07369060 is referenced by 88 patents and cites 77 patents.

A ballast for use in a multi-ballast lighting system wherein the ballasts are coupled together by a digital communication network. The ballast comprises a power circuit portion for providing an electrical current to power a lamp. The ballast further includes a sensor input circuit for receiving at least one sensor input from a sensor device, a processor receiving an input from the sensor input circuit and providing control signals to control the operation of the ballast, and a communication port coupled to the processor and to the communication network for exchanging data. The ballast processor is operative to receive a serial data that has a portion defining whether the message is in a first or a second format, the first format comprising a DALI standard format and the second format comprising a format providing extended functionality. The ballast processor is capable of processing messages in either the first or second formats.

Title
Distributed intelligence ballast system and extended lighting control protocol
Application Number
11/11933
Publication Number
7369060 (B2)
Application Date
December 14, 2004
Publication Date
May 6, 2008
Inventor
Matthew A Skvoretz
Columbia
SC, US
Audwin W Cash
Bethlehem
PA, US
Robert Anselmo
Allentown
PA, US
Dragan Veskovic
Allentown
PA, US
Agent
Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
Assignee
Lutron Electronics Co
PA, US
IPC
G08B 5/22
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