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Power supply device and lighting equipment provided with power supply device

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:00:00 EST

A power supply device according to one embodiment is configured to control a lighting of semiconductor light-emitting elements, wherein a dimming signal is canceled during a predetermined time period (T) from a timing immediately after power-ON, so as to light on light-emitting diodes to have a predetermined light amount, for example, a minimum light amount. After an elapse of the predetermined time period (T), cancellation of the dimming signal is released to light on the light-emitting diodes to have a light amount instructed by the dimming signal.



Dimmable LED driver and method for controlling the same

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dimmable LED driver adapted to be operated with a dimmer that is configured to generate a predetermined conductive angle, wherein the dimmable LED driver comprises: a rectifier configured to convert an alternating current output by the dimmer to a direct current, a buck PFC block configured to adjust an output voltage of the direct current so as to obtain a stable output voltage, a second buck DC/DC block configured to realize output of a constant current after the stable output voltage is realized, a dimming block configured to, after realizing output of the constant current, accomplish a dimming function jointly with the second buck DC/DC block, and an MCU configured to control the buck PFC block, the second buck DC/DC block and the dimming block.



Configurable light timer and method of receiving data to control the operation of a configurable light timer

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A configurable light timer adapted to receive data to control the operation of the configurable light timer is disclosed. The configurable light timer comprises a control circuit; an input portion coupled to receive a portable memory device by way of a connector on the configurable light timer, wherein the portable memory device stores data to be used by the configurable light timer and is adapted to be removed after the data is downloaded; and a memory coupled to receive the data stored on the portable memory device; wherein control circuit accesses the data from the memory after the data is downloaded and the portable memory device is removed. A method of receiving data to control the operation of the configurable light timer is also disclosed.



Light emitting element drive apparatus and portable apparatus using same

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A light emitting element drive apparatus capable of outputting the lowest voltage satisfying drive conditions and having high light emitting efficiency and low power loss, and a portable apparatus using the same, comprising an LED drive apparatus to which LEDs of different drive voltages required for emitting light are connected in parallel and driving one or more LEDs, wherein the LED drive apparatus 10 has drive circuits connected to the corresponding LEDs among a plurality of LEDs and driving the corresponding LEDs with luminances based on set values and power supply circuits for deciding a drive voltage value required for the highest light emission among one or more LEDs driven to emit light based on drive states of drive circuits (for example terminal voltages of the current source) and supplying a drive voltage having at least the decided value to LEDs in parallel.



Directional indicator for a vehicle

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A directional indicator includes a momentary type turn signal lever supported to undergo a swing operation and automatically returning to a neutral position after the swing operation, a turn switch operated by the swing operation of the turn signal lever in a first zone for generating a turn signal for informing a driving direction of a vehicle and for setting an auto turn cancel mode for automatically canceling the turn signal, a manual switch operated by the swing operation of the turn signal lever in a second zone for setting a manual mode for manually canceling the turn signal, and a turn signal control section for controlling cancellation of the turn signal based on an operating state of the turn switch and the manual switch.



Cyclotron

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cyclotron that accelerates an ion using a magnetic field includes a hollow yoke and an ion source that is provided in the yoke and generates an ion. The ion source includes a conductive cylindrical body and a filament disposed in the cylindrical body. A current is supplied from a power supply to the filament, and a direction of the current supplied to the filament is changed.



Ballast lead wire configuration

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A ballast lead wire configuration includes a ballast having a pair of power inputs and a pair of power outputs. A primary lamp is electrically connected to the ballast. A first primary lamp ballast terminal is formed on the primary lamp and electrically connected to the ballast. A second primary lamp ballast terminal is formed on the primary lamp and electrically connected to the ballast. A second lamp electrically connected to the ballast, and the second lamp is electrically connected to the first lamp in series. A first secondary lamp ballast terminal is formed on the secondary lamp and electrically connected to the ballast. A second secondary lamp ballast terminal is formed on the secondary lamp and electrically connected to the ballast. The first lamp and the second lamp are florescent lamps over 36 inches long.



Adjustable solid state illumination module having array of light pixels

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Techniques for constructing a solid-state lighting module that includes solid-state light emitters that emit light of different colors and are selected from separated groups of solid-state light emitters that emit light of two or more separated colors, wherein one or more solid-state light emitters are selected from each of the separated color groups of solid-state light emitters. The lighting module includes a programmable device that stores or remembers desirable optical intensities of the separated color groups of solid-state light emitters, and a control circuit that individually controls light intensity of each of the separated color groups of solid-state light emitters. The light control circuit is coupled to or in communication with the programmable device to receive the desirable optical intensities of the separated groups of solid-state light emitters and is operable to adjust the intensities of the separated color groups of solid-state light emitters based on the desirable intensities.



Lighting apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a lighting apparatus that may form and control a multi-zone of a plurality of lighting devices connected to a wireless network. The lighting apparatus may include a plurality of devices including a plurality of lighting devices included in a network set in advance, a coordinator to manage the network, a remote controller to control a multi-zone that is included in the network and that performs grouping of the plurality of lighting devices into a plurality of groups.



Semiconductor device and power supply device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A power supply topology is used in which a transistor is provided on the side of an output node of a rectifying circuit. An inductor is provided on the side of a reference node, a resistor is inserted between the transistor and the inductor, and one end of the resistor is coupled to a ground power supply voltage of a PFC circuit. The PFC circuit includes a square circuit which squares a result of multiplication of an input voltage detection signal and feedback information (output voltage of an error amplifier circuit). The PFC circuit drives on the transistor when a detection voltage developed at the resistor reaches zero, and drives off the transistor when the detection signal reaches an output signal of the square circuit.



Low dropout light emitting diode (LED) ballast circuit and method therefor

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A ballast circuit for a Light Emitting Diode (LED) has a regulator element coupled to the LED and to an input voltage source. A control circuit is coupled to the LED and to an input voltage source. A first switching device is coupled in series with the regulator element. A second switching device is coupled to the input voltage and the control circuit.



Lighting control device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lighting control device can include a control module and a processing module. The control module can provide a driving signal. The driving signal can modify a control voltage on a control interface. The control voltage can control a controllable ballast or driver. The processing module can determine a duty cycle of the driving signal. The control module and the processing module can receive power via the control interface and a power supply on the control device.



Dynamic loading of power supplies

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A circuit for altering a level of impedance presented to a power supply including a power supply line includes an energy dissipating circuit, a detection circuit configured to generate a control signal indicative of a power consumption level in a load circuit coupled to the power supply line, and an activation circuit configured to controllably couple the energy dissipating circuit to the power supply line in response to the control signal. Methods of operating a solid state lighting apparatus including a power supply and a solid state lighting device coupled to the power supply include detecting a level of power consumption by the solid state lighting device, and coupling an energy dissipating circuit to the power supply in response to the level of power consumption by the solid state lighting device falling below a threshold level.



Load driving apparatus related to light emitting diodes

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A load driving apparatus related to light emitting diodes (LED) is provided. The load driving apparatus includes a power conversion circuit, a complex function circuit, and a control chip. The power conversion circuit receives a DC input voltage and provides a DC output voltage to at least one LED string in response to a gate pulse-width-modulation (PWM) signal. The complex function circuit is serially connected with the LED string and provides a short-protection mechanism. The control chip is coupled to the power conversion circuit and the complex function circuit. The control chip generates the gate PWM signal to control the operation of the power conversion circuit, and when the LED string is short-circuited, the control chip controls the complex function circuit to activate the short-protection mechanism, so as to protect the load driving apparatus from being damaged.



Dynamically programmable LED illumination system, method and apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A dynamically programmable LED illumination system, method and apparatus provides for a dynamically programming an LED illumination unit including LED bulbs affixed on a circuit board and arranged to providing an animating display (such as a logo, sign, . . . ), where a user can customize the animating display on the LED illumination unit by selecting control signals. LED bulbs in the unit can illuminate or be adjusted such as to provide an animating display to a viewer.



Systems and methods of controlling the output of a light fixture

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods of controlling the output of a light fixture. The light fixture includes a plurality of light sources and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a first input control value for a first control parameter and a first input control value for a second control parameter. The controller is also configured to determine a first difference between the first input control value for the first control parameter and a second input control value for the first control parameter stored in a memory and determine a second difference between the first input control value for the second control parameter and a second input control value for the second control parameter stored in the memory. The controller is also configured to set a slew time based on the first determined difference when the first determined difference is greater than the second determined difference and based on the second determined difference when the second determined difference is greater than the first determined difference.



Method for brightness control

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method for brightness control, adapted to a light emitting device emitting a light of an output brightness, comprises: setting the output brightness to be an initial value, and controlling the light emitting device emitting the light accordingly; setting a target value, and controlling the output brightness changing from the initial value toward the target value with the brightness changing rate of the brightness zone corresponding to the initial value; controlling the output brightness changing toward the target value with the following brightness changing rate when the output brightness crossing one of the brightness thresholds and entering the following brightness zone, wherein the following brightness changing rate corresponds to the following brightness zone; stopping changing the output brightness when reaching the target value.



Dimmable light source with temperature shift

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An illumination device (1) comprises: input terminals (2) for coupling to AC mains;a LED string (10) connected in series with the input terminals;a rectifier (30), having input terminals connected in series with the LED string;a controllable voltage source (40), having input terminals coupled to the rectifier output terminals;a series arrangement of at least one auxiliary LED (51) and a second ballast resistor (52) connected to the output terminals of the controllable voltage source. The voltage source comprises: a series arrangement of an adjustable first resistor (46) and a second resistor (47) connected in parallel to the input terminals;a tuneable Zener diode (49) connected in parallel to the output terminals, having a control input terminal (48) connected to the node between the two resistors; wherein positive output terminal is connected to positive input terminal and negative output terminal is connected to negative input terminal.



Regulation of wavelength shift and perceived color of solid state lighting with intensity variation

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Representative embodiments of the invention provide a system, apparatus, and method of controlling an intensity and spectrum of light emitted from a solid state lighting system. The solid state lighting system has a first emitted spectrum at a full intensity level and at a selected temperature, with a first electrical biasing for the solid state lighting system producing a first wavelength shift, and a second electrical biasing for the solid state lighting system producing a second, opposing wavelength shift. Representative embodiments provide for receiving information designating a selected intensity level or a selected temperature; and providing a combined first electrical biasing and second electrical biasing to the solid state lighting system to generate emitted light having the selected intensity level and having a second emitted spectrum within a predetermined variance of the first emitted spectrum over a predetermined range of temperatures.



Current control circuit and associated method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A current control circuit and associated method are disclosed hereby. The current control circuit has a fly-wheel circuit, comprising an inductor, a rectifier and a load; a current sense circuit, detecting a load current, configured to generate a first current signal; a compensating circuit, generating a compensating signal; a control circuit, generating a control signal according to the first current signal and the compensating signal; a first switch, coupled to the fly-wheel circuit, turned ON and OFF according to the control signal. By the effect of the compensating signal, the drift error of the average load current is prohibited.



AC LED lighting apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the invention provide AC LED lighting apparatuses. The AC LED lighting apparatuses may increase luminous flux and provide optimal efficiency through novel arrangement of a plurality of light emitting blocks on a circuit board and a plurality of LEDs and drive ICs included in each of the light emitting blocks to be sequentially driven, and/or through efficient series-parallel connection between a limited number of LEDs.



Solid-state lighting apparatus and methods using energy storage

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Some embodiments provide a lighting apparatus including a plurality of lighting circuits coupled in series. Each lighting circuit includes a control circuit configured to selectively provide current to at least one LED and at least one charge storage device coupled to the at least one LED. The control circuit may be configured to cause the at least one charge storage device to be selectively charged from a current source and to be discharged via the at least one LED responsive to a varying input. For example, the control circuit may be configured to limit current through the at least one LED to thereby divert current to the at least one charge storage device.



LED fluorescent lamp

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A light emitting diode (LED) fluorescent lamp includes an external connection pin including a first connection pin and a second connection pin, an LED array including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) connected in series, a current stabilizing capacitor connected in parallel to the LED array, and a capacitive element unit connected between the LED array and the external connection pin and configured to vary an impedance of a fluorescent lamp ballast connected to the capacitive element unit through the external connection pin.



Driving circuit and method for pixel unit, pixel unit and display apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A driving circuit and method for a pixel unit, the pixel unit and a display apparatus. The driving circuit for the pixel unit includes a switching unit, a storage capacitor (Cst), a first transistor (T1), a second transistor (T2) and a sixth transistor (T6). The switching unit includes a third transistor (T3), a fourth transistor (T4) and a fifth transistor (T5) for controlling a data signal current (Idata) to charge the storage capacitor (Cst). The driving circuit for the pixel unit expedites the speed for charging the storage capacitor (Cst); further, it has an excellent negative feedback function for the leak current of the storage capacitor (Cst), and ensures the stable operation of the circuit.



Light emitting device and electronic equipment using the same

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A light emitting device is provided which is capable of displaying in desired colors stably by controlling a change in luminance of OLED when an organic light emitting layer is degraded or there is a change in temperature of the surroundings. A reference value for the amount of current flowing into a pixel portion is calculated from data of a video signal. Then, the pixel portion displays an image in accordance with the data of the video signal and the drive current at the time is measured for all of OLEDs in the pixel portion. The two voltage values supplied from a variable power supply to the pixel portion are corrected such that the measured drive current approaches the reference value. With the above structure, lowering of luminance which accompanies degradation of an organic light emitting layer is prevented and a clear image can be displayed as a result.



Motion activated toilet bowl lighting device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A motion activated toilet bowl lighting device includes a body member having inner, outer, top, and bottom walls that define an interior area. The inner wall includes an inwardly annular configuration complementary to a toilet bowl rim outer surface. The lighting device includes an attachment arm displaced from the inner wall. A bridge connects the top wall to the attachment arm such that the inner wall, attachment arm, and bridge sandwich the toilet rim. A motion detector is positioned on the outer wall and a light is positioned on the attachment arm. A light sensor is positioned on the body member. A battery and timer are situated in the interior area. The light is energized when the light sensor detects lower than a predetermined amount of ambient light and when the motion detector detects movement, the light being de-energized when the timer expires.



Large area lighting system with wireless control

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Sensors and lighting components are provided that are capable of matching an emitted color to a color observed at a remote location. The sensor measures a light characteristic at a first location, and provides data to a remote lighting component, such as via a wireless connection. The lighting component is configured to emit light based upon the light characteristic, and thus is able to match an observed lighting condition. The lighting component may match the color, intensity, temperature, pattern, texture, or other characteristic of light at a remote location.



System and method for physical association of lighting scenes

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A controller for a lighting arrangement is provided, comprising a detector unit having a field of view and a pointing direction. The controller furthermore includes an interface unit for interfacing with the lighting arrangement, and a processing unit connected to the detector unit and the interface unit. The detector unit is arranged to provide detection data including parameters related to one or more identifiable beacons within the field of view of the detector unit. The processing unit is arranged to associate the detection data with a set of lighting parameters for the lighting arrangement and to control the lighting arrangement via the interface unit in accordance with the set of lighting parameters. Also a method of controlling alighting arrangement is provided.



Integrated LED and sensor device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A retrofit light emitting diode (LED) module may include a carrier with at least one LED, a retrofit connection for mechanical and electrical contact-connection to conventional lamp holders, and an electronic system for driving the at least one LED. At least one part of the electronic system is integrated into the carrier, and the electronic system comprises a sensor system. A retrofit LED module system may include at least two retrofit LED modules and at least one control unit which regulates the retrofit LED modules in an adaptive and synchronized manner.



Semiconductor component and method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A semiconductor component and a method for manufacturing the semiconductor component, wherein the semiconductor component includes one or more transient voltage suppression structures. In an embodiment, the semiconductor component may include an over-voltage detection circuit, an over-current detection circuit, an over-temperature detection circuit, an ESD protection circuit, or combinations of these circuits.



Lamp control system, lamp power-saving system and method therefor

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A power-saving method for a lamp power-saving system is provided. The method includes the following steps. A lamp control unit is provided to control a fluorescent lamp. The lamp control unit includes a power conversion circuit and a preheat and lighting circuit. The preheat and lighting circuit, coupled to the power conversion circuit and two terminals of the fluorescent lamp, preheats and activates the fluorescent lamp, and outputs a feedback signal indicating a current passing through the fluorescent lamp. When the feedback signal indicates the fluorescent lamp is in a preheat mode, a resonant circuit of the preheat and lighting circuit is enabled to preheat the fluorescent lamp via a current path provided by a diode bridge of the preheat and lighting circuit. When the feedback signal indicates the fluorescent lamp is lighted, the current path of the preheat and lighting circuit is disconnected to stop preheating.



Phase and frequency control of a radio frequency generator from an external source

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Controlling a phase and/or a frequency of a RF generator. The RF generator includes a power source, a sensor, and a sensor signal processing unit. The sensor signal processing unit is coupled to the power source and to the sensor. The sensor signal processing unit controls the phase and/or the frequency of a RF generator.



Lamp

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A band pass filter comprises an air filled aluminum chamber, having a lid and a cuboid resonant cavity having a central iris. At opposite end nodes of the cavity, perfect electric conductors (PECs) are provided. One is connected to a feed wire from an input at one end of the cavity. The other PEC is connected via a further feed wire to a radiator in a fabrication of solid-dielectric, lucent material. Threaded tuning projections opposite the PECs and in the iris are provided, whereby the pass band and the transmission characteristics of the filter in the pass band can be tuned to match the input impedance of the band pass filter and the wave guide to the output impedance of a microwave drive circuit (not shown). Typically the impedance will be 50Ω.



Plasma light source

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A High Frequency light source has a central body of fused quartz, with a central void, filled with a fill in the void of material excitable by High Frequency energy to form a light emitting plasma. An inner sleeve of perforate metal shim extends along the length of the central body to provide a launching gap. The sleeve has a transverse end portion extending across the other, inner end of the central body. An outer cylinder of fused quartz with an internal bore such as to be a sliding fit with the inner sleeve, itself a sliding fit on the central body. An outer sleeve of perforate metal, enclosing the outer cylinder and having an end portion extending across the flush, void ends of the quartz body and cylinder and having a skirt extending past the flush over an aluminum carrier, clamped and holding the quartz elements against the carrier.



Terahertz interaction structure including a folded waveguide with a ridge structure and having an electron beam tunnel passing through the ridge structure

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A terahertz interaction circuit is provided. The terahertz interaction circuit includes a waveguide and an electron beam tunnel. The waveguide has a folded shape and in which an electromagnetic wave propagates. The electron beam tunnel is formed to penetrate through the waveguide. An electron beam passes through the electron beam tunnel. The waveguide includes a ridge portion in which a portion of a surface of the waveguide protrudes into the waveguide.



Stabilized high-voltage power supply

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A stabilized high-voltage power supply is disclosed, having a general setup similar to a pulse-step modulator. The power supply comprises a plurality of DC power modules (40) having their outputs connected in a series configuration. Each power module comprises a DC voltage source (41), a DC-DC converter (42), and an output switching circuit (43). The total output voltage of the power supply is regulated by regulating the DC link voltage at the output of each power module. This is achieved by an appropriate feedback control circuit driving the DC-DC converter of each power module. In this manlier, low output ripple and a rapid response to changes in output current can be achieved. The power supply may be used, e.g., as the cathode power supply of a gyrotron.



Light emitting device and electronic appliance

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is to provide a light emitting device capable of obtaining a certain luminance without influence by the temperature change, and a driving method thereof. A current mirror circuit formed by using a transistor is provided for each pixel. The first transistor and the second transistor of the current mirror circuit are connected such that the drain currents thereof are maintained at proportional values regardless of the load resistance value. Thereby, a light emitting device capable of controlling the OLED driving current and the luminance of the OLED by controlling the drain current of the first transistor at a value corresponding to a video signal in a driving circuit, and supplying the drain current of the second transistor to the OLED, is provided.



Bunch length compression method for free electron lasers to avoid parasitic compressions

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of bunch length compression method for a free electron laser (FEL) that avoids parasitic compressions by 1) applying acceleration on the falling portion of the RF waveform, 2) compressing using a positive momentum compaction (R56>0), and 3) compensating for aberration by using nonlinear magnets in the compressor beam line.



Electro-optic device and electronic device

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An electro-optic device includes pixel electrodes; a data line block for providing an image signal to a first pixel electrode group and a second pixel electrode group in one column of pixel electrodes arrayed in a line in a first direction, the data line block being configured by data line pairs in which a pair of a first data line and a second data line extending in the first direction is arranged for each column; an image signal supplying unit for sequentially providing an image signal in time-series to each of the data line pairs configuring the data line block from one end of each of the data line pairs; and an inspection voltage supplying unit for supplying an inspection voltage from another end of each of the data line pairs each to the data line block and separately to each of the first data line and the second data line.



Radio-frequency lighting control system with occupancy sensing

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A load control system controls an electrical load provided in a space and comprises a load control device and one or more occupancy sensors. The load control device controls the load in response to the wireless control signals received from the occupancy sensors. Each occupancy sensor transmits an occupied control signal to the load control device in response to detecting an occupancy condition in the space and a vacant control signal to the load control device in response to detecting a vacancy condition. The load control device turns on the load in response to receiving the occupied control signal from at least one of the occupancy sensors, and turns off the load in response to receiving vacant control signals from both of the occupancy sensors. The load control device is operable to determine that no wireless control signals have been received from the occupancy sensors for the length of a predetermined timeout period and to subsequently turn off the load.



Method for varying oscillation frequency of high frequency oscillator

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The switching element is provided in a state of being electromagnetically coupled to the cavity resonator of the high frequency oscillator; the bias voltage applying terminal is connected to one electrode of the switching element; another electrode of the switching element is electrically connected to the cavity resonator (the anode shell in FIG. 1); the metal plate having a size enough for reflecting an electric wave to be transmitted before and after the switching element in a high-frequency manner is provided at any one end of the switching element; and by applying a bias voltage to the switching element and varying that, a reactance of the switching element is changed and a resonance frequency of the cavity resonator is varied. By this method, an oscillation frequency can be varied greatly relative to a small change in a bias voltage.



Multi-mode portable lighting device

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A portable lighting device, such as a flashlight, with a mechanical power switch and multiple operating modes is provided. The mechanical power switch is disposed in series with the controller for the lighting device and acts as the user interface to the controller to change modes of operation. Because the mechanical power switch is in series with the controller, the portable lighting device does not consume battery power when the mechanical switch is open. A state machine coupled to the controller is polled by the controller each time it is powered up to determine the operational mode of the lighting device.



LED lighting device with improved modulation depth

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lighting device using an LED is provided where an LED lighting device having an improved modulation depth which is calculated with the maximum value and the minimum value of an amount of instantaneous light emission in an AC-driven LED lighting device having an LED turned on and off by using an instantaneous AC voltage periodically varied with time.



Power supply device

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A power supply device containing a first board, a second board, an enclosure into which the first board and the second board are installed, a power supply unit which supplies power to an external load, a control circuit unit for controlling output current and/or output voltage from the power supply unit to the external load, the control circuit unit being embedded on the first board, a memory which stores control information, the memory being utilized in the control circuit unit for controlling the output current and/or the output voltage from the power supply unit, and an interface unit which is capable of receiving the control information from an external device and transmitting the control information to the memory, the interface unit being embedded on the second board which is physically separated from the first board.



Combined lighting device with an integrated dimming control system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-scene, multi-zone lighting device includes a support structure supporting multiple lighting zones, an ensemble of the zones defining a lighting scene. A master dimming control built into the support structure has a power input line and multiple dimmers. The zones are coupled to the dimmer output lines to receive a controlled setting from the corresponding dimmer. A remote control device communicates with the master dimming control, and has a memory for storing settings for the multiple zones and a user interface for a user to select a stored setting for each zone or a scene composed of multiple zones. Settings can be prestored or programmed by the user. The master dimming control includes a controller responsive to receiving the set of settings to set the controlled setting of the corresponding dimmer for each zone in the selected scene to conform the zones to the settings in the selected scene.



Electronic ballast with dimming circuit

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic ballast with dimming circuit including an electronic ballast dimming circuit receiving an analog dimming signal, the electronic ballast dimming circuit including an input dimming circuit (210) operable to receive the analog dimming signal (252) at an analog dimming signal input (212); and an output dimming circuit (220) operably connected to the input dimming circuit (210), the output dimming circuit (220) being operable to receive a fixed frequency signal (222) having a variable duty cycle and to generate an analog dimming control signal (224) in response to the analog dimming signal (252). Output voltage at the analog dimming signal input (212) is a function of the variable duty cycle of the fixed frequency signal (222) when the analog dimming signal (252) is not present at the analog dimming signal input (212).



LED-airfield light

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method for driving a LED-airfield light by a controller 18, being at least connected two LED-modules 20, 30, wherein the LED-modules 20, 30 each comprise a memory 28, 38, permits to drive the LEDs at equal luminosity if the method comprises at least the steps of storing status information about each LED-module 20 on the respective LED-module 20, reading the status information by the controller 18 and determining driving parameters for a first LED-module 20 of the at least two LED-modules 20, 30, considering the status information about at least one second LED-module 30.



Lighting apparatus, lighting system, and control method

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A lighting apparatus includes a power supply circuit, a light-emitting unit, a mounting unit, and a lighting-side controller. The light-emitting unit is configured to drive light emission based on a power supply voltage generated by the power supply circuit. The mounting unit is configured to detachably mount an electronic apparatus including an apparatus-side controller and an apparatus function unit controlled by the apparatus-side controller. The lighting-side controller is configured to perform control to supply an operating voltage based on the power supply voltage to the apparatus-side controller of the electronic apparatus mounted to the mounting unit to perform authentication processing with the apparatus-side controller, and perform, based on a result of the authentication processing, control to supply the operating voltage based on the power supply voltage to the apparatus function unit.



Telehealth wireless communication hub device and service platform system

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A display circuit includes a first pulse width modulated (PWM) signal line coupled to a first switch, a second PWM signal line coupled to a second switch and the signal line, a transistor coupled to the second signal line between the first signal line and the second switch, a third switch coupled to a third PWM signal line, a fourth switch coupled to a fourth PWM signal line, a fifth switch coupled to a fifth PWM signal line, a light emitting diode (LED) including a red element coupled between the first and third switches, a green element coupled between the first and fourth switches, and a blue element coupled between the first and fifth switches, and an LED including a red element coupled between the second and third switches, a green element coupled between the second and fourth switches, and a blue element coupled between the second and fifth switches.



Light-emitting diode driving device for reducing light off period

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An LED driving apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an LED Portion 10, a charging/discharging capacitor 111, a capacitor charging and discharging paths, and a capacitor charging constant current portion 110. The LED driving portion 3 controls a current in the LED portion 10. The capacitor 111 is connected in parallel to the LED portion 10. The charging and discharging paths are connected to the capacitor whereby charging and discharging the capacitor, respectively. The constant current portion 110 is connected on the charging path and controls a charging current so that the capacitor is charged at a constant current. When rectified voltage applied to the LED portion becomes high, the capacitor is charged with the charging current through the charging path. When the voltage becomes low, the capacitor is discharged at a discharging current through the discharging path so that the discharging current is applied to the LED portion.