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Title:
OPTICAL UNIT FOR LIGHT-EMITTING STRUCTURE, LIGHT-EMITTING STRUCTURE, AND LIGHT BOX COMPRISING THE LIGHT-EMITTING STRUCTURE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/036339
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to an optical unit for a light-emitting structure, a light-emitting structure, and a light box comprising the light-emitting structure. The optical unit comprises a body and a light-blocking structure, wherein the body comprises at least one reflective surface, wherein the light-blocking structure comprises a first light-blocking structure and a second light-blocking structure, wherein the first light-blocking structure is formed in one piece with the body, and the second light-blocking structure is arranged in the first light-blocking structure, wherein the first light-blocking structure is arranged to at least partially surround the reflective surface, to block the light leaks from the reflective surface by the second light-blocking structure.

Inventors:
FENG, Yaojun (5F Hantang Building, OCT Shenzhen, Guangdong 3, 51805, CN)
LI, Aiai (5F Hantang Building, OCT Shenzhen, Guangdong 3, 51805, CN)
HE, Yuanyuan (5F Hantang Building, OCT Shenzhen, Guangdong 3, 51805, CN)
YANG, Canbang (5F Hantang Building, OCT Shenzhen, Guangdong 3, 51805, CN)
Application Number:
EP2014/069009
Publication Date:
March 19, 2015
Filing Date:
September 05, 2014
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
OSRAM GMBH (Marcel-Breuer-Straße 6, München, 80807, DE)
International Classes:
G02B19/00; F21V5/04
Foreign References:
US20120235169A12012-09-20
CN203131576U2013-08-14
JP2007103926A2007-04-19
Other References:
None
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Claims:
Patent claims

An optical unit (100) for a light-emitting structure (200), comprising a body (1) and a light-blocking struc¬ ture (2), wherein the body (1) comprises at least one reflective surface (12), characterized in that, the light-blocking structure (2) comprises a first light- blocking structure (21) and a second light-blocking structure (22), wherein the first light-blocking structure (21) is formed in one piece with the body (1), and the second light-blocking structure (22) is arranged in the first light-blocking structure (21), wherein the first light-blocking structure (21) is arranged to at least partially surround the reflective surface (12), to block the light leaks from the reflective surface (12) by the second light-blocking structure (22) .

The optical unit (100) according to Claim 1, characterized in that, viewed from the section of the optical unit (100) along the optical axis of a light source (L) of the light-emitting structure (200), the light- blocking structure (2) extends parallel to the optical axis of a light source (L) of the light-emitting struc¬ ture (200), to block the light leaks from the reflective surface ( 12 ) .

The optical unit (100) according to Claim 1, characterized in that, viewed from the section of the optical unit (100) along the optical axis of a light source (L) of the light-emitting structure (200), the light- blocking structure (2) extends in an inclined manner with respect to the optical axis of a light source (L) of the light-emitting structure (200), to block the light leaks from the reflective surface (12) .

4. The optical unit (100) according to any of Claims 1-3, characterized in that, the first light-blocking struc¬ ture (21) is configured as a groove, wherein the groove extends to at least partially surround the reflective surface ( 12 ) .

5. The optical unit (100) according to Claim 4, characterized in that, the optical unit (100) further comprises a first partition wall (5) and a second partition wall (6) that extend from the body (1), wherein the first parti¬ tion wall (5) and the second partition wall (6) are spaced apart from each other to form the groove.

6. The optical unit (100) according to Claim 5, character¬ ized in that, the second light-blocking structure (22) is arranged in the groove for blocking the light leaks from the reflective surface (12) .

7. The optical unit (100) according to Claim 5, characterized in that, the optical unit (100) further comprises a fixing structure (3) extending from the second partition wall (6) for fixing the optical unit (100) at a prede¬ termined installation position.

8. The optical unit (100) according to any of Claims 1-3, characterized in that, the second light-blocking struc¬ ture (22) is made of an opaque material.

9. The optical unit (100) according to Claim 8, character¬ ized in that, the opaque material is a potting material.

10. The optical unit (100) according to any of Claims 1-3, characterized in that, the optical unit is an optical lens .

11. A light-emitting structure (200), comprising a carrier and a light source (L) arranged on the carrier (4) char¬ acterized in that, the light-emitting structure (200) further comprises an optical unit (100) according to any of Claims 1-10, wherein the optical unit (100) is ar¬ ranged on the carrier (4) and performs a secondary opti¬ cal processing on light emitted from the light source

(L) .

12. The light-emitting structure (200) according to Claim 11, characterized in that, the light source (L) is LED light source.

13. The light-emitting structure (200) according to Claim 11, characterized in that, the carrier (4) comprises a heat sink.

14. A light box (300), characterized in that, the light box (300) comprises at least one light-emitting structure (200) according to any of Claims 11-13.

Description:
Description

Optical Unit for Light-emitting Structure, Light-emitting Structure, and Light Box Comprising the Light-emitting

Structure

Technical Field

The present invention relates to an optical unit for a light- emitting structure, a light-emitting structure, and a light box comprising the light-emitting structure.

Background Art

As a widely used illumination technology, the LED light- emitting technology has the advantages of high luminous in ¬ tensity, long lifespan and high efficiency with low energy consumption. An illumination device or illumination module using an LED light source usually needs to have a good light distribution. Thus, the lens for an LED light source is often used in such illumination device or illumination module, to finally form the expected light distribution of emergent light by means of optical performance of the lens. However, in practical applications, light emerging from the lens usu ¬ ally forms stray light that is different from the main emer ¬ gent light, and such stray light usually affects the actual optical performance of the illumination device or illumina- tion module.

One prior art solution proposes to use non-transparent print ¬ ing, which is disposed on a side surface of the lens of the illumination device, so that light, particularly stray light, from the light source of the lens will be blocked by the printing on the transparent side surface, and therefore the stray light cannot emerge to affect the main emergent light emerging from the lens. According to this design, although stray light can be blocked, the technology of forming print ¬ ing on the transparent outer surface is relatively complicat ¬ ed, and the printing cannot withstand long-term influences from the outside, for example, friction, which will lead to deterioration or even loss of the light blocking effect. In addition, another prior art solution proposes to use a non- transparent cover, dispose the cover outside the illumination device and make it abut against the outer surface of the il- lumination device, thereby achieving the effect of blocking stray light. However, the additional cover increases the cost of the illumination device.

Summary of the Invention

In order to solve the above technical problems, the present invention provides a novel optical unit for a light-emitting structure, a light-emitting structure, and a light box com ¬ prising the light-emitting structure. The optical unit ac ¬ cording to the present invention uses a novel light-blocking structure, which is simply connected with the body, such that the optical unit and the light-emitting structure comprising the optical unit can be easily manufactured and have the ad ¬ vantages of long service life and low cost.

The first object of the present invention is achieved by an optical unit for a light-emitting structure, comprising a body and a light-blocking structure, wherein the body com ¬ prises at least one reflective surface, wherein, the light- blocking structure comprises a first light-blocking structure and a second light-blocking structure, wherein the first light-blocking structure is formed in one piece with the body, and the second light-blocking structure is arranged in the first light-blocking structure, wherein the first light- blocking structure is arranged to at least partially surround the reflective surface, to block light leaks from the reflec ¬ tive surface by the second light-blocking structure, . Accord ¬ ing to this design, the second light-blocking structure can surround the body in a circumferential direction of the body and therefore fully surround the body, or in a lateral direc ¬ tion of the body and therefore at least partially surround the body, which thereby can provide the possibility of achieving light blocking effect on the side surface of the reflective surface of the body by means of the second light- blocking structure.

According to the design scheme of the present invention, preferably, viewed from the section of the optical unit along the optical axis of a light source of the light-emitting structure, the light-blocking structure extends parallel with an optical axis of a light source of the light-emitting structure, to block the light leaks from the reflective sur ¬ face. In this way, the light-blocking structure can be adapted to block, for example, the corresponding stray light which may emerge through the reflective surfaces of the body, thereby achieving targeted light blocking effect, and ensur ¬ ing that the light which may emerge through the reflective surface of the body will not affect the light distribution of the main emergent light emerging which comprises the light that exits directly or exits after being reflected by the re- flective surface.

Preferably, viewed from the section of the optical unit along the optical axis of a light source of the light-emitting structure, the light-blocking structure extends in an in ¬ clined manner with respect to the optical axis of a light source of the light-emitting structure, to block the light leaks from the reflective surface. With the light-blocking structure arranged inclined with respect to the optical axis of a light source of the light-emitting structure, the light- blocking structure may be adapted to block the stray light exiting through the reflective surface which may for example extend in various manners. Advantageously, the first light-blocking structure is config ¬ ured as a groove, wherein the groove extends to at least par ¬ tially surround the reflective surface. The groove surround ¬ ing the reflective surface can correspondingly surround, for example, stray light emerging through the reflective surface of the body, so as to block the light, for example, in the circumferential direction.

Preferably, the optical unit further comprises a first parti ¬ tion wall and a second partition wall that extend from the body, wherein the first partition wall and the second parti- tion wall are spaced apart from each other to form the groove. By means of the first partition wall and the second partition wall, it is possible to form the groove easily, which facilitates the manufacture of the light-blocking structure, and can block, for example, in a direction perpen- dicular to the optical axis of the light source, for example, stray light through the reflective surface of the body from emerging in the circumferential direction.

Preferably, the second light-blocking structure is arranged in the groove for blocking the light leaks from the reflec- tive surface. The second light-blocking structure can be con ¬ figured to be accommodated in the groove, so as to be held in the optical axis direction of the light source by means of being form-fitted with the groove, and block, for example, in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the light source, for example, stray light from the light source from emerging in the circumferential direction. Preferably, the optical unit further comprises a fixing structure extending from the second partition wall for fixing the optical unit at a predetermined installation position. According to this design, it is possible to form the simple connection between the fixing structure and the light- blocking structure, and such connection is conducive to the overall manufacturing of the optical unit. Moreover, it is also possible to achieve, by means of the extending direction of the fixing structure, the effect of the second light- blocking structure blocking, for example, in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the light source, for exam ¬ ple, stray light from the light source from emerging in the circumferential direction.

Preferably, the second light-blocking structure is made of an opaque material. With this material, it is possible to simply achieve the effect of blocking, for example, stray light in the circumferential direction.

Preferably, the opaque material is a potting material. The potting material can be simply injected into the groove and held in the groove, to advantageously fit the shape of the groove, and achieve, by means of the extending direction of the groove, superior effect of blocking light in the circum ¬ ferential direction of the light source. In addition, this design can be advantageously applied to outdoor environments, and maintain normal and continuous operation in outdoor environments .

Preferably, the optical unit is an optical lens. While the optical lens being arranged with a light blocking structure, the stray light for example caused by the light leaks from the reflective surface can be blocked by the light blocking structure, so that the main emergent light which comprises the light that exits directly from the optical lens and exits from the optical lens after being reflected by the reflective surface will not be affected by the stray light.

Another object of the present invention is achieved by a light-emitting structure, comprising a carrier and a light source arranged on the carrier, the light-emitting structure further comprises an optical unit as described above, wherein the optical unit is arranged on the carrier and performs a secondary optical processing on light emitted from the light source. According to this design, light emerging from the optical unit has a preferable light distribution, and the case will not occur where light distribution of the light, for ex ¬ ample, emerging along the optical axis of the light source becomes uneven due to the affection of, for example, stray light.

Preferably, the light source is LED light source. The light- emitting structure provided with an LED light source can have the advantages of high luminous intensity and high efficiency with low energy consumption, and meet the user' s requirements on light distribution or light intensity of the emergent light of the light-emitting structure.

Preferably, the carrier comprises a heat sink. Such heat sink can advantageously transfer and dissipate heat from, for ex ¬ ample, the light source, to enable the light-emitting struc- ture to operate stably.

A further object of the present invention is achieved by a light box, comprising a light-emitting structure as described above. The light box comprising the light-emitting structure can have favorable light distribution, and will not be af- fected by, for example, stray light, such that light distri- bution finally formed on the surface of the light box is more uniform.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The drawings constitute a portion of the Description for fur- ther understanding of the present invention. These drawings illustrate the embodiments of the present invention and ex ¬ plain the principle of the present invention together with the Description. In the drawings, the same part is represent ¬ ed by the same reference sign. In the drawings, Fig. 1 is a section view of the light-emitting structure in transverse direction according to an embodiment of the pre ¬ sent invention;

Fig. 2 is a section view of the optical unit in longitudinal direction according to an embodiment of the present inven- tion; and

Fig. 3 is a section view of the light box according to an embodiment of the present invention.

Detailed Description of the Embodiments

Fig. 1 is a section view of the light-emitting structure 200 in transverse direction according to an embodiment of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 1, the light-emitting structure 200 comprises an optical unit 100 which comprises a body 1 for processing light from a light source L, the body 1 comprises an exit surface 11 through which light of the light source L exits, wherein the optical unit 100 can be imple ¬ mented as an optical lens, the exit surface 11 therefore can be implemented as an exit surface 11 on the body 1 of the op ¬ tical lens. The body 1 further comprises a reflective surface 12 which is provided around the light source L and surrounds 0

the light source L, and a portion of the light from the light source L emerges after being reflected by the reflective sur ¬ face 12, and forms a part of emergent light of the light- emitting structure 200. The light source L can be configured as an LED light source, such that the light-emitting struc ¬ ture 200 has, for example, sufficient luminous intensity and long lifespan.

In addition, the light-emitting structure 200 further comprises a light-blocking structure 2 for blocking stray light which is formed by, for example, a portion of the light from the light source L exiting directly through the reflective surface 12. In the absence of the light-blocking structure 2, such stray light will adversely affect the light distribution of the main emergent light which comprises the light that ex ¬ its directly and exits after being reflected by the reflec ¬ tive surface 12. By means of the light-blocking structure 2, light blocking effect can be achieved around the body 1, for example, in the circumferential direction surrounding the body 1, so that the stray light, for example, leaks from the reflective surface 12 will be blocked in the circumferential direction by the light-blocking structure 2 and cannot emerge .

Specifically, the light-blocking structure 2 is configured to comprise a first light-blocking structure 21 and a second light-blocking structure 22, wherein the first light-blocking structure 21 is configured to be formed in one piece with the body 1, and the second light-blocking structure 22 is config ¬ ured to be accommodated in the first light-blocking structure 21 and block, for example, stray light. In addition, the first light-blocking structure 21 is configured to extend parallel with an optical axis of the light source L of the light-emitting structure 200, and is formed as a groove in the axial direction, wherein the groove is formed in one piece with the body 1, and extends for example along the lon ¬ gitudinal direction and therefore at least partially enclose the reflective surface 12. In this case, the longitudinal di- rection may represent the length direction of light-emitting structure. The groove is formed between a first partition wall 5 and a second partition wall 6 spaced apart from the first partition wall 5 as they extend from the exit surface 11, for, for example, accommodating the second light-blocking structure 22. Wherein in the embodiment, the optical unit 100 which is configured as an optical lens has an exit surface 11 configured on the body 1, the aforementioned first partition wall 5 and second partition wall 6 are respectively config ¬ ured to extend outward from the exit surface 11. As shown in Fig. 1, viewed from the section of the optical unit 100, the first partition wall 5 and the second partition wall 6 can be arranged for example around the body 1 from inside to outside in turn, such that the second partition wall 6 enclose the first partition wall 5 and therefore forms the groove there between.

According to the design of the embodiment, the second light- blocking structure 22 is made of a non-transparent material, preferably, a potting material. The potting material can be injected into the groove to, for example, fill the groove, and block stray light from the light source L emerging through the reflective surface 12. In addition, as shown in Fig. 1, a carrier 4 is disposed below the light source L of the light-emitting structure 200, and the carrier 4 can be preferably configured to comprise a heat sink, which works to dissipate heat from the light source L. By means of a fixing structure 3 extending from the second partition wall 6, an accommodating cavity can be formed between the fixing structure 3 and the carrier 4. The accommodating cavity can be configured to communicate with the groove, so that the pot ¬ ting material can be injected, for example, from an inlet 7 below the light-emitting structure 200, which not only will not damage the original structure and optical performance of the optical unit 100, but also can advantageously make the potting material flow into the groove and the accommodating cavity, and preferably fill the groove and the accommodating cavity, to cling to the carrier 4 surface and inner surfaces of the first and second partition wall 6s, so as to finally achieve good light blocking effect of blocking stray light from the light source L. The potting material not only can advantageously block stray light, but also can advantageously resist the complicated environments in outdoor applications, for example, resist water or dust, so as to realize the long service life and stable operation effects of the light- blocking structure 2.

Fig. 2 is a section view of the optical unit 100 in longitu ¬ dinal direction according to an embodiment of the present in ¬ vention. As shown in Fig. 2, the first light-blocking struc- ture 21, namely the groove, can be also formed along the transverse direction, wherein the transverse direction may represent the width direction of the light-emitting structure in this case, thus provides a light blocking structure sur ¬ rounding the body of the optical unit 100 in cooperation with the groove that is formed along the longitudinal direction.

It is understood for the person in the art that the extent to which the light-blocking structure 2 inclines with respect to the optical axis of the light source L may vary as the way the reflective surfaces 12 extend or the inclined extent of the axis of the light source L of the light-emitting struc ¬ ture 200 may vary. Moreover, in this case where the optical unit 100 configured as an optical lens, the exit surface 11 can consist of the outer surface of the lens through which the light exits. However, it is also understood that the op ¬ tical unit 100 in this case may be configured as a different optical device than the optical lens, wherein for example the stray light leaks from the reflective surface 12 may also be blocked by the arrangement of the light-blocking structure 2.

Fig. 3 is a section view of the light box 300 according to an embodiment of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 3, the light-emitting structure 200 according to the embodiment of the present invention can be provided, for example, at both the upper and lower ends of the light box 300. The light box 300 comprising the light-emitting structures 200 can, for example, have uniform light distribution formed on two side surfaces of the light box 300. Since the light-blocking structure 2 of the light-emitting structure 200 can advanta ¬ geously block stray light, improved and superior light dis ¬ tribution can be formed on the side surfaces of the light box 300.

The above is merely preferred embodiments of the present in- vention but not to limit the present invention. For the per ¬ son skilled in the art, the present invention may have vari ¬ ous alterations and changes. Any alterations, equivalent sub ¬ stitutions, improvements, within the spirit and principle of the present invention, should be covered in the protection scope of the present invention. List of reference signs

1 body

2 light-blocking structure

3 fixing structure

4 carrier

5 first partition wall

6 second partition wall

7 inlet

11 exit surface

12 reflective surface

21 first light-blocking structure

22 second light-blocking structure 100 optical unit

200 light-emitting structure

300 light box

L light source.




 
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