US Patent No. 10,694,605

OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURES CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS


Patent No. 10,694,605
Issue Date June 23, 2020
Title Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Control Systems And Methods
Inventorship Neal R. Verfuerth, Plymouth, WI (US)
Assignee ORION ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC., Manitowoc, WI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,694,605

1. A control module, comprising:an interface configured to electrically and physically couple the control module to a light fixture, the light fixture comprising a dimmable light source and a light fixture housing, wherein the interface physically couples the control module to an exterior of the light fixture housing;
a control module housing;
a 2.4 GHz radio-frequency (RF) transceiver within the control module housing;
an antenna electrically coupled to the RF transceiver and tuned to facilitate RF communication at 2.4 GHz;
a microcontroller coupled to a memory device;
a photocell configured to detect an ambient light level;
wherein the control module is configured to control the dimmable light source and is operable to place the dimmable light source in an off state, in a dimmed state, and in a fully illuminated state,
wherein the RF transceiver and the microcontroller cooperate to facilitate remote configuration and monitoring of the control module,
wherein the RF transceiver and the microcontroller cooperate to transmit data to, and receive data from, one or more other control modules in a plurality of control modules, and
wherein the microcontroller is configurable, when programmed via the RF transceiver, to control the dimmable light source according to the detected ambient light level, according to a schedule, or according to the detected ambient light level and the schedule.