Regulator Responsive To Plural Conditions Patents (Class 315/308)
  • Patent number: 11448669
    Abstract: A current sensor (12) serves to detect an alternating current (16). The current sensor (12) comprises a coupler (20) designed to decouple a proportional part of the alternating current (16) as a measurement current (22). In addition, the current sensor (12) comprises a switching terminal designed to feed in a switching signal (15). The current sensor (12) furthermore includes a switchable rectifier (21) designed to rectify the measurement current (22) in a manner controlled by the switching signal (15) and to output it as a rectified measurement current (Vsense).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Tridonic GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Dietmar Klien
  • Patent number: 11451144
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a power supply; a first DC/DC converter; a second DC/DC converter; and a circuit board. As viewed from a first direction perpendicular to a surface of the circuit board on which the first DC/DC converter and the second DC/DC converter are mounted, at least a portion of the circuit board includes: a connection portion; a first portion extending from the connection portion in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and a second portion extending from the connection portion in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction. The first DC/DC converter is mounted on the first portion, and the second DC/DC converter is mounted on the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ono, Minoru Kitahara, Shujiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11437814
    Abstract: A device may detect a power removal event, determine whether the power removal event is a local power removal event or a system power removal event, and perform state correction. For example, the device may receive an indication of a state change event turning on the lighting device. The indication may be received from a sensor. For example, the sensor may include a photosensing circuit (e.g., capable of detecting light emission from the lighting device) or the sensor may include a live voltage sensor (e.g., capable of detecting a change in current driven to the lighting device). The device may then determine whether the power removal event is a system power removal event or a local power removal event. If the device determines that the power removal event is a system power removal event, the device may perform state correction (e.g., setting the lighting device to its state prior to the power removal event).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ankit Bhutani, Matthew Knauss, Timothy Mann, Michael W. Pessina, David T. Saveri, III, Matthew J. Swatsky
  • Patent number: 11438507
    Abstract: Camera for a motor vehicle configured to communicate with an electronic control unit of the motor vehicle comprises an imager integrated circuit configured to capture images from the motor vehicle; an illumination unit; a first mixer/splitter interface unit in electrical communication with the imager integrated circuit; a camera bidirectional signal port in electrical communication with the first mixer/splitter interface unit, said camera bidirectional signal port being configured to be electrically connected with an external power supply signal carrying data control signal for the imager integrated circuit; said first mixer/splitter interface unit being configured to split the data control signal from the external power supply signal; to provide the split data control signal to the imager integrated circuit, to provide a first input voltage from the split external power supply signal to the imager integrated circuit; to provide images data from the imager integrated circuit mixed with the external power supp
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Artur Boron, Maciej Barszczowski
  • Patent number: 11363694
    Abstract: A drive circuit 3 includes a power source 11; current control units 12-1 to 12-n configured to control the amount of currents supplied to a light emitting element in accordance with a pulse modulation signal; and a calculation unit 13 configured to change a duty ratio of a pulse modulation signal. The current control units 12-1 to 12-n include a first switching element 21 configured to be switched on/off in accordance with a pulse modulation signal; and a second switching element 22 configured to be switched on/off in accordance with an inversion signal of the pulse modulation signal input to the first switching element 21; and an inductor 23. The first switching element 21 and the inductor 23 are serially connected between the power source and the light emitting element. The second switching element 22 is connected between ground 25 and a contact point 24 of the first switching element 21 and the inductor 23. The two or more current control units 12-1 to 12-n are connected in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ueno, Yuuki Oka, Tetsuya Satoh, Seiya Abe
  • Patent number: 11333308
    Abstract: An LED-based light includes one or more LEDs, a sensor arranged to detect a brightness level in an area resulting from the combination of light emitted by the LEDs with light from at least one ambient light source other than the LEDs, and operable to output a signal corresponding to the detected brightness level, a controller operable to regulate an amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to the signal, a light transmitting housing for the LEDs, the sensor and the controller and a connector shaped for connection with a light socket disposed at an end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: iLumisys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Scapa, David L. Simon, John Ivey
  • Patent number: 11277021
    Abstract: A brown-out detection apparatus including a voltage sensing circuit, a first circuit, and a second circuit. The voltage sensing circuit senses an input AC voltage having a first nominal input voltage value or a second nominal input voltage value. The voltage sensing circuit includes an output outputting a reference DC voltage proportional said input AC voltage. The first circuit is responsive to said output of said voltage sensing circuit. The first circuit includes a first output outputting a first voltage value when said input AC voltage is below a threshold voltage level and a second voltage value when said input AC voltage is above said threshold level. The second circuit is responsive to said first output. The second circuit includes a second output outputting a second control signal indicative of a brown-out condition of said input AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Lei Han, John Evan Lane
  • Patent number: 11199742
    Abstract: A display device includes a sub-pixel unit, the sub-pixel unit includes: a reflective liquid crystal display unit with a reflective display region, including a liquid crystal layer and a reflective layer; and a electroluminescent display unit with a light-emitting display region, wherein the light-emitting display region is overlapped with the reflective display region; wherein the reflective layer and the electroluminescent display unit are located on both sides of the liquid crystal layer respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Wei Lin Lai, Guanyin Wen, Zhengyin Xu, Chien Pang Huang
  • Patent number: 11184966
    Abstract: An arrangement including a light-emitting diode array made up of light-emitting diodes, each light-emitting diode being switchable on and off with the aid of a controllable switch, and including a current source for supplying the light-emitting diode array with current. The arrangement including an interface, to which an input signal having image information for an image, which is displayable with the aid of the light-emitting diode array, may be applied, and the interface converting the input signal into digital signals in which information is contained for switching the controllable switches on and off. The arrangement including a counter, with the aid of which it is possible to detect how many switches are closed or are to be closed within a clock pulse. The current supplied by the current source is controllable as a function of the counter reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Dieter Nietfeld
  • Patent number: 11096258
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing a lighting system that includes light sources (e.g., fixtures and/or bulbs), controller(s), sensor(s), and/or other device(s). The device(s) can be monitored to determine a units metric describing the operation of the device. A units metric can indicate a current number of units for the device, where a unit is a unit of power consumed by the device, a unit of illumination provided by the device, and/or some other unit that measures the current operating state of the device. A model can be applied to control usage of the lighting system. For example, a model may provide a budget of units that the lighting system is allowed to consume at any given time. The model may also include a set of rules that constrain the operation of the lighting system, and/or that describe actions to be taken if the budget of units is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: iLumisys, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Buckner, James R. Scapa
  • Patent number: 11075605
    Abstract: A mobile device may include a power supply configured to generate a supply voltage, a power converter configured to generate a converted voltage from the supply voltage wherein the converted voltage is significantly different than the supply voltage, and a plurality of power domains. The plurality of power domains may include a first power domain global to the mobile device and comprising a first plurality of electronic components powered from the supply voltage and a second power domain global to the mobile device and comprising a second plurality of electronic components powered from the converted voltage, wherein power requirements of each of the second plurality of electronic components are significantly higher than power requirements of each of the first plurality of electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. King
  • Patent number: 11076465
    Abstract: A multi-segment linear LED drive circuit, device and method. A Multi-segment linear LED drive circuit includes a reference voltage input module, current source module, voltage control module, current regulation module, at least two LED light strings connected in series and at least two driving modules correspondingly. The reference voltage input module provides reference voltage for each of driving module; the current source module provides DC current for voltage control module; the voltage control module controls input voltage of driving module according to DC current; the driving module lights corresponding LED light string on or off according to reference voltage, input voltage and line voltage constant current; the current adjusting module adjusts constant current; constant current of rear driving module is greater than that of front driving module, and when current passes through rear driving module, front driving module stops driving, harmonic influence and circuit implementation cost are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Yanquan Mai, Bo Chen, Xunsheng Deng
  • Patent number: 10962410
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a light exposure monitoring system that includes a central control server; a plurality of indoor light exposure zones and a positioning system configured to communicate with the central control server to determine: a position (P) of an individual within the plurality of indoor light exposure zones, and a distance between a head of the individual and a floor within the plurality of indoor light exposure zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BrainLit AB
    Inventor: Tord Wingren
  • Patent number: 10916204
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electroluminescent display and a driving method thereof, the method comprising: generating a predicted value, indicating a degree of degradation of pixels, by accumulating pixel data of an input image at each pixel: and generating a compensation value by adjusting the predicted value to a current measurement value which is obtained by measuring a current in a power line connected to the pixels. Compensation data, which is to be written into each of the pixels, is generated by modulating the pixel data with the compensation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jooyoung An, Hyojung Park, Jeisung Lee, Euiyeol Oh
  • Patent number: 10899244
    Abstract: A charging control method for an electric vehicle is provided. The method uses a vehicle charging device that includes a power factor correction circuit (PFC) and a DC/DC converter. The method includes receiving, by a PFC controller, a control pilot (CP) signal from an external charging device and restricting by the PFC controller an allowable current value derived by analyzing the CP signal to a maximum current value that is to be applied to the PFC. The PFC controller then derives an output current command value of the DC/DC converter by applying an output value of a voltage controller of the PFC to the allowable current value. A DC/DC converter controller then charges a battery using the output current command value of the DC/DC converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Wook Seong, Hui Sung Jang, Shin Hye Chun, Mu Shin Kwak
  • Patent number: 10845425
    Abstract: An electronic device for detecting switching circuitry failure is described. The electronic device includes load voltage measuring circuitry configured to measure a load voltage to produce a load voltage measurement. The electronic device also includes a processor coupled to the load voltage measuring circuitry. The processor is configured to detect switching circuitry failure based on the load voltage measurement. The processor is configured to control the switching circuitry based on whether switching circuitry failure is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: WirePath Home Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Don Bruhn, Jr., Timothy Paul Spens, Jon A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10818474
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an RF generator that includes an inverter including first and second switching elements controlled by a PWM control signal and converting a DC voltage having a predetermined level outputted from the DC/DC converter into an AC voltage having a predetermined level, an LC filter that outputs a sine wave resonance signal having a predetermined resonance frequency from a high frequency signal, a transformer that induces a high frequency power signal of a pulse waveform outputted from the LC filter to a secondary side, an ignition module that sets a switching frequency at the termination of an ignition mode as an ignition mode escape frequency, an operation module that applies the ignition mode escape frequency as an initial value of a switching frequency in an operation mode, and a signal controller that generates the PWM control signal by using the switching frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Seunghee Ryu, Soonsang Hwang, Younghee Jang
  • Patent number: 10801684
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may relate to a system comprising a plurality of optical elements, comprising at least a first optical element and one or more secondary optical elements, a heliostat comprising the first optical element, where the heliostat is operable to move the first optical element to continuously reflect light from a non-stationary light source in a beam towards a first of the secondary optical elements, and where the secondary optical elements are arranged to re-direct the reflected beam of light towards an illumination target. The system further includes a controller configured to receive position data indicative of the position of the non-stationary light source over time, and in response to the position data, control at least the heliostat to continuously direct the beam of light towards the first of the secondary optical elements, such that the beam of light is continuously re-directed towards the illumination target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Bitterman, Eli Reekmans
  • Patent number: 10757774
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a current adjustment circuit. The current adjustment circuit includes a lighting sub-circuit, a dimming switch disposed in the lighting sub-circuit, a switch control sub-circuit connected to the dimming switch and the lighting sub-circuit, and a time control sub-circuit connected to the switch control sub-circuit. Time of switch-off period in a switching cycle of the current adjustment circuit is adjusted under control of the time control sub-circuit and the switch control sub-circuit. Brightness of the current adjustment circuit is adjusted based on the output current of the current adjustment circuit. The present disclosure may reduce or even eliminate influence of factors such as circuit parasitic parameters on an LED light source, ensure consistency of each light source, and optimize display effect of the LED light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Zaixin Mu, Pan Zhang, Baohong Cheng, Liusheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10757777
    Abstract: A controller provides power to (i) a first light-emitting device that emits a first white light of a first correlated color temperature (CCT) and (ii) a second light-emitting device that emits a second white light of a second CCT. The second CCT is lower than the first CCT. The first and second white lights mix to yield a combined white light having a combined CCT with a combined brightness. The controller receives a user-adjustable DC input voltage Vin. The controller distributes supply power to the first and second light-emitting devices according to a power-distribution scheme that differentiates between whether Vin is in an upper range or a lower range, as follows: (i) In the upper range: as Vin decreases, combined-light CCT decreases and combined-light brightness remains constant. (ii) In the lower range: as the Vin decreases, combined-light brightness decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Tiejun Wang
  • Patent number: 10709002
    Abstract: A control unit in a communications device, upon receipt of information from a first lighting device, transmits the information from the first lighting device to a second lighting device and enters a single protocol state in which wireless communication is performed exclusively via a second communications protocol, until the communications device receives a response to the transmission. Upon receipt of information from the second lighting device, the control unit transmits the information from the second lighting device to the first lighting device and enters a single protocol state in which wireless communication is performed exclusively via a first communications protocol, until the communications device receives a response to the transmission. Upon receipt of either of the responses by the communications device, the control unit enters a multiprotocol state in which wireless communication is possible via the first and second communications protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hikaru Maeda, Shinichiro Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10668178
    Abstract: In an example, a light control system includes a power converter, a light source, a sensor, and a control device. The power converter can convert an input power received from a power source to a supply power, and includes a power factor corrector (PFC) configured to adjustably control an electrical parameter of the supply power. The light source can, using the supply power, emit light at an intensity related to the electrical parameter. The sensor can sense a condition related to operation of the light source. The control device is communicatively coupled to the PFC and the sensor, and configured to: (i) receive, from the sensor, a sensor signal indicating an input parameter related to the condition, and (ii) based on sensor signal, provide a feedback signal to the PFC to cause the PFC to adjust, based on the input parameter, the electrical parameter of the supply power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Arthur E. Brockschmidt
  • Patent number: 10622896
    Abstract: A switching power converter for controlling average current and with frequency adjustment. One example embodiment is a method of operating a switching power converter, the method including: operating the switching power controller at a switching frequency that is variable, each switching period comprises a charge mode of an inductor of the switching power converter and a discharge mode of the inductor; controlling, by a current control loop, average current provided from the switching power converter by controlling peak current in each charge mode of the inductor; and regulating, by a frequency control loop, the switching frequency of the switching power. The regulating may include: adjusting a relationship of output voltage to a length of discharge modes of the inductor; and changing the peak current through the inductor during charge modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Anna Joseph Eggermont
  • Patent number: 10588188
    Abstract: An alternating-current LED drive circuit, comprising a plurality of LED strings connected between an alternating-current voltage source and a ground, any one of the LED strings being correspondingly provided with a conversion switch and one or more LED light sources being connected in series in any one of the LED strings; a voltage detection unit used for detecting a voltage root mean square value of an alternating-current power supply signal in the connected alternating-current voltage source; and a switching logic control unit used for outputting, according to a voltage interval into which the voltage root mean square value detected by the voltage detection unit falls, a conversion control signal corresponding to the voltage interval to each conversion switch to corresponding to each LED string respectively control each conversion switch to perform a corresponding conversion action, the conversion action of each conversion switch enabling all LED strings to be connected in series or in parallel to adapt to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Kryger De Jozef, Xiaoliang Xu
  • Patent number: 10535640
    Abstract: An emissive panel and associated assembly method are provided. The method provides an emissive substrate having an insulating layer with a top surface and a back surface, and a dielectric layer overlying the insulating layer patterned to form a plurality of wells. Each well has a bottom surface formed on the insulating layer top surface with a first electrical interface electrically connected to a first conductive pressure channel (CPC). The CPCs are each made up of a pressure via with sidewalls formed between the well bottom surface and the insulating layer back surface. A metal layer coats the sidewalls, and a medium flow passage formed interior to the metal layer. The method uses negative pressure through the CPCs to help capture emissive elements in a liquid flow deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: eLux Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Jan Lee, Paul J. Schuele
  • Patent number: 10469810
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a light source at an ideal lux helps maintain a lux that is generated by at least one light source at a level that is equal or greater than an ideal lux. The light source may include a digital projector. The ideal lux is necessary to view an image under optimal conditions. The method enables a calculated and incremental increase of the lux generated by the light source to achieve the ideal lux. This incremental increase is correlated to an anticipated loss of lux by the light source. By incrementally increasing the amount of lux generated, a maximum lux capacity of the light source is not used; thereby increasing the lifespan of the light source and providing the viewer with a consistent, ideal brightness image for long periods without requiring excessive replacement of bulbs or maintenance on the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Lawes, Shawn Lindberg
  • Patent number: 10430855
    Abstract: A retail system configured to provide interaction between a user and product supported in a retail environment. The system includes a plurality of merchandisers, an access device, and a controller. Each merchandiser defines a product display area and has one or more light sources positioned to illuminate product. The access device has a processing system operable to select a light characteristic associated with the light sources in response to user input, and the access device is operable by a user to select a desired product. The access device is programmed to generate one or more signals indicative of the selected light characteristic and the desired product. In response to the one or more signals, the controller controls the light sources associated with the desired product to illuminate at least partially based on the light characteristic to identify a location of the desired product to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Ireneus Johannes Pas
  • Patent number: 10326368
    Abstract: A power supply device that can perform feedback control with high responsivity when an output current greatly changes is realized with a configuration that can further reduce power consumption. A power supply device is configured to (i) detect a current change ratio ?Ir of a current output from a voltage conversion unit; (ii) determine a processing speed in such a manner that the larger the detected current change ratio ?Ir is, the higher the processing speed is; and (iii) compute a duty ratio of a PWM signal that is to be supplied, based on a predetermined target values Ita and Vta and a current value Iout and a voltage value Vout, and that outputs, a PWM signal that has been set so as to have the duty ratio obtained through the computation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Takeshi Hasegawa, Takenori Abe
  • Patent number: 10245130
    Abstract: An object is to provide a polymerization apparatus for dental technique with which both of preliminary polymerization and final polymerization can be carried out by one apparatus. The apparatus includes a plurality of light sources whose light axes run at least in two directions; a cover that covers the light sources, forms a polymerization space inside thereof and switches a formation and closure of an opening that communicates inside and outside the polymerization space; a sensor that detects the formation and closure of the opening by the cover; a controller that receives signals from the sensor, and based on the formation and closure of the opening, turns on some of the light sources having two or more directions of light axis with the opening closed, and turns on some of the light sources having fewer directions of light axis than with the opening closed, with the opening open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukie Noguchi, Mitsuaki Takada
  • Patent number: 10187942
    Abstract: A method of controlling a solid state lighting apparatus can be provided by receiving a solid state lighting characteristic selection signal at a solid state lighting apparatus and selecting, responsive to the solid state lighting characteristic selection signal, a solid state lighting model that defines a relationship between different lighting parameters used to vary light output from the solid state lighting apparatus responsive to a user input provided to the solid state lighting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony P. van de Ven, Joseph Paul Chobot
  • Patent number: 10176764
    Abstract: A display apparatus supplies different driving powers according to a driving status of a backlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Du-hee Jang, Sang-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10147384
    Abstract: A boosting voltage generator includes a switching circuit, a control circuit and a boosting circuit. The switching circuit is connected to a first input terminal receiving a first frame signal and a second input terminal receiving a second frame signal, and generates a first switching signal and a second switching signal based on a voltage at the first input terminal and a voltage at the second input terminal. The second frame signal has a phase opposite to that of the first frame signal. The control circuit is connected to the first and second input terminals, and selectively connects the first and second input terminals with a ground voltage based on a mode selection signal. The boosting circuit generates a first boosting voltage and a second boosting voltage based on the first switching signal, the second switching signal, a first feedback voltage and a second feedback voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jun-Ho Hwang, Ho-In Kim, Shim-Ho Yi
  • Patent number: 10070488
    Abstract: Control circuits (1) bring power converters (4) in different modes in response to detection results. The power converters (4) exchange possibly rectified first voltage/current signals with electronic halogen transformers (2) and supply second voltage/current signals to light emitting diode circuits (5). The first current signals have, in different modes, different amplitudes. The different amplitudes have different constant values and/or different derivative values. As a result, the first current signal has become a relatively varying first current signal. Then, the halogen transformers (2) no longer experience problems that occur when smaller amounts of power need to be provided than designed to. The detections may comprise polarity detections of and/or zero-crossing detections in the first voltage signals. The halogen transformers (2) comprise self-oscillating switched mode power supplies designed to provide first amounts of power at their outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kumar Arulandu, Georg Sauerlander, Sait Izmit, Dennis Johannes Antonius Claessens, Philip Louis Zulma Vael, Yi Wang, Dalibor Cvoric, Ronald Hans Van Der Voort, Patrick Alouisius Martina De Bruycker, Robertus Leonardus Tousain
  • Patent number: 10045417
    Abstract: Illumination of an environment can be selected based on target colors that the illumination would provide for specific samples. One process for synthesizing the illumination includes repeatedly selecting settings for separate light sources in a luminaire system and determining a merit function of the target colors of the samples and apparent colors of the samples under illumination that the luminaire system would produce with the settings selected. The value of the merit function thus determined can be used to identify a synthesized illumination, for example, the synthesized illumination that provides a smallest value. A luminaire system can implement such a process in a luminaire or in a control system for luminaires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Telelumen, LLC
    Inventors: Dmitri Simonian, Steven Paolini, Ross D. Archer, Lev Simonian
  • Patent number: 10039162
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) light device is provided, which includes an LED light and an LED light driving device connected with the LED light. A power regulating module in the LED light driving device includes at least two equivalent resistors connected in parallel and a dip switch arranged in a branch where each of the equivalent resistors is located, the LED light may be regulated to output different power through different combinations of on-off states of the dip switches. The dip switches are arranged at an opening on a surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Jingrui Guan, Tiezhu Wang, Mian Wang, Shiquan Liang
  • Patent number: 9997934
    Abstract: A power apparatus includes: a storage battery; a first communicator that communicates with external communication equipment through a short-range wireless communication; a power supply circuit that supply power of the storage battery to the electrical equipment; and a control circuitry that causes, when the first communicator receives a request signal for requesting at least one of first information regarding whether or not a power supply operation to supply the power of the storage battery to the electrical equipment through the power supply circuit is normal and second information regarding whether or not an operation of the electrical equipment using power supplied from the storage battery is normal from the external communication equipment, the first communicator to transmit response information including at least one of the first information and the second information to a transmission source of the request signal and to transmit the request signal to another power storage apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Shoichi Toya
  • Patent number: 9949337
    Abstract: A lighting device or lighting associated device which includes an off-line computer in addition to the controlling computer. The off-line computer is one that uses less power, but is accessible wirelessly even when the light is off-line and not receiving power. The off-line computer can be used to update the program and/or media that is stored in the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Conti
  • Patent number: 9936554
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a television backlight driving device and the driving method thereof, the said television backlight driving device comprises: an AC-DC module and an LED driving module; when a power is on, the said AC-DC module transforms an input supplied AC power into a DC power before supplying to the backlight LED lightstrip; comparing to the existing backlight driving methods, there is no second process of DC-DC needed, saving a system cost of the power, and improving an efficiency of the system; when the LED driving module determines the detection current larger than the preset current but smaller than the first threshold, a constant-current output for LED current is controlled by adjusting the duty ratio; when the detection current is larger than the first threshold or smaller than the preset current, the LED driving module feeds back the detection current to the AC-DC module; the AC-DC module then controls the DC voltage according to the detection current; different methods for adjustme
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Xiangfeng Hu, Chao Zeng
  • Patent number: 9918056
    Abstract: A projection device includes: a plate shaped member that is thermally conductive; a light emitting element that is disposed upon the plate shaped member and emits light; a bending member that bends light from the light emitting element into an orientation parallel to the plate shaped member; a modulation element that modulates light bent by the bending member; and a polarized light separation element that bends light modulated by the modulation element into an orientation going away from the plate shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotake Nozaki, Nobuhiro Fujinawa
  • Patent number: 9907152
    Abstract: An illumination system and methods for controlling the illumination system are provided. In one embodiment, the method includes providing a plurality of illumination sources, monitoring optical output power of the plurality of illumination sources over a period of time, and controlling the plurality of illumination sources to maintain a predetermined level of optical output power. The method further includes compensating for degradations of one or more of the plurality of illumination sources to maintain the predetermined level of optical output power, predicting a lifetime of the illumination system based on the parameters of the plurality of illumination sources, and performing periodic maintenance of the plurality of illumination sources according to a quality control schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kaskey, Thomas Laidig, David Markle, Jang Fung Chen
  • Patent number: 9877364
    Abstract: A backlight unit which significantly reduces overshoot of a light source driving current and audible noise includes a light source driven by a light source driving voltage, a light source controller controlling the light source driving voltage, and a soft starter generating a first soft start voltage by receiving a charge signal from the light source controller and outputting the first soft start voltage to the light source controller, and generating a second soft start voltage when the charge signal is not applied thereto and outputting the second soft start voltage to the light source controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Jintaek Hong, Jinwon Jang, Daesik Lee
  • Patent number: 9818968
    Abstract: Various embodiments may relate to an optoelectronic component. The optoelectronic component may include a planar optically active structure and an electric circuit structure. The planar optically active structure is designed to receive and/or provide electromagnetic radiation. The electric circuit structure is designed such that it provides an output value. The output value is dependent on at least one operational parameter of the optically active structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GmbH
    Inventors: Andrew Ingle, Kilian Regau
  • Patent number: 9791110
    Abstract: A high efficiency driver circuit with fast response is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention relate to an LED driver that can drive a plural number of LED strings. The driver according to example embodiments includes a voltage converter stage with a feedback loop. The driver can include a speed-up circuit, and/or an adaptive output voltage control circuit, also referred to herein as an overhead control circuit. In at least some embodiments, an input inductor helps to attenuate input current ripple, which could otherwise lead to low high-frequency winding loss in other inductors. The speed-up circuit can provide current regulation of the LED strings and prevent flickering of the LEDs. The overhead control circuit can adjust the output voltage of the driver to an optimum value to improve operating efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuequan Hu, Daniel Pope, Qingcong Hu
  • Patent number: 9775205
    Abstract: A method includes activating a transistor providing current to a load via an inductor based on values stored at a first timer and at a second timer. The second timer is enabled based a value of a current conducted at the inductor and based on a value of a reference current. The transistor is deactivated in response to determining that a measurement of time elapsed at the first timer is a predetermined multiple of the second measurement of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Chao Peng, Hendrik Boezen
  • Patent number: 9743471
    Abstract: A lighting device which outputs a DC current to a load, the lighting device including: a downconverter circuit which includes a switching element and steps down a DC voltage input to the downconverter circuit; and a controller which controls turning on and off of the switching element, wherein the controller has operating modes including a detection mode in which the controller detects a time taken for a current through the switching element to reach a predetermined value after the switching element turns on, the current through the switching element representing the DC current output to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Nakada, Keisuke Ueda, Kenichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9706613
    Abstract: An analog electronic circuit for driving a string of LEDs including input terminals for accepting connection to AC voltage, a current regulation circuit operatively coupled to receive an AC voltage from the input terminals and to provide an output for connection to drive the string of LEDs. Included is a current regulation circuit configured to limit the current flow through the string of LEDs on a half-cycle basis to a predetermined value. Also disclosed are an overvoltage circuit configured to switch off electrical connection between the AC voltage and the string of LEDs upon the AC reaching a predetermined high voltage value on a half-cycle basis in order to limit power. Overtemperature and power factor correction are also addressed. Also improving efficiency by shorting part of the LED string during the lower voltage phase of the input AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Emeray LLC
    Inventor: Duane Gibbs
  • Patent number: 9658258
    Abstract: A voltage sampling system is provided. The voltage sampling system includes a first and a second input paths and a signal-processing module. The first input path includes a first input voltage-dividing resistor unit, a second input voltage-dividing resistor unit and a first DC voltage-dividing resistor unit to generate a first input divided voltage and a first DC bias voltage to further generate a first sampled voltage signal according to a first input voltage and a DC voltage source. The second input path includes a third input voltage-dividing resistor unit, a fourth input voltage-dividing resistor unit and a second DC voltage-dividing resistor unit to generate a second input divided voltage and a second DC bias voltage to further generate a second sampled voltage signal according to a second input voltage and the DC voltage source. The signal-processing module receives the first and the second sampled voltage signals to perform signal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Hong-Jian Gan, Ming Wang, Bo-Yu Pu, Yi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9596723
    Abstract: An LED driving circuit is provided. The LED driving circuit includes an input unit which receives an input dimming signal for driving an LED array, a PWM signal generating unit which extends an on-period of the input dimming signal to form an extended dimming signal, and generates a PWM signal using the extended dimming signal, a DC-DC converter which supplies output voltage to the LED array using the PWM signal, and an LED driving unit which drives the LED array using the input dimming signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Magnachip Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Beom-seon Ryu, Chang-sik Lim
  • Patent number: 9578709
    Abstract: A multi-function lighting system is provided. A design of multiplex configuration of a multi-diode lighting module and a design of optical time domain modulation of an electric controlling system are applied to a lighting system which senses environmental conditions to automatically or artificially change a color, a light intensity and a color-temperature of a light to influence people's feelings and moods. At the same time, the environmental sensing device further feedbacks an information of humidity or temperature so that parameter of optimum light environment can be set accordingly. The multi-diode lighting module is applied to the design of the lighting system, such that the lighting system can be manufactured in a customization way to meet varied requirements in the landscaping and optical designs, not only reducing the cost and increasing mass production rate but also providing multi-functions including landscaping lighting, ergonomic lighting, plant lighting and air purifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Sheng-Ho Huang, Hung-Lieh Hu, Chen-Kun Chen, Yu-Chen Yu
  • Patent number: 9578714
    Abstract: A lighting system includes a digital addressable lighting interface (DALI) master controller, a lighting driver, and a signal converter. The DALI master controller is connected to a management server. The lighting driver operates a lighting device including a light emitting diode (LED). The signal converter is connected to the DALI master controller by a DALI bus operating according to a DALI communication protocol, and is communicatively connected to the lighting driver via a wireless communication connection operating according to a wireless communication protocol. The signal converter inter-converts a signal transmitted and received from the DALI master controller according to the DALI communication protocol and a signal transmitted to and received from the lighting driver according to the wireless communication protocol so as to enable communication between the lighting driver and the DALI master controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Chang Seob Kim, Min Su Kim