Patents by Inventor Charles E. Kassay

Charles E. Kassay has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8092037
    Abstract: A retrofit kit is configured for a single or multiple tubular fluorescent lamp fixture. The original fixture being retrofitted may or may not have any reflectors. The kit includes a new improved reflector with double concave wings. The winged reflector preferably has a central arched, preferably trapezoidal portion which forms the lower cover of the fixture box. This central trapezoidal portion includes an access door to permit access to the ballast without the need to remove the winged reflector once it is installed. An arched, preferably trapezoidal socket bar is installed at each end of the fixture, to lower the position of the lamp with respect to the winged reflector surfaces, to enhance the light distribution in a downward direction while permitting enhanced up-lighting. The distal ends of the trapezoidal central portion of the reflector mate with the trapezoidal socket bars at opposite ends of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John P. Kassay
  • Publication number: 20110222275
    Abstract: A wire guard fluorescent fixture attachment uses snap fasteners to attach the wire guard to a fluorescent fixture. Two or more such snap fasteners are spaced apart on each side of the fixture adjacent to the bottom housing edge. Each snap fastener has three functions in this application. It fastens the wire guard to the fixture; it also hinges the wire guard to the fixture so that it can swing open in either of two directions. It is also a latch to lock the wire guard in place after a service requiring swinging the wire guard open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Patent number: 7942545
    Abstract: A hatch is provided for a fluorescent lighting fixture having a continuous reflector covering the central section. The hatch is covered by a cover of compatible contour cut through the reflector underneath the location of the ballast in the housing above the reflector. The hatch cover is finished in the same surface as that of the reflector to minimize any disruption to the intended reflective pattern and to blend visually with the reflector. Two or more preferably quick-connect fasteners attach the hatch cover to the reflector. To gain access to the ballast, the lens or diffuser is removed and then the fluorescent lamp tubes which would interfere with the hatch cover are removed. The hatch cover is then removed to gain unobstructed access to the ballast from the underside of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Patent number: 7878679
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture is suspended by a longitudinally extending trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer. The trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer includes a horizontally extending top brace and a pair of obliquely extending arms extending downward in opposite directions from the top brace in a trapezoidal crossection. Each obliquely extending arm has a flat, horizontally and outwardly extending attachment foot extending longitudinally along a flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture, wherein each attachment foot is attached to the flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture. The horizontally extending top brace is attachable to a ceiling mounted fastener, such as a toggle hanger or other downwardly extending fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Publication number: 20100290219
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture is suspended by a longitudinally extending trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer. The trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer includes a horizontally extending top brace and a pair of obliquely extending arms extending downward in opposite directions from the top brace in a trapezoidal crossection. Each obliquely extending arm has a flat, horizontally and outwardly extending attachment foot extending longitudinally along a flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture, wherein each attachment foot is attached to the flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture. The horizontally extending top brace is attachable to a ceiling mounted fastener, such as a toggle hanger or other downwardly extending fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Parie, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Patent number: 7757369
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture is suspended by a longitudinally extending trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer. The trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer includes a horizontally extending top brace and a pair of obliquely extending arms extending downward in opposite directions from the top brace in a trapezoidal crossection. Each obliquely extending arm has a flat, horizontally and outwardly extending attachment foot extending longitudinally along a flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture, wherein each attachment foot is attached to the flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture. The horizontally extending top brace is attachable to a ceiling mounted fastener, such as a toggle hanger or other downwardly extending fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Publication number: 20100046214
    Abstract: A retrofit kit is configured for a single or multiple tubular fluorescent lamp fixture. The original fixture being retrofitted may or may not have any reflectors. The kit includes a new improved reflector with double concave wings. The winged reflector preferably has a central arched, preferably trapezoidal portion which forms the lower cover of the fixture box. This central trapezoidal portion includes an access door to permit access to the ballast without the need to remove the winged reflector once it is installed. An arched, preferably trapezoidal socket bar is installed at each end of the fixture, to lower the position of the lamp with respect to the winged reflector surfaces, to enhance the light distribution in a downward direction while permitting enhanced up-lighting. The distal ends of the trapezoidal central portion of the reflector mate with the trapezoidal socket bars at opposite ends of the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John P. Kassay
  • Publication number: 20100046215
    Abstract: A hatch is provided for a fluorescent lighting fixture having a continuous reflector covering the central section. The hatch is covered by a cover of compatible contour cut through the reflector underneath the location of the ballast in the housing above the reflector. The hatch cover is finished in the same surface as that of the reflector to minimize any disruption to the intended reflective pattern and to blend visually with the reflector. Two or more preferably quick-connect fasteners attach the hatch cover to the reflector. To gain access to the ballast, the lens or diffuser is removed and then the fluorescent lamp tubes which would interfere with the hatch cover are removed. The hatch cover is then removed to gain unobstructed access to the ballast from the underside of the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Patent number: 7594736
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture with light transmissive windows aimed to provide controlled illumination above the mounted lighting fixture includes a housing having an elongated horizontal top surface with side edges and edges at opposite ends of the top surface. Oblique walls extend from the side edges of the top surface, and flare downwardly and outwardly from the side edges. First and second end walls extend downwardly from opposite ends of the top surface, the oblique walls and end walls joining to form a downwardly facing opening in the housing. Fluorescent light bulbs are mounted parallel to each other in the housing, so that light from selected light bulbs is reflected generally downwardly. The oblique walls include a plurality of spaced windows configured to direct a controlled portion of light from one or more light bulbs in a generally upward direction to provide indirect lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Kassay, Marc A. Kassay, John P. Kassay
  • Publication number: 20090231837
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture is suspended by a longitudinally extending trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer. The trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer includes a horizontally extending top brace and a pair of obliquely extending arms extending downward in opposite directions from the top brace in a trapezoidal crossection. Each obliquely extending arm has a flat, horizontally and outwardly extending attachment foot extending longitudinally along a flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture, wherein each attachment foot is attached to the flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture. The horizontally extending top brace is attachable to a ceiling mounted fastener, such as a toggle hanger or other downwardly extending fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Pane, Marc A. Kassay, John Peter Kassay
  • Patent number: 7500762
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture is suspended by a longitudinally extending trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer. The trapezoidal pendant bracket/stabilizer includes a horizontally extending top brace and a pair of obliquely extending arms extending downward in opposite directions from the top brace in a trapezoidal crossection. Each obliquely extending arm has a flat, horizontally and outwardly extending attachment foot extending longitudinally along a flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture, wherein each attachment foot is attached to the flat top surface of the fluorescent lamp fixture. The horizontally extending top brace is attachable to a ceiling mounted fastener, such as a toggle hanger or other downwardly extending fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Kassay, Marc A. Kassay, John P. Kassay
  • Patent number: 7070303
    Abstract: A fluorescent light fixture includes a housing having an elongated horizontal top surface with side edges and edges at opposite ends of the top surface. Oblique walls extend from the side edges of the top surface, and flare downwardly and outwardly from the side edges. The end walls extend downwardly from the top surface, the oblique and end walls joining to form a downwardly facing opening in the housing. A plurality of generally downwardly facing reflectors within the housing extend the length thereof. Fluorescent light bulbs are mounted parallel to each other in the housing beneath the reflectors, so that light from the light bulbs reaching the reflectors is reflected generally downwardly. The oblique walls and an end reflector are configured to direct a portion of light from one or more light bulbs under each end reflector in a generally upwardly direction to provide indirect lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, Suzanne M. Kassay, Marc A. Kassay, John P. Kassay
  • Patent number: 5528473
    Abstract: An alternative lighting system luminaire to conventional high intensity discharge light fixtures such as mercury vapor, metal halide, high pressure sodium lighting fixtures includes a concave translucent reflector/refractor or a concave, opaque reflector with a starburst pattern of fluorescent lights to provide both greater lumen production per watt. This system allows one-for-one fixture replacement when substituted for 400 watt metal halide and 1000 watt mercury vapor high intensity discharge lighting fixtures in design or replacement applications. The luminaire utilizes very high efficiency "Dulux L" high lumen compact fluorescent lamps, which each are shaped like a single inverted "U" and are a minimum of 16 inches long. The lamps extend from the base of the refractor or the reflector in a starburst pattern, wherein the lamps extend both downward and outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Intrepid Lighting Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, J. Peter Kassay, Marc A. Kassay
  • Patent number: 5523931
    Abstract: An alternative lighting system luminaire to conventional high intensity discharge light fixtures such as mercury vapor, metal halide, high pressure sodium lighting fixtures includes a translucent reflector/refractor with a starburst pattern of fluorescent lights to provide both greater lumen production per watt with uplight capabilities for an even distribution of light. This system allows one-for-one fixture replacement when substituted for 400 watt metal halide and 1000 watt mercury vapor high intensity discharge lighting fixtures in design or replacement applications. The luminaire utilizes very high efficiency "Dulux L" high lumen compact fluorescent lamps, which each are shaped like a single inverted "U" and are a minimum of 16 inches long. The lamps extend from the base of reflector and/or refractor in a starburst pattern, wherein the lamps extend both downward and outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Intrepid Lighting Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Kassay, J. Peter Kassay, Marc A. Kassay