WO2008040454A2 - Operating device and method for operating luminous means - Google Patents

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WO2008040454A2
WO2008040454A2 PCT/EP2007/008206 EP2007008206W WO2008040454A2 WO 2008040454 A2 WO2008040454 A2 WO 2008040454A2 EP 2007008206 W EP2007008206 W EP 2007008206W WO 2008040454 A2 WO2008040454 A2 WO 2008040454A2
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Reinhard BÖCKLE
Reinhold Juen
Martin Rudigier
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    • HELECTRICITY
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    • H05B33/0851Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular application for light emitting diodes [LEDs] comprising only inorganic semiconductor materials with control of the light intensity involving load characteristic sensing means with permanent feedback from the light source
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Abstract

The present invention relates to the operation of luminous means (3), such as fluorescent lamps and gas discharge lamps, for example. In order to operate an operating device (2) for luminous means (3), a method is implemented, whereby the operating device (2) has an interface input (5) for connecting a light sensor. This interface input (5) can be configured either for connecting a passive electronic or optoelectronic component or for receiving an actively transmitted signal.

Description

Operating device and method for operating light bulbs

The present invention relates to the operation of lamps such as fluorescent lamps and

Gas discharge lamps. The invention particularly relates to an operating device or an electronic ballast which has an input interface to which a

Light sensor for monitoring the brightness is connected, and method of using this

Input interface.

It is already known in principle from EP 0 965 252 B1 that an electronic ballast for operating a lamp has a connecting device to which a light sensor for monitoring the brightness of a specific spatial area can be connected. The light sensor used for brightness control detects brightness actual values in a region illuminated by a lamp. These brightness actual values are fed to the operating device via this connection device. The lamp whose brightness is detected by the light sensor is controlled by this operating device according to the brightness actual values or the lighting is dimmed.

Parallel to this first connection device, the electronic ballast has further connections for receiving external control information, for example via a Bus line. The electronic ballast can be supplied with various information or commands such as external dimming setpoints. Furthermore, switch-on or switch-off commands for the electronic ballast can be transmitted via the control connections.

It should be noted that this measuring terminal device is used to connect light sensors or brightness-dependent resistors. If a light sensor is connected to the device, this is checked by the operating device and detected, so that the brightness of the lamp can be adjusted or dimmed according to the sensor value. The external control information regarding. The brightness of the lamp are not taken into account in this case for the operation of the lamp.

If no light sensor should be connected to the electronic ballast, however, the operating device can be controlled via the other digital control connections such as DALI or DSI connections. Due to the low signal transmission rate of such digital connections or interfaces, connected lamps can not be controlled by means of external control information to rapidly changing brightness actual values. Therefore, it is not possible according to this prior art to realize lighting effects with very fast light changes.

The invention has accordingly set itself the task of providing an improved technique for operating a lamp, which also fast light changes can be realized. The object is solved by the characterizing features of the claims, wherein the combination of the claims is characterized as a particularly advantageous solution to the problem.

According to a first aspect of the present invention, a method for operating an operating device for lighting means is provided, wherein the operating device has an interface input for connecting a light sensor. This interface input is optionally configured to connect a passive electronic or optoelectronic device or to receive an actively transmitted signal. In particular, a light sensor for brightness control, a potentiometer for dimming, a resistor for addressing, or an IR (infrared) sensor or light sensor for data transmission come into question as a passive component.

The passive component may in particular be a light sensor for transmitting brightness actual values to the operating device.

The actively transmitted signal may be an analog or digital signal.

The actively transmitted signal can in particular by a

Effect device, a signal generator and / or a static or user-changeable

Setting element to be generated.

The passive component can advantageously a

Be potentiometer. The potentiometer can be used for manual dimming and / or switching the light bulb on and off.

In particular, the operating device can automatically detect whether a light sensor or a potentiometer is connected to the interface input.

The automatic detection between the light sensor and the potentiometer can have the following steps: the operating device performs at least one change in brightness of the associated light source, and changes to the signal received via the interface input is concluded by a light sensor, otherwise by a potentiometer.

The switching between a passive and active mode in the case of a passive or active signal can be made via a digital control connection, in particular via a DALI or DMX control connection.

According to a second aspect of the present invention, a method is provided for operating a lighting device, in particular according to the first aspect of the present invention, wherein the operating device has a first interface input for connecting a light sensor and a second control input for receiving control information. The type of information that is supplied to the operating device via the first interface input is defined via the second control input.

According to a third aspect of the present invention, a method for wireless communication between two Operating equipment for lighting provided. The method comprises the following steps: a first operating device modulates the light of a first associated light source for the transmission of information,

a photoelement of a second operating device detects the light modulation of the first luminous means, and

- The second operating device demodulates the light detected by the photo element to recover the transmitted information from the first operating device.

Preferably, the brightness and / or the frequency of the

Light of the first light source modulated, detected, and demodulated.

The information regarding the photo element captured

Light can be through an interface input of the second

Operating this device, this interface input either to connect a passive photo element or an active

Photo element is configured.

The first operating device and / or the second operating device can be operated in particular according to the first or the second aspect of the present invention.

According to another aspect of the present invention, a system is provided for operating at least one light source. The system includes an operating device for controlling the light source, wherein the operating device has an interface input for connecting a light sensor. This interface input is optional for connecting a passive electronic or optoelectronic component or to receive an actively transmitted signal configurable.

According to a further aspect of the present invention, a system for operating at least one light-emitting means is provided, comprising an operating device for controlling the light-emitting means. The operating device has a first interface input for connecting a light sensor and a second control input for receiving control information. The type of information that is supplied to the operating device via the first interface input can be defined via the second control input.

In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, a wireless communication system is provided between two light emitting devices. A first operating device for controlling at least one first lighting means is designed such that the light of the first lighting means can be modulated for the transmission of information. A photoelement is used to detect this light modulation of the first light source. A second operating device of the system is used to recover the information transmitted by the first operating device by means of the light detected by the photoelement.

The invention will be described below with reference to preferred embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings.

Showing: 1 shows schematically a preferred embodiment of a system according to the present invention,

Fig. 2 shows schematically another embodiment of a system according to the present invention with the use of a potentiometer, and

Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 schematically another advantageous particularly for wireless communication embodiment of a system according to the present invention.

Fig. 1 is a schematic representation of an embodiment of a system 1 according to the present invention. The system 1 essentially comprises an operating device 2 for operating one or more lamps 3. The operating device 2 may in particular be an electronic ballast 2 for at least one lamp 3, in particular for at least one fluorescent lamp such as a gas discharge lamp. However, the bulbs may also be, for example, light-emitting diodes.

The electronic ballast 2 shown has inputs 4a and 4b of a light sensor interface 5, and two control inputs 6a and 6b for connecting a preferably digital control bus or control lines 7a and 7b, on.

The inputs 4a, 4b and the control inputs 6a and 6b are connected to a control device 8 of the electronic ballast 2. A n the light sensor interface 5 of the electronic

Ballast 2, an external resistor can be connected. In particular, a light sensor or photoresistor can be connected to the light sensor interface 5. Such a known light sensor

(not shown) is designed to measure the brightness of the light incident thereon.

If a light sensor is actually connected to the sensor interface 5, then those of the

Light sensor supplied brightness actual values of one of

Light sensor monitored area of the electronic

Ballast 2 are supplied, the

Control device 8 of the electronic ballast 2 then depending on the supplied brightness actual values serving for the illumination of the monitored area

Lamp can dim.

As can be seen in FIG. 1, in the system 1 an analogue or digital signal source is connected to the sensor interface 5 which is intended to receive brightness values.

The passive sensor interface 5 is thus used to supply the electronic ballast 2 with an active input signal generated by one or more signal sources 9 via the inputs 4a, 4b.

The signal source 9 can provide either analog or digital signals, in which latter case the electronic ballast 2 then has a second digital interface in addition to the control inputs 6a, 6b. This second digital interface can be constructed as a DSI or, preferably, a DALI or DMX interface. DSI (Digital Signal Interface), DALI

(Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) and DMX (Digital Multiplex) are known control protocols for controlling or

Dimming of digital lighting control gear such. electronic ballasts. The digital DMX

Control protocol is also particularly in the

Stage technology used to control dimmers, intelligent spotlights and effect units.

The signal source 9 can also provide analog signals, in which case preferably effect devices can be used. Such effect devices include i.a. Light organs, theatrical effects, fast running lights, as well as flash and flashing lights. Even simple sources, which are provided by means of static or user-adjustable setting, can be used as an analog signal source 9. Further examples of analog signal sources 9 are, in particular, signal generators which can generate signal shapes or modulate them with other signals. Signal generators are generated or modulated by such signal generators, such as sine, rectangle, triangle, pulses or other signal forms, preferably with a wide frequency range.

Applications of such a system 1 with analog signal source 9 are diverse. Thus, e.g. an arrangement of three provided in the circle lighting systems 1 make the rotating field of a three-phase network visible.

As a signal source 9 can also be a vibration sensor, a microphone or a pressure sensor use. Using a suitable amplifier is thus the lamp 3 as a function of noise or controlled by a pressure. Thus, a lighting alarm system is easy to implement.

The lighting system 1 can either have one or more light sources 3, which can also have different colors. Several lighting systems can also be combined.

If the electronic ballast 2 analog signals are supplied via the sensor interface 5, then also different such signal sources 9 can be combined. It is also envisaged that only one analog signal source 9 control a plurality of electronic ballasts 2 with an active signal. When using, for example, a light organ or another effect device, a practically infinite number of effects can be achieved with a number of operating devices 2 which are equipped with different light sources.

As already mentioned, according to an alternative embodiment of the inventive lighting system 1, it is provided to connect a digital signal source 9 to the inputs 4a, 4b.

Between the sensor interface 5 and the signal source 9, an optocoupler 10 can be provided, for the electrical isolation of the input and output circuits of the electronic ballast 2 and the signal source 9. Thus, the use of the opto-coupler 10 can provide potential separation between the electronic ballast 2 and signal source 9 are reached, so that the signal lines from the S signal source 9 to the sensor interface 5 theoretically can be arbitrarily long. However, the optocoupler 10 should not be arranged too far from the sensor interface 5, preferably a maximum of one meter cable length and 50 cm distance from the electronic ballast 2 to the sensor interface. 5

The control terminals 6a, 6b serve to receive external digital control information according to, for example, a DALI, DSI or DMX system.

In a further embodiment, the electronic ballast 2 is configured such that via the control inputs 6a, 6b a digital control signal activates either the normal sensor mode in which a passive component such as a light sensor is connected to the sensor interface 5 or the active mode can, wherein in the latter mode, an active signal from the analog or digital signal source 9 via the sensor interface 5 is transmitted.

Via the control inputs 6a, 6b, the ballast 2 can therefore be supplied with either specific dimming setpoint values for the lamp 3 or a signal for activating or deactivating the passive or active mode. In the first case, the brightness of the lamp 3 is controlled according to the dimming setpoints received via the control inputs 6a, 6b. In passive or active mode, the brightness of the lamp 3 is controlled according to the signal provided at the sensor interface 5.

In a system consisting of several ballasts 2 can thus part of the ballasts via dimming commands be controlled directly, while another part of the ballasts can participate in a controlled by a signal source 9 play of light.

Furthermore, it is provided according to a further embodiment, that the analog or digital active signal of the signal source 9 in the electronic ballast 2 of a filtering or change is supplied. This filtering is preferably performed by software, before the lamp 3 is controlled by the control device 8. The type of filtering and variation as well as various variable parameters of the filtering can then be determined via the control terminals 6a, 6b.

FIG. 2 shows a further embodiment of a lighting system 1 'according to the present invention.

The inputs 4a, 4b of the sensor interface 5 are used here for the connection of a potentiometer 11. The use of the potentiometer 11 allows manual control or dimming of the lamp 3, since the brightness of the lamp 3 is controlled in dependence on the selected resistance of the potentiometer 11.

The brightness of the lamp 3 can thereby be changed significantly faster than with a light sensor. With a connected light sensor, the electronic ballast 2 performs a slow change in brightness. By inserting the potentiometer 11, however, faster brightness changes can be performed by the electronic ballast 2, which can be preferably adapted to the reaction times of commercial dimmers. In the embodiment of Figure 2, the inputs 4a, 4b serve to connect the potentiometer 11, this potentiometer 11, for example, a manual dimming and also enable or disable the lamp 3 can. This embodiment can be used in existing lamp systems, in particular floor lamps, in which the existing sensor interface 5 is used to connect a potentiometer 11. Thus, a fast external light control can be realized in a simple manner.

Accordingly, the illumination system 1 'can optionally be equipped with a light sensor or with a potentiometer 11 in the passive mode, which is characterized by the connection of a passive electronic or optoelectronic component to the inputs 4a, 4b.

The electronic ballast 2 may e.g. recognize via a corresponding signal via the control inputs 6a, 6b or via the operation of a switch, if a light sensor or a potentiometer 11 is connected.

The electronic ballast 2 can also detect automatically whether a potentiometer 11 is used for manual dimming or on / off. First, the electronic ballast 2 causes a brightness change or dimming of the connected lamp 3, and at the same time checks whether the resistance value at the sensor interface 5 changes. When this resistance value changes, the electronic ballast 2 concludes that a photosensitive resistor is connected to the light sensor interface 5. on the other hand if the resistance value does not change during the dimming, the electronic ballast 2 closes to a potentiometer 11 used for manual dimming. Depending on the result of this automatic detection, the light sensor mode or the potentiometer mode is activated.

According to the invention, two control inputs 6a, 6b are provided, so that external control information can be supplied to the electronic ballast 2. Various types of control information may be received by the electronic ballast 2 via the control inputs 6a, 6b, among others. Configuration information, status query or brightness information.

Configuration information can give the electronic ballast 2 information about which information is provided via the inputs 4a, 4b. This information can in particular activate the active or the passive mode, and thus determine whether the ballast 2 is supplied via the sensor interface 5, a signal of a passive device or an active transmitted signal.

The configuration information can also describe or define the passive or active mode in more detail, in which it can be stipulated, for example, that the connected passive component is a light sensor for light regulation, a potentiometer for light control or a resistor for addressing the electronic ballast 2. For the use of a resistor for the purpose of addressing is expressly made to the document DE 103 29 090 Al. The connection of other components to the sensor interface 5 can of course also be communicated via this configuration information.

The control inputs 6a, 6b can also be used as a status query, so that the electronic ballast 2 can communicate via these control inputs 6a, 6b, for example, if the passive or the active mode is activated, or in passive mode just a light sensor, a potentiometer 11 or a resistor is connected.

It is also possible to supply brightness information via the control inputs 6a, 6b. Thus, a parallel or additional input for the light control of the lamp 3 can be provided, which preferably can temporarily override the regulation via the light sensor or the brightness adjustment via potentiometer 11. The lamp 3 can then be switched on and off via the control inputs 6a, 6b in a simple manner.

Fig. 3 shows an electronic ballast 2 ', which can communicate wirelessly by means of a light modulation.

The electronic ballast 2 'contains a modulation unit 16 which modulates a signal 19 to be transmitted into corresponding control signals 20a, 20b for at least one lamp 3 or lamp arrangement. The control signals 20a, 20b can in particular turn the lamp 3 on and off or dim its brightness. Also conceivable are control signals 20a, 20b which determine the frequency or the color of the light emitted by the lamp 3 or by the lamp arrangement. The modulation of the brightness and / or the frequency of the emitted light may be an already known analog or digital modulation.

Preferably, this light modulation is not or hardly recognizable to the human eye. If the brightness of the lamp is modulated by switching it on and off, it should be noted that the eye does not perceive the interruption of the illumination. In a signal transmission by modulation of the light frequency, for example, frequencies in the non-visible frequency range of the light spectrum, i. , in the infrared and / or ultraviolet range.

To the electronic ballast 2 'is also a photo element 12 connected to receive a modulated light. This information captured by the photoelement 12 in the form of brightness actual values or actual frequency values is fed to the ballast 2 'via the sensor interface 5. A demodulation unit 17 then again demodulates this light information and extracts therefrom a useful signal 18 which corresponds to the previously transmitted signal 19.

The photoelement 12 shown in FIG. 3 is a passive receiver or a passive component in the form of, for example, a brightness-sensitive light sensor or a frequency-sensitive sensor such as an IR sensor or UV sensor. For a passive receiver, it should be noted that a maximum line length and a maximum distance between the photoelement 12 and the ballast 2 'should not be exceeded. In particular, this line length and distance should not be greater than one meter or 50 cm.

Alternatively, FIG. 4 shows an active photoelement 13, which is connected by an amplifier 14 and an optocoupler 15 to the sensor interface 5 of the electronic ballast 2 '. Thus, the line length from the photoelement 13 through the amplifier 14 to the optocoupler 15 may also be much larger than the maximum line length required by the passive photoelement 12 of FIG. Only the line length from the optocoupler 15 to the sensor interface 5 and the distance to the ballast 2 'are limited, preferably to one meter or 50 cm.

The signal 19 to be transmitted can be transmitted to the electronic ballast 2 ', for example, externally via the control inputs 6a, 6b. Alternatively, the useful signal 19 can also be obtained from the sensor interface 5, wherein in turn a passive signal of a passive component, such as e.g. a light sensor, or a signal of an active element of the sensor interface 5 is supplied.

The received signal 18 can be processed by the control unit of the ballast 2 ', stored, transmitted via the modulation unit and the lamp 3, or even forwarded digitally via the control inputs 6a, 6b.

An electronic ballast 2 'is thus suitable for transmitting a modulated signal by means of a modulation unit 16 and a lamp 3 or lamp arrangement, and by means of a photoelement 12 and a Demodulation unit 17 to receive such a modulated signal.

In a system comprising a plurality of electronic ballasts 2 ', it is necessary that a photo element 12 is connected to each ballast 2' serving as a receiver. Of course, a plurality of ballasts 2 'can also share a photoelement 12, in which the output signal of the photoelement 12 is forwarded to the sensor interface 5 of the corresponding ballasts 2'. It is advantageous in this case to connect an active photoelement 13, since the distance to the ballasts, as already seen, is not limited.

A system for illuminating a room comprising a plurality of ballasts 2 ', each with a lamp 3 and a photo element 12, 13 can use this communication method, in which only one ballast detects the brightness of the room, and transmits this brightness information to the other ballasts by light modulation. These other ballasts receive the brightness information on the respective photo element 12, 13, which serves as a communication receiver and not as a brightness meter. Thus, it can be ensured that, regardless of the calibration of the photo elements all lamps 3 can be controlled in the same room to the same brightness.

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1. A method for operating an operating device (2) for lighting means (3), wherein the operating device (2) has an interface input (5) for connecting a light sensor, said interface input (5) optionally for connecting a passive electronic or optoelectronic component or to receive an actively transmitted signal is configured.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the passive component is a light sensor for transmitting brightness actual values to the operating device (2).
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the device is an acoustic sensor, a vibration sensor and / or a pressure sensor.
4. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the actively transmitted signal may be an analog or digital signal.
5. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the actively transmitted signal is generated by an effect device, a signal generator and / or a static or user-adjustable setting element.
6. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the passive component is a potentiometer (11).
7. The method according to claim 6, wherein the potentiometer (11) for manual dimming and / or switching on and off of the lighting means (3) is used.
8. The method according to any one of claims 6 or 7, wherein the operating device (2) automatically detects whether a light sensor or a potentiometer (11) is connected to the interface input (5).
9. The method of claim 8, wherein the automatic detection between the light sensor and potentiometer (11) comprises the following steps: - the operating device (2) performs at least one change in brightness of the illuminant (3), and - in the case of changes of the interface input ( 5) signal is closed to a light sensor, otherwise to a potentiometer (11).
10. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the switching between a passive and active mode in the case of a passive or active signal via a digital control terminal (6a, 6b), in particular a DALI or DMX control terminal, is done.
11. A method for operating an operating device (2) for lighting means (3), wherein the operating device (2) has a first interface input (5) for connecting a light sensor and a second control input (6a, 6b) for receiving control information, characterized in that the type of information which is supplied to the operating device (2) via the first interface input (5) is defined via the second control input (6a, 6b).
12. A method for wireless communication between two operating devices (2 ') for lighting means (3), comprising the following steps:
- A first operating device (2 ') modulates the light of a first light source (3) for transmitting a useful signal
(19)
- A photo element (12, 13) of a second operating device (2 ') detects the light of the first lighting means (3), and
- The second operating device (2 ') demodulates the light detected by the photo element (12, 13) for the recovery of the transmitted from the first operating device useful signal (19).
13. The method of claim 12, wherein the brightness and / or the frequency of the light of the first lighting means is modulated, detected and demodulated.
14. The method of claim 12 or 13, wherein information relating to the photo element (12, 13) detected light via an interface input (5) of the second operating device (2 ') are transmitted, said interface input (5) either to Connection of a passive photo element (12) or an active photo element (13) is configured.
15. System for operating at least one light source (3), comprising an operating device (2) for controlling the light source (3), wherein the operating device (2) has an interface input (5) for connecting a light sensor, wherein this interface Input (5) optionally to
Connection of a preferably passive electronic or optoelectronic device or to receive an actively transmitted signal is configured.
16. The system of claim 15, wherein the device is a light sensor for transmitting brightness actual values to the operating device (2).
17. The system of claim 15, wherein the device is an acoustic sensor, a vibration sensor and / or a pressure sensor.
18. System according to any one of claims 15 to 17, wherein the actively transmitted signal may be an analog or digital signal.
19. System according to any one of claims 15 to 18, comprising an effect device, a signal generator and / or a static or user-adjustable setting element for generating the actively transmitted signal.
20. System according to any one of claims 15 to 19, wherein the passive component is a potentiometer (11).
21. System according to claim 18, wherein the potentiometer (11) for manual dimming and / or switching on and off of the lighting means (3) is used.
22. System according to any one of claims 15 to 21, wherein the operating device (2) automatically detects whether a light sensor or a potentiometer (11) is connected to the interface input (5).
23. System according to claim 22, wherein for automatic detection between the light sensor and potentiometer (11), the operating device (2) performs at least one change in brightness of the light source (3), wherein upon changes in the signal received via the interface input (5) to a light sensor is closed, otherwise on a potentiometer (11).
24. System according to any one of claims 15 to 23, comprising a digital control terminal (6a, 6b), in particular a DALI or DMX control terminal, for switching between a passive and active mode in the case of a passive or active signal.
25. System for operating at least one light source
(3), comprising an operating device (2) for controlling the
Lighting means (3), wherein the operating device (2) has a first interface input (5) for connecting a light sensor and a second control input (6a, 6b) for receiving control information, characterized in that the type of information that the operating device (2 ) is supplied via the first interface input (5) is defined via the second control input (6a, 6b).
26. System for wireless communication between two operating devices (2 ') for lighting means (3), comprising
- A first operating device (2 ') for controlling at least a first lighting means (3), wherein the first
Operating device (2) is designed such that the light of the first lighting means (3) for transmitting a useful signal (19) can be modulated,
- A photo element (12, 13) for detecting the light of the first lighting means (3), and
- A second operating device (2 ') for recovering the first operating device (2) transmitted useful signal (19) by means of the photo element (12, 13) detected light.
27. The system of claim 26, wherein the brightness and / or the frequency of the light of the first lighting means is modulated, detected and demodulated.
A system according to claim 26 or 27, wherein the second operating device (2 ') has an interface input (5) for receiving information regarding the light detected by the photoelement (12, 13), said interface input (5) being selectively connectable a passive photoelement (12) or an active photoelement (13) is configured.
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