US Pat. No. 9,541,261

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A DYNAMIC LIGHT FIXTURE

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1. A dynamic light fixture, comprising:
a rail with a track, the track including channels extending from a first end of the rail to a second end of the rail;
a plurality of light bars being positioned at different locations along the track, wherein each of the plurality of light
bars houses a light source;

a plurality of light bar interfaces configured to couple the plurality of light bars to the track, the plurality of light
bar interfaces configured to allow each of the plurality of light bars to independently move along the track and be independently
rotated, wherein a first light bar includes a plurality of light sources, wherein the plurality of light sources are positioned
at different intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,244,602

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A VOLTAGE SNUBBER CIRCUIT UTILIZED WITH LIGHT FIXTURES

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1. A voltage snubber circuit for a light source comprising:a constant current power supply that is configured to dynamically change a voltage based on a load;
a first diode coupled with the constant current power supply, the first diode including a first breakdown voltage and a first IV curve;
a second diode coupled with the constant current power supply, the second diode including a second breakdown voltage and a second IV curve, wherein the first breakdown voltage is higher than the second breakdown voltage and portions of the first IV curve overlap with the portions of the second IV curve;
a light emitting diode string with a plurality of light emitting diodes coupled with the constant current power supply, the light emitting diode string having a turn on voltage, wherein the first breakdown voltage and the second breakdown voltage are higher than the turn on voltage, the light emitting diode string being positioned in parallel with the first diode and the second diode, wherein the voltage supplied by the constant current power supply bypasses the light emitting diode string if the voltage supplied to the first diode or the second diode is greater than the a first voltage threshold, the turn on voltage being less than the first voltage threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,951,941

LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A lighting system comprising:a lighting shelf with a first end and a second end, the first end of the lighting shelf being configured to be coupled with strut channels, and the second end being an open end;
a housing extending from the first end to the second end;
a plurality of light sources positioned within the housing, each of the plurality of light sources extending across a longitudinal axis of the housing, the plurality of light sources having evenly spaced light emitting diodes, wherein each of the plurality of light sources are configured to independently move in a direction across a lateral axis of the housing;
a plurality of lighting shelves, wherein each of the plurality of lighting shelves are configured to be coupled with the strut channels at a different vertical offset, wherein only the first ends of the lighting shelves are coupled to the strut channels;
a cart with a plurality of cart shelves, the cart being configured to be inserted and removed from the lighting system.

US Pat. No. 9,970,649

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A HEAT SINK

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1. A light fixture with a cross-flow thermal management system comprising:a light source configured to emit light and generate heated air responsive to emitting the light;
a heat sink positioned above the light source, the heat sink being configured to passively and continuously dissipate the heated air generated by the light source, the heat sink including a plurality of wings, the plurality of wings being positioned at even intervals along a central axis of the heat sink and extend across a minor axis of the heat sink, wherein the central axis is longer than the minor axis, wherein positioning the plurality of wings across the minor axis of the heat sink increases a surface area of the wings in comparison with positioning the plurality of wings across the central axis of the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,208,940

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COUPLING A METAL CORE PCB TO A HEAT SINK

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1. A heat sink for a light fixture comprising:a plurality of fins positioned from a first end of the heat sink to a second end of the heat sink, the plurality of fins being positioned perpendicular to a central axis of the heat sink;
a base being coupled to lower surfaces of the plurality of fins, the base being comprised of metal core PCB, wherein the base does not cover an entirety of the lower surfaces of the plurality of fins;
angled protrusions positioned on the sides of the base, the angled protrusions extending in a downward direction away from the lower surfaces of the plurality of fins to create a space between upper surfaces of the angled protrusions and the lower surfaces of the plurality of fins.

US Pat. No. 10,208,920

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A system for optically controlling a light pattern comprisinga substrate with a substrate length;
at least one light source positioned on a center panel of the substrate, wherein the at least one light source is configured to emit light on an area of distribution;
first bends extending along a longitudinal axis of the substrate on both sides of the at least one light source, the first bends having a first angle;
first panels on the substrate having first ends positioned adjacent to the first bends, the first panels having a first length and a first height, wherein a first distance from the first bends to second ends of the first panels determine the area of distribution of light emitted from the at least one light source, the first height being a vertical distances from the substrate to the seconds ends, wherein the first height impacts a mechanical strength of the system, wherein the first angle and the first height are modified based in part on the substrate length.

US Pat. No. 10,215,389

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SMART MODULE DIRECTLY EMBEDDED ON A LIGHTING FIXTURE

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1. A light fixture comprising:a substrate formed of metal core PCB;
a first grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate;
a second grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate, wherein there is a space between the first grouping of light sources and the second grouping of light sources;
a smart module including at least one sensor being embedded on the substrate within the space, wherein traces associated with the smart module are directly embedded on the substrate, the traces being configured to electrically couple the first grouping of light sources, the second grouping of light sources, and electronic components associated with the smart module.

US Pat. No. 10,264,648

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A PARALLELED HYBRID HORTICULTURE SYSTEM

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1. A hybrid horticulture system comprising:a plurality of light emitting diode strings positioned in parallel to each other, wherein the plurality of light emitting diode strings include a plurality of light emitting diodes;
a constant power supply configured to operate in a constant voltage mode or a constant current mode at a given time period, wherein the constant power supply is configured to supply power to an input of the plurality of light emitting diode strings, the constant power supply has a predetermined set maximum voltage when the constant power supply is operating in constant current mode, the predetermined set maximum voltage being associated with an overvoltage condition of the plurality of light emitting diode strings, wherein the constant power supply is configured to switch from the constant current mode to the constant voltage mode responsive to a supply voltage from the constant power supply being greater than the predetermined set maximum voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,638,565

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VOLTAGE INTERFACES BETWEEN LEGACY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND LIGHT SOURCES

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1. A system for controlling a plurality of light fixtures, the system comprising:a control loop including a first op-amp configured to receive power from a first power source and to be coupled to a first ground, wherein the control loop is configured to receive an input from a power source that supplies between zero and ten volts;
an output loop including a second op-amp configured to receive power from a second power source and to be coupled to a second ground, wherein the first power source and the second power source are electrically isolated from each other and the first ground and the second ground are electrically isolated from each other;
an optical isolator configured to electrically isolate the control loop from the output loop, the optical isolator being configured to receive an input signal from the control loop and transmit an output signal to the output loop.

US Pat. No. 10,215,385

LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A lighting system comprising:a plurality of lighting shelves, each lighting shelf including a first end and a second end, the first end coupled with strut channels, and the second end being an open end, a width across the first end being shorter than a length from the first end to the second end;
a light housing including a plurality of light sources positioned within each lighting shelf, the light housing extending from the first end to the second end; and
a cart with a plurality of cart shelves, the cart shelves being configured to be inserted between the plurality of lighting shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,488,028

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A HEAT SINK

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1. A method for manufacturing a linear heat sink for a light source, comprising:creating a die to form the heat sink;
forming a first plurality of fins by extruding a first unitary block of metal from an upper surface of the first unitary block of metal towards a lower surface of the first unitary block of metal via a negative of the die, wherein each of the plurality of fins includes an exposed upper edge;
forming a first base simultaneously while forming the first plurality of fins;
coupling a first rail to a first sidewall of a first base, the first base being positioned below the first plurality of fins,
coupling a second rail to a second sidewall of the first base, the first rail and the second rail extending along a central axis of the linear heat sink from a first end of the first base to a second end of the first base, wherein:
a width of each of the first plurality of fins extends across the central axis from the first rail to the second rail, the width of each of the first plurality of fins being smaller than a length of the linear heat sink;
the first rail and the second rail each comprise a planar external sidewall perpendicular to the first base and a tapered internal sidewall, wherein the tapered internal sidewall extends outward from a position below the first base toward the planar external sidewall; extending a second unitary block of metal to form a second plurality of fins and a second base; and coupling the first base and the second base via the first rail and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,436,428

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A light fixture comprising:a first set of panels, each of the panels with the first set of panels having a first end and a second end, wherein each of the panels within the first set of panels includes at least one bend;
a first bracket extending across the first set of panels in a direction that is orthogonal to each of the first set of panels, the first bracket being configured to couple each of the panels within the first set of panels together, the first bracket being positioned between the first end and the second end of each of the panels within the first set of panels, and the first bracket having a width that is smaller than a distance from the first end to the second end;
cutouts having a first side positioned on a first side of the first bracket and a second side positioned on a second side of the first bracket, the cutouts being shaped to correspond with the at least one bend of each of the first set of panels, wherein when a corresponding panel is positioned with a first cutout a bottom surface of the corresponding panel is flush with a bottom surface of the first cutout, the corresponding panel extending away from the first side of the first cutout and the second side of the first cutout.

US Pat. No. 10,415,810

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A light fixture system comprising:a first set of substrates positioned in parallel to each other having at least one bend extending along a longitudinal axis of each of the substrates, wherein:
the first set of substrates includes a plurality of substrates; and
each of the substrates within the first set of substrates includes an upper surface and a flat and planar surface positioned on an opposite side of the at least one bend as the flat upper surface, wherein the upper surface and the flat and planar surface are positioned in parallel to each other at different vertical offsets;
a first endcap being coupled to first ends of each of the substrates within the first set of substrates, the first endcap including a hollow channel extending from a proximal end to a distal end of the first endcap, wherein the first ends of each of the substrates is configured to be inserted into the hollow channel; and
a second endcap being coupled to second ends of each of the substrates within the first set of substrates, the first endcap and the second endcap extending in a direction that is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of each of the substrates within the first set of substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,571,113

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A HEAT SINK

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1. A cross-flow thermal management system comprising:a heat sink positioned above a heat generating source, the heat sink having a longitudinal axis from a first end of the heat sink to a second end of the heat sink, the heat sink including a plurality of wings extending across the longitudinal axis of the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,485,187

LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A lighting system comprising:a plurality of lighting shelves, each lighting shelf including a first end coupled with at least one support frame;
a light housing including a plurality of light sources positioned within each lighting shelf, the light housing extending along the lighting shelf; and
a cart having a plurality of cart shelves, the cart shelves being configured to be inserted between the plurality of lighting shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,359,183

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A heat sink comprising:a substrate having a heat sink rating, a top heat dissipation surface area, and a width;
at least one light source positioned on a first surface of the substrate;
at least one bend extending along a length of the substrate, wherein a height of the substrate is modified based on the length of substrate by changing an angle of the at least one bend to achieve the heat sink rating based on the width of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,495,292

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SMART MODULE DIRECTLY EMBEDDED ON A LIGHTING FIXTURE

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1. A light fixture comprising:a rectangular substrate having a length and a width, the substrate formed of metal core PCB;
a first grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate and comprising a plurality of rows along the width of the substrate;
a second grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate and comprising a plurality of rows along the width of the substrate, wherein there is a space between the first grouping of light sources and the second grouping of light sources; and
a smart module including at least one sensor being embedded on the substrate within the space.

US Pat. No. 10,743,379

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING CONTROLS AND SENSORS

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1. A system to remotely control lighting devices comprising:a plurality of lighting modules corresponding to a plurality of light fixtures, wherein each lighting module has a fixture unique identifier;
a plurality of sensor modules configured to determine environmental data, and to transmit the environmental data to a control gateway over a second type of network; and
the control gateway, communicatively coupled to a control server over a first type of network and to the plurality of lighting modules and the plurality of sensor modules over the second type of network, the control gateway configured to:
assign groupings of the plurality of lighting modules and the plurality of sensor modules, wherein each grouping comprises at least one of the plurality of lighting modules and at least one of the plurality of sensor modules;
receive user input over the first type of network specifying a light schedule for a first grouping of lighting modules and sensor modules, wherein the light schedule comprises a ramp up period, a photo period for illuminating plants at a substantially constant light intensity, and a ramp down period; and
transmit the light schedule over the second type of network to the first grouping to implement the light schedule, wherein the control server is positioned remotely from the control gateway and the plurality of lighting modules.

US Pat. No. 10,605,444

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A system for optically controlling a light pattern, the system comprising:a substrate having a bottom surface and a top surface and a central longitudinal axis;
one or more light sources embedded on the bottom surface of the substrate;
a first panel extending along a first side of the substrate parallel to the central longitudinal axis, the first panel having a first length and bent at a first angle with respect to the substrate; and
a second panel extending along a side of the first panel, the second panel having a second length and bent at a second angle with respect to the first panel;
wherein:
values for the first length, the second length, the first angle, and the second angle are chosen to achieve a desired light distribution and/or level of optical control; and
air heated by the one or more light sources travels from below the bottom surface of the substrate around distal ends of the second panel and upwards towards the central longitudinal axis above the top surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,627,093

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A HEAT SINK

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1. A linear heat sink for a light fixture formed from a unitary block of metal, the linear heat sink comprising:a rib formed by not fully extruding the unitary block of metal, the rib extending along a central longitudinal axis of the heat sink from a first end of the linear heat sink to a second end of the linear heat sink;
first fins positioned on a first side of the rib, the first fins formed by extruding the unitary block of metal on the first side of the rib, the extruding extending from an upper surface of the unitary block of metal to a lower surface of the unitary block of metal;
second fins positioned on a second side of the rib, the second fins formed by extruding the unitary block of metal on the second side of the rib, being formed by extruding the unitary block of metal from the upper surface of the unitary block of metal to the lower surface of the unitary block of metal on the second side of the rib; and
a single, continuous base, wherein the base:
has a central longitudinal axis that is directly aligned with the central longitudinal axis of the heat sink and a transverse axis that is transverse to the central longitudinal axis of the base;
has a length extending along the central longitudinal axis of the base;
has a transverse width extending along the transverse axis of the base which defines a flat portion of the base, wherein the length is greater than the transverse width; and comprises protrusions positioned on two opposite, distal ends of the base relative to the transverse axis, the protrusions extend at a downward angle from the flat portion of the base that partially expose lower surfaces of the first fins and the second fins
is configured to cover portions of a lower surface of the linear heat sink such that each of the first fins and the second fins extend an equal distance beyond the flat portion of the base along the transverse axis of the base but do not extend beyond the protrusions of the base along the transverse axis of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,750,677

LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

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1. A method for a lighting system, comprisingcoupling first ends of a plurality of cart shelves to at least one support frame thereby defining a cart, each of said cart shelves configured to receive a plant,
defining second ends of the plurality of cart shelves distal from the first ends, wherein pairs of adjacent second ends define lighting shelf-receiving openings therebetween;
positioning the cart proximate a plurality of lighting shelves each having light sources positioned within the respective shelves configured to emit light having a horticultural spectrum suitable for plant cultivation;
moving the cart in a first direction toward the plurality of lighting shelves whereby the plurality of lighting shelf-receiving openings receive respective ones of said plurality of lighting shelves, thereby positioning said cart shelves in light-receiving relation to respective said lighting shelves; and
selectively disengaging the cart in a second direction away from the plurality of lighting shelves, thereby withdrawing the lighting shelf-receiving openings from the plurality of lighting shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,756,484

ELECTRICAL SPLICE CONNECTOR

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1. An electrical connector, comprising:an upper cap configured to engage with an end cap, the upper cap comprising an upper cap insert that is independent from the upper cap in at least one axis of motion;
the end cap, comprising one or more contact blades configured to receive an insulated cable; and
at least one alignment element to prevent the upper cap insert from moving in the at least one axis of motion as the upper cap engages with the end cap, wherein the at least one alignment element comprises one or more cylindrical pins on the end cap and one or more corresponding cylindrical holes on the upper cap;
wherein as the upper cap engages with the end cap the upper cap insert presses the insulated cable onto the one or more contact blades such that the one or more contact blades are in electrical connection with one or more conductors in the insulated cable.

US Pat. No. 10,893,584

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VOLTAGE INTERFACES BETWEEN LEGACY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND LIGHT SOURCES

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10. A method for controlling a plurality of light fixtures, the method comprising:coupling first electrical elements within a control loop to a first power source and a first ground, the control loop including a first op-amp;
coupling second electrical elements within an output loop to a second power source and a second ground, the output loop including a second op-amp, wherein the first power source and the second power source are electrically isolated from each other and the first ground and the second ground are electrically isolated from each other; and
electrically isolating the control loop and the output loop with an optical isolator, the optical isolator being configured to receive an input signal from the control loop and transmit an output signal to the output loop,
wherein the first power source and the second power source are configured to supply a same voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,782,009

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SMART MODULE DIRECTLY EMBEDDED ON A LIGHTING FIXTURE

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1. A light fixture comprising:a rectangular substrate having a length and a width;
a first grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate and comprising a plurality of rows along the width of the substrate;
a second grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate and comprising a plurality of rows along the width of the substrate, wherein there is a space between the first grouping of light sources and the second grouping of light sources; and
a smart module located on the substrate within the space.

US Pat. No. 10,823,382

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A system for optically controlling a light pattern, the system comprising:a substrate having a bottom surface and a top surface and a central longitudinal axis;
one or more light sources embedded on the bottom surface of the substrate;
a first panel extending along a first side of the substrate parallel to the central longitudinal axis, the first panel bent at a first angle with respect to the substrate; and
a second panel extending along a side of the first panel, the second panel bent at a second angle with respect to the first panel;
wherein air heated by the one or more light sources travels from below the bottom surface of the substrate around distal ends of the second panel and upwards towards the central longitudinal axis above the top surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,798,879

TEMPORAL, IRRADIANCE-CONTROLLED PHOTOACCLIMATION

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1. An apparatus, comprising:a user interface configured to receive user input; and
a photoacclimation controller configured to:
transmit the user input to a server;
receive from the server a photoacclimation schedule for one or more plants, wherein the server calculates the photoacclimation schedule based on the user input; and
generate control signals that adjust light output of at least one luminaire to implement the photoacclimation schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,859,246

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLAPSIBLE LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A horticultural luminaire system (100), comprisinga first light fixture (110) and a second light fixture (120), the first light fixture comprising a first plurality of light sources, and the second light fixture comprising a second plurality of light sources;
a coupling element coupling the first light fixture in movable relation to the second light fixture;
wherein the first light fixture is movable relative the second light fixture from a first position wherein the first plurality of light sources is proximate the second light fixture to a second position wherein the first plurality of light sources is remote the second light fixture; and
wherein the coupling element is configured to apply a predetermined retarding torque opposing motion of the first light fixture from the first position to the second position; and
wherein a locking bracket (272) extends between exterior regions of the first and second light fixtures and interconnects the first and second light fixtures when positioned in the deployed second position and resists motion away from said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,830,420

LUMINAIRE HAVING A CABLEWAY

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1. A horticultural luminaire having an internal articulated cableway, comprising:a first light fixture (110) coupled by a hinge (130) for rotational motion relative a second light fixture (120);
the first light fixture comprising a first rail (112) having an interior cavity defining a cable passageway to which a first light source is coupled,
the second light fixture comprising a second rail (122) having an interior cavity defining a cable passageway to which a second light source is coupled;
the first rail (112) defining a first cable opening (3112) adjacent the hinge;
the second rail (122) defining a second cable opening (3222) adjacent the hinge;
wherein the hinge has a hinge body (214, 224) defining first and second hinge projections (212; 222) receiving respective first and second rails,the first hinge projection (212) defines a first cableway aperture (3212) in register with the first rail cable opening (3112);the second hinge projection (222) defines a second cableway aperture (3222) in register with the second rail cable opening (3222);whereby the first and second hinge cableway apertures define a path in which a power cable is receivable communicating from a region exterior of the hinge to the interior cavities of both the first and the second rails.

US Pat. No. 10,816,180

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTING FIXTURES

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1. A light fixture, comprising:a plurality of light bars, wherein each light bar comprises:
a substrate having at least one bend extending along an entire length of the light bar; and
a plurality of light sources directly embedded on the substrate; and
a bracket connected orthogonally to each of the plurality of light bars, wherein a width of the bracket is smaller than the entire length of the light bar;
wherein the bracket comprises:
a first rail on a first side of the bracket, extending along a longitudinal axis of the bracket;
a second rail on a second side of the bracket, extending along the longitudinal axis of the bracket; and
a channel defined by the first rail and the second rail extending along the longitudinal axis of the bracket.