Illuminating Patents (Class 126/213)
  • Patent number: 10271687
    Abstract: A grill or BBQ appliance that is generally intended for outdoor use has a pivoting hood disposed in hinged connection with a grill body, both of which are raised above a firebox that receives a food support grate. The hood may include overhanging lights configured to provide optimal lighting through a range of hood positions. The hood may also be counterbalanced to stably position the hood through a range of open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hestan Commercial Corporation
    Inventors: Hans F. Wenzel, Ray Nilssen
  • Patent number: 10174950
    Abstract: A portable stove is provided. The portable stove includes an accessory port such that it may be connected to an accessory component. With such a connection, a single fuel source which provides a regulated flow of fuel may be utilized for both the portable stove and the accessory component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Outdoors Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Hebert, Jr., Adam E. Wilcox, Jeffrey M. Megivern
  • Patent number: 8997732
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the thermal protection of LED light modules in a range hood appliance is provided. If the temperature of the LED light module reaches a predetermined temperature, one or more protective actions are taken to prevent over heating the LED light module. Such protective actions can include e.g., decreasing and/or terminating the power to the LED light module, opening a damper to provide air for cooling the LED light module, and/or activating a fan to provide forced convection cooling of the LED light module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Howard James Oagley, Justin Tyler Brown
  • Publication number: 20150013660
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illumination device (20) for a cooking zone element (10) provided for a cooking hob covered by a transparent panel. The illumination device (20) is provided for a cooking zone element (10) with a central cutout (40) in a central portion of said cooking zone element (10). The illumination device (20) includes at least one diffuser screen (14) arranged or arrangeable in an upper portion of the central cutout (40) of the cooking zone element (10) and parallel to the transparent panel of the cooking hob. The illumination device (20) includes at least one light source element (30) arranged or arrangeable below the central cutout (40) of the cooking zone element (10). The illumination device (20) includes an optical lens (28) enclosing an upper portion of the light source element (30). Further, the present invention relates to a corresponding cooking zone element and cooking hob.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jochen Holzinger, Claus Meider, Harald Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140090633
    Abstract: A barbecue grill comprising a grilling surface, a hood, a handle for opening the hood, and a lighting device interconnected with the handle. The lighting device is mounted in such a way that when the hood is opened, the lighting device can be used to illuminate the grilling surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon Gleaton, Lance R. Thompson, Randall L. May, Owen Slater, Wesley Crabbe
  • Patent number: 8667958
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cooktop, a gas burner assembly disposed in the cooktop, the gas burner assembly having a burner head portion and a burner base portion, and a light disc disposed beneath the burner head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Publication number: 20130220298
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance is provided with features for directing light from a light source through a cooking surface of the appliance. The light source may be positioned below the cooking surface, and the features may be positioned adjacent the cooking surface such that the features direct light from the light source through the cooking surface. As a result, the visibility of light to a user of the appliance can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Payam Motabar, Paul Bryan Cadima, Justin Tyler Brown
  • Publication number: 20130032133
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking hob with illumination equipment. The cooking hob includes at least one transparent or semitransparent panel (10) arranged at the top side of said cooking hob. Further, the cooking hob includes at least one frame (12) enclosing at least partially the panel (10). A plurality of lighting elements (14) is arranged within the frame (12) and beside a narrow side of the panel (10). The frame (12) comprises at least one opening (16) on at least one inner side of said frame (12), so that the cooking hob and/or the environment above said cooking hob are illuminated out of the frame (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Filippo Tisselli, Francesco Corleoni
  • Publication number: 20110083663
    Abstract: In the case of a method for operating a cooking point with a gas burner of a gas hob in which a pan detection is provided for switching off the gas burner when the pan is removed, the pan detection can detect the re-placement of a removed pan onto the cooking point. It then brings about a further operation of the gas burner by igniting the gas burner. When the gas burner is ignited after re-placement of the pan, a power level originally set for the gas burner is only achieved to the full extent with a time delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Martin BAIER, Wolfgang Metzger
  • Patent number: 7717106
    Abstract: A baking oven containing a lighting device for lighting the cooking area and a lighting control device for controlling the on/off states and time profiles of the lighting device. The lighting control device has at least two pre-determined time profiles for determining the lighting intensity of the lighting device according to the operation leading to the switching on of the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Has, Hans Lappat, Helmut Uglorz, Michael Ulmer
  • Patent number: 7572024
    Abstract: A variably-adjustable grill light with a lamp portion having pitch, roll and/or yaw adjustability, along with a telescopic arm, wherein the grill light can be installed and then selectively adjusted without the need for removal so that it will shine on any selected portion of the grill, or, alternately, the lamp portion can be removed without removing the clamp from the handle for portable use or to shine on other surfaces. This provides a grill user with the ability to easily see the condition of the food being cooked and provides visibility during application of spices, sauces or other condiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Elumx, LLC
    Inventors: Wai-Shing Peter Ko, Jon Eric Gibson
  • Patent number: 7222620
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for a cooking apparatus including a handle, an arm and a light source. The arm is movably joined with the handle so that the arm is selectively movable from a position in which it is concealed at least partially in the handle to another position where the arm projects out from the handle and over a cooking surface when a cover of the cooking apparatus is in an open position. By adjusting the position of the arm, the light source can be aimed at the surface to monitor the cooking of food in low light conditions. In one embodiment, the lighting assembly includes a head, with which the light source is joined, that is movably mounted to the arm to provide an added degree of adjustment for aiming the light source at the cooking surface, and/or a work surface when included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: A & L Assembly, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Wolter, Gregory A. Matheson
  • Patent number: 7188618
    Abstract: An oven includes a baking space lighting system switched off automatically after a predetermined period of operation but automatically switched on again upon actuation of a manually actuated oven element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Anschütz, Sylvia Peter, Frank Rödelsperger, Bernd Strolz, Dieter Weiss
  • Patent number: 7008072
    Abstract: A light assembly for a barbecue grill has a body with an extension at one end and a light at the other end. The barbecue grill has a hollow handle extending from one side of a lid. The handle is hollow and the extension is sized to fit with the handle. The light assembly and barbecue grill are used in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Onward Multi-Corp Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore A. Witzel, Frankie Cheung
  • Patent number: 6892723
    Abstract: A baking oven includes baking oven lighting reduced by a dimmer device of a control device not suddenly each time, but such that the lighting becomes continuously weaker over a time period visually evident to a user. The light intensity is, preferably, also continuously increased when the baking space lighting is switched on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Anschütz, Sylvia Peter, Frank Rödelsperger, Bernd Strolz, Dieter Weiss
  • Patent number: 6734408
    Abstract: A wall-mounted type microwave oven including an improved coupling structure of a guide bracket to reduce manufacturing cost and manufacturing time is provided. The guide bracket has a hook protrusion at a front end, which is extended forwardly by a certain length. The base plate has a slot, into which the hook of the guide bracket is fitted. The guide bracket has a rear coupling portion at a rear end, which is extended laterally. The base plate has a rib to be in contact with the rear coupling portion. The rib has a hook at an upper end, by which the rear coupling portion of the guide bracket is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Hyuck Shin
  • Publication number: 20030131841
    Abstract: An oven includes a baking space lighting system switched off automatically after a predetermined period of operation but automatically switched on again upon actuation of a manually actuated oven element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Eduard Anschutz, Sylvia Peter, Frank Rodelsperger, Bernd Strolz, Dieter Weiss
  • Patent number: 6202640
    Abstract: A grill lighting apparatus comprising a hollow conduit adapted to be mounted to a hollow frame member of a gas grill. A first end of the conduit has a circumference smaller than that of the hollow frame member such that the first end may be mounted in a sliding fit relationship within the frame member. The conduit extends upwardly and includes a second end displaced from the first end and positioned over a cooking grate of the grill. An illumination assembly is pivotally mounted to the second end of the conduit. A flexible tube or hose extends through the interior space of the conduit and is adapted to carry a combustible fuel, such as propane, from a fuel tank of the gas grill to the illumination assembly. The illumination assembly includes a mantle which is effective to provide light when the fuel delivered thereto is ignited under controlled conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventors: James B. Naperola, Brian Shotko
  • Patent number: 6079843
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a barbecue grill including a common gas supply, a grill pit, a grilling surface, and grill control means for regulating a flow of gas from the gas supply, the lighting apparatus including: a lighting enclosure including: a mounting bracket secured within the grill pit and extending outwardly therefrom, and, substantially transparent front closure means for sufficiently sealing a front of the lighting enclosure; and, lighting means positioned within the lighting enclosure and being responsive to the grill control means for illuminating the grilling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventors: Demetrio Latella, Nicholas Vila
  • Patent number: 6073623
    Abstract: A barbecue grill having a cooking surface and a retractable light mounted to an upper portion of the lower grill housing and moveable between a first operable position and a second stored position. In the operable position the light is oriented to illuminate the cooking surface of the grill. In the stored position, the top surface of the light is substantially aligned with the cooking surface and the top surface of an auxiliary shelf attached to the grill. The light may also be supplied separately for retrofit on any existing grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Empire Comfort Systems
    Inventor: Lloyd Maschhoff
  • Patent number: 5257169
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus is arranged for fixed securement to an upper barbecue grill housing in adjacency and positioned below the handle, whereupon lifting of the upper housing relative to the lower housing of a barbecue grill structure, the illumination member directs illumination onto an underlying barbecue grill grate. The housing includes a generator and in operative communication with rechargeable batteries to effect selective illumination of illumination bulbs contained within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Richard W. Walendziak
  • Patent number: 4452225
    Abstract: An improved, portable, auxiliary radiant chimney effect heater or reradiator including an inverted, conical chimney placed over and heated to the infrared spectrum by an open flame such as that provided by the burner of an otherwise conventional cooking stove. A semi-parabolic reflector surrounds the chimney and the chimney is located at the approximate focal point of the reflector. The invention functions as a chimney, by drawing combustion by-products into the chimney whereupon the chimney is heated and consumes the by-products, particularly noxious fumes and water vapor. The reflector may be provided with a casing and a handle to ease portability of the heater. For the sake of safety, forward, semi-circular guard bars and a rear, guard plate may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Inventor: David F. Plant
  • Patent number: 4050442
    Abstract: An emergency mantle lamp is disclosed for use with a gas stove. The mantle lamp is adapted to be placed over a gas burner on a stove top. When the gas is turned on a perforated conical base conducts the flame upwardly to a formed mantle surrounded by a glass chimney. The mantle heated by the flame emits a fairly bright light for illuminating a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1977
    Assignee: Aladdin Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: John S. Seiverling