US Pat. No. 9,717,129

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT LEVELS TO SAVE ENERGY

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A lighting control system comprising:
a lighting control component with an internal microprocessor and essential and non-essential circuits for controlling the
application of mains power to loads;

one or more loads operatively connected to the lighting control component;
a light sensor operatively connected to the lighting control component, the light sensor producing a first signal when it
senses light levels above a predetermined threshold and a second signal when it senses light levels below the predetermined
threshold;

wherein the internal microprocessor reduces power to essential circuits when the first signal is received and restores full
power to essential circuits when the second signal is received;

one or more lighting or load control sensors, each sensor having essential and nonessential circuits;
a low voltage power and communication network interconnecting the lighting control component and the one or more lighting
or load control sensors; and

wherein the internal microprocessor transmits signals through the low voltage power and communication network to the one or
more lighting or load control sensors to reduce power to essential circuits when the first signal is received and restore
full power to essential circuits when the second signal is received.

US Pat. No. 9,288,875

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIPLE SENSOR LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR DAYLIGHT HARVESTING

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A multiple sensor lighting control system comprising:
an illumination control system including a controller for controlling one or more illumination sources in an area;
at least one sensor array, each sensor array including a natural light sensor responding to uncontrolled illumination entering
the area and a composite light sensor responding to both uncontrolled illumination and controlled illumination within the
area;

wherein the controller is operably connected to the at least one sensor array to determine the controlled luminance in the
area and then determine a composite light setpoint to permit control of the one or more illumination sources with only the
composite light sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,723,691

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR AUTO-CALIBRATING LIGHT DIMMERS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A method of automatically calibrating a lighting controller for controlling light assembly, said light assembly having
a ballast and a dimmable light, comprising the steps of:
providing an automated lighting controller comprising:
a dimmer controller having a dimmer setting;
a current measurement module for measuring current applied to the ballast of the light assembly;
a microprocessor operably connected between the dimmer controller and the current measurement module;
a memory operably connected to the microprocessor; and
an algorithm stored in the memory to enable the microprocessor to calibrate the dimmer controller;
selecting a light assembly to be exercised by the application of varying voltage and measuring current drawn by the light
assemblies;

setting the dimmer setting to 0% for the selected light assembly;
measuring the current drawn by the selected light assembly;
recording the current drawn as a ballast current minimum;
increasing the dimmer setting by a selected amount;
measuring the current drawn by the selected light assembly and determining if the measured current is greater than the ballast
current minimum;

if the measured current is within a tolerance value of the ballast current minimum, recording the dimmer setting as a dimmer
minimum and the returning to the step of increasing the dimmer setting by a selected amount;

if the measured current increases beyond the tolerance value of the current, recording the dimmer minimum as the final dimmer
minimum and the current minimum as the final current minimum;

recording the measured current as a ballast current maximum and the dimmer setting as ballast dimmer maximum;
increasing the dimmer setting by the selected amount;
measuring the current drawn by the selected light assembly and determining if the measured current is greater than the ballast
current maximum;

if the measured current increases beyond a tolerance value of the ballast current maximum, recording the dimmer setting as
a ballast dimmer maximum and the measured current as the ballast current maximum and then returning to the step of increasing
the dimmer setting by the selected amount;

if the measured current is within the tolerance value of the current maximum, recording the ballast dimmer maximum as the
final dimmer maximum and the ballast current minimum as the final current maximum; and

controlling the dimming of the selected light assembly using the final dimmer minimum, the final current minimum, the final
dimmer maximum and the final current maximum.

US Pat. No. 9,867,259

SIDE LOOKING OCCUPANCY SENSOR

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. An occupancy sensor comprising:
a load control device having a housing and controller;
a plurality of active infrared proximity sensors in the housing and operably coupled to the controller;
one or more optical elements optically coupled to each of the plurality of active infrared proximity sensors;
a passive infrared sensor in the housing and operably coupled to the controller;
wherein a first active infrared proximity sensor of the plurality of active infrared proximity sensors is operable to monitor
a first monitoring zone and a second active infrared proximity sensor is operable to monitor a second monitoring zone wherein
the first monitoring zone is between the occupancy sensor and the second monitoring zone and the first and second monitoring
zones are on one side of a door opening; and

wherein the controller is operable to monitor signals from the plurality of infrared proximity sensors and upon detection
of signals from the first active infrared proximity sensor indicating movement in the first monitoring zone and detection
of a signal from the second active infrared proximity sensor indicating movement in the second monitoring zone such that the
movement in the first monitoring zone is immediately before, indicating ingress detection, or immediately after the movement
in the second monitoring zone, indicating egress detection, the controller controls operation of the load control device accordingly.

US Pat. No. 9,372,175

ULTRASONIC SENSOR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OCCUPANCY SENSING

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A method of controlling an active ultrasonic occupancy sensor to control an area of sensor coverage, the method comprising
the steps:
providing an ultrasonic transmitter with a power supply applying power to an adjustable voltage regulator which applies adjustable
amplitude power to the ultrasonic transmitter;

providing an ultrasonic receiver;
providing a microcontroller; and
the microcontroller controlling the amplitude of the output voltage of the adjustable regulator to control the ultrasonic
transmitter and the ultrasonic receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,144,139

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT LEVELS TO SAVE ENERGY

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A lighting control system comprising:
a lighting control component with an internal microprocessor and essential and non-essential circuits for controlling the
application of mains power to loads;

one or more loads operatively connected to the lighting control component;
a light sensor operatively connected to the lighting control component, the light sensor producing a first signal when it
senses light levels above a predetermined threshold and a second signal when it senses light levels below the predetermined
threshold;

wherein the internal microprocessor disables power to nonessential circuits when the first signal is received and enables
power to the nonessential circuits when the second signal is received.

US Pat. No. 9,394,743

MOTORIZED SHADE WITH THE TRANSMISSION WIRE PASSING THROUGH THE SUPPORT SHAFT

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A roll shade system, comprising:
a motor having an output shaft;
a motor tube configured to house the motor, wherein the motor tube is configured to remain stationary during operation of
the motor;

a drive wheel connected to the output shaft of the motor, wherein the drive wheel is configured to rotate by operation of
the motor;

a roll shade tube configured to rotate about the motor during operation of the motor;
a counterbalance assembly configured to provide a counterbalance force;
the counterbalance assembly positioned within the roll shade tube;
an input wiring system electrically connected to the motor;
an external power source;
the input wiring system extending into the motor tube and electrically connecting the external power source to the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,376,863

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for operating a roller shade comprising:
a roller configured to be attached to a shade;
a DC motor having a rated voltage, the DC motor operatively connected to the roller and configured to rotate the roller; and
a DC power source operatively connected to the DC motor to provide DC power to the DC motor at an average voltage,
wherein a maximum average voltage the DC power source can supply the DC motor is approximately half or less than half the
rated voltage of the DC motor wherein the motor rotates with the roller.

US Pat. No. 9,384,657

ARCHITECTURAL COVERING CRADLE SYSTEM, MULTIFUNCTION REMOTE AND METHOD OF USE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A remote control for an architectural covering comprising:
a remote having a first paddle button;
the first paddle button having an elongated body with a first zone and a second zone;
wherein when the first zone is pressed for a less than a predetermined amount of time, a first signal is sent;
wherein when the first zone is pressed for more than a predetermined amount of time, a second signal is sent;
wherein when the second zone is pressed for a less than a predetermined amount of time, a third signal is sent;
wherein when the second zone is pressed for more than a predetermined amount of tune, a fourth signal is sent;
the remote having a second paddle button;
wherein the first paddle button controls a blackout curtain of a drapery and the second paddle button controls a sheer curtain.

US Pat. No. 9,510,428

ZERO POWER LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

9. A system for electrically coupling to a load circuit, the system comprising:
a) at least one sensor unit for detecting motion, wherein the at least one sensor unit powers down to draw zero current when
load circuits are opened after a zero power time delay, such that the at least one sensor unit is disabled;

b) a plurality of load controllers electrically coupled to the load circuits and the at least one sensor unit, wherein the
at least one sensor unit instructs the plurality of load controllers to open the load circuits when motion detected by the
at least one sensor unit is below a threshold value;

c) a separate switch device for opening and closing the plurality of load controllers; and
d) a control circuit for powering the at least one motion sensor unit “On” when the switch device is activated to close the
plurality of controllers and, wherein the at least one sensor unit is re-energized and is enabled to detect motion.

US Pat. No. 9,918,373

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DC POWER FOR LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTING

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for providing DC power to a driverless load comprising:
a power supply comprising:
a supervisory controller operably connected to line power;
a DC driver having an output with at least three conductors, the DC driver operably connected to line power and the supervisory
controller;

a three conductor connector operably connected to the output of the DC driver; and
a cable operatively connecting the three conductor connector to the driverless load to conduct energy and communication between
the power supply to the driverless load; and

an integrated circuit for single wire communication embedded in the driverless load.

US Pat. No. 9,417,347

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOISE CONTROL IN ULTRASONIC SENSORS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. An active ultrasonic occupancy sensor comprising:
an ultrasonic transmitter;
an ultrasonic receiver;
a power supply applying power to an adjustable voltage regulator which applies adjustable power to the ultrasonic transmitter;
a microcontroller controlling the ultrasonic transmitter and the ultrasonic receiver and controlling an output voltage of
the adjustable voltage regulator;

means for processing a received ultrasonic signal to generate a first signal representing an ultrasonic voltage envelope;
a peak detector processing the first signal to generate an ultrasonic peak noise signal; and
firmware in the microcontroller for controlling the output voltage of the adjustable voltage regulator according to the ultrasonic
peak noise signal.

US Pat. No. 9,410,369

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE AND METHOD FOR SETTING ARTIFICIAL STOPS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A motorized roller shade comprising:
a shade tube extending a length from a first end to a second end;
a shade attached to the shade tube such that rotation of the shade tube changes the position of the shade;
a motor positioned within the shade tube;
the motor operatively connected to the shade tube such that activation of the motor causes rotation of the shade tube;
a motor controller operatively connected to the motor;
an antenna operatively connected to the motor controller;
a remote control device wirelessly connected to the antenna; and
wherein the shade is movable to a different position by manual movement of the shade, as well as by transmitting a wireless
signal to the shade using the remote control device.

US Pat. No. 9,609,114

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITH AND CONTROL OF MOTORIZED WINDOW COVERINGS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling at least one motorized window covering, comprising:
a wireless device having a display;
an application installed on the wireless device;
an illustration of a window presented on the display;
at least one button presented on the display;
at least one motorized window covering wirelessly connected to the wireless device;
wherein when the at least one button is activated the at least one motorized window covering is activated to move to a corresponding
position;

wherein the at least one button includes an open button that is configured to move the at least one motorized window covering
to an open position;

wherein the at least one button includes a close button that is configured to move the at least one motorized window covering
to a closed position;

wherein the at least one button includes at least one position button that is configured to move the at least one motorized
window covering to a preset position between an open position and a closed position;

wherein the at least one button includes at least one jog button that is configured to move the at least one motorized window
covering an incremental amount;

an interactive bottom bar presented on the display;
wherein when the bottom bar is moved to a position, the wireless device transmits a wireless control signal thereby moving
the at least one motorized window covering to a corresponding position.

US Pat. No. 9,376,862

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTORIZED ROLLER SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A method for controlling a motorized shade, the method comprising:
providing a shade tube extending a length between opposing ends, the shade tube having an exterior surface and at least a
partially hollow interior;

providing a shade extending a length from a top end to a bottom end;
operatively connecting the shade to the shade tube;
providing a DC gear motor having a first rotatable shaft;
providing a multi-pole magnet;
operably connecting the multi-pole magnet to the first rotatable shaft;
operatively connecting the DC gear motor to the shade tube;
providing at least one sensor;
positioning the at least one sensor within sensing distance of the multi-pole magnet;
providing a microcontroller operatively connected to the at least one sensor;
detecting a manual movement of the shade using the at least one sensor;
determining a displacement associated with the manual movement by measuring rotation of the first rotatable shaft using magnetic
pulses detected by the at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,663,986

SPRING COUNTERBALANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

10. A shade system comprising:
a head rail;
a shade connected to the head rail;
a bottom bar connected to the shade;
a drive shaft positioned in the head rail;
the drive shaft having an axis of rotation;
an electrically powered motor positioned in the head rail;
the electrically powered motor operatively connected to the drive shaft such that operation of the electrically powered motor
causes

rotation of the drive shaft;
a first spring system positioned in the head rail;
the first spring system having a spring drive spool and a standard wound spring having a first end and a second end, the first
end of the standard wound spring connected to the spring drive spool of the first spring system;

a second spring system positioned in the head rail;
the second spring system having a spring drive spool and a reverse wound spring having a first end and a second end, the first
end of the reverse wound spring connected to the spring drive spool of the second spring system;

wherein the shade is movable between an open position and a closed position;
wherein when the shade moves between the open position and the closed position; the weight of the shade produces a dynamic
weight profile because as the shade is lowered an increasing amount of the shade hangs from the headrail;

wherein in combination the standard wound spring of the first spring system and the reverse wound spring of the second spring
system produce a dynamic counterbalance torque profile as the shade moves between the open position and the closed position;

wherein when the shade moves between the open position and the closed position the dynamic counterbalance torque profile produced
by the standard wound spring of the first spring system and the reverse wound spring of the second spring system closely approximate
the dynamic weight profile of the shade thereby facilitating manual movement as well as motorized movement.

US Pat. No. 9,577,839

LOCATION-BASED ADDRESSING LIGHTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling a plurality of devices using a location-based address, the system comprising:
a) a first device configured to transmit anonymous control signals containing location-based addresses and function codes;
wherein the first device is selected from the group consisting of a light fixture, a fan, an electrical heater, a motion detector
or an air conditioning and heating unit, and the location based addresses are embedded within data fields that code for unchanging
spacial locations within a floor plan of a building; and

wherein the first device includes a microprocessor programmed with one or more first device location descriptors corresponding
to at least one of the unchanging spacial locations within the building and wherein the first device is configured to automatically
execute a function in response to control signals comprising location based addresses that match one or more first device
location descriptors corresponding to the at least one of the unchanging spacial locations within the building;

b) a second device configured to receive the control signals, wherein the second device is selected from the group consisting
of a light fixture, a fan, an electrical heater, a motion detector or an air conditioning and heating unit and wherein the
second device includes a micro-processor programmed with a second device location descriptor corresponding to at least one
of the unchanging spacial locations within the building, the second device being configured to automatically execute functions
corresponding to the function codes in response to a match between the location-based addresses and the second device location
descriptor corresponding to the at least one of the unchanging spacial locations within the building.

US Pat. No. 9,745,797

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTORIZED SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. An architectural covering, comprising:
shade material;
a motor operatively connected to the shade material such that operation of the motor causes movement of the shade material;
a controller unit operatively connected to the motor;
the controller unit configured to control operation of the motor;
the controller unit having a microprocessor;
a power supply unit electrically connected to the motor;
wherein the power supply unit includes one or more batteries;
at least one sensor operatively connected to the microprocessor;
the at least one sensor configured to detect rotation of the motor;
the controller unit configured to switch between an awake state, wherein the at least one sensor is energized, and an asleep
state, wherein the at least one sensor is not energized, so as to conserve power; a counterbalance assembly operatively connected
to the architectural covering, the counterbalance assembly configured to provide a counterbalance force to the shade material.

US Pat. No. 9,725,952

MOTORIZED SHADE WITH TRANSMISSION WIRE PASSING THROUGH THE SUPPORT SHAFT

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A roll shade system, comprising:
a motor having an output shaft;
a motor tube configured to house the motor, wherein the motor tube is configured to remain stationary during operation of
the motor;

a drive wheel connected to the output shaft of the motor, wherein the drive wheel is configured to rotate by operation of
the motor;

a roll shade tube configured to rotate about the motor during operation of the motor;
a shade operatively connected to the roll shade tube;
an input wiring system electrically connected to the motor;
an external power source;
the input wiring system extending into the motor tube and electrically connecting the external power source to the motor;
a motor controller operatively connected to the motor;
a remote control device operatively connected to motor controller and configured to transmit control signals to the motor
controller;

wherein the shade is movable to a different position by manual movement of the shade as well as by transmitting a control
signal to the shade using the remote control device.

US Pat. No. 9,670,724

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUAL AND MOTORIZED MANIPULATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL COVERING

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. An architectural covering comprising:
a header, a bottom bar, and shade material positioned between the header and bottom bar;
at least one suspension cord connected to the header, bottom bar, and shade material such that the weight of the bottom bar
and the shade material are supported by the at least one suspension cord;

a spring housing connected to the header;
a drive shaft assembly connected to the header;
a motor assembly connected to the header;
the motor assembly having an electrically powered motor;
the shade material operatively connected to the motor assembly such that operation of the motor assembly changes the position
of the shade material;

wherein the drive shaft assembly is connected to the spring housing and the motor assembly;
wherein the spring housing provides a counterbalance;
wherein the spring housing includes at least one standard wound spring;
wherein the spring housing includes at least one reverse wound spring;
wherein the shade material moves between an open position and a closed position;
wherein the shade material is movable to a different position by manual manipulation as well as by motorized manipulation.

US Pat. No. 9,611,690

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for operating a roller shade comprising:
a roller tube;
a shade operably connected to the roller tube;
a DC motor;
the DC motor having a rated voltage;
the DC motor operatively connected to the roller tube and configured to rotate the roller;
a DC power source;
the DC power source operatively connected to the DC motor and configured to provide DC power to the DC motor at an average
voltage;

wherein a maximum average voltage the DC power source can supply the DC motor is less than half the rated voltage of the DC
motor;

a counterbalance assembly;
the counterbalance assembly operatively connected to the roller tube and configured to provide a counterbalance force to the
roller tube.

US Pat. No. 9,583,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRICAL LOAD CONTROL NETWORK

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling the application of electrical line power to a plurality of electrical loads in a building comprising:
a line power network operatively connected to the plurality of electrical loads and separate from a first low voltage power
and communication network;

one or more first load control devices operatively connected to the first low voltage power and communication network, each
first load control device using electrical power from the first low voltage power and communication network and transmitting
one or more identification signals and one or more control signals through the first low voltage power and communication network,
the one or more control signals for indirectly controlling the application of electrical power to one or more of the plurality
of electrical loads;

a building control network;
at least one first controller device operatively connected to the line power network and to the one or more first load control
devices through the first low voltage power and communication network and through the building control network to a second
low voltage power and communication network, said at least one first controller device having a configuration means and providing
electrical power to the first low voltage power and communication network;

one or more second load control devices operatively connected to the second low voltage power and communication network, each
second load control device using electrical power from the second low voltage power and communication network and transmitting
one or more identification signals and one or more control signals through the second low voltage power and communication
network and through the building control network to the first low voltage power and communication network, the one or more
control signals for indirectly controlling the application of electrical power to one or more of the plurality of electrical
loads;

at least one second controller device operatively connected to the line power network and to the one or more second load control
devices through the second low voltage power and communication network and to the building control network, said at least
one second controller device having a configuration means and providing electrical power to the second low voltage power and
communication network;

processing means in each of the at least one first and second controller devices, said processing means for receiving and
processing identification signals from each of the one or more first and second load control devices and each of the one of
more first and second controller devices and the plurality of loads and using the configuration means to generate a plurality
of configuration signals upon initial application of electrical power to the system, the processing means transmitting the
plurality of configuration signals to the one or more first and second load control devices and the one of more first and
second controller devices, the processing means further for receiving and processing one or more control signals from the
one or more first and second load control devices and directly controlling the application of electrical power to one or more
of the plurality of electrical loads according to the one or more control signals and the plurality of configuration signals.

US Pat. No. 9,725,948

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE AND METHOD FOR SETTING ARTIFICIAL STOPS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A motorized window shade system comprising:
a shade;
the shade extending a length from an upper end to a lower end;
a DC electric motor;
the shade operatively connected to the motor such that operation of the motor changes the position of the shade;
a gear reducing assembly operatively connected to the motor;
a motor controller operatively connected to the motor;
an antenna operatively connected to the motor controller;
a remote control device wirelessly connected to the antenna; a counterbalance assembly, the counterbalance assembly operatively
connected to the shade, the counterbalance assembly configured to provide a counterbalance force; and

wherein the shade is movable to a different position by manual movement of the shade as well as by transmitting a wireless
signal to the shade using the remote control device.

US Pat. No. 9,967,954

HYBRID DIMMING CONTROLLER WITH MULTI-CLASS OUTPUTS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A dimming controller for a lighting load comprising:a class 1 power conditioner operable to provide a class 1 dimmer signal;
a class 2 power conditioner isolated from the class 1 power conditioner, the class 2 power conditioner operable to provide a class 2 dimmer signal;
a low voltage connector operably connected to the class 2 power conditioner to provide the class 2 dimmer signal;
output wires operably connected to the class 2 power conditioner operable to provide the class 2 dimmer signal; and
output wires operably connected to the class 1 power conditioner operable to provide the class 1 dimmer signal.

US Pat. No. 9,822,584

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR WINDOW COVERINGS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A motorized window covering, comprising:
a motor;
a power source operably connected to the motor;
shade material operably connected to the motor such that the shade material is opened and closed by operation of the motor;
a motor controller operably connected to the motor;
an antenna connected to the motor controller by a line-in; and
an Electrostatic Discharge circuit connected to the line-in, wherein the Electrostatic Discharge circuit includes an inductor
positioned in parallel with two anti-parallel diodes positioned in reverse polarities to one another, the inductor and the
two anti-parallel diodes form a resonant circuit, the inductance of the inductor is about equal to 1/(C*(2*pi*fo)2), where C is equal to the capacitance of the pair of anti-parallel diodes and fo is equal to a frequency of interest, and
the Electrostatic Discharge circuit shunts Electrostatic Discharge events to ground thereby preventing Electrostatic Discharge
events from reaching downstream components of the motor controller.

US Pat. No. 9,771,755

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A motorized roller shade comprising:
a shade tube;
shade material attached to the shade tube;
the shade material configured to move between an open position and a closed position;
a DC gear motor positioned within the shade tube;
the DC gear motor having an output shaft;
the DC gear motor operatively connected to the shade tube such that operation of the DC gear motor opens or closes the roller
shade;

a motor controller operatively connected to the DC gear motor;
an antenna operatively connected to the motor controller;
a remote control device wirelessly connected to the antenna;
a counterbalance assembly positioned within the shade tube and operatively connected to the shade tube;
the counterbalance assembly configured to provide a counterbalance force to the shade tube; and
wherein the shade material is movable to a different position by a manual movement of the shade as well as by transmitting
a wireless signal using the remote control device.

US Pat. No. 9,998,296

LOCATION BASED ADDRESSING LIGHTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling one or more devices to be controlled using location-based addressing, the system comprising:a first device configured to transmit control signals containing function codes and location-based addresses that code for one or more unchanging spacial locations; and
one or more devices to be controlled configured to receive the control signals, wherein each of the one or more devices to be controlled includes a logic/memory unit programmed with a location descriptor corresponding to at least one of the one or more unchanging spacial locations;
wherein each logic/memory unit is programmed to compare the location based addresses to the programmed location descriptor and perform functions corresponding to the function codes in response to a match between the location-based addresses and the programmed location descriptor.

US Pat. No. 9,896,882

MOTORIZED SHADE WITH THE TRANSMISSION WIRE PASSING THROUGH THE SUPPORT SHAFT

THE WATT STOPPER, Santa ...

1. A roll shade system, comprising:
a motor;
the motor having an output shaft;
a motor tube;
the motor tube configured to house the motor;
wherein the motor tube is configured to remain stationary during operation of the motor;
a drive wheel;
the drive wheel operably connected to the output shaft of the motor;
wherein the drive wheel is configured to rotate by operation of the motor;
a roll shade tube;
shade material operatively connected to the roll shade tube;
the drive wheel operably connected to the roll shade tube;
an input wiring system;
the input wiring system electrically connected to the motor;
the input wiring system electrically connected to an external power source;
the input wiring system extending into the motor tube and electrically connecting the external power source to the motor;
a motor controller operatively connected to the motor;
an antenna;
the antenna operatively connected to the motor controller;
a first remote control device operatively connected to the motor controller and configured to transmit control signals to
the motor controller through the input wiring system;

a second remote control device operatively connected to the motor controller and configured to wirelessly transmit control
signals to the motor controller through the antenna;

wherein when an operative control signal is received by the motor controller, the motor is activated which causes rotation
of the drive wheel which causes rotation of the roller tube, thereby opening or closing the shade material.

US Pat. No. 9,890,585

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTORIZED SHADE

The Watt Stopper, Santa ...

1. An architectural covering system, comprising:
shade material;
a motor operatively connected to the shade material such that operation of the motor causes movement of the shade material;
a controller unit operatively connected to the motor;
the controller unit configured to control operation of the motor;
the controller unit having a microprocessor;
a power supply electrically connected to the motor;
wherein the power supply includes at least one battery;
at least one sensor operatively connected to the microprocessor;
the at least one sensor configured to detect rotation of the motor;
the controller unit configured to switch between an awake state, wherein the at least one sensor is energized, and an asleep
state, wherein the at least one sensor is not energized, so as to conserve power;

a housing;
wherein the motor and the power supply are positioned within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,148,125

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRICAL LOAD CONTROL NETWORK

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling the application of electrical line power to a plurality of electrical loads comprising:a line power network operatively connected to the plurality of electrical loads;
a low voltage power and communication network separate from the line power network;
one or more load control devices operatively connected to the low voltage power and communication network, each load control device transmitting one or more identification signals and one or more control signals through the low voltage power and communication network, for indirectly controlling the application of electrical power to one or more of the plurality of electrical loads;
at least one controller device operatively connected to the one or more load control devices through the low voltage power and communication network, said at least one controller device having a configuration means and providing electrical power to the low voltage power and communication network;
processing means in each of the at least one controller devices, said processing means for receiving and processing identification signals from each of the one or more load control devices and each of the one of more controller devices and the plurality of loads and using the configuration means to generate a plurality of configuration signals upon initial application of electrical power to the system, the processing means transmitting the plurality of configuration signals to the one or more load control devices and the one of more controller devices, the processing means further for receiving and processing one or more control signals from the one or more load control devices and directly controlling the application of electrical power to one or more of the plurality of electrical loads according to the one or more control signals and the plurality of configuration signals.

US Pat. No. 10,119,330

HARDWIRED AND WIRELESSLY CONTROLLED MOTORIZED WINDOW SHADES SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

THE WATT STOPPER INC., S...

1. A motorized window shade system, comprising:a power panel;
wherein the power panel is configured to electrically connect to a plurality of motorized window shades;
a hardwired control;
a wireless control;
a gateway;
the gateway having an antenna, a radio, a microprocessor and memory;
a first motorized window shade;
the first motorized window shade having a motor controller assembly;
the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade having a motor, an antenna, a radio, a microprocessor and memory;
the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade has an electrical connection electrically connected to the power panel and the hardwired control;
the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade wirelessly connected to the wireless control;
wherein the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade receives control signals from the hardwired control through the electrical connection to the hardwired control;
wherein the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade receives power through the electrical connection to the power panel;
wherein the motor controller assembly of the first motorized window shade receives control signals from the wireless control through a wireless connection to the wireless control;
a second motorized window shade;
the second motorized window shade having a motor controller assembly;
the motor controller assembly of the second motorized window shade having a motor, an antenna, a radio, a microprocessor and memory;
the motor controller assembly of the second motorized window shade wirelessly connected to the wireless control;
wherein the motor controller assembly of the second motorized window shade receives control signals from the wireless control through a wireless connection to the wireless control;
wherein the motor controller assembly of the second motorized window shade receives power from one or more batteries;
wherein the gateway is configured to continuously listen for wireless control signals transmitted by wireless control;
wherein the gateway receives control signals from the wireless control, wherein the gateway stores these control signals from the wireless control in the memory of the gateway and wherein the gateway wirelessly transmits the stored control signals upon request;
wherein the second motorized window shade periodically polls the gateway at predetermined intervals, by switching between an asleep state, to conserve battery power, and an awake state;
wherein during the awake state the second motorized window shade transmits a signal to the gateway to which the gateway provides an affirmative response, wherein the gateway responds to the second motorized window shade with one of a stored control signal or a “no” signal, wherein in response to receiving the stored control signal the second motorized window shade carries out a command of the stored control signal and in response to receiving the “no” signal the second motorized window shade goes back to the asleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,206,266

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR AUTO-CALIBRATING LIGHT DIMMERS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A lighting controller for controlling a light assembly, said light assembly having a ballast and a dimmable light, the lighting controller comprising:a dimmer controller having a dimmer setting;
a current measurement module for measuring current applied to the ballast of the light assembly;
a microprocessor operably connected to the dimmer controller and the current measurement module;
a memory operably connected to the microprocessor; and
an algorithm stored in the memory to enable the microprocessor to use the measured current to calibrate the dimmer controller.

US Pat. No. 10,141,739

SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING DC POWER TO AND CONTROLLING BUILDING DEVICES

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling and distributing DC power comprising:a power hub comprising
a hub controller;
a power converter adapted to convert AC power to DC power;
one or more variable voltage regulators operatively connected to the power converter and controlled by the hub controller, the one or more variable voltage regulators are operable to provide regulated DC power to one or more primary loads and to receive and transmit data and control signals from and to the one or more primary loads;
one or more communication interfaces operatively connected to the hub controller to transmit and receive data and control signals over a network;
one or more primary loads, each primary load having a load control module, the load control module comprising:
a load controller operatively connected to the hub controller to receive and transmit data and control signals to the hub controller;
a plurality of output ports operatively connected to the load controller, the plurality of output ports adapted to provide DC power to secondary loads and to transmit and receive data and control signals to and from the load controller;
a load driver adapted to distribute DC power to the secondary loads, the load driver operatively connected to and under control of the load controller.

US Pat. No. 10,175,371

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOISE CONTROL IN ULTRASONIC SENSORS

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating an active ultrasonic occupancy sensor comprising the steps:providing an ultrasonic occupancy sensor comprising:
an ultrasonic transmitter;
an ultrasonic receiver;
a power supply configured to apply power to an adjustable voltage regulator which is configured to apply adjustable power to the ultrasonic transmitter;
a microcontroller; and
a peak detector;
processing a received ultrasonic signal to generate a first signal representing an ultrasonic voltage envelope;
processing the first signal to generate an ultrasonic peak noise signal; and
controlling the adjustable power of the adjustable voltage regulator according to the ultrasonic peak noise signal.

US Pat. No. 10,251,248

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DC POWER FOR LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTING

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. A system for providing DC power to a driverless load comprising:a power supply comprising:
a supervisory controller operably connected to line power;
a DC driver having an output with at least three conductors, the DC driver operably connected to line power and the supervisory controller;
wherein the DC driver is operably connected to the driverless load to conduct energy and communication between the power supply to the driverless load; and
an integrated circuit for single wire communication embedded in the driverless load.

US Pat. No. 10,244,608

SIDE LOOKING OCCUPANCY SENSOR

The Watt Stopper, Inc., ...

1. An occupancy sensing system comprising:a load control device having a housing and controller;
a plurality of proximity sensors in the housing and operably coupled to the controller;
an occupancy sensor in the housing and operably coupled to the controller;
wherein a first proximity sensor of the plurality of proximity sensors is operable to monitor a first monitoring zone and a second proximity sensor is operable to monitor a second monitoring zone wherein the first monitoring zone is between the occupancy sensor and the second monitoring zone and the first and second monitoring zones are on one side of a door opening; and
wherein the controller is operable to monitor signals from the plurality of proximity sensors and upon detection of signals from the first proximity sensor indicating movement in the first monitoring zone and detection of a signal from the second proximity sensor indicating movement in the second monitoring zone such that the movement in the first monitoring zone is immediately before the movement in the second monitoring zone, indicating ingress detection, or immediately after the movement in the second monitoring zone, indicating egress detection, the controller controls operation of the load control device accordingly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,938

HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER SHADE AND METHOD FOR SETTING ARTIFICIAL STOPS

THE WATT STOPPER INC., S...

21. A motorized window shade system comprising:shade material;
the shade material extending a length from an upper end to a lower end;
a motor;
the motor operatively connected to shade material such that activation of the motor causes movement of the shade material;
a motor controller operatively connected to the motor;
a power supply electrically connected to the motor;
wherein the power supply includes at least one battery;
a housing;
wherein the motor, the motor controller and the power supply are positioned within the housing;
an antenna operatively connected to the motor controller;
a remote control device wirelessly connected to the antenna;
wherein the shade is movable to a different position by motorized movement of the shade through operation of the motor;
wherein when the shade is moved by motorized movement a sensor system detects the movement and a counter tracks the movement;
wherein manual movement is detected by measuring a rotation of an output shaft of the motor using a magnetic, an optical or a mechanical encoder.