Regulation Of The Control Current And/or Potential Applied To Discharge Control Discharge Device Loads By Phase Shifting Means Patents (Class 315/194)
  • Patent number: 10432021
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an emergency inverter and an emergency lighting system. The emergency inverter comprises a power detecting module and a dimming signal generating module. The power detecting module is configured to detect an output power of the emergency inverter in an emergency state. The dimming signal generating module is coupled to the power detection module and configured to generate a dimming signal based on the output power of the emergency inverter in the emergency state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Xi Quan Shen, James Nourse, Han Lu, Jerzy Janczak
  • Patent number: 10417721
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for optimizing self-power consumption. The device may sense one or more operating conditions of the device. The device may further select one or more operating parameters associated with at least one of the one or more operating conditions. The device may also estimate a power consumption associated with executing an algorithm to generate at least one updated value for at least one of the one or more operating parameters as well as estimate a power savings associated with operating using the updated value. The device may compare the estimated power consumption to the estimated power savings and determine whether to execute the algorithm based on the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: VOLPE AND KOENIG, P.C.
    Inventor: Eran Ofek
  • Patent number: 10391010
    Abstract: A sleep system is provided comprising a head support section, a torso support section, a leg support section, and a cradle surface provided on at least an upper portion of the torso support section. The head support section is generally laterally angled at an angle greater than the lateral angle of the torso support section and the leg support section. The cradle surface has at least a partial curvature and a lateral width of from about 12 inches to about 36 inches. The lateral angle of the head support section is at least about 10 degrees, the lateral angle of the torso support section is greater than the lateral angle of the leg support section, and the lateral angle of the leg support section is less than about 10 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Joshua A. Williams, Kirsten M. Emmons, Brian L. Lawrence, Douglas A. Eckstein
  • Patent number: 10390392
    Abstract: A method for controlling an output of an electrical AC voltage U comprising the following steps: switching on a current flow I induced by the AC voltage as soon as an absolute value of the AC voltage U exceeds a switching-off target voltage, and switching on the current flow I as soon as the absolute value for the AC voltage U falls below a switching on target voltage. The switching-off target voltage and the switching-on target voltage are defined as positive and the switching-on target voltage is lower than or equal to the switching-off target voltage. The method according to the invention serves to dim an LED lamp in a brightness range of 0% to 100% of a maximum brightness of the LED lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Rudolf Polzer
  • Patent number: 10376075
    Abstract: An electromotive furniture drive includes an adjusting drive for electromotive movement of a movable furniture component relative to another furniture component, a remote control, a communication unit which is configured to receive a wireless signal from the remote control and to determine a signal strength of the wireless signal, and a control device which is configured to control operation of the adjusting drive in response to the wireless signal only when the signal strength of the wireless signal exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DewertOkin GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Viermann, Werner Kracht, Alexander Tews
  • Patent number: 10378742
    Abstract: An electrical connecting system configured to electrically connect a plurality of lighting fixtures, wiring harness, and method are presently disclosed. The electrical connecting system has a first wiring harness configured to electrically connect with a sole external power supply and a first lighting fixture and a second wiring harness configured to electrically connect with a second lighting fixture and the first wiring harness. The electrical connecting system is configured to supply power to each lamp, in the plurality of lighting fixtures, with the sole external power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lifetronics International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raghu Rao
  • Patent number: 10356864
    Abstract: An apparatus can include: a bleeder circuit coupled to a DC bus of an LED driver having a silicon-controlled dimmer, where the bleeder circuit is controlled to discharge a current of the DC bus; a controller configured to control the bleeder circuit to discharge the DC bus at a first current after detecting a transition in a voltage of the DC bus; and the controller being configured to control the bleeder circuit to discharge the DC bus at a second current until the DC bus voltage rises to a predetermined load driving voltage, where the second current is less than the first current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Huiqiang Chen, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 10306724
    Abstract: System for determining periodic values of phase angle ? of waveform power input including voltage detector for detecting periodic values of average voltage of waveform power input and detecting corresponding periodic values of peak voltage of waveform power input. System also includes phase angle ? detector in signal communication for receiving periodic values of average voltage and peak voltage from voltage detector. Phase angle ? detector also detects periodic values each being ratio of one of periodic values of average voltage divided by corresponding periodic value of peak voltage, or being ratio of peak voltage divided by average voltage; and determines periodic values of phase angle ? of waveform power input corresponding to periodic values of ratio. Lighting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ECOSENSE LIGHTING INC.
    Inventor: Mustafa Homsi
  • Patent number: 10291122
    Abstract: Provided are an input voltage detection circuit and a power supply including the same. The power supply includes a rectifier circuit configured to generate a line input voltage by rectifying an alternating current (AC) input. The input voltage detection circuit which is applied to the power supply generates a peak sensing voltage that indicates a predetermined peak area defined around a peak of the line input voltage, generates a peak detection signal that indicates the peak of the line input voltage based on a center of the peak sensing voltage, and generates an input sensing voltage corresponding to the line input voltage by being synchronized with the peak detection signal. The power supply may control a switching period according to the input sensing voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Bonggeun Chung, SangCheol Moon, Chenghao Jin, Gwanbon Koo
  • Patent number: 10181789
    Abstract: Provided is a signal isolator with reduced power loss. The signal isolating circuit comprises an input stage and an output circuit that is connected downstream thereof and which includes a linear regulator. The linear regulator comprises an operational amplifier and a switching regulator, wherein an input of the switching regulator is connected to an output of the operational amplifier and an output of the switching regulator is fed back to a first input of the operational amplifier. The operational amplifier regulates the switching regulator such that the switching regulator provides at its output an output measuring signal for a load that corresponds to the input measuring signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinz-Wilhelm Meier
  • Patent number: 10177435
    Abstract: A luminaire includes: a light-emitting module; a base having a front surface on which the light-emitting module is disposed; a cover which is translucent and covers the light-emitting module; a controller which is disposed on a back surface of the base and controls the light-emitting module; a first antenna which transmits and receives a first polarized wave; and a control wire which connects the controller and the first antenna. The control wire includes an exposed portion which is a portion of the control wire in a longitudinal direction of the control wire and which is disposed between the base and the cover to transmit and receive a second polarized wave that differs from the first polarized wave in a polarization direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsumi Setomoto, Tamotsu Ando, Hajime Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10165632
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode driving module includes an LED driving circuit to activate light-emitting diodes driven by a rectified voltage, and to adjust driving current conducted through driving nodes to the light-emitting diodes depending on a voltage of a driving current setting node; and a driving current controller to control the voltage of the driving current setting node by outputting a driving current control signal. The driving current controller includes a control signal output circuit connected to a dimming node to receive a dimming signal when the rectified voltage is modulated, and to adjust the driving current control signal depending on the dimming signal; a mode detector to detect whether the rectified voltage is modulated by receiving a source voltage depending on the rectified voltage, and to enable a selection signal depending on a detection result; and a power compensator to adjust the driving current control signal when the selection signal is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SungHo Jin, HyungJin Lee, SangWook Han
  • Patent number: 10158300
    Abstract: A two-wire load control device (such as, a dimmer switch) for controlling the amount of power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load (such as, a high-efficiency lighting load) includes a thyristor coupled between the source and the load, a gate coupling circuit coupled between a first main load terminal and the gate of the thyristor, and a control circuit coupled to a control input of the gate coupling circuit. The control circuit generates a drive voltage for causing the gate coupling circuit to conduct a gate current to thus render the thyristor conductive at a firing time during a half cycle of the AC power source, and to allow the gate coupling circuit to conduct the gate current at any time from the firing time through approximately the remainder of the half cycle, where the gate coupling circuit conducts approximately no net average current to render and maintain the thyristor conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Newman, Jr., Chris J. Salvestrini, Matthew V. Harte
  • Patent number: 10129949
    Abstract: A power drawing device using a single live wire includes a first and second mechanical switches, and a power drawing circuit, wherein the first mechanical switch includes a first contact connected to a live wire, a third contact connected to a first light adjusting circuit, and a fifth contact connected to the first light adjusting circuit; the second mechanical switch includes a first contact connected to the live wire, a third contact connected to a second light adjusting circuit, a fifth contact connected to the second light adjusting circuit, and a sixth contact connected to the first mechanical switch; and the power drawing circuit includes a first terminal connected to the live wire, a second terminal connected to the second mechanical switch, a third terminal connected to the first light adjusting circuit, and a fourth terminal connected to the second light adjusting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Electronics (Shanghai) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hu Peng, Bo Yang, Tsu-Hua Ai
  • Patent number: 10070507
    Abstract: A dimmable ballast circuit for a compact fluorescent lamp controls the intensity of a lamp tube in response to a phase-control voltage received from a dimmer switch. The ballast circuit comprises a phase-control-to-DC converter circuit that receives the phase-control voltage, which is characterized by a duty cycle defining a target intensity of the lamp tube, and generates a DC voltage representative of the duty cycle of the phase-control voltage. Changes in the duty cycle of the phase-control voltage that are below a threshold amount are filtered out by the converter circuit, while intentional changes in the duty cycle of the phase-control voltage are reflected in changes in the target intensity level and thereby the intensity level of the lamp tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Hausman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10015860
    Abstract: A system and method control an amount of power delivered by a power converter (220) to a solid state lighting load (240). It is determined whether a dimmer (204) is present between a voltage source (201) and the power converter (220) based on a rectified input voltage from the voltage source. When the dimmer is determined to be present, an operating point of the power converter is adjusted to increase the amount of power delivered by the power converter to the solid state lighting load by a compensation amount, so that the increased amount of power is equal to an amount of power delivered by the power converter when the dimmer is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Datta, Gregory Campbell
  • Patent number: 9960693
    Abstract: In some examples, a method of controlling a first switch and a second switch of a resonant mode power converter circuit, the method comprising delivering control signals to the first switch and the second switch at a switching frequency. The method also comprises determining, for a first driving period, a first phase relation between a phase of a resonant current in the resonant mode power converter circuit and a phase of the control signals. The method further comprises determining, for a second driving period, a second phase relation between a phase of the resonant current and a phase of the control signals, and controlling the switching frequency based on a difference of the first phase relation and the second phase relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Martin Feldtkeller
  • Patent number: 9954461
    Abstract: A controller for use in a power converter includes a current sense circuit to generate a current limit signal and an overcurrent signal in response to a source signal, a first sense finger signal, and a second sense finger signal. A control circuit is coupled to generate a control signal in response to the current limit signal and the overcurrent limit signal. A drive circuit is coupled to generate a drive signal with a multiple stage gate drive in response to the control signal. The drive signal in a first stage of the multiple stage gate drive is a weak turn on drive signal to turn a switch on slowly to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI). The drive signal in a second stage of the multiple stage gate drive is a strong turn on drive signal to fully turn on the switch quickly to enable accurate current sensing of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajko Duvnjak
  • Patent number: 9892562
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 9867248
    Abstract: A dimming module and a solid state lighting device are shown. The dimming module includes a rectifying circuit, a phase control circuit, a processing circuit and a first driving circuit. The rectifying circuit is configured to convert an input AC voltage to a rectified voltage signal. The phase control circuit is configured to receive the rectified voltage signal and a dimming command, and output a control voltage signal correspondingly in which the phase control circuit controls a phase delay angle of the control voltage signal according to the dimming command. The processing circuit is configured to receive the control voltage signal and adjust a first driving voltage signal according to the phase delay angle. The first driving circuit is configured to receive the first driving voltage signal to drive a first lighting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: LEXTAR ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Nan Yeh, Chun-Jong Chang, Po-Shen Chen, Kai-Hsiang Shih, Jhao-Cyuan Huang, Ku-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9860950
    Abstract: A dimming control method and circuit thereof are provided. After receiving a TRIAC signal with at least one positive/negative half cycle waveforms, the turning points of the positive/negative half cycles are detected to obtain the conduction angles of the positive/negative half cycle waveforms. Then, a pulse width modulated signal with the symmetrical positive and negative half cycle waveforms is rebuilt to control a lamp. Therefore, the disclosure can solve the flickering issue of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Che-Min Kung, Tse-Hsu Wu, Jung-Min Hwang, Shun-Yi Yang
  • Patent number: 9853496
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system comprising an input configured to receive input AC power, an output configured to provide output AC power to a load, a DC power source coupled to a DC bus, an inverter having an input coupled to the DC bus and an output coupled to the output of the UPS system, the inverter configured to receive DC power at the input from the DC bus and provide AC power having a voltage to the output, and a controller coupled to the output of the inverter and configured to operate the inverter based on an average voltage of the AC power at the output of the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chen Hui Jung, Shen Chen-Jui
  • Patent number: 9853561
    Abstract: A two-wire load control device (such as, a dimmer switch) for controlling the amount of power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load (such as, a high-efficiency lighting load) includes a thyristor coupled between the source and the load, a gate coupling circuit comprising two MOS-gated transistors, and a control circuit. The control circuit generates first and second drive voltages for individually controlling the MOS-gated transistors, and controls the gate coupling circuit to cause the MOS-gated transistors to conduct a pulse of current through a gate terminal of the thyristor to render the thyristor conductive at a firing time during a present half cycle of the AC power source, and to allow the MOS-gated transistors to conduct at least one other pulse of current through the gate terminal after the firing time during the present half cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Newman, Jr., Christopher J. Salvestrini, Matthew V. Harte
  • Patent number: 9832822
    Abstract: Disclosed is a line voltage compensation AC LED driving device. The line voltage compensation AC LED driving device comprises a line voltage compensation module and an AC LED driving module. The line voltage compensation module detects an output voltage of a rectifier bridge, and outputs a corresponding line voltage compensation reference voltage to the AC LED driving module according to the change of the output voltage of the rectifier bridge, and the AC LED driving module adjusts a driving current in real time according to the line voltage compensation reference voltage to keep the output power unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SENDIS GREEN POWER INTEGRATIONS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xiaoyu Chen, Bo Chen, Xunsheng Deng, Yanquan Mai, Hengyou Chen
  • Patent number: 9830869
    Abstract: A light unit includes a DC/DC converter. A plurality of unit light emitting diode columns receive a voltage applied from the DC/DC converter. A plurality of transistors, respectively, are connected to the plurality of unit light emitting diode columns. A current deviation compensating unit compensates for deviations between currents respectively flowing through the plurality of unit light emitting diode columns by a pulse current width modulation average current control method. A connection switch sequentially connects the current deviation compensating unit with the plurality of transistors. A resistor is connected to output terminals of the plurality of transistors. A switch controller controls connection between the connection switch and the current deviation compensating unit based on a signal applied to the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Gon Im, Song Yi Han, Young Sup Kwon, Eun Chul Shin
  • Patent number: 9825528
    Abstract: In one aspect, an integrated circuit (IC) is configured to receive an input signal and includes a boost duty cycle control circuit configured to provide duty cycle control to a power conversion stage configured to drive a load. The power conversion stage is configured to receive an input voltage. The IC also includes a current control circuit configured to control current of a first current source coupled to the first load and an inverter configured to provide an output signal comprising a negative of the input voltage, the output of the inverter configured to be coupled to the boost duty cycle control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Allegro Microsystems, LLC
    Inventors: Nai-Chi Lee, Pranav Raval
  • Patent number: 9807841
    Abstract: A circuit and method for controlling one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) includes one or more LEDs connected to the emitter a transistor and controlling the brightness of the LEDs over a large range based on a voltage range at a base of the transistor controlled by an automatic adjusting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen M. Liscinsky
  • Patent number: 9780660
    Abstract: An apparatus is adapted to drive an insulating gate-type semiconductor element by a first control voltage and a second control voltage, that are supplied to a first insulating gate and a second insulating gate, respectively, and includes a first noise filter inputting a signal about current that passes through the insulating gate-type semiconductor element, a first comparator making a comparison between an output signal of the first noise filter and a first reference signal and outputting a first comparison result, a first control voltage output circuit, and a second control voltage output circuit, the second control voltage output circuit being adapted to reduce the second control voltage when it is determined from the first comparison result that overcurrent passes through the insulating gate-type semiconductor element, the first control voltage output circuit being adapted to reduce the first control voltage after the second control voltage is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Hashimoto, Mutsuhiro Mori
  • Patent number: 9763312
    Abstract: A dimming lampholder includes a printed circuit board installed in the dimming lampholder, a switch and a dimming circuit installed in dimming lampholder and operated together with a dimmable energy-saving fluorescent bulb and a dimmable LED bulb. The dimmable energy-saving fluorescent bulb and the dimmable LED bulb may be installed and used directly to achieve the effect of adjusting the brightness of the emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rich Brand Industries Limited
    Inventor: Te-Shui Peng
  • Patent number: 9692409
    Abstract: A pulse-transformer-based isolated gate driver circuit uses a small count of high-temperature-qualified components to drive a power semiconductor switch with asymmetrical voltage biases. A differential driver generates a pulse signal from a pulse-width-modulated signal, which is passed to a charge and lock circuit through a transformer. The charge and lock circuit includes an activation path and a deactivation path, which are selectively open to current flow based on positive or negative voltage pulses in the pulse signal, to selectively turn the main semiconductor switch on or off. The charge and lock circuit can lock voltage across the main semiconductor switch to keep the main semiconductor switch in an “on” or and “off” state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Zheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9685947
    Abstract: A pulse-transformer-based isolated gate driver circuit uses a small count of high-temperature-qualified components to drive a power semiconductor switch with asymmetrical voltage biases. A differential driver generates a pulse signal from a pulse-width-modulated signal, which is passed to a charge and lock circuit through a transformer. The charge and lock circuit includes an activation path and a deactivation path, which are selectively open to current flow based on positive or negative voltage pulses in the pulse signal, to selectively turn the main semiconductor switch on or off. The charge and lock circuit can lock voltage across the main semiconductor switch to keep the main semiconductor switch in an “on” or and “off” state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Zheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9674907
    Abstract: An LED driver is provided with input surge absorbing capacity. A surge protection circuit branch is coupled across output lines from a DC power source, in parallel with and between a filtering capacitor and a non-isolated buck-boost PFC circuit. A variable impedance device such as a spark gap is coupled to a first power line and having a breakdown voltage to operate as an open circuit during normal operating conditions with respect to a peak input voltage across the capacitor. Responsive to a surge condition with respect to excess energy across the capacitor, the spark gap operates as a closed circuit, and a second capacitor coupled between the spark gap and the second line absorbs the excess energy. Responsive to a return to normal operating conditions, the spark gap reverts to an open state and the accumulated surge energy is discharged from the second capacitor to circuit ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Candice Ungacta
  • Patent number: 9668323
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dimming control device and method, and a dimming control device according to an embodiment of the present invention may control the ON/OFF of a lamp depending on whether a power pad is touched, and control the brightness of the lamp depending on whether dimming pads are touched. Thus, a user may control brightness step by step and may conveniently manipulate each step of brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Sang Min Chung
  • Patent number: 9661697
    Abstract: A digital dimmable driver system includes an alternating current input, a dimmer operable to perform a phase cut operation on a waveform from the alternating current input, a driver circuit operable to switch from a dimming mode to a universal voltage input mode based on a phase angle of the dimmer, and a power output operable to power a light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Laurence P. Sadwick, William B. Sackett
  • Patent number: 9655219
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method based on microcontroller circuit and software codes to on line automatically detect the time phase of the threshold voltage of a lighting load in each AC half-cycle. This automatic detection capability enables a dimmer circuit of a lighting apparatus to establish a dimmer working range from the self-detected time phase of threshold voltage of the lighting load. The lighting apparatus can be operated with different types of lighting loads to perform a full dimming range from 0% to 100% of maximum lighting output. Therefore, the dimmer circuit makes possible both the lighting fixtures and the users refrained from dimming difficulties caused by different types of lighting loads with different threshold voltages. The design concept can be extended to manage illuminations in a two-level security light on a simple software basis without resorting to complex electric circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Chia-Teh Chen
  • Patent number: 9629209
    Abstract: An LED driver circuit is provided with a dynamic operating range which can be set using an offline tuning interface. During an online mode of operation, a controller for a power converter is configured to regulate the output voltage and the output current generated by the power converter based on a dimming control signal from a dimming control interface, a sensed output from the power converter, and programmed maximum output voltage and maximum output current values. During an offline mode of operation, the tuning interface may be coupled to the dimming control interface and provides a sequence of digital pulses corresponding to a desired maximum output voltage and/or maximum output current. The controller then modifies the programmed maximum output voltage and the maximum output current values based on the predetermined sequence of digital pulses received via the tuning interface circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Travis L. Berry, Keith Davis
  • Patent number: 9572215
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting and correcting improper operation of a lighting system including a solid state lighting load. The method includes detecting first and second values of a phase angle of a dimmer connected to a power converter driving the solid state lighting load, the first and second values corresponding to consecutive half cycles of an input mains voltage signal, and determining a difference between the first and second values. When the difference is greater than a difference threshold, indicating asymmetric waveforms of the input mains voltage signal, a selected corrective action is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Michael Datta
  • Patent number: 9548650
    Abstract: Devices and methods for monitoring and determining alternating current (AC) power system parameters are provided. In some implementations, the device can include a processor; and at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-executable instructions for implementing a number of components. The components include a monitor configured to: sense an AC line voltage signal and an AC current voltage signal; filter the AC line voltage signal; calculate average AC line voltage and current values based, at least, on a DC voltage and current values corresponding to the AC line voltage and current signals, respectively; determine fundamental AC line voltage and current signals based, at least, on zero crossings of the respective average AC line voltage value and the average AC line current value; and determine one or more AC power system parameters based, at least, on the fundamental AC line voltage signal and the fundamental AC line current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sangsun Kim, Eduardo Marcelo Lipiansky
  • Patent number: 9544012
    Abstract: A method for controlling a power source semiconductor may include: supplying, by a switching frequency supply unit, preset respective reference switching frequencies to a plurality of elements which are operated according to a respective switching frequency; sensing, by a control unit, sensing interference in the plurality of elements, based on operations of the elements according to the respective reference switching frequencies; setting, by the control unit, bandwidths for the respective reference switching frequencies when the interference in the plurality of elements is sensed; and increasing, by a bandwidth adjusting unit, bandwidth of the respective reference switching frequencies supplied through the switching frequency supply unit, based on the bandwidths for the respective reference switching frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Autron Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Seob Lee, Tae Ok Ha, Jong Ha Shin
  • Patent number: 9504129
    Abstract: In order to regulate an illuminance, an actual value of a sensor (3) is queried, said value being dependent on the illuminance to be regulated and being regulated to a setpoint value. In a control step, an electronic computing device (11) determines an actuating step for an illuminant (2) on the basis of said actual value and a parameter value of a control parameter. The electronic computing device (11) determines a new parameter value of the control parameter for a subsequent control step on the basis of a first actual value which is received before the corresponding control step, and a second actual value which is determined after the corresponding control step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Dominik Vogt, Gunther Sejkora
  • Patent number: 9476918
    Abstract: An alternating current detector with automatic judging of the amount of element under testing and monitoring, comprising a detecting input unit, a first output level unit, a second delay unit, a second output level unit and a cascade next element unit. The detecting input unit comprises a first delay unit and a first inverter. The first delay unit receives and delays an input signal. The input terminal of the first inverter is connected to the first delay unit and inverts the input signal. The first output level unit comprises a first NAND gate, a first diode and first resistor. The input terminal of the first NAND gate is connected to the alternating current signal of an element, another input terminal of the first NAND gate is connected to the output terminal of the first inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CONNECTED AUTOMATION GLOBAL INC.
    Inventor: Gary Yuan
  • Patent number: 9474120
    Abstract: A controller for a driver circuit of a solid state lighting (SSL) device is described. The driver circuit comprises a power converter to transfer energy from AC mains voltage to the SSL device. The controller determines a dim level for the SSL device. The controller also determines a synchronization signal by comparing a voltage derived from the input voltage with a pre-determined threshold. The controller determines a sequence of PWM pulses based on the synchronization signal. The controller operates the power converter in a first operation mode for supplying energy to the SSL device at a first energy level within the sequence of PWM pulses, and operates the power converter in a second operation mode in between the PWM pulses. The second energy level is lower than the first energy level and the first energy level and/or a width of the PWM pulses depend on the dim level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Julian Tyrrell, Sander Heuvelmans, Nebojsa Jelaca, Gary Hague
  • Patent number: 9470413
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relates to a solar powered LED lighting system for an umbrella. In certain embodiments, the solar powered LED lighting system has (a) a rechargeable battery, (b) a solar panel, (c) one or more LED lights, (d) one or more touch control sensors, and (e) an unipath touch control circuit. The rechargeable battery is used to provide electricity to the solar powered LED lighting system. The solar panel converts optical energy to electrical energy and charges the rechargeable battery. The LED lights are installed on the umbrella to provide lighting. The touch control sensors are used to sense a user's touch event, and responsively generate a control signal. The unipath touch control circuit receives the control signals from the touch control sensors, and controls the solar powered LED lighting system according to the received control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Atleisure LLC
    Inventor: Chuan Li
  • Patent number: 9472953
    Abstract: A dynamic high-energy switch used for correcting load imbalance through connecting and disconnecting capacitance in a power feed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Hamid Pishdadian
  • Patent number: 9474139
    Abstract: High frequency ballasts are provided herein for ignition control of a ceramic high intensity discharge (HID) lamp. A sensor senses a lamp parameter on the output terminals. A microprocessor is attached to the ignition circuit and the sensor. The ignition circuit is configured by the microprocessor to apply a train of pre-ignition bursts to the electrodes and stop the train of pre-ignition bursts responsive to measurement of the lamp parameter. The measured lamp parameter is indicative of a stable arc at the proximal ends of the capillaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GREENTEK GREEN SOLUTIONS (2009) LTD.
    Inventor: Dov Rapson
  • Patent number: 9462664
    Abstract: A gestural control dimmer switch for controlling the illumination level of a light using hand movements includes a dimmer panel having a continuum of positions associated with a spectrum of illumination levels of the light. Hand position sensors produce a hand position detection field in front of the continuum of positions of the dimmer panel through which a hand can be passed. No dimming input is produced by a hand passing through the hand position detection field until the hand passing through the detection field reaches a set trigger position at one of the continuum of positions along the dimmer panel. A dimming input is only produced in response to changes in hand position in the hand position detection field after the hand reaches the trigger position. A new trigger position is set after the illumination level of the light controlled by the dimmer switch is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Mathew Engel-Hall, Peter Y. Y. Ngai
  • Patent number: 9423774
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a display section which displays time information and a light emitting section which illuminates a display surface of the display section by emitting light. A light emitting control section performs control to turn on the light emitting section by gradually increasing a light emitting amount of the light emitting section to a peak value in a predetermined brightening time according to a predetermined light emitting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 9380683
    Abstract: A lamp dimmer system for dimming multiple lamps in a room having unswitched receptacles, and switched receptacles under control of a single wall switch. A user control module connected to an unswitched receptacle transmits momentary wireless brightness command signals in response to user-actuation of a brightness control. Each lamp in the room includes a lamp control module connected to both the unswitched and switched receptacles and to the lamp. The lamp control modules include a receiver which receives the brightness command signals and a control circuit which generates a steady state brightness control signal in response to the momentary command signals. A dimmer circuit responsive to the brightness control signal, and connected between the unswitched receptacle and the lamp, controls the power supplied to the lamp according to the level of the brightness control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Eugene M. Cummings
  • Patent number: 9370068
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for dimming light emitting diode (LED) lamps. A control unit is coupled to a dimmer and LED lamp. The dimmer receives power from an AC source and determines a phase angle of the AC power. The dimmer provides DC power to the lamp based on the phase angle. The control unit sends a control signal to the dimmer during a first portion of each half sine-wave of the received AC power. The control signal causes the dimmer to modify at least one function of the lamp. A plurality of LED lamps may be associated with a single dimmer, and the dimmer may individually instruct the lamps to modify their operational characteristics. The dimmer may send an operational signal back to the control unit. The operational signal may represent end of life information for the associated LED lamp. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Hick, Richard A. Leinen
  • Patent number: 9363862
    Abstract: A constant current source has an increased differential amplifier gain at low output currents and a decreased differential amplifier gain at high output currents. The differential amplifier amplifies a sensed output current of the constant current source. A gain control circuit scales a reference current in conjunction with the gain applied to the sensed output current to maintain stable operation of the constant current source. The constant current source may be used in a driver circuit to provide power to a light source (e.g., an LED light).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Candice Ungacta, John J. Dernovsek