Ornamental Or Decorative Patents (Class 362/249.16)
  • Patent number: 10937775
    Abstract: Provided is a display device, which includes a substrate, a transistor, a capacitor and a light emitting unit. The transistor and the capacitor are disposed on the substrate. The light emitting unit is disposed on the substrate and arranged corresponding to the capacitor. The light emitting unit includes a first light emitting diode. The first light emitting diode is electrically connected with the transistor and overlaps the capacitor. The display device has favorable space utilization, provides a repair function, or reduces the probability of failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Innolux Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Lin, Shun-Yuan Hu, Tsau-Hua Hsieh, Li-Wei Mao, Tung-Kai Liu, Shu-Ming Kuo, Chih-Yung Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10871278
    Abstract: Disclosed is an illuminated flag including a flag, a first layer of the flag, a second layer of the flag, a light disposed between the first layer of the flag and a second layer of the flag, a flag clamp, and a wire extending from the light and into an interior space of the flagpole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lizal, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Zoltie
  • Patent number: 10732346
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel and a backlight unit. The backlight unit includes a light source that includes a printed circuit board and a plurality of light emitting diode packages mounted on the printed circuit board, a light guiding member in contact with the light emitting diode packages, and a protection member. The protection member is disposed between and in contact with the light guiding member and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jee-Na Lee, Hyun-Hyang Kim, Hyeonmi Lee
  • Patent number: 10721981
    Abstract: A lighted artificial tree includes a first tree portion including a first trunk portion, first branches joined to the first trunk portion, and a first light string. The first trunk portion has a trunk connector and a first trunk wiring assembly, the first trunk wiring assembly is electrically connectable to the first light string and the trunk connector, and at least a portion of the first wiring assembly is located inside the first portion. The second tree portion includes a second trunk portion, second branches, and a second light string. The second trunk portion has a trunk connector and a second trunk wiring assembly, the second trunk wiring assembly electrically connectable to the second lighting string and the trunk connector. The second tree portion may be mechanically coupled and electrically connected to the first tree portion by coaxially coupling the first trunk portion to the second trunk portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10578289
    Abstract: A reinforced wire for decorative lighting, the wire defining a central longitudinal wire axis and including: a longitudinally-extending reinforcing strand, the reinforcing strand comprising one or more fibers comprising a polymer material and defining a reinforcing-strand axis; a plurality of conductor strands wound about the reinforcing strand, each of the plurality of conductor strands defining a conductor strand axis; and an outer insulating layer adjacent to, and covering, one or more of the conductor strands. The reinforcing strand in cross section normal to the wire axis defines an asymmetrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10562341
    Abstract: The present invention is an electronic hub device that comprises a frame mounted on a pole structure of an object. Frame comprises one or more sensors configured to detect one or more events around electronic hub device, and a plurality of light sources installed along a boundary of frame configured to illuminate a portion of frame within boundary of frame. Portion of frame includes promotional content selected based on user preferences. Frame further comprises a processor configured to activate plurality of light sources upon detection of one or more events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Melvin Johnson
  • Patent number: 10281130
    Abstract: A light-emitting device for an automotive vehicle headlamp lighting module, that includes a light source, comprising a carrier comprising two opposite faces, a first face forming a first joining surface; an optoelectronic chip that is fastened to the second face of the carrier; connecting pins that stick out with respect to the first face of the carrier and that are connected to the chip; the light-emitting device furthermore including a heat exchanger comprising a second joining surface that is connected to the first joining surface. The two joining surfaces are joined to each other by means of an adhesive material; each of the connecting pins includes a portion extending radially in the adhesive material; and the connecting pins do not pass through the second joining surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Stephan Sommerschuh, Lotfi Redjem Saad
  • Patent number: 10142529
    Abstract: In an imaging device, a tilted surface is formed on one surface side of a base, while a flexible substrate arranged with light sources is secured along the tilted surface of the base, so as to adjust the optical axis of an imaging unit and positions illuminated by the light sources. Thus, the respective optical axes of light sources are regulated not individually but at once by placing the substrate along the tilted surface, which makes it easy to adjust the illumination positions. It is also excellent in heat dissipation of the light sources, since the heat generated by the light sources dissipates through the base. This enables the light sources to keep their output stability favorably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventor: Takayuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9958757
    Abstract: This invention relates to a collapsible ring light assembly comprising: a first arcuate tubular member and a second arcuate tubular member. The arcuate tubular members can be attached to and detached from each other. Each arcuate tubular member includes a plurality of standard light sockets adapted for use with a wide variety of bulbs. The ring light assembly has a diameter of at least about 24 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: IMAGE-IN, LLC
    Inventor: John Anthony Turk
  • Patent number: 9506610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single-line string lamp, comprising a plurality of lamp bodies connected in series and a plurality of lead wire segments used for connecting two adjacent lamp bodies or connecting the lamp bodies with power connectors, wherein a conductive element is fixed at the end, which is connected with the corresponding lamp body, of each lead wire segment, and each lamp body comprises a lamp bulb, a lamp holder and a hollow connecting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Houhua Han
  • Patent number: 9423112
    Abstract: A light fixture may include a plurality of elongate members, each extending between opposed ends and carrying one or more light radiation sources, such as LEDs, and at least one hinge member which mechanically couples one end of one of the elongate members to one end of another of the elongate members. Thus the hinge member allows the orientation of the elongate members between: an open position, wherein the elongate members extend in sequence with each other in a common direction, and a closed position, wherein the elongate members extend side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Alberto Zanotto, Simon Bobbo, Franco Zanon
  • Patent number: 9404642
    Abstract: A lighting module for illuminating device may include at least one lighting component; at least one lighting component bracket bearing its corresponding lighting component; and one mounting trail, wherein each lighting component bracket is mounted onto the mounting trail and fixed onto a shell of the illuminating device by the mounting trail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Xiaomian Chen, Hoitat Cheng, Yubao He, Tengzhi Qin
  • Patent number: 9267676
    Abstract: A luminous net, for example for sports equipment made of flexible elongate elements (10) that are contiguous at specific points, wherein at least some (10) of the flexible elements are luminous, and each includes: an elongate sheath (100) which is transparent to light and made of a synthetic material; a series of luminous members (102) distributed in the elongate sheath (100) in at least one row; and a flexible reinforcing cord (101) which is arranged in the sheath (100) and which extends across the entire length thereof, and which is capable of imparting tensile strength to the flexible element (10), the length of the cord in the sheath being equal to the length of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: CRAZY NETS
    Inventor: Herve Berard
  • Patent number: 9149095
    Abstract: A wristband for wear upon the wrist of a wearer includes a band member having a continuous length configured to encircle the wrist of a wearer, the band member having an outer surface oriented away from the wearer's body and an opposed inner surface oriented against the wearer's body. The wristband includes at least a first ornament selectively and interchangeably coupled to an outer surface of the band member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Shaen R. Inglis
  • Patent number: 9028113
    Abstract: A hanging lamp assembly provides visual stimulation and relaxation. The assembly includes a container having a transparent perimeter wall defining an interior space. A first fluid and a second fluid are positioned in the interior space defining a liquid mass. The second fluid has a density different than a density of the first fluid wherein the first fluid and the second fluid are layered within the interior space defining a fluid interface between the first liquid and the second liquid. The first fluid is a non-clear color and the second fluid is a different color than the first fluid. A plurality of items is positioned in the interior space such that the items are suspended in the liquid mass. A light source is coupled to the container directing light towards the liquid mass. A hanger is coupled to the container such that the container swings freely from a supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Sean M. Giliberti
  • Patent number: 8998451
    Abstract: A customizable decorative party apparatus. One of several possible insert photographs, name tags, decals, or logos inserts in place on a generally planer surface of a base. A substantially transparent cover removably locks onto the base, defining a substantially water-tight protective cover over the insert. The apparatus includes an attaching structure on the opposite surface, configured to temporarily, removably connect the apparatus to one of a plurality of party items, e.g., cups, plates, straws, hats, ornaments, a string of holiday lights, or the like. The apparatus can be removed from the decoration, the cover can be removed from the base by hand-manipulating the lock, and the same insert, or a different insert, can be inserted for use at the same party or a different party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Dominick Crognale
  • Publication number: 20150078000
    Abstract: A reinforced decorative light string assembly, including: a first lamp assembly including a first lamp holder and a first lamp element, a second lamp assembly including a second lamp holder and a second lamp element, and a first reinforced decorative-lighting wire. The first reinforced decorative-lighting wire includes: a reinforcing strand extending axially along a central longitudinal axis of the wire, the reinforcing strand including one or more fibers comprising a polymer material; a first conductor layer including a first plurality of conductors including a copper material; a second conductor layer, the second conductor layer including a plurality of conductors; and an outer insulating layer adjacent to, and covering, the second conductor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 8944632
    Abstract: A lighting system includes a substrate having openings therein, and a plurality of light emitting diodes positioned within at least some of the openings in the substrate. A power supply is electrically coupled to the plurality of light emitting diodes positioned within the openings. An opaque layer of material substantially covers the substrate and the plurality of openings placed on a first side of the substrate, and the light emitting diodes in the openings. The opaque layer allows light from the plurality of light emitting diodes to pass through the layer when powered. When not powered, the opaque layer substantially hides the plurality of light emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas Tveit
  • Publication number: 20150016111
    Abstract: A decorative system that provides malleable decorative rods that bend, illuminate, and extend from an electrical base to form a decorative object, such as a Christmas tree. The malleable properties of the rods provide sufficient flexibility to bend and manipulate until a desired shape and dimension is achieved. The rod comprises at least one protrusion to help enhance a desired decorative effect such as pine needles that provide the look and feel of garlands. The rod also includes at least one illumination for illuminating the system. A base portion, from which the at least one rod extends, provides power to the rod. The base portion includes a threaded metal base that joins with a matching electrical socket, similar to an Edison base screw. At least one aperture and a cover provide a foundation into which the rods may be secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Liddo S. OBriant-Teague
  • Patent number: 8905582
    Abstract: A decorative system includes a base, a first frame assembly, a second frame assembly, a decorative covering, and a mount assembly, wherein the decorative system can be placed in a use state and a collapsed state. The base provides the foundation of the decorative system. The first frame assembly comprises a first frame, which generally is a skeleton or support framework. The second frame assembly comprises a second frame, which also is generally a skeleton or support framework. The decorative covering includes a covering having a decorative feature, for example, transparent, translucent, and opaque portions. The mount assembly provides support, and can be in communication with the first and second frame assemblies for assembly of the decorative system. The decorative system can further comprise a light string system that can be carried by at least one of the first frame assembly, the second frame assembly and/or the decorative covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Yuk Lung Chan, Po Wai Andy Wong
  • Publication number: 20140313726
    Abstract: The present invention provides a light string with diversified lighting, mainly disposing a controller having multiple blink and jump models on a electric wire at power supply leading edge of a light string formed by combining a plurality of lamp strings strung with several lamps together, thereby to allow the lighting of lamps on all lamp strings of the whole light string to change, blink and jump vertically and levelly simultaneously through the controller 20 in operation with the main control IC to achieve a more dazzling and appealing lighting effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: CHENG-YAO CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20140313707
    Abstract: Indoor holiday lights comprising a strand of lights and ornaments wherein the ornaments comprise a specially designed picture frame inside of which the user can insert a favorite photograph or other printed image, wherein the picture frame is positioned on the surface of an ornament. Also provided is a strand of holiday lights further comprising an electronic scrolling banner that displays any number of holiday messages and offerings of good tidings and cheer options positioned below the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Adelso Molina-Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20140286010
    Abstract: The invention provides an all in one self contained system of electrically powered Christmas luminaries that are produced in a clear or translucent plastic container that provides the visual effect of a glass lantern. These luminary lights are installed and displayed along sidewalks and curbs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Steve McLaren
  • Publication number: 20140268743
    Abstract: An arrangement of decorative elements includes a frame, a plurality of strands of ornaments supported from the frame, a plurality of slats supported from the frame, and wherein the plurality of slats are interspersed with the plurality of strands of ornaments to define a row of strands of ornaments and slats. The frame may include an inner support for supporting the plurality of strands of ornaments and slats, and an outer support that extends around a peripheral edge of the inner support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SWAROVSKI LIGHTING, LTD.
    Inventor: Saewoo PARK
  • Patent number: 8833972
    Abstract: A straight middle LED module having a certain length and positioned at a middle portion; side LED modules which are provided at both sides of the middle LED module at a regular interval along a longitudinal direction; a middle connection portion at which the side LED modules and the middle LED module are connected and integrally formed in order for the side LED modules to be bent; and a horizontal connection portion to which a lower side of the middle LED module is connected at a regular interval along a horizontal direction, and the middle connection portion has grooves alternately formed at both sides and has a width narrower than the width of the side LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Seong Gon Baik
  • Publication number: 20140233234
    Abstract: An ornament device for storing and deploying ornamental lights is formed as a shell or housing. The shell or housing stores and provides for deploying a string of ornament lights. The sting of ornamental lights is formed with an electrical wire interconnecting a plurality of ornamental lights interspaced along the wire that is connected on opposing wire ends to a male connector and a female connector. A retractable winding mechanism is arranged within the shell or housing for winding and maintaining the string of lights to a storage state and, for unwinding the string of lights to a deployment state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: John Paul Bokun
  • Patent number: 8807798
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, a decorative holographic ornament has a body of generally clear or translucent hard plastic or similar material, of a size suitable for use as a tree ornament or the like. Molded holographic film is applied to the inside surface of the ornament, so that it is protected by the plastic body. An inner wire spool or core is supported in the center of the ornament, and LED wire is wrapped through or around the core. When the LED lights on the LED wire are illuminated, holographic images of the LEDs are generated and visible from the outside of the ornament with a pleasing “three-dimensional” aesthetic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Loominocity, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Loomis
  • Patent number: 8807797
    Abstract: An ornamental fixture having a support structure and a plurality of ornaments mounted to the support structure in a substantially completely spherical arrangement of ornaments. The ornaments may be glass crystal ornaments, for example, octagonal glass crystals, and a light may be mounted within the fixture. The support structure may include an upper support ring and at least one lower support ring vertically spaced from the upper support ring and a plurality of arcuate sector assemblies removably mounted to the upper support ring and the at least one lower support ring. The sector assemblies retain the ornaments to provide a substantially continuous 360-degree array of ornaments. The sector assemblies can also be disassembled from the support structure for maintenance, servicing, relamping, and cleaning of the fixture. For example, the disassembled components of the fixture may be washed in a dishwasher without damaging the ornaments or the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Swarovski Lighting, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cyrus Myers, Jr., Timothy Patnode
  • Publication number: 20140218926
    Abstract: A hollow illuminated ornament housing a plurality of light strings controlled by electronics providing lighting effects communicated to the light bulbs which extend through the exterior surface of the shell. The ornament, in any configured shape, displays steady or electronically sequenced light patterns creating brilliant visual effects. The use of an electronic controller for the light effects allows for other pre-programmed features to be included in the invention such as timers, motion sensors and audio sensors to allow the ornament to react to the installation environment. The illuminated ornament can be used for ornamental installations, such as holiday decoration, or as general and mood lighting installations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Jackson
  • Patent number: 8794796
    Abstract: A method and a system are disclosed for using multiple LEDs for lighting applications using a single electrical source, while reducing thermal density to keep the LEDs at a cool operating temperature. In various embodiments, an LED multi-socket may be used to power multiple LEDs. The multi-socket may include two or more socket arms to effectively distribute light and dissipate heat. In some embodiments, the multi-socket is configurable to allow deployment of additional socket arms and corresponding LEDs to adjust maximum light output. In some embodiments, the multi-socket arms are repositionable to allow flexible positioning of LEDs to improve light distribution and to avoid thermal build-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Jershyang Jerry Lee
  • Patent number: 8789972
    Abstract: A lighted moving ball display system configured to provide a visual display, such as in a Christmas tree. The system includes a plurality of light emitting balls. The light emitting balls each include a light emitting device, a ball power module, and a housing configured to secure the light emitting device and the ball power module, therein. The system includes a passive transport medium configured to receive the balls and permit the balls to traverse the medium under gravitational force. The system includes a lifting mechanism functionally coupled to the medium and configured to lift the plurality of light emitting balls to a top portion of the medium. The system includes a power module configured to provide power to the modules and components of the system. The system includes a motivating apparatus configured to actively urge the plurality of light emitting balls to traverse the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Lloyd R. Plumb, Lola Melody Howard Plumb
  • Publication number: 20140185295
    Abstract: A three-dimensional frame for use with decorative light displays and, more particularly, a frame on which lights can be stung that has frame members formed with snap-fit connector ends, which are connected together by intersection pieces that include a plurality of snap-fit connector receptacles for receiving the connector ends, for forming a frame that can easily be repaired, assembled and disassembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald G. Presswood, JR., Selby Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140153243
    Abstract: An ornamental light set for use with a decorative pumpkin, in which the pumpkin defines an interior pumpkin space and a pumpkin top, includes a mounting assembly having a mounting face and a support member extending from the mounting face for mounting to the pumpkin top. A control assembly is coupled to the mounting assembly and includes a control circuit and one or more lights coupled to the control circuit. The one or more lights are suspended from the control circuit into the interior pumpkin space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: INLITEN, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew P. Braasch
  • Publication number: 20140146537
    Abstract: A customizable decorative party apparatus. One of several possible insert photographs, name tags, decals, or logos inserts in place on a generally planer surface of a base. A substantially transparent cover removably locks onto the base, defining a substantially water-tight protective cover over the insert. The apparatus includes an attaching structure on the opposite surface, configured to temporarily, removably connect the apparatus to one of a plurality of party items, e.g., cups, plates, straws, hats, ornaments, a string of holiday lights, or the like. The apparatus can be removed from the decoration, the cover can be removed from the base by hand-manipulating the lock, and the same insert, or a different insert, can be inserted for use at the same party or a different party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: RONALD DOMINICK CROGNALE
  • Patent number: 8721122
    Abstract: A decorative system comprises a body, a biasing member, a head, and a light string system. The decorative system can further comprise a base. The biasing member is carried by the body such that a first end of the biasing member is in communication with the body and the second end is in communication with the head. The head is adapted to wobble or bobble relative to the body upon contact with the body or head. The decorative system can comprise an inner body and an outer body wherein the outer body is adapted to wobble or bobble relative to the inner body. The light string system can be carried by the body, the biasing member, and/or the head. The light string system comprises a plug for insertion into an outlet, wiring, a plurality of bulb assemblies, wherein each bulb assembly comprises a light source and a socket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Ricky Tong
  • Patent number: 8721121
    Abstract: A decorative lighting string including blinking or twinkling lights spaced apart by at least three feet and preferably approximately six feet on a light string will create the effect of twinkling starlight or flickering firelight when used as part of a decorative scheme, such as Christmas decorations. This decorative lighting display is especially suited for outdoor use and can be effectively used in deciduous trees after they have lost their leaves. Twinkling lights that emit an illuminate of at least 40 lumens are especially suited for outdoor use. A random, irregular lighting pattern in which the lights do not appear to be connected by a light string provides the illusion of twinkling lights suspended in mid-air in a dark or darkening sky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Roger Daniel Briles
  • Publication number: 20140126211
    Abstract: An LED Christmas lamp string includes a lamp base that has a bottom end receiving lamp string conductor wires to extend therein and covered by a bottom lid. The lamp string conductor wires form four segments inside the lamp base to respectively connect to terminal pieces. A circuit component board has an upper surface to which light-emitting elements and four circuit pins are mounted and a lower surface to which a control IC is mounted. The circuit component board is positioned on a socket to allow the circuit pins to extend through the socket to be bent to attach to projecting blocks of the socket. The socket is fit into the lamp base to have the circuit pins engage the terminal pieces for electrical connection. A light-transmitting cover is then set to cover the circuit component board. A decoration cap is fit to and coupled to the lamp base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Cheng-Yao CHIANG
  • Patent number: 8672510
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting and repairing any number of faulty lamp assemblies in a substantially series-connected lamp string, typically used for holiday decoration. The apparatus comprises a pair of probes fashioned to temporarily penetrate the insulation of lamp connecting wire on either side of a number of lamps thus bridging such lamps either directly or via a current limiting means. The methods of use of such apparatus provide a minimal number of separate tests for determining the faulty lamp assemblies and/or providing a more intuitive method for special circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald Allen Budelman
  • Patent number: 8616735
    Abstract: A light emitter has a light surround about the emitter formed from silicone having internally encapsulated plant materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Vickie Jean's Creations, Inc.
    Inventor: Victoria Jean Van Dyn Hoven
  • Publication number: 20130335971
    Abstract: An apparatus creating a flickering flame effect. The apparatus includes a housing with an interior space with first and second stages. A drive mechanism generates a time varying electromagnetic field extending into the first stage. A first pendulum member is pivotally mounted in the interior space of the first stage and includes first and second magnets on first and second ends, with the first end proximate to the drive mechanism such that the first magnet interacts with the varying electromagnetic field to cause movement of the pendulum member. The apparatus includes a second pendulum member pivotally mounted in the second stage with a magnet on a first end proximate to the second end of the first pendulum member. A flame silhouette element extends from the second pendulum member, and a light source transmits light onto the flame silhouette, which is moving due to the magnetic coupling of the pendulum members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. SCHNUCKLE, Douglas M. PATTON
  • Patent number: 8608343
    Abstract: Embodiments of collapsible and adjustable support frames hold sockets of light strings at an equal distance and orientation to each other. Each frame can include, for example, a scissor frame with a locking slide arm on both ends to facilitate connection of the scissor frame of other scissor frames. Removable hooks that can be used from a vertical to a horizontal orientation from a gutter or any means that supports said hooks and adjustable light socket clips that can be rotated so as to be used in any orientation. This device can be adjusted and equipped with lights on the ground, thereby facilitating a reduction in the time need to install the light string. After use, the frames can be collapsed with the light string installed thereon to facilitate storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy J. Filtz
  • Patent number: 8596822
    Abstract: A lighting mechanism is presented including a plurality of lighting members configured to be connected to each other in a series configuration, each of the plurality of lighting members having a detachable mechanism associated therewith. The lighting mechanism also includes a plurality of retractable housing members each positioned between the plurality of lighting members and each configured to include retractable wires on opposed ends thereof. The plurality of lighting members are adapted to be selectively repositioned with respect to each other via the opposed retractable wires of each of the plurality of retractable housing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Patent number: 8550661
    Abstract: To provide a lighting apparatus in which a high-class feeling and a cubic effect are obtained or an interior design is allowed to have an appearance like a chandelier. Plane light emitters constituted by organic EL elements are mounted at planar frames in the shape of a frame, and the above-mentioned frames are connected mutually and annularly so that light emitting units of a first-third rings are arranged. Each of the above-mentioned frames which constitute the light emitting units of each ring is formed to be square, and opposed corner portions of the respective frames are connected together. The numbers of frames which constitute the light emitting units of the above-mentioned first-third rings are each set as the same number, and a plane light emitter side in each frame is arranged so as to form a dome shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Yamagata Promotional Organization for Industrial Technology
    Inventor: Ryuta Sonobe
  • Patent number: 8550663
    Abstract: A decorative system includes an inflatable bladder assembly, a light string system, and a covering. The inflatable bladder assembly includes a bladder, which includes a seal or passage for dispensing and removing media to inflate the bladder. The interior of the bladder is adapted to receive and hold media inserted therein. When the bladder is inflated, it provides a desired, decorative shape. When the bladder is not inflated, it provides a foldable profile that has a low weight and is relatively easy to package and/or ship. The light string system includes a plurality of lamp systems tied together with a plurality of conductive wires. Each lamp system includes a light assembly and a socket assembly. Each lamp system can be secured to the exterior of the bladder by an attachment assembly. The covering can cover the inflated bladder to provide additional shape and structure to the decorative system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Ricky Tong
  • Patent number: 8543249
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, a method and system is provided for designing improved intelligent, LED-based lighting systems. The LED based lighting systems may include fixtures with one or more of rotatable LED light bars, integrated sensors, onboard intelligence to receive signals from the LED light bars and control the LED light bars, and a mesh network connectivity to other fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Digital Lumens Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian J. Chemel, Colin Piepgras, Steve T. Kondo, Scott D. Johnston
  • Patent number: 8506136
    Abstract: An outdoor light string that is deployed along a track and stored in a box at the end of the track intended to aid in installing a light string provides for an inverted hanging track mounted along the roof line, overhang, railing, or other structure used to support the light string. A first end of the track system is provided with a removable storage box used to hold the light string in a looped fashion. When needed, the box is opened on the end facing the track, and a hook stick is used to grab a loop at the end of the light string. It is then pulled out and secured at a second end of the track. The light string is supported with intermediate trolley hangers along the track. The light string is guided back into the storage box for storage and protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Keith Herdt
  • Patent number: 8491149
    Abstract: A decorative light in the form of a candelabrum, chandelier, or sphere, the candelabrum and chandelier having a plurality of artificial flower blossoms, each with an LED. A control circuit is electronically connected to each LED and has electronic circuitry to cause each LED to illuminate at a preselected time each day, remain illuminated for a predetermined interval, and then extinguish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Exhart Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret Weiser
  • Patent number: 8485690
    Abstract: A decorative light string clip device is provided for holding a string of lights in a desired configuration on a tree branch or other elongated support structure. The device includes an arcuate member having a pair of spaced free ends. The arcuate member has an outer perimeter edge extending between the free ends. A plurality of notches is provided in the member. Each of the notches extends inwardly from the outer perimeter edge of the member. The notches are radially positioned in spaced relationship around the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Virginia Garcia, Valerie Garcia
  • Patent number: 8469538
    Abstract: The bladder assembly includes a bladder, which includes a seal or passage for dispensing and removing media to inflate the bladder. The bladder includes a housing for holding media and for storing and protecting the light system, and a diffusing mechanism for diffusing and distributing light emitted from the light system throughout the bladder. The diffusing mechanism can extend within the bladder, and the light system can illuminate light in and through the diffusing mechanism. The covering can cover the inflated bladder to provide additional shape and structure to the decorative system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Chi Yin Alan Leung
  • Publication number: 20130148356
    Abstract: A straight middle LED module having a certain length and positioned at a middle portion; side LED modules which are provided at both sides of the middle LED module at a regular interval along a longitudinal direction; a middle connection portion at which the side LED modules and the middle LED module are connected and integrally formed in order for the side LED modules to be bent; and a horizontal connection portion to which a lower side of the middle LED module is connected at a regular interval along a horizontal direction, and the middle connection portion has grooves alternately formed at both sides and has a width narrower than the width of the side LED module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Seong Gon BAIK