Keyboard Operated Or Pattern Controlled Regulator Patents (Class 315/292)
  • Patent number: 10688917
    Abstract: To achieve improved visibility and alleviation of discomfort during light emission of a vehicular lamp using LEDs. The vehicular lamp includes a control part for outputting a control signal indicating light luminous intensity emitted from a light source and a light source driving part for driving the light source based on the control signal, where the light emitted from the light source driven by the light source driving part repeats a predetermined luminous intensity change pattern at a predetermined cycle, and where the predetermined luminous intensity change pattern includes a first section where the luminous intensity is increased instantaneously from a lowest to a highest value, a second section where the luminous intensity is maintained at the highest value, a third section where the luminous intensity is decreased from the highest to the lowest value, and a fourth section where the luminous intensity is maintained at the lowest value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD., MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Shikata, Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10634316
    Abstract: Inventive methods and apparatus for interactive control of a lighting environment. In some embodiments an interactive system for controlling redirectable lighting in a lighting environment may be provided. In some embodiments systems and methods may be provided that enable the display of adjustable lighting parameters in a virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis
  • Patent number: 10624173
    Abstract: An invisible, light-transmissive display system with a light resistant material is provided. Substantially invisible holes penetrate through at least a portion of the light resistant material in a predetermined light-transmissive display pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel Coster, Richard Howarth, Daniele de Iuliis, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Kerr, Jivan Kumar Khosla, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Rohrbach, Doug B. Satzger, Calvin Seid, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang, Rico Zorkendorfer
  • Patent number: 10602592
    Abstract: A smart home controller device for controlling a lighting device, which operates with two wires of an electrical installation and is installed in a standard electrical box and includes a first low power module, a charger module, a second low power module, a high power module and a wireless controller. The first low power module is used when the lighting device is a smart lighting device, and energizes the charger module, which provides power to a battery of the wireless controller. The wireless controller wirelessly sends and receives signals from the smart lighting device to control its operation and monitor its status. The second low power module is used when the lighting device is a conventional lighting device and provides power to the wireless controller when the lighting device is ON. The high power module is used to control the switching ON, OFF and dimming of the conventional lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KLEVERNESS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dan Nurko Elliot, Gerardo Gomez Soto, Carlos Mucino Ramirez, Edmundo Leyva Rios, Diego Lezama, Jorge Ivan Ramirez Lira
  • Patent number: 10564034
    Abstract: Method for calibrating a spotlight (1) which is rotatable about a pan axis (7) by entering pan values and pivotable about a tilt axis (8) by entering tilt values to absolute angle coordinates, wherein the spotlight creates an illuminated, preferably elliptical, area (5) on the ground (3) by means of a directed cone of light (4), wherein a light sensor (2) is placed on the ground (3), wherein the illuminated area (5) is moved across the ground (3) by rotating and pivoting the spotlight (1), wherein the light sensor (2) detects the edges of the illuminated area (5) and wherein a mapping assignment of the pan values and/or tilt values of the spotlight (1) to the angular coordinates of the spotlight (1) is determined by rotating and/or pivoting the spotlight (1) and by detecting the illuminated area (5) anew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Zactrack GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Petricek
  • Patent number: 10524333
    Abstract: A battery-powered control device may be configured to control an amount of power delivered to one or more electrical loads and provide various feedback associated with the control device and/or the electrical loads. The feedback may indicate a low battery condition and/or the amount of power delivered to the one or more electrical loads. The control device may include a light bar and/or one or more indicator lights for providing the feedback. The control device may operate in different modes including a normal mode and a low battery mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, Chris Dimberg, Matthew V. Harte, Jason C. Killo, Matthew Philip McDonald, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: 10524337
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a signal indicating that a timeout timer associated with a space has been has crossed a threshold in a space. If a motion sensor is disposed within the space, the method includes sending a signal to a connector operatively coupled to a light source such that the connector reverts to a default state. If (1) a motion sensor is not disposed within the space and (2) a light sensor is disposed within the space, the method includes sending a signal to the connector such that the connector is controlled by the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Powercast Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Greene, Daniel W. Harrist
  • Patent number: 10517162
    Abstract: A lighting system includes: a luminaire; a brightness sensor that controls the luminaire via wireless communication and detects brightness of the luminaire; a controller that performs control of the luminaire via the brightness sensor; and an operation terminal. The operation terminal wirelessly transmits setting information related to the control of the luminaire to the brightness sensor, and the brightness sensor relays the setting information to the controller via wired communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kei Miura
  • Patent number: 10492279
    Abstract: A method for selecting a lighting control group monitor does not require special device network configuration steps during manufacturing. The selected lighting control group monitor is determined based on a location of the lighting control group monitor relative to other lighting system elements within the lighting control group. One lighting system element most centrally located within the lighting control group is selected as the lighting control group monitor. A lighting control group network table listing an entry for each of the lighting system elements is modified such that the entry corresponding to the lighting control group monitor is the first entry in the lighting control group network table. The lighting control group network table is sent to the lighting control group monitor and the lighting control group monitor sends the lighting control group network table to the other lighting system elements in the lighting control group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: John Peter Roquemore, III, John W. Scrimgeour
  • Patent number: 10492278
    Abstract: A Bluetooth controller (100) comprises: a controller housing assembly (1); a control module (2), disposed in the controller housing assembly (1); a Bluetooth mesh module (3), used for receiving an external control signal by means of Bluetooth and coupled to the control module (2); a Bluetooth control circuit (5), used for controlling the light emitting unit and coupled to the control module (2); and a Bluetooth power supply module (4), used for supplying a direct current to the Bluetooth control circuit (5) and coupled to the Bluetooth control circuit (5). By means of a Bluetooth wireless control technology, remote brightness adjustment, color adjustment, timing, splendid colors with music, profiles and other functions are implemented by the controller, thereby bringing convenience to the life of the people, and increasing the variety and the enjoyment of smart home lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN JBT SMART LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenbin Zhang, Huiping Chen, Guangli Guo, Xin Huang, Zhiguang Peng
  • Patent number: 10485080
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an example of a system and a method for command execution synchronization in a flood network. In one example, the method includes propagating a message including an instruction, from a gateway to a plurality of ancillary nodal devices (devices) in a flood network. Each of the plurality of devices is within an equal number of transmissive steps of the gateway through the flood network such that the message is propagated with approximately equivalent delay to each of the plurality of devices and substantially simultaneously received by all of the devices. The method also includes substantially simultaneously transmitting the message from each respective one of the devices to end nodal devices (end nodes) of a group of end nodes in the flood network in communication with the respective one of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Stephen H. Lydecker, Sajin George, Yenpao Lu, Mitri J. Abou-Rizk
  • Patent number: 10477655
    Abstract: The individual configuration of beacons in lighting systems is to be simplified. Therefore, a lighting system with a lighting device and a beacon arranged in or at the lighting device is provided. The lighting system comprises a sensor device for acquiring an environmental parameter relating to an environment of the lighting system. Moreover, the beacon is formed to automatically configure itself based on the environmental parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Peitz, Henry Feil, Michel Stutz
  • Patent number: 10465882
    Abstract: Inventive methods and apparatus for interactive control of a lighting environment. In some embodiments an interactive system for controlling redirectable lighting in a lighting environment is provided. The system enables a user to control one or more desired lighting effects. In some embodiments a method of controlling a lighting system for lighting an environment is provided and includes manipulation of a lighting representation in an interactive display and corresponding manipulation of light output of a light source. In some embodiments systems and methods are provided that enable the display of adjustable lighting parameters in a virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis
  • Patent number: 10455658
    Abstract: A lighting system and method includes a light module and control module having analog and digital inputs. The control module sends a lighting control output signal to the light module. A mode selector sets a mode of the control module. In a first mode, the lighting control output signal is based on one analog dimming lighting control input signal provided to an analog input. In a second mode, the lighting control output signal is based on dimming and color lighting control input signals provided to two analog inputs. In a third mode, the lighting output control signal is based on a digital lighting control input signal provided to a digital input. In a fourth mode, the control module determines a selected lighting scene based on a scene selection input signal provided to an analog input, and the lighting output signal is based on the selected lighting scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: USAI, LLC
    Inventor: Donald L. Wray
  • Patent number: 10436422
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of attaching accessories to LED lamps and for providing active accessories in LED lamps are disclosed. The active accessories include single-function active accessories as well as multi-function active accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SORAA, INC.
    Inventors: Laszlo Takacs, Wilfred A. Martis, Frank Shum, Artem Mishin, Vinod Khosla, Radha Nayak, Michael Ragan Krames
  • Patent number: 10440434
    Abstract: An experience feedback of a user is measured, the experience feedback being in response to a presentation of a stream of a content. In response to the determining that an experience value corresponding to the experience feedback has to be adjusted to a target experience value, an optional content selected, the optional content including data indicative of an option experience value, the option experience value being at least a component of a difference between the experience value and the target experience value. The optional content is steganographically combined with the content in the stream to form a combined stream. During the presentation of the combined stream, a switch is made to the optional content such that a portion of the content is replaced by the optional content in the presentation, the switching causing in the user a change from the experience value towards the target experience value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, John S. Cope, Nicholas A. McCrory, Diwesh Pandey
  • Patent number: 10433382
    Abstract: An LED lighting device having a first LED circuit having at least one LED and at least a first switch connected in series with the first LED circuit and a second LED circuit having at least one LED and at least a second switch connected in series with the second LED circuit. The device includes a third switch configured to connect the first LED circuit in series with the second LED circuit and a controller for dynamically controlling the first switch, the second switch and the third switch to connect the first LED circuit and the second LED circuit in series or parallel configurations in response to an input to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LYNK LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Kottritsch, Mike Miskin, Qinheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10420185
    Abstract: Methods and systems may be used for controlling the color temperature of one or more light sources (e.g., discrete-spectrum light sources) based on fixture capability information. Fixture capability information may be obtained using a configuration tool. The fixture capability information may be determined by the configuration tool, and the fixture capability information determined by the configuration tool may be stored and/or processed. The fixture may have a memory for storing the fixture capability information. The fixture capability information may also be stored in a remote network device. A system controller may obtain the fixture capability information from the fixture or the remote control device. The system controller may generate control instructions based on the fixture capability information and send the control instructions to the fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Charles Biery, Craig Alan Casey, Venkatesh Chitta, Brent Protzman, Thomas M. Shearer, Mark S. Taipale
  • Patent number: 10420184
    Abstract: Lighting control systems are disclosed that have a lighting fixture, a microprocessor, and a single dimmer control that enables a user to adjust a total current to the lighting fixture. The lighting fixture includes a first LED channel that emits a first spectrum comprising white light and a second LED channel that emits a second spectrum comprising biologically-tailored light. The microprocessor is configured to take measurements of current, store a plurality of average values of total current, set a setpoint that defines a maximum current for a dimming profile of the lighting fixture, and control a biological light ratio according to the dimming profile. The ratio may be an M/P ratio of melanopic lux to photopic lux or an OPN5/OPN4 ratio of OPN5 lux to melanopic lux. The dimming profile correlates the ratio to a percentage of the maximum current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Soler, Eric Schafer, Abhishek Goyanka
  • Patent number: 10412809
    Abstract: Lighting devices and methods utilize multiple independently controllable groups of solid state light emitters of different dominant wavelengths, with operation of the emitter groups being automatically adjusted by processor(s) to provide desired illumination. Operation of the emitter groups may be further affected by sensors and/or user input commands (e.g., sound patterns, gesture patterns, or signal transmission). Operation may be adjusted to compensate for presence, absence, intensity, and/or color point of ambient or incident light. Presence of five or more groups of solid state light emitters provide desirable luminous flux, color point, correlated color temperature (CCT), color rendering index (CRI), CRI R9, and luminous efficacy characteristics of aggregate emissions over a wide range of CCT values, and may permit adjustment of vividness (e.g., relative gamut) and/or melatonin suppression characteristics for a selected color point or CCT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CREE, INC.
    Inventors: Antony Paul van de Ven, Chin Wah Ho, Wai Kwan Chan, Charles M. Swoboda
  • Patent number: 10409426
    Abstract: A proximity sensing system may include a conductive first trace and a conductive second trace adjacent to, interleaved with, and electrically isolated from the first trace. A density of the traces varies along a first axis such that rates of change of capacitance between the traces associated with movement, through an electric field, of an object in a direction of the first axis at a constant velocity are indicative of the direction. The sensing system may further include a conductive third trace adjacent to, interleaved with, and electrically isolated from the first trace. A first area between the first trace and second trace is independent of and isolated from a second area between the first trace and the third trace. Also, a density of the first and third traces may vary along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Harry Lobo, James Stewart Rankin, II, Kassandra Ritter, Dipanjan Ghosh, Stuart C. Salter, Jessica Smith
  • Patent number: 10405407
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing illumination may be provided in accordance with the invention. A lighting unit may be provided comprising a plurality of light sources, each light source of said plurality being at least partially surrounded by an optical element, and a support configured to support the light source above a surface. The light sources may be light emitting plasma sources, and the support may be a high-mast support. In some embodiments, the optical element may be a reflector containing one or more facets, directing the light toward the surface. In some configurations, each light source of said plurality may be independently controllable and/or dimmable. A lighting unit may communicate with an external controller, which may provide instructions for controlling the light sources. A lighting system may be provided with a host controlling a plurality of lighting units, which may be organized into zones. The zones, lighting units, and/or light sources may be independently controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Chalmers, Bradley D. Lurie, John Parker Chalmers, Christopher Alvarez, Ramiro Barajas, Ryan Chase Kelly, Dan Woodall
  • Patent number: 10383197
    Abstract: A wireless device for connection to a network is disclosed. The wireless device includes an antenna for establishing a wireless connection, one or more processors, and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores data comprising a sequence of characters that uniquely names a particular type of network that the antenna establishes communication with and program code. When executed by the one or more processors, the program code causes the system to initially set the one or more processors into a default mode. In response to connecting the wireless device to mains power, the program code causes the system to receive network information through the wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNICAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin Cairns, Paul Phillips, Jimmy Zheng, Melvin Cosby
  • Patent number: 10375792
    Abstract: A luminaire includes: a light source configured to emit light in a plurality of different colors; a controller that controls the color of the light emitted by the light source; and a plurality of buttons that correspond one-to-one with the plurality of different colors and are operated by a user to cause the light source to emit light. Each time one of the buttons is operated, the controller stores a control parameter associating the color corresponding to the button operated with a sequence value indicating a sequential order in which the button is selected. The controller changes the color of the light emitted by the light source in accordance with the colors and the sequential order indicated in the stored control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Uenoyama, Yuichirou Hirowatari, Shinichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10365771
    Abstract: A proximity sensing system may include a conductive first trace and a conductive second trace adjacent to, interleaved with, and electrically isolated from the first trace. A density of the traces varies along a first axis such that rates of change of capacitance between the traces associated with movement, through an electric field, of an object in a direction of the first axis at a constant velocity are indicative of the direction. The sensing system may further include a conductive third trace adjacent to, interleaved with, and electrically isolated from the first trace. A first area between the first trace and second trace is independent of and isolated from a second area between the first trace and the third trace. Also, a density of the first and third traces may vary along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Harry Lobo, James Stewart Rankin, II, Kassandra Ritter, Dipanjan Ghosh, Stuart C. Salter, Jessica Smith
  • Patent number: 10321537
    Abstract: Lighting devices and methods utilize multiple independently controllable groups of solid state light emitters of different dominant wavelengths, with operation of the emitter groups being automatically adjusted by processor(s) to provide desired illumination. Operation of the emitter groups may be further affected by sensors and/or user input commands (e.g., sound patterns, gesture patterns, or signal transmission). Operation may be adjusted to compensate for presence, absence, intensity, and/or color point of ambient or incident light. Presence of five or more groups of solid state light emitters provide desirable luminous flux, color point, correlated color temperature (CCT), color rendering index (CRI), CRI R9, and luminous efficacy characteristics of aggregate emissions over a wide range of CCT values, and may permit adjustment of vividness (e.g., relative gamut) and/or melatonin suppression characteristics for a selected color point or CCT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CREE, INC.
    Inventors: Antony Paul van de Ven, Chin Wah Ho, Wai Kwan Chan, Charles M. Swoboda
  • Patent number: 10292241
    Abstract: A lighting control system is disclosed that includes a device having a processor, a communication interface and a plurality of lighting control outputs connected to the processor, where the communication interface configured to receive a control input and the processor is configured to selectively operate the plurality of lighting control outputs based on the control input received by the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Herbst, Nicholas G. Preiser, Ward Ramsdell
  • Patent number: 10270954
    Abstract: A LED controller device that regulates one or more light systems affixed to a vehicle access gate. The controller receives inputs from one or more sources and actuates one or more light systems in response to particular signals, or triggers. The controller also monitors and records usage of the light system and may also record usage of other devices acting in concert with the light systems and/or an access gate. A software configuration tool is used to prepare a gate operation profile that identifies triggering events and the actions the controller takes upon the occurrence of the triggering events. That gate operation profile is flashed onto the controller's CPU. The controller may be contacted and controlled remotely or locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan Brinkman
  • Patent number: 10231318
    Abstract: A lighting system having a plurality of lighting devices electrically connected thereto includes a control unit connected lighting devices and adapted to individually control the switching on of each lighting device according to a predetermined lighting program, and a user device adapted to communicate with the control unit and having a camera that acquires a sequence of images of the surrounding environment. The control unit implements a system configuration step that activates each lighting device according to a respective switching-on sequence, and the user device analyzes the sequence of images acquired during the system configuration step to determine the spatial position and/or identification code of each lighting device, and sends corresponding information to the control unit. The control unit is also adapted to implement a lighting program that considers the spatial positions of the lighting devices determined by the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Marco Franciosa
  • Patent number: 10216306
    Abstract: A touch panel-equipped display device includes at least: a display control unit to supply a scan signal and a data signal to a display control element; and a touch position detection control unit to supply a drive signal to a drive electrode, and to detect a position detection signal from a detection electrode to detect a touch position. The display control unit supplies the data signal sequentially to a plurality of display control elements connected respectively to a plurality of pixel electrodes constituting one display pixel. The touch position detection control unit starts supplying the drive signal, in a period that is within a scan write period during which the scan signal is supplied to the display control element and is other than a period during which the data signal is supplied to the display control element corresponding to a color highest in luminosity of a plurality of colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Kida, Kenshi Tada, Takenori Maruyama, Hideki Shioe, Yutaka Ishida, Takashi Saitoh, Kazuyoshi Maeda, Hideo Hosorogi, Kohji Michibayashi
  • Patent number: 10187936
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods adjusting lighting system brightness in a non-linear manner. The brightness control may be based on a non-linear function that increases brightness in smaller increments at lower brightness levels than at higher brightness levels. In another embodiment, the lighting system brightness may be ramped down over a period of time to account when the user device is exposed to low light conditions. The ramp down may be based, at least in part, on changes in visual acuity in low light conditions over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hervé Jacques Clément Letourneur
  • Patent number: 10171323
    Abstract: The invention provides a processor and a method for determining the state of a first network device in a lighting network based upon information associated with the first network device and a second network device adapted to pass messages to the first network device. The first network device is associated with a first count value, and the second network device is associated with a second count value. When the first count value is within a predetermined range relative to the second count value, the first network device is determined to have been inactive. Each respective count value is based on the change or difference in an incremental property of the respective network device since a last reset of the count value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remco Magielse, Sr., Hugo Jose Krajnc
  • Patent number: 10149373
    Abstract: A lighting control console for controlling a lighting system, wherein digital adjusting commands are generated in the lighting control console that can be transmitted to the lighting system via data links. At least one dual encoder is provided in the control panel of the lighting control console which allows users to enter input values. The dual encoder includes a first shaft and a second shaft rotatably mounted in a housing, first and second locking mechanisms for locking different rotational positions of the first and second shafts, and at least one first and at least one second rotation signal generator for generating a data signal showing a switchover between two locking positions. Both shafts include actuating elements at which adjusting movements can be transmitted onto the shafts by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MA LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Adenau
  • Patent number: 10134071
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring a lighting fixture in a virtual environment. The methods and apparatus may enable a user to directly or indirectly manipulate a virtual lighting effect in a virtual environment and be presented with virtual representations of one or more lighting fixtures that correspond to producible lighting fixtures that are capable of producing the manipulated lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus Rene Engelen, Bram Knaapen
  • Patent number: 10119661
    Abstract: An improved LED lighting system is provided for overhead ceiling lighting, as well as for other uses. The LED lighting system comprises elongated linear lamps having an LED luminary as a source of illumination and configured to operate as a node of an automated networked lighting system. The linear LED lamps have internal modular network connectors and control components so that they can receive control data and power signals over a single network cable according to a standardized power and data network communications architecture such as Ethernet. The system includes connector assemblies designed to securely mount the networkable linear LED lamps to conventional tube lamp lighting fixtures or to another support housing and to provide integrated power and data connectivity to internal components of the lamps. In one form, the disclosed system includes a network enabled snap-fit connector assembly mounted to a lighting fixture and configured to provide Ethernet power and data connectivity to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 10117310
    Abstract: A controller includes a connection determination unit configured to determine whether a device and a device control apparatus are directly communicatively connected to each other. The device control apparatus functions as a type 1 device control apparatus under a condition where the connection determination unit has determined that the device and the device control apparatus are directly communicatively connected to each other. On the other hand, the device control apparatus functions as a type 2 device control apparatus under a condition where the connection determination unit has determined that the device and the device control apparatus are not directly communicatively connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10109181
    Abstract: A control device such as a wall-mounted device, a remote control device, or a retrofit remote control device is configured to control one or more electrical loads in a load control system. The control device includes a gesture-based user interface for applying advanced control over the one or more electrical loads. The types of control include absolute and relative control, intensity and color control, preset, zone, or operational mode selection, etc. Feedback is provided on the control device regarding a status of the one or more electrical loads or the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Chris Dimberg, Matthew V. Harte, Jason C. Killo, Brad Michael Kreschollek, Matthew Philip McDonald, Daniel L. Twaddell
  • Patent number: 10111289
    Abstract: A light module for a light device of a motor vehicle. The module according to the invention comprises driving means for the electrical power supply of at least one light source mounted as a load of the driving means and further comprises switching means capable of selectively short-circuiting at least one of the light sources of the module. The invention relates also to a method allowing for the selective short-circuiting of at least one light source of a light module according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Olivier-Sebastien Lesaffre, Marc Duarte, Etienne Monchy, Arnaud Faivre, Christophe Cros
  • Patent number: 10108216
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a power tap with adjustable configuration. The power tap includes a circuit board that acts on the adjustable configuration to define the function of the power tap in the system. The power tap may include a microcontroller or a set of discrete logic disposed on a circuit board connected to an adjustable configuration mechanism, which defines the intelligent power tap's function in the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T Haensgen, John P Caspers, Yutao T Wang, Jeffrey A Kilburn, Darryl E Whitley
  • Patent number: 10098205
    Abstract: A control unit for controlling an illumination parameter of one or more light sources of a plurality of light sources is described. The control unit being arranged to—select the one or more light sources of the plurality of light sources, receive an input signal representing a required value of the illumination parameter for the selected one or more light sources, convert the input signal to a broadcast signal for the plurality of light sources;—enable the broadcast signal to be provided to the plurality of light sources thereby enabling the selected one or more light sources to comply with the required value of the illumination parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ELDOLAB HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Johannes Maria Welten, Hubert Johan Marie Robert Van Doorne
  • Patent number: 10028352
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for a lighting interface system configured to adjust tunable lighting characteristics output by one or more lighting devices based on a plurality of simple, intuitive touch-gestures without necessarily providing visual indicators via a display screen or other feedback elements. The lighting interface system is implemented as a relatively simple touchpad device that is wall-mounted or portable depending on a desired configuration. The lighting interface system is configured to capture user-gestures via the touchpad device and translate the same into target lighting characteristics and an adjustment value to adjust each of the target lighting characteristics thereby. User gestures are adjustably mapped to lighting characteristics including, for example, intensity, color temperature, hue and color saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Chen, John Selverian
  • Patent number: 10022556
    Abstract: A light system can simultaneously emulate more than one different diurnal cycle to individually improve circadian rhythm control for more than one observer by having each light fixture autonomously self-controlled. Each light fixture is mountable in respective locations to individually treat respective observers. Each light fixture includes one or more light elements mounted to a housing and are controllable to emit a selected light intensity at a selected light temperature. A micro controller is contained in the housing and includes memory containing instructions for one or more automatic diurnal cycle protocols. The micro controller is in communication with the memory and the one or more light elements to execute the instructions to configure the light fixture to vary the light intensity and the light temperature of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Eirik Holbert, Adam G. Dokos, Kelly J. Gattuso, Tracy R. Gill
  • Patent number: 10015865
    Abstract: Interactive lighting control system (and method) for controlling and creating of light effects such as the tuning of light scenes based on location indication received from an input device. A basic idea of the claimed system is to provide an interactive lighting control by combining a location indication with a light effect driven approach in lighting control in order to improve the creating of light effects such as the tuning of light scenes especially with large and diverse lighting infrastructures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Angelique Carin Johanna Maria Kessels
  • Patent number: 10006596
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a color changing light and related light chain thereof. The color changing light comprises: connecting line group; a lampholder disposed on the connecting line group; a lighting module connected to the connecting line group; a bulb installed on the lampholder; the connecting line group comprises live wire, neutral wire and signal wire, the neutral wire extends to one end of the lampholder and connects to the lampholder, the live wire and the signal line respectively connect to two springs on the bottom of the lampholder; the lighting module is disposed separately with respect to the lampholder, the lighting module comprises a base matching the screw of the lampholder, a lighting object disposed inside the base, wherein the neutral wire of the lighting object is disposed on the base, the live wire and the signal wire extend outward with respect to the bottom of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: NINGBO WELL ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD., WUHAN LUCKY PARTNERS CO., LTD., HANGZHOU EBOYLAMP ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guolin Yu, Yaxun Li, Genda Xu
  • Patent number: 10004120
    Abstract: A network switch and luminaire provide environmental lighting via network infrastructure. The network switch operates in a communication mode that communicates, via a network interface, data with the luminaire over a network. Some portion of the data may be lighting control information for the luminaire that is produced by a control device. The network uses a network protocol that provides power to the luminaire using a network cable, where the luminaire uses the power to illuminate a lighting element. In response to a signal received by an emergency control input on the network switch, the emergency circuitry switches the network switch from the communication mode to an emergency lighting mode. The emergency lighting mode bypasses the processor used for communicating data via the network interface, and provides, via the network cable attached to the network interface, only power to the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bell, Garrett Douglas, Kevin D. Loewen
  • Patent number: 9967942
    Abstract: A light emitting diode driving system includes an infrared ray burning device and a light emitting diode driving device. The light emitting diode driving device includes an infrared ray receiving unit, a signal transforming unit, a storage unit, a pulse width modulating unit and a diode driving unit. The infrared ray receiving unit receives a burning signal transmitted by the infrared ray burning device; the signal transforming unit transforms the burning signal into a current control command and transmits it to the storage unit. The signal transforming unit generates a current control signal in accordance with the current control command in the storage unit. The pulse width modulating unit generates a pulse width modulation output current control signal according to the current control signal. The diode driving unit drives the light emitting diode by the pulse width modulation output current control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Lin, Chao-Wei Tsai, Sung-Wei Wu, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Hung-Ta Shih
  • Patent number: 9955545
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a lighting module, a storage module storing light data sets corresponding respectively to successive time points of a cycling period, and a processing unit. In a routine mode, the processing unit controls the lighting module to emit light and to successively change color of light at the successive time points of the cycling period. In an adjustment mode, the processing unit reads from the storage device one light data set corresponding to the time point indicated by a time signal from an input device, adjusts the light data set according to a color signal from the input device, and controls the lighting module to emit light based on the adjusted light data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 9947643
    Abstract: Inverted optical device. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of piggyback substrates are attached to a carrier wafer. The plurality of piggyback substrates are dissimilar in composition to the carrier wafer. The plurality of piggyback substrates are processed, while attached to the carrier wafer, to produce a plurality of integrated circuit devices. A flip wafer is attached to the plurality of light emitting diodes, away from the carrier wafer and the carrier wafer is removed. The plurality of light emitting diodes may be singulated to form individual light emitting diode devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INVENSAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ilyas Mohammed, Masud Beroz, Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 9949350
    Abstract: A method for selecting a lighting control group monitor does not require special device network configuration steps during manufacturing. The selected lighting control group monitor is determined based on a location of the lighting control group monitor relative to other lighting system elements within the lighting control group. One lighting system element most centrally located within the lighting control group is selected as the lighting control group monitor. A lighting control group network table listing an entry for each of the lighting system elements is modified such that the entry corresponding to the lighting control group monitor is the first entry in the lighting control group network table. The lighting control group network table is sent to the lighting control group monitor and the lighting control group monitor sends the lighting control group network table to the other lighting system elements in the lighting control group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: John Peter Roquemore, III, John W. Scrimgeour
  • Patent number: 9949351
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mobile terminal that controls lighting devices that illuminate spaces, the terminal including a display and a memory. The method causes a computer of the terminal to obtain current time information, rearrange scene icons, using the memory that stores scenes indicating illumination states established by the lighting devices and scene time information indicating times of the scenes, while associating the scenes and the scene time information with each other. The scene icons correspond to the scenes based on the current time information and the scene time information. The rearranged scene icons are displayed on the display, and, when a scene icon is selected, a control signal for controlling the lighting devices is transmitted to the lighting devices, so that the spaces are illuminated in an illumination state indicated by a scene corresponding to the selected scene icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Kento Ogawa