Patent Number: 6,294,883

Title: Method and apparatus for fast heating cold cathode fluorescent lamps

Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for fast heating cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). Specifically, values corresponding to the actual luminance of a CCFL are compared to a desired luminance level and, if it is determined that the CCFL is operating under start-up conditions, a boost power supply is applied to the CCFL until either the CCFL outputs the desired luminance level, or a timer determines that start-up conditions no longer exist.

Inventors: Weindorf; Paul F. L. (Novi, MI)

Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: H05B 41/38 (20060101); G05F 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018