(19)
(11)EP 2 692 211 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
14.08.2019 Bulletin 2019/33

(21)Application number: 12712763.7

(22)Date of filing:  23.03.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H05B 37/02  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2012/051391
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/131549 (04.10.2012 Gazette  2012/40)

(54)

DIMMER CONTROL OF ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION OF LIGHT

DIMMERSTEUERUNG EINER WINKELFÖRMIGEN LICHTVERTEILUNG

COMMANDE PAR GRADATEUR DE LA DISTRIBUTION ANGULAIRE DE LA LUMIÈRE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 30.03.2011 EP 11160362

(43)Date of publication of application:
05.02.2014 Bulletin 2014/06

(73)Proprietor: Signify Holding B.V.
5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)

(72)Inventors:
  • VISSENBERG, Michel, Cornelis, Josephus, Marie
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)
  • ANSEMS, Johannes, Petrus, Maria
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)
  • VAN GORKOM, Ramon, Pascal
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)
  • BERGMAN, Anthonie, Hendrik
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)
  • KRIJN, Marcellinus, Petrus, Carolus, Michael
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)
  • TUKKER, Teunis, Willem
    NL-5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)

(74)Representative: van Eeuwijk, Alexander Henricus Waltherus et al
Signify Netherlands B.V. Intellectual Property High Tech Campus 7
5656 AE Eindhoven
5656 AE Eindhoven (NL)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2008/129485
WO-A1-2009/081329
WO-A1-2009/059465
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to a light-output device having a controllable angular light distribution and to a method for controlling an angular light distribution of a light-output device.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] Conventional lighting systems including fluorescent lamps have been used for decades but are expected to be replaced by LED-based luminaries in the future. Typically, such LED-based luminaries include a plurality of LEDs.

    [0003] In lighting systems for home applications the lighting should preferably be adaptable as many rooms are used for multiple purposes. Hence, in order to meet these requirements, a dimmer switch is commonly installed and used to control the level of light in a room.

    [0004] In the field of lighting for interior and exterior, there is an increasing need for lighting systems having a specific design and function. For example, in an office environment it is often desirable to provide direct lighting for workspaces as well as indirect lighting for general illumination. Hence it would be desirable to provide a lighting system which can be controlled to emitted light in several directions as desired.

    [0005] EP 1 764 552 discloses an electrical configuration of a lamp or light source including four lighting units and a control unit having four switches for selectively applying electrical power to a respective one of the lighting units. However, such control of each individual lighting unit requires a complex electrical system having a plurality of light switches and complex electrical wiring, which, of course, is usually not present in a normal home or office. WO 2008/129485 A1 discloses a user interface for providing a light effect which can change the diffuseness of the light output.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0006] In view of the above-mentioned and other drawbacks of the prior art, a general object of the present invention is to provide an improved light-output device, in particular having a controllable angular light distribution.

    [0007] According to a first aspect of the invention, this and other objects are achieved through a method for controlling an angular light distribution of a light-beam according to claim 1.

    [0008] The term "dimmer" should, in the context of the present invention, be understood as any continuously or stepwise adjustable electrical switch.

    [0009] Through the method according to the invention the angular distribution of light emitted from a single light-output device may be controlled using a single switch, thereby avoiding the need for having a plurality of switches and/or new wiring which would otherwise be required. Thus, the inventive concept of using a dimmer switch, commonly installed in homes and offices, for controlling the angular distribution of light emitted from a single light-output device, is indeed economical advantageous, and allows the user to control the lighting in a room in a very convenient and easy manner. For example, an existing dimmer switch may advantageously be used.

    [0010] Since the first angular range of light is different from the second angular range of light, a user can, using a dimmer switch, for example, control the lighting in a room such that a particular area of a room is illuminated as desired. For example, the user may opt to only illuminate one of a first and a second area of a room, corresponding to a first and a second angular range of light, respectively, or the user may opt to illuminate both the first and the second area of the room, in any case, a desirable illumination of the room to fit with a particular activity and/or saving energy may be achieved.

    [0011] Accordingly, the second predetermined range of the dimmer setting may correspond to controlling only the second set of light-sources, however, another predetermined range may correspond to controlling both the first set of light-sources and the second set of light-sources.

    [0012] The transition from emitting light within a first angular range to emitting light within a second angular range may preferably be smooth and so the intensity of the light emitted from a first and second set of light-sources may vary within the respective first and respective second predetermined range. For example, as a user turns the dimmer setting on the dimmer switch from a first predetermined range to a second predetermined range, the intensity of light emitted within the first angular range may gradually be decreased whilst the intensity of light emitted within the second angular range may gradually be increased.

    [0013] In embodiments of the invention, the first and second angular ranges of light may correspond to a first polar angular range and a second polar angular range, respectively, with reference to an optical axis of the light-output device. For example, the second polar angular range may encompass larger polar angles than the first polar angular range, and thus, by sequentially activating the respective first and respective second set of light-sources, the light-beam emitted from the light-output device may be increased in size, i.e. from a narrow to a wider beam. Alternatively, sequentially activating the respective first and respective second set of light-sources may result in that the angular distribution of the light-beam emitted from the light-output device may be changed from, for example, being substantially parallel to the optical axis of the light-output device to being substantially perpendicular thereto. In another embodiment, the first polar angular range may be centered around 0° (downwards) with reference to the optical axis of the light-output device and the second range may be centered around 180° (upwards) with reference to the optical axis of the light-output device.

    [0014] In embodiments of the invention, the first and second angular ranges of light may both correspond to light centered around the same polar angle with reference to an optical axis of the light-output device, and the first and second angular ranges may correspond to light centered around a first azimuth angle and a second azimuth angle, respectively, with reference to an azimuth axis of the light-output device. Thus, by sequentially activating the respective first and respective second set of light-sources, the light-beam emitted from the light-output device may be swept around the optical axis.

    [0015] It should be noted that the terms "polar angle" and "azimuth angle" as referred to herein should be understood as known mathematical terms used to define a position in a spherical coordinate system, wherein the optical axis is perpendicular to the azimuth axis.

    [0016] According to embodiments of the invention, the dimmer setting is indicative of a duty cycle of mains power. Typically, the first predetermined range of the dimmer setting corresponds to a first predetermined range of a first duty cycle as a percentage of the total sine waveform. Thus, such dimmer setting corresponds to or is equivalent to that of a conventional dimmer switch which is known to the person skilled in the art.

    [0017] According to a second aspect of the present invention, the above-mentioned and other objects are achieved through a control unit for controlling an angular distribution of a light beam emitted by a light output device according to claim 5.

    [0018] The process circuitry may evaluate the dimmer setting by first identifying the duty cycle of the altered waveform of the dimmer setting, and subsequently map the duty cycle using a so-called look-up table wherein a predetermined range of the duty cycle represents control of a particular set of light-sources. In alternative embodiments, the altered waveform of the dimmer setting may first be converted, by an analog-to-digital converter, into digital data which in turn may correlate to control of a particular set of light-sources.

    [0019] The control unit may advantageously be comprised in a light-output device, further comprising a first set of light-sources comprising at least one light-source configured to emit light within a first angular range and a second set of light-sources comprising at least one light-source configured to emit light within a second angular range.

    [0020] By "set of light-sources" should be understood one or a plurality of light sources.

    [0021] Typically, the light-output device may comprise a plurality of sets of light-sources, for example in the range of from 2 to 100, all comprising at least one light-source configured to emitted light in different angular ranges and each controllable through a respective predetermined range of the dimmer setting. It should be noted that the above light-output device is not limited to only emit light through one set of light sources at any given time, as according to embodiments of the invention, a predetermined range of the dimmer setting may correspond to controlling a plurality of sets of light-sources to emit light in their corresponding direction simultaneously.

    [0022] The light-sources in a set of light-sources may be individually configured to achieve a desirable total illumination pattern output from the set of light-sources.

    [0023] According to embodiments of the invention, at least one of the first and second set of light-sources may comprise an optical element configured to redirect light from the first and/or the second set of light-sources to the first and/or the second angular range.

    [0024] Thereby, the illumination pattern output from the first and/or the second set of light-sources may be further configured.

    [0025] In embodiments of the invention the first and/or the second set of light-sources may comprise at least one LED.

    [0026] In embodiments of the invention the control unit may further comprise a mains power input, thus electrically connectable to the AC mains power for powering the first and second set of light-sources, and in which case, the dimmer setting is used to regulate the power supply from the mains power to the first and second set of light-sources.

    [0027] A conventional dimmer provides, depending on the setting of the dimmer, different levels of power supply, through varied duty cycles of the mains power, to a lamp, which power supply thus corresponds to a given level of illumination. However, when a dimmer switch is used to control the direction of light from a light-output device as described above, the power consumption may not change as the angular range of light is changed in response to a change of the setting of the dimmer switch, in fact, the power consumption may be constant regardless of the setting of the dimmer switch, and as a consequence, at some dimmer settings the power level provided through the dimmer switch to the light sources may be insufficient. Thus, by connecting light-sources to an "external" AC power mains this may be avoided and the power to the light-sources may be secured. However, in such arrangement, a dimmer setting from a dimmer can still be used to control the angular distribution of light emitted by a light-output device comprising the light-sources, i.e. to regulate which one of the and second set of light-sources that is powered through the "external" AC power mains.

    [0028] The invention also relates to a lighting system comprising: the light-output device according to the invention; and a dimmer for enabling user control of the angular light distribution from the light-output device. Effects and features of such lighting system are largely analogous to those described above in connection with the first and second aspects of the invention.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0029] These and other aspects of the present invention will now be described in more detail, with reference to the appended drawings showing exemplary embodiment(s) of the invention, wherein:

    Fig. 1 schematically illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a lighting system according to the present invention;

    Figs. 2a-d are schematic illustrations of exemplary embodiments of the light-output device according to the present invention;

    Fig. 3 schematically illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a control unit according to the present invention; and

    Fig. 4 is a flow-chart schematically illustrating an embodiment of the method for controlling an angular light distribution of a light-beam emitted by a light-output device according to the present invention.


    DESCRIPTION OF EXAMPLE EMBODIMENTS OF THE PRESENT INVENTION



    [0030] In the following description, the present invention is described with reference to a method for controlling an angular light distribution of a light-beam emitted by a light-output device.

    [0031] Fig. 1 shows an exemplary embodiment of a lighting system 100 according to the invention comprising a dimmer 101 configured to output a dimmer setting VDS, and a light-output device 102 comprising a first set of light-sources 105 configured to emit light within a first angular range indicated by the general direction of light 106, and second set of light-sources 107 configured to emit light within a second angular range indicated by the general direction of light 108. Also comprised in the light-output device 102 is a control unit 103, which receives and evaluates the dimmer setting VDS from the dimmer 101 and, based on the evaluation, controls the first set of light-sources 105 to emit light within the first angular range and/or controls the second set of light-sources 107 to emit light within the second angular range.

    [0032] The dimmer switch 101 is typically commercially available, wherein a certain dimmer setting on the dimmer switch corresponds a certain duty cycle as a percentage of the total sine waveform, that is, a certain dimmer setting corresponds to a certain alteration of the AC waveform such that only a corresponding fraction of the complete waveform reaches the load. Thus, the power from the dimmer switch to light-output device 102 will vary accordingly. However, the power consumption may be constant regardless if the light-output device emits light within a first or a second angular range, through the first 105 and second 107 set of light-sources, respectively. Thus, as shown in Fig. 1, the power supply to the light-output device may instead be provided through an external AC power source 109, and consequently, in such arrangement, the altered AC waveform from the dimmer only functions as a control signal to control for the control unit to control the angular distribution of the light-output device.

    [0033] Fig. 2a shows a side view of one embodiment of the light-output device 200 according to the invention comprising a first light-source 211 comprising a LED 202 configured to emit light within an angular range indicated by the general direction of light 203 and a first optical element 204 arranged to redirect light 203 emitted from the LED 202 to a first angular range indicated by the general direction of light 205. The light-output device 200 also comprises a second light-source 210 comprising a LED 206 configured to emit light within an angular range indicated by the general direction of light 203 and a second optical element 208 arranged to redirect light 203 emitted from the LED 206 to a second angular range indicated by the general direction of light 209. Accordingly, as shown in Fig. 2a, light 203 emitted from a first 211 and a second 210 light-source in a light-output device 200 can easily be directed as desired using any suitable optical element. The use of optical elements, as described above, may, for example, be advantageous in a light-source having non-adaptable LED which emit light only in predetermined angular ranges which may not be desirable for a given application. It should be noted that according to embodiments of the invention the first set of light-sources and the second set of light-sources may both comprise a plurality of light-sources configured to emit light within the same angular range as long as at least one of the light-sources in a first set of light-sources and at least one of the light-sources in a second set of light-sources is configured to emit light within a first angular range and a second angular range, respectively, which first and second angular ranges are different, thus the first and second set of light-sources generate, at least to some extent, different total illumination patterns. The light-output device in Fig. 2a also comprises a control unit 201 for receiving and evaluating a dimmer setting from a dimmer, and for controlling the first 211 and second 210 set of light-sources to emit light.

    [0034] Fig. 2b depicts an embodiment of the light-output device 200 according to the invention, wherein the emitted light-beam is symmetrical around an optical axis 220 of the light-output device 200, and wherein a first set of light-sources (not shown) is configured to emit light within a first angular range 221 corresponding to a first polar angle range θ1 with reference to the optical axis 220, and wherein a second set of light-sources (not shown) is configured to emit light within a second angular range 222 corresponding to a second polar angle range θ2 with reference to the optical axis 220. As is exemplified in Fig. 2b, the second polar angle range θ2 is larger than the first polar angle range θ1, and consequently, the light-beam emitted from the light-output device can be increased in size by switching the dimmer setting from a first predetermined range to a second predetermined range corresponding to activation of a first and second set of light-sources, respectively.

    [0035] An alternative embodiment of the light-output device 200 is shown in Fig. 2c wherein the first 231 and second 232 angular ranges of light emitted from the light-output device correspond to light centered around a first polar angle θ1 and a second polar angle θ2, respectively, with reference to an optical axis 220 of the light-output device. Hence, by sequentially activating the respective first and respective second set of light-sources, the light-beam emitted from the light-output device 200 can be swept from being centered around the first polar angle θ1 (which is equal to 0° in Fig. 2c) to being centered around the second polar angle θ2.

    [0036] Fig. 2d further illustrates an embodiment of the light-output device 200 wherein the first and second angular ranges of light are fixed around a given polar angle θ with reference to the optical axis 220, whilst the first angular range 241 of light represents light centered around a first azimuth angle ϕ1, with reference to an azimuth axis 243, and the second angular range 242 of light represents light centered around a second azimuth angle ϕ2 with reference to an azimuth axis 243. Thereby, the light-beam emitted by the light-output device can be swept around the optical axis 220 of the light-output device.

    [0037] One embodiment of a control unit according to the invention is schematically shown in Fig. 3, wherein the control unit 300 comprises an input 301 for receiving a dimmer setting VDS and processing circuitry 302 configured to control, according to the inventive method of the invention, a first set of light-sources to emit light in a first angular range and second set of light-sources to emit light in a second angular range. As discussed above, the set of light-sources of the light-output device may be powered through an external AC power supply rather than by the variable AC waveform representing the dimmer setting, and so the output Vout from the process circuitry may be configured to control the power supply from, for example, a ceiling junction box which is connected to the mains AC power, to the respective first and second set of light-sources.

    [0038] An exemplary embodiment of the inventive method for controlling the angular distribution of a light-beam emitted by a light-output device will now be elucidated with reference to Fig. 4. In the first step 401 a dimmer setting VDS from a dimmer is received. As described above, the dimmer may be a conventional dimmer switch, which is known to the skilled person in the art, giving a dimmer setting which may be a duty cycle varied alternating current sine waveform. In the next step 402, the dimmer setting is evaluated using, for example, a look-up table wherein each possible dimmer setting represents a given value X corresponding to the duty cycle of the received dimmer setting i.e. corresponding to a given percentage of the total sine waveform. In the following step 403, as is schematically shown in Fig. 4, the generated value X is further evaluated. If the value X is lower than a first predetermined threshold Th1, then a first set of light-sources is controlled to emit light within a first angular range in step 404, and, if the value X is higher than a first predetermined threshold Th1, then a second set of light-sources is controlled to emit light within a second angular range in step 405.

    [0039] Typically, it is desirable to control more than the two sets of light-sources described above, and so further steps may of course follow the step 403 wherein the value X is further evaluated against predetermined threshold ranges each corresponding to control of a given set of light-sources.

    [0040] Additionally, variations to the disclosed embodiments can be understood and effected by the skilled person in practicing the claimed invention, from a study of the drawings, the disclosure, and the appended claims. For example, the light-output device may comprise both light-sources which comprise optical elements and light-sources which do not comprise optical elements, and the light-output device may virtually be of any desirable shape and design known the skilled person. Furthermore, the inventive method may be used to control a plurality of light-output devices.

    [0041] In the claims, the word "comprising" does not exclude other elements or steps, and the indefinite article "a" or "an" does not exclude a plurality. A single processor or other unit may fulfill the functions of several items recited in the claims.


    Claims

    1. A method for controlling an angular distribution of a light beam emitted by a light output device (102, 200) comprising a first light source (105, 211) configured to emit light within a first angular range (221, 231, 241), and a second light source (107,210) configured to emit light within a second angular range (222, 232, 242), wherein said first angular range is different from said second angular range, comprising the steps of:

    - receiving (401) a dimmer setting (VDS) from a dimmer (101) wherein said dimmer setting (VDS) corresponds to a certain duty cycle as a percentage of the total sine waveform of mains power; characterized by the steps of;

    - separately to receiving the dimmer setting, receiving power from an external AC waveform

    - controlling (404), if said dimmer setting is below a first predetermined threshold, said first light source to emit light within said first angular range;

    - controlling (405), if said dimmer setting is above said first predetermined threshold, said second light source to emit light within said second angular range;

    - powering the first light source (105,211) and the second light source (107, 210) from the external AC power mains.


     
    2. The method according to claim 1, wherein the intensity of the light emitted from said first light source is variable below the first predetermined threshold and wherein the intensity of the light emitted from said second light source is variable above the first predetermined threshold, to allow for a continuous transition from emitting light within said first angular range to emitting light within said second angular range.
     
    3. The method according to claims 1 or 2, wherein said first and said second angular range correspond to a first polar angle range (θ1) and a second polar angle range (θ2), respectively, with reference to an optical axis (220) of the light output device.
     
    4. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said first and said second angular range correspond to a first azimuth angle range (ϕ1) and a second azimuth angle range (ϕ2), respectively, with reference to an azimuth axis (243) of the light output device.
     
    5. A control unit (103, 201, 300) for controlling an angular distribution of a light beam emitted by a light output device, the light output device comprising a first light source (105, 211) configured to emit light within a first angular range (221, 231, 241) and a second light source (107, 210) configured to emit light within a second angular range (222, 232, 242), said control unit comprising:

    - an input (301) for receiving a dimmer setting (VDS) from a dimmer (101) wherein said dimmer setting (VDS) corresponds to a certain duty cycle as a percentage of the total sine waveform of mains power and separately receiving power from an external AC waveform; and

    - processing circuitry (302) configured to:

    if said dimmer setting is below a first predetermined threshold, control (404) said first light source to emit light within said first angular range;

    if said dimmer setting is above said first predetermined threshold, control (405) said second light source to emit light within said second angular range; characterized in that the processing circuitry is further configured to:
    power the first light source (105, 211) and the second light source (107, 210) from the external AC power mains.


     
    6. A light output device (102, 200) comprising:

    - a first light source (105, 211) configured to emit light within a first angular range (221, 231, 241), and

    - a second light source (107, 210) configured to emit light within a second angular range (222, 232, 242), and

    - the control unit (103, 201, 300) according to claim 5 for controlling an angular distribution of a light beam emitted by said light output device.


     
    7. The light output device (102, 200) according to claim 6, wherein said first and said second angular range correspond to a first polar angle range (θ1) and a second polar angle range (θ2), respectively, with reference to an optical axis (220) of the light output device.
     
    8. A light output device (102, 200) according to claim 6 or 7, wherein at least one of said first light source and said second light source comprises an optical element (204, 208) configured to redirect light from said first light source and/or said second light source to said first and/or said second angular range.
     
    9. A light output device (102, 200) according to any one of claims 6 to 8, wherein said first light source and/or said second light source comprises at least one LED (202, 206).
     
    10. A light output device (102, 200) according to any one of claims 6 to 9, wherein said control unit (103, 201, 300) further comprises a mains power input, thus electrically connectable to an AC mains power (109) for powering said first light source or said second light source.
     
    11. A light output device (102, 200) according to 10, wherein said dimmer setting is used to regulate the power supply from said AC mains power (109) to said first light source and said second light source.
     
    12. A lighting system (100) comprising:

    a light output device (102, 200) according to any one of claims 6 to 11; and

    a dimmer (101) for enabling user control of said angular light distribution from said light output device.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Steuern einer winkelförmigen Lichtverteilung eines Lichtstrahls, der von einer Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) emittiert wird, umfassend eine erste Lichtquelle (105, 211), die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs (221, 231, 241) zu emittieren, und eine zweite Lichtquelle (107, 210), die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs (222, 232, 242) zu emittieren, wobei der erste winkelförmige Bereich sich vom zweiten winkelförmigen Bereich unterscheidet, umfassend die folgenden Schritte:

    - Empfangen (401) einer Dimmereinstellung (VDS) von einem Dimmer (101), wobei die Dimmereinstellung (VDS) einem bestimmten Arbeitszyklus als ein Prozentsatz der gesamten Sinuswellenform von Netzstrom entspricht; gekennzeichnet durch die folgenden Schritte:

    - getrennt vom Empfangen der Dimmereinstellung, Empfangen von Strom von einer externen Wechselstromwellenform

    - Steuern (404), falls die Dimmereinstellung unter einer ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist, der ersten Lichtquelle, um Licht innerhalb des ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu emittieren;

    - Steuern (405), falls die Dimmereinstellung über der ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist, der zweiten Lichtquelle, um Licht innerhalb des zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu emittieren;

    - Bestromen der ersten Lichtquelle (105, 211) und der zweiten Lichtquelle (107, 210) vom externen Wechselstromnetz.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Intensität des von der ersten Lichtquelle emittierten Lichts variabel unter der ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist und wobei die Intensität des von der zweiten Lichtquelle emittierten Lichts variabel über der ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist, um einen kontinuierlichen Übergang von Emittieren von Licht innerhalb des ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu Emittieren von Licht innerhalb des zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu ermöglichen.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der erste und der zweite winkelförmige Bereich jeweils einem ersten Polarwinkelbereich (θ1) und einem zweiten Polarwinkelbereich ((θ2), in Bezug auf eine optische Achse (220) der Lichtausgabevorrichtung, entsprechen.
     
    4. Verfahren nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei der erste und der zweite winkelförmige Bereich jeweils einem ersten Azimutwinkelbereich (ϕ1) und einem zweiten Azimutwinkelbereich (ϕ2), in Bezug auf eine Azimutachse (243) der Lichtausgabevorrichtung, entsprechen.
     
    5. Steuereinheit (103, 201,300) zum Steuern einer winkelförmigen Verteilung eines Lichtstrahls, der von einer Lichtausgabevorrichtung emittiert wird, wobei die Lichtausgabevorrichtung eine erste Lichtquelle (105, 211), die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs (221, 231, 241) zu emittieren, und eine zweite Lichtquelle (107, 210) umfasst, die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs (222, 232, 242) zu emittieren, wobei die Steuereinheit umfasst:

    - eine Eingabe (301) zum Empfangen einer Dimmereinstellung (VDS) von einem Dimmer (101), wobei die Dimmereinstellung (VDS) einem bestimmten Arbeitszyklus als ein Prozentsatz der gesamten Sinuswellenform von Netzstrom entspricht, und getrenntes Empfangen von Strom von einer externen Wechselstromwellenform; und

    - Verarbeitungsschalttechnik (302), konfiguriert um:

    - falls die Dimmereinstellung unter einer ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist, Steuern (404) der ersten Lichtquelle, um Licht innerhalb des ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu emittieren;

    - falls die Dimmereinstellung über der ersten vorbestimmten Schwelle ist, Steuern (405) der zweiten Lichtquelle, um Licht innerhalb des zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs zu emittieren;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Verarbeitungsschalttechnik weiter konfiguriert ist, um:
    die erste Lichtquelle (105, 211) und die zweite Lichtquelle (107, 210) vom externen Wechselstromnetz zu bestromen.
     
    6. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200), umfassend:

    - eine erste Lichtquelle (105, 211), die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines ersten winkelförmigen Bereichs (221, 231, 241) zu emittieren, und

    - eine zweite Lichtquelle (107, 210), die konfiguriert ist, um Licht innerhalb eines zweiten winkelförmigen Bereichs (222, 232, 242) zu emittieren, und

    - die Steuereinheit (103, 201, 300) nach Anspruch 5 zum Steuern einer winkelförmigen Verteilung eines Lichtstrahls, der von der Lichtausgabevorrichtung emittiert wird.


     
    7. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach Anspruch 6, wobei der erste und der zweite winkelförmige Bereich jeweils einem ersten Polarwinkelbereich (θ1) und einem zweiten Polarwinkelbereich ((θ2), in Bezug auf eine optische Achse (220) der Lichtausgabevorrichtung, entsprechen.
     
    8. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach Anspruch 6 oder 7, wobei mindestens eine von der ersten Lichtquelle und der zweiten Lichtquelle ein optisches Element (204, 208) umfasst, das konfiguriert ist, um Licht von der ersten Lichtquelle und/oder der zweiten Lichtquelle zu dem ersten und/oder dem zweiten winkelförmigen Bereich umzuleiten.
     
    9. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach einem der Ansprüche 6 bis 8, wobei die erste Lichtquelle und/oder die zweite Lichtquelle mindestens ein LED (202, 206) umfasst.
     
    10. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach einem der Ansprüche 6 bis 9, wobei die Steuereinheit (103, 201, 300) weiter eine Netzstromeingabe umfasst, somit elektrisch an einen Wechselstromnetzstrom (109) zum Bestromen der ersten Lichtquelle oder der zweiten Lichtquelle anschließbar ist.
     
    11. Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Dimmereinstellung benutzt wird, um die Stromzufuhr vom Wechselstromnetzstrom (109) an die erste Lichtquelle und die zweite Lichtquelle zu steuern.
     
    12. Beleuchtungssystem (100), umfassend:

    - eine Lichtausgabevorrichtung (102, 200) nach einem der Ansprüche 6 bis 11; und

    - einen Dimmer (101), um Benutzersteuerung der winkelförmigen Lichtverteilung von der Lichtausgabevorrichtung zu aktivieren.


     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de commande d'une distribution angulaire d'un faisceau de lumière émis par un dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) comprenant une première source de lumière (105, 211) configurée pour émettre de la lumière à l'intérieur d'une première plage angulaire (221, 231, 241), et une seconde source de lumière (107, 210) configurée pour émettre de la lumière à l'intérieur d'une seconde plage angulaire (222, 232, 242), dans lequel ladite première plage angulaire est différente de ladite seconde plage angulaire, comprenant les étapes de :
    réception (401) d'un réglage de gradateur (VDS) d'un gradateur (101) dans lequel ledit réglage de gradateur (VDS) correspond à un certain cycle de service en pourcentage de la forme d'onde sinusoïdale totale de l'alimentation secteur ; caractérisé par les étapes de :

    - réception séparée du réglage de gradateur, réception d'alimentation d'une forme d'onde de CA externe,

    - commande (404), si ledit réglage du gradateur est en dessous d'un premier seuil prédéterminé, de ladite première source de lumière pour émettre de la lumière dans ladite première plage angulaire ;

    - commande (405), si ledit réglage du gradateur est au-dessus dudit premier seuil prédéterminé, de ladite seconde source de lumière pour émettre de la lumière à l'intérieur de ladite seconde plage angulaire ;

    - mise sous tension de la première source de lumière (105, 211) et de la seconde source de lumière (107, 210) à partir de l'alimentation secteur CA externe.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'intensité de la lumière émise à partir de ladite première source de lumière est variable en dessous du premier seuil prédéterminé et dans lequel l'intensité de la lumière émise par ladite seconde source de lumière est variable au-dessus du premier seuil prédéterminé, pour permettre une transition continue de l'émission de lumière dans ladite première plage angulaire vers l'émission de lumière dans ladite seconde plage angulaire.
     
    3. Procédé selon les revendications 1 ou 2, dans lequel ladite première et ladite seconde plage angulaire correspondent respectivement à une première plage d'angles polaires (θ1) et une seconde plage d'angles polaires (θ2), en référence à un axe optique (220) du dispositif de sortie de lumière.
     
    4. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ladite première et ladite seconde plage angulaire correspondent respectivement à une première plage d'angles d'azimut (ϕ1) et à une seconde plage d'angles d'azimut (ϕ2), en référence à un axe d'azimut (243) du dispositif de sortie de lumière.
     
    5. Unité de commande (103, 201, 300) pour commander une distribution angulaire d'un faisceau de lumière émis par un dispositif de sortie de lumière, le dispositif de sortie de lumière comprenant une première source de lumière (105, 211) configurée pour émettre de la lumière dans une première plage angulaire (221, 231, 341) et une seconde source de lumière (107, 210) configurée pour émettre de la lumière dans une seconde plage angulaire (222, 232, 242), ladite unité de commande comprenant :

    - une entrée (301) pour recevoir un réglage de gradateur (VDS) d'un gradateur (101) dans lequel ledit réglage de gradateur (VDS) correspond à un certain cycle de service en pourcentage de la forme d'onde sinusoïdale totale de l'alimentation secteur et pour recevoir séparément l'alimentation d'une forme d'onde de CA externe ; et

    - des circuits de traitement (302) configurés pour :

    si ledit réglage de gradateur est en dessous d'un premier seuil prédéterminé, commander (404) ladite première source de lumière pour qu'elle émette de la lumière dans ladite première plage angulaire ;

    si ledit réglage de gradateur est au-dessus dudit premier seuil prédéterminé, commander (405) ladite seconde source de lumière pour qu'elle émette de la lumière dans ladite seconde plage angulaire ;

    caractérisé en ce que les circuits de traitement sont en outre configurés pour :
    mettre sous tension la première source de lumière (105, 211) et la seconde source de lumière (107, 210) à partir de l'alimentation secteur CA externe.


     
    6. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) comprenant :

    - une première source de lumière (105, 211) configurée pour émettre de la lumière dans une première plage angulaire (221, 231, 241), et

    - une seconde source de lumière (107, 210) configurée pour émettre de la lumière dans une seconde plage angulaire (222, 232, 242), et

    - l'unité de commande (103, 201, 300) selon la revendication 5 pour commander une distribution angulaire d'un faisceau de lumière émis par ledit dispositif de sortie de lumière.


     
    7. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel ladite première et ladite seconde plage angulaire correspondent respectivement à une première plage d'angles polaires (θ1) et une seconde plage d'angles polaires (θ2), en référence à un axe optique (220) du dispositif de sortie de lumière.
     
    8. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon la revendication 6 ou 7, dans lequel au moins l'une de ladite première source de lumière et de ladite seconde source de lumière comprend un élément optique (204, 208) configuré pour rediriger la lumière de ladite première source de lumière et/ou de ladite seconde source de lumière vers ladite première et/ou ladite seconde plage angulaire.
     
    9. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 6 à 8, dans lequel ladite première source de lumière et/ou ladite seconde source de lumière comprend au moins une DEL (202, 206).
     
    10. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 6 à 9, dans lequel ladite unité de commande (103, 201, 300) comprend en outre une entrée d'alimentation secteur, ainsi électriquement connectable à une alimentation de secteur de CA (109) pour mettre sous tension ladite première source de lumière ou ladite seconde source de lumière.
     
    11. Dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ledit réglage de gradateur est utilisé pour réguler l'alimentation électrique de ladite alimentation secteur de CA (109) à ladite première source de lumière et à ladite seconde source de lumière.
     
    12. Système d'éclairage (100) comprenant :

    un dispositif de sortie de lumière (102, 200) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 6 à 11 ; et

    un gradateur (101) pour permettre la commande par l'utilisateur de ladite distribution de lumière angulaire à partir dudit dispositif de sortie de lumière.


     




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