Kansas Patent of the Month – October 2022

Artificial light has a lengthy history, with origins dating back to natural gas bamboo pipes used to light the streets of ancient China in 500 BC. Major jumps were made with the discovery of electricity and the invention of the lightbulb. Still further leaps came with LED innovations. Idea Tech, LLC knows that innovation won’t end here. In fact, LED and other solid-state light sources have only spurred more potential.

The company has recently patented their light engine capable of simulating a flame. There have been attempts at this solution as the aesthetics of a gas lamp or a fireplace are often desired – but may be dangerous. Unfortunately, previous attempts have simply failed at realism or failed at scalability.

Idea Tech’s solution uses a 3D carrier with an array of light sources. The control circuit coordinates the on and off of each light source to simulate a flickering and jumping flame. This control circuit is a part of the light engine which also has a 3D form factor and a light transmissive cover. The cover enhances the optical effects created by the lights and control circuit. For instance, frosted pains can achieve the fuzzy 3D ball of brightness that mimics an actual flame. The flickering of lights from the control circuit mimics the movement of the flame. These details go a long way in achieving a realistic faux flame.

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