06181086 is referenced by 69 patents and cites 6 patents.

The present invention features an electronic ballast for use with gas discharge lamps incorporating a microprocessor-based network controller which facilitates the direct attachment of the ballast to a local or building-wide energy management systems. The use of the inventive ballast allows the production of a lighting luminaire whose light output, power consumption, and other operational or environmental parameters can be monitored and controlled as part of the distributed building control network. A building control computer network can control lighting functions, such as power on/off and dimming. The ballast of the present invention includes provision allowing connection to a local utility so that lighting in large buildings can be cut back in times of high power demand to help balance system loading.

Title
Electronic ballast with embedded network micro-controller
Application Number
9/67352
Publication Number
6181086 (B2)
Application Date
April 27, 1998
Publication Date
January 30, 2001
Inventor
James R Petrozello
Endicott
NY, US
David W Dranchak
Endwell
NY, US
Robert M Murcko
Binghamton
NY, US
Robert H Katyl
Vestal
NY, US
Agent
Salzman & Levy
US
Assignee
Jrs Technology
NY, US
IPC
H02B 37/02
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