Flexibly Or Extensibly Mounted Lamp Bulb Or Lamp Support Patents (Class 362/198)
  • Patent number: 5954420
    Abstract: A telescopic flashlight having at least two cylindrical barrels of different diameters interconnected to slide one within another, engaged when partially extended by set screws, and when fully extended by matching threads located on each cylindrical barrel. The telescopic flashlight includes means to provide an adjustable housing capable of being axially extended or compressed to retain at designated intervals, a variable number of batteries connected in series alignment accommodated by the actuation of one or more lamp bulbs positioned inside one head assembly. The telescopic flashlight is also provided with individual adapters for batteries of smaller size to be utilized in place of standard "D" size batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Victor Lee Smith
  • Patent number: 5944407
    Abstract: An illumination device functioning as both a flashlight and an area table lamp having a flexible neck that connects a light housing to a base. The illumination device includes at least one light source mounted in the light housing for projecting light through either a diffusing lens to function as an area light or a projecting lens to function as a flashlight. An improved flexible neck for an illumination device is also disclosed that has a dampening mechanism and a retaining mechanism disposed in an elongated solid resilient body. The retaining mechanism counters the resilient force of the resilient body to retain a selected position of the flexible neck while the dampening mechanism serves to dampen a bouncing effect that commonly occurs in flexible necks of flashlights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Lynch, Mark A. Ferguson, Robert L. Naas, David R. Dalton
  • Patent number: 5906426
    Abstract: An electrically powered appliance includes a first housing connected to a source of electric power. A second housing is spaced from the first housing and includes means for using the electric power. In a preferred embodiment, the electricity powers a light source. A flexible mounting assembly connects the first and second housings. One of the first and second housings includes an elongated slot and the other of the housings includes a protrusion for engagement with the slot. The first housing includes an axially extending U-shaped channel. A portion of the flexible mounting assembly adjacent said second housing is supported within said U-shaped channel when the first and second housings are adjacent each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Richard I Farrington, Richard J. Carbone
  • Patent number: 5872510
    Abstract: A bicycle signalling device that may be releasably mounted on a bicycle. The signalling device includes a holder, first and second elongated flexible arms connected to and extending outward from the holder, and first and second signalling lamps mounted on the first and second arms respectively. Each of the lamps is connected to an electric power source to selectively actuate the lamps. Each of the arms is universally bendable in three mutually orthogonal directions and has sufficient rigidity to retain a configuration imparted thereto. In this way, the arms may be used to position and to hold the lamps at selected positions within a three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Michael F. O'Shaughnessy
  • Patent number: 5832645
    Abstract: An automobile accessory comprising an illuminated picture frame which is insertable into a receptacle of a cigarette lighter of a motor vehicle for power and for mounting. The picture frame has a plug assembly which is compatible with the receptacle of the cigarette lighter with respect to interfit within the receptacle. The plug assembly also has electrodes located to connect to power from the receptacle. The plug assembly therefore both supports the picture frame and provides electrical power for lighting. A suitable lamp is provided behind the picture or slide for back lighting the same. The picture frame has electrical circuitry connecting the light to the electrodes. A switch is provided for extinguishing the lamp. The switch may be located on the visible exterior of the picture frame or alternatively, on the plug assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Brett W. Wells
  • Patent number: 5791763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kind of device of lamp with fan, in particular, an electronic control multi-function lamp with fan for camping purposes, comprising a head lamp, a fan head, a flexible arm set, a handle and a base, said head lamp and said fan head being detachable so that when one of them is fitted said device can be used as a lamp or a fan, respectively; also comprising a three-way connector with which both the head lamp and the fan head can be used simultaneously. The device contains a multi-function electronic control circuit board, and a multi-position seletor switch capable of making said head lamp flash to be used as a signal lamp besides usual lighting; said handle containing a number of LED's, used as tail lights; and said fan being provided with a speed-change switch, capable of increasing the fan's speed under multiplied voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Go-Gro Industries Limited
    Inventor: Chan Kam-Hoi
  • Patent number: 5765938
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a flexible core comprising a pair of conductive wires which electrically connect a source of power to a power using implement. A flexible spine surrounds the pair of conductive wires and includes a plurality of interconnected universally rotatable members. A resilient sleeve engages the outer surface of the rotatable members forming the spine. The flashlight includes a working end housing and a base housing. A first anchor connects one end of the flexible core to the base end housing and a second anchor connects the other end of the flexible core to the working end housing. The outer surface of the resilient sleeve is restrained against relative twisting or longitudinal movement with respect to each housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Rousso, Paul R. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 5749644
    Abstract: A flashlight having a flexible core, a power supply end connected to one end of the flexible core and an illumination end connected to an opposite end of the flexible core. The power supply end has a recess on its exterior. The illumination end has a projection on its exterior. The two ends can be removably connected to each other with the projection being received in the recess. In a preferred embodiment, the projection is a resilient ring extending around a perimeter of the housing on the illumination end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Carbone
  • Patent number: 5743624
    Abstract: A torch includes a head member with a bulb unit, a tail member with a cell unit, and a bellowed intermediate flexible tube member connected to the head and tail members. The tube member includes a tube body, two connectors respectively attached to two ends of the tube body and having internally threaded end sections which engages the end sections of the head and tail members, and front and rear conductive contact sets respectively provided in the connectors in such a manner that the front conductive set is in electrical contact with the bulb unit while the rear conductive set is in electrical contact with the cell unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Hanh Chiang
  • Patent number: 5722764
    Abstract: An adjustable flashlight including a lamp housing having a lower cover and an upper cover adapted to engage with the lower cover, a battery chamber having a lower portion, an upper portion adapted to engage with the lower portion to form a container, and a cap sealably engaged with an end of the container, and a connecting member having an outer tube, an inner tube fitted within the outer tube, and a flexible rod arranged within the inner tube, whereby the adjustable flashlight can be bent to form any desired shape, limited only by the elasticity of the material of the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Wen San Jou
  • Patent number: 5716121
    Abstract: A flashlight with a power supply end, an illumination end, a flexible neck and a slideable rigid sleeve. The sleeve is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. The retracted position comprises the sleeve being located on the power supply end away from the flexible neck such that the neck can be flexed to reposition the illumination end relative to the power supply end. The extended position comprises the sleeve extending over the flexible neck between the power supply end and the illumination end to prevent the neck from bending. This prevents the illumination end from being repositioned relative to the power supply end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Dubois
  • Patent number: 5717276
    Abstract: A flexible light includes a lens cap having a light bulb received therein, a bulb holder threadingly received the light bulb therein and threadingly engaging to the lens cap, a bellows having a first end which snugly engages with the bulb holder and a second end which snugly engages with a holding portion, wherein a flexible element is inserted within the bellows such that the flexible light is able to bend in great extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Chin-tien Hsu
  • Patent number: 5707137
    Abstract: A portable flashlight in which the illumination section is detachably connected to one end of a flexible arm, and the battery casing are detachably connected to the other end of the flexible arm, whereby the light may be brought in close proximity with objects to be inspected or worked upon but which are located as to require an angled or bent probe. The flexible arm permits the flashlight head to be stably mounted in an infinite number of positions. The intermediate flexible arm may be removed such that the battery casing and the illumination section may be directly connected together to provide a handheld flashlight capable of use in confined areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: GSL Rechargeable Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ellis Hon
  • Patent number: 5702175
    Abstract: A movable lamp device has a clamp device, a lamp casing, and a flexible tube connecting the clamp device and the lamp casing. The clamp device has a first clamp and a second clamp disposed under the first clamp. The first clamp and the second clamp are fastened pivotally. The lamp casing has a first half housing and a second half housing coupling with the first half housing. A main lamp is disposed in a front of the lamp casing. A flash lamp and a cell chamber are disposed on a first side of the lamp casing. A hook device is disposed on a second side of the lamp casing. A cell cover covers the cell chamber. A switch is disposed on a top portion of the lamp casing. A threaded recess hole is formed in a rear portion of the lamp casing to receive a second end of the flexible tube. A threaded through hole is formed on the first clamp to receive a first end of the flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Jenn-Hwang Chen
  • Patent number: 5689232
    Abstract: A bicycle signalling device (1) has flexible arms (4) carrying lamps (5). The arms (4) are mounted on a holder (2) having spring clamps (3) for snap engagement with the handlebars of a bicycle. A battery within the holder (2) powers the lamps (5) operable by switches (10, 12) to indicate whichever direction the cyclist intends to turn. The arms (4) can be bent in any direction by the cyclist to hold the lamps (5) in the best signalling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventors: Michael Francis O'Shaughnessy, Donal McDonald
  • Patent number: 5664875
    Abstract: A barbecue grill light (10) comprising a housing (12). A structure (14) is for mounting the housing (12) to a side platform board (16) of a barbecue grill (18), having a cooking grate (20). An elongate flexible gooseneck shaft (22) has a lower end connected to the housing (12). An assembly (24) for illuminating is affixed to an upper end of the elongate flexible gooseneck shaft (22). The illuminating assembly (24) can be directed at food (26) cooking on the cooking grate (20) of the barbecue grill (18) at night, to allow a person using the barbecue grill (18) to see the food (26) cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Barnard Hegedus
  • Patent number: 5649758
    Abstract: An article of apparel which includes at least one LED which is intermittently and repetitively turned on. In one form, a hollow ball or shell contains an LED and a digital pulser comprising a battery and a digital oscillator for passing successive pulses of current through the LED. Preferably the shell is made in two separable and halves, to permit easy access to the interior to turn it on or off manually, to repair it, or to replace the battery. In another form, the invention comprises a linear series of LED's on a strip which can be fastened between the laces and tongue of a shoe, the LED's being successively turned on momentarily to produce the appearance of light moving along the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: Larry Dion
  • Patent number: 5599089
    Abstract: A light device includes a casing, a bulb holding rod, a bulb unit, a power supply unit, a guide device, and a retainer device. The casing includes a bulb receiving recess formed in an external surface thereof, and a slide hole formed in the casing. The holding rod is mounted slidably within the slide hole of the casing and has an inner end located in the casing, and an outer end which extends from the slide hole. The bulb unit is carried pivotally on the outer end of the rod. The power supply unit is installed within the casing and is connected electrically to the bulb unit so as to energize the bulb unit when in use. The guide device prevents rotation of the rod within the slide hole of the casing. The retainer device prevents disengagement of the rod from the slide hole of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventors: Tyng-Jen Sheu, Jia-Ming Sheu
  • Patent number: 5570949
    Abstract: A torch includes a head member with a bulb unit, a tail member with a cell unit, and a bellowed intermediate flexible hose member threadedly connected to the head and tail members. The head member includes an on-off switch for energizing the bulb unit upon actuation. The hose member includes a hose body, two connectors respectively attached to two ends of the hose body, and front and rear conductive contact sets respectively provided in the connectors in such a manner that the front conductive set is in electrical contact with the bulb unit while the rear conductive set is in electrical contact with terminals of the cell unit. Each of the front and rear conductive sets includes an insulated tubular holding seat fixed within the corresponding connector and provided with a reduced-diameter outer end portion, an annular conductive ring sleeved around the outer end portion, a conductive mushroom-like contact element press-fitted within the end portion of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Hanh Chiang
  • Patent number: 5571278
    Abstract: A torch includes a head member with a bulb unit, a tail member with a cell unit, and an intermediate flexible hose member interconnecting the tail and head members. The bulb unit includes an elongated bulb-holding seat made from an insulated material which has a front end wall, a rear end wall, a C-shaped-cross-sectioned intermediate section which interconnects the front and rear end walls securely, a bulb mounted on the front end wall, a conductive long stick which has a front end connected electrically to the bulb and a rear end fixed on the rear end wall, a conductive front short stick which has a front end connected electrically to the bulb and a rear end, and a conductive rear short stick which has a front end spaced apart from and adjacent to the rear end of the front short stick and a rear end fixed on the rear end wall. The tail member includes a cell unit for supplying power to the bulb unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Hanh Chiang
  • Patent number: 5571279
    Abstract: A torch includes a head member, a tail member, and a bellowed intermediate flexible hose member connected threadedly to the head and tail members. The head member includes a bulb unit disposed therein, and an on-off switch which is mounted on the head member and which is capable of energizing the bulb unit upon actuation. The tail member includes a cell unit for supplying power to the bulb unit. One of the head member and the tail member has an internally threaded end section, while the other of the head member and the tail member has an externally threaded end section. The hose member has an externally threaded end section, an internally threaded end section, and two conductive contact sets respectively located in the end sections of the hose member in such a manner that one of the conductive contact sets is in electrical contact with the bulb unit while the other one of the conductive contact sets is in electrical contact with terminals of the cell unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Hanh Chiang
  • Patent number: 5521803
    Abstract: A flexible core for a hand-held device such as a flashlight includes a pair of conductive wires which electrically connect a source of power to a power using implement. A flexible spine surrounds the pair of conductive wires and includes a plurality of interconnected universally rotatable members. A resilient sleeve engages the outer surface of the rotatable members forming the spine. An adaptor including one conductor made from nickel chromium wire may be used to selectively connect the flashlight to a 12 volt source of electrical power in lieu of two standard C cells housed within the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventors: Lee H. Eckert, Julian Watt, Robert Kubicko, Richard J. Carbone
  • Patent number: 5517392
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a flexible core comprising a pair of conductive wires which electrically connect a source of power to a power using implement. A flexible spine surrounds the pair of conductive wires and includes a plurality of interconnected universally rotatable members. A resilient sleeve engages the outer surface of the rotatable members forming the spine. The flashlight includes a working end housing and a base housing. A first anchor connects one end of the flexible core to the base end housing and a second anchor connects the other end of the flexible core to the working end housing. The outer surface of the resilient sleeve is restrained against relative twisting or longitudinal movement with respect to each housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Rousso, Paul R. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 5442528
    Abstract: A lighting device characterized by its light weight and ease of handling. One application of the lighting device is a lighted bookmark which can be placed between the pages of a book and also functions as a portable book light while reading. The invention utilizes a novel neck mechanism possessing a memory effect that repeatedly returns the light-bearing neck to its original curved position when extended. The light-bearing neck of the bookmark can be retracted to fit within the body of the bookmark and can also be pushed to extend out of the bookmark, causing the light to automatically energize above the pages of a book when reading. The novel light-bearing neck mechanism can be successfully incorporated into other lighting devices such as a lighted notepad and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventor: Rudy A. Vandenbelt
  • Patent number: 5404280
    Abstract: A novel, remote controlled telescope flashlight is provided for use for a telescope operating in darkness. As an optical eyepiece is removed from the remote control eyepiece holder of the telescope, an automatic switch is thrown that powers the telescope flashlight. This flashlight, attached to the tripod leg of the telescope, illuminates the tripod tray where other eyepieces are stored. The automatic, instantaneous illumination makes the process of removing and replacing eyepieces faster and easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventors: John Greek, Adam Stein
  • Patent number: 5400231
    Abstract: A combination searchlight, which includes a searchlight, which has a lamp case covered with a rim and a lens and connected to a lamp case supporting arm thereof at the top of a handle thereof, a carrying strap fixed to the handle and lamp case supporting arm of the searchlight, and a mount fixed to the lamp case supporting arm to carry a compass and a reflecting bar, wherein the rim is fastened to the lamp case through a screw joint and has a plurality of pins perpendicularly extended from the front side thereof and spaced around the periphery for protecting the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventor: Ming-Chou Huang
  • Patent number: 5400232
    Abstract: A vibrational flashlight having a housing for containing a battery and at least one light emitting diode having a first lead connected to a spring and a second lead sited against the second electrode of the battery. The spring oscillates for periodically contacting the first electrode of the battery when the vibrational flashlight is subjected to vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventor: Oscar Wong
  • Patent number: 5379197
    Abstract: A lighted bicycle safety device with an actuatable safety light contained within a lighting apparatus. A light, power sours, and light switch are all compactly contained within the apparatus, which is pivotally connected to a bicycle to move between an operational orientation where the lighting apparatus is oriented substantially horizontally and laterally and the illuminating lens extends beyond the outermost side of the bicycle, and a storage orientation where the lighting apparatus is oriented flush with the plane of the bicycle frame. A straightening spring absorbs impacts of passing motor vehicles. An on-off switch projects from and slides along a channel formed in the apparatus. The switch moves a sleeve and a light bulb retainer to shift the light bulb between on and off positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Conyers (Gpmrr) Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Conyers, Maxine E. Conyers
  • Patent number: 5369556
    Abstract: A radiant-energy tool (e.g., a flashlight or fire starter) comprises a housing adapted to accommodate an energy source (e.g., a battery pack or a fuel tank) and an elongate extension having a proximal end connected to the housing and a distal end opposite the proximal end adapted to release radiant energy. The extension connects the energy source to the distal end and is formed of a material that can be easily flexed by hand to assume a plurality of different shapes and that can retain a given shape indefinitely. The housing and the distal end of the extension can each be conveniently positioned and oriented independently of the other. The housing is formed with a peripheral groove for accommodating the extension so that the extension can be wrapped around the housing for storage and to provide a compact configuration for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Noel E. Zeller
  • Patent number: 5337226
    Abstract: The portable torch includes a light bulb assembly which can be drawn out from the main body to a desired place. The light bulb assembly has a clamping device for clamping the light bulb assembly adjacent to the desired place in order to provide better visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventors: Jam-Min Wang, Cheng-Lan Shu
  • Patent number: 5280416
    Abstract: A lighting device is operative for use as a bookmark and as a reading light. The body of the lighting device is constructed in a substantially flat configuration wherein it can easily be placed between the pages of a book to mark a position therein. The device further includes a slide arm having a light source mounted at the end thereof. The slide arm is slidably movable outwardly of the body wherein the lamps are automatically turned on and positioned over the body. For use as a reading light, the body of the device is placed between pages of the book, or between one of the covers and the adjacent pages of the book, wherein the lights thereof are positioned substantially over the open pages of the book that are being read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Eye Design, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Hartley, Belton A. Copp
  • Patent number: 5266063
    Abstract: The present invention is a spinning light device. The device primarily consists of a metallic battery case, a hard wire coil, and a number of insulated wires, light bulb sockets, and light bulbs. When the device is turned on by means of a switch, the user simply grasps the device by the metallic battery case and whirls the attached lights about in circular or other motions. The effect is to produce a trail of light behind the moving light bulb or bulbs. A sparkling effect may be added to the whirling of the illuminated device by attaching either a tinsel wrap or another reflective material to the hard wire coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: William J. Baumgartner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5203622
    Abstract: The invention is an illuminating device for television remote control. The device has a small support base for attachment to the underside of remote control units and at least one bendable arm that is offset from the center of the remote unit. The arm supports a lighting apparatus at the top of the arm. The device may be battery powered and the bendable arm provides for a variety of positions for the lighting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: Keith Sottile
  • Patent number: 5197795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustable-length removably-mountable integral holder system having an elongate holder body which includes a first entry located at its forward end and a second opening located at its rear end. One or both ends of the body may possess means for mounting or connecting one or more auxiliary lighting units. Each end of the housing includes means for engaging a structural member. The length of the housing can be axially adjusted to allow removable mounting of the system between the structural members of a vehicle and to accommodate different mounting spaces. The elongate housing includes at least two sections which are axially extendable with respect to one another and further can be spring biased to allow compression of the spring when one end of the housing is moved toward the other for producing a force of securement when the housing is positioned in a space between two structural members which space is smaller than the overall length of the housing in an uncompressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Gruhn USA, Inc.
    Inventor: George Mudrovich
  • Patent number: 5176438
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clipboard and reading light and is directed to a simple, inexpensive, compact, and portable device for lighting the reading surface of a clipboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Photo Audio Consumer Electronics Marketing Corp.
    Inventor: Carl Fisherman
  • Patent number: 5158356
    Abstract: The miniature light assembly disclosed includes a housing with parts defining a battery chamber and a guideway for slidably supporting a light such as a diode. A light bulb extends from the housing to permit positioning the light with the fingertips. Leads of the light straddle a disk shaped battery with one lead being isolated from battery terminal contact by a disk. A disk aperture permits entry upon positioning of the light in the housing and contact of an irregular segment of the lead with the battery terminal. Resilient pads urge the leads toward contact with the terminal surfaces of the battery. Semicircular portions of the housing confine the light for sliding movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Alan V. Guthrie
  • Patent number: 5154483
    Abstract: A flashlight comprises a housing adapted to accommodate batteries and an elongate extension having a proximal end connected to the housing and a distal end opposite the proximal end adapted to accommodate a light bulb. Electrically conductive leads carried by the extension are adapted to connect the battery to the bulb. The extension is formed of multiple strands of twisted copper wire or another material separate from the conductive leads that can be easily flexed by hand to assume a plurality of different shapes and that can retain a given shape indefinitely. The housing and the bulb can each be conveniently positioned and oriented independently of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Noel E. Zeller
  • Patent number: 5136477
    Abstract: A miniature self-powered portable illuminating device including a thin-wall molded rectangular housing and removable bottom cover defining a battery compartment. The top surface of the housing includes a momentary on/off switch and an elongated flexible conduit mounted thereon. the conduit is economically formed using only protective coated dual-conductor stranded flexible wire tightly covered with a thin-wall plastic tube over its entire exposed length. By this arrangement, the molded reflector and sub-miniature high-intensity light bulb mounted therein may be easily manipulated into any desired shape. The housing is releasably attachable onto a working surface adjacent to or part of an object to be illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Edgar S. Lemmey
  • Patent number: 5136476
    Abstract: An easily-installed, portable illuminator for the illuminating of toilet bowls is disclosed. More specifically, the illuminator of this disclosure hangs on the rim of a toilet bowl by a tubular conduit through which electrical conductors carry current from a battery pack or other power source external to the bowl and to a light source suspended within the bowl. Light-sensitive and manual switches and current-regulating circuitry are options on advanced embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Donald E. Horn
  • Patent number: 5012394
    Abstract: A hand portable light with extendable lamp housing which can be used as a hand-held device or can be used as a freestanding device when placed on a generally horizontal surface. The lamp housing is mounted to the base of the portable light by two telescoping collapsible support arms. The telescoping arms allow the lamp housing to be elevated above the base housing so that the light emitted from the lamp housing may be broadcast in the surrounding area. The lamp housing is mounted to the telescoping support arms with pivots which allow the lamp housing to be pivoted with respect to the collapsible support arms. This pivoting motion allows the extendable lamp housing to be rotated so that its emitted light may be positioned in a direction that can best accommodate the user's needs. Three battery powered embodiments of the hand portable light are disclosed, including one utilizing a fluorescent lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: John G. Woodward
  • Patent number: 4870543
    Abstract: A safety light with a base and magnetic attachment to a vehicle and a collapsible support carrying a high intensity light source energized by a capacitor discharge circuit and a conductor storage in the base passing to the light source when extended from the base by the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Robert L. Horton
    Inventors: Robert L. Born, Leroy C. Born
  • Patent number: 4733337
    Abstract: A waterproof flashlight wherein the flashlight is activated by means of a switch located in the flashlight's end cap. Another aspect of the invention being the orientation of the positive terminals of the flashlight's batteries away from the head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Lite Tek International Corp.
    Inventor: Lee K. Bieberstein
  • Patent number: 4709309
    Abstract: An electric flashlight with removable front cover is provided with a pivotal battery keeper mounting the light bulb, the socket for the light bulb, and a battery contact of the flashlight. The battery keeper pivots about a hinge portion so that the batteries can be changed without the possibility of losing or damaging any parts, such as the light bulb, thereby improving the procedure for changing batteries in the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Yamaki
  • Patent number: 4544990
    Abstract: An illuminating telescopic device is described for use in a wide variety of applications, such as a signalling device, a conventional flashlight, an indicating light, a play light, and the like. The illuminating telescopic device includes one or more light transmissive extensible elements having a combined length greater than the length of its associated housing, so as to provide an effective signalling device when in use, while being compactly portable when stored within its housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Inventors: Alex Wieselman, Leonard D. Prince
  • Patent number: 4502103
    Abstract: A lamp bulb mount for axially mounting two lamp bulbs into a light for selective operation in relation to a combination flood and spot light is disclosed. The mount includes a forward base and a rearward base selectively connectable to each other. The forward base is conformable to a reflector member of the light and has an opening formed therein which receives the lamp bulbs supported by the rear base. Interconnection of the forward and rearward base and placement of the forward base against the reflector member projects the light bulbs through the reflector member in a predetermined relationship. A socket of each base of the mount is convertible between flanged lamp bulbs and twin pin lamp bulbs through alternative spring mountings. A carrying case for the mount includes a fan adapted to maintain air flow throughout the light, cooling the battery, control circuitry and lamp bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Assignee: Collins Dynamics
    Inventor: William J. Collins
  • Patent number: 4443831
    Abstract: A portable auxiliary light having a case, a battery positioned within the case, and a light house on the end of the case. The light also has bellows interattaching the case and the light house and a related circuitry positioned in the case. The method for lighting includes locating the light behind a rear view mirror such that a recess in the case straddles the support post of the rear view mirror, and securing the light to the mirror. A switch on the case is activated to furnish lighting to the inside of the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventors: Timothy D. Godfrey, Rodger L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4432042
    Abstract: A book-light characterized by its small size and light weight is formed from suitable plastic material with a base supporting a vertical lamp-bearing arm and an integral clamp consisting of a U-shaped frame having side arms rigidly attached to the base and a central plate flexibly attached to the base so that the entire book-light may be attached to a book or other publication by inserting the cover or pages between arms and the central plate. The vertical lamp-bearing arm is mounted at one end in a transverse slot in the base, while the other end supports the lamp proper in a manner to permit both circular and vertical motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Inventor: Noel E. Zeller
  • Patent number: 4428039
    Abstract: Safety lamp apparatus, suitable for use as a miner's cap lamp, includes a housing body closed at one side by a plastic light transmitting member. A bulb member is yieldably received in the housing body and is operable, when energized, to provide a filament in a state of incandescence for emitting visible radiation. During use of the apparatus in an explosive atmosphere conditions may arise where deformation of the light transmitting member from external impact forces directed thereagainst may drive deformed portions of the light transmitting member against the bulb member with sufficient force to cause bulb breakage and resulting explosion of the atmosphere.In the present invention protective means is provided comprising an arrangement of parts defining an oblique angular relationship between the central longitudinal axis of the bulb member and the impacting surface of the deformed portion of the light transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Assignee: Koehler Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Roy A. Guimond, Charles F. Daly, John E. Gulliksen
  • Patent number: 4320439
    Abstract: A compact lamp unit and associated socket for use in a projection system such as a slide projector, microfilm viewer, and so forth. The lamp unit includes a reflector molded from a plastic material and an electric lamp secured within the reflector. In order to decrease the axial dimension of the reflector and to avoid the use of pin connectors, electrical contacts for the lamp are pressed into recesses formed in the outer surface of the reflector. The reflector includes an opening at its apex through which electrical leads from the lamp extend outwardly of the reflector. The electrical leads are secured to the contacts by being forced into the recesses along with the contacts. This construction technique is fast and simple.The lamp unit also includes a handle to enable a heated lamp unit to be replaced by the user and a guide means to enable the lamp unit to be oriented quickly and accurately upon insertion into the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Emmett H. Wiley
  • Patent number: 4100592
    Abstract: A lamp unit for use within a socket which defines an opening having a pair of upstanding walls. The unit is especially adapted for use in projection applications, e.g. movie, slide, and microfilm projectors, and comprises a base which is positioned within the socket's opening, a reflector and electric lamp securedly positioned within the base in a coaxial relationship, and biasing means in the form of an elongated rib, two spaced protuberances, or a resilient spring, etc. located on one side of the base. Accordingly, the base is biased against one of the upstanding walls of the opening to provide an interference fit between base and socket and maintain consistent alignment of these components. A lighting assembly utilizing the above lamp unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1978
    Assignee: GTE Sylvania Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles E. Henkel, C. Daniel Holmes