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1. WO2011050446 - APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ POUR COMMANDE DE LUMIÈRE DE DEL

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:

a plurality of LEDs;

a control system connected to receive a dimmer-modulated control voltage and control the plurality of LEDs, the control system configured to: operate in a default mode wherein changes in dimmer -modulated control voltage adjust a first characteristic of the plurality of LEDs until the dimmer- modulated control voltage manifests a mode change condition;

enter a selected mode upon determining that the dimmer-modulated control voltage manifests the mode change condition wherein changes in dimmer -modulated control voltage adjust a second characteristic of the plurality of LEDs; and,

enter a different mode after the dimmer-modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a first predetermined time period.

2. The illumination apparatus of claim 1 wherein the default mode comprises an intensity mode wherein the control system is configured to transform changes in the dimmer -modulated control voltage into changes in an overall intensity of light emitted by the LEDs.

3. The illumination apparatus of claim 2 wherein the LEDs comprise at least one LED of a first color and at least one LED of a second color different from the first color, and wherein the selected mode comprises a color mode wherein the control system is configured to transform changes in the dimmer -modulated control voltage into changes in a composite color of light emitted by the LEDs.

4. The illumination apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein the different mode comprises the default mode.

5. The illumination apparatus of claim 3 wherein the different mode comprises a first fine tuning mode wherein the control system is configured to adjust the composite color of light emitted by the LEDs within a first fine tuning range which is narrower than a full adjustment range in the color mode.

6. The illumination apparatus of claim 5 wherein the control system is configured to enter a second fine tuning mode after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a second predetermined time period in the first fine tuning mode, wherein, in the second fine tuning mode the control system is

configured to adjust the composite color of light emitted by the LEDs within a second fine tuning range which is narrower than the first fine tuning range.

7. The illumination apparatus of claim 5 wherein, after the dimmer-modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a second predetermined time period: the control system is configured to enter a second fine tuning mode if the composite color has been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode; and,

the control system is configured to return to the intensity mode if the composite color has not been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode.

The illumination apparatus according to claim 7 wherein the control system is configured to change from the second fine tuning mode to the intensity mode after the dimmer -modulated AC line voltage remains unchanged for a third predetermined time period.

The illumination apparatus of claim 5 wherein the control system is configured to enter a second fine tuning mode after the occurrence of a second mode change condition, wherein, in the second fine tuning mode the control system is configured to adjust the composite color of light emitted by the LEDs within a second fine tuning range which is narrower than the first fine tuning range.

The illumination apparatus of claim 9 wherein, after the occurrence of the second mode change condition:

the control system is configured to enter the second fine tuning mode if the composite color has been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode; and,

the control system is configured to return to the intensity mode if the composite color has not been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode.

The illumination apparatus according to claim 10 wherein the control system is configured to change from the second fine tuning mode to the intensity mode after the occurrence of a third mode change condition.

The illumination apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein the different mode comprises a first color adjustment mode wherein the control system is configured to adjust the intensity of the first color of light emitted by the LEDs.

13. The illumination apparatus of claim 12 wherein the control system is configured to enter a second color adjustment mode after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a second predetermined time period in the first color adjustment mode, wherein, in the second color adjustment mode the control system is configured to adjust the intensity of the second color of light emitted by the LEDs.

The illumination apparatus of claim 13 wherein the LEDs comprise at least one LED of a third color different from the first and second colors, and wherein the control system is configured to enter a third color adjustment mode after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a third predetermined time period in the second color adjustment mode, wherein, in the third color adjustment mode the control system is configured to adjust the intensity of the third color of light emitted by the LEDs.

The illumination apparatus of claim 3 wherein, in the color mode the controller is configured to maintain the overall intensity of light substantially constant at a first level which is at or below a maximum overall intensity over a first range of dimmer -modulated control voltage conditions.

The illumination apparatus of claim 15 wherein, in the color mode the controller is configured to maintain the overall intensity of light substantially constant at a second level which is significantly lower than the first level over a second range of dimmer -modulated control voltage conditions in which less power is available than in the first range of dimmer -modulated control voltage conditions.

The illumination apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 16 wherein the controller is configured to cause a change in the light emitted by at least one of the LEDs to signal mode changes.

The illumination apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 17 wherein the mode change condition comprises a parameter of the control voltage transitioning between below a threshold and above the threshold a predetermined number of times in a predetermined time period.

The illumination apparatus according to claim 18 wherein the threshold for downward transitions is different from the threshold for upward transitions.

20. The illumination apparatus according to claim 18 wherein the threshold is based on a current value of the parameter of the control voltage.

A method for controlling an LED-based illumination apparatus comprising a plurality of LEDs, the method comprising:

receiving dimmer -modulated control voltage;

controlling the LEDs in a default mode whereby changes in the dimmer- modulated control voltage are transformed into changes in a first characteristic of the plurality of LEDs until the dimmer -modulated control voltage manifests a mode change condition;

controlling the LEDs in a selected mode whereby changes in dimmer- modulated control voltage are transformed into changes in a second

characteristic of the plurality of LEDs upon determining that the dimmer- modulated control voltage manifests the mode change condition; and,

controlling the LEDs in a different mode after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a first predetermined time period.

The method of claim 21 wherein the default mode comprises an intensity mode and the first characteristic comprises an overall intensity of light emitted by the LEDs.

The method of claim 22 wherein the LEDs comprise at least one LED of a first color and at least one LED of a second color different from the first color, and wherein the selected mode comprises a color mode and the second characteristic comprises a composite color of light emitted by the LEDs.

The method of any one of claims 21 to 23 wherein the different mode comprises the default mode.

The method of claim 23 wherein the different mode comprises a first fine tuning mode wherein the composite color of light emitted by the LEDs is adjustable within a first fine tuning range which is narrower than a full adjustment range in the color mode.

26. The method of claim 25 comprising entering a second fine tuning mode after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a second

predetermined time period in the first fine tuning mode, wherein, in the second fine tuning mode the control system is configured to adjust the composite color of light emitted by the LEDs within a second fine tuning range which is narrower than the first fine tuning range.

The method of claim 25 comprising, after the dimmer -modulated control voltage remains unchanged for the second predetermined time period:

entering the second fine tuning mode if the composite color has been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode; and,

returning to the intensity mode if the composite color has not been adjusted in the first fine tuning mode.

28. The method of claim 27 comprising changing from the second fine tuning mode to the intensity mode after the dimmer-modulated control voltage remains unchanged for a third predetermined time period.

29. The method of claim 23 wherein, in the color mode the overall intensity of light emitted by the LEDs is maintained substantially constant at a first level which is at or below a maximum overall intensity over a first range of dimmer - modulated control voltage conditions.

30. The method of claim 29 wherein, in the color mode the overall intensity of light is maintained substantially constant at a second level which is significantly lower than the first level over a second range of dimmer -modulated control voltage conditions in which less power is available than in the first range of dimmer -modulated control voltage conditions.

31. The method of claim 21 comprising changing the light emitted by at least one of the LEDs to signal mode changes.

32. A controller for controlling a plurality of LEDs, the controller comprising:

a dimming input for receiving a dimmer control signal representative of dimmer -modulated control conditions;

a plurality of outputs for controlling the plurality of LEDs; a processor connected to receive the dimmer control signal and provide

LED control signals to the plurality of outputs, and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to execute a method according to claim 21.