US Pat. No. 10,638,570

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of operating a lighting control system comprising:powering, at a first current level and via an AC power source, a base module connected to a lighting circuit of a light fixture in a closed circuit such that a light bulb electrically connected to the light fixture is unilluminated;
converting the AC to DC;
transferring the DC from the base module to a light switch module nested, at least in part, in a well of the base module via a first electrical connector of the base module electrically coupled to a second electrical connector of the light switch module, wherein the second electrical connector is electrically coupled to a switch control circuit in the light switch module, the switch control circuit including a processor configured to modulate a flow of electrical current energy to the lighting circuit via a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes by varying illumination of the light bulb, wherein the switch control circuit is electrically connected to a rechargeable battery,
in response to receiving a first command from the switch control circuit to illuminate the light bulb, increasing the flow of electrical current energy from the base module to the lighting circuit;
in response to receiving a second command to discontinue the illumination of the light bulb at the light switch module:
1) reducing an amperage of the electrical current energy flowing to the lighting circuit to a first level configured to discontinue the illumination of the light bulb,
2) for a first pre-specified period of time, reducing the amperage of the electrical current energy flowing in the base module to a second level lower than the first current level from the AC power source,
3) for a second pre-specified period of time, opening the electrical connection between the switch control circuit and the second electrical connector, and
4) using the rechargeable battery to power the switch control circuit during the second pre-specified period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,716,193

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SPATIAL LOCATION DETERMINATION

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1. A method of locating a lighting control system, the method comprising:transmitting a first radio signal from a first light control module to a second light control module at a first launch time;
detecting the first radio signal at the second light control module;
transmitting a second radio signal from the second light control module to the first light control module in response to detecting receipt of the first radio signal, wherein the second radio signal encodes an identity of the second light control module;
detecting, at the first light control module, the second radio signal as originating from the second light control module;
recording a first receipt time of the detection of the second radio signal; and
determining a position of the second light control module with respect to the first light control module using a distance determined from a time of flight of transmission of the first radio signal and the second radio signal measured from the first launch time to the first receipt time.

US Pat. No. 10,709,001

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM SCENE LIST SELECTION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A lighting control system comprising:a module housing;
a graphical user interface coupled to the module housing;
a dimmer circuit positioned in the module housing; and
a processor positioned in the module housing and electrically connected to the graphical user interface, the processor configured to (i) modulate a flow of electrical energy to a lighting circuit via the dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes, (ii) detect a strength of a wireless signal received at an antenna coupled to the processor to determine a proximity of a wireless device proximate to the module housing, and (iii) compare an identification address included in the received wireless signal with one or more registered identification addresses saved in a dataset, the processor further configured to:
1) select a user profile corresponding to a first registered identification address matching the identification address in the received wireless signal, and
2) cause a change in at least one of:
i. a scene selection protocol for selecting at least one lighting scene from the plurality of lighting scenes based on the selected user profile, and
ii. a display setting of the graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,667,365

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM ZONE IDENTIFICATION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A method of operating a lighting control system, the method comprising:actuating a first switch control circuit of a first lighting control module of a plurality of lighting control modules wherein each lighting control module in the plurality of lighting control modules includes:
a module housing,
a user interface coupled to the module housing,
a light sensor coupled to the module housing, and
a second switch control circuit positioned in the module housing and including a processor configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to a lighting circuit via a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes by varying an illumination of a light bulb connected to the lighting circuit, the second switch control circuit electrically connected to the user interface and the light sensor,
detecting actuation of the first switch control circuit of the first lighting control module at each lighting control module in the plurality of lighting control modules;
polling, responsive to actuating the first switch control circuit, the light sensor in each lighting control module by a respective processor in each lighting control module, to detect a change in a light level;
transmitting, from each lighting control module, the change in the light level detected by a respective lighting control module;
cataloging the lighting control modules that detected the change in the light level caused by the actuation of the first switch control circuit into a first zone of one or more zones; and
cataloguing the lighting control modules that detected the change in the light level caused by the actuation of the first switch control circuit into a respective zone based on a magnitude of the detected change.

US Pat. No. 10,893,593

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM TEMPERATURE CONTROL APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A method of using a lighting control system for temperature control comprising:detecting temperature readings from a temperature sensor included in each of a plurality of light control modules, wherein each light control module is configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a light fixture electrically connected to the light control module;
grouping one or more temperature sensors of the lighting control modules into a first group corresponding to an interior wall based on the temperature readings being within a pre-determined range of one another; and
controlling at least one of a heater and an air conditioning system to adjust one of heating and cooling by the one of the heater and the air conditioning system based on the temperature readings of the first group of temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,743,388

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL MULTI-SWITCH APPARATUSES

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1. A lighting control apparatus comprising:a lighting control module having at least three electrical terminals, including a power terminal, a common terminal, and a traveler terminal, the lighting control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a light fixture electrically connected to the lighting control module;
a detector circuit positioned in the lighting control module, the detector circuit electrically coupled to the traveler terminal and configured to detect a grounding of the traveler terminal; and
a controller in electrical communication with the detector circuit, the controller configured to cause a call signal to be transmitted to a switch connected to the traveler terminal, the call signal configured to request the switch connected to the traveler terminal to transmit a response signal to the controller to identify the switch connected to the traveler terminal.

US Pat. No. 11,013,089

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL BULB DETECTION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A lighting control system bulb type detection apparatus comprising:a lighting control module configured to decrease to zero a transmission of electrical energy to a lighting circuit having a bulb electrically connected to the lighting control module;
a detector circuit positioned in the lighting control module, the detector circuit configured to measure a response of the lighting circuit to the decrease in the transmission of electrical energy; and
a controller in electrical communication with the detector circuit, the controller configured to correlate the measured response to stored response data for a plurality of bulb types to determine the bulb type of the bulb of the lighting circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,912,177

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM LEARNING EXCLUSION SYSTEMS

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1. A lighting control system comprising:a module housing;
a graphical user interface (GUI) coupled to the module housing; and
a switch control circuit positioned in the module housing and including an antenna coupled to a processor of the switch control circuit configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to a lighting circuit coupled to the switch control circuit, the switch control circuit electrically connected to the GUI, wherein the processor is configured to,
detect a Bluetooth signal received at the antenna based on a strength of the Bluetooth signal;
identify a proximate Bluetooth identification (ID) address of the Bluetooth signal;
compare the identified proximate Bluetooth ID address with one or more registered Bluetooth ID addresses saved in a dataset, wherein a Bluetooth ID address is registered by entering a credential; and
catalogue a command and a contemporaneous event parameter detected with receipt of the command, if the identified proximate Bluetooth ID address corresponds to at least one of the one or more registered Bluetooth ID addresses saved in the dataset, wherein the command is used to select a scene for the lighting circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,071,188

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM AIR GAP APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A lighting control system comprising:a base module including a base housing forming a well and including a first electrical connector positioned in the well, the first electrical connector connected to a power terminal configured to receive current from an alternating current (A.C.) power supply to permit the base module to be electrically coupled with a lighting circuit,
a depressible switch housed in the well, the depressible switch including a spring biasing the depressible switch into an extended position configured and arranged to disconnect a contact coupled to the power terminal to open an electrical circuit between the power terminal and the first electrical connector; and
a light switch module configured for nesting, at least in part, in the well of the base module, the light switch module including,
a module housing,
a graphical user interface coupled to the module housing,
a second electrical connector configured for engagement with and electrical coupling to the first electrical connector of the base module when nested therein, and
a switch control circuit positioned in the module housing and including a processor configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to the lighting circuit via a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes, the switch control circuit electrically connected to the graphical user interface and the second electrical connector, wherein the module housing is configured to,
press the depressible switch into a retracted position upon nesting in the well of the base module and thereby close the electrical circuit between the power terminal and the first electrical connector, and
release the depressible switch into the extended position when unnested from the well of the base module.

US Pat. No. 10,973,107

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM AUTOMATED ADJUSTMENT APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of controlling a plurality of light control modules comprising:transmitting a command from a first light control module to a second light control module, each light control module configured to control a flow of electricity to a lighting circuit having a corresponding light fixture electrically connected to the light control module;
determining a time of day;
detecting occupancy at the first light control module;
in response to receiving the command, using a sensor and checking for a registered mobile device to detect room occupancy at the second light control module; and
after a specified time of day and in response to sensing no activity by the sensor and failing to detect presence of a registered mobile device at each light control module,
changing the flow of electricity to the lighting circuit to turn off the corresponding light fixture, and
causing, at the first light control module, one of leaving on and turning on at least one corresponding light fixture connected to at least one of the light control modules.

US Pat. No. 11,032,894

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM LINE VOLTAGE DETECTION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of controlling a lighting control system comprising:detecting, via a detector circuit connected to a lighting control module, an AC line voltage of an electrical line connected to a power terminal of the lighting control module, the lighting control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a light fixture electrically connected to the power terminal;
detecting whether a change in the AC line voltage exceeds a threshold over a pre-specified period of time; and
in response to detecting that the change in the AC line voltage does not exceed the threshold over the pre-specified period of time, reducing a flow of electricity transmitted to the lighting circuit to turn off the light fixture and displaying an icon on a tactile display coupled to the lighting control module.

US Pat. No. 10,986,720

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM AUTOMATED ADJUSTMENT APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A lighting control apparatus comprising:a lighting control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a light fixture electrically connected to the lighting control module;
a detector circuit positioned in the lighting control module, the detector circuit configured to determine an expected direction of travel of a user carrying a mobile electronic device by detecting a change in a strength of a wireless signal of the mobile electronic device; and
a controller coupled to the detector circuit and the lighting control module, the controller configured to determine a time of day via a clock module of the controller, the controller configured to cause the lighting control module to predictively adjust the quantity of electrical energy transmitted to the lighting circuit in response to the time of day exceeding a predetermined time threshold and to determine the expected direction of travel of the user before the user travels in the expected direction.

US Pat. No. 10,973,104

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM DETECTION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method for detecting, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of current sensor measurements at a server system, the plurality of current sensor measurements received from a lighting control system communicably coupled to the server system and remote from the lighting control system, the plurality of current sensor measurements including at least two shot sample measurements and at least two steady state sample measurements obtained from a luminaire electrically connected to the lighting control system and a light bulb electrically connected to the luminaire, the at least two steady state sample measurements respectively including a first measurement of a current profile over a period of at least 2 seconds with the luminaire and the light bulb connected to the luminaire powered at full power, the at least two shot sample measurements respectively including a second measurement of the current profile when the luminaire is switched on and switched back off via the lighting control system;
measuring how close each of the respective current sensor measurements is to one of a plurality of model current curves via dynamic time warping; and
determining at least one of a luminaire type and a light bulb type of the luminaire and the light bulb connected to the lighting control system based on the measurements.

US Pat. No. 11,044,794

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM ZONE IDENTIFICATION APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...


1. A lighting control system comprising:a plurality of lighting control modules communicably coupled to one another via wireless links, each lighting control module havinga switch control circuit and a light sensor coupled to a processor, the switch control circuit configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to a lighting circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes by varying an illumination of a light fixture connected to the lighting circuit,
wherein the processor of at least one lighting control module is configured to,
initiate actuation of the switch control circuit of a respective lighting control module;
poll the light sensor of the respective lighting control module to measure a light level, in response to initiating the actuation of the switch control circuit; and
determine a zone associated with the light fixture controlled by a group of the lighting control modules when the light level measurement is identical between at least two different switch control circuit actuations.


US Pat. No. 11,096,262

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL APPARATUSES FOR AUTOMATED LIGHTING ADJUSTMENT BASED ON SENSOR AND ALARM SIGNALS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...


16. A lighting control apparatus comprising:a power connector coupled to an AC power supply and a switch;
a load terminal coupled to the switch and coupled to a lighting circuit;
a graphical display; and
a processor coupled to the graphical display and to the switch to modulate a flow of electrical current from the AC power supply to the load terminal, wherein the power connector, load terminal, switch, graphical display and processor are mounted in a wall electrical box, wherein the processor is configured to,receive a notification from a light sensor coupled to the processor;
select a scene based on the notification indicating that light emanating from the lighting circuit is detected;
display an icon corresponding to the selected scene on the graphical and
cause the switch to transmit the flow of electrical current to the lighting circuit according to one or more parameters of the selected scene.


US Pat. No. 10,771,061

METHODS FOR USING A PRE-MOUNT CHASSIS TO INSTALL AN INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of using a chassis to install a lighting control system comprising:attaching the chassis to an electrical wall box, the chassis having at least one hook extending in an upward direction and at least one opening, the at least one hook positioned along a peripheral portion of the at least one opening;
hanging a base module of the lighting control system from the at least one hook in the chassis, the base module including,
a base housing forming a well and including a first electrical connector positioned in the well, the first electrical connector connected to a power circuit that is configured to receive current from an alternating current (A.C.) power supply and is configured for electrical coupling with a lighting circuit of a light fixture;
coupling a plurality of base module wires extending from the base module to a plurality of electrical wall box wires extending from the electrical wall box contemporaneously with the base module hanging from the at least one hook, the coupled wires configured to connect the A.C. power supply to the base module;
removing the base module from the at least one hook after connecting the plurality of base module wires to the plurality of electrical wall box wires; and
nesting the base module into the electrical wall box such that the well extends through the opening in the chassis and into the electrical wall box, wherein nesting includes engaging the at least one opening in the base module with the at least one hook.

US Pat. No. 10,956,992

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CREATING DYNAMIC NANO GRIDS AND FOR AGGREGATING ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMERS TO PARTICIPATE IN ENERGY MARKETS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A system comprising:one or more energy control modules each connected to a switch to control electrical power to one or more loads at a premises;
a power controller connected to a network and to the one or more energy control modules, each energy control module capable of actuation by the power controller, the power controller configured to:
set a virtual energy price to a rate set by a utility;
associate a selected load with a virtual energy price threshold;
find a nearest point on a cost-intensity curve for the selected load based on the virtual energy price, wherein the selected load is dimmable;
determine a lighting value for the selected load by multiplying a user-set intensity value by the found nearest point;
simulate an electrical energy consumption of the selected load over a period using the virtual energy price;
determine whether the virtual energy price exceeds the virtual energy price threshold of the selected load during the period; and
in response to determining that the virtual energy price exceeds the virtual energy price threshold of the selected load, initiate actuation of an energy control module controlling the selected load to reduce the electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,943,310

INTELLIGENT CIRCUIT BREAKER

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

20. A circuit breaker having a form factor adapted to fit in an electrical circuit breaker panel, the circuit breaker comprising:a switch coupled to a processor, a load terminal and a power connector, the power connector adapted to fit a line power connector compatible with the electrical circuit breaker panel;
a sensor coupled to the load terminal and the processor, the load terminal coupled to a load;
a display coupled to the processor, the display visible when the intelligent circuit breaker is mounted in the electrical circuit breaker panel; and
a network module coupled to the processor, the processor configured to:
sample a current conducted to the load terminal using the sensor;
sample a voltage conducted to the load terminal; and
send to the display a power consumption of the load.

US Pat. No. 10,957,498

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM DEPLOYMENT WITH SCALABLE WALLPLATE

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of deploying a lighting control system comprising:installing a plurality of base modules in an electrical wall box, each base module including,
a base housing integrally forming a well in the base module and including a first electrical connector positioned in the well, the first electrical connector connected to a power circuit configured to receive current from an Alternating Current power supply and configured for electrical coupling with a lighting circuit of a plurality of lighting circuits;
nesting a first light control module of a plurality of light control modules in a first base module of the plurality of base modules, each light control module including,
a module housing,
a second electrical connector configured for engagement with and electrical coupling to the first electrical connector of a respective base module when nested, and
a switch control circuit positioned in the module housing and including a controller configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to a respective lighting circuit via a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes, the switch control circuit electrically connected to the second electrical connector;
connecting a wall-plate cover to the electrical wall box, wherein
the nested first light control module is positioned in a recess formed in a back surface of the wall-plate cover, and wherein
an aperture in the wall-plate cover is positioned over the well in a second base module; and
nesting a second light control module in the second base module by inserting a housing of the second light control module through the aperture and into the well of the second base module.

US Pat. No. 11,116,064

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM METHOD FOR AUTOMATED ADJUSTMENT BY OCCUPANCY DETECTION

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...


1. A method of controlling a lighting control system comprising:transmitting a communication signal from a first light control module to a second light control module of a plurality of light control modules, each light control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to one of a plurality of lighting circuits of one of a plurality of light fixtures electrically connected to a respective light control module;
determining a time of day;
detecting occupancy at each light control module in the plurality of light control modules;
determining a last light control module to detect occupancy; and
after a specified time of day and in response to a negative occupancy detection at each light control module of the plurality of light control modules, changing a flow of electricity to at least one of the lighting circuits to turn off a respective light fixture and, in response to detecting a positive occupancy at the last light control module, turn on the respective light fixture connected to the last light control module of the plurality of light control modules.

US Pat. No. 11,017,963

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING RELEASABLE FACEPLATE

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first base module having a base housing forming a first well and including a first connector positioned in the first well, the first base module including a power terminal configured to receive electrical current from an alternating current (AC) power supply, the first base module further having a first dimmer circuit configured to modulate a flow of the received electrical current to a load terminal coupled to a first lighting circuit;
a wall plate cover releasably attached to the first base module; and
a switch controller mounted in the wall plate cover, the switch controller including a second connector configured to engage with electrical coupling to the first connector when the wall plate cover is pivoted to the first base module, wherein the switch controller is configured to send one or more commands to the first base module to control the first dimmer circuit via the electrical coupling of the first connector to the second connector in response to touching of a tactile interface coupled to the switch controller.

US Pat. No. 10,932,347

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A lighting control system comprising:a base module having a well;
a switch controller positioned and removably secured in the well of the base module, the switch controller including a processor configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to a lighting circuit using a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes;
a graphical user interface mechanically and communicably coupled to the switch controller, wherein the graphical user interface is housed in a light switch actuator configured to pivot with respect to the base module; and
a first electrical connector electrically connected to the switch controller and one of extending from and recessed in a surface of the well, the first electrical connector configured for a press fit engagement with a second electrical connector of the base module.

US Pat. No. 11,067,265

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM METHOD FOR MAPPING LIGHT CIRCUITS

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1. A method of creating a lighting map comprising:modulating, via a mobile electronic device, a characteristic of each light circuit of a plurality of light circuits in sequence, each of the light circuits connected to a corresponding lighting control module in a plurality of lighting control modules, the characteristic impacting at least one of a light intensity, light color, and color temperature of a light bulb connected to a respective light circuit, the mobile electronic device communicably coupled to the plurality of lighting control modules;
capturing, via the mobile electronic device, a plurality of images of a room contemporaneously with the modulation of the characteristic; and
identifying, on the mobile electronic device, a region of the room impacted by the modulations of the characteristic for the respective light circuit using computer visual analysis of at least one image capture by the mobile electronic device before the modulation and at least one image captured by the mobile electronic device during or after the modulation.

US Pat. No. 10,985,755

INTELLIGENT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM PRE-MOUNT CHASSIS APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Racepoint Energy, LLC, O...

1. A method of installing a lighting control system comprising:attaching a chassis to an electrical wall box, the chassis including a hook and an opening, the hook positioned along a peripheral portion of the opening;
hanging a base module from the hook in the chassis, the base module including:
a base housing forming a well,
a first electrical connector positioned in the well and configured to electrically couple to an alternating current (A.C.) power supply and electrically coupled to a lighting circuit of a light fixture;
coupling a plurality of base module wires extending from the base module to a plurality of electrical wall box wires extending from the electrical wall box contemporaneously with the base module hanging from the hook, wherein the wires are configured to connect the A.C. power supply to the base module
removing the base module from the hook after connecting the plurality of base module wires to the plurality of electrical wall box wires; and
nesting the base module into the electrical wall box such that the well extends through the opening in the chassis and into the electrical wall box, wherein nesting further includes engaging an opening in the base module with the hook.