Flexible Patents (Class 362/320)
  • Patent number: 10634902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device with a planar mirror (1), comprising a first axis of symmetry (A), and an actuating and holding means (10) with a frame (2), said frame (2) being firmly connected to the peripheral surface (1.3) of the planar mirror (1) and centrally contacting the rear surface (1.2) of the planar mirror (1). There is a socket (3), which is linearly adjustable along the axis of symmetry (A) in the frame (2) and is firmly connected, via a membrane spring (8), to the frame (2), on the one hand, and to a crown-like adjusting element (5), on the other hand. The crown-like adjusting element (5) has crown spikes which act on retaining lugs (6) connected to the planar mirror (1) and deform them, thereby applying forces corresponding to said deformation into the planar mirror (1) in order to deform the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Erbe
  • Patent number: 10480759
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an art craft technical field, and more particularly to a lantern. The disclosure provides a lantern, including a top support ring, a bottom support ring and a plurality of wires disposed around the top support ring as well as the bottom support ring, two ends of the wires extend towards the top support ring and the bottom support ring respectively, a top end and a bottom end of the wire are fixedly connected with elastic components respectively, a top end of the elastic component on top of the wire and the top support ring are fixedly connected, a bottom end of the elastic component on bottom of the wire and the bottom support ring are fixedly connected. In the lantern of the disclosure, the top end and the bottom end of the wire are fixedly connected with one elastic component respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DINGXIN ARTS & CRAFTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nengxiao Lu, Xiang Chen
  • Patent number: 9927074
    Abstract: A lighting device may be provided that includes: a base; a substrate disposed on the base and comprising a top surface; a plurality of light emitting devices disposed on the top surface of the substrate; a member comprising a housing portion and an inner portion disposed inside the housing portion; and a optical plate disposed on the plurality of light emitting devices and the inner portion, wherein: the housing portion is disposed on the base and coupled to the base, the inner portion comprises a sloped surface forming an obtuse angle with the top surface of the substrate, the housing portion comprises an upper part and a lower part, an outer diameter of the upper part is greater than an outer diameter of the lower part, the housing portion comprises an outer surface, and the housing portion comprises a projection part extending from the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, Jung Oh Chun, Sang Jun Hong, Ji Hwan Jeon
  • Patent number: 9121563
    Abstract: A collimator comprising a base, a plurality of side walls and an integral hinge coupled to at least one of the sidewalls to the base and tillable within a range of motion. The collimator is configured such that light emitted by the light source enters the collimator through a light entry opening and exits substantially only through a light exit opening for any position of the hinged side wall over its range of motion. A semiconductor light source may be arranged on a substrate, wherein the collimator encloses the semiconductor light source and an actuator moves the hinged side wall over at least part of its range of motion to adjust the light exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Josef Andreas Schug
  • Publication number: 20150117030
    Abstract: A light control grid has a collapsible frame having an outer flexible band with straight sides supported by flexible strips, where each side is sewn to an adjacent side to form an enclosed polygonal perimeter, and the sewn junctions of the adjacent sides form pockets. Intersecting sets of flexible light control strips are sewn by the ends to the inner side of the flexible band to form light channels. A tape spring is inserted into a flexible sheath assembly for each side of the outer band, with each end inserted into the two pockets for that side, where slits near the end of each light control strip provide clearance for the sheath assembly to be inserted therethrough. Optionally a central flexible light control strip is replaced with a bracing cross member extending across the polygonal perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Pilby
  • Patent number: 9004703
    Abstract: A method for generating diffuse reflection light and a diffuse reflection lamp are provided. The diffuse reflection lamp comprises a reflective plate (10), a connector (20) and a dragging device (40). The reflective plate (10) is removably fixed on the lamp by the connector (20) to reflect the light from the lamp. One end of the dragging device (40) is connected with the reflective plate (10), and the other end is connected with the connector (20); or the dragging device (40) hoops around the outer edge of the reflective plate (10). Therefore, the reflective plate (10) is elastically bended toward and formed into a curved arc surface to collect the diffuse reflection light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Bing Li
  • Publication number: 20150070904
    Abstract: Soft pneumatic actuators based on composites consisting of elastomers with embedded sheet or fiber structures (e.g., paper or fabric) that are flexible but not extensible are described. On pneumatic inflation, these actuators move anisotropically, based on the motions accessible by their composite structures. They are inexpensive, simple to fabricate, light in weight, and easy to actuate. This class of structure is versatile: the same principles of design lead to actuators that respond to pressurization with a wide range of motions (bending, extension, contraction, twisting, and others). Paper, when used to introduce anisotropy into elastomers, can be readily folded into three-dimensional structures following the principles of origami; these folded structures increase the stiffness and anisotropy of the elastomeric actuators, while keeping them light in weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ramses V. MARTINEZ, George M. WHITESIDES
  • Patent number: 8950905
    Abstract: A compression lens assembly is disclosed that includes one or more pieces of optical film with a top edge defining an X-axis, a bottom edge, a left edge defining a Y-axis, a right edge at a distance W from the left edge, and a Z-axis perpendicular to the X- and Y-axes. One or more parallel inward and or outward folds extend between the top and bottom edges. The compression lens assembly may include a lens containment feature with top and bottom channels configured to engagingly secure and restrict the corresponding top and bottom edges of the film in at least the Z-axis direction, and left and right channels spaced a distance smaller than W and configured to compress the left and right film edges together and restrict film movement in the X-axis direction. The compressed film piece may form one or more hill or valley profiles between adjacent folds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie David Howe
  • Patent number: 8911114
    Abstract: A retrofit reflector for a fixture that may be utilizing an induction lamp, mounts the lamp at a point of zero bending moment on the reflector. The reflector bends widthwise in the fixture to fit within various widths of fixtures while maintaining the lamp along the zero bending moment on the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: American Green Technology
    Inventors: Steve Tokarz, William Turnau, William Runge
  • 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: 8827500
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for interrupting a light beam, in particular a laser light beam, with a light beam deflection device (24), wherein the light beam deflection device (24) is arrangeable in the light path of the light beam. An apparatus (10) is characterized in that the light beam deflection device (24) is arranged on a bendable material strip (18), wherein the material strip (18) is held on one side on one end and magnetizable or magnetic sections (20, 22) are arranged on the area facing away from the held end of the material strip (18), preferably on both sides of the material strip (18), wherein a magnet (40, 42) is provided for each section arranged on the material strip (18) and wherein the sections (20, 22) are or can be brought in engagement with the magnetic field of each magnet (40, 42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kendrion Kuhnke Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Stegelmann, Torsten Grunwald, Wolfgang Blunck, Manfred Rufer
  • Patent number: 8721123
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first flexible material that has a first area with a first texture that produces a first predetermined amount of diffusion of a beam of light, where the first texture produces at least some diffusion in the beam of light. The apparatus also includes a second flexible material attached to a first portion of the first area, where the second flexible material reduces the amount of diffusion of the beam of light produced by the first texture of the first portion of the first area. A light fixture includes a light fixture and the first flexible material coupled to a scrolling mechanism. The scrolling mechanism is operable to position a selected area of the first flexible material such that a beam of light from the light source passes through a first area of the first flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Syncrolite, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Calmes
  • Patent number: 8596824
    Abstract: A light fixture includes a light source, a first flexible material coupled to a first scrolling mechanism, and a second flexible material coupled to a second scrolling mechanism. The first flexible material includes a first pattern generator and the first scrolling mechanism is operable to move the first pattern generator from a first position to a second position in a beam of light from the light source. The second flexible material includes a second pattern generator and the second scrolling mechanism is operable to move the second pattern generator to a third position in the beam of light. A changing pattern is produced in the beam of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Syncrolite, L.P.
    Inventor: Jack Calmes
  • Patent number: 8591076
    Abstract: A white-light emitter is disclosed, in which light from blue light-emitting diodes strikes an active area of a phosphor sheet. The active area absorbs a portion of the blue light and emits phosphor light in response to the absorbed blue light. The emitter includes a stretcher that controllably stretches the active area of the phosphor sheet. The white light output spectrum of the active area has a characteristic color temperature that increases as the phosphor sheet is stretched, and decreases as the phosphor sheet contracts. As the phosphor sheet is stretched, the thickness of the active area decreases, the received blue light encounters fewer phosphor particles within the active area, the absorbed portion of the blue light decreases, the emitted phosphor light decreases, and the active area has a white light output spectrum that becomes weighted more heavily toward the blue light and less heavily toward the phosphor light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Lessard, Edward Otto
  • Patent number: 8579447
    Abstract: When placing a photographic subject close to a large light source equipped with a light control grid, the problem of occluded light channels is solved by variably converging the channels, such that the soft light is directed at a focal point that can be as close as one-half the diagonal dimension of the light source. The light channels are formed by generally planar intersection of strips, the strips preferably made of a flexible fabric material and having slots with corresponding slots on other strips. Optionally, a deployable frame may be provided to help support the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Pilby
  • Patent number: 8534880
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) lighting system and method is inherently configurable into a variety of new and retrofit lamp applications. This reduces fixture costs by incorporating the heat removal method, light guide system, and a chassis into one easy to assemble and install structure. It also allows for configuration of a lighting system for determining overall height, overall inner and outer radii, light directivity, lighting intensity, and thermal performance. In retrofit applications, the lighting system can be configured to minimize installation costs. In a preferred embodiment, a LED lighting system is comprised of sub assemblies of LED circuit strips or arrays conjoined to create a multifaceted structure. Each sub-assembly has LEDs mounted on a circuit substrate with conductors to electrically connect the LEDs. These circuits are thermally interfaced and attached to thermally conductive material selected, treated, or processed to obtain desired light reflecting properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: William C. Berg, Gary L. Johnson, Joshua M. J. Muonio
  • Publication number: 20130194807
    Abstract: A method for generating diffuse reflection light and a diffuse reflection lamp are provided. The diffuse reflection lamp comprises a reflective plate (10), a connector (20) and a dragging device (40). The reflective plate (10) is removably fixed on the lamp by the connector (20) to reflect the light from the lamp. One end of the dragging device (40) is connected with the reflective plate (10), and the other end is connected with the connector (20); or the dragging device (40) hoops around the outer edge of the reflective plate (10). Therefore, the reflective plate (10) is elastically bended toward and formed into a curved arc surface to collect the diffuse reflection light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Bing Li
  • Patent number: 8388192
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a luminaire having an adjustable light reflector affording a selection of flood pattern lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: RAB Lighting Inc.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Guercio
  • Patent number: 8322895
    Abstract: A filter for a fluorescent lighting tube. The filter includes a sheet of polymeric material having fold lines scribed thereon, defining a plurality of sections. The sections allow the filter to be positioned about and secured to a fluorescent tube without removal of the tube from its mounting fixture. The filter of the may be configured to filter color, ultraviolet light, or other wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Apollo Design Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Mateer, Jason C. Kabot
  • Patent number: 8215803
    Abstract: A one-piece translucent but not transparent flexible plastic cover sleeve has a generally bulbous body and a downwardly extending neck that terminates at a bottom edge, and the neck has upwardly extending slits that terminate in respective orifices, so that the neck resiliently outwardly extends over a CFL bulb and then flexes inwardly to frictionally engage the CFL base. The cover sleeve substantially covers or hides the CFL bulb illumination, and provides a different illumination effect from the illuminated CFL bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Gregg Singer
  • Publication number: 20120170278
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable light manipulator. Such a portable light manipulator is described in the form of a light reflector e.g. in EP 0 597 199 A1. The required force for fastening the cross member to the longitudinal members during assembly is considerable, however. The aim of the invention is to provide an improved portable light manipulator that is both easier to operate and allows higher tolerance with respect to the cloth tension and counteracts the reduction of said tension due to aging effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Wolfgang-Peter Geller
  • Patent number: 8162513
    Abstract: An exemplary illumination device includes a solid-state light source and an anti-glare plate. The solid-state light source is configured for generating light, and the solid-state light source defines a central axis. The anti-glare plate is arranged correspondingly generally adjacent to the solid-state light source. The plate includes an incident surface and an output surface at opposite sides thereof. The output surface has parallel micro-structures each have a length parallel to a first reference axis, and the micro-structures is arranged in two groups at opposite sides of the central axis. The micro-structures are configured for contracting a radiating range of the light entering the plate. Such contraction is along respective opposite directions of a second reference axis, and the second reference axis is substantially perpendicular to the first reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: An-Chi Wei, Chih-Ming Lai
  • Patent number: 8157404
    Abstract: A visible light transporter (1) having a carrier (25) for holding a plurality of lighting devices (L1 through L4). The lighting devices frequently employed as road flares emit a light usually concentrated into a horizontal light beam (HB) and pulsing. Carrier (25) has body 9 constructed of a light transmitting resin which permits light from the held lighting devices to be transmitted with attenuation through body 9 of the carrier. Carrier (25) also includes openings (01 through 04) which permit lighting devices (L1 through L4) to be removeably installed in pockets (S1 through S4) provided for holding the lighting devices. Openings also permit some light to pass unattenuated exterior to carrier (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin F McDermott
  • Patent number: 8157397
    Abstract: A foldable reflector screen includes a flexible, cloth-like reflective element having an inside and an outside, a supporting and tensioning structure arranged to support the reflective element on the outside, and a carrier element including at least one lamp and mounting the supporting and tensioning structure. The reflector screen has an open state in which the reflective element forms an essentially rotationally symmetrical body having an axis of rotation and has a light outlet opening. The reflective element comprises at least two reflective sections. The two reflective sections have in each case a different geometrical shape in a section containing the axis of rotation of the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Friedrich Briese
  • Patent number: 8007136
    Abstract: Disclosed is a light emitting diode (LED). The LED includes a light emitting chip, a reflector formed with an annular groove in an inner surface thereof and surrounding the light emitting chip, and a lens engaged with the groove of the reflector. An inner diameter of a lens insertion portion of the groove is smaller than an outer diameter of the lens, so that the lens can be engaged with the groove through elastic deformation. Since the separately manufactured lens is engaged with and coupled into the groove of the reflector, the lens can be fixed through a simple process and aligned without an error. Since the lens is engaged with the groove of the reflector, the lens is prevented from being easily separated. In addition, since there is no need for the use of an adhesive, it is possible to prevent degradation of the reliability of the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Yong Woo
  • Patent number: 8002430
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a portable article illumination system with an enclosure disposed between openings in the interior and external surfaces of a portable article. A removable illumination device may be disposed within the enclosure such as a selectably engageable portable lighting device. The interior and exterior openings may each be substantially covered by transparent and opaque members respectively. The transparent members cover the interior and exterior openings and are disposed proximal to the enclosure with respect to the opaque members. The transparent members may further provide optical pathways between the enclosure and the interior and/or exterior region. The opaque members substantially cover the transparent members thereby optically obstructing the optical pathways which extend from the enclosure through the corresponding transparent member to the interior or exterior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Tactical Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Kennedy, Douglas Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7993029
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a light guide plate and a flexible, looped strip. The light guide plate includes a light emitting surface for emitting light outwardly therefrom. The strip loop includes a brightness enhancement portion and a light-pervious base portion connected end to end. The strip loop is rotatable relative to the light guide plate such that the brightness enhancement portion and the light-pervious base portion can be selectively aligned with and face towards the light emitting surface. The light guide plate is positioned between the brightness enhancement portion and the light-pervious base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han-Lung Lee
  • Patent number: 7950833
    Abstract: A fluorescent luminaire has a luminaire housing, a lens frame positioned within the luminaire housing, the lens frame having a first side frame member and a second side frame member connected to a first end frame member and a second end frame member, a flexible plastic lens having a length, wherein a distance between the first and second side frames is less than the length of the plastic lens and, wherein the lens curves from the flat orientation to a curved orientation when seated between the first and second side frames corresponding to curvature of the first and second end frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: Roy B. Crane, William Fabbri
  • Patent number: 7874701
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus comprises a light panel having a panel frame, and a plurality of LEDs or other light elements secured to the panel frame. Lenses and/or filters are adjusted in distance from the light elements, by for example moving the lenses/filters into different slot positions of the frame, to alter characteristics of the emitted light. Focal lenses, diffusion lenses, and color filters may be used individually or in combination. A compound lens includes lens elements having different characteristics arranged in a pattern. Through groupwise control of the intensity of the light elements, the different characteristics are emphasized or de-emphasized. The light panel may have an integrated battery, and may be mounted on a stand. The panel may be modular, allowing larger panels to be constructed from smaller panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Litepanels, LLC
    Inventors: Rudy G. Pohlert, Pat Grosswendt, Kevin C. Baxter, Ken S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 7824079
    Abstract: The invention provides a diffuser for a portable light tower that has an envelope of fire resistant material designed to diffuse light situated on a frame forming a generally spherical structure that can be opened and closed by use of a pulley and cable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Multiquip, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Cuppett, Mary Hidalgo
  • Patent number: 7712910
    Abstract: Backlighting methods and apparatuses to backlight a device. The backlighting apparatus includes a flexible light guide, a light source, and a housing. The light source is disposed adjacent to a transmission interface of the flexible light guide to illuminate the flexible light guide. The housing at least partially encloses the flexible light guide and the light source. A surface area of the flexible light guide is visible through the housing. By using a flexible light guide to backlight the device, the size of the device is reduced compared to conventional devices. Alternatively, the device may accommodate additional components. Other advantages also may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Avago Technologies ECBU IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Fook Chuin Ng, Choon Guan Ko, Sian Tatt Lee
  • Patent number: 7609949
    Abstract: A durable, portable for the lighting or imaging professional includes at least a first collapsible frame adapted to support a light modifying flag or a light modifying net. The collapsible frame includes first and second rigid frame components 22, 24 carrying fixed hinge pins 38 that connect to first and second foldable frame components. The collapsible frame defines frame components with frame ends and the kit includes at least one light modifying flexible material segment with frame end receiving portions. The collapsible frame has a first erected size and the flexible material segment has a second size not greater than said first size so that the collapsible frame, when erected, permits a user to place the flexible material flag or net under tension upon the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: John S. Ealer
  • Publication number: 20090257233
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a luminaire having an adjustable light reflector affording a selection of flood pattern lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: RAB LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Guercio
  • Patent number: 7399097
    Abstract: A modular filtering and reflective system for photographic use is herein disclosed which provides for the precise modification of virtually any type of light pattern. The system is particularly adapted for use with conventional soft boxes, or a bendable panel frame that is disclosed herein. The filtering system is comprised of a plurality of bendable panels of varying opacity and reflective or refractive color tones which are contiguously interconnectable in order to form a panel which is adapted for placement proximate the front opening of the soft box. Each bendable panel also includes a circumferentially disposed edge stiffener for retention of the shape thereof, yet sufficiently pliable to allow selective bending to any user desired shape. The bendable panels may be used as stand-alone hand held, or free standing devices and may also find utility as photographic flags, dots, or fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Xavier DeLaPaz
  • Publication number: 20080106901
    Abstract: A light fixture includes a flexible color filter material coupled to a scrolling mechanism that moves the material in a first direction to position a selected portion of the color filter material in a part of a light beam from the fixture. A device coupled to the mechanism may move the mechanism in a second direction so that another part of the light beam passes unfiltered. Different areas of the color filter material produce different colors. The device may move the mechanism in a direction parallel to a plane of the color filter material. The device may rotate the scrolling mechanism about an axis of rotation substantially parallel to the plane of the color filter material. The color filter material may include a dichroic filter. The light fixture may also include a second scrolling mechanism coupled to flexible diffusion material, such that at least a part of the light beam of the light fixture may be diffused by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: OMNICOLOR, L.P.
    Inventors: Jack Calmes, Kevin Stone
  • Patent number: 7357551
    Abstract: An image display device with microlight and soft light panel includes light sources and a transparent panel. The said light sources are inlayed in the grooves of the edges of the said panel. The said images to be displayed are mounted on the surface of the panel or formed by the concave-convex parts inside or outside the surface. With the illumination of the micro power light sources, the device gives a soft light indirectly through the reflection or refraction of the light and can be used for long continued illumination indoors or outdoors or in dark conditions. The images that the device gives look clear and have strong stereo feelings and various changes. The device has lower costs and longer life and can be particularly used as safe and fire-fighting image signs in dark places such as cinemas, underpasses etc. Also it can be used for illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventors: Zhongyi Yang, Lijuan Zhang, Shuaibing Yang, Yangjing Zhang
  • Patent number: 7334912
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved decorative shining belt for a patterned skeleton, which includes a patterned skeleton with a light string. A shining belt having many reflective pieces is also winded on the skeleton and is interlaced with the light string. Hence, the bulbs and the reflective pieces can emit rays outward at the same time that obtains a perfect decorative shining effect without increasing bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Hung-Huei Chung
  • Patent number: 7281825
    Abstract: A retractable dimmer sleeve comprises sleeve material formed into an elongated enclosed passage having an open end and an interior volume for receiving an elongated light source. The dimmer sleeve enables, during operation of a light source while received within the sleeve, adjustment of a length of a selected portion of the light source that is occluded by the dimmer sleeve so that only a fraction of light emitted by the light source escapes the dimmer sleeve. The apparatus may further comprise an elongated light source at least partially enclosed by the dimmer sleeve. A method comprises: enclosing at least a portion of the light source with the retractable dimmer sleeve; and moving, during operation of the light source while received within the sleeve, an end of the dimmer sleeve along the light source, thereby adjusting a length of the light source that is occluded by the dimmer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Nathan A. Neckels
  • Patent number: 7241024
    Abstract: Apparatus used with a screen, an inner wall and a standard utility light fixture. The shell is made from a material that is flexible, acting as a shock absorber in the event the apparatus is dropped or strikes a hard surface. The shell is separated from the inner wall, except at contact points, to permit the passage of air thereby dissipating heat, has a hook extending therefrom to use to suspend the apparatus, a plurality of extensions that are shaped to form hinges to engage the screen and an eyelet to receive a latch on said screen. The screen permits light to pass through, and has a latch protruding therefrom. The inner wall being sized and shaped to house a standard light bulb, having a bottom, formed to securely engage said light fixture, and a plurality of contact points for securing the inner wall to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Carl G. Kindberg
  • Patent number: 7234843
    Abstract: A light comprising a rear light modifying panel having a front surface and opposite sides; a lamp support panel assembly connected at least at two spaced apart locations to the rear light modifying panel assembly, for supporting at least one lamp in front of the front surface and between the opposite sides of the rear light modifying panel assembly; and a front light modifying panel having a rear surface spaced from the front surface of the rear light modifying panel, the front light modifying panel having opposite sides connected to the opposite sides of the rear light modifying panel. The lamp support panel assembly is between the front and rear light modifying panels for holding the at least one lamp between the front and rear light modifying panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Gary Regester, David Conroy
  • Patent number: 7178945
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for a luminaire with a light emitting device and a deformable reflector well is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: InFocus Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7156539
    Abstract: A reflector device for a luminaire, said reflector device comprising a pair of resilient sheets positioned one to either side of a spine in the manner of the pages of a book, said sheets when in an unbiased condition lying substantially in two planes intersecting at an obtuse angle and when flexed and retained against the bias of their normal resilience having a doubly arched configuration which forms a reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Cronk
  • Patent number: 7118252
    Abstract: The subject lighting system (1) generally comprises a fixture body assembly (10); a face assembly (5) coupled to the fixture body assembly (10) to extend at least partially over a channel (15) defined thereby; a flexible reflective member (20) disposed in the channel (15) formed by the fixture body assembly (10) to define a reflective surface; and, a light source (60) disposed adjacent a base portion of the reflective surface. The fixture body assembly (10) includes a longitudinally extended inside base surface (14) and at least a pair of laterally opposed inner side surfaces (13) transversely oriented relative to the inside base surface (14), such that the inner side and inside base surfaces define the longitudinally extended channel (15). The face assembly (5) extends at least partially over the channel (15), and includes a light transmissive portion (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Hae-Ryong Jung
  • Patent number: 7086746
    Abstract: A collapsible light has a flexible reflector or light modifying panel assembly forming a curved, e.g. parabola, or bent, e.g. angular, shape when in a use position. The light modifying panel assembly can be folded or flattened into a storage position. A further transparent or translucent panel may be provided across the front of the light modifying panel assembly. One or more lamps are support on the light modifying panel assembly by a transparent or translucent support panel assembly connected at at least two spaced apart locations to the light modifying assembly. The further panel may be a diffuser panel or other effects panel removably fastened across the front of the light modifying panel assembly. Several of the lights may be joined together to form arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Gary Regester
  • Patent number: 7063428
    Abstract: A photography lightbank is extendable axially and radially to a larger size by an extension ring, which is removably attachable to the distal (front) end of the lightbank shroud. Extension rod connectors are configured for attachment of extension rods, which support the extension ring in outstretched configuration, to the distal ends of the primary support rods that support the lightbank shroud, while releasable fasteners attach the proximal end of the extension ring to the distal end of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Chimera Company
    Inventor: Gregory Lowe
  • Patent number: 7048404
    Abstract: A transparent decorative belt, which has an undulating surface on one side or both sides is provided to be wrapped around a frame of a patterned decoration having a light string wound thereon. The light emitted from the bulb assembly of the light string is refracted by the transparent decorative belt to increase the lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Wun Fang Pan
  • Patent number: 6997584
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a bicycle lamp includes a plurality of light sources; a source of power; an electrical circuit connecting the source of power with the plurality of light sources; at least one switch connected in the electrical circuit; a diffuser positioned adjacent at least one individual light source of the plurality of light sources, the diffuser including translucent resilient material supported on a helical coil defining a central passageway extending through the diffuser, the diffuser passageway being of sufficient dimension to accept a bicycle tube therethrough; a housing coupled to the diffuser, the housing having a housing passageway extending therethrough, wherein the housing passageway is generally complementary to and aligned with the diffuser passageway so as to provide a continuous opening through the bicycle lamp; and a reflector adjustably connected to the housing spaced apart from the housing passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Russell Rothan, Jason Barber, Daniel Deutsch
  • Patent number: 6979106
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes a motor driven lens assembly that is movable on a track in a normal movement range for adjusting the light beam range angle of a luminaire. A pair or doors are pivoted to opposite sides of the frame of the lens assembly and are normally biased to an inactive position where the doors are parallel to and outside of the light path in the luminaire. The doors hold optical media such as diffuser gels. The lens assembly can be moved beyond the normal movement range to an actuation position where projections on the doors engage actuation abutments adjacent the track to move the doors to an active position overlying the lens with the optical media in the light path. A latch holds the door in the active position. The lens assembly can be moved beyond the actuation position to a deactivation position where a deactivation abutment releases the latch freeing the doors to return to the inactive positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Electronics Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey de Peralta
  • Patent number: 6874915
    Abstract: An inflatable flexible illuminating apparatus includes an inflatable flexible member having a first end and a second end with the first end being secured to a base and the second end having a light emitting source fixed in proximity thereto. The inflatable flexible member has a non-extended, non-rigid configuration when in a non-inflated state and the inflatable flexible member has an extended configuration when in a substantially fully inflated state. The inflatable flexible member is sufficiently rigid to be self supporting in a predetermined shape when in the substantially fully inflated state. A power source is connected to the light emitting source and a pump or motorized fan is provided to inflate the inflatable flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Lawrence D. Eisen
  • Patent number: 6832845
    Abstract: Disclosed are a contour light projector including an optical bench for mounting optical components, a mounting assembly that includes a dual pivot system for increased versatility in directing a light projector mounted thereon, improved masking devices for the light projector, and lighting system housings for a variety of installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kretzschmar, Gilbert Thomas Pistole