent number: 9839101
    Abstract: A wearable wireless device may be configured for control of a parameter of a load control device. The load control device may be responsive to a network device, for example, to provide fine tune adjustment of the parameter. The wearable wireless device may include a touch-responsive visual display for displaying feedback of the parameter of the load control device. The visual display may be configured to be actuated to receive a user input to adjust the parameter of the load control device. An actuation of the visual display of the wearable wireless device may adjust the parameter by a greater percentage than the fine tune adjustment provided by the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Erica L. Clymer, Jason C. Killo, Jeremy B. Kleinberg, Benjamin F. Bard
  • Patent number: 9827899
    Abstract: A system mounted in a vehicle to recognize load capacity change is disclosed. The system includes a lamp, a micro controller unit (MCU) configured to adaptively control the system based on load capacity of the lamp, an intelligent power switch (IPS) having a front end connected to the MCU and a rear end connected to the lamp, and a sensing resistor connected between the MCU and the IPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, KYUNGSHIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Kwan Choo, Geon Gu Kang, Gwang Seob Kim, Jong Hyeon Choi, Dae Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9826598
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a solid-state light source, communications circuitry, and control circuitry coupled to the communications circuitry and the solid-state light source. The control circuitry is configured to receive a message from a neighboring device via the communications circuitry, the message indicating the detection of an occupancy event by the neighboring device. Further, the control circuitry is configured to adjust a light output provided by the solid-state light source based on a neighbor ranking of the neighboring device, wherein the neighbor ranking indicates a number of intermediate devices located between the lighting fixture and the neighboring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: John Roberts, Joseph P. Chobot, Matthew Deese, Brian Carrigan
  • Patent number: 9826589
    Abstract: An LED device is disclosed. The LED device comprises a PWM controller. A phase dimmer produces a regulated signal. The PWM controller converts the regulated signal into a switching signal in a series mode and optionally converts the rectified signal into the switching signal in the parallel mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yanzeng Gao, Minghao Wu
  • Patent number: 9820447
    Abstract: A grow light includes a plurality of cool white LEDs, a plurality of warm white LEDs, and a driver electrically coupled to the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs. An intensity level and spectral composition of the radiant energy emitted by the grow light may be tuned or configured by varying a ratio of the quantity of cool white LEDs to the quantity of warm white LEDs, by varying a spatial arrangement among the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs, or by varying a level of current provided to some or all of the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CABATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Vilgiate
  • Patent number: 9826590
    Abstract: A two-level LED security light with a motion sensor. At night, the LED is turned on for a low level illumination. When the motion sensor detects any intrusion, the LED is switched from the low level illumination to a high level illumination for a short duration time. After the short duration time, the LED security light returns to the low level illumination for saving energy. The LED security light includes a power supply unit, a light sensing control unit, a motion sensing unit, a loading and power control unit, and a lighting-emitting unit. The lighting-emitting unit includes one or a plurality of LEDs which may be turned-on or turned-off according to the sensing results from the light sensing control unit. When the motion sensing unit detects an intrusion, the illumination of the LED security light can be immediately turned on to the high level to scare away the intruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 9793952
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring and controlling electronic devices through the use of wired and wireless protocols. The systems and apparatuses may monitor their environment for signals from electronic devices. They may then take and disambiguate the signals that are received from the devices in their environment in order to identify said devices and associate control signals with them. The systems and apparatuses may then use communication means to send control signals to the identified electronic devices. Input and output transmission means for the systems and apparatuses may include, but are not limited to, powerline communication, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and 6LoWPAN. Signal processing and device identification may be done onboard the device, or may be done at a remote location. Multiple apparatuses or systems may be connected together into networks, including mesh networks, in order to make for a more robust architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Crius Technology Group LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Bogdanovich