US Patent No. 10,117,298

CURTAIN-CONFIGURED LIGHT STRINGS


Patent No. 10,117,298
Issue Date October 30, 2018
Title Curtain-configured Light Strings
Inventorship Jason Loomis, Decatur, GA (US)
Jared William Everline, Atlanta, GA (US)
Assignee Seasons 4, Inc., Toano, VA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,117,298

1. A light-string distribution element for a decorative lighting system, the light-string distribution element comprising:a conductive lead configured to connect to an upstream element of the decorative lighting system and further configured to:
receive, from the upstream element connected thereto, operating power; and
receive, from the upstream element connected thereto, an input signal indicative of a plurality of lighting commands, each configured to cause a particular lighting element to illuminate in a specific manner indicated by that lighting command;
a tap connector configured to connect to a complementary connector of a decorative light string having a plurality of lighting elements, the tap connector further configured to:
provide, to the decorative light string connected thereto, operating power received by the conductive lead; and
provide, to the decorative light string connected thereto, a first output signal indicative of a first subset of the plurality of lighting commands, the first subset corresponding to lighting commands for a plurality of lighting elements of the decorative light sting connected thereto; and
a conductive tail configured to connect to a downstream element and further configured to:
provide, to the downstream element connected thereto, operating power received by the conductive lead; and
provide, to the downstream element, a second output signal indicative of a second subset of the plurality of lighting commands, the second subset including lighting commands for a plurality of lighting elements of other decorative light stings connected via the downstream element.