US Patent No. 10,143,065

DIMMER SWITCH


Patent No. 10,143,065
Issue Date November 27, 2018
Title Dimmer Switch
Inventorship Michael M. Potempa, Freeport, IL (US)
Brian S. Potempa, Freeport, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,143,065

1. A mechanism for controlling a light comprising:a wheel assembly having a rotational axis substantially perpendicular to a cover plate, the cover plate substantially parallel to a secondary cover plate and substantially parallel to a board cover plate, an outer circumference of said wheel assembly extending through the cover plate, secondary cover plate and board cover plate;
a rotational motion detector coupled to the wheel assembly for detecting a rotation of the wheel assembly, the rotational motion detector coupled to a circuit board that is substantially parallel to the board cover plate;
a dimmer control coupled to the rotational motion detector for increasing or decreasing a power output provided to the light, the dimmer control including a processor, the processor configured to increment or decrement a variable based upon a direction of rotation of the wheel assembly, the variable used to control the power output;
a push detector coupled to the wheel assembly for detecting whether the wheel assembly has been pushed; and
an on/off control responsive to the push detector for controlling whether energy is provided to the light.