Electromagnetic Actuator Patents (Class 362/286)
  • Patent number: 10675553
    Abstract: The present invention provides a special effects device for simulating sparks generated by combustion, electricity, or other means. The device may include light-emitting devices mechanically connected to extendable structures that are spatially dispersed by an actuator during the operation of the special effects device. The special effects device may be coordinated with a device for simulating combustion to give the impression of sparks generated by a combustion source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: WKDESIGNS INC.
    Inventors: Coy Witt, Warren Kong, Julia Warren, Daniel Bergher, Courtney Elkind, Honora Penny
  • Patent number: 10584834
    Abstract: A removably mountable lighting module system is provided for illuminating a space using removably mountable lighting modules. The removably mountable lighting module system may include a lighting module and dock base. The lighting module may include a lighting module enclosure, light source component, base component, electrical component, and mounting component. The dock base may include a lighting module receiving interface with an electrical component, dock base holding connector, and dock base enclosure component. A method to operate an lighting module for illuminating a space is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Alivia Williams
  • Patent number: 10480735
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation imitation flame device includes a mounting base, a flame member, a positioning bracket, a first magnet, and a second magnet. The positioning bracket is fixed in the mounting base. The first magnet is disposed on the flame member. The flame member is disposed on the positioning bracket and protrudes outwards from the mounting base. The second magnet is fixed at a lower end of the positioning bracket. The first magnet and the second magnet are arranged up and down. Magnetic poles thereof facing each other have same polarity so that the flame member is levitated relative to the positioning bracket under a repulsive force of the first magnet and the second magnet. Thus, the flame member swings with big angle, naturally and realistically, and saves electric energy. In addition, an imitation flame lamp is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Wei Hu, Chao Li
  • Patent number: 9920898
    Abstract: A vehicular light module includes a light source configured to have a position that is adjustable longitudinally along a direction in which light radiates from the light source. The light module also includes a lighting guide that is movably disposed and that is configured to reflect and diffuse the light radiated from the light source. The light module further includes a moving unit configured to move the lighting guide to adjust the reflection and the diffusion of the light radiated from the light source by the lighting guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jongwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9616335
    Abstract: An interactive game system that stage lighting style cues as part of the game, where the stage lighting cues cause external stage lighting equipment to create effects that are based on outputs from the game. Steerable lights can be steered to the player and sounds can be created that are directed to the player. A simulation system can also simulate the actions that occur. The computer assigns teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Eddie's Social Club, LLC
    Inventors: Edwin Schlossberg, Jeremiah Harris
  • Patent number: 9605394
    Abstract: A road automatically dividing apparatus comprises a ground-embedded base, a telescopic tube set, an illuminating device, and a driving device. The ground-embedded base includes an accommodating space and an upper opening. The telescopic tube set, disposed in the accommodating space, includes a plurality of translucent column tubes which are connected telescopically and are relatively slidable in such a manner that each translucent column tube is converted between an expanding position and a collapsing position. The expanding position allows each translucent column tube expand from the neighboring one by sliding relatively to each other. The illuminating device is for emitting light penetrating the telescopic tube set. The driving device is configured to drive the telescopic tube set such that the telescopic tube set expands and collapses between the expanding position and the collapsing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LINENG-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Yu Lee
  • Patent number: 9580006
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight device includes optical systems that are respectively provided to light sources, and illuminate ahead of a vehicle by light emitted from the light sources, with light distribution patterns of which illuminating areas are offset to each other at least in vertical directions, a stoppable distance calculator that calculates a stoppable distance of the vehicle, and a light source controller that controls the light sources to be turned on and off so that an area ahead of the vehicle and away from the vehicle by the stoppable distance is illuminated by at least one of the optical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 9566510
    Abstract: An interactive game system that stage lighting style cues as part of the game, where the stage lighting cues cause external stage lighting equipment to create effects that are based on outputs from the game. Steerable lights can be steered to the player and sounds can be created that are directed to the player. A simulation system can also simulate the actions that occur. The computer assigns teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Eddie's Social Club, LLC
    Inventors: Edwin Schlossberg, Jeremiah Harris
  • Patent number: 9562669
    Abstract: A lamp includes a light source, a cover configured to block the transmission of light from the light source, and a cover interface portion configured to interface with the cover such that the cover is disposed for upward and downward movement with respect to the light source between a first position configured to fully block the transmission of light from the light source and at least one second position configured to allow light from the light source to illuminate an area around the lamp. A track system, operatively associated with the cover, includes at least one track and at least one tracking element. The track system is configured for retaining the at least one tracking element for sliding movement along the at least one track to enable the cover to be held at various heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: KOSHER INNOVATIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Ilanit Zauritz
  • Patent number: 9428102
    Abstract: An actuator is configured to adjust the radiation direction of light emitted from a light source of a lamp unit in a lamp case including a lamp housing having an opening at least at one side and a cover that blocks the opening. The actuator includes: a case body having an internal space serving as an installation space; a drive motor disposed in the installation space; and a driven body having a driving force transmitting portion to which driving force is transmitted from the drive motor, and an output shaft that is coupled to the lamp unit and that outputs the driving force transmitted to the driving force transmitting portion to the lamp unit. The driven body is supported by the case body so as to be movable in the front-rear direction of the lamp unit. The driving force transmitting portion and the output shaft are integral with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiichi Tajima
  • Patent number: 8985814
    Abstract: A lamp assembly providing a three dimensional lamp image may be animated by driving the mirror portion with an electromechanical device responsive to a varying input signal. The three dimensional image can then be reshaped in response according to a preferred input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. King, Brant J. Potter, David D. Egly
  • Patent number: 8974076
    Abstract: A device for creating and enhancing a mood is disclosed. The device includes a cylindrical gobo with a light source and a motor to rotate the gobo. The device may also include color-changing LEDs. Through variations in color, light source intensity and gobo design, a user may create or enhance a desired mood in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Judy Gergen
  • Patent number: 8870416
    Abstract: A LED package structure includes a substrate unit, a light-emitting unit, a support unit, a lens unit, an input unit and a control unit. The light-emitting unit includes at least one light-emitting element electrically connected to the substrate unit. The support unit includes a support element disposed on the substrate unit and surrounding the light-emitting element. The lens unit includes an electrically-controlled zoom lens disposed above the light-emitting element and retained by the support element. The input unit includes a signal input module for providing a predetermined voltage signal. The control unit includes a voltage controlling module electrically connected between the electrically-controlled zoom lens and the signal input module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lustrous Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Chi Liu, Kao-Hsu Chou
  • Patent number: 8727558
    Abstract: Provided is a medical headlamp including a main body put on a head, a driving unit installed and connected to one side of the main body and to provide a driving force, a location adjustment unit installed and connected to one side of the driving unit, a lamp unit installed and connected to one side of the location adjustment unit to move along with a movement of the location adjustment unit, and irradiate light onto one side of a front end thereof, a capturing unit installed and connected to one side of the main body and to capture eye locations, a control unit installed and connected to the driving unit and the capturing unit to analyze an image captured by the capturing unit, calculate the eye locations, and operate the driving unit according to the calculated eye calculation, and a power supply unit installed and connected to the control unit, the driving unit, and the lamp unit and to apply a current thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguk University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: SungMin Kim, Hyo Joon Kim, Wonha Kim, Sang Hoon Hong
  • Patent number: 8725351
    Abstract: An active suspension system for a suspended device. The system has an electromagnetic actuator that produces force on the suspended device and that is powered by a power source, and a control system that provides control signals that cause the electromagnetic actuator to exert force on the suspended device. The control system is adapted to receive a turn-off signal that results in disabling the electromagnetic actuator from producing force on the suspended device. When the control system receives a turn-off signal it provides actuator turn-off control signals that cause the force exerted by the electromagnetic actuator to progressively transition to zero over a transition time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Selden, Antonio Sangermano
  • Patent number: 8696165
    Abstract: A dynamic mask adapted to an illumination system is provided. The illumination system includes at least one light source capable of emitting an illumination beam. The dynamic mask includes a board disposed in a transmission path of the illumination beam for adjusting a luminous flux of the illumination beam. The board has at least one strip-shaped opening. The strip-shaped opening has a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The strip-shaped opening is mirror-symmetric with respect to a symmetrical axis, and the symmetrical axis is a straight line extending from the first end to the second end. A width of the strip-shaped opening increases from the first end to the second end, and the board is capable of moving along a direction parallel to the symmetrical axis. An illumination system using the dynamic mask is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chuan-Te Cheng, Hui-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 8641228
    Abstract: A track-mounted decorative lighting system comprises a track system, a light string, and a motorized lighting cartridge. The track system comprises a flexible track with an inverted “T”-shape profile mounted by a user in a desired configuration upon a structure. The motorized lighting cartridge comprises a gear-type drive system which deploys or retracts the light string through the track. A user may use a hand-held remote controller to activate the internal motor to drive the lights out into position along the track system upon the structure. The lighting system provides a means to add additional light strings and light cartridges to obtain a greater length of deployed lighting. The motor withdraws the deployed lights back into the cartridge for storage. The lighting system further provides a hook embodiment onto which a user may secure existing string-type lighting while still utilizing the deployment and retraction functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Dale R. Drake, Raymond Drake, III
  • Patent number: 8534871
    Abstract: A light projector (10) for projecting a beam of light (19), which comprises: a housing (16) containing a light source (40) and a projector lens (18), and a drive motor (42), and defining an aperture; and a main shaft (20) extending through the aperture. A flexible and resilient elastomeric coupling (30) links the main shaft (20) to the housing (16) at the aperture. The drive motor (42) is coupled by a drive mechanism (50) to the main shaft (20), so that activation of the drive motor (42) moves the orientation of the housing relative to the longitudinal axis of the main shaft (20). Consequently a light beam (19) from the projector (10) sweeps out a conical surface in space around that longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Quincom Limited
    Inventors: Kate Evans, Jan Paoli
  • Patent number: 8517580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headlight for a motor vehicle having a light source, which is arranged in a reflector, for emission of light beams in a light outlet direction, having a masking apparatus (1) which has a mask (2) which can be moved to a first position in order to mask out at least a portion of the light beams, and which can be moved to a second position in which the mask (2) is moved at least partially out of the light beams, wherein the movement of the mask (2) can be produced by an actuator unit (3) which has at least one magnet coil (4) and a magnet yoke (5) in order to form a magnetic flux circuit. According to the invention, a hinged armature (6) is provided, is held in an articulated manner on at least a part of the magnet yoke (5) and is in the form of part of the mask (2), such that the hinged armature (6) carries out a folding movement, and produces the movement of the mask (2), when current is passed through the magnet coil (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Technische Universität llmenau
    Inventor: Ralf Keilig
  • Patent number: 8469558
    Abstract: A light source assembly (10) includes a light source (12) and a base (14) to which the light source is detachably attachable. The base is adapted to orient the light source to a plurality of positions when the light source is mounted thereon. The light source comprises a battery mounted therein for providing power thereto, at least when the light source is disconnected therefrom. The base is also adapted for being powered by the battery and/or by an alternative power source. The light source is adapted to be operational both when mounted on the base and when disconnected therefrom. The light source assembly may further comprise a mounting plate for attachment thereof, for example, to a building or an external surface of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Angelight Ltd.
    Inventor: Doron Carmi
  • Patent number: 8436521
    Abstract: A lamp device includes a lamp, a socket, two magnetic electrodes, and two electrode boxes. The lamp comprises a bulb portion, a stem portion, and two magnetic contacts. The socket has a receptacle portion configured to accept the lamp. The two magnetic electrodes are disposed in the receptacle portion. Each of the two electrode boxes encloses each of the two magnetic electrodes. The magnetic electrode is free to move in the electrode box, and the magnetic electrode makes an electrical contact all the time. The lamp device may further comprise a guiding groove and an insulating wall. The guiding groove may be provided on a bottom surface of the lamp between the two magnetic contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Hyunbo Shim
  • Patent number: 8414143
    Abstract: A device for creating and enhancing a mood is disclosed. The device includes a cylindrical gobo with a light source and a motor to rotate the gobo. The device may also include color-changing LEDs. Through variations in color, light source intensity and gobo design, a user may create or enhance a desired mood in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Judy Gergen
  • Patent number: 8408769
    Abstract: An optical module equipping a motor vehicle lighting and/or indicating device, provided with a assembly structure movably assembled on a bracket and means of electrical connection to at least one remote device, wherein the optical module is equipped with an electrical connection device comprising a flexible element integrating electrical conductors, the flexible element is connected between the assembly structure and the bracket such that the points of mechanical connection together produce a freedom of movement limited in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Nicolai, Benjamin Touzet, Gregoire Sadoux, Jonathan Blandin
  • Patent number: 8398271
    Abstract: A LED lamp with adjustable beam direction includes a housing, a lamp base attached to one end of the housing for insertion into a lamp socket, a heatsink shaft mounted within the housing, a LED attached to one end of the heatsink shaft, a parabolic or elliptical or multi-facet reflector having a light output front opening and an asymmetric elliptical shaped rear opening, a first actuator for rotating the reflector about the LED, and a second actuator for tilting the reflector about the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Pak Ming Daniel Chan
  • Patent number: 8322877
    Abstract: A work light assembly remotely positionable by means of a radio frequency transmitter signaling a motion controller driving a linear actuator. The light source is mounted on a pivoting boom that is in turn mounted to an upright post that telescopes up or down by means of manual controls interfaced with the controller, or by way of an RF transmitter commanding the controller. Motive properties such as maximum telescoping travel speed are preset at the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Lee Merritt
  • Patent number: 8284263
    Abstract: An optical unit and image pickup apparatus capable of performing “auto focus function” and “image shake correction function” and characterized by easy assembling, compact configuration, high performance and reduced costs is provided. The optical unit and image pickup apparatus are provided with a polymer actuator to move an optical device, whereby performing auto focus function and image shake correction function can be performed. The polymer actuator is provided with electric wirings for image pickup device, thereby reducing the number of circuit board used for electric wiring of the image pickup device, with the result that an optical unit and image pickup apparatus characterized by easy assembling, compact configuration, high performance and reduced costs are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Masamichi Oohara, Yoshihiro Tanaka, Shigeru Wada, Yoshihiro Hara
  • Patent number: 8256924
    Abstract: An LED-based light includes a support structure. At least one oscillator is connected to the support structure. At least one LED is coupled to each oscillator. The oscillator can oscillate the LED to produce a light blurring effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ilumisys, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Simon, John Ivey
  • Patent number: 8162505
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting device (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d), comprising—one or more light sources (2, 21); and—one or more housing elements (3) that are disposed so as to be movable relative to said light source(s) (2, 21), the movement of the said housing elements (3) being achieved by means of deformation of said housing elements (3); wherein the deformation of one or more housing elements (3) is controlled by means of one or more actuators (4a, 4b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Xaveer Claerhout, Barbara Van Biervliet
  • Patent number: 8147107
    Abstract: A headlight rotating device includes a carrier pivotally and slidably supported in a housing for supporting a light device, a lever supported in the housing and coupled to the carrier for pivoting and sliding the carrier relative to the housing, and a motor is disposed in the housing and coupled to the lever for rotating the lever to pivot and slide the carrier relative to the housing and for rotating the headlight device of the vehicle in accordance with the movement of the vehicle's steering system and for suitably lighting the environment for the vehicle driver while turning the vehicle, the carrier is adjustable or movable forwardly or rearwardly relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Jing Hang Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien Hung Lee, San Chi Chang, Yu Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 8113690
    Abstract: An exemplary flash lamp module includes a light source, a holding pole, a lampshade, a slide orbit and a driving portion. The light source is mounted on the holding pole. The lampshade is configured for covering the light source. The lampshade has an opening configured for allowing light beams emitted from the light source passing through the opening. The slide orbit is configured for supporting and allowing the lampshade moving therealong. The driving portion is configured for driving the lampshade to move along the slide orbit so as to change the direction of emitting of light beams through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 8096684
    Abstract: The device for influencing a light beam includes a primitive element and a housing which is arranged at a rotatable arm and which is rotatable with respect to the primitive element by means of one of the several drive units, and into which a light source for generating a light beam may be introduced, wherein at least one control electronics for operating the device is arranged in the rotatable arm or in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: GLP German Light Products GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Salm, Udo Kuenzler
  • Patent number: 8089374
    Abstract: A signal is described that includes one or more LEDs that emit light and a lens that receives and collimates the light from the LED array. A distribution optic receives light from the collimating lens and distributes the light in a predetermined pattern according to a specification. A light absorbing/reflecting element is located in an area proximate the one or more LEDs to minimize light received from an external source from exiting the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: GE Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Mayer, Eden Dubuc
  • Patent number: 8057069
    Abstract: A graphical-user-interface manipulable lighting system is disclosed in which a light source having a position of focus is moved by an articulator adapted to receive and send signals through a control box indicating the current and intended positions of the focus of the light source, and further a computer interface operating wirelessly which graphically displays the current position of the light source and is adapted to allow a user to drag an icon indicating the current position of the light source onto a new intended position thereby resulting in the movement of the light source to the new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Optimus Services AG
    Inventors: John R. Mangiardi, John W. Gebbie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7993030
    Abstract: A lighting system comprises a housing suitable for mounting to a structural unit. The housing includes a plurality of enclosure panels. At least two light-bearing members are moveable relative to the housing and are pivotally coupled one to another. A pair of actuators are moveable in opposing directions, one of the light-bearing members being coupled to one of the actuators and an other of the light-bearing members being coupled to an other of the actuators. Movement of the actuators relative to one another results in pivotal movement of the light-bearing members relative to one another, causing an end of each light-bearing member to move further from or closer to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative D-Lites LLC
    Inventors: Detlef Andreas Galke, Melvin Hess Pedersen, Glenda Pedersen, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7963058
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method of its use to temporarily or permanently display decorations, signs or lighting. The device is especially suited for displaying from a structure, such as under the eave of a house. The inventive device is capable of conveniently rotating an attached display or lighting arrangement in and out of view, at will. It is particularly useful for the permanent display of holiday decorations, including string-lights and to display them during the holidays but remove them from sight during the remainder of the year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Holiday Today, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Manning Kinzel, Donald John Kinzel
  • Patent number: 7909475
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotating a lamp set is provided. The apparatus includes: a motor; a shaft which is rotatable by the motor and includes screw threads formed thereon; a sliding unit which includes a hole having screw threads formed therein that are engaged with the screw threads of the shaft and an insertion ball, the sliding unit being movable along the shaft upon rotation of the shaft; and a holder unit which includes a groove, the insertion ball being inserted into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignees: SL Seobong, SL Lighting
    Inventors: Sang-Woo Jeon, Young-Ho Son
  • Patent number: 7901110
    Abstract: A gas discharge lamp includes an arc envelope and a cooling device. Cooling passage is provided between the arc envelope and the cooling device. An airflow blocking structure is mounted rotatably to the arc envelope. The airflow blocking structure blocks airflow between the cooling device and the arc envelope except for a portion of the passage directed towards a top side of the arc envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Amol Suresh Mulay, Viktor Karoly Varga, Gary Robert Allen, Sairam Sundaram, Svetlana Selezneva, Vijaykumar Mallappa Kannure, Rocco Thomas Giordano
  • Patent number: 7887205
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system comprises a wall unit housing that may readily be located and secured between wall studs in a conventional structure. The housing includes a rotatable door to which an emergency lamp is secured, said door being in a closed position when main electrical power is on such that the lamp is hidden within the housing. The rotatable door is coupled to a motor that is supplied battery power when main electrical power loss is detected, thereby rotating the door to an open position and exposing the emergency lamps. The emergency lamps are also illuminated by battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: David Knoble, Khosrow Jamasbi
  • Patent number: 7866848
    Abstract: An illumination system comprises an illumination assembly, a human body's signal detecting unit, a processing unit and an illumination direction adjustment unit. The illumination assembly projects an illumination light beam along an illumination direction; the human body's signal detecting unit detects at least one human body's signal released from at least one user to accordingly generate an intensity signal; the processing unit receives the intensity signal and transmits an illumination direction adjustment signal according to the intensity signal; and the illumination direction adjustment unit receives the illumination direction adjustment signal to automatically adjust the illumination direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Edison Opto Corporation
    Inventors: Pin-Chun Chen, Hsi-Ku Tu, Shang-Wu Chen
  • Patent number: 7823580
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a range hood. The apparatus can include a housing and a lighting and control unit moveably coupled to the housing. The lighting and control unit can include a user interface and one or more lights. The lighting and control unit can be coupled to a motor that can move a first face of the lighting and control unit outward during use and can move the first face of the lighting and control unit inward when not in use. Some embodiments of the invention provide a fan mounted within the housing and a louver assembly coupled to the housing. The louver assembly can include one or more rotating louvers. In some embodiments, the louver assembly can be rotated downward to access at least one of a filter, a motor, and user interface electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Broan-Nutone LLC
    Inventors: Richard R. Sinur, Brian R. Wellnitz, Paul E. Hsu, Jay F. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7817020
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle including a mounting structure for mounting to a vehicle, a rearward viewing device, and housing with a position sensor, is provided. The position sensor includes first and second radiation emitters, a radiation reception element, and sensor processing circuitry coupled to one of the position sensors and the radiation reception element. The position sensor determines the position of an object in the vicinity of the rearward viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Turnbull, David A. Blaker, Michael A. Bryson, David L. Plangger, G. Bruce Poe, Alan R. Watson
  • Patent number: 7674022
    Abstract: To provide a headlight device, in which a change of the region of illumination afforded by the headlamp can be initiated substantially punctual to the start of cornering of the motorcycle, the headlight device includes a headlamp for illuminating forwardly of the motorcycle, a light-distribution adjusting mechanism for changing a region of illumination, a bank angle detecting unit for detecting a bank angle ? of the motorcycle in reference to an angular velocity ?y about a vertical axis of the motorcycle, an angular velocity ?r about a longitudinal axis of the motorcycle and a motorcycle velocity v, and a light-distribution controller for controlling the light-distribution adjusting mechanism based on the detected bank angle ? to change the region of illumination into an area further away from and at least inwardly of a direction of turn of the motorcycle during a cornering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakano, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Mikio Domoto, Makoto Baino
  • Patent number: 7654693
    Abstract: A lighting fixture having at least one internal processor and at least one fixed element to which controllable moving elements are rotatably fastened, one moving element having at least one light source that generates a beam of light. Information concerning positions of moving components in a lighting fixture is automatically achieved. Correct position indication at start up is obtained without moving the components to their end stops for finding set points for step motors by the provision of at least one absolute encoding device, which encoding device indicates the angular movement of a first input axel in relation to the encoding device, which absolute encoding device has a gearbox with a second internal axel, which first input axle drives a first toothed timing wheel, intermeshing with a second toothed timing wheel that rotates the second axel with a angular velocity different from the angular velocity of the first input axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Martin Professional A/S
    Inventors: Niels Joergen Rasmussen, Torben Kaas Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 7651242
    Abstract: A wheelchair lamp that is primarily for making a wheelchair more visible. The wheelchair lamp includes a housing that is mounted to the wheelchair. An extendable member having a light on top extends from the housing. The extendable member may be extended and retracted. A motor is contained within the housing to extend and retract the extendable member. An electrical conductor is longitudinally disposed with the extendable member. The electrical conductor electrically connects the light and the power source. A switch is used to selectively connect the motor to the power source causing the motor to operate so that the motor may extend or retract the extendable member. The light is extended and lit when a wheelchair user is near traffic or potentially at risk for a collision and is typically retracted when the user is indoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: George H. Guerrant
  • Patent number: 7591566
    Abstract: A lighting system comprises a housing, suitable for mounting to a structural unit, the housing including a plurality of enclosure panels. At least one light-bearing member is moveable relative to each of the enclosure panels. An actuator is in operable communication with the at least one light-bearing member, the actuator being operable to selectively: extend the light-bearing member from the housing into a display configuration; and retract the light-bearing member into the housing. At least one lighting element is carried by the light-bearing member, the at least one lighting element being visible by a spectator when the light-bearing member is at least partially extended from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative D-Lites LLC
    Inventors: Detlef Andreas Galke, Melvin Hess Pedersen
  • Patent number: 7543967
    Abstract: A rotatable vehicular lamp assembly includes a main frame having spaced-apart top and bottom main plates, a lighting unit, and a drive unit. The lighting unit includes a lamp seat holder connected pivotally to the top and bottom main plates for rotation relative to the main frame, and a lamp seat connected to and rotatable synchronously with the lamp seat holder. The drive unit includes a motor mounted on the main frame to rotate the lamp seat holder relative to the main frame. A vibration-limiting element is disposed between the main frame and the lamp seat holder to limit vibration of the lamp seat holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Chian-Yin Tseng
  • Patent number: 7537360
    Abstract: A color changer, particularly for spotlights, comprising at least one dichroic filter which is adapted to be arranged in front of a light source, a motor for moving the at least one dichroic filter which is adapted to place the dichroic filter at least partially in front of the light source, the color changer further comprising an actuator which is adapted to tilt the dichroic filter with respect to the axis of emission of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Coemar S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Allegri
  • Patent number: 7476006
    Abstract: A lighting system includes multiple extendable and retractable light units. Each light unit includes a housing with inner and outer sleeves, which are telescopically interconnected. A drive assembly is located in each housing for extending and retracting the inner sleeve whereby a luminaire mounted in the inner sleeve can be selectively elevated. The housings are adapted for flush-mounting in the ground with their inner sleeves retracted. The lighting system can include a centralized control subsystem for collectively and individually operating the individual light units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Hinds
  • Patent number: RE43017
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that uses a plurality of light sources. The light sources may be light emitting diodes (LEDs). The light sources are arranged and mounted to a deformable flexible substrate. The light sources are arranged and mounted to the substrate as to emit their radiation perpendicular to the substrate. The substrate is flexed in a concave or convex manner by motor, magnetic field or other mechanical means. The light sources may emit their radiation perpendicular to the substrate, or the may diverge or converge their radiation away from the substrate. Perforations in the substrate provide cooling to the light sources by convection or forced air. A threaded holder may be screwed onto threads on a case in order to bend the flexible substrate to change the direction of light from the light sources mounted to the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Richard S. Belliveau
  • Patent number: RE44903
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that uses a plurality of light sources. The light sources may be light emitting diodes (LEDs). The light sources are arranged and mounted to a deformable flexible substrate. The light sources are arranged and mounted to the substrate as to emit their radiation perpendicular to the substrate. The substrate is flexed in a concave or convex manner by motor, magnetic field or other mechanical means. The light sources may emit their radiation perpendicular to the substrate, or the may diverge or converge their radiation away from the substrate. Perforations in the substrate provide cooling to the light sources by convection or forced air. A threaded holder may be screwed onto threads on a case in order to bend the flexible substrate to change the direction of light from the light sources mounted to the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Richard S. Belliveau