Keyboard Operated Or Pattern Controlled Regulator Patents (Class 315/292)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9949333
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a diagnosis portion which diagnoses, when the device is started up, whether an abnormality occurs in a component for setting that is externally connected; and a control portion which stops the startup of the device when the diagnosis portion diagnoses that an abnormality occurs, the diagnosis portion diagnoses whether an abnormality occurs in which the connection of the component for setting that is a resistor is disconnected, the semiconductor device further includes an external terminal which is connected to one end of the resistor and the diagnosis portion includes a constant current circuit which passes a constant current through the resistor via the external terminal, a comparator to which a voltage produced at the external terminal is input and a transistor which switches between the connection and interruption of a path along which the constant current is passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Nagao, Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9942969
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an obstruction lighting and power line control system. The system includes at least one light source, at least one controller coupled to and configured to control the at least one light source, a power line cable providing power to the at least one light source, and a power supply coupled to the power line cable and configured to provide power to the at least one light source over the power line cable. The disclosure further includes a system controller configured to control the power supply to provide power over the power line cable to the at least one light source and the at least one controller that indicates at least one of the following: operating parameters and operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Range, Russell Bruner
  • Patent number: 9942958
    Abstract: A method of controlling illumination, including transmitting location information from a communication device to a computer; receiving illumination data with the communication device, where the illumination data is generated by the computer based at least in part on the location information; and transmitting an illumination signal from the communication device to a wearable accessory containing at least one light source, where the illumination signal is based at least in part on the received illumination data and is operable to actuate the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Seth Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9940684
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to image signal processing, encoded signals and fingerprinting. Lighting information, associated with image capture, is used to adapt a signal encoder to fingerprint generator. The encoder or generator can be adapted by applying different weightings to different color channels, the different weightings being associated with the lighting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Alastair M. Reed, Brett A. Bradley
  • Patent number: 9930748
    Abstract: In some examples, a device includes at least two light sources, buffer circuitry configured to receive a bit stream, and driver circuitry configured to receive the bit stream from the buffer circuitry and to drive the at least two light sources based on the bit stream. In some examples, the device also includes monitor circuitry configured to determine a voltage drop across each light source of the at least two light sources and snooping circuitry configured to read, as the buffer circuitry receives the bit stream, a specific bit of the bit stream and to cause the monitor circuitry to determine a voltage drop across the specific light source based on a value of the specific bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Andrea Scenini
  • Patent number: 9920888
    Abstract: A lighting device having a power failure mode for use with one or more other networked devices is disclosed. In embodiments, the lighting device may comprise an outer globe, a diffuser, a plurality of light pipes, an outer cowling, a power input connector, a power control printed circuit board, a communication and control printed circuit board, an indicator printed circuit board, one or more microprocessors, an auxiliary device, and an LED lighting printed circuit board. In embodiments, the lighting device may communicate with one or more other networked devices, such as second lighting devices, mobile phones, servers, remote controls, and/or home or office automation equipment. The lighting device may be powered through a light socket or a backup battery in a power failure mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ASTRO, INC.
    Inventor: Shaun Springer
  • Patent number: 9920920
    Abstract: An electrical household appliance includes an appliance body having a body interior, into which a shelf for storing objects is inserted, and an illumination device having a light source, and a light-directing structure which couples one portion of the light generated by the light source into a narrow side of the shelf, and directs another portion of the light generated by the light source into the body interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Manfredi Signorino, Johann Schenkl, Martin Brabec
  • Patent number: 9913334
    Abstract: A timing device, which comprises at least two time setting display lights, with each of the time setting display lights representing an AC power supply time, and, after pressing a selection control button so as to light on at least two time setting display lights, by pressing the total time setting control button, the central control module can sum up the power supply times represented by all of the lighting time setting display lights to a total power supply time, and start the AC power supply to the load end as well as the power supply time countdown. Moreover, the central control module can further, based on the remaining power supply time, drive one or more time setting display lights to light on thereby indicating the remaining power supply time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 9900957
    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: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony Paul van de Ven, Chin Wah Ho, Wai Kwan Chan, Charles M. Swoboda
  • Patent number: 9885463
    Abstract: A refrigerating or freezing apparatus comprising an interior and a lighting device for illuminating the interior is presented. The lighting device includes in one embodiment a light-emitting element and a reflecting surface, in the direction of which the light-emitting element emits a light beam and by which the light beam is reflected in the direction of the interior. The lighting device further includes a drive device controlled by a control unit to adjust the light-emitting element with respect to the reflecting surface and thereby vary at least one of the radiating position and radiating direction of the light beam emitted by the light-emitting element relative to the reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Johann Sckenkl, Manfredi Signorino
  • Patent number: 9826606
    Abstract: The cloud-based multi-channel stage light adjustment system of the present patent application includes a cloud-based control center, an encoding and modulation unit, a ZIGBEE transceiving unit, a proximal end lighting regulation unit and the stage lighting sets. The cloud-based control center further comprises an interference reduce and light adjustment unit, a scenario generation unit and an instruction switching unit, achieves a multi-channel control of stage light adjustment, greatly reduces the interference with other stage systems, while adopts the multi-point transceiving model which is based on ZIGBEE to improve the transmission efficiency of regulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua Feng, Huafeng Yan, Lifeng Wu, Zhen Liu, Zhengping Wu, Haoxiang Xu
  • Patent number: 9820345
    Abstract: An LED controller, for connecting to an LED string, comprising: an input terminal configured to receive a light-control-signal representative of a received-profile-identifier; a local memory configured to store a plurality of profile-data, wherein each of the plurality of profile-data defines an association between a plurality of light-values and a plurality of sequence-numbers; a processor configured to: determine one of the plurality of profile-data as selected-profile-data in accordance with the received-profile identifier; and determine a set of LED control signals for the LED string in accordance with light-values of the selected-profile-data for a set of sequence-numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Henricus Cornelis Johannes Büthker
  • Patent number: 9801243
    Abstract: A lighting system (1) comprises a power unit (20) for producing data-modulated current, and a light unit (10) receiving this current at its input and output terminals (11, 12). The light unit comprises two or more light modules (100A; 100B; 100C) connected in series. Each light module comprises: a LED string (110) of one or more LEDs (111, 112, 113) connected between module input and output terminals (101, 102), each LED having an associated controllable shunt switch (121, 122, 123) connected in parallel thereto; a module controller (190) for controlling the shunt switches, the module controller (190) having a input terminals (191, 192) connected to said module input and output terminals, respectively. The module controller demodulates the data and controls the switches on the basis of an action command contained therein, if an address information contained therein matches the unique controller address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Georg Sauerlander, Harald Willwohl
  • Patent number: 9781811
    Abstract: An example of a lighting system includes intelligent lighting devices, each of which includes a light source, a communication interface and a processor coupled to control the light source. In such a system, at least one of the lighting devices includes a user input sensor to detect user activity related to user inputs without requiring physical contact of the user; and at least one of the lighting devices includes an output component to provide information output to the user. One or more of the processors in the intelligent lighting devices are further configured to process user inputs detected by the user input sensor, control lighting and control output to a user via the output component so as to implement an interactive user interface for the system, for example, to facilitate user control of lighting operations of the system and/or to act as a user interface portal for other services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Januk Aggarwal, Jason W. Rogers, Jack C. Rains, Jr., David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 9750104
    Abstract: A dimmable lighting system may replace a bi-level lighting system without having to modify or supplement the existing wiring between a bi-level control unit and one or more light fixtures. The dimmable lighting system may include a dimming controller that may be configured to replace a bi-level control unit in situ (i.e., e.g., in a wall-mounted dual-gang switch box). The dimmable lighting system may also include a dimming driver that may be coupled to the dimming controller via the existing wiring of the bi-level lighting system. The dimming controller may output to the dimming driver a 0-10 volt DC dimming signal referenced to an AC utility voltage. In response, a dimmable lighting device coupled to the dimming driver may output light over a wide range of dimming light levels. Methods of replacing a bi-level lighting system with a dimmable lighting system are also provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING, LLC
    Inventors: William J. Fassbender, Stephen H. Lydecker, Glen A. Kruse, Ryan A. Zaveruha, David M. Behnke
  • Patent number: 9726331
    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: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 9681523
    Abstract: An apparatus and method allow end users to interactively create complex lighting patterns by remote control. Applications include decorative lighting, landscape lighting, signage, or advertising platforms. A lighting control system can be equipped with sensors that can receive remote control signals from a variety of different sources, and route the control signals to modulate receptacles coupled to different lighting circuits, thereby independently controlling multiple light arrays to achieve separate light patterns, or to coordinate different lighting effects. The control signals can independently energize localized groups of lamps to provide enhanced lighting effects, while using significantly less wire material. Interactive remote control can be provided via a mobile computing device such as a smart phone running a customized program. In one embodiment, the remote control device communicates selections to a Bluetooth®-equipped speaker to produce sound-controlled lighting effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Jessica Wang
  • Patent number: 9681513
    Abstract: A multiple location load control system comprises a main device and remote devices, which do not require neutral connections, but allow for visual and audible feedback at the main device and the remote devices. The main device and the remote devices are adapted to be coupled together via an accessory wiring. The main device can be wired on the line side and the load side of the load control system. The main device is configured to enable a charging path to allow the remote devices to charge power supplies through the accessory wiring during a first time period of a half cycle of the AC power source. The main device and the remote devices are configured to communicate with each other via the accessory wiring during a second time period of the half cycle, for example, by actively pulling-up and actively pulling-down the accessory wiring to communicate using tri-state logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Ehsan Dadashnialehi, Robert C. Newman, Jr., Daniel Curtis Raneri, Jaykrishna A. Shukla
  • Patent number: 9671072
    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 associated 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: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 9671071
    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 associated 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: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 9674458
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for smart surveillance camera systems and methods using thermal imaging to intelligently control illumination and monitoring of a surveillance scene. For example, a smart camera system may include a thermal imager, an IR illuminator, a visible light illuminator, a visible/near IR (NIR) light camera, and a processor. The camera system may capture thermal images of the scene using the thermal imager, and analyze the thermal images to detect a presence and an attribute of an object in the scene. In response to the detection, various light sources may be selectively operated to illuminate the object only when needed or desired, with a suitable type of light source, with a suitable beam angle and width, or in otherwise desirable manner. The visible/NIR light camera may also be selectively operated based on the detection to capture or record surveillance images containing objects of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Teich, Nicholas Högasten, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar
  • Patent number: 9659398
    Abstract: Computer animation tools for viewing, in multiple contexts, the effect of changes to a computer animation are disclosed. An artist configures multiple visual displays in the user interface of a computer animation system. A visual display shows one or more frames of computer animation. An artist configures a visual display to reflect a specific context. For example, the artist may assign a particular virtual viewpoint of a scene to a particular visual display. Once visual displays are configured, the artist changes a configuration of the computer animation. For example, the artist may change the lighting parameters of a scene. In response, the visual displays show the visual effects of the configuration (e.g., lighting parameters) change under corresponding contexts (e.g., different virtual camera viewpoints). Using multiple visual displays, which may be displayed side-by-side, an artist can view the effects of her configuration changes in the various contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DreamWorks Animation LLC
    Inventors: Tsuey Jin Liou, Evan P. Smyth, Andrew Phillip Pearce, Peter McNerney
  • Patent number: 9661724
    Abstract: There is provided a light-emitting device including a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with another device, a light-emitting unit that emits light, and a control unit that performs control by switching between a mode in which the light emission of the light-emitting unit is controlled in accordance with a timing at which a signal is received by the wireless communication unit and a mode in which the light emission of the light-emitting unit is controlled in accordance with an internal timer based on a light emission timing included in a signal received from the other device by the wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Ebihara, Takeshi Niikura, Satoshi Kawabe, Akihiro Ogata, Hideaki Kushida, Satoshi Nagasawa, Shinnosuke Oguma, Takashi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9655214
    Abstract: A lighting control system and method is disclosed for not only controlling visual content loaded within a group set of illumination devices configured within a wireless network, but also for ensuring minimal control delay to those grouped devices. The lighting control system can include a lighting controller device that controls a plurality of lamps within a mesh network, not only to group those lamps but also to assign content to lamps within that group. The combination of a guaranteed groupcast to each of the group of lamps and an acknowledge back from those lamps that is aggregated over a single path achieves the improved lighting control system disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ketra, Inc.
    Inventor: Nav Sooch
  • Patent number: 9583038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to data coding control field, and provides a method and system for writing address codes into LED display devices. According to the embodiments of the present invention, when all the LED display devices in parallel in the display module are in series with the same number of LED display devices, the address code is written into the primary LED display device and LED display devices in series with the primary LED display device respectively according to the preset address code and the preset number in the series connection, and the address code is written into one or more LED display devices connected in parallel with the primary LED display device and LED display devices connected in series with each of the one or more LED display devices in parallel with the primary LED display device successively in an address code ascending manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen Sunmoon Microelectronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhaohua Li