Patent Number: 6,297,599

Title: Dielectric barrier discharge lamp with a segmented electrode

Abstract: Lighting apparatus includes a dielectric barrier discharge lamp having a discharge vessel enclosing a discharge space having a filling, first and second main electrodes, a dielectric sheet between the first main electrode and the discharge space, and a first circuit part for generating an operating voltage between the main electrodes. A plurality of electrode bodies mounted in or on the dielectric sheet form an auxiliary electrode, and a second circuit part generates auxiliary voltages between the electrode bodies for generating an auxiliary discharge in the discharge space.

Inventors: Dirscherl; Jurgen (Hasloch/Main, DE), Klein; Markus (Freiburg, DE), Scholl; Robert P. (Roetgen, DE)

Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation

International Classification: H01J 65/04 (20060101); H01J 61/54 (20060101); H05B 041/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018