Interior (e.g., Instrument, Cockpit) Patents (Class 362/471)
  • Patent number: 10279910
    Abstract: A lighting system for an aircraft cabin includes an electrical light source and a photoluminescent light source. The electrical light source is provided at or near a ceiling of the aircraft cabin and the photoluminescent light source is arranged at or near floor level. The photoluminescent light source defines a path along which passengers can move to an exit and is located in an area that receives a light output from the electrical light source to charge the photoluminescent light source. The electrical light source is adjustable to alter the orientation of the light source to concentrate the light output in the area of the photoluminescent light source to enhance charging of the photoluminescent light source by the electrical light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SAF-T-GLO LIMITED
    Inventor: Sean Patrick O'Kell
  • Patent number: 10202194
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing lighting during a flight. Light is emitted from a lighting system comprised of light devices positioned within an interior of the aircraft. Operation of the lighting system is controlled to create a first light scene, a second light scene, and a third light scene. The first light scene has a first spectral distribution that includes first light having a first wavelength of between about 436 nanometers and about 486 nanometers. The second light scene has a second spectral distribution that includes second light having a second wavelength between about 606 nanometers to about 656 nanometers. The third light scene has a third spectral distribution that includes third light having a third wavelength between about 530 nanometers and about 580 nanometers. Creating different light scenes during different periods of flight improves an overall well-being and flight experience of persons onboard the aircraft during the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Christiaan Beckman
  • Patent number: 10118545
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adaptively controlling lighting within a passenger suite of an aircraft cabin include a light sensor disposed on or within a surface of a static element of the passenger suite that detects illumination characteristics of external lighting system(s) within the aircraft cabin. The illumination characteristics may include lighting color and intensity. A controller may cause illumination of one or more illumination devices disposed near surfaces of the passenger suite such that the illumination of the surfaces matches or complements the sensed illumination characteristics of the external lighting system(s) independent of any communications received from the external lighting systems, thereby allowing additional ambient lighting systems to be added to the aircraft cabin without having to be integrated with other aircraft lighting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Xavier L. Garing, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi
  • Patent number: 9975637
    Abstract: In a wall element for an interior of a vehicle, having a wall area to be illuminated and having an illuminating device which is used to illuminate the wall area, the illuminating device contains a plurality of lighting modules, wherein each of the lighting modules contains a multiplicity of light sources, wherein the lighting module extends straight along a central longitudinal axis and, in the direction of the central longitudinal axis, is placed against identical lighting modules without gaps at the ends, wherein the lighting module in operation has a cone of light which, by using a predefined area that is to be illuminated, extends away from the lighting module and the relative position (R) of which in relation to the lighting module is predefined, is configured in such a way that, on the part of the area that is illuminated by the cone of light, the result is a strip of light extending laterally transversely away from the lighting module, which extends at least over the entire length (L) of the lighting m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Fehringer, Martin Richter
  • Patent number: 9938013
    Abstract: In a wall element for an interior of a vehicle, having a wall area to be illuminated and having an illuminating device which is used to illuminate the wall area, the illuminating device contains a plurality of lighting modules, wherein each of the lighting modules contains a multiplicity of light sources, wherein the lighting module extends straight along a central longitudinal axis and, in the direction of the central longitudinal axis, is placed against identical lighting modules without gaps at the ends, wherein the lighting module in operation has a cone of light which, by using a predefined area that is to be illuminated, extends away from the lighting module and the relative position (R) of which in relation to the lighting module is predefined, is configured in such a way that, on the part of the area that is illuminated by the cone of light, the result is a strip of light extending laterally transversely away from the lighting module, which extends at least over the entire length (L) of the lighting m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Fehringer, Martin Richter
  • Patent number: 9840194
    Abstract: An illumination system includes: a seat; a wall; and a sleep control light for controlling sleep, wherein the seat includes a backrest and a seating portion, and makes a transition between a seated state and a lying state when the backrest and the seating portion make a slide movement, the seated state being a state where a minor angle formed between the backrest and the seating portion is a first angle, the lying state being a state where the minor angle is a second angle greater than the first angle, an optical axis of the sleep control light is tilted downward with respect to the horizontal plane, the sleep control light is located behind or above the seat when the seat is in the seated state, and the optical axis of the sleep control light passes through the backrest when the seat is in the lying state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Hasegawa, Kazuhiro Hatta, Hiroki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9752756
    Abstract: A lighting device is provided that includes an LED and an NIR filter for a control panel or a display, which does not interfere with a night vision device. The light of the LED is in an area of u?>0.19 and v?>0.46 of the u?v? diagram of the CIE-LUV chromaticity diagram. The NIR filter exhibits descending light transmittance between 500 nm and 800 nm. The thickness of the NIR filter is chosen so that a sufficient blocking effect is provided in a range of wavelengths between 600 nm and 800 nm, so that the color coordinates of the filtered useful light are in an area with a radius of 0.04 around coordinates u?=0.19 and v?=0.49 of the u?v? diagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Ralf Biertuempfel, Steffen Reichel, Michael Landi
  • Patent number: 9543363
    Abstract: A display device includes a first pixel and a second pixel. The second pixel is controlled to emit light in a predetermined range in a first time period and to not emit light in the predetermined range in a second time period during which the first pixel emits light. The first pixel includes a first organic emission layer having a first thickness and the second pixel includes a second organic emission layer having a second thickness different from the first thickness. A resonance pattern is formed in the second pixel to emit light in a melatonin production inhibition wavelength range that corresponds to the predetermined range. The first pixel may emit blue light, green light, red light, or another color of light including white light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-In Baek, Won Sang Park
  • Patent number: 9526860
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that provide first lighting having first light output characteristics to a first user and simultaneously provide second lighting having second light output characteristics to a second user. The first lighting and the second lighting are distinct and may optionally be dynamic and responsive to lighting needs of the respective users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Petrus Wilhelmus Baaijens, Lucas Josef Maria Schlangen
  • Patent number: 9499270
    Abstract: A supply module is provided for a passenger transport vehicle that includes, but is not limited to a first supply unit for supplying passengers with a first supply medium in a first supply area and a second supply unit for supplying passengers with a second supply medium in a second supply area. Furthermore, the supply module includes, but is not limited to a control unit which is configured to activate the first supply unit in a first subregion of the first supply area and to activate the second supply unit in a second subregion of the second supply area, based on a predeterminable seating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Riedel, Wolfgang Fischer
  • Patent number: 9487296
    Abstract: A passenger service unit (PSU) for a transport vessel has a unitary chassis with a plurality of apertures extending therethrough. Each one of the apertures is independently sized to receive at least one of a plurality of different modules. Each one of the modules includes one or more PSU fixtures having components different from other ones of the plurality of modules. A representative vessel is a passenger aircraft. Representative modules include vent and passenger reading light module, speaker module, passenger oxygen supply module and display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Peco Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David Freund, Brendan Keavney, Caleb Flori
  • Patent number: 9452836
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage comprising a structural wall and a floor delimiting a cabin for passengers, said wall being covered by a plurality of adjacent trim panels arranged in succession in the longitudinal direction of the fuselage and spaced from one another with a gap between two adjacent panels. Each panel is also fixed to the wall and has a concave shape adapted to the shape of the fuselage. At least one lighting device is disposed at the level of at least one of the gaps and is arranged perpendicularly to a longitudinal axis of the fuselage. The lighting device comprises a housing fixed to the wall. The housing is provided with an opening on a face oriented toward the interior of said cabin. The housing further comprises at least one lighting element making it possible to light the cabin through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Corporate Jet Centre
    Inventors: Sylvain Mariat, Jean-Cyrille Destieu, Beranger Chantal, Jean-Luc Legros, Nicolas Ferrere, Pascal Taffarello
  • Patent number: 9343002
    Abstract: A display apparatus comprises a transparent panel and a display system for displaying information through a light emitting array that is enclosed within the transparent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: LUMINATOR HOLDING L.P.
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Hagemann, David L. Turney
  • Patent number: 9200796
    Abstract: The invention relates to an individual lighting device (20) for a vehicle seat including: a plurality of light sources (S1, S2, S3) having an adjustable light intensity and each emitting in a favored direction (D1, D2, D3), at least two sources being arranged so that the directions (D1, D2, D3) of those two sources are not parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PRECILEC
    Inventors: Charles Ehrmann, Philippe Roy, Pascal Gordiet
  • Publication number: 20150043230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting apparatus (3), in particular reading lamp, for recessing in a trim (1) of a passenger cab of a vehicle, in particular a land vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft, in which a first light-emitting device (4) is held pivotably on a recess-mounting frame (2) so that a light-emitting direction of the first light-emitting device (4) with respect to the recess-mounting frame (2) is changeable. In order to simplify the design of a lighting apparatus (3) for illuminating a passenger cab, the invention proposes that the recess-mounting frame (2) has, on its visible side (S), a second light-emitting device (5) which at least sectionally surrounds the first light-emitting device (4) and which is fitted invariably in respect of its light-emitting direction on the recess-mounting frame (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: DIEHL AEROSPACE GmbH
    Inventors: Martin BACHHUBER, Frank SCHMID
  • Publication number: 20150036368
    Abstract: The invention relates to a service device (1000) having a system of a gasper module (100) and a lighting module (200) for a passenger service unit of an aircraft, comprising: a lighting source in a housing of the lighting module (200) for providing light and a gasper orifice in a housing of the gasper module (100) for supply of gasper air, wherein the lighting module (200) and the gasper module (100) are assembled in a housing assembly of the service device, wherein the housing assembly (300) is adapted to hold the lighting module (200) and the gasper module (100) essentially around an axis (Z) of the housing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rittner, Hasso Weinmann, Günter Boomgaarden, Andreas Westphal, Rüdiger Meckes, Werner Granzeier, Torsten Kanitz, Hasko Rose, Alexander Berschin
  • Publication number: 20150036364
    Abstract: To provide a lighting system which can solve the inconvenience experienced by a pilot entering and leaving a control cabin of a transport such as an aircraft. A lighting system LS of an aircraft 1 includes: lights 21 that illuminate a control cabin 15; a lighting power supply system 22 including a main path 22M which supplies power to the lights 21 and a sub path 22S which supplies power to the lights 21; a first switch SW1 that enables and disables power supply through the main path 22M; and a second switch SW2 that enables and disables power supply through the sub path 22S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Takuya Yoshiguchi, Makoto Goto, Takahiro Tsujinishi
  • Publication number: 20150029737
    Abstract: An aircraft with a daylight input system may provide improved illumination with a reduced energy demand. The aircraft has a fuselage construction and at least one interior area arranged within the fuselage construction and includes the daylight input system. The daylight input system includes at least one light receiving device arranged in an outer wall, at least one light guiding device and at least one light emitting device arranged on the inner side. In this case, the light receiving device serves for receiving daylight present in the surrounding outside the outer wall and transmitting the same into the light guiding device. The light guiding device optically couples the light receiving device to the light emitting device. This light emitting device in turn emits the received daylight into an interior space on the inner side of a wall construction, wherein at least a partial deflection of the daylight is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Granzeier, Torsten Kanitz, Alexander Berschin, Hasko Rose, Oliver Doebertin, Florian Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150029736
    Abstract: To provide a ceiling lighting apparatus of an aircraft which can improve maintainability. The ceiling lighting apparatus includes: a ceiling panel 20 that is provided so as to be erected and laid with respect to a ceiling structure 14 that constitutes a ceiling structure of the aircraft with a hinge 15 as a rotation center; and a light 30 that is provided in the ceiling panel 20. A mechanic can perform maintenance of the light 30 in a comfortable posture with the ceiling panel 20 rotated to be suspended from a ceiling. Accordingly, the maintainability can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyasu ARUGA, Takafumi NAKATANI, Masaru FUJIMOTO, Zenji HAYAKAWA, Motohiko KAWAGUCHI, Toru ANDO
  • Publication number: 20150016129
    Abstract: Passenger interface units include individual passenger modules having co-located controls for passenger comfort and entertainment systems. The modules will include a glass panel having front and rear surfaces, a structural support panel bonded to the rear surface of the glass panel and a light-emitting unit supported by the support panel behind the rear surface of the glass panel. The rear surface of the glass panel may include an opaque printed coating layer having at least one unpainted region that is transparent to visible light emitted by the light-emitting unit thereby allowing the visible light to be transmitted through the glass panel and visible at the front surface thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: EMBRAER S.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Kimura CASTANHA, Fernando Henrique DA SILVA, Celso Aparecido Cruz GUEIROS, Jay BEEVER, Oliver Turci DE CAMARGO, Joshua REA, Rainer ZIERER
  • Publication number: 20150008282
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device for an aircraft cabin, comprising a display adapted to display a plurality of stars. A further aspect of the invention is an aircraft cabin comprising such a display device and an aircraft cabin wall compartment comprising a plurality of wall sections and a plurality of light emitting means for individually illuminating each wall section, wherein said wall sections and said light emitting means form such a display device. According to the invention, said display is adapted to display a plurality of stars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Günter Boomgaarden, Rüdiger Meckes, Wolfgang Rittner, Michael Glück
  • Patent number: 8905606
    Abstract: A flat light for aircraft cabins is provided. The flat light has a light box and a light source, the light of which is coupled into the light box. A rear wall of the light box is formed to be reflective and the front wall of the light box has optical elements for directional emission of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Diehl Aerospace GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Petersohn, Catharina Sauer, Matthias Brinkmann, Steffen Bachmaier
  • Publication number: 20140355282
    Abstract: Aircraft passageway storage units are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a storage assembly to be supported on a floor of an interior of a fuselage of an aircraft. The storage assembly has a corner to be adjacent a passageway of the interior of the fuselage, and the passageway is to extend around the corner. The example apparatus also includes a door coupled to the storage assembly. The door extends from a first side of the storage assembly to a second side of the storage assembly and defines a portion of the corner. The door is to cover an opening of a compartment of the storage assembly when the door is in a closed position, and the opening is to extend from the first side to the second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathanial C. Cuddy, Chris Gren McInelly, Roland Mair, Russell W. Keck, Michael S. Lewis, Daniel Rivera, Tushar Mayur Sampat, Derrick Joseph Hanratty, Harold Glenn Erickson, Mitchell Kotlik, Timothy Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 8899801
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 8876342
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to an adaptable vehicle cabin light, with which in all seating positions of a vehicle seat, reading conditions are optimal. The vehicle seat is adjustable. Each position of the vehicle seat has a corresponding reading area. The vehicle cabin light includes one or more light sources that align with the different reading areas. As the vehicle seat moves, the illumination moves with it. In some embodiments, the one or more light sources are controlled by a control unit which selectively turns on a group of the one or more light sources to illuminate the corresponding reading area of the position of the vehicle seat. In some embodiments, the one or more light sources are enclosed in an adjustable optics, wherein movements of the adjustable optics are controlled by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Wimbert, Philip Hupfer
  • Publication number: 20140307453
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a plurality of LEDs arranged in a row on an elongated wiring board; and a lens covering all the LEDs and controlling distribution of light emitted from each LED. An optical axis of the light emitted from each LED is orthogonal to the wiring board. The lens has a light emitting surface that controls distribution of the light emitted from each LED. When the light emitting surface is divided into at least three regions, the lens performs light distribution such that light radiated from a region is distributed in a direction tilted with respect to the optical axis of the light emitted from the LED. Thus, asymmetric distribution of light is achieved when the optical axis of the light from the LED is the axis of symmetry, and further, the luminous flux in the direction tilted with respect to the optical axis is increased most.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi OHTA, Tadashi MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20140307454
    Abstract: A lighting system includes a lighting apparatus provided along one side of an aisle and a specular reflection plate provided along the other side of the aisle to reflect the light emitted from the lighting apparatus toward a region where the lighting apparatus is provided. According to the above configuration, the lighting apparatus can illuminate the region where the lighting apparatus is provided. Therefore, it is possible to effectively illuminate a cabin of an aircraft with less lighting apparatuses as compared to conventional lighting apparatuses which are provided along both sides of the aisle. Moreover, since the number of the lighting apparatuses can be reduced, it is possible to improve fuel efficiency of the aircraft by reducing the total weight of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadasi NISIMURA, Youji TACHINO, Atsushi MOTOYA, Takashi OHTA, Hiroshi KIDO, Junichi HASEGAWA, Shigeo GOTOH, Nobuyuki MATSUI, Tadashi MURAKAMI
  • Patent number: 8858047
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passenger service unit for an aircraft, comprising at least one light source and at least one passenger air supply device. According to the invention the passenger air supply device is adapted for applying a flow of air to the light source. Furthermore it relates to a method for providing light and fresh air to passenger of an aircraft by providing an air flow from an air supply device and light from a light source to the passenger. The method comprises applying an air flow from said passenger air supply device to said light source for cooling the light source by means of convection. Furthermore the invention relates to a method for assembling a passenger service unit and to an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerotechnics
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rittner, Ruediger Meckes, Hasso Weinmann, Guenter Boomgaarden
  • Patent number: 8820988
    Abstract: A lighting system for installation in a ceiling portion of a passenger compartment, including a lamp unit; a selection unit having a different shape from the lamp unit; and a case having a first unit installation opening configured to detachably accommodate the lamp unit and a second unit installation opening configured to detachably accommodate the selection unit. The selection unit may be selected from a plurality of selection units, where the plurality of slection units may each have a different application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Nagai, Yoshihito Masuko
  • Patent number: 8786642
    Abstract: The system includes a digital system architecture including digital chromaticity control. Such control may include color balance, luminance, and color compensation and/or harmonization of multiple integrated modules of display or illuminated panels. Embodiments include a system topology with an integrated modular design for multiple display or illuminated control panels, which can reduce the system weight, wiring complexity, and development expense. In embodiments, a digital chromaticity control includes in-module and cross-module control for balance and harmonization of multiple panels and modules, incorporating integrated digital signal processors and digital communications for internal and external networking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Jie Jay Chang, Vanacan Tatavoosian
  • Publication number: 20140140080
    Abstract: In an aircraft having an A/C exterior and an A/C interior, an assembly for illuminating an A/C window on the interior. The assembly comprises an A/C interior panel having an inner surface and an outer surface configured with walls defining a window opening. A substantially opaque inner collar is generally configured to the shape of the window opening also has an inner edge and an outer edge. The inner collar is adapted to engage the A/C interior panel adjacent the window opening. A window shade unit is provided and has an inner lens and a substantially opaque moveable shade. A light diffuser member, such as a milky colored at least partly light transparent sheet of plastic, is configured to the shape of the window opening. The light diffuser engages the opaque inner collar near the outer edge thereof and lays adjacent the inner lens of the window shade unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas C. Mohat
  • Patent number: 8686877
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a directionally filtered indicator light, wherein a directional filter is applied to a light source that is controlled to emit light when a condition or series of conditions are met. The directional filter, in turn, regulates the transmission of light from the light source so that a first group of individuals, located within a viewing angle, are the only individuals able to see the transmitted light. In one example, the directionally filtered indicator light of the present disclosure allows an indicator light on the interior of a passenger aircraft to be viewed from outside the aircraft in direct sunlight while substantially eliminating the presence of transmitted light from a passenger seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jagdish T. Madhav
  • Publication number: 20140049974
    Abstract: A rubstrip for protecting an exposed surface, such as a surface in the interior of an aircraft. The rubstrip is configured to house a light source within its interior. In some embodiments, an exterior of the rubstrip is formed with at least one passageway configured to emit light from the light source. The rubstrip is configured both to protect the surface from damage and to protect the housed light source from damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: IDD Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Daout, Tak Fu Cheung, Zhao Jin, Laurent Daniel Pierre Debuire
  • Patent number: 8651679
    Abstract: A display device includes a first light guide member provided with a first reflecting surface formed at its first end to reflect light emitted by a light source; a second light guide member provided with a penetrating hole in which the first light guide member is intended to be inserted and a second reflecting surface formed at its first end to reflect the light; a first pointer and a second pointer fixed to the first end of the first light guide member and the first end of the second light guide member to be illuminated by the light reflected by the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface, respectively, and a driving member configured to separately rotate the first light guide member and the second light guide member around a same rotation axis with the first pointer and the second pointer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Jeco Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shimane, Hirohisa Tanaka, Akio Ito, Kazuya Sato
  • Patent number: 8651713
    Abstract: A system is for a landing site for a helicopter or a load suspended from a helicopter, where landing positioning references are visualized as a luminous pattern on the landing site, and where the landing positioning references are formed as lines of light projected on the landing site from one or more light sources arranged at the landing site. A method is for forming of landing positioning references visualized as a luminous pattern on the landing site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Torgeir Espedal, Per Ingar Mortensen
  • Publication number: 20140009950
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Publication number: 20130343072
    Abstract: The invention relates to an individual lighting device (20) for a vehicle seat including: a plurality of light sources (S1, S2, S3) having an adjustable light intensity and each emitting in a favored direction (D1, D2, D3), at least two sources being arranged so that the directions (D1, D2, D3) of those two sources are not parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Charles EHRMANN, Philippe ROY, Pascal GORDIET
  • Patent number: 8602614
    Abstract: The lighting apparatus, especially a reading lamp, has a light source (48), a movable cover (24) to which the light source (48) is fastened, an adjusting element (21) that cooperates with the cover (24), a bearing unit (26) for supporting the cover (24) and an adjusting ring (21). The cover (24) and light source (48) are movable around a longitudinal axis (L) of the lighting apparatus (10) by actuating the adjusting element (21) and the cover (24) and light source (48) are moveable around a transverse axis (Q) extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (L) by actuating the cover (24). The lighting apparatus in the form of the reading lamp is particularly useful aboard aircraft, ships, trains, automobiles, or other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Bernd Schultheis, Achim Weil, Andreas Dietrich, Dirk Vogel
  • Patent number: 8579448
    Abstract: Instrument cluster and pointing device for a car or other vehicle, the pointing device being mounted rotatable about a rotation axis and having a shaft element in the vicinity of the rotation axis, the pointing device further comprising at least one of a light guide element or a mirror element in the region of the shaft element and comprising one of an image forming element or an aperture, wherein the one of the image forming element or the aperture and the one of the light guide element or the mirror element are able to be rotated about the rotational axis with the shaft element, and wherein light incident to the shaft element is directed from the one of the light guide element or the mirror element to the image forming element or aperture and projecting to a visible surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Frens
  • Patent number: 8556478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting device and a method for illuminating a projection area based on a plurality of different lighting patterns. The lighting unit is controlled based on lighting data, which are received from an external central system via an interface, or stored in a memory unit. In this way, a plurality of different lighting patterns can be realized, so that at least up to four reading lamps can be replaced by a single lighting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Riedel, Carsten Vogel
  • Patent number: 8550654
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a receptacle having a bore, a lighting device having a light source, a retention mechanism, and a switch recessed within the bore of the receptacle. The retention mechanism may be configured to removably retain at least a portion of the lighting device within the bore of the receptacle. The switch may be configured to provide electrical energy to the light source in response to axial movement of at least a portion of the lighting device toward the base of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Safeseeker Inc., LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8517579
    Abstract: This invention relates to aircraft light units, in particular aircraft light units used when landing and taxiing an aircraft. The invention provides an aircraft light unit comprising a first light source with a principal beam axis in a first direction and a second light source with a principal beam axis in a second direction, the second direction being different from the first direction. The first and second light sources are arranged such that they can combine to create a net light beam in a plurality of different directions by variation of the power supplied to the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus UK Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Curtis
  • Publication number: 20130208490
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
  • Patent number: 8485703
    Abstract: An aircraft cabin lighting kit includes: at least one lighting unit configured for installation in an aircraft cabin; a driving/dimming module generating output signals for controlling illumination of the at least one lighting unit according to command signals from a cabin management system; and at least one wire assembly interfacing the driving/dimming module with a power bus for receiving operational power, and a communication bus for receiving the command signals and for communicating the output signals to the at least one lighting unit. The present aircraft cabin lighting kit is certified by a governmental aviation-regulating body for installation in multiple aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Eckel, Seckin Secilmis
  • Patent number: 8475017
    Abstract: A method for making a vehicle interior panel including positioning a slipsheet on a film or fabric liner. The liner is placed on a substrate board. The liner and substrate board are formed into an interior panel. A cavity is formed by removing a portion of the substrate board from the interior panel adjacent to the slipsheet position. A lamp is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Chi Li, Denis Patrick Igoe, Jeffrey Singer, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 8439533
    Abstract: A reading device, such as a reading lamp or reading spotlight, is provided for use in a vehicle, such as a motor vehicle with immovable properties or ships. The reading device for example can be used in passenger cabins and/or cockpits of aircraft. The reading device includes, but is not limited to an LED light source with a color temperature that can be adjusted with the color “warm-white” to “cold-white”, a primary optics or lens advantageously designed as a converging lens, and a secondary optics or lens to focus the light emitted by the light source onto a surface, such as a reading plane to be illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Heym, Tilo Budinger, Frank Gindele
  • Patent number: 8398281
    Abstract: An interior trim panel (10) comprises at least one lighting element (12). The lighting element (12) comprises a light-conducting body (14) arranged in a receiving bore (22) formed in the interior trim panel (10), wherein the light-conducting body (14) comprises a light entry face (16) and a light exit face (18) arranged in the area of a panel surface (26) visible in the mounted state of the interior trim panel (10). The visible panel surface (26) and the light exit face (16) of the light-conducting body (14) are provided with a continuous layer of lacquer (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Geudner, Ulli Anhorn, Thomas Renz, Wolfgang Bruss
  • Patent number: 8393572
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a floor element for a door area of an aircraft that comprises a floor segment and an illuminating device. The illuminating device is integrated into the floor segment. In addition, the illuminating device can be connected to central device of the aircraft such that the coordination and the supervision of evacuation measures can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Tilo Budinger, Carsten Vogel
  • Publication number: 20130016517
    Abstract: Aircraft washlight systems having an asymmetric lens are disclosed. An example vehicle cabin illumination system includes a light source located one side of a surface of a vehicle cabin, and an asymmetric lens through which the light passes to illuminate the surface with a substantially uniform light distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: David P. Eckel, Gannon T. Gambeski, William H. Valentine, JR.
  • Patent number: 8348451
    Abstract: Emergency cabin illumination for an aircraft, including: at least one cabin component of an aircraft and at least one emergency lighting device, the at least one emergency lighting device being arranged in the cabin component so that the emergency lighting device in its switched-off state has no contrast to its environment, and in the switched-on state of the emergency lighting device, the light emitted emerges from the cabin component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Kohlmeier-Beckmann, Anja Niemeyer