WO2008075944A1 - Christmas tree lighting system, and christmas tree lamp and remote control as part of this system - Google Patents

Christmas tree lighting system, and christmas tree lamp and remote control as part of this system Download PDF

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WO2008075944A1
WO2008075944A1 PCT/NL2007/050641 NL2007050641W WO2008075944A1 WO 2008075944 A1 WO2008075944 A1 WO 2008075944A1 NL 2007050641 W NL2007050641 W NL 2007050641W WO 2008075944 A1 WO2008075944 A1 WO 2008075944A1
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Benno Maathuis
Paulus Bernardus Bernink
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05BELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05B37/00Circuit arrangements for electric light sources in general
    • H05B37/02Controlling
    • H05B37/0209Controlling the instant of the ignition or of the extinction
    • H05B37/0245Controlling the instant of the ignition or of the extinction by remote-control involving emission and detection units
    • H05B37/0272Controlling the instant of the ignition or of the extinction by remote-control involving emission and detection units linked via wireless transmission, e.g. IR transmission
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21SNON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF; VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLE EXTERIORS
    • F21S9/00Lighting devices with a built-in power supply; Systems employing lighting devices with a built-in power supply
    • F21S9/02Lighting devices with a built-in power supply; Systems employing lighting devices with a built-in power supply the power supply being a battery or accumulator
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V23/00Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices
    • F21V23/04Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches
    • F21V23/0435Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches activated by remote control means
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05BELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05B37/00Circuit arrangements for electric light sources in general
    • H05B37/02Controlling
    • H05B37/029Controlling a plurality of lamps following a preassigned sequence, e.g. theater lights, diapositive projector
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V21/00Supporting, suspending, or attaching arrangements for lighting devices; Hand grips
    • F21V21/08Devices for easy attachment to any desired place, e.g. clip, clamp, magnet
    • F21V21/088Clips; Clamps
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21WINDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES F21K, F21L, F21S and F21V, RELATING TO USES OR APPLICATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS
    • F21W2121/00Use or application of lighting devices or systems for decorative purposes, not provided for in codes F21W2102/00 – F21W2107/00
    • F21W2121/04Use or application of lighting devices or systems for decorative purposes, not provided for in codes F21W2102/00 – F21W2107/00 for Christmas trees
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21YINDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES F21K, F21L, F21S and F21V, RELATING TO THE FORM OR THE KIND OF THE LIGHT SOURCES OR OF THE COLOUR OF THE LIGHT EMITTED
    • F21Y2115/00Light-generating elements of semiconductor light sources
    • F21Y2115/10Light-emitting diodes [LED]

Abstract

The invention relates to Christmas tree lighting, consisting of a group of Christmas tree lamps, each provided with a power source and a receiver for optical or electromagnetic signals, and a remote control for controlling the receivers of the Christmas tree lamps. The remote control is herein provided with a transmitter for generating a coded signal for the purpose of adjusting a light intensity of sub-groups of Christmas tree lamps. The remote control is preferably provided with a processor for generating a series of coded signals, so that predetermined light effects can be obtained.

Description

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING SYSTEM, AND CHRISTMAS TREE LAMP AND REMOTE CONTROL AS PART OF THIS SYSTEM

The invention relates to a Christmas tree lighting system, comprising a group of Christmas tree lamps, each provided with a light source, a power source and a receiver for optical or electromagnetic signals, in addition to a remote control for controlling the receivers of the Christmas tree lamps.

A lighting system of this type is known from DE 41 20 849. This relates to Christmas tree lighting wherein each Christmas tree lamp is equipped with a photocell and wherein all photocells are controlled simultaneously using a transmitter which generates light signals.

In particular circumstances it may be advantageous not to switch on all Christmas tree lamps. If coloured Christmas tree lamps are for instance used, the atmosphere of the space in which the Christmas tree is placed can be partially determined by selecting a suitable light colour. This can take place most easily by switching off some of the Christmas tree lamps. It can also be advantageous to have some or all Christmas tree lamps turned on at a reduced intensity, because lamps on at a maximum intensity are perceived as being irritating, or in order to increase the lifespan of the power sources.

The lighting system according to the invention provides these options and has the feature that the remote control is provided with transmitting means for generating a coded optical or radiographic signal for the purpose of adjusting a light intensity of sub-groups of Christmas tree lamps, with the proviso that individual Christmas tree lamps can also be seen as sub-group.

A favourable embodiment of the invention has the feature that the remote control is also provided with a processor for generating a series of coded signals. In this way a running light effect can for instance be realized in the Christmas tree, or a slowly varying play of colours can be realized in the Christmas tree if coloured Christmas tree lamps are used. The remote control is then preferably also provided with selection means for choosing a series of coded signals, for instance in order to create a determined atmosphere.

According to a further aspect of the invention, a favourable embodiment has the feature that the remote control is also provided with a loudspeaker and with control means connected to the processor for the purpose of controlling the loudspeaker, so that atmosphere-enhancing sounds and/or music can be reproduced. The processor is preferably adapted to generate sounds via the control means and the loudspeaker and to generate coded optical or radiographic signals at least substantially simultaneously via the transmitting means, so that a play of colours can for instance be realized in the Christmas tree in combination with the music, or even in time with the music.

A further favourable embodiment which limits the energy consumption of the lighting system to a minimum and which guarantees a long lifespan of the lighting system has the feature that the light source comprises at least one light-emitting diode.

A further favourable embodiment has the feature that each Christmas tree lamp is provided with a diffusor for all-round diffusion of light from the at least one light- emitting diode. The diffusor preferably comprises a volume of transparent plastic in which metal particles or gas bubbles are embedded. The volume of plastic can then for instance be produced in the form of a flame, which flame then radiates light as a whole.

A further favourable embodiment has the feature that Christmas tree lamps within a predetermined sub-group can radiate the same colour of light and Christmas tree lamps of different sub-groups can radiate different colours of light, wherein the coded optical or radiographic signal represents in each case an intensity for each sub-group.

A further favourable embodiment has the feature that all Christmas tree lamps are identical and that different sub-groups are provided with a position indication, wherein the coded optical or radiographic signal represents in each case an intensity for each sub-group. The position indication for instance consists of an imprint such as top, centre, bottom left or bottom right, whereby it becomes possible to vary the lighting in predetermined manner. The Christmas tree lamps can herein radiate only white light, but it is also possible to apply a three-colour light-emitting diode as light source so that each Christmas tree lamp can radiate practically any colour of light, thereby further enhancing the atmospheric effect of the system. In this case the coded optical or electromagnetic signal must represent in each case the intensity of the three light-emitting diodes per sub-group.

The invention also relates to a Christmas tree lamp or a remote control as part of a Christmas tree lighting system as specified in the foregoing paragraphs.

The invention will now be further elucidated with reference to the following figures, wherein: Fig. 1 shows schematically a possible embodiment of a Christmas tree lighting system according to the invention; Fig. 2 shows schematically a possible embodiment of a Christmas tree lamp according to the invention; Fig. 3 shows schematically an alternative embodiment of a Christmas tree lamp according to the invention;

Fig. 4 shows schematically a Christmas tree lighting system with four sub-groups; Fig. 5A shows schematically a table in which a Christmas song is coded; Fig. 5B shows schematically a table in which a Christmas song is coded and a table in which the associated lighting is coded.

Fig. 1 shows schematically a possible embodiment of a Christmas tree lighting system according to the invention, consisting of a number of Christmas tree lamps 1 which can be attached in a Christmas tree 2, and a remote control 3 with which the light intensity of the Christmas tree lamps can be controlled. Remote control 3 is provided with a processor 4 in which are stored a number of programs which determine the light intensity of Christmas tree lamps 1, and a selector switch 5 for selecting a program and a start button 6 for starting a program. The Christmas tree lighting system operates wirelessly. Remote control 3 is therefore provided with a transmitter 7 and an antenna 8, or with a light-emitting diode for controlling Christmas tree lamps 1. In the embodiment shown here remote control 3 is also provided with an amplifier 9 and a loudspeaker 10, which plays a Christmas song of choice after starting, wherein processor 4 controls Christmas tree lamps 1 such that the Christmas tree lighting invokes an atmosphere which as it were enhances the Christmas songs. In an embodiment without loudspeaker 8, processor 4 controls only Christmas tree lamps 1 , for instance at random or in the form of a running light or in the form of a wave, depending on the position of selector switch 5.

Fig. 2 shows schematically a possible embodiment of a Christmas tree lamp 1 according to the invention, consisting of a transparent tubular housing 11 with a top 12 which has the form of a candle flame, and an unscrewable cap 13 to which via a ball joint 14 a clamp 15 is fixed with which Christmas tree lamp 1 can be attached to a branch. Accommodated in housing 11 is a receiver 16 provided with an antenna 17 which can receive control signals from remote control 3 as shown in Fig. 1 , and which can switch on a light-emitting diode 18, wherein energy is supplied by a battery 19 likewise accommodated in housing 11. Top 12 is manufactured from a transparent plastic, for instance polycarbonate, in which small metal particles or air bubbles 20 are embedded, which has the result that light from light-emitting diode 18 is diffused, whereby substantially the whole volume of top 12 appears to radiate light. Cap 13 is provided with a spring 21 which presses the top of battery 19 against receiver 16 and which provides for the return current via a lead 22.

Fig. 3 shows schematically an alternative embodiment of a Christmas tree lamp 1 according to the invention, consisting of a transparent tubular housing 11 with a top 12 which has the form of a candle flame, and an unscrewable cap 13 to which via a ball joint 14 a clamp 15 is fixed with which Christmas tree lamp 1 can be attached to a branch. Accommodated in housing 11 is a receiver 23 provided with a light- sensitive sensor 24 which can receive control signals from remote control 3 as shown in Fig. 1, but which is equipped with a light-emitting diode instead of an antenna and which can switch on a light-emitting diode 25, wherein energy is supplied by a battery 19 likewise accommodated in housing 11. Top 12 is manufactured from a transparent plastic, for instance polycarbonate, in which small metal particles or air bubbles 20 are embedded, which has the result that light from light-emitting diode 25 is diffused, whereby substantially the whole volume of top 12 appears to radiate light. Cap 13 is provided with a spring 21 which presses the top of battery 19 against receiver 23 and which provides for the return current via a lead 19. In the embodiment shown here, light-emitting diode 25 is a so-called three- colour light-emitting diode, actually incorporating three light-emitting diodes which can emit the respective colours red, green and blue. With a suitable control practically all colours can then be emitted in combination.

Fig. 4 shows schematically a Christmas tree lighting system with four sub-groups A1B1C1D. The Christmas tree lamps of sub-group A are marked with the word top, those of sub-group B with the word centre, those of sub-group C with the word left and those of sub-group D with the word right. An attractive wave can now be realized by varying the intensity of the light of the Christmas tree lamps per subgroup. If the Christmas tree lamps are moreover provided with three-colour light- emitting diodes, this effect can then be enhanced by also changing the colour per group. If desired, the intensity change and the colour change can be linked with music produced by loudspeaker 8.

Fig. 5A shows schematically a table 26 in which a Christmas song is stored coded in a manner which is further self-evident to the skilled person such that the table can be read by processor 4 and played via loudspeaker 8.

Fig. 5B shows this table schematically, wherein one bit 27 is added per line, which can be placed in order to indicate that at this position in the table at least one subgroup of Christmas tree lamps must be controlled differently. The actual control of the sub-groups is incorporated in a table 28, wherein a new line is read each time the added bit 27 is placed. If there are for instance five sub-groups of Christmas tree lamps, a line comprises five light intensities, each coded for instance with three bits. It is possible to suffice in this case with a line length of fifteen bits. These fifteen bits, provided with for instance a start bit and several stop bits, are then transmitted by remote control 3. Each Christmas tree lamp receives this message and takes out the three bits intended for this lamp.

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1. Christmas tree lighting system, comprising a group of Christmas tree lamps, each provided with a light source, a power source and a receiver for optical or electromagnetic signals, in addition to a remote control for controlling the receivers of the Christmas tree lamps, characterized in that the remote control is provided with transmitting means for generating a coded optical or radiographic signal for the purpose of adjusting a light intensity of sub-groups of Christmas tree lamps.
2. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the remote control is also provided with a processor for generating a series of coded signals.
3. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the remote control is also provided with selection means for choosing a series of coded signals.
4. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 3, characterized in that the remote control is also provided with a loudspeaker and with control means connected to the processor for the purpose of controlling the loudspeaker.
5. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 4, characterized in that the processor is adapted to generate sounds via the control means and the loudspeaker and to generate coded optical or radiographic signals at least substantially simultaneously via the transmitting means.
6. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the light source comprises at least one light-emitting diode.
7. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 6, characterized in that each Christmas tree lamp is provided with a diffusor for all-round diffusion of light from the at least one light-emitting diode.
8. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in claim 7, characterized in that the diffusor comprises a volume of transparent plastic in which metal particles or gas bubbles are embedded.
9. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in any of the foregoing claims, characterized in that Christmas tree lamps within a predetermined sub-group can radiate the same colour of light and Christmas tree lamps of different sub-groups can radiate different colours of light, wherein the coded optical or radiographic signal represents in each case an intensity for each sub-group.
10. Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in any of the claims 1-9, characterized in that all Christmas tree lamps are identical and that different subgroups are provided with a position indication, wherein the coded optical or radiographic signal represents in each case an intensity for each sub-group.
11. Christmas tree lamp or remote control as part of a Christmas tree lighting system as claimed in any of the claims 1-10.
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