Flexible Patents (Class 362/249.08)
  • Patent number: 8172426
    Abstract: A flexible sheet includes a plurality of sheaths adapted to receive individual elongated light sources, and forming a collapsible backlight system having expanded and collapsed configurations. In expanded configuration, the flexible sheet is generally planar and the elongated light sources are spatially dispersed, while in the collapsed configuration, the elongated light sources are maintained proximal to each other in generally parallel fashion. The flexible sheet may have front and rear layers, each such layer possessing selected optical qualities such as translucency, reflectivity and diffusivity, depending on the desired application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Moss, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Publication number: 20120092562
    Abstract: A light source apparatus, an image display apparatus and a television receiving apparatus are provided, which can electrically connect boards with each other even if the boards are separated from each other by more than or less than a predetermined distance. In a light source unit in which plural LEDs are aligned on one surface of a LED board 2, plural stoppers 20 are arranged at another surface 2b of LED board 2 to stop the stopper 20 at stop slits 63, 63, . . . 63 of a support member 6 which is to hold the light source unit, and to hold the light source unit to be slidable along one surface of the support member 6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Yuki Omiya, Yuuki Kawamura, Takefumi Watanabe, Hirokazu Ishiai, Hideto Takeuchi, Masaya Katsuki, Katsumi Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20120069556
    Abstract: An illumination module may include at least one flexible carrier for a plurality of heat sources, including light sources, wherein the carrier is provided for being bent over at least part of its width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: OSRAM AG
    Inventors: Ralph Bertram, Tobias Frost, Christian Herbold, Steffen Strauss
  • Patent number: 8136963
    Abstract: A light module is provided and includes a main body and at least an LED. The main body comprises an outer surface and at least a bending portion protruding therefrom, wherein the LED is disposed on the bending portion. Specifically, the bending portion and the outer surface form an included angle ? therebetween, wherein 0°<?<180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 8109660
    Abstract: An L.E.D. light emitting assembly (20) includes a heat sink (50) defined by independent elongated sections (52) upwardly from a base (26) in parallel relationship. L.E.D.s (72) are disposed on a mounting surface (60) and fins (64) are disposed on a heat transfer surface (62) of the elongated sections (52). The elongated sections (52) and base (26) are pivotably connected at a hinge (86). The hinge (86) can include a spring (102). A spreader (90) can pivot the elongated sections (52) about the hinge (86). A flexible stop (106) with a resilient tip (110) is attached to top ends (58) of the elongated sections (52). The elongated sections (52) are held together by a retainer (88), such as a band (104), and inserted through a narrow opening (22) of a globe (24). A deployment mechanism (84) moves the elongated sections (52) to a non-parallel position to fill the globe (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Relume Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Hochstein, Melvin L. Wolgamott
  • Publication number: 20110305849
    Abstract: A decorative light display used with a decorative string of lights comprises an inner and an outer flexible circular-shaped substructure, the flexible substructures including a pair of interlocking notches allowing the substructures to be assembled together to form a generally spherically shaped framework; the substructures having inner and outer circumferences, wherein the notches are formed on the inner circumference of the outer flexible substructure and the outer circumference of the inner flexible substructure; further comprising a sinusoidal wave shape formed on the outer circumferences of the flexible substructures for securing the decorative string of lights in contact therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald G. Presswood JR., Selby Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8075158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting tube with light emitting diodes (LEDs) that can be disassembled and repaired. The present invention presents substantial advantages and innovative characteristics as well as other advantages related to organization and construction. The invention is centered on a lighting tube which, while preferably adopting the standardized dimensions of commonly used fluorescent tubes, as well as a similar system for lateral attachment and connection, is different. It is provided inside the transparent tubular body that forms it with a lighting system based on light emitting diodes or LEDs, giving the tube the advantages of this lighting system, essentially based on a greater illumination intensity with a considerably lower consumption, the possibility of repairing the tube and a much longer useful lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Amoraga Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8052302
    Abstract: An LED module including an LED light bar and a FPC is provided. The LED light bar includes a circuit board and a plurality of LED devices. The circuit board has a first surface, a second surface, first pins, second pins, and a slot. The LED devices are disposed on the first surface and electrically connected with the first pins. The FPC passes through the slot and is electrically connected with the second pins. The FPC includes a first bonding part, a second bonding part, and a bending part. The first bonding part has a plurality of third pins electrically connected with the second pins and is in contact with the first surface of the circuit board. The second bonding part has a plurality of fourth pins electrically connected with a control board. The bending part connects between the first part and the second part and passes through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Tzu-Hui Hsu, Yen-Po Yeh
  • Patent number: 8047681
    Abstract: A flexible light emitting array includes a flexible substrate, pluralities of first wires, second wires and light emitting components. The flexible substrate has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first wires and the second wires penetrates across the first surface and the second surface to form pluralities of first conductive wire segments and second conductive wire segments on the first surface side and the second surface side. The light emitting components are arranged on the first surface side and electrically connected to the first conductive wire segments and the second conductive wire segments. The flexible light emitting array not only increases the reliability of bonding between the light emitting component and the flexible substrate but also drives the light emitting components with programmable control to achieve the dynamic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Royal Pacific Limited
    Inventors: Wei-Yean Howng, Ling King
  • Patent number: 8038320
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of LED modules interconnected by wire. The package comprises a plurality of cradles each of which is sized to hold a respective one of the interconnected LED modules. Each of the cradles comprises first and second opposing side vertical surfaces partially defining a space for holding its respective one of the LED modules, each of the LED modules arranged in a respective one of the cradles. A plurality of holding tabs is included at least one of which is on one of the first and second opposing side vertical surfaces of each of the cradles and protruding into the module holding space. Each of the tabs is arranged to hold its respective one of the modules in its cradle, wherein the cradles are arranged adjacent to one another with the interconnecting wire running between adjacent cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: The Sloan Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Sloan, Timothy Ferrie
  • Patent number: 8021015
    Abstract: A plurality of clipping portions which clip a plurality of lamps to be juxtaposed are provided on one face, and a mounting portion to be mounted on a supporting member by which the lamps are supported, and holding projecting portions for holding positions of the clipping portions with respect to the supporting member are provided, and two flexible portions which can bend in a direction in which a distance between the supporting sections is changed are provided between at least two clipping portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Yokota, Masaki Okazaki, Hiroki Fukai, Hideto Takeuchi, Masaki Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20110222286
    Abstract: To provide a method for manufacturing a plurality of types of illuminating devices having different specifications while reducing cost. A substrate includes a common flexible portion and a plurality of units bendable with respect to the common portion, where the common portion includes a pad that is extended in the horizontal direction in the plane of the drawing and that is arranged for every predefined interval. In the present manufacturing method, a substrate piece is created by cutting the substrate mounted with the light emitting element in a first direction, the common portion in the substrate piece is formed according to the illuminating device to be manufactured, the relative position of the individual portion with respect to the formed common portion is respectively positioned, and the wiring for supplying power to the pad in the substrate piece is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Hitoshi OBA, Naoki NISHIMORI, Akira MATSUI, Nobuharu ISHIKAWA, Yoshihiro YAMASHITA, Takahiro SUGA, Kosuke SUGIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8011806
    Abstract: According to a lighting fixture of an aspect of the present invention, only by holding the first and second strip-shaped luminous bodies on the strip-shaped luminous body holding device with the first and second strip-shaped luminous bodies being curved into a predetermined shape, the plurality of point light sources of the first strip-shaped luminous body and the plurality of point light sources of the second strip-shaped luminous body can be mounted at predetermined positions in appropriate postures (for example, such positions and postures as to illuminate a predetermined area of the front of the lighting fixture) at once. That is, each of the point light sources can be stereoscopically disposed at a predetermined position in an appropriate posture in a most expeditious manner. Also, the lighting fixture of novel visual quality capable of producing a stereoscopic effect by the real image can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Shiraishi, Hiroto Anzai, Nao Nakano
  • Patent number: 8002436
    Abstract: An LED chip package structure using a substrate as a lampshade includes a substrate unit and a light-emitting unit. The substrate unit has a substrate body with a lampshade shape. The light-emitting unit has a plurality of light-emitting elements electrically disposed on an inner surface of the substrate body. Therefore, one part of light beams projected by the light emitting elements is reflected out of the lampshade by the inner surface of the substrate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Harvatek Corportion
    Inventors: Bily Wang, Shih-Yu Wu, Wen-Kuei Wu
  • Publication number: 20110134626
    Abstract: The invention provides an illumination system and a method for illumination. The illumination system includes one or more light sources that produce a primary light, a light-mixing zone that homogenizes the primary light, a wavelength-converting layer that converts the primary light to a secondary light, and a light-transmitting zone that receives the secondary light and transmits the secondary light to, for example, a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Mark PUGH, Gerard HARBERS
  • Patent number: 7922349
    Abstract: A versatile, low profile, lightweight, compact, body mounted lighting system includes a housing mountable to a person's body and a light module in the housing. The light module may include at least one LED producing a beam. There is a lens in front of the LED and a mechanism is configured to move the lens to adjust the distance between the lens and the LED to vary the size of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: GoMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Hunnewell, Jonathan M. Craig, Benoit Devinat, Troy Schubert, Son Long
  • Patent number: 7841741
    Abstract: An LED lighting assembly including a plurality of individual LEDs mounted on a common, bendable heat sinking member designed to remove heat from the LEDs during operation and also to be formed (bent) to provide the desired light direction and intensity. Several such assemblies may be used within an LED lamp, as also provided herein. The lamp is ideal for use within medical and dental environments to assure optimal light onto a patient located at a specified distance from the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benson Chan, John E. Kozol, John M. Lauffer, How T. Lin
  • Patent number: 7789526
    Abstract: A lighting system that includes a quick disconnect mounting feature that permits the relocation of the lighting fixture without rewiring or use of loose hardware. The lighting system is comprised of a housing that surrounds a power module and a control module, where the control module is electrically connected to a protocol module. A printed circuit board interface electrically connects the power module to the control module, and a light source is electrically connected to the PCB interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Gibbons, David P. Eckel, Christopher Montalbano, Gregory Montalbano, Aaron Klein
  • Patent number: 7748860
    Abstract: The identification device comprises at least one electroluminescent wire that extends along the cable or duct to be identified. The electroluminescent wire is designed to be electrically supplied in a temporary manner, so as to display the path of the cable or duct. This device is applicable to the identification of electrical cables, or pneumatic and hydraulic ducts, or fibre-optic cables or cords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Patrice Brunet
  • Patent number: 7686477
    Abstract: An illuminated sign (88) includes a flexible electrical power cord (100) including first and second parallel conductors (112, 114) surroundingly contained within an insulating sheath defining a constant separation distance between the parallel conductors (112, 114). A plurality of light emitting diode (LED) devices (102) are affixed to the cord (100). Each LED device (102) includes an LED (104) having a positive lead (130P) electrically communicating with the first parallel conductor (112) and a negative lead (130P) electrically communicating with the second parallel conductor (114). A stencil (92) defines a selected shape, and the electrical cord (100) is arranged on the stencil (92). Power conditioning electronics (210, 220) disposed away from the stencil (92) electrically communicate with the first and second parallel conductors (112, 114) of the electrical power cord (100). The power conditioning electronics (210, 220) power the LED devices (102) via the parallel conductors (112, 114).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lumination LLC
    Inventors: Paul Southard, Srinath K. Aanegola, James T. Petroski, Christopher Bohler
  • Patent number: 7635202
    Abstract: A banner includes a flexible display film having light-transmissive areas and a relatively opaque area surrounding the light-transmissive areas. A number of light sources are positioned at least behind each light-transmissive area. The light sources are attached to the flexible display film in such manner as to allow rolling up and folding of the banner without removal of the light sources therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Main Bright (H.K.) Limited
    Inventor: Minoru Awabayashi
  • Patent number: 7604377
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) lighting apparatus includes a transparent flexible tape with a first transparent pattern and a second transparent pattern, the first transparent pattern being insulated from the second transparent pattern. A plurality of light-emitting diodes is electrically connected with the first transparent pattern. The LED lighting apparatus can also form the first transparent pattern and the second transparent pattern on two sides of the transparent flexible tape, or, furthermore, to form the first transparent pattern and the second transparent pattern stack to generate a multi-story LED lighting apparatus. Such a plane of emitting diode is applied to various display, furniture decoration and lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Polytron Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Yu, Dalong Cheng
  • Publication number: 20090237921
    Abstract: A lamp including a base, a bendable neck and a lamp head, an outer surface of the lamp covered by a pliable sheath. The lamp further including a plurality of switches and a plurality of light sources, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The plurality of switches are visually concealed by the pliable sheath. A first actuation of at least one switch of the plurality of switches activates a white light mode of operation and a second actuation of at least one switch of the plurality of switches activates a color-phasing mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Steve LEE
  • Publication number: 20090121109
    Abstract: The Improved display stand is an invention that because of its unique adjustable overhead type lights and because of it unique electroluminescent lighting provides a stand that not only accommodates the display of various action figures or the like bathed in figure appropriate lighting, but creates an intriguing luminescent display. The display stand has particular application in the display of action type figures such as figures of characters know to science fiction type movies, wherein the display of such figures is enhanced due to adjustable lighting and due to the electroluminescent structural members of both the stand and the displayed item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Richard C. Kinmont, Alexander R. Kinmont, Patrik A. Kinmont, Matthew T. Kinmont