Plural Load Devices Patents (Class 315/152)
  • Patent number: 10842001
    Abstract: A control system including a high voltage device, a low voltage device, and a central control module. The central control module includes a first low voltage connection for receiving at least one first control signal from the low voltage device and a high voltage connection for providing at least one second control signal to the high voltage device. The central control module is configured to determine a daylight conversion factor based on the at least one control signal, wherein the at least one second control signal is based at least in part on the daylight conversion factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart Middleton-White, Gregory Smith, Robert Martin, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Theodore Eric Weber, Mike Crane, Terry Arbouw, Dawn R. Kack, David J. Rector
  • Patent number: 10840718
    Abstract: A charging stand with an advertising light box. The charging stand with an advertising light box includes a light box, and the light box includes a light box sectional material, the light box sectional material includes horizontal bars and vertical bars, each of the inner and outer sides of the horizontal bar is provided with a clamping groove, the vertical bar is provided with a second clamping groove, a constant current source is mounted in the light box, a support panel is mounted above the light box, a USB socket is mounted above the constant current source, the support panel is provided with a USB charging wire, and a mounting-inserting groove is formed in the support panel. By the disposed USB socket, a user can conveniently use a USB charging wire carried by himself/herself for charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Guojun Pan
  • Patent number: 10794581
    Abstract: A linear LED lamp having a body with a length between spaced first and second ends. The linear LED lamp has an elongate heat sink and a light source comprising LED emitters and a first end cap assembly at the first end of the body. The first end cap assembly has conductive power and ground pins and a support connector has conductive power and ground terminals for connecting with an external power supply and providing a grounding path for components of the lamp. The power and ground pins of the first end cap assembly are configured to engage the power and ground terminals of the support connector as an incident of the first end cap assembly moving relative to the support connector in a path that is transverse to the length of the body into an engaged position. A sleeve connector is also provided for mounting a non-power end of a linear LED lamp to a light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 10797516
    Abstract: A system may include a light source. A converter may be configured to convert an AC voltage to a DC operating voltage during normal operation. A power backup device may be coupled to the converter. A current source may have a first terminal configured to receive the DC operating voltage during regular operation and a second terminal configured to provide a pulse-width modulated (PWM) signal to an anode end of the light source. A switching device may have a first connecting terminal coupled to the anode end of the light source, a second connecting terminal coupled to the power backup device, and a control terminal coupled to the converter. The switching device may be configured to open a switch between the first connecting terminal and the second connecting terminal during normal operation and close the switch upon detecting an interruption of the DC operating voltage at the control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10785847
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising: a light guide having an opening formed thereon; an illumination source at least partially disposed in the opening, the illumination source including a plurality of LEDs disposed on a flexible circuit that is wrapped around a base, which may be thermally conductive, the base having a central opening, and the flexible circuit including a plurality of legs, each leg including electrical wiring for independently operating a different one of the LEDs, each leg being wrapped around a bottom edge of the base, and into the central opening, to come above the illumination source and connect to a control board that is situated above the illumination source; and a heat-dissipating element disposed over the illumination source, the heat-dissipating element being thermally coupled to the base to dissipate heat generated by the LEDs that is supplied to the heat dissipating element via the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stephane Diana, Yifeng Qiu, Michael Wasilko, Nazila Soleimani, Jeroen Den Breejen, Alan Andrew McReynolds, Gregory Guth
  • Patent number: 10734836
    Abstract: A system may include a light source. A converter may be configured to convert an AC voltage to a DC operating voltage during normal operation. A power backup device may be coupled to the converter. A current source may have a first terminal configured to receive the DC operating voltage during regular operation and a second terminal configured to provide a pulse-width modulated (PWM) signal to an anode end of the light source. A switching device may have a first connecting terminal coupled to the anode end of the light source, a second connecting terminal coupled to the power backup device, and a control terminal coupled to the converter. The switching device may be configured to open a switch between the first connecting terminal and the second connecting terminal during normal operation and close the switch upon detecting an interruption of the DC operating voltage at the control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10708992
    Abstract: Camera images may be analyzed to identify perceptual control axes for a lighting system. These control axes may correspond to how human users perceive lighting scenes. A camera may capture high-dynamic-range images of a new room under various lighting conditions. Dimensionality-reduction may be applied to the images to create an image-based map. In this map, each datapoint may correspond to one of the images. The map may be transformed to align it with how human users perceive lighting scenes in the new room. The transformed map may be employed as a control space for the lighting system. In some cases, the map is created without gathering user ratings of lighting scenes for the new room. In other cases, creating the map involves gathering user ratings for as few as three lighting scenes for the new room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Nan Zhao, Joseph Paradiso
  • Patent number: 10690539
    Abstract: The present application proposes a circuit and method for detecting ambient light, and a display panel. The circuit for detecting ambient light includes a light sensing sub-circuit configured to output a voltage pulse signal related to present intensity of the ambient light; and a detection sub-circuit electrically connected to the light sensing sub-circuit, and configured to acquire a frequency of the voltage pulse signal, and obtain the present intensity of the ambient light according to the frequency of the voltage pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoliang Ding, Xue Dong, Jing Lv, Haisheng Wang, Chunwei Wu, Yingming Liu, Pengpeng Wang, Wei Liu, Yanling Han, Xueyou Cao, Ping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10684165
    Abstract: A method of estimating light intensity at a target location remote from a light sensor by providing a light sensor at a measuring location and temporarily providing a light sensor at a remote target location; exposing the measuring and target locations to a rand light intensities; constructing a calibration relationship between measured light intensity at the measuring and target location; and subsequently measuring light intensity at the measuring location; and using the calibration relationship to estimate light intensity at the target location. Lighting systems employing such a method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHIELDS ENERGY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Jones
  • Patent number: 10652964
    Abstract: A lighting system incorporating both direct current power produced by a photovoltaic panel and direct current power converted from alternating current power and a controller for determining the mixture of the two power sources to deliver to a plurality of light fixtures to provide a predetermined suitable light level within a space. The lighting system also providing regulation and monitoring of energy usage of electronic devices through at least one control device accessible through a user interface and at least one controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Energy Bank Incorporated
    Inventor: Neal R. Verfuerth
  • Patent number: 10652976
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a wirelessly controlled, battery powered, universal serial bus (USB) charged, digital multiplex (DMX) master controller with remote device management (RDM) capability. The DMX controller includes a single DMX interface for DMX mastering that is RDM compliant. The DMX controller includes an optional DMX interface that may be used to allow miscellaneous data transfer that may not only include light intensity control information, but other non-lighting control information between serially connected devices using only DMX as a form of communication in a “token ring” arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Illum Horticulture LLC
    Inventors: James V. Rhodes, Robby L. Madruga, David A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 10653014
    Abstract: A network of intermediate device systems may be detachably coupled to an illumination pole electrically connected to a power source. The intermediate device system may comprise a housing with an exterior surface and an interior cavity configured to receive at least one electrical device. The intermediate device system may comprise a control unit communicatively coupled to a processor and configured to receive and process substantially real time information from at least one of the electronic devices and create a data set based on the received real time information. The data set may comprise a parameter of the surrounding environment and/or an instruction set configured to operate the at least one electrical device within the intermediate device system and/or a second intermediate device system within the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel S. Spiro
  • Patent number: 10636003
    Abstract: A system for commissioning a smart luminaire (122A, 122B) in an indoor positioning system (100) includes a mobile device (110) including a mobile device control processor (112) in communication with a commissioning application (117), the commissioning application configured to communicate with one or more position beacons (120A, 120B) distributed throughout a spatial volume of a structure, the one or more position beacons configured to broadcast a unique identifier within the spatial volume via a wireless communication protocol, and to receive a transmission from the mobile device; a wireless transceiver (118) in the mobile device configured to receive the broadcasted positions, and to transmit data to the one or more position beacons, and the commissioning application configured to authenticate itself to the position beacon, and to programmatically change the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC.
    Inventors: Roger Tse Kin Yu, Leslie Fokou, David Shilling, Lokesh Babu Krishnamoorthy, Durgaprasad Kumar Poovalingam
  • Patent number: 10620750
    Abstract: An OLED touch display panel and a driving method are provided. The OLED touch display panel includes a cathode layer. The cathode layer is divided into the two sub-cathodes separated from each other and also serving as touch electrodes. In a pixel circuit of the OLED touch display panel, under common operations of a first input terminal and a second input terminal fed with different voltages, the OLED touch display panel normally emits light or does not emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dan Lin, Minlun Liu, Qibing Dai
  • Patent number: 10611422
    Abstract: Systems, methods and techniques for vehicle accessories leveraging sensor(s) of a portable electronic device. The method of leveraging sensor(s) of a portable electronic device to enhance capabilities of an accessory comprising sensing parameters of a vehicle or its surrounding environment by one or more sensor(s) of the portable electronic device, determining a change in condition of the vehicle or its surrounding environment, generating a command or signal depending on the detected condition change, transmitting the generated command or signal to the accessory, and controlling the accessory to change its behavior or perform a predetermined process in accordance with the received signal or command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Kerbel
  • Patent number: 10616981
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a smart LED lighting system are described. The system includes a control module coupled over a wireless connection to one or more smart LED drivers, each of which controls one or more LED lighting units. The system optionally includes one or more sensors for gathering information from the surrounding environment and a gateway for establishing a wireless network and for communicating with one or more cloud computing systems. The control module can control individual lighting units, modules of individual lighting units, or zones of modules to alter the intensity, color, or character of the lighting. The control module can execute pre-programmed configurations of the lighting system to implement, for example, lighting that mimics circadian patterns or lighting that is suited for a particular event such as a meeting or a concert. The control module also can implement instructions provided by a user through a mobile device or other input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Joule IQ, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh Subramaniam, Danielle Constantino, Sridhar Kumar
  • Patent number: 10609795
    Abstract: A fault detection system (100) for detecting faulty devices among a first plurality of serviceable devices (200) is provided. The serviceable devices have a wireless transmitter (210) arranged to periodically transmit a wireless signal (230) that encodes a device identifier. Mobile devices have a receiver (310) arranged to receive the wireless signal of a serviceable device within the transmission range, and to obtain the device identifier from the wireless signal. A fault detector (400) is arranged to detect faulty devices by selecting device identifiers in the plurality of device identifiers for which no device identifier was received in a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Rohit Kumar, Maulin Dahyabhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10609794
    Abstract: A method of generating a lighting effect based on metadata of an audio stream, the method comprising steps of: extracting metadata items from the audio stream; retrieving a first set of one or more images based on the metadata items; controlling a light source to generate a lighting effect based on said first set of one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Berent Willem Meerbeek, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis
  • Patent number: 10602583
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems for generating tunable white light. The systems include a plurality of LED strings that generate light with color points that fall within blue, yellow/green, red, and cyan color ranges, with each LED string being driven with a separately controllable drive current in order to tune the generated light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ecosense Lighting Inc.
    Inventors: Raghuram L. V. Petluri, Paul Kenneth Pickard
  • Patent number: 10595371
    Abstract: A LED light apparatus includes a first light source, a second light source, a PWM generator, a control signal generator and a manual switch. Users operate the manual switch to adjust a duty ratio setting of the PWM generator for adjusting a first control signal and a second control signal for controlling the first light source and the second light source to generate a desired light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Maojin Zeng, Bin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10582588
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved control system for use in applications requiring high level of functional integrity at one or more location, for improving efficiency, availability, reliability and safety of operation in various applications by segregating the domains of various functions critical to maintain high level of system operation integrity, remote networking and control, and transporting a proven, monitored function through a medium to another location and using the received proven function information to further prove the function at the receiving location with the functional identification of the receiving location, entire operation being online and/or periodically reciprocated/handshake/monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Aarti Khosla, Sanjeev Khosla
  • Patent number: 10582592
    Abstract: A lighting system controller, a lighting system control method and software program product are provided for controlling a lighting device based on a trigger signal, such as a presence detection signal from a presence sensor. Instead of switching the lighting device to a fixed light setting at all times when the trigger signal is received, the initial light output of the lighting device is determined. The lighting device is then controlled according to a fixed light setting (e.g. white light at full brightness) if the determined initial light output is within a predetermined range, and else it is controlled according to a function relative to the determined initial light output. For example, if the lighting device is participating in a romantic scene emitting predominantly red light the lighting device may switch to reddish white light instead of the full white light and/or the brightness level of the light is lowered compared to the fixed light setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remco Magielse, Antonie Leonardus Johannes Kamp, Leendert Teunis Rozendaal
  • Patent number: 10575385
    Abstract: A sensor element for a luminaire local area (LLA) control system includes a receptacle connector, a lighting sensor connector, and an environmental sensor connector arranged in a connector stack coupled to each other and stacked on a light fixture. The receptacle connector includes power contacts for electrical connection with power wires for powering the light fixture. The lighting sensor connector is separate and discrete from the receptacle connector and includes a photocontrol component for sensing an ambient light exterior of the sensor element. The environmental sensor connector is separate and discrete from the lighting sensor connector and includes an environmental sensor component for sensing an environmental characteristic other than ambient light exterior of the sensor element for use by the LLA control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard George Stuby, Jr., Matthew Edward Mostoller
  • Patent number: 10568183
    Abstract: An inter-linkable LED security light is disclosed which is configured with an LED load, a detection device, a switching circuitry, a microcontroller and a wireless transmitter. When an external control signal is detected by the detection device, the external control signal is converted into a message carrying sensing signal and the microcontroller responsively operates to output a control signal to turn on the security light for a predetermined time duration, synchronously the microcontroller also manages to transmit the message sensing signal thru the wireless transmitter to control the same lighting performance of at least one neighboring light. The detection device is optionally an active infrared ray motion sensor, a passive infrared ray motion sensor, an ultrasonic wave sensor, a microwave sensor capable of detecting a motion intrusion or a photo sensor capable of detecting a light intensity of a detection area where the lighting apparatus is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: VAXCEL INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 10555393
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a camera and a processor. The camera may be configured to capture video data. The processor may be configured to (A) process the video data, (B) generate control signals used to initiate a stimulus and (C) execute computer readable instructions. The computer readable instructions may be executed by the processor to perform video analysis on video frames of the captured video data to (a) detect a person, (b) detect context information associated with the detected person and (c) determine facial recognition results of the detected person. If the facial recognition results cannot detect a face of the detected person, the processor selects the stimulus from a plurality of stimuli. The stimulus may be selected in response to the context information to increase a probability of detecting a frontal view of the face of the detected person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KUNA SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Haomiao Huang, Christopher Hiszpanski
  • Patent number: 10524335
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing network traffic in a lighting system. A server computer can calculate the energy consumption of the light sources in the lighting system based on the settings of the lights sources implemented by the server computer and power usage data for the light sources. By calculating the energy consumption at the server computer based on the implemented settings and the power usage data, the server computer does not have to receive communications from the controllers of the light sources indicating the power usage or energy consumption of the light source. The power usage data for the light sources can be updated to enable the server computer to provide more accurate energy consumption information for the lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Synapse Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny Thorington, James Alexander Mabry
  • Patent number: 10496058
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide an energy management system and method. The system comprises several electronic equipments installed in the standalone environmental space, several sensors in communication with a controller unit and a power supply. The sensors detect the environmental conditions or parameters of the environmental space. The relays are activated to switch on/off the electronic equipments depending on the sensor inputs. The controller unit regulates the operations of the electronic equipments through the relays based on sensors inputs. The sensors are activated at a predetermined set of time periods. The controller unit activates either one or more relays based on output from one or more sensors to control operation and operating time of the electronic equipments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Ajith Kariguddaiah
  • Patent number: 10485076
    Abstract: An illumination control method includes calculating illuminances of a plurality of lighting apparatuses for at least one flat target surface on the basis of information regarding the lighting apparatuses stored in a database and flat target surface information received from a user, calculating an illuminance contribution of each of the lighting apparatuses for the at least one flat target surface on the basis of the illuminances of the plurality of lighting apparatuses for the at least one flat target surface, and calculating a luminance value of each of the lighting apparatuses on the basis of a target illuminance received from the user and the illuminance contribution of the lighting apparatus and controlling a luminance of each of the lighting apparatuses for luminance of the plurality of lighting apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Dae Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10477641
    Abstract: Camera images may be analyzed to identify perceptual control axes for a lighting system. These control axes may correspond to how human users perceive lighting scenes. A camera may capture high-dynamic-range images of a new room under various lighting conditions. Dimensionality-reduction may be applied to the images to create an image-based map. In this map, each datapoint may correspond to one of the images. The map may be transformed to align it with how human users perceive lighting scenes in the new room. The transformed map may be employed as a control space for the lighting system. In some cases, the map is created without gathering user ratings of lighting scenes for the new room. In other cases, creating the map involves gathering user ratings for as few as three lighting scenes for the new room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Nan Zhao, Joseph Paradiso
  • Patent number: 10470269
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating tunable white light include a plurality of Light Emitting Diode (LED) strings that generate light having color points falling within red, blue, and green color ranges. The systems and methods further utilize recipient luminophoric mediums to alter light provided by LEDs. Each LED can be driven with a separately controllable current in order to tune the generated light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: EcoSense Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghuram L. V Petluri, Paul Kenneth Pickard
  • Patent number: 10448485
    Abstract: A method (3600) and system (2800, 2900, 3000, 3100) autonomously create a restore point for a luminaire controller (2810, 3110) and restore it to proper operation when required. The luminaire controller operates by using first operating software having a first software image, and receives a second software image of second operating software. The luminaire controller communicates the first software image to a first device (2820, 3120) connected to the luminaire controller via a communication network (2805, 3105), installs the second operating software, and performs a self test of the luminaire controller. If the luminaire controller fails the self test, the luminaire controller requests via the network that the first device transfer the first software image to the luminaire controller via the network, receives the first software image, installs the first operating software, and reverts to operation with the first operating software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Wijnand Johannes Rietman
  • Patent number: 10448486
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, Machine Type Communication (MTC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. A method for operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes measuring a Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) of a plurality of signals received from a plurality of lighting devices, and displaying the plurality of lighting devices according to the RSSI of the plurality of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-San Baek, Kwan-Woo Song, Gye-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 10433404
    Abstract: A lighting system comprises at least one network-capable infrastructure device and a commissioning device. The infrastructure device, such as a ballast or a luminaire, includes a first communication unit configured to communicate with at least one other infrastructure device, and a second communication unit. The commissioning device comprises a commissioning communication unit configured to communicate with the second communication unit of the infrastructure device. The infrastructure device receives a key information via the second communication unit and communicates via the first communication unit with the at least one other infrastructure device using the received key information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING INC.
    Inventors: Karl Jonsson, Jeffrey Zehler
  • Patent number: 10420191
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control system (4) for controlling lighting units (30, 31, 32, 33) of a lighting system (1), wherein the lighting units are assigned to different areas and the control system is adapted to control the lighting units in accordance with a lighting command, which defines desired power levels, and depending on occupancy information, which is indicative of a degree of occupancy of the areas, such that different lighting units are set to their desired power levels at different times, even if the provided lighting command requests to set the lighting units to their respective desired power levels at substantially the same time. This can reduce the likelihood of, for instance, blown fuses or damaged components of the lighting system, while, because of the consideration of the occupancy information, the delay in setting the lighting units to their desired power levels may be not or only hardly visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Wendt, Manuel Eduardo Alarcon-Rivero, Maurice Herman Johan Draaijer
  • 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