US Patent No. 11,071,188


Patent No. 11,071,188
Issue Date July 20, 2021
Title Intelligent Lighting Control System Air Gap Apparatuses, Systems, And Methods
Inventorship Nicholas David Pennycooke, San Mateo, CA (US)
William Lark, Jr., Glendale, CA (US)
Ryan Aylward, Somerville, MA (US)
Assignee Racepoint Energy, LLC, Osterville, MA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,071,188

1. A lighting control system comprising:a base module including a base housing forming a well and including a first electrical connector positioned in the well, the first electrical connector connected to a power terminal configured to receive current from an alternating current (A.C.) power supply to permit the base module to be electrically coupled with a lighting circuit,
a depressible switch housed in the well, the depressible switch including a spring biasing the depressible switch into an extended position configured and arranged to disconnect a contact coupled to the power terminal to open an electrical circuit between the power terminal and the first electrical connector; and
a light switch module configured for nesting, at least in part, in the well of the base module, the light switch module including,
a module housing,
a graphical user interface coupled to the module housing,
a second electrical connector configured for engagement with and electrical coupling to the first electrical connector of the base module when nested therein, and
a switch control circuit positioned in the module housing and including a processor configured to modulate a flow of electrical energy to the lighting circuit via a dimmer circuit to produce a plurality of lighting scenes, the switch control circuit electrically connected to the graphical user interface and the second electrical connector, wherein the module housing is configured to,
press the depressible switch into a retracted position upon nesting in the well of the base module and thereby close the electrical circuit between the power terminal and the first electrical connector, and
release the depressible switch into the extended position when unnested from the well of the base module.