US 11,658,442 B2
Controllable electrical outlet with a controlled wired output
Daniel C. Raneri, Orefield, PA (US); Joseph C. Guellnitz, Albrightsville, PA (US); and Joel S. Spira, Coopersburg, PA (US)
Assigned to Lutron Technology Company LLC, Coopersburg, PA (US)
Filed by Lutron Technology Company LLC, Coopersburg, PA (US)
Filed on Feb. 15, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/176,093.
Application 17/176,093 is a continuation of application No. 16/512,700, filed on Jul. 16, 2019, granted, now 10,923,911.
Application 16/512,700 is a continuation of application No. 15/911,829, filed on Mar. 5, 2018, granted, now 10,355,482, issued on Jul. 16, 2019.
Application 15/911,829 is a continuation of application No. 15/604,621, filed on May 24, 2017, granted, now 9,912,152, issued on Mar. 6, 2018.
Application 15/604,621 is a continuation of application No. 14/634,257, filed on Feb. 27, 2015, granted, now 9,685,783, issued on Jun. 20, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/946,127, filed on Feb. 28, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2021/0167598 A1, Jun. 3, 2021
Int. Cl. H01R 13/66 (2006.01); H01R 25/00 (2006.01); H01R 31/06 (2006.01); H02J 3/00 (2006.01); H01R 24/78 (2011.01)
CPC H01R 13/6683 (2013.01) [H01R 25/006 (2013.01); H01R 31/065 (2013.01); H02J 3/00 (2013.01); H02J 3/007 (2020.01); H01R 24/78 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An electrical distribution apparatus, comprising:
a controllable duplex electrical outlet that includes:
a first electrical outlet to receive a continuous line voltage;
a second electrical outlet to receive a selectively interruptible line voltage;
a first terminal to electrically couple a first outlet in one or more additional duplex electrical outlets to the first electrical outlet, the first terminal to supply the continuous line voltage to the first outlet in the one or more additional duplex electrical outlets;
a second terminal to electrically couple a second outlet in the one or more additional duplex electrical outlets to the second electrical outlet, the second terminal to provide the selectively interruptible line voltage to the second outlet in the one or more additional duplex electrical outlets; and
control circuitry to:
cause dimmer circuitry communicatively coupled to the control circuitry to selectively reduce power delivered to the second electrical outlet and to the second outlet in each of the one or more additional duplex electrical outlets; and
reversibly transition the second electrical outlet between a POWERED state and an UNPOWERED state by selective interruption of the line voltage to each of the second electrical outlet and to each second outlet included in the one or more additional duplex electrical outlets responsive to receipt of one or more input signals.