With Resilient Means To Position Source Or Modifier Patents (Class 362/306)
  • Patent number: 5428518
    Abstract: A lamp seat of double layer structure for X'mas lamp string, includes an inner film layer made of soft and elastic material, which envelops a bulb seat and related elements, being of a T shape, having a top transverse pipe with its pipe body having a reduced diameter, and having a vertical pipe body silghtly enlarged, an inner protruding annulet provided in the bottom outer pipe portion thereof snugly pressing against the body of the bulb; an outer cover layer is laid over the outer peripheries of the concaved pipe body of the top transverse pipe and the vertical pipe body, and let the side pipe portions and bottom outer pipe portion be exposed; therefore, the conductor and the pipes and the bulb can be assembled in tight connection relationship to improve the water proofing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventor: Peter K. H. Huang
  • Patent number: 5402325
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp assembly is provided including a reflector housing having a forward face and a rearward face intersected by a bore, the rearward face having a generally annular flat with a series of depressions; a bulb providing a source of illumination positioned generally adjacent the reflector housing forward face; a bulb housing providing an electrical connection for the bulb and for mounting the bulb, the bulb housing having a first portion inserted within the housing bore and a second portion positioned generally adjacent to the reflector housing rear face annular flat contacting the same; a generally annular retainer having a first portion extending through the reflector housing bore and a second portion contacting the rear face of the reflector housing within the depressions of the rear face, the retainer also having an interlocking flange spaced from the second portion with biasing tabs for retaining the bulb housing within the reflector housing bore and urging the bulb housing against the reflect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jan A. Wisler, Chad E. Spencer, David R. McMahan, William E. Nagengast
  • Patent number: 5357413
    Abstract: An armored housing with a top opening protects a lamp positioned inside against projectiles. The lamp preferably is carried by a first reflector structure which is resiliently suspended inside the housing to isolate the first reflector structure and the lamp from the shock of projectiles hitting the housing. The second reflector structure positioned above the housing receives light from the lamp and the first reflector structure and reflects that light downwardly and outwardly past the housing and over a wide area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Michael C. Mandall
  • Patent number: 5325272
    Abstract: A fiber optic track lighting system comprises an elongated track channel having a generally U-shaped cross-section on a longitudinal axis. The U-shaped channel has a base portion joined to the proximal edges of first and second depending legs having parallel distal edges including an inward-facing longitudinal groove along each edge. A plurality of luminaire holders have opposed edges slidably engagable into the respective inward-facing longitudinal grooves to hold a fiber optic luminaire on an optical axis parallel to, and positionable along, the longitudinal axis of the track channel. Fiber optic light guides receive light from a remote source of illumination, extend a distance within the track channel to a light-emitting end. An optical element retained in each luminaire intercepts the emitted light, producing a substantially collimated light beam along the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Jack V. Miller
  • Patent number: 5249112
    Abstract: A selectably-configurable lighting fixture comprising a body having a coupling thereon for selectably and releasably receiving at least one of a plurality of interchangeable components. The components include at least a shade and a mounting member for mounting the fixture to a support. The fixture also comprises a lamp support for supporting a lamp on the body in operative relation to the shade for illuminating a space adjacent the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Sea Gull Lighting
    Inventor: Douglas R. Bray
  • Patent number: 5228770
    Abstract: A hand held search light includes a miniaturized electronic control circuit for igniting and operating an arc lamp in the light. A lamp mounting arrangement is disclosed for shock mounting the arc lamp, including arrangement to center and focus the light beam emitted by the search light. The search light is modularized for ease of field maintenance by unskilled personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Robert L. Brunson
  • Patent number: 5215371
    Abstract: A pair of standoff posts and an endless coil spring form a simple mounting construct for positioning a bulb and reflector assembly in a lamp fixture. The reflector is positioned within the loop of the coil spring and the height of the standoff posts is chosen to locate the spring about the midpoint of the depth of the reflector so that the spring imparts both a centering action on the reflector and a clamping action of the reflector against the lamp fixture. The standoff posts are positioned at opposite ends of an extended diameter of the reflector and with the loop spring form a self-centering and locating mounting for the bulb and reflector assembly on the lamp fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Pileski
  • Patent number: 5128851
    Abstract: A mount structure for a double ended type tungsten-halogen lamp is disclosed employing vibration damping elements to reduce the effects of mechanical shock and vibration. A thin layer of ceramic cement is interposed between the mount structure and lamp to improve the sealing arrangement related to a quartz lamp. A sealed beam headlamp unit employing the improved lamp mount construction is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Walter J. Kosmatka, Brian R. Swiers, James M. Hanson
  • Patent number: 5119282
    Abstract: A lamp assembly includes a lamp capsule, a reflector, an electrical connector and a lens. The lamp capsule includes a lamp envelope having a base portion, and the reflector includes an opening for receiving the base portion of the lamp envelope. The reflector is fabricated of a resilient material such as a high temperature thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic. The base portion of the lamp capsule and the reflector include lamp interlocking elements which mechanically lock the lamp capsule in the reflector. The lamp interlocking elements preferably position the center of light output of the lamp capsule at the focal point of the reflector. The connector and a neck portion of the reflector include connector interlocking elements which mechanically lock the connector to the reflector. The lens and the outer rim of the reflector include integral lens interconnecting elements which mechanically lock and position the lens on the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Meyer, Mark D. Beschle
  • Patent number: 5099405
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for a lighthead which allows the lamp to be serviced without removing any components of the lighthead. The invention includes a lamp socket connected to the handle of the lighthead. The handle can be displaced from an operative position to expose the lamp for maintenance while remaining attached to the lighthead to prevent damage or loss of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Joel C. Gehly, James M. Szumigala
  • Patent number: 5083253
    Abstract: The lighting unit (10) is designed for use with video cameras. The lighting unit is light in weight, compact in size and portable. There is a housing (11) including a reflector (30) and a light source (33). A focussing lens (12) is moveably mounted on the housing (11) forwardly of the light source (33). The light source is moveable between two final positions to provide either floodlight or spotlight. This enables the photo amateur to obtain illumination as a professional at affordable costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: Walter Hahnel
  • Patent number: 5072347
    Abstract: A hand held search light includes a miniaturized electronic control circuit for igniting and operating an arc lamp in the light. Lamp mounting means is disclosed for shock mounting the arc lamp, including means to center and focus the light beam emitted by the search light. The search light is modularized for ease of field maintenance by unskilled personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Robert L. Brunson
  • Patent number: 5065294
    Abstract: A fitting for horticultural illumination includes a reflector and a housing for auxiliary equipment, the reflector being attached to the housing by a universal coupling so that the reflector can be exchanged for a reflector with other properties, thereby reducing investments when crops are changed. According to a preferred embodiment the reflector includes a collar adapting it for coupling with the housing. Both the collar including the reflector and the housing are suspended by a profile, thus forming a pre-assembled unit which is suspended by hooks from a rail provided in the greenhouse to be illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Poot Lichtenergie B.V.
    Inventor: Jacob Poot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5050056
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for presenting shiftable light patterns includes a translucent globe (12), a convex redirecting mirror (16) mounted adjacent the upper interior surface of the globe (12), a laser beam source (20), a pair of galvanic vibration mirrors (22,24), and amplifier assembly (28) for vibrating the mirrors (22,24) in accordance with a respective pair of stereophonic audio signals (22,24). In operation, the vibration mirrors operate to change the impingement location of the beam on the reflecting mirror in direction in transverse to one another and in accordance with the amplitude and frequency of the audio signals resulting in light patterns which shift in accordance with the audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Wes Ellison
  • Patent number: 5047900
    Abstract: In an electronic flash assembly, an elastomeric strap secures a flash tube and a reflector housing relative to one another and is induced to yieldably bias the reflector housing firmly against a covering flash lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Anthony DiRisio
  • Patent number: 5041955
    Abstract: A lamp base having an vibration adjustable support structure is disclosed. By supporting a bulb on a plastic clip having arms with fixed lengths, the rotational and axial location of the lamp may be fixed within a standard optical structure, such as reflector housing and lens system. The arms may then be oriented either radially, angularly, or as to thickness or width to control vibration transmission particular to a typical use. For example, standard bulbs, bases and reflector housings may be used with bulb holders variably tuned to accommodate the vibrations specific to particular vehicle models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel D. Devir, James P. Szep
  • Patent number: 5039904
    Abstract: A mount for a minature lamp terminating at one end in an elongated tubular member, said mount comprising a base and a cap assembled in mating engagement and exerting a compressive force on at least one deformable, elastomeric tubular or ring shaped member in said mount which surrounds and contacts said tubular lamp member of which at least a portion of which is inserted in a bore in the mount, thereby holding the lamp in the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Walter J. Kosmatka, Douglas G. Seredich, John J. Biel, William O. Harris, Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5029057
    Abstract: A lamp base having a clipped together support structure is disclosed. Assembly and orientation of lamps is facilitated by a bulb that first clip couples to a bulb and the bulb holder is in turn clip coupled to a lamp base. Electrical connection is made through a duct traversing the bulb holder. By further enabling the bulb holder to lamp base coupling to be rotatable, the lamp pieces may be assembled in secure relation to each other in one operation, and quickly oriented in a second operation. An appropriate bond may be subsequently applied between the bulb holder and the lamp base to permanently fix the two pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel D. Devir, James P. Szep
  • Patent number: 4998190
    Abstract: Arrangement for an attachment for an electrical device, such as a reflector fitted with a bulb, which exhibits in the form of a pin or similar an electrical connection capable of being pushed into an electrical junction. The invention permits, among other things, the simple and effective attachment of an electrical device to an electrical cable. A coupling capable of being joined to an electrical cable, which coupling exhibits appropriate electrical connection devices which fit the electrical connection in question, is so arranged as to function as a stop both for an electrical device and for a holder capable of being joined to the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: Hans Claessen
  • Patent number: 4987523
    Abstract: An illumination device, for example, a flashlight includes an adjustable beam focus assembly to change the relative position of the lamp bulb to the reflector to alternately provide a narrow focused or wide beam being emitted from the device. The adjustable beam focus assembly includes a resilient blade supporting the lamp bulb extending through an opening in a reflector of the device. Beam focusing is achieved by flexing the blade upon application of a displacing force to the base of the bulb by a cam or to the blade itself using a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Bruce Wayne Lindabury
    Inventors: Bruce W. Lindabury, Ralph J. DeVito
  • Patent number: 4982131
    Abstract: A lamp assembly includes a lamp capsule, a reflector, an electrical connector and a lens. The lamp capsule includes a lamp envelope having a base portion, and the reflector includes an opening for receiving the base portion of the lamp envelope. The reflector is fabricated of a resilient material such as a high temperature thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic. The base portion of the lamp capsule and the reflector include lamp interlocking elements which mechanically lock the lamp capsule in the reflector. The lamp interlocking elements preferably position the center of light output of the lamp capsule at the focal point of the reflector. The connector and a neck portion of the reflector include connector interlocking elements which mechanically lock the connector to the reflector. The lens and the outer rim of the reflector include integral lens interlocking elements which mechanically lock and position the lens on the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Meyer, Mark D. Beschle
  • Patent number: 4965703
    Abstract: An exterior lamp system for a vehicle having a reflector housing coupled by a vibration damping clip is described. The vibration damping clip may be formed a molded portion of a plastic lamp housing. The clip may take to the form of a reversing curve structure made from a flexible material. One end of the clip is coupled to the lamp housing, while the other end is in contact with the automobile. A damper formed from a vibration damping material, such as foamed plastic, is coupled between the first and second clip ends of the reversing curve to suppress vibration transmitted from the automobile to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventor: Greg R. Whalen
  • Patent number: 4961127
    Abstract: A lamp socket mounting bracket which contains a pair of mounting clamps and is mounted within a reflector. The mounting clamps have reflector ends and socket ends which each have feet. The mounting clamps have curved portions to encompass a lamp socket which forms a fulcrum within the lamp socket mounting bracket. A clamp adjusting means is used at the socket ends of the mounting clamps to tighten the mounting clamps around the lamp socket, help make a substantial contact between the mounting clamps and the lamp socket, and create, along with the fulcrum, a reverse scissors action within the lamp socket mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Sylvan R. Shemitz Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvan R. Shemitz, Flemming Brygger
  • Patent number: 4947078
    Abstract: A sealed beam headlamp that includes a collar bonded to an annular flange formed on the rear of a reflector and having an opening with a cylindrical support surface for receiving a plug-type lamp bulb assembly formed with a spherical portion that allows the lamp bulb assembly to be moved as a unit axially and pivoted for adjusting the position of the filament of the lamp bulb assembly relative to the reflector of the headlamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Rice, Thomas E. Persing, Thomas J. Baldauf
  • Patent number: 4947294
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp having a retainer that can be fastened to the rear of the reflector through sonic welding or by adhesive bonding and that includes a pair of integrally interconnected ring members which provide a circular open space therebetween for accommodating the retainer members formed on a replaceable light bulb and has locator tabs formed on one of the ring members for cooperation with locator slots on the reflector for properly locating the retainer on the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Van Duyn, Robert C. House, II, Leslie H. Hallgarth
  • Patent number: 4922395
    Abstract: A conductive track circuit for shock mounting a light bulb within a lamp housing particularly well suited for use on motor vehicles to protect the light bulb from shock loads and vibrations. The conductor track circuit includes mounting flanges for attaching the track circuit to the lamp housing, electrical conductor strip members integral with the mounting flanges for connecting the track circuit to a source of electrical energy, and resilient arms integral with the mounting flanges for holding the light bulb in position and absorbing vibrations and shocks. A blank from which the track circuit is formed includes three coplanar conductor tracks each having a mounting flange with an integrally formed terminal strip member extending from the mounting flange and an integrally formed arm extending from the mounting flange, the conductor tracks being in spaced juxtaposition and connected together by integral webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Troy L. Roney
  • Patent number: 4887197
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for reflecting a laser beam so that it traverses a path on a display surface defining a visible display pattern responsive to an audio frequency input signal. The input signal is provided to a speaker, and the laser beam reflects off a front surface mirror, mounted onto the speaker so that the mirror vibrates responsive to the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: O'Ryan Industries
    Inventor: Mark A. Effinger
  • Patent number: 4851976
    Abstract: A retaining arrangement for a replaceable bulb mounted in a vehicle headlamp reflector that includes a grip member and a cooperating lock nut the former of which is adapted to be press fitted onto and retained by spring fingers on a cylindrical boss surrounding the socket formed in the headlamp reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David R. McMahan, William E. Nagengast, John D. Geddie
  • Patent number: 4829408
    Abstract: A light bulb retainer for a headlamp reflector characterized in that the retainer is formed with a plurality of radially outwardly extending flanges which are movable into precut slits formed in a plurality of circumferentially spaced projections on the reflector for securing the retainer to the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Bartley A. Haydu
  • Patent number: 4812955
    Abstract: A modular multi-function lamp assembly of plural shock mount lamps for automotive vehicles, such as trucks, trailers and the like, made up of interchangeable lamp modules, including a generally cup-shaped assembly housing having walls defining an outwardly opening cavity for receiving a plurality of individual lamp modules in a vertical stacked array aligned with each other and nested within the cavity. Each module includes a case having sides and a lens, a lamp bulb and shock mount therein, with at least one side forming a flat planiform abutment wall to be disposed in confronting abutment with a paired companion like abutment wall of an adjacent module. The abutment walls have interlocking formation to restrain them in assembled relationship, and the modules have protruding rib formations along opposite sides to be received in recessed channels in sides of the housing for holding the modules in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Beswick, Bradley C. VanRiper
  • Patent number: 4779180
    Abstract: An arrangement for fastening a glass in a bulkhead lighting fitting, wherein three small columns are fixed with and project perpendicularly from the bulkhead fitting and are arranged substantially at the apices of an equilateral triangle. The small columns each include a sidewardly opening groove to accommodate an edge of the removable glass. One of the small columns has a rotary head movable between open and closed positions, the head when in the open position permitting the glass to be moved downwardly into the groove, whereupon rotation of the head into the closed position results in the edge of the glass being confined within the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Inventor: Francisco N. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 4755920
    Abstract: A track lighting fixture includes a housing with sufficient space for a replaceable lamp and a voltage reduction transformer. Mounted on the base of the housing is a plate member which is removably engagable with the housing by the resilient interaction of spring clips with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond K. Tinley
  • Patent number: 4751619
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable fixing device comprising two elements (22,34) able to be displaced the one with respect to another according to a sliding relationship during an adjustment operation for the headlight, one (22) of the said elements being fixed to the headlight and the other (34) being able to be fixed on the body (56) of the automobile by a screw (52), the device further comprising a resilient locking member (46) able to co-operate with the second element and with the screw, and comprising at least one gripping edge (46a), the tightening of the said screw initially causing the abutment of the second element against the body of the automobile then, using this abutment, the resilient deformation of the said member (46) and the bringing into engagement of the gripping edge(s) (46a) with the first element (22) for assuring the clamping of the two elements in their relative position corresponding to the desired adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Cibie Projecteurs
    Inventors: Eric Philippe, Jacques Berton
  • Patent number: 4740876
    Abstract: A shock absorbing mount for a vehicle lamp bulb including an integral flexible plastic suspension member for supporting the bulb in spaced relation to a reflector with the bulb axis arranged horizontally. The suspension device has a central receptacle formation for receiving and supporting an end portion of the bulb horizontally, three flexible arms integrally joining the receptacle formation at equal circumferentially spaced locations each extending radially outwardly from a cylindrical surface of the receptacle at their roots and continuing outwardly as a serpentine recurved strip curving about a pair of horizontal axes of curvature along like vertical reverse curved paths for accommodating displacement of the central receptacle formation in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Philip C. Roller
  • Patent number: 4739457
    Abstract: There is disclosed an illuminating device support to be used primarily in combination with illuminating devices having an adjustable light reflector for the purpose of providing the device with prepositional support, or suspension, in almost any given area of device usage such that the device need not be hand held, leaving the hands free for other activity, which comprises of flanges attached to either side of the device casing and extending downward, terminating in a flange bottom edge, said flanges configured to receive and latch the reflector into a stored position, said flanges having a rotor shaft bearing to rotatably receive the rotor shaft on a Z axis, providing the rotor and attached leg with 360.degree. of Z axis rotation; a rotor having a rotor shaft and leg shaft bearings, said leg shaft bearings to rotatably receive the leg shaft on a Y axis, providing the leg with about 180.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Allie E. Orr
  • Patent number: 4731707
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp assembly includes a box-like support frame enclosing a lamp body mounted adjustably as by connectors which are connected to the support frame through resilient means to cushion any shock that the lamp body may experience during the travel of the vehicle along a roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David R. McMahan, Harry S. Murphy, Jr., John D. Geddie
  • Patent number: 4729077
    Abstract: A variable beam width lighting device including a luminaire assembly having a luminaire fixture to which are operatively mounted a reflector and a lamp and to which is operatively supplied electrical power to produce a light beam. An adjustable lamp positioning means is mounted between the lamp and the luminaire fixture. The adjustable lamp positioning means is responsive to a power means to move the lamp relative to the reflector to vary the width of the light beam between a narrow beam and a wide beam according to choice. The reflecting properties of the reflector are varied to produce smooth transition characteristics when the beam width is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Assignee: Mycro Group Co.
    Inventors: Myron K. Gordin, James L. Drost
  • Patent number: 4679128
    Abstract: A retaining arrangement for a replaceable bulb mounted in a vehicle headlamp reflector that includes a grip member and a cooperating lock nut. The former of which is adapted to be press fitted onto and retained by spring fingers on a cylindrical boss surrounding the socket formed in the headlamp reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Van Duyn, John D. Geddie
  • Patent number: 4665471
    Abstract: An all glass sealed beam headlamp unit is disclosed having polygon shaped lens and reflector members which is capable of being alternately sealed together with an adhesive as well as being fusion sealed by reason of the sealing rim construction being employed. Specifically, the cooperating and opposing sealing rim surfaces of both members include planar sealing surfaces located at the outer periphery which extend longitudinally without interruption around all sides of said members along with rib elements projecting forwardly from the planar sealing surface at all corners of the lens member with said rib elements being located at the inner periphery of said lens member for physical abutment with inner edge of the planar sealing surface located on the reflector member at the corner locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Denes Tarnay
  • Patent number: 4626969
    Abstract: A channel shaped track lighting fixture has a light reflector mounted in a pair of aligned internal grooves. Removable end caps permit access to the interior of the lighting fixtures so that the reflector may be slid out of the fixture along the aligned internal grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Kristofek
  • Patent number: 4612609
    Abstract: A light assembly includes a reflector and a bulb assembly which is removably mounted on the reflector by a retainer spring. The reflector includes a generally parabolic reflector wall, a cylindrical wall which extends rearwardly from the reflector wall, and a rear wall at the rear end of the cylindrical wall which extends generally perpendicularly to the axis of the reflector wall. The bulb assembly includes a bulb which extends through an opening in the rear wall of the reflector and a flange which is retained against the rear wall by a retainer spring which is removably attached to the reflector. The front end of the reflector includes a generally annular rim, and a transparent lens is retained within the rim and against an O-ring within the rim by a retainer ring which surrounds the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Collins
  • Patent number: 4608624
    Abstract: A projection lamp unit 10 including a reflector (11) having a concave reflecting portion (13) and a rearward extending neck portion (15). Secured to the reflector is an insulative socket (23) in which is contained a pair of electrical contacts (31). Each contact includes a female receiving portion designed to receive the corresponding male pins (35) of an electrical lamp (39) which is inserted through the reflector's forward opening (17). Removal of the lamp (39) is possible simply by grasping the envelope (61) of the lamp (39) and pulling forward. Replacement of a similar lamp is then possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: GTE Products Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald G. Blaisdell, Harold L. Hough
  • Patent number: 4604679
    Abstract: Method of assembling a motor vehicle headlight whereby the open end of a rear parabola reflector on the said headlight is fitted round with a flange having a front annular groove designed to receive a rear edge on the front glass, the position of which in relation to the optical axis on the said reflector is adjusted, prior to bonding by pouring adhesive material into the said groove, by means of a number of supporting pins mounted axially through the said flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Carello Industriale, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Rolando, Giorgio Manunta
  • Patent number: 4600975
    Abstract: An indirect lighting assembly consisting of a housing structure and low voltage light tubing for retention therein, said housing structure being a unitarily extruded body having an anchor tab portion extending perpendicularly into a spacer portion and terminating in a light tube housing portion having an open area directing light generally perpendicular to the plane of said spacer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Inventor: James R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4595969
    Abstract: One end of an elongated flexible strap is connected to a screw base. The strap extends downward through a central opening in a cover and in a reflector. After the screw base is threaded into a socket, a friction ring is pushed upward along the flexible strap, drawing the reflector up and a trim ring tight against the ceiling which surrounds the recessed fixture. The friction ring holds the lamp and reflector upward on the strap, without stretching the strap and without pulling downward on the screw base with a force substantially greater than a weight of the reflector and trim ring. While the friction ring holds the lamp on the strap, a gripper is moved into position beneath the friction ring to permanently support the friction ring. The strap is then clipped below the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Assignee: Scientific Component Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Rhett McNair
  • Patent number: 4591961
    Abstract: A shock-reducing lamp assembly adapted for mounting on a vehicle. The assembly includes a housing defining a cavity having an open end and a lens connected to the housing enclosing the open end. An integral resilient mount includes a tubular central portion having a first end and a second end, with a pair of spaced mounting feet disposed adjacent to the first end and a second pair of spaced mounting feet positioned adjacent the second end. Each of the feet has a mounting aperture and the first pair of feet extends in a first plane and the second pair of feet extends in a second plane, with the first and second planes being spaced and being substantially parallel. The assembly further includes a metallic socket telescopically received in the central portion. The housing includes components for positioning the mount so that a lamp held in the socket is in operative relationship to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Triplex Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Sam A. Myles, Paul C. Katz
  • Patent number: 4587598
    Abstract: A universal headlight reflector member for mounting a headlight to a variety of headlight mountings of different mid-sized motorcycles is disclosed. The reflector member includes a circular rim to which a left flange, a right flange, a top flange, and a bottom flange are attached. These flanges are particularly configured to provide the universal mounting of the headlight. Preferably, the diameter of the rim is about 162 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Candlepower Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Burgess, Joel C. Gorick
  • Patent number: 4577266
    Abstract: A fixture including thermal sensing means is disclosed which fixture is especially adapted to be mounted in existing ceiling construction. The fixture includes a shroud having a cut-away portion enabling the fixture to be inserted in angularly oriented position relative to the ceiling and thereafter tilted into mounted position in the ceiling. The fixture includes spring clips insertable after the shroud is mounted into clamping engagement with the upper surface of the ceiling to securely connect the shroud to the ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Lightolier Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony C. Donato, Alex Kartavenko
  • Patent number: 4570203
    Abstract: Improved light reflector apparatus for use in an electronic flash unit or the like is formed by an injection molding operation, which causes both precise shaping of a reflector and accurate mounting of the reflector securely within a housing. A light-reflecting flexible sheet is placed in a mold so that its light-reflecting front surface is centrally positioned adjacent a mold forming surface. The forming surface, which is larger than the sheet, has a contour adapted for shaping the sheet to reflect light into a beam of illumination. Liquid plastic is injected into the mold under pressure against the opposite surface of the sheet, thus pressing its light-reflecting surface into intimate contact against the forming surface. Because the sheet is smaller, the border of the forming surface is not covered by the sheet. Plastic flows beyond outer edges of the sheet against the uncovered border of the forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Steven D. Daniels, Jeffrey R. Stoneham, John K. Erickson
  • Patent number: RE32624
    Abstract: A shock-reducing lamp assembly adapted for mounting on a vehicle. The assembly includes a housing defining a cavity having an open end and a lens connected to the housing enclosing the open end. An integral resilient mount includes a tubular central portion having a first end and a second end, with a pair of spaced mounting feet disposed adjacent to the first end and a second pair of spaced mounting feet positioned adjacent the second end. Each of the feet has a mounting aperture and the first pair of feet extends in a first plane and the second pair of feet extends in a second plane, with the first and second planes being spaced and being substantially parallel. The assembly further includes a metallic socket telescopically received in the central portion. The housing includes components for positioning the mount so that a lamp held in the socket is in operative relationship to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Triplex Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Sam A. Myles, Paul C. Katz