Abstract: An economical method of making a net or mesh light with light nodes includes the step of providing a light set having a common wire collection extending in a first direction, the common wire collection including an active wire and a return wire. A plurality of series-connected light strings extend physically parallel to each other and in a second direction substantially transverse to the first direction, each light string including a plurality of lamp sockets and a plurality of intermediate lengths of wire connecting the lamp sockets in series. Plug means are disposed at one end of the common wire collection and include the active and return wires. Then at least one non-electrical rope is physically fastened to the lamp sockets of the plurality of light strings removed a common distance along the second direction from the common wire collection, thereby forming a net or mesh.
Abstract: A method of making a net light includes the initial step of providing a light set having (I) a common wire set extending in a first direction, the common wire set including an active wire and a return wire, and (ii) a plurality of series-connected light strings extending physically parallel to each other and in a second direction transverse to the first direction. Each light string includes a plurality of lamp sockets and a plurality of intermediate lengths of wire connecting the lamp sockets in series. A plug is disposed at one end of the common wire set and includes active and return wires. Each of the light strings, except the first and last light string, is disposed in relatively closely adjacent pairs of light strings, each such closely adjacent pair being relatively widely spaced from any other closely adjacent pair, the first light string, and the last light string.
Abstract: A clip for use in connecting the wires of a mesh-defining lamp set intermediate the lamp sockets thereof, including a resiliently curved portion adapted to receive wires therethrough, a pair of intermediate portions extending outwardly of respective ends of the body portion and defining a neck extending outwardly of the body portion, and a pair of end portions extending from respective ones of the intermediate portions and configured and dimensioned to be locked together. A short one of the pair of end portions extends in a substantially transverse direction to the neck, is biased by the body portion in the substantially transverse direction, and terminates in a free end. A relatively longer one of the pair of end portions initially extends in the substantially transverse direction to the neck, parallel to the short end portion, and then defines a generally concave cap configured and dimensioned to receive and maintain therein against accidental dislodgement the short end portion free end.
Abstract: A miniature lamp for use in a holder, includes a miniature bulb and a longitudinally-extending base. The base in turn includes a body defining an outer surface and an open-top cavity configured and dimensioned to receive a portion of the bulb therein, and a cantilever projecting generally longitudinally from the body. The cantilever is movable between a releasing orientation and a locking orientation, the cantilever in the releasing orientation enabling at least limited relative rotation of the bulb and the base and in the locking orientation precluding such relative rotation. The cantilever is biased to the releasing orientation and automatically assumes the locking orientation when the base is inserted into a holder. Dumet leads extend from the bulb portion in the cavity, through the body, and onto the body outer surface.
Abstract: An ornamental lighting control system capable of controllably adjusting the intensity of the lights over a relatively long period of time. The fully electronic means for gradually energizing the lights includes a ramp voltage generator whose output is synchronized to a power line zero crossing by a detector means coupled to the ramp voltage generator. The ramp means, in combination with a triangular wave generator and a comparator, achieve adjustable long time constants for controllable fading of the associated lights. The lighting control system can, additionally, be configured to compensate for any non-linearities in the incandescent light strings driven by the system.
Abstract: A lamp base/husk assembly comprises an elongate lamp base and an elongate husk configured and dimensioned to receive coaxially and telescopically therein (and to release therefrom) a portion of the lamp base. A lug-and-locking element combination, integral in part with the lamp base and in part with the husk, is provided for effecting a positive interlock of the lamp base and husk in a coaxial and telescoped disposition (and for releasing such interlock) by a manual movement independent of the manual movement required to effect receipt of the lamp base and husk in the coaxial and telescoped disposition (or the separation of the lamp base and husk therefrom).
Abstract: A multiple fuse device having a multiple fuse assembly within the device rotatable about an axis in fixed directions through at least a certain predetermined angle and having at least two rotational positions in which at least one fresh fuse is connected between an electrical source and a load circuit, the improvement characterized by the assembly having a body with a conductor carrying portion having a plurality of radially extending angularly spaced apart separate conductors carried by said portion, at least three adjacent ones of said conductors being connected in a set in series each to its adjacent conductor by fuse means and at least one of the conductors in this set being connected with the source and an adjacent conductor simultaneously being connected with the load circuit to fusibly connect one line of the load circuit with the electrical source when the assembly is in a selected rotational position.