US Pat. No. 10,162,105

WASH LIGHT LUMINAIRE WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS CAPABILITIES

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire, comprising:a light engine with a central light beam axis and with an LED array light source generating a plurality of colored light beams;
a light guide which incompletely homogenizes such that the colored light beams visibly retain separation and individual color;
a zoom lens system configured to receive light beams from the light guide and project the received light beams in a spreading pattern of beams that respectively opens and closes as lenses of the zoom lens system are moved toward and away from the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,132,456

DUAL GRAPHIC WHEEL FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a plurality of light modulating wheels which are concentrically mounted on a carrier so that the wheels can be independently rotated about their centers without a mechanical connection to their centers;
where the carrier is mounted in the luminaire so that it can in an automated manner insert the concentric graphic wheels into the path of the light beam and in an automated manner be removed from the path of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,132,992

SPECIAL FLOWER EFFECTS BEAM AND WASHLIGHT LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a light engine module with a central light beam axis and with a light emitting diode (LED) array light source generating a plurality of light colored beams;
a collimating rod which incompletely homogenizes such that the colored beams visibly retain separation and individual color;
a zoom lens system which receives light from the collimating rod and projects it with a ‘flower’ reminiscent effect; and
an array of a plurality of additional light engine modules.

US Pat. No. 9,261,269

HEAT PROTECTION AND HOMOGENIZING SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE UTILIZING A LAMP WITH AN INTENSE HOTSPOT

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1. An automated multiparameter luminaire comprising:
a light source generating a light beam with a central axis;
a plurality of light modulators;
wherein one of the light modulators is a combined hot mirror and light diffuser
which is articulated to engage the light beam and disengage the light beam; and
while the hot mirror engages the light beam, the articulation is oscillated over a range of motion that maintains full engagement
of the hot mirror in the beam while varying its position within the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,072,801

COLLIMATION AND HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

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1. An LED luminaire comprising:one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emitting light of a plurality of discrete colors; and
a single element light collimator optically coupled to the one or more LEDs, the collimator comprising:
a light receiving end with a general geometric shape that is the same as the general shape of the cross sectional shape of the LED(s) with straight edges, which transitions into a geometric shape with curved edges rotationally displaced from the cross-sectional shape orientation of the LED die; and
a plurality of at least three sides curved in a cross-section perpendicular to the primary axis of the collimated and mixed light exiting the collimator.

US Pat. No. 10,133,080

HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

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1. A luminaire comprising:a head;
a positioning mechanism, coupled to the head and configured to rotate the head in at least one axis; and
a light source, coupled to the head and configured to emit a beam of light,
wherein the light source comprises:
a first array of light emitting diodes (LEDs), the first array comprising a first plurality of sets of LEDs, each set of the first plurality of sets of LEDs having a different associated peak wavelength;
a second array of LEDs, the second array comprising a second plurality of sets of LEDs, each set of the second plurality of sets of LEDs having a different associated peak wavelength; and
a dichroic filter configured to combine light from the first array of LEDs with light from the second array of LEDs to produce the emitted beam of light, wherein filter characteristics of the dichroic filter are selected to maximize transmission of the light from the first plurality of sets of LEDs and to maximize reflection of the light from the second plurality of sets of LEDs.

US Pat. No. 9,885,461

HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A directed light beam luminaire comprising
a gimbal mechanism for changing the direction of the light beam about at least one axis;
a light source employing a plurality of LED arrays wherein at least one LED array has at a plurality of LED sets with different
discrete wavelength peaks where the output of the plurality of at least one of the sets are controlled independently of the
other set(s);

where the light emitted by the LED arrays are combined via a plurality of dichroic filters mirrors which are maximized to
transmit or reflect the discrete wavelength peaks of the LED's employed in the plurality of LED arrays in order to combine
light output from the plurality of LED arrays whereby the output light color is achieved by additive color mixing.

US Pat. No. 10,145,540

BEAN CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

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1. A luminaire comprising:an array of LED modules generating a directional light beam
a first lenslet array
a second lenslet array coupled with a first non-zero transparency multi-cell louver mask which is array which can be moved along the light beam
a second multi-cell louver mask array where each cell is large enough to contain the area bounded by a plurality of cells from the first louver mask.

US Pat. No. 10,132,470

VERSATILE BEAM AND WASH OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire generating a modulated light beam along a light beam axis comprising: a Fresnel lens with a planar rear surface a stipple plate with a planar front surface and a stippled rear surface mounted adjacent to the Fresnel lens so that the planar surface of the Fresnel lens is adjacent to the planar surface of the stippled plate; the stipple plate is articulated to be selectively removed from the light beam and inserted in the light beam adjacent to the Fresnel lens; the stipple lens is partitioned into a plurality of separate sections and the stipple lens partitions articulations incorporate a pivot about which the partitions are rotated from out of the light beam to a position in the light beam immediately adjacent to the Fresnel lens.

US Pat. No. 10,018,338

LUMINAIRE WITH ARTICULATED LEDS

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1. A luminaire comprising:a plurality of module group assemblies into each of which is mounted at least one light emitting module;
a head in which the plurality of module group assemblies is mounted in a coplanar arrangement;
a global articulator is a first global articulator configured to articulate the head around a first axis of rotation parallel to the plane of the coplanar arrangement and the luminaire further comprises a second global articulator configured to articulate the head around a fourth axis of rotation orthogonal to the first axis of rotation;
a first plurality of independent articulators, each of which is configured to articulate a corresponding module group assembly about an individual second axis of rotation parallel to the plane of the coplanar arrangement; and
a second plurality of independent articulators, each of which is configured to articulate a corresponding module group assembly about an individual third axis of rotation parallel to the plane of the coplanar arrangement and orthogonal to the second axis of rotation of the module group.

US Pat. No. 10,161,599

RESONANCE MOVEMENT DAMPENING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A motor control system, comprising:a motor driver, configured to cause changes in a physical position of an automated luminaire;
a motion sensor mechanically coupled to the drive system and configured to detect changes in the physical position of the automated luminaire; and
a processor, electrically coupled to the motion sensor and the motor driver and configured to:
determine changes in acceleration of the automated luminaire;
determine resonance-induced changes in the physical position of the automated luminaire; and
create drive signals for the motor driver to counter the determined resonance-induced changes in the physical position of the automated luminaire based on premeasured resonance characteristics of the automated luminaire that are stored in a memory of the automated luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,161,595

COLLIMATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

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10. An automated luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) modules;
a corresponding plurality of reflective optics optically coupled to the plurality of LED modules, wherein each reflective optic comprises:
a receiving orifice;
an output face, configured to pass light rays emitted from the reflective optic; and
a central light block,
wherein the receiving orifice is configured to receive light rays emitted by its associated LED module, and wherein the central light block is configured to intersect an optical axis of the reflective optic, to cover a central region of the output face, and to block received LED module light rays that are reflected within the reflective optic and have a beam angle that is greater than a desired output beam angle of light emitted from the reflective optic, wherein the central light block comprises a material that is adhered to a center of the output face and a plurality of louvers corresponding to the plurality of reflective optics, wherein each louver is configured to align with the output face of its associated reflective optic, and wherein each louver is configured to block light rays emitted from its associated reflective optic with a beam angle that is greater than the desired output beam angle.

US Pat. No. 10,330,293

COLLIMATION AND HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire comprising:a light-emitting diode (LED) source comprising multiple LEDs;
an elongated light integrator, the LED source positioned to emit light into the elongated light integrator, the elongated light integrator configured to internally reflect the light to homogenize the light;
a gobo carrier configured to receive homogenized light from the elongated light integrator, the gobo carrier comprising a set of gobo patterns; and
lenses positioned to receive light passed through the gobo carrier, a first lens coupled to a first light-spill reducing element extending from the first lens toward the LED source, a second lens coupled to a second light-spill reducing element extending from the second lens toward the LED source,
the first light-spill reducing element is positioned within the second light-spill reducing element, and
a distance between each lens and the LED source is adjustable, and each light-spill reducing element is configured to move with the associated lens.

US Pat. No. 10,295,160

AUTOMATED SCRIM SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A remotely controlled automated light with a remotely articulable scrim configured:to reduce an intensity of a light beam passing through the scrim without completely blocking the light beam,
to be positioned in a portion of the light beam, and
to move into the light beam from any angle.

US Pat. No. 10,234,105

OPTICS FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An imaging automated luminaire comprising:an elliptical reflector having a first focal point internal to the elliptical reflector and a second focal point external to the elliptical reflector;
a light source located at the first focal point, the light source and the elliptical reflector configured to generate a light beam having an optical axis;
an imaging gate positioned at the second focal point;
an imager mounted adjacent to the imaging gate, the imager configured to convert the light beam into an imaged light beam directed to a Fresnel output lens without passing through intervening lenses; and
a pan and tilt movement gimbaled housing for the elliptical reflector, light source, imaging gate, imager and Fresnel output lens,
wherein the Fresnel output lens comprises a polymer lens, and
wherein the Fresnel output lens is articulable along the optical axis to adjust a focus of the imaged light beam.

US Pat. No. 9,989,217

BEAM FRAMING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire with a spot light mode, a wash light mode, and a planar framing shutter blade system comprised of a light modulation system configurable to generate hard edge spot light beam characteristic or soft wash light beam characteristics, and a plurality of framing shutter blades that are constrained to operate in parallel planes each articulated via a single member linkage with a single link to the shutter blade, where the framing shutter system is supported by a single central bearing assembly and is rotatable about an axis of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,409,044

ZOOM OPTICAL SYSTEM

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A zoom optical system comprising:a light source configured to illuminate an object located in an object plane;
a focus lens group, optically coupled to the object without intervening lenses, having a first positive optical power, comprising six lenses, and configured to move relative to the object plane to control whether an object in the object plane or in a plane adjacent to the object plane is in focus, the six lenses of the focus lens group, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprise positive, negative, positive, positive, negative, and positive power lenses;
a zoom lens group, optically coupled to the focus lens group without intervening lenses, having a negative optical power, comprising three lenses, and configured to move relative to the object plane and the focus lens group, the zoom lens group configured to move for zooming while the focus lens group remains in a fixed position relative to the object plane for zooming, the three lenses of the zoom lens group, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprise positive, negative, and negative power lenses; and
a fixed lens group, optically coupled to the zoom lens group without intervening lenses, having a second positive optical power, comprising three lenses, and configured to remain in a fixed position at all times relative to the object plane and to project an image of the object without intervening lenses between the fixed lens group and the image of the object, the three lenses of the fixed lens group, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprise negative, positive, and positive power lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,210,793

ARRAY OF LED ARRAY LUMINAIRES

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An array of LED array luminaires, comprising:a media server configured to provide a pixel mapped image in a bounded area; and
a data control signal configured to assign corresponding portions of the pixel mapped image to the arrays of LEDs in the luminaires,
the assigned portions of the pixel mapped image being apportioned to individual luminaires based on locations of the individual luminaires in the array of luminaires, where the luminaires are spaced-apart and nonoverlapping, and the corresponding assigned portions of the pixel mapped image being spaced-apart and nonoverlapping within the pixel mapped image.

US Pat. No. 10,295,155

HEAT PROTECTION AND HOMOGENIZING SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire, comprising:a light source configured to produce a first light beam, the light source comprising an ellipsoidal reflector and a short arc discharge lamp fixedly mounted with the arc positioned near a first focus of the ellipsoidal reflector, the light source having an optical axis and being configured to move along the optical axis;
a compensation module optically coupled to the light source, the compensation module comprising a diffuser, the compensation module being configured to receive the first light beam and to produce a second light beam;
an optical device optically coupled to the compensation module and configured to receive the second light beam and to produce one of a modified light beam and an unmodified light beam; and
a controller configured to:
determine whether the optical device is producing the modified light beam or the unmodified light beam; and
in response to determining that the optical device is producing the modified light beam, (i) automatically move the light source to a first selected position along the optical axis or (ii) automatically alternately position first and second portions of the diffuser in the first light beam; and
in response to determining that the optical device is producing the unmodified light beam:
determine whether the light source is in the first selected position and, in response to so determining, automatically move the light source to a second selected position along the optical axis; and
determine whether the diffuser is positioned in the first light beam and, in response to so determining, automatically remove the diffuser from the first light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,563,839

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING LIGHT SPILL

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light modules, each having a light source at a proximal end, an exit aperture at a distal end, and a light source cover;
a first baffle forming sides of a plurality of first shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of light modules;
a light shield, comprising a plurality of shield apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each shield aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the light shield mounted on a proximal end of the first baffle, the exit aperture of each light module located in a corresponding first shielding compartment, the light shield configured to reduce light spill from the first shielding compartments toward the proximal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a plurality of output lenses corresponding to the plurality of first shielding compartments, the plurality of output lenses coupled to a distal end of the first baffle, edges of each lens coated with a light absorbing coating; and
a second baffle forming sides of a plurality of second shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of output lenses, a proximal end of the second baffle coupled to the plurality of output lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,422,520

LAMP COLOR TEMPERATURE STABILITY IN AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An enclosure, comprising:a light source within the enclosure;
one or more fans configured to control corresponding flows of air into or out of the enclosure;
one or more temperature sensors located within the enclosure and configured to monitor one or more corresponding temperatures inside the enclosure; and
a controller coupled to the one or more fans and the one or more temperature sensors, and configured to proactively adjust one or more speeds of the one or more fans to maintain a constant light output color temperature, based on one or more of the temperatures monitored by the one or more temperature sensors and a temperature change predicted to result from a planned lamp power change in a preprogrammed light show.

US Pat. No. 10,670,246

FOLLOW SPOT CONTROL SYSTEM

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A follow spot controller, comprising:a memory;
a processor electrically coupled to the memory, configured to execute instructions received from the memory;
a mounting mechanism configured to mount a follow spot controller for motion in at least pan and tilt axes of movement; and
a communication interface electrically coupled to the processor, the communication interface comprising:
a first communication link configured to communicate with a lighting control desk; and
a second communication link configured to communicate unidirectionally with an automated luminaire,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
receive control parameters sent to the automated luminaire from the lighting control desk,
sense a physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement,
create modified control parameters by replacing received pan and tilt parameters in the received control parameters with replacement pan and tilt parameters based on the sensed physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement, and
send the modified control parameters to the automated luminaire, the received pan and tilt parameters and the replacement pan and tilt parameters indicating physical orientations of the automated luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,605,421

DICHROIC PATTERNING FOR SUBTRACTIVE COLOR MIXING

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A color wheel for use in an automated luminaire, the color wheel comprising:a transparent substrate; and
a patterned dichroic filter coating on the transparent substrate, the pattern including:
a first region, comprising unconnected coated dots, most of the coated dots having a substantially equal first size, a density of the coated dots varying from a lower density at a first end of the first region to a higher density at a second end of the first region; and
a second region, comprising a contiguous dichroic filter coating that includes unconnected uncoated holes, most of the uncoated holes having a substantially equal second size, a density of the uncoated holes varying from a higher density at a first end of the second region to a lower density at a second end of the second region, the first end of the second region abutting the second end of the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,551,038

MODULAR MULTISOURCE BEAM SHAPING SYSTEM

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A beam shaper module, configured to be installed on or removed from an automated luminaire, the automated luminaire producing a plurality of beams of light, the beam shaper module comprising:a housing configured to detachably couple to a light emitting face of a luminaire head of the automated luminaire;
a beam shaper comprising an array of ribbed lenses, each ribbed lens extending across the beam shaper, where each ribbed lens receives light from fewer than all of the plurality of beams of light;
one or more motors configured to rotate the beam shaper about an axis of rotation coincident with an optical axis of the automated luminaire; and
a control circuit configured to receive electrical power and control signals from the automated luminaire and, in response to the received control signals, to control rotation of the beam shaper using the one or more motors.

US Pat. No. 10,539,307

LAMP CHANGE SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. A lamp mounting mechanism for use in an automated luminaire, the lamp mounting mechanism comprising:a lamp mounting plate comprising:
a feature configured to engage a plurality of flanges of a lamp removably mounted in the lamp mounting mechanism and to align an optical axis of the lamp with a center of the lamp mounting plate; and
a plurality of threaded holes;
a lamp retainer coupled to the lamp mounting plate, the lamp retainer comprising;
a plurality of retaining clips, the number of retaining clips equaling the number of flanges of the lamp;
the retaining clips being configured to apply forces to corresponding ones of the plurality of flanges of the lamp to maintain the lamp in a fixed position relative to the lamp mounting plate when the flanges of the lamp are positioned between the retaining clips and the feature of the lamp mounting plate,
the retaining clips being further configured to allow a user of the lamp mounting mechanism to rotate the lamp within the feature of the lamp mounting plate to position the flanges of the lamp in openings between the retaining clips, and
the openings between the retaining clips being configured to allow the user to remove the lamp from the feature of the lamp mounting plate; and
a lamp adjustment plate fixedly coupled to the automated luminaire, the lamp adjustment plate comprising a plurality of adjustment screws, each adjustment screw engaging a corresponding threaded hole of the lamp mounting plate, wherein rotation of any one of the adjustment screws causes the lamp mounting plate to tilt relative to the lamp adjustment plate.

US Pat. No. 11,013,079

REMOVABLE LED MODULE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A light-emitting diode (LED) module, comprising:an LED circuit board, comprising:
a substrate;
an array of LEDs mounted on the substrate; and
an electrical connector mounted on the substrate configured to power the array of LEDs,
the LED module being configured to be removed from a luminaire comprising a housing enclosing an optical system that includes the LED module and other optical devices, the LED module configured to be removed from the luminaire by electrically uncoupling the LED circuit board from the luminaire and mechanically uncoupling the LED module from the luminaire without removing other optical devices of the optical system from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,842

WASH LIGHT LUMINAIRE WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS CAPABILITIES

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire comprising:a light emitting diode (LED) array source configured to emit a plurality of colored light beams;
a light guide optically coupled to the LED array source and configured to receive the plurality of colored light beams emitted by the LED array source and to emit a partially homogenized light beam that includes at least some visible separation of the received plurality of colored light beams; and
a lens optically coupled to the light guide and configured to receive the partially homogenized light beam and to move along an optical axis of the light guide, the lens being configured to project a pattern of the visibly separated colored light beams in the partially homogenized light beam, the pattern spreading and contracting as the lens moves along the optical axis of the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,495,802

LIGHT PIPES FOR LED ARRAY LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An optical system comprising:first and second light-emitting diode (LED) die sets, each LED die set comprising a plurality of LED dies, the LED dies of each of the first and second LED die sets emitting light beams of a plurality of colors corresponding to the plurality of LED dies;
first and second light pipes, each comprising an output face, an input face configured to receive a light beam, and a body extending from the input face to the output face, a cross-section of the body of the first light pipe rotating along a central axis extending between the input face and the output face; and
first and second light pipe holders configured to hold the first and second light pipes, respectively, in positions optically coupled to the first and second LED die sets, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,371,956

HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire comprising:a head;
a positioning mechanism, coupled to the head and configured to rotate the head in at least one axis; and
a light source, coupled to the head and configured to emit a light beam, the light source comprising:
a first array of light emitting diodes (LEDs), comprising first and second sets of LEDs, the first and second sets of LEDs producing light of first and second colors, respectively;
a second array of LEDs, comprising third and fourth sets of LEDs, the third and fourth sets of LEDs producing light of third and fourth colors, respectively;
a third array of LEDs, comprising a fifth set of LEDs producing light of a fifth color;
a first dichroic filter, configured to combine light from the first array of LEDs with light from the second array of LEDs, wherein filter characteristics of the first dichroic filter are selected to maximize transmission of the light from the first and the third arrays of LEDs and to maximize reflection of the light from the second array of LEDs; and
a second dichroic filter, configured to combine light from the first array of LEDs with light from the third array of LEDs, wherein filter characteristics of the second dichroic filter are selected to maximize transmission of the light from the first and second arrays of LEDs and to maximize reflection of the light from the third array of LEDs,
wherein the light beam emitted by the light source comprises the light combined by the first dichroic filter and the light combined by the second dichroic filter.

US Pat. No. 10,663,147

HEAT PROTECTION AND HOMOGENIZING SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire, comprising:a light source;
an ellipsoidal reflector optically coupled to the light source and configured to produce an emitted light beam, the ellipsoidal reflector having an optical axis and being further configured to move relative to the light source along the optical axis;
a compensation module optically coupled to the ellipsoidal reflector, the compensation module comprising a homogenizing filter;
an optical device optically coupled to the compensation module and configured to produce one of a modified light beam and an unmodified light beam; and
a controller configured to:
store an operator specification indicating whether the homogenizing filter is to be moved into the emitted light beam, the ellipsoidal reflector is to be moved to a selected position relative to the light source, or a combination of homogenizing filter and ellipsoidal reflector positions are to be used when the optical device is producing the modified beam; and
determine whether the optical device is producing the modified beam or the unmodified light beam and, in response to determining that the optical device is producing the modified light beam, to move the ellipsoidal reflector to the selected position relative to the light source and/or position the homogenizing filter in the emitted light beam, according to the operator specification.

US Pat. No. 10,551,017

LIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE UTILIZING A LAMP WITH INTENSE HOTSPOT

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. An automated luminaire comprising:a light source;
a first gobo wheel configured to receive a light beam produced by the light source, wherein the first gobo wheel comprises a large aperture position, a medium aperture position, and a plurality of first gobo positions;
a second gobo wheel configured to receive the light beam after it passes through the first gobo wheel, wherein the second gobo wheel comprises an open position and a second gobo position; and
a control system configured to:
make a first determination that the first gobo wheel is in the large aperture position and the second gobo wheel is in the open position;
move the first gobo wheel to the medium aperture position in response to making the first determination;
make a second determination that the first gobo wheel is in the medium aperture position and the second gobo wheel is in the second gobo position; and
move the first gobo wheel to the large aperture position in response to making the second determination.

US Pat. No. 10,337,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING LIGHT SPILL

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light modules, each having a light source at a proximal end, an exit aperture at a distal end, and a light enclosure covering the light source;
a first light shield, comprising a plurality of first apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each first aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the first light shield configured to reduce light spill from the light enclosures of the plurality of light modules toward the distal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a first baffle forming sides of a plurality of first shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of light modules;
a second light shield, comprising a plurality of second apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each second aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the second light shield coupled to a proximal end of the first baffle, the exit aperture of each light module located in a corresponding first shielding compartment, the second light shield configured to reduce light spill from the first shielding compartments toward the proximal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a plurality of output lenses corresponding to the plurality of first shielding compartments, the plurality of output lenses coupled to a distal end of the first baffle, the edges of each lens coated with a light absorbing coating; and
a second baffle forming sides of a plurality of second shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of output lenses, a proximal end of the second baffle coupled to the plurality of output lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,337,707

LUMINAIRE WITH ARTICULATED LEDS

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of LED modules into which are mounted at least one LED;
a common carrier in which the plurality of LED modules are mounted;
a global articulation motor;
a physical drive mechanism mechanically coupling the global articulation motor to the common carrier, the global articulation motor and the physical drive mechanism being configured to rotate the common carrier around a first pivot axis;
a plurality of independent articulators which independently articulate corresponding individual LED module around individual second pivot axes, wherein the second pivot axes are different from the first pivot axis;
wherein each LED module is individually and separately pivotably mounted to the common carrier, wherein movement of each LED module around its second pivot axis is independent of movement of a neighboring LED module around its second pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,883,704

HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A light source, comprising:a first array of light emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted on a first common substrate, the first array of LEDs:
emitting beams whose optical axes are substantially parallel,
comprising first and second sets of LEDs, the first and second sets of LEDs producing light of first and second colors, respectively, and
comprising a first plurality of zones, each zone of the first plurality of zones spatially separated from other zones of the first plurality of zones, each zone of the first plurality of zones including LEDs from each of the first and second sets of LEDs, the LEDs of each zone of the first plurality of zones configured for intensity control independent from intensity control of the LEDs of other zones of the first plurality of zones;
a second array of LEDs mounted on a second common substrate, the second array of LEDs:
emitting beams whose optical axes are substantially parallel,
comprising third and fourth sets of LEDs, the third and fourth sets of LEDs producing light of third and fourth colors, respectively,
comprising a second plurality of zones, each zone of the second plurality of zones spatially separated from other zones of the second plurality of zones, each zone of the second plurality of zones including LEDs from each of the third and fourth sets of LEDs, the LEDs of each zone of the second plurality of zones configured for intensity control independent from intensity control of the LEDs of other zones of the second plurality of zones;
a third array of LEDs mounted on a third common substrate, the third array of LEDs:
emitting beams whose optical axes are substantially parallel,
comprising a fifth set of LEDs producing light of a fifth color;
comprising a third plurality of zones, each zone of the third plurality of zones spatially separated from other zones of the third plurality of zones, each zone of the third plurality of zones including LEDs from the fifth set of LEDs, the LEDs of each zone of the third plurality of zones configured for intensity control independent from intensity control of the LEDs of other zones of the third plurality of zones; and
a beam combiner configured to combine light beams from the first, second, and third arrays of LEDs to produce an emitted beam of light, the beam combiner configured to maintain the optical axes of the light beams from each of the first, second, and third arrays of LEDs as substantially parallel to each other in the emitted beam of light, the emitted beam of light comprising a fourth plurality of zones, each zone in the fourth plurality of zones of the emitted beam of light comprising superimposed light from one zone in each of the first, second, and third pluralities of zones.

US Pat. No. 10,724,710

FRAMING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. A framing system, comprising:a first prism system comprising a first barrel prism, the first barrel prism comprising a substrate plane with a single curved convex prism having a constant cross section along the entirety of its length, its length extending across a light beam passing through the first prism system, the first prism system configured to position the first prism system in first and second positions, in the first position the first barrel prism being positioned in the light beam passing through the first prism system and in the second position the first barrel prism being removed from the light beam passing through the first prism system, the first prism system further configured to rotate the first barrel prism; and
a second prism system comprising a second barrel prism, the second barrel prism comprising a substrate plane with a single curved convex prism having a constant cross section along the entirety of its length, its length extending across the light beam passing through the first prism system, the second prism system configured to position the second prism system in third and fourth positions, in the third position the second barrel prism being positioned in the light beam passing through the first prism system and in the fourth position the second barrel prism being removed from the light beam passing through the first prism system, the second prism system further configured to rotate the second barrel prism.

US Pat. No. 10,520,175

COLLIMATION AND HOMOGENIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN LED LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light sources, each light source comprising:
a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) sources, each LED source configured to emit a different color of light; and
a light integrator optically coupled to the plurality of LED sources and configured to homogenize the colors of light emitted by the LED sources;
a plurality of receiving lens assemblies, each receiving lens assembly optically coupled to an associated one of the plurality of light sources, each receiving lens assembly comprising a receiving lens and a receiving lens spill shield, the receiving lens spill shield extending (i) toward the associated one of the plurality of light sources, (ii) parallel to a light source optical axis of the associated one of the plurality of light sources, and (iii) around at least a portion of the light integrator and mechanically coupled to the receiving lens, each receiving lens spill shield configured to reduce light spill from between the light integrator of the associated one of the plurality of light sources and the receiving lens impinging on a receiving lens or other optical component associated with an adjacent light integrator;
an output lens assembly optically coupled to the plurality of receiving lens assemblies, the output lens assembly comprising an output lens and an output lens spill shield, the output lens spill shield extending around at least a portion of at least one receiving lens assembly and configured to move with the output lens, the output lens spill shield configured to reduce light spill from the at least one receiving lens assembly impinging on optical components associated with an adjacent receiving lens assembly; and
a gobo carrier optically coupled to at least one light source of the plurality of light sources and to the associated one of the plurality of receiving lens assemblies, the receiving lens spill shield extending around at least a portion of the gobo carrier, the gobo carrier comprising a plurality of gobo patterns, the gobo carrier configured to be electrically actuated to move a selected one of the plurality of gobo patterns into a light beam emitted from the at least one light source,
the receiving lens assembly associated with the gobo carrier is configured to move along the light source optical axis of the associated one of the plurality of light sources, the output lens assembly is configured to move along an optical axis of the plurality of receiving lens assemblies, and the receiving lens assembly associated with the gobo carrier is configured to move independently of the output lens assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,495,862

AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE HAVING A ZOOM OPTICAL SYSTEM

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1. A zoom optical system comprising:a light source configured to illuminate an object located in an object plane or in a plane adjacent to the object plane;
a focus lens group, optically coupled to the object, having a first positive optical power, and configured to move relative to the object plane to control whether the object is in focus, the focus lens group comprising six lenses, the six lenses, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprising crown glass, flint glass, crown glass, crown glass, flint glass, and crown glass;
a zoom lens group, optically coupled to the focus lens group, having a negative optical power, and configured to move relative to the object plane and the focus lens group, the zoom lens group configured to move while the focus lens group remains in a fixed position relative to the object plane for zooming, the zoom lens group comprising three lenses, the three lenses, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprising flint glass, crown glass, and crown glass; and
a fixed lens group, optically coupled to the zoom lens group, having a second positive optical power, and configured to remain in a fixed position at all times relative to the object plane and to project an image of the object, the fixed lens group comprising three lenses, the three lenses, listed in sequence beginning with a lens closest to the object plane, comprising flint glass, crown glass, and crown glass.

US Pat. No. 10,359,636

BEAM SHAPER

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a light beam generating light source;
a pair of lenticular lenslet arrays which are mounted to intersect and modulate the light beam;
wherein the lenticular lenslets of one array are shaped so a plurality of convex lenslets of one array nest into a plurality of concave lenslets of the other array;
wherein at least one lenslet array of the pair is articulated to change the separation distance between the lenslet arrays; and
wherein at least one lenslet array of the pair is articulated to rotate about a center of rotation and wherein the center of rotation of the lenslet array is outside the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,941,928

CARRYING HANDLE FOR AN AUTOMATED MOVING-MIRROR LUMINAIRE

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1. A luminaire comprising:a light source emitting a light beam;
a mirror optically coupled to the light source and configured to tilt and rotate under remote control to controllably deflect the light beam;
a housing having a mirror end face, the mirror end face extending across an axis of the light beam, the mirror located between the light source and the mirror end face, the mirror end face extending across all of a non-reflective side of the mirror, the mirror mounted to the mirror end face and configured for pan and tilt motion relative to the mirror end face; and
a carrying handle fixedly coupled to the housing and located adjacent to the mirror end face of the housing, the carrying handle configured to cause the housing to hang substantially vertically when supported by the carrying handle with the mirror end face at a top end of the hanging housing,
wherein the housing includes a recess located adjacent to the carrying handle, the recess configured to reduce contact between a user's fingers and hand and the housing when the user is grasping the carrying handle.

US Pat. No. 10,514,154

MULTISOURCE BEAM SHAPING SYSTEM

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a plurality of light sources configured in a multisource array to produce a plurality of beams of light corresponding to the plurality of light sources; and
a transmissive beam shaper spanning the multisource array, the transmissive beam shaper configured for rotation, the transmissive beam shaper comprising an array of ribbed lenses, each ribbed lens extending across the transmissive beam shaper and receiving light simultaneously from more than one of the beams of light.

US Pat. No. 10,408,402

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR A LED LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated multiparameter luminaire, comprising:a multi-die light-emitting diode (LED) light source configured to emit a first light beam;
an elongated total internal reflection (TIR) homogenizer having parallel sides, optically coupled to the multi-die LED light source and configured to receive the first light beam and emit a second light beam;
a zoom lens system, configured to receive the second light beam without passing through any intervening lenses and to emit a third light beam, the zoom lens system further configured to alter one or more of a focus, beam angle, or zoom of the third light beam; and
an optical effect system positioned between the elongated TIR homogenizer and the zoom lens system, the optical effect system comprising a prism configured (i) to be moved to a first position in the second light beam and to a second position out of the second light beam, and (ii) to rotate within the second light beam while in the first position.

US Pat. No. 11,032,882

REMOVABLE LED MODULE WITH ZONAL INTENSITY CONTROL

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1. A light-emitting diode (LED) module, comprising:an LED circuit board, comprising:
an array of LEDs, the LEDs configured in two or more concentric zones, each zone comprising a plurality of LEDs, the plurality of LEDs of a first zone of the two or more concentric zones configured for intensity control independent of the plurality of LEDs of a second zone of the two or more concentric zones; and
an electrical connector configured to power the array of LEDs, the LEDs of the first zone of the two or more concentric zones electrically connected and powered together and the LEDs of the second zone of the two or more concentric zones electrically connected and powered together,
the LED module configured to be removed from a luminaire comprising a housing enclosing an optical system that includes the LED module and other optical devices, the LED module configured to be removed from the luminaire by electrically uncoupling the LED circuit board from the luminaire and mechanically uncoupling the LED module from the luminaire without removing other optical devices of the optical system from the luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,955,116

HEAD BALANCE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a luminaire head comprising:
a light engine module configured to emit a light beam, the light engine module configured to move along an optical axis of the luminaire head; and
a lens module optically coupled to the light engine module and configured to receive the light beam and to project the light beam, the lens module configured to move along the optical axis; and
a control system comprising a processor and memory, the processor configured to execute instructions stored in memory to:
determine by the processor a desired beam angle for the projected light beam from one of a value stored in memory and a signal received via a data link from an external source;
calculate by the processor a separation between the light engine module and the lens module that produces the desired beam angle;
calculate by the processor a light engine module position and a lens module position within the luminaire head that (i) provides the calculated separation and (ii) positions the center of mass of the luminaire head coincident with an axis of rotation of the luminaire head; and
move the light engine module and the lens module independently along the optical axis within the luminaire head to the light engine module position and the lens module position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,794,571

DISTURBANCE SENSING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED MOVING-MIRROR LUMINAIRE

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1. A luminaire comprising:a mirror configured to controllably deflect a light beam emitted from the luminaire;
a motion assembly comprising:
a motor mechanically coupled to the mirror and configured to rotate the mirror about a mirror axis of rotation, where a change in a rotational position of a shaft of the motor relative to a body of the motor causes an equal change in a rotational position of the mirror;
a magnet mounted directly to a shaft of the motor, a center of the magnet being aligned with a shaft axis of rotation of the shaft and a magnetic pole of the magnet being oriented orthogonally to the shaft axis of rotation;
a motion sensor system configured to produce an output signal representing an absolute rotational position of the magnet; and
a control system electrically coupled to the motor and the motion sensor, the control system configured to:
store an expected rotational position of the motor,
determine whether the output signal produced by the motion sensor matches the stored expected rotational position,
based on the determination that the output signal does not match the stored expected rotational position, cause the motor to rotate to a rotational position where the output signal produced by the motion sensor matches the stored expected rotational position,
receive a control signal indicating a desired mirror position of the mirror,
translate the desired mirror position into a desired rotational position of the motor,
cause the motor to move to the desired rotational position, and
store the desired rotational position as the stored expected rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,724,709

COORDINATED EFFECTS SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. A coordinated effects system, comprising:a first prism system comprising a first plurality of prisms,
the first prism system configured to be moved to first and second positions, in the first position a selected one of the first plurality of prisms being positioned in a light beam passing through the first prism system, and in the second position all of the first plurality of prisms being removed from the light beam passing through the first prism system,
the first prism system further comprising a first stepper motor and a first sensor, the first stepper motor configured to rotate the selected one of the first plurality of prisms, and the first sensor configured to detect an orientation of the selected one of the first plurality of prisms in the first position;
a second prism system optically coupled to the first prism system and comprising a second plurality of prisms,
the second prism system configured to be moved to third and fourth positions, in the third position a selected one of the second plurality of prisms being positioned in the light beam passing through the first prism system, and in the fourth position all of the second plurality of prisms being removed from the light beam passing through the first prism system,
the second prism system further comprising a second stepper motor and a second sensor, the second stepper motor configured to rotate the selected one of the second plurality of prisms, and the second sensor configured to detect an orientation of the selected one of the second plurality of prisms in the third position; and
a control system coupled to the first and second stepper motors and the first and second sensors and configured to use the first and second sensors to control, simultaneously and in a coordinated manner, rotation directions, rotation speeds, and rotational positions of the selected one of the first plurality of prisms and the selected one of the second plurality of prisms.

US Pat. No. 10,678,220

FOLLOW SPOT CONTROL SYSTEM

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1. A follow spot control system, comprising:a memory;
a processor electrically coupled to the memory and configured to execute instructions received from the memory;
a mounting mechanism configured to mount a follow spot controller for motion in at least pan and tilt axes of movement; and
a communication interface electrically coupled to the processor, the communication interface configured to communicate with a plurality of automated luminaires,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
store in the memory first and second sets of individual pan and tilt parameters for each of the plurality of automated luminaires;
calibrate individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires relative to a surface of a performance area in a three-dimensional (3-D) model of (i) the surface of the performance area and (ii) the individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires relative to the performance area, where the individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires are calibrated based on the stored first and second sets of individual pan and tilt parameters;
sense a change in a physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement,
send operator pan and tilt parameters to a first automated luminaire of the plurality of automated luminaires via the communication interface, the operator pan and tilt parameters based on the sensed change in the physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement, and
send individual calculated pan and tilt parameters to each of the remainder of the plurality of automated luminaires via the communication interface, the individual calculated pan and tilt parameters based on (i) the operator pan and tilt parameters of the first automated luminaire and (ii) the 3-D model.

US Pat. No. 10,520,176

AUTOMATED SCRIM SYSTEM FOR A LUMINAIRE

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1. A scrim system comprising a scrim, the scrim system being configured to:position the scrim in a received light beam, the scrim configured to reduce an intensity of a portion of the received light beam without completely blocking the portion of the received light beam;
move the scrim a controlled distance into the received light beam;
rotate the scrim around an optical axis of the received light beam to a controlled angle relative to the received light beam; and
move the scrim into the received light beam from the controlled angle relative to the received light beam, the controlled angle being independent of the selected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,969,091

BRAKING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED LUMINAIRE

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1. A luminaire comprising:a luminaire head comprising one or more optical devices;
a movement system mechanically coupled to the luminaire head and configured to rotate the luminaire head around an axis of rotation, the movement system comprising:
a motor coupled via a first mechanical coupling to the luminaire head and configured to cause rotation of the luminaire head about the axis of rotation;
a braking system coupled via a second mechanical coupling to a shaft of the motor and configured to prevent rotation of the shaft of the motor; and
a control system electrically coupled to the motor and the braking system and configured to receive an Engage Brake command via a data link and to engage the braking system in response to the Engage Brake command by:
determining whether the motor is rotating;
causing rotation of the motor to stop electrically when it is determined that the motor is rotating;
determining whether the motor has stopped rotating;
engaging the braking system when it is determined that the motor has stopped rotating; and
removing power from the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,900,634

COLLIMATED EFFECT LUMINAIRE

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1. An automated luminaire comprising:a base; and
a head, rotatably connected to the base and configured for pan and tilt motion relative to the base, the head comprising a plurality of light emitting modules arranged in two concentric rings, each light emitting module comprising:
a laser module configured to generate a laser light beam; and
an optical module configured to widen an effective diameter of the laser light beam, the optical module comprising one or more moveable lenses that control the effective diameter of the laser light beam.