External Hood Or Visor Patents (Class 362/359)
  • Patent number: 8827512
    Abstract: A light fixture for use in low voltage outdoor lighting systems includes a lens assembly with a cylindrical diffuser lens disposed on top of a lens support, and a reflector hood with a crown portion and a flared portion. The lens and reflector hood are attached by means of a resilient ring with an annular channel that fits over the upper edge of the lens. When the lens and ring are pushed into crown portion of the hood, the ring is compressed to create an interference fit that holds the lens within the crown portion. A second resilient ring may be placed over the lower edge of the lens to produce a similar interference fit with the upper portion of the lens support. In one embodiment, a molded plastic hood liner is attached to the inner surface of the hood to provide a reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries Incorporated
    Inventor: Joshua Z. Beadle
  • Publication number: 20140016328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative apparatus comprising a first base member having a closed-loop configuration with a perimeter and one or more decorative elements connected to the first base member. The first base member of the decorative apparatus is configured to hold the decorative apparatus to a frustum shaped article by constriction around the article at a position on the article where the perimeter of the decorative apparatus is equal to or less than a perimeter of the article at that position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: J & S DESIGN STUDIO, LLC
    Inventors: Suzanne D. NOVIK, Janice BULLARD
  • Patent number: 8523397
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system to provide, as one example, up-light for aerial viewing from downwardly aimed wide area, high intensity, lighting fixtures. The method controls a small percentage of light from the fixture to pass up and away for up-light, with the remainder used to produce a controlled, concentrated beam to a target. Some embodiments include a substantial amount of glare and spill light control. An apparatus can include a lamp and fixture with a visor length that is shorter than most conventional spill and glare control visors. The visor allows a controlled, relatively small percentage of direct light from the fixture for a desired or needed level of aerial illumination, but efficiently directs other light to the target. Optionally, a reflective plate is positioned inside the visor to reflect a small percentage of light from the fixture upwardly for up-light. Another embodiment can shift a fraction of light in direction(s) different than the main light output of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: Myron K. Gordin
  • Patent number: 8469537
    Abstract: A shade for a recessed light fixture and a method of making same. In some embodiments the shade may include a fastener that extends includes the can of the recessed light fixture through its open end. For example, the fastener may extend from the top end of the shade into the can and attach to an annular wall of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Lake Shore Studios, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Carle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8371725
    Abstract: A shaped optical prism structure for mounting on an upward light-outgoing surface of a street light or wall lamp to change the direction of light through about 360 o by means of a recessed flat incident surface, a recessed primary full-reflection surface and a curved light-distribution surface formed of a series of sloping surfaces and to enable the light to be projected onto the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Network Computer & Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Han Chuang
  • Patent number: 8011813
    Abstract: An actuator system for a lighting system includes a shape memory alloy coupled to a component of the lighting system to control an actuation of the component and thereby produce a plurality of light patterns and an electrical control circuit in electrical communication with the shape memory alloy to selectively provide an electrical current to the shape memory alloy for controlling a physical property of the shape memory alloy and thereby the motion of the component of the lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Masoud Hashemi, Dylan Schickel
  • Patent number: 7988326
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for illuminating a large area with plural high power lighting fixtures. The method includes identifying fixtures having a likelihood of affecting playability or glare or spill light relative to a point of view on or off the large area. The method includes steps to identify such fixtures for the purpose of adding a component which improves lighting or decreases glare or spill light for the point of view. A further method does so for multiple points of view relative to the large area, whether on or off the large area. One component is a long visor that would be added only to identify fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventor: Myron K. Gordin
  • Publication number: 20110170300
    Abstract: A shade for a recessed light fixture and a method of making same. In some embodiments the shade may include a fastener that extends includes the can of the recessed light fixture through its open end. For example, the fastener may extend from the top end of the shade into the can and attach to an annular wall of the can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: William A. Carle, JR.
  • Patent number: 7874706
    Abstract: A shade for a recessed light fixture and a method of making same. In some embodiments the shade may include an attachment mechanism configured to flush mount the shade to a recessed light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Lake Shore Studios, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Carle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7789540
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for high intensity lighting with target area. One aspect includes extending a structure externally of a light fixture and utilizing a very high total reflectance reflecting surface on the structure to redirect incident light toward the target area in a highly efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron K. Gordin, Timothy J. Boyle
  • Publication number: 20090310370
    Abstract: A shade for a recessed light fixture and a method of making same. In some embodiments the shade may include an attachment mechanism configured to flush mount the shade to a recessed light fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Lake Shore Studios, Inc., d/b/a StoneGate Designs
    Inventor: William A. Carle, JR.
  • Patent number: 7588353
    Abstract: A two-part lens assembly for use with an LED lamp fixture is disclosed. The assembly is comprised an inner portion and an outer portion. The inner portion of the assembly is a substantially clear (transparent) lens with substantially flat sides. Formed in the bottom of the inner portion is a conical shape. The conical shape acts to reflect the light emitted by the LEDs. The outer portion is also a substantially clear (transparent) lens. However, the outer portion includes an outer surface having a plurality of arcuate surfaces for creating an effective light distribution pattern for the outdoor light fixture. Also included in the outer portion is a conical surface in the bottom for the reflection of the light rays emitted from the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: International Development LLC
    Inventor: Chi Gon Chen
  • Patent number: 7578597
    Abstract: An outdoor lighting fixture that is capable of being mounted flush with a mounting surface is provided. In one embodiment, the outdoor lighting fixture contains a housing having an upper and lower portion. A light source is in operable communication with the housing and can provide light in a direction that is substantially parallel to the mounting surface. It has been discovered that the outdoor lighting fixture of the present invention can be mounted substantially flush with a mounting surface so that it remains relatively hidden from view during use. Furthermore, the outdoor lighting fixture can also provide light in a linear direction, thereby enabling it to illuminate paths, sidewalks, driveways and the like, without having to provide light in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Brandon C. Hoover, James E. Decker
  • Patent number: 7472506
    Abstract: A lighted sign having a front translucent surface surrounded by a skirt defining an opaque contour. A light diffuser is located behind an opaque zone of the skirt. Light is radiated from an internal light source through the light diffuser to provide an illuminated background for the opaque contour thereby increasing the contrast of the silhouette of the sign on a mounting surface. The front translucent surface is preferably back lit by the same internal source of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Guy Lapointe
  • Patent number: 7467880
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for increasing usable light to a target area. One aspect of the invention includes a lighting fixture with a visor. The visor includes an opening through which a controlled amount of light is allowed generally upwardly. A controlled amount of light within provides some uplighting above the target area or above the fixtures. In another aspect of the invention, a lighting system with a plurality of lighting fixtures would have at least some of the fixtures fitted with the visors with the openings to create a cumulative uplighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron K. Gordin, Timothy J. Boyle
  • Patent number: 7465076
    Abstract: A vehicle leadlight includes a light source, a reflector, a projector lens, and a shade member. The shade member includes a first plate member and a second plate member. The first plate member has an edge that is shaped to increase amounts of light around cut-off lines of a light distribution pattern. The second plate member is bent to have the substantially similar shape to a meridional image surface of the projector lens. The second plate member has an edge that is shaped to create the cut-off lines of the light distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7401951
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a light housing installed in close proximity to a light source. The light housing has a shield and an attachment arm for securing the shield. The attachment arm allows the shield to be removably attached in close proximity to the light source. The housing optionally has an aperture allowing the housing to be installed over and/or around the light source. The housing at least partially blocks light emanating from a light source, such as an in-ground staked floodlight, and keeps the light from shining directly into the eyes of a person observing the light source. The housing also hides the unsightly components of a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Hubert Carl Burton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7387409
    Abstract: A light fixture for use in low voltage outdoor lighting systems includes a lens assembly with a diffuser lens disposed on top of a lens support, a reflector hood and a mushroom-shaped reflector retaining cap removably mounted on top of the lens assembly. A socket and lamp extend through an opening in the lens support. The radial center of the hood has a flattened area that sits level on top of the cylindrical lens and has an opening through which a base portion of the retaining cap is inserted. A recess in the top of the lens has an opening at its bottom for receiving the base of the retainer cap which is attached with a fastener inserted through the top of the lens. An O-ring seals the lens to the lower surface of the hood and the lens and lens support are sealed to provide a water-resistant seal around the lamp. The lens support is attached to the top of a mounting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Joshua Z. Beadle
  • Patent number: 7325938
    Abstract: An indirector light fixture is described wherein the fixture is comprised of a reflector housing and a ballast housing connected together by a support arm. The reflector housing may be positioned relative to the ballast housing by movement of the support arm and maintained therein by a ratchet and pawl mechanism or other rotational restriction device. The ballast housing and ballast electronics are connected to the lamp within the reflector housing by ballast feed wires which are maintained internal of the entire fixture thereby preventing the wires from becoming entangled during installation or after installation. Additional structure is provided to further allow adjustment of the head angle relative to the ballast housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Yoshida, Thomas Russello
  • Patent number: 7198391
    Abstract: A collar for attachment to a recessed or high hat light fixture including an upper, annular flange at the attachment flange of the light fixture, a bottom annular flange spaced below the upper flange and a cylindrical collar between the flanges. Attachment clips supported by springs on the bottom flange are urged into attachment with the baffle flange of the fixture for attaching the collar. Additional elements may be attached to the bottom flange of the collar for functional or decorative purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Jeff Rutchik
  • Patent number: 7093961
    Abstract: A decorative lantern evocative of enclosing a candle or other open flame type light source includes an imitation candle and a super bright light emitting diode hidden with the lantern to illuminate the imitation candle from outside. A wick having a polished tip produces a hot spot of reflected light to heighten the illusion of an open flame being present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Jenesis International, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Bentley, Bradford B. Jensen, Kim I. McCavit
  • Patent number: 7093959
    Abstract: An outdoor lamp with projection range adjustment having a freely adjustable lampshade for restricting light projection range of the lamp, thereby controlling light pollution, comprises a lamp partially covered by a shell body and a lampshade pivotally mounted on the lamp. Two parallel bottom edges of the shell body extend on two corresponding lateral walls of the lamp with a predetermined angle, so that the lampshade can freely rotate about a rear portion of the lamp in a range of the predetermined angle. Further, two lateral surfaces of the lamp are each provided with an arced angle adjustment tooth row, and two lateral inner walls of the lampshade are each provided with a projected dot for engaging a corresponding angle adjustment tooth row, whereby a stepless angle adjustment can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Tsao
  • Patent number: 6997581
    Abstract: A decorative lamp display panel assembly for attachment to out door wall/post lanterns, or like structure, such assembly having a removable display panel having a decorative picture and/or indicia thereon. A top frame member is releasably secured to the top edge of the display panel and a bottom frame member is releasably secured to the bottom edge of the display panel. A support arm assembly is connected to the top frame member at a front end, and to a clamp member at the rear end. The clamp member has finger members that can be bent outwardly so that they can be attached to different diameter structure on an outdoor lantern. The support arm assembly can be extended and retracted, and it can be adjusted to different vertical angles to vary the height of the top frame member with respect to the clamp member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Dairen Shelton, Shawn Xifo, Mark McKenzie
  • Patent number: 6883941
    Abstract: A landscape light fixture to illuminate aesthetically desirable lighting. The landscape light fixture includes a ballast housing, a shroud, a light bulb, a lens, and a power cord with a connector. The landscape light fixture may also include a neck, a pivot, at least one mounting element, and at least one spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Steven B. Cutting
  • Patent number: 6871990
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp can include a primary light source and a visor for preventing the lamp from falling into a state of false illumination due to incident light from light sources other than the primary light source. The lamp can irradiate light toward a predetermined direction. The visor can be provided at a position close to either the light source or a false light source formed by light from the light source. The visor can include a plurality of grooves extending horizontally on one surface thereof, and the grooves can have a V-shaped cross section. An angle made by two sides forming the V-shaped cross section is preferably an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norifumi Imazeki, Takashi Nakanishi, Takeaki Okamura
  • Patent number: 6832846
    Abstract: A track lighting attachment for effectively directing light emitted from a track light and reducing the light wash. The track lighting attachment includes a cylinder member, a first aperture and a second aperture within the cylinder member, a first clip member positionable within the first aperture and a second clip member positionable within the second aperture. The first clip member and the second clip member are formed to engage the outer lip portion of a light unit of the track lighting system. The light emitted from the light unit thereby directed through the lumen of the cylinder member thereby focusing the light beam upon a specific location and reducing the light wash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Sean P. Lagonegro
  • Publication number: 20040070981
    Abstract: A decorative lamp shade design element for use with a table or floor lamp, a ceiling or wall mounted lighting fixture or other lighting fixture where the shade is comprised of a man's or woman's dress or casual hat with a suspension mechanism mounted within the hat such that the hat shade is so positioned over the lighting element as to shade and direct the light from the element in a pleasing and useful manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Donna M. Long
  • Publication number: 20040070982
    Abstract: A track lighting attachment for effectively directing light emitted from a track light and reducing the light wash. The track lighting attachment includes a cylinder member, a first aperture and a second aperture within the cylinder member, a first clip member positionable within the first aperture and a second clip member positionable within the second aperture. The first clip member and the second clip member are formed to engage the outer lip portion of a light unit of the track lighting system. The light emitted from the light unit thereby directed through the lumen of the cylinder member thereby focusing the light beam upon a specific location and reducing the light wash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Sean P. Lagonegro
  • Publication number: 20040057237
    Abstract: A landscape light fixture to illuminate aesthetically desirable lighting. The landscape light fixture includes a ballast housing, a shroud, a light bulb, a lens, and a power cord with a connector. The landscape light fixture may also include a neck, a pivot, at least one mounting element, and at least one spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Steven B. Cutting
  • Patent number: 6687025
    Abstract: A digitizer having an illuminator with a mask configured to rotate about a central axis for reducing flare from the illuminator when digitizing a data medium having a width less than an associated length of the illuminator. A page width guide of the digitizer may be operatively coupled to the mask so that movement of the page width guide automatically rotates the mask a predetermined amount. A rare gas, external electrode, cold cathode fluorescent lamp may also be utilized as an illuminator in the digitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Howtek Devices Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Lehman, Lee Batchelder
  • Publication number: 20030202357
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lamp assembly having a light source for emitting light and an enclosure having a two light transmissive portions for transmitting light from the light source to the illumination zones. The enclosure is affixed with a material which covers selected regions of the light transmissive portion. The material is electrically energized to alter an amount of light transmitted from the source to the illumination zones. A drive circuit electrically coupled to the material energizes the material to control a light output from the lamp assembly. The lamp assembly can simultaneously provide light in the direction of travel of the vehicle along with cornering lighting and turn signal function. The lamp assembly also includes a rear-projection lamp incorporating an optic lens. In addition, the assembly is configured to provide for various head-lamp functions including an advanced front lighting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Illume, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Strazzanti
  • Publication number: 20030174500
    Abstract: A decorative lighting equipment includes a shade that is transparent or translucent and formed into a tube with opposite ends, a light source for emitting a directional light flux, the light source being placed at one end of the opposite ends of the shade so that the directional light flux is transmitted within the shade toward another end of the shade, and the shade forming thereon hairlines which extend in a direction crossing the direction along which the directional light flux emitted from the light source is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventors: Masahiro Kameda, Atsuto Fukushima, Yoshimitsu Kida
  • Patent number: 6533427
    Abstract: An illuminating device includes a light guiding pipe confining a passage, a reflector mounted at a light input end of the passage, and a quarter-wavelength plate and a reflective polarizer which are disposed in sequence relative to the passage. The reflector reflects light that travels from the light output end to the light input end back to the light output end. The polarizer allows light of a first polarization state to pass therethrough while reflecting light of a second polarization state back into the passage via the light output end, whereupon the light of the second polarization state is converted by the quarter-wavelength plate into the light of the first polarization state for passage through the polarizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Prokia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 6497501
    Abstract: A PAR bulb visor includes an accessory visor with a plurality of spaced apart spring clips which is adapted to removably attach to the lip of a PAR bulb. The visor is retrofittable to virtually any existing PAR bulb fixture where the lip of the bulb is exposed. The visor is inexpensive to manufacture. It does not require casting and can be made from inexpensive sheet metal. Since the visor can be easily installed and removed from the lip of an existing PAR bulb, it does not interfere with the installation/replacement of the bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: Susan Harder
  • Patent number: 6488388
    Abstract: A light socket utilizing a photocell and three-way switch including a cylindrical housing having an upper end, a lower end, and a cylindrical side wall therebetween. The upper end is couplable with a power source. The lower end has a light receiving socket disposed therein. The light receiving socket is adapted for receiving a light bulb therein. A frustoconical shield is secured to the cylindrical housing. The shield has a narrow open upper end and a wide open lower end. The narrow open upper end is secured to the lower end of the cylindrical housing. The wide open lower end is dimensioned to prevent the light bulb from directing light upwardly toward the cylindrical housing. A light activated switch is disposed within the cylindrical side wall of the cylindrical housing. The light activated switch is in communication with the light receiving socket whereby detection of ambient light will allow the light receiving socket to power the light bulb positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph Jones
  • Patent number: 6471378
    Abstract: An orientation illumination for motor vehicles is provided which, for illuminating a center console, is integrated in an area of a vehicle ceiling. Correspondingly mounted shields are located and shaped such that the vehicle occupants can have no direct viewing contact with the light source, whereby the light source is blocked for the vehicle occupants without blinding them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Ziegerer, Stefan Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 6450667
    Abstract: A lighting system comprising a reflector and an arc lamp designed for illuminating a wide area with an even light distribution. The reflector has a cap that is generally parabolic in shape except perhaps at its top where it supports an arc lamp. The arc lamp is preferably a high intensity sodium or mercury vapor lamp with a vertical arc tube mounted so that the lowermost part of the arc tube is positioned to be even with the lowermost edge of the cap. The glass bulb housing the arc tube may extend below the lowermost edge. In an alternative embodiment, the lowermost edge of the cap has an extended portion and a short portion. In this embodiment, the lowermost part of the arc tube is even with the short portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Earth Lighting Corporation
    Inventor: Theodore Wade Thompson
  • Patent number: 6402333
    Abstract: A lighting device for momentarily providing light to an appliance to which it is mounted. The lighting device has a nonconductive base structure adapted to be mounted onto the appliance or to be incorporated into the appliance or other appliance engaging structure. The base structure has a cavity, a retaining slot and apertures into which a battery, a light bulb and a conductive connector structure are placed. The conductive connector structure has a switch which extends from the base structure and through the exterior cover. The cover is constructed to receive the base structure and has a forwardly extending hood which is adapted to direct light to the appliance. Various mounting structures are provided for attaching the lighting device to an appliance or other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Jan C. Gilmer
  • Publication number: 20020012246
    Abstract: The invention provides a lighting apparatus comprising a hollow elastomeric body in which are encased a means for receiving electrical power such as battery terminals, and at least one light-emitting means such as an LED. One or more parts of the hollow elastomeric body are translucent, and light from the light-emitting means is transmitted through the translucent parts of the body in use to produce an attractive diffuse lighting effect. The light emitting means are actuable by means of a latch switch embedded within the hollow elastomeric body. In use a user squeezes the exterior surface to latch the switch to cause the apparatus to light, and may then safely handle the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: Aaron Nathan Rincover, Jonathan Richard Coles, Simon Christopher Maidment
  • Patent number: 6332696
    Abstract: A lens cover for covering the lens of a traffic signal when the signal is not in service. The lens cover is made of a black polyethylene flat tubing which is cut and sealed on one end and has an open end to fit over traffic light lens shields. The lens cover is completely opaque and thus prevents light from the lens passing through. Thus, motorists are not confused with respect to the traffic light being in an operating state. The lens cover also has an observation hole at the bottom which allows one to check the operation of the traffic light from ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventor: Clyde R. Schepens
  • Patent number: 6126301
    Abstract: The headlight is used as a high beam headlight and has a light source (12) propagating light that is reflected by a reflector (10) as a light beam, which produces maximum illumination intensities that do not exceed legally prescribed maximum illumination intensities. The headlight light is designed so that the high maximum illumination intensities permissible in Europe according to the ECE Rules are produced by the light beam issuing from it. A screen device (20,30) is insertable in this headlight, by which a portion of the light issuing from the light source (12) to the reflector (10) is blocked and thus prevented from reaching the reflector. Because of that the maximum illumination intensities produced by the light beam issuing from the headlight are reduced so that the headlight can be used, for example in the USA or Japan, where reduced maximum illumination intensities are permitted in comparison to those in Europe, by insertion of the screen device in the otherwise unchanged headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Esref Altunay, Friedemann Schlienz
  • Patent number: 6089724
    Abstract: Task light units provide indirect lighting for task areas in front of computer monitors and other devices having display screens. Light is directed generally upwardly such that at least a portion of the light impinges upon a visor which is generally above the source of light. The visor reflects the light downwardly and generally forwardly toward a work or task area in order to indirectly illuminate that area. The task light components do not impart any direct light onto the display screen. Glare emanating from the task light is avoided, and eye strain is significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: One Tech LLC
    Inventors: Edward L. Shore, Jeffrey M. Jacober
  • Patent number: 6042251
    Abstract: There is described a multi-configurational, multi-functional electrical lighting fixture for high-abuse application and structured for surface mounting. The fixture includes a lens of U.V. stabilized, high impact-resistant, injection molded polycarbonate plastics, integrally formed with two selective, separate and distinct, high-performance reflector/refractor surface systems carried by the single lens, as separate zonal areas. The first system generates a long and narrow "throw", and the second system a short and wide "throw". A molded, opaque "eyelid" provides optimum lamp shielding and controls light distribution. The lens surmounts a lens base to which it is secured by means of unique internal, integrally-molded lugs received in cooperating hook-shaped slots. An 0-ring gasket establishes a water-tight seal. Unlocking of the assembly is deterred by means of a single, tamper-resistant screw. The lens base is mounted on a deep casting, with or without an interposed cast aluminum baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Kenall Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Charles A. McCarthy, Gabriel Pasko
  • Patent number: 5975724
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a convertible shade which is supported relative to the light source to intercept light rays emitted by the light source in a selected direction or directions. The wall of the convertible shade has one or more wall inserts which can be selectively and easily secured to or detached from the convertible shade to alter the effect of the convertible shade on light rays from the light source which are directed at the location or locations of the wall insert(s) in the convertible shade without detaching the convertible shade from the shade supporting means. Preferably, the convertible shade is made of an opaque material while the insert(s) may be made of opaque, translucent or clear materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: James J. Pallanes
  • Patent number: 5911498
    Abstract: A cylindrical luminaire is provided whose components align easily, for quicker assembly, despite the lack of intrinsic preferred relative orientation in circular components. Circular end plates affixed in a desired alignment to the end of an elongated reflector have notches for alignment of a part-cylindrical cover and slots or pivotal brackets to receive a baffle. The reflector, cover and baffle are accordingly assembled in proper alignment. The baffle can be an optical baffle to alter the aesthetic appearance of the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvan R. Shemitz, David B. Miller, Gregory L. Moler
  • Patent number: 5778264
    Abstract: A photographic reflector is provided either to convert a forward-illuminating flash unit into one which will produce reflected light or for use directly with a bounce-head flash unit. The reflector includes an internal reflective hood (20) with an attachment (17) so as to enable it to be secured to a flash unit (24). A mirror (21) is provided which is angled between thirty degrees and sixty degrees inclusive with respect to a forward facing light-emitting surface of the flash unit (24) when the reflector is secured thereto. In this way, the flash of light is directed upwardly by the mirror (21) into the internally reflective hood (20) so as to produce a reflected flash of light for illumination of a photographic subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Brenda Kean
  • Patent number: 5765944
    Abstract: A lighting unit that reduces the effect of back lighting having a housing assembly containing an elongated bulb having a longitudinal axis which is horizontally aligned; a transparent and central section, the transparent portion containing the mounted bulb and having spaced apart tabs mounted on an inside surface thereof; and a sun shield attached to the housing assembly. The sun shield, which is positioned between a source of bright light independent of the housing assembly and the housing assembly, having a shield portion and a mounting portion, the mounting portion comprising a bracket portion perpendicular to the shield having a fastener receiving hole through which a fastener is passed to attach the sun shield to the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventors: Timothy Ross Fallon, Walter Keisler Tanner
  • Patent number: 5715619
    Abstract: The disclosure herein describes an information displaying traffic sign which comprises a board, the front side of which is formed of dusters of LED devices. Visors are mounted to the front of the board, each visor being provided with an opening on its top face so that vertical air circulation along the front side of the board may be permitted to cool the LED devices. Shades are provided, adjacent to each visor opening, to prevent sun rays from reaching the LED devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Groupe Infocite Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Polisois, Daniel Chevalier
  • Patent number: 5651606
    Abstract: The light fixture of the invention comprises a housing defining an interior space with an open end and a socket for supporting a lamp bulb to shine a beam out of the open end. A lens fits over the open end and closes the housing and the lens retaining ring engages the lens and secures the lens to the housing to seal the interior space. A plurality of drainage ducts are formed in the lens retaining ring and communicate with an outer face surface of the lens to receive and drain water away from the lens and prevent water accumulation and obstruction of the beam. A flange on the retaining ring cooperates with the housing to form a groove surrounding the open end which receives a glare shield ridge for securement of the glare shield without additional fasteners. Unique compression disks limiting sealing structure seal the open end of the housing as well as the housing interface with an adjustable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Greenlee Lighting
    Inventor: Mark J. Krogman
  • Patent number: 5607219
    Abstract: A headlight for a vehicle has a pot-shaped housing (1) which is closed at its front side by a light-transmissive shield (2). A reflector (4, 13) is mounted in an interior space formed by the light-transmissive shield and the housing. An opaque shield (5) covers at least a partial area between the light-transmissive shield and the reflector and at least a portion thereof is formed of an outer sidewall portion (6) of the reflector-receiving housing which is inwardly-drawn to extend toward an interior of the headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Hella KG Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Reinhold Brummel, Berthold Doering, Thomas Niedenzu