With Switch Plate Or Socket Patents (Class 362/95)
  • Patent number: 10028340
    Abstract: A dual stage power converter capable of being installing in a one-gang box and powering an LED load is presented. The dual stage converter includes a power factor correction (PFC) stage operating in transition mode and a resonant converter stage operating at a fixed frequency with a fixed duty cycle and dead time. A dimmer input is included to select a desired luminosity of the LED load. A main controller adjusts the value of the voltage output from the PFC stage in order to maintain the voltage output from the resonant stage at the desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ERP POWER, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Archer
  • Patent number: 9972160
    Abstract: A method for charging an accumulator in an electrical motor vehicle includes connecting the accumulator to a low voltage power outlet connected to a power supply network. A counter identifier of a stationary electric meter that measures electrical energy supplied by the energy supply network via the power outlet is transmitted to a central computer. The vehicle location of the electrical motor vehicle is transmitted to the central computer and the central computer compares a counter location associated with the electrical meter with the transmitted vehicle location of the motor vehicle. In case of agreement between the counter location and the transmitted vehicle location, a charging signal which initiates the charging of the accumulator is sent from the central computer to the charging device of the electrical motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Böld, Herbert Halamek
  • Patent number: 9941644
    Abstract: A power outlet device including a outer element, a light indicating element and a outlet module is provided. The outer element has a first portion and at least one second portion. The first portion is configured out of the second portion. At least one first through hole is configured in the second portion. The first portion and the second portion are opaque portions. The light indicating element has at least one lighting set corresponding to one second portion. Each lighting set has at least one lighting unit. Each lighting unit is configured in the inner periphery of each first through hole of the second portion. The light indicating element is configured in the outlet module, and the outer element is configured on the light indicating element. Wherein, each lighting unit is exposed from the corresponding first through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CYBER POWER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Yen-Nan Liu, Chang-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 9910211
    Abstract: A backlit system comprises a base panel, a plurality of keys disposed on the base panel, a substantially planar light guide panel disposed between the base panel and the plurality of keys, at least one light source disposed on the light guide panel, and at least one light management feature disposed on the light guide panel. The at least one light management feature is configured to at least partially reflect incident light within the light guide panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LUMITEX, INC.
    Inventors: Gregg M Kloeppel, David Larson, Peter Broer
  • Patent number: 9832841
    Abstract: In one example, a wall plate may have or include an electrical circuit. The electrical circuit may include a switch and a light sensor supported on a base in the form of a circuit board. A switch cover may cover the light sensor and selectively move with respect to the base through a first range of motion. The switch cover may actuate the switch, when moving through the first range of motion. Additionally, the switch cover may be transparent or semitransparent to enable light to pass through and reach the light sensor regardless of where the switch cover is within the first range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Snap Rays LLC
    Inventors: Darren Charles Knight, Richard Camden Robinson
  • Patent number: 9633584
    Abstract: A sign is combined with an electrical outlet plate which can mount near or to existing electrical infrastructure to provide information such as direction toward an exit. A protruding and/or outwardly visible surface of the sign may be painted or adorned with a sign appliqué, and can be illuminated and/or photoluminescent to provide maximum visibility with or without electrical power. Advantageously, the sign can be mounted at electrical outlets and/or electrical switches that are near the floor and away from the ceiling, such that the sign remains visible even when lines of sight within a building are impaired, such as from smoke. In one exemplary embodiment, the sign is integrated into a portion of a standard-sized duplex cover plate, which can be mounted to an existing electrical junction box to preserve the functionality of adjacent electrical outlets or switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Underwood
  • Patent number: 9502832
    Abstract: An illuminated duplex receptacle allows a small amount of light to escape from both the upper and lower sets of receiving sockets. The present invention adds to a standard duplex outlet by placing two light emitting diodes (“LEDs”) inside the plastic housing. One LED is placed behind the electrodes for the upper set of sockets. One LED is placed behind the electrodes for the lower set of sockets. The electrodes are interposed between the LEDs and the receiving sockets. In this way, only a small amount of indirect light filters out of the receiving sockets. In one embodiment, the LEDs run at one-quarter watt or less of continuous power. In an alternative embodiment, the housing is translucent, and the LEDs run at one watt or more of continuous power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Mustafa Majeed Ullahkhan, Heena Tabassum Khan
  • Patent number: 9443676
    Abstract: The present invention provides a light-emitting control knob capable of consistently maintaining a beautiful design without a problem, such as discoloration or rubbing-off, despite use of a long period because a light-blocking metal plate having light-emitting display windows formed therein is stacked and formed on a top surface of a knob body and of providing a much more beautiful and high-class design than a conventional control knob because surface processing unique to metal can be performed on the light-blocking metal plate. The light-emitting control knob in accordance with the present invention includes a knob body made of transparent or semitransparent synthetic resins which transmit light and a light-blocking metal plate formed of a metal plate stacked on a top surface of the knob body and configured to have light-emitting display windows formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: ASTEC CO., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun-He Na
  • Patent number: 9293629
    Abstract: An optoelectronic component includes a carrier on which at least one first light-emitting semiconductor chip and one first light-absorbing semiconductor chip connected antiparallel to the at least one first light-emitting semiconductor chip, at least one second light-emitting semiconductor chip and one second light-absorbing semiconductor chip connected antiparallel to the at least one second light-emitting semiconductor chip, wherein the semiconductor chips are arranged on the carrier such that light from each light-emitting semiconductor chip falls on at least one of the light-absorbing semiconductor chips not connected to the respective light-emitting semiconductor chip, and the light-absorbing semiconductor chips are formed as protection diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Wicke
  • Patent number: 9252632
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system is configured to activate a plurality of emergency lights in response to a determination of an emergency condition, wherein the determination of the emergency condition includes determining if the system is not receiving power from a power source and/or determining if an amount of ambient light proximate the system is below a predetermined threshold. Moreover, the emergency lighting system is configured to reduce an amount of power provided from a battery to the one or more emergency lights when an emergency condition is determined in order to maximize a battery life of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Raymond J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9241391
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical wiring assembly that includes a wall plate cover, a housing portion and an electro-optical assembly coupled to a plurality of wiring terminations. The assembly includes a circuit configured to provide an output signal in response to an external input signal. The assembly also includes a plurality of lighting elements coupled to the circuit and configured to emit the plurality of light beams in response to the output signal. The electro-optical assembly further includes an ambient light sensor accessible to the ambient space via at least one of the plurality of openings. The ambient light sensor is configured to generate the at least one external input signal in response to an ambient light level in the ambient space, the ambient light sensor being substantially isolated from the plurality of light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Richards, Gary O. Wilson, David A. Finlay, Sr., Gerald R. Savicki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9223077
    Abstract: A light guide plate including a first surface, a second surface, at least one light incident surface, and a plurality of groove sets is provided. The light incident surface connects the first surface and the second surface. The groove sets are separately disposed on the second surface. Each of the groove sets includes a plurality of curved grooves. Each of the curved grooves has a curved inclined reflective surface and a curved back-to-light surface connected thereto. The curved inclined reflective surface is inclined with respect to the first surface. The curved grooves of each of the groove sets curve toward the same curving direction. The curved inclined reflective surface of one of two adjacent curved grooves is connected to the curved back-to-light surface of the other one of the two adjacent curved grooves through a connection surface. A light source module is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Matsumoto, Han-Wen Tsai, Chih-Chieh Yu, Hong-Wei Liang
  • Patent number: 9214773
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle provide outlets and a cavity for receiving an insert. The insert connects to the electrical main through the receptacle and can provide additional functionality through the insert including emergency lighting, night lighting, gas detectors and charging connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Calm Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Lowell Misener
  • Patent number: 9199575
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for illuminating an exterior portion of a vehicle includes a lamp housing, and a switch supported by the lamp housing. The lamp assembly includes a flexible lens that is supported by the lamp housing and flexes to move relative to the lamp housing between an undepressed position and a depressed position when a force is applied to the lens. The lens is configured to cause the switch to move from a first position to a second position when the lens moves to the depressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jay H. Ovenshire, Stanley C. Dutt
  • Patent number: 9109792
    Abstract: A switch illumination device positioned outside a switch is introduced. The switch illumination device includes a switch panel, a light-emitting unit, and a fastening and unfastening structure. The switch illumination device further includes a fastening and unfastening structure whereby the light-emitting unit is coupled to switch panel. Hence, the light-emitting unit can not only be fixed to the switch panel but also be removed therefrom, thereby effectuating nocturnal illumination, emergency illumination, and mobile illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Hsiu-Ling Yang
  • Patent number: 9091403
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical device that includes a control circuit having a processing circuit, an electronic switch, light emitting elements and an ambient light sensor disposed on a substrate. The processing circuit provides an electronic barrier between the light emitting elements and the ambient light sensor such that the operation of the ambient light sensor is not contaminated by light emitted by the plurality of light emitting elements. A cover assembly includes a lens element and a switch actuator comprised of a diffusing material. The lens element and the switch actuator are disposed over the light emitting elements such that the light emitted by the light emitting elements is diffused by the lens element and the switch actuator to emit a substantially uniform illumination without any shadow or hot spot artifacts being visible on either the lens element or the switch actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Trolese, Richard M Rohmer, Lam Chung Fai, Leung Kwok Chung, Joshua Haines
  • Publication number: 20150146411
    Abstract: An electrical power socket comprising a well having an electrically conductive well portion having a proximal and a distal end; a connector part for receiving electrical connections to an electrical power supply disposed at the distal end of the well portion; a first electrical contact being provided in electrical isolation from the well portion at the distal end of the well portion, the first electrical contact being electrically connected to a first electrical connection of the connector part; the well portion being electrically connected to a second electrical connection of the connector part; and an electrically insulating sleeve portion being provided at the proximal end of the well portion forming an electrically insulating portion of the well, the sleeve portion adapted to be disposed in an opening in a receiving panel, whereby the insulating sleeve portion prevents an electrically conductive foreign object that is inserted in the well and electrically contacts the first electrical contact from simulta
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory J. Holland, Ali El-Haj, Salmen Abroug
  • Patent number: 9035181
    Abstract: In one example, a modified electrical device includes a body and at least one connector on the body to make power and control connections with an active cover plate. A system includes an active cover plate comprising low voltage circuitry and a first interface and a modified electrical device. The modified electrical device includes high voltage circuitry and a second interface to connect to the first interface to supply low voltage to the active cover plate. A method for controlling a flow of power through a modified electrical device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy Smith, Sean Watkins, Martin Johnson
  • Patent number: 9028086
    Abstract: There is provided a light source for an illumination apparatus and a method of manufacturing the same. The light source includes a light emitting device; a power unit module supplying an electrical signal to the light emitting device; a support unit having the light emitting device thereon and discharging heat generated by the light emitting device to the outside; and a housing unit covering and protecting the light emitting device, the power unit module and the support unit. The light emitting device is disposed to have a height greater than that of a contact region between the power unit module and the housing unit with relation to a lower edge of the housing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun Seok Woo, Won Hoe Koo, Jin Woo Bae, Wuk Chul Joung, Chang Hoon Baek
  • Publication number: 20150091450
    Abstract: In one embodiment an electronic device comprises a housing, a socket in the housing to receive a connector, and an illumination source proximate the socket to illuminate the socket. Other embodiments may be described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ron Aviv, Tomer Rider, Yair Giwnewer, Yevgeniy Kiveisha
  • Publication number: 20150049462
    Abstract: A lighting device for outdoor use comprising a lighting body and a socket body, where the lighting body comprises a lighting unit, a first electrical connection and a first locking member. The socket body comprises a second electrical connection and a second locking member, wherein the first and second electrical connections are arranged to connect to each other in a closed position in order supply the lighting unit with power. The first locking member and the second locking member are arranged for locking and unlocking the lighting body to the socket body in said closed position. The lighting body comprises a first fastening device and the socket body comprises a second fastening device, wherein the fastening devices are arranged to. The lighting body comprises a first guiding means and the socket body comprises a second guiding means, which are arranged to interact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Rikard Carlén
  • Publication number: 20150043194
    Abstract: An apparatus to cover the original wall switch controlling the lighting fixtures which now contain the wireless lamps such that a user cannot interrupt power to the lighting fixture by inadvertently changing the setting the wall switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: James Barton Busby, James Louie Busby, Leo John Calagaz, Sean Michael Bryant
  • Publication number: 20150029694
    Abstract: The bulb socket comprises a main body, a lighting module, and an adapter cover. The main body has a head portion and a carrying portion arranged on two opposite end portions thereof. The lighting module is fixed on the carrying portion of the main body and electrically connecting to the head portion. The adapter cover module has a translucent cover and a power supply. The translucent cover is disposed on the carrying portion of the main body for allowing light generated from the lighting module to go through the translucent cover. The translucent cover has a receiving compartment. The power supply unit is disposed on the receiving compartment and electrically connecting to the head portion. Thus, the bulb socket of the instant disclosure can be used for being inserted by an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: AZUREWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: YU-TING CHENG, CHEE-ONN CHING
  • Patent number: 8931947
    Abstract: Desk top items with LEDs also include USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) and, optionally, additional outlet-units, to supply charging power to other electric or digital devices such as a smart phone or digital data device. The USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) are arranged to supply power only, and do not have an additional USB data transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20150009652
    Abstract: A power receptacle module for a work surface having multiple power receptacles includes a mounting frame configured to be received within an aperture in the work surface, a pivoting receptacle assembly pivotally mounted in the mounting frame and configured to pivot between a first orientation and a second orientation, relative to the mounting frame. The pivoting receptacle assembly has a flat face plate and a plurality of power receptacles fixedly mounted below the flat face plate. When the pivoting receptacle assembly is in the first orientation, the flat face plate is flush with a top surface of the work surface, and the plurality of power receptacles are hidden below the work surface. When the pivoting receptacle assembly is in the second orientation, the flat face plate is disposed at an oblique angle relative to the work surface, and the plurality of power receptacles are exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: BRIAN ALEXANDER, Peter Keyzer, Michael Johnson, Lawrence W. Kallio, III, Jeffrey L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20150009650
    Abstract: A fluorescent lamp with a new LED tube is revealed herein to have at least one terminal socket at both sides of a lamp holder for terminals disposed at both sides of the LED tube to be plugged therein, wherein each terminal socket in the lamp holder is coupled with each of plural second substrates assembled with a filter inductor, and a rectifier diode disposed on a first substrate having light emitting diodes in the LED tube for output of a DC power with high or low voltage constant current suitably used in the light emitting diodes, so that the power efficiency for the light emitting diodes of the LED tube can be improved, the heating temperature of the light emitting diodes can be lowered and the life span for the LED tube can get longer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: HUNG CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20150009651
    Abstract: A LED lamp is provided. The LED lamp includes a tube and a plurality of LED light bar. The tube has a placement surface, and these LED light bar are disposed on the placement surface. Each LED light bar includes a circuit board and a plurality of LED lights, and these LED light is disposed on the circuit board. The LED light bar is mounted on the placement surface in a detachable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicants: GEOMETEK APPLICATION ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 8915608
    Abstract: Desk top items with LEDs also include USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) and, optionally, additional outlet-units, to supply power to other electric or digital devices such as a smart phone or digital data device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8911137
    Abstract: Desk top items with LEDs also include USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) and, optionally, additional outlet-units, to supply charging power to other electric or digital devices such as a smart phone or digital data device. The USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) are arranged to supply power only, and do not have an additional USB data transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20140362559
    Abstract: The multiple functions wall cover plate has built-in USB and light means connect by prong means to existing wall inner-kit's receptacle to get AC power source to multiple function wall cover's circuit(s) to drive each circuit for predetermined functions. The said cover plate fasten by screw, prong or false prong to hold on inner-kit's holder and overlay at least one of the inner receptacle to offer people safety and quickly USB charger with desire light illumination and add extra functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20140334128
    Abstract: A pair of terminal portions of a bus bar (i.e. a terminal clamp) includes spring portions each of which is arranged to exert a pushing force in a direction of sandwiching a base portion of a bulb, and contact portions each provided at a tip portion of the spring portion. A housing (i.e. a socket body) includes regulation portions located on opposite side of the terminal portions and arranged to abut on the terminal portions from opposite side of the base potion to regulate elastic deformation amount of the spring portions to be within a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Hideki Yamanaka, Atsuro Murata, Ryohei Konishi
  • Patent number: 8876322
    Abstract: A lighting assembly can include a linear light module with one or more LED light elements, where a length of the light module is greater than a width of the light module. An elongate socket removably receives the linear light module therein. The socket includes a locking mechanism actuatable to releasably and resiliently lock the linear light module in the socket via actuation of one or more levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Journée Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Clayton Alexander
  • Publication number: 20140320034
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a luminaire including a light-emitting unit and a cap. The luminaire is attached to a socket including first and second sections to be fit. The light-emitting unit includes a first terminal, a second terminal, and a light-emitting element electrically connected between the first terminal and the second terminal. The light-emitting element is lit if a voltage between the first terminal and the second terminal is equal to or larger than a predetermined value. The cap includes first and second fitting sections. The first and second fitting sections are fit in the first and second sections to be fit of the socket to apply a voltage input from the outside between the first terminal and the second terminal. The predetermined value is equal to or larger than 18.7 V and equal to or smaller than 120 V.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Takuro Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20140285999
    Abstract: Techniques associated with a combination speaker and light source powered using a light socket are described, including a housing comprising a plate coupled to a substantially hemispherical enclosure, a platform configured to couple a light source to a terminal configured to receive a light control signal, the light control signal configured to modify a light characteristic, a speaker coupled to the housing and configured to project audio in a direction, a light socket connector coupled to the housing and configured to provide power to the speaker and the light source when the light socket connector is coupled with a light socket, an acoustic sensor disposed on a surface of the housing, and a light sensor located within the housing, the light sensor facing away from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: AliphCom
    Inventors: Michael Edward Smith Luna, Scott Fullam, Patrick Alan Narron, Chris Merrill, Derek Boyd Barrentine, Sankalita Saha, Jeremiah Robison
  • Publication number: 20140268649
    Abstract: An LED retrofit assembly including an LED module comprising an LED lamp, and a power supply module coupled to the LED lamp. The power supply conditions power received from an external power source to power the LED lamp and is mountable remotely from the LED module. The LED module is removably supportable by a bayonet base lamp socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Dalton J. Mandy, Terry R. Mandy, Brandon R. Mandy
  • Publication number: 20140254138
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hybrid socket for a single-filament or dual-filament bulb consisting of a body made of an insulating material, exhibiting a front cavity for introducing the bulb, of substantially rectangular shape, complementary to the exterior shape of the base. It comprises at least one stopper of complementary cross section to that of the cavity of circular cross section, each traversed by a supply wire crimped onto a metallic contact of a first type, and a third stopper of complementary cross section to that of the cavity of oblong cross section, crimped onto an earth metallic contact. The socket furthermore comprises a locking hook for the bulb. Application: socket for type T20 blinking indicator lights or side lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TBI
    Inventors: Olivier Midy, Nicolas Pasquier
  • Publication number: 20140254137
    Abstract: A mechanical connector is provided for lighting applications. The mechanical connector, having a modifiable length, includes a connector body portion having an anterior side and a posterior side. A cavity is disposed in the posterior side and sized to receive a lighting apparatus. More than two pins are affixed to the anterior side and extend outward therefrom. Pairs of the more than two pins have a predetermined spacing. Each of the more than two pins is removable from the connector body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert A. ANNEE, Steven D. Cole
  • Patent number: 8820952
    Abstract: The subject matter included in this disclosure can be embodied in an apparatus that includes a computing device having memory and a processor. The processor can be configured to establish a wireless connection with a streetlight controller that communicates with a streetlight, initiate transmission of a set of parameters related to commissioning the streetlight, and receive, from the controller, status and identification information associated with the streetlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: CIMCON Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Anil Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20140204560
    Abstract: An LED unit which serves as an illumination light source includes: a mounting board on which a light-emitting element, which emits light frontward, is provided; a support disposed behind the mounting board; and a case disposed so that the mounting board is sandwiched in a longitudinal direction by the case and the support. The case includes a restricting portion which restricts sideward movement of the mounting board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youji TACHINO, Katsushi SEKI, Toshio MORI, Nozomu HASHIMOTO, Yukiya KANAZAWA
  • Publication number: 20140204562
    Abstract: An LED unit which serves as an illumination light source that is attached to lighting equipment includes: a light-emitting element; a circuit board provided in a drive circuit which drives the light-emitting element; a case inside of which the circuit board is disposed; and a connecting component at least a portion of which is disposed inside the case, for electrically connecting the lighting equipment and the drive circuit. The case includes a positioning portion which determines a position of the circuit board, and the circuit board includes an opening into which the connecting component is inserted, and which determines the position of the circuit board by way of the rim of the opening abutting the positioning portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio MORI, Katsushi SEKI, Youji TACHINO, Nozomu HASHIMOTO, Yukiya KANAZAWA
  • Publication number: 20140204561
    Abstract: An LED unit which serves as an illumination light source includes: a light-emitting element; a circuit board provided in a drive circuit which drives the light-emitting element; a lead wire electrically connecting the light-emitting element and the drive circuit; and a case including a first opening which is an elongated opening into which the lead wire is inserted. The circuit board includes a second opening which is an elongated opening into which the lead wire is inserted, and the first opening and the second opening are disposed so that a straight line extending in a lengthwise direction of the first opening and a straight line extending in a lengthwise direction of the second opening three-dimensionally cross each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nozomu HASHIMOTO, Toshio MORI, Katsushi SEKI, Youji TACHINO, Yukiya KANAZAWA
  • Patent number: 8783936
    Abstract: Desk top items with LEDs also include USB-unit(s) or USB-module(s) and, optionally, additional outlet-units, to supply power to other electric or digital devices such as a smart phone or digital data device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20140198481
    Abstract: A lighting device may be provided that includes: a housing; a light source body which includes a terminal; a light emitting module; and a electrical connection means which includes a connector electrically connected to the terminal and physically connects the housing with the light source body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, Ji Hwan Jeon, Sang Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 8777436
    Abstract: A standard table lamp requires an electrical outlet to supply alternating current (AC) and illuminate a standard AC light bulb, including new technology, low wattage AC light bulbs such as a 7 Watt LED or a 7 Watt CFL. This limits the placement and portability of light emitting devices such as table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers or wall sconces within a commercial or residential living space. To date, there are products that use batteries to power light sources but the form factors are usually bland and unattractive to interior designers and homeowners alike. This invention takes the idea of portable lighting and standardizes the form factor by using already developed standard low wattage AC light bulbs such as LED and CFL and standard AC light bulb sockets embedded in the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Donna Sue Labans
  • Publication number: 20140177204
    Abstract: The invention is a grow light with reflectors that serve to conceal a vacuum air flow system. The air flow system does not interfere with the reflectors, which enables the reflectors to more efficiently reflect light to the plants being grown. The bulb within the grow light may be configured in many different manners, including horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. The grow light may or may not be connected to an air movement system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: GROWLITE, INC.
    Inventor: Aubrey Ray Bradley, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140177203
    Abstract: Provided is a system for replacing a fluorescent lamp with a light emitting diode (LED) into a conventional fluorescent lighting fixture without modifications. The lighting assembly includes an LED unit having a first end and a second end. The lighting assembly also includes a safety locking device positioned on at least one of the first end and the second end of the LED unit and coupled to a lighting fixture. The safety locking device comprises a safety switch defining an unarmed state and an armed state. To prevent a risk of shock, the safety switch is changed from the unarmed state to the armed state upon manual activation of the safety switch after the LED unit is moved into a locked position. The armed state enables an electrical communication between the two ends of the LED unit to activate the LED unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Krisztian Novak, Peter Zalka, Peter Dankovits
  • Publication number: 20140168944
    Abstract: A socket (53) includes a socket body (64) provided with a socket surface (69) to which lamp device is attached. A cylindrical insertion port (68) through which a cap protrusion (36) of the lamp device is inserted is opened in the socket surface (69). A plurality of erroneous mounting preventing keys (71) protruded from positions separated from the socket surface (69) at specified positions of an inner circumferential surface of the insertion port (68). A distance (L2) from the socket surface (69) to the separated position of the erroneous mounting preventing key (71) is smaller than a distance (L1) from a front end surface (38) of the cap protrusion (36) to an attachment key (41). In a state where the front end surface (38) of the cap protrusion (36) contacts the plurality of erroneous mounting preventing keys (71), insertion of the cap protrusion (36) into the insertion port (68) is regulated, and rotation of the cap protrusion (36) in the insertion port (68) in the regulated state is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: TOSHIBA LIGHTING & TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Osada, Shigeru Osawa, Yuichiro Takahara
  • Patent number: 8752972
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lighting system that may include a faceplate, a lighting component, a common electrical component, a battery, means for sensing that normal power is not available, means for triggering a connection between the battery and the light emitting device, means for displaying whether the battery is charged, and a means for triggering a test of the light emitting device and the battery. The faceplate may be sized to cover a single gang electrical box and may include a means to mount approximately flush to the electrical box. The lighting component may be permanently affixed to the faceplate and may include a light emitting device in a first portion of the faceplate such that when illuminated light may emit away from the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Patno Enterprise, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bonarirgo
  • Patent number: 8740399
    Abstract: A touch type lamp switch, which comprising: an upper and lower casing matched to each other; a keying zone is protruded integrally on the upper casing, and several touch switches are divided; multiple punch holes are arranged on the periphery of the keying zone, and the lower casing is provided with a depressed space, with its opening interlocked with the upper casing; a faceplate, attached firmly onto the upper casing; a transparent light panel, attached firmly with the surface of the faceplate; a rectangular hollow frame, embedded onto the center of the transparent light panel and faceplate for locking the transparent light panel; and a circuit structure, embedded into the space formed by the upper and lower casings, comprising of touch switch circuit, several LED indicators and colorful LED backlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: David Wang
  • Publication number: 20140140041
    Abstract: The invention relates to an illuminant (23) and a socket (20) for a lamp (15). The features of the socket can be implemented also independently of the features of the illuminant (23). The socket has supply terminal areas on multiple sides of the socket housing such that the socket (20) can be selectively supplied with electricity and wired from different sides or also simultaneously from multiple sides. Independently of the number and the arrangement of the supply terminal areas (94), multiple electrical supply terminals (95) having the same polarity are provided on the socket (20). Said supply terminals (95) having the same polarity are electrically short-circuited by means of a shorting connector (116), in particular two identical shorting connectors (116) being arranged in the socket housing. Said socket (20) and illuminant (23) modularly achieve large total illumination surfaces in a lamp (15) and an appealing appearance in a very simple manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: EFES TEX AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Spintge, Karsten Diekmann, Britta Goeoetz, Steven Rossbach, Vincent Johannes Jacobus Van Montfort, Tom Munters