With Electrical Regulating Means Patents (Class 362/411)
  • Patent number: 11371680
    Abstract: A portable or landscape lamp or luminaire for illumination, decorative lighting, or lighting to encourage the growth of plants, consists of a clamping base including a housing for device electronics, a control panel disposed on an outer surface of the clamping base for receiving user input, and a plurality of a gooseneck lamps supported by the clamping base and having LEDs for selectively emitting light under the control of the device electronics as directed by the user input through the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: E. Mishan & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohan Rajasekaran
  • Patent number: 8562187
    Abstract: Embodiments of a base for a lamp are shown and described, said base including a base member, having an attachment member adapted to attach a combined adjustable arm and lamp to the base member, wherein said base member has a mass sufficient to support the combined adjustable arm and lamp in all possible orientations; at least one outlet module housed in the base member; and a printed circuit board disposed within the base member, said printed circuit electrically connected to a household power outlet, said printed circuit board adapted to electrically connect the at least one outlet module to the household power supply, and wherein said printed circuit board includes a transformer adapted to transform the household power supply into an output power suitable for powering the lamp, and wherein the transformer is electrically connected to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Ole Falk Smed
  • Patent number: 8454210
    Abstract: A cable receiving apparatus include a hollow base defining a through hole, a hollow conduit including a threaded end. The threaded end passes through the through hole and engages a nut to connect the hollow conduit to the hollow base. The threaded end defines a first slot for a cable running through the hollow conduit to enter the hollow base. In this way, during the assembly process, operators can assemble the cable first, then use a socket wrench to screw the nut directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huai-Shan Gu, Jun Yue
  • Patent number: 8382345
    Abstract: A porcelain enamel substrate (1) mounts a light emitting element in which a porcelain enamel layer (5) is coated onto a surface of a core metal (4), and a reflective cup portion (7) that has a flat bottom surface and a sloping portion that surrounds this bottom surface is provided on a light emitting element mounting surface, and an electrode (6) for energizing a light emitting element (3) is provided on the light emitting element mounting surface, and the thickness of the electrode (6) within the reflective cup portion (7) is within a range of 5 ?m to 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fujikara Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kimura, Masakazu Ohashi, Shunichirou Hirafune
  • Patent number: 8322876
    Abstract: The invention discloses an electric power generating device applied on a wearable object. The electric power generating device comprises a transmission unit, a magnetic permeable member, a magnetic member, a core, and a coil. The transmission unit transfers an external force received by the wearable object to a driving force. The core is configured in the wearable object and has a first end. The coil is coupled to the core. The magnetic permeable member is configured in the wearable object to receive the driving force and move by the driving force. The magnetic member is configured on the magnetic permeable member and near the first end. When the magnetic permeable member pushes the magnetic member to move relatively to the first end through the driving force, the magnetic flux in the core varies to lead the coil to induce an induced electromotive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Shen-Ko Tseng, Juinne-Ching Liao
  • Publication number: 20120140494
    Abstract: A cable receiving apparatus include a hollow base defining a through hole, a hollow conduit including a threaded end. The threaded end passes through the through hole and engages a nut to connect the hollow conduit to the hollow base. The threaded end defines a first slot for a cable running through the hollow conduit to enter the hollow base. In this way, during the assembly process, operators can assemble the cable first, then use a socket wrench to screw the nut directly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HUAI-SHAN GU, JUN YUE
  • Patent number: 8162516
    Abstract: An LED reading lamp includes a base, a supporting bracket fixed on the base, a heat sink mounted on the supporting bracket and an LED module mounted on a bottom surface of the heat sink. The supporting bracket has a vertical part vertically fixed on the base and a horizontal part extending horizontally from an upper end of the vertical part. The horizontal part defines an opening therein. The heat sink is placed on a top surface of the supporting bracket and located over the opening. The LED module is received in the opening of the horizontal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shi-Song Zheng
  • Patent number: 8123387
    Abstract: In an LED lamp device including a surface mount device type of LED lamp, an LED lighting circuit protecting part, a resistive element, a circuit part, and a case part, the circuit part has a metal plate which is embedded in the case part in a state where the metal plate is partially exposed, the LED lamp is mounted on the exposed portion on a front side of the metal plate, and the resistive element is mounted on the exposed portion on a rear side of the metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Inagaki, Hiroshi Ito, Akihiro Misawa, Yukiko Marui
  • Patent number: 7736033
    Abstract: A lamp base having an electrical device recharging receptacle configured to receive a plug from a recharging device for a portable rechargeable electronic device. The receptacle is configured as a standard automobile cigarette lighter receptacle. The receptacle includes standard cigarette lighter receptacle electrical contacts that are connected to a voltage and current conversion circuit for receiving standard household voltage and converting it into standard automotive voltage and current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Bharat Patel
  • Patent number: 7699499
    Abstract: The invention provides an automated light-emitting apparatus, which can be disposed in an object, includes a light-emitting unit, a force-sensing module, and a power-generating module. The force-sensing module includes a first component and a second component engaged to the first component. When the object receives an external force, the force-sensing module changes the distance between a first portion of the first component and a second portion of the second component. Moreover, the power-generating module includes a coil coupled to a magnetic member, the magnetic member engaged to the first component, and a magnetic conductor engaged to the second component. Particularly, when the distance between the first portion and the second portion is changed, the coil generates an induced electromotive force for supporting the light-emitting unit with needed power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Juinne-Ching Liao
  • Patent number: 7654711
    Abstract: A lamp assembly includes a light module and a stem. The light module includes a reflector, a first fixing plate, a second fixing plated mounted on the first fixing plate and having a plurality of fixing pieces pivotally connected thereon for fixing the reflector between the first fixing plate and the second fixing plate, and a lamp. By rotating the fixing pieces, the reflector is easy to replace. The stem includes a plurality of connecting tubes and connecting assemblies. Each connecting assembly has a male joint with an L-shape projecting and a female joint with an L-shape slot. The male joint is fitted into the connecting tube, and the female joint is fitted into another connecting tube. By engaging the L-shape projection with the L-shape slot, the two connecting tubes can be connected without twisting a wire inside the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Mylar Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Te-Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 7572039
    Abstract: A porcelain enamel substrate mounts a light emitting device in which a porcelain enamel layer is coated onto a surface of a core metal, and a reflective cup portion that has a flat bottom surface and a sloping portion that surrounds this bottom surface is provided on a light emitting device mounting surface, and an electrode for energizing a light emitting device is provided on the light emitting device mounting surface, and the thickness of the electrode within the reflective cup portion is within a range of 5 ?m to 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Fujikura, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kimura, Masakazu Ohashi, Shunichirou Hirafune
  • Patent number: 7484858
    Abstract: A light head is mounted on a common base, and includes a light source in a mounting base. The base is mounted on a collapsible elongated pole, and the pole is for mounting on an outside wall of a carrying case. There is a carrying handle for the case, an electrical power outlet mounted on a wall, base or lid of the case and for plugging in an electrical wire to power the light head. The interior of the case is for locating a rechargeable battery, and the battery when charged, supplies power to the power outlet such that the light head can be powered. Recharging can be via either a 12V DC automobile or a 110 AC power supply. The carrying handle is extendible; and retractable, and in the retraction mode is essentially within the general perimeter space of the case. The case includes a pair of pulley wheels, the wheels being for facilitating the moving of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Deighton, Greg Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7481554
    Abstract: A battery powered LED lamp including an array of high-performance LEDs disposed in a lightweight directionally oriented shade. Converting electronics are provided which may include a step-down DC voltage switching regulator for converting a higher voltage of the battery power source to a lower voltage required to drive the LEDs at greater than 90% efficiency. The converting electronics may also include an LED current monitoring circuit for preventing thermal runaway of the LEDs and for reliably operating the LEDs near their maximum rating so to provide the maximum amount of brightness from the LED array and maximum battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventors: Gary Anderson, Ron Rothman
  • Patent number: 7470036
    Abstract: A light head is mounted on a common base, and includes a light source in a mounting base. The base is mounted on a collapsible elongated pole, and the pole is for mounting on an outside wall of a carrying case. There is a carrying handle for the case, an electrical power outlet mounted on a wall, base or lid of the case and for plugging in an electrical wire to power the light head. The interior of the case is for locating a rechargeable battery, and the battery when charged, supplies power to the power outlet such that the light head can be powered. Recharging can be via either a 12V DC automobile or a 110 AC power supply. The carrying handle is extendible; and retractable, and in the retraction mode is essentially within the general perimeter space of the case. The case includes a pair of pulley wheels, the wheels being for facilitating the moving of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Deighton, Greg Rhoads
  • Publication number: 20080019121
    Abstract: An illuminated tile and a method for producing the same are provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Applicant: MESA DESIGN LLC
    Inventor: Hung P. Ly
  • Patent number: 7278758
    Abstract: A garment is illuminated with flashing lights in response to movement by a wearer and is protected against water damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: E.S. Originals, Inc.
    Inventor: Ezra Esses
  • Patent number: 7070305
    Abstract: A rotation-controlled device for controlling actuation and de-actuation of the lamp comprises an upper cover; an arc strip protruded from an inner surface of the upper cover; a seat installed below the upper cover by using a connector; a button installed to the seat and resisting against the arc strip; the button being pushed to rotate by the arc strip; and a light adjuster installed below the button and aside the locking piece; the actuation of the light adjuster being controllable by the button. A bearing is installed below the upper cover and between the connector and the upper cover. A bottom cover is installed below the seat. The arc strip has teeth and the button has teeth. The one side of the arc strip has a sticky surface and a periphery of the button has another sticky surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Meiric Chen
  • Patent number: 6899448
    Abstract: An apparatus for illuminating and decorating a room. The apparatus includes a mounting apparatus and a theme apparatus engaged with the mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus includes at least a first fixture adapted to receive at least a first light source. The theme apparatus includes at least one thematic component that is movable relative to the mounting apparatus. The theme apparatus also includes at least one light-altering component. The light-altering component is positioned relative to the mounting apparatus for receiving and altering light from the first light source when the first light source is engaged with the first fixture such that the altered light illuminates at least a portion of the room with thematic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Athinos Lighting, LLC
    Inventor: Konstantinos Nicholas Damalas
  • Patent number: 6877885
    Abstract: The floor lamp of the present invention includes a dimmer switch at a mid-point of the main supporting post in order to allow maximum accessibility for the users. The dimmer switch is contained within a compact and aesthetically pleasing dimmer housing, and is appropriately connected via electrical connections which extend through the main supporting post. An additional supporting post is provided, which runs from the base portion of the floor lamp to the dimmer housing to add structural stability to the floor lamp. By utilizing the dimmer switch in an elevated location, the need for mechanical connecting rods is eliminated. Further, additional design freedom is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Paul Eusterbrock
  • Patent number: 6871985
    Abstract: A portable outdoor post lighting fixture is described, having a base adapted to retain the post lighting fixture in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Craftmade International, Inc.
    Inventor: Neall W. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 6817732
    Abstract: An improved efficiency fluorescent lighting system is described. The system utilizes reduced rows of fluorescent luminaires which are spaced much further apart than traditional spacing. The luminaires used in the system of the present invention have increased light output of each luminaire by up to fifty percent through a combination of use of a high efficiency lamp producing about 3250 lumens, an electronic dimming ballast having a ballast factor of about 1.2 and a luminaire having a spacing to mounting height ratio of at least 1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: David W. Knoble, Eugene Graff
  • Publication number: 20040160781
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lamp assembly having a lamp head for housing a bulb and socket, where the lamp head further includes a handle integrally formed with the lamp head. The lamp assembly also includes a post having a top end and a bottom end, where the top end is coupled to the lamp head and the bottom end has a recess that engages with a protrusion in the base for securing the post to the base. Optionally, a ballast is provided for helping to maintain a consistent current and may further include a light for indicating a problem with the lamp assembly. A switch remote from the ballast may be provided where a circuit in cooperation with the switch stops electricity from passing through the ballast when the switch is in an off position. The lamp assembly is assembled and disassembled, namely the lamp head, post, base, ballast, and electrical cord, without use of a tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Edmund Farmer
  • Patent number: 6729748
    Abstract: An electric lighting device which simulates the look of a wax candle. The device includes a body formed of relatively high melting temperature candle wax. A longitudinal channel runs between a top portion and a bottom portion of the body. In the bottom portion radial channels provided between the longitudinal channel and the circumferentional surface of the body. These channels provide ventilation to the candle body when the lighting device is in operation. A fix unit is also provided which has openings adapted to a line with the channels in the body so that air circulation is maintained when the candle body is placed in the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin Reilly
  • Publication number: 20040062048
    Abstract: The floor lamp of the present invention includes a dimmer switch at a mid-point of the main supporting post in order to allow maximum accessibility for the users. The dimmer switch is contained within a compact and aesthetically pleasing dimmer housing, and is appropriately connected via electrical connections which extend through the main supporting post. An additional supporting post is provided, which runs from the base portion of the floor lamp to the dimmer housing to add structural stability to the floor lamp. By utilizing the dimmer switch in an elevated location, the need for mechanical connecting rods is eliminated. Further, additional design freedom is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Paul Eusterbrock
  • Publication number: 20030235054
    Abstract: A portable lamp post assembly which comprises a monolithic container and lamp post support, a lamp post attached to the lamp post support, and a fixture attached to the lamp post. The container comprises a bottom, upstanding walls extending from the outer periphery of the bottom, and a boss projecting upwards from the bottom. The fixture may be one or more of several items including a light. The container may be used as a planter or storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: Adjusta-Post Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick H. Ruggles
  • Publication number: 20030161161
    Abstract: A portable outdoor lighting fixture which includes a base with a post extending vertically therefrom with a telescoping tube therein with a compression nut to lock the tube at the desired height, with a flexible arm connecting the tube to a switchable shade assembly, and a low voltage transformer connected to a source of electrical energy and to a supply wire connected to a terminal block on the underside of the base of the fixture, and a wire connecting the terminal block to a switchable shade assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Durkin
  • Patent number: 6599000
    Abstract: A low voltage LED interior lamp for residential and commercial lighting, includes a plurality of high lumen bright white LED lights incorporated within the lamps, a light color diffusion panel and a household current to low voltage DC converter providing power to the lamp to convert the AC current to low voltage DC current, reducing power required to provide illumination for the resident or commercial application without requiring replacement of the LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventors: Steven T. Nolan, Donald R. Hebert
  • Publication number: 20030007360
    Abstract: A stand lamp assembly includes a stand frame unit, a main lamp unit, and an auxiliary lamp unit. The main and auxiliary lamp units are mounted on the stand frame unit. The auxiliary lamp unit includes a night lamp and a light sensor. The light sensor is connected to the night lamp, and controls activation of the night lamp in accordance with ambient light conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6318880
    Abstract: A double lamp table or floor lamp lighting system has a pair of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) arranged vertically with a reflective septum in between. By selectively turning on one or both of the CFLs, down lighting, up lighting, or both up and down lighting is produced. The control system can also vary the light intensity from each CFL. The reflective septum insures that almost all the light produced by each lamp will be directed into the desired light distribution pattern which is selected and easily changed by the user. Planar compact fluorescent lamps, e.g. circular CFLs, particularly oriented horizontally, are preferable. CFLs provide energy efficiency. The lighting system may be designed for the home, hospitality, office or other environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Michael J. Siminovitch, Erik R. Page
  • Patent number: 6286981
    Abstract: A shade holder is provided for use with table and floor lamps having separately ballasted non-incandescent lamps. The shade holder includes the combination of a saddle and harp, the saddle having a central base element with spacer members extending angularly from opposite ends thereof. The harp is generally elliptical or oval in shape and is received by the saddle at ends of the angularly extending spacer members. The resultant shade holder provides for receipt of a disk-like or cylindrical ballast adjacent the saddle, with the ballast receiving an appropriate non-incandescent lamp, such as a high intensity discharge, inductive or compact fluorescent lamp. The saddle and harp are configured with appropriate angles and bends to accomodate both the ballast and the lamps while providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Luxel Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: John J. McEllen, Dan V. Adams, Bruce W. Maryanski
  • Patent number: 6135622
    Abstract: An improved changeable visual display lamp, having the ability to accept single piece cylinder sheets of artwork, or other items for display, where the cylinder is able to be inserted into the confines of an annular tubing through the removal of a single piece of the lamp. The two variations of this lamp allow cylindrical items to either be inserted through the bottom of the lamp by the removal of a single plate, or through the top of the lamp, through the removal of a single ring, where the ring covers a circular gap that extends around a centrally located socket. No tools are necessary to change the item or items being displayed, the person changing the display is not exposed to electrical shock, and the time required to change the display is reduced to a nimum. Benefits of the ring are seen where the ring may be removed, and single piece cylinder artwork is removed or inserted, without even unplugging or disassembling the lamp, other than manipulation of the single ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: George M. Downing
  • Patent number: 6039462
    Abstract: A lamp with improved safety features to avoid fire and burn hazards. The lamp includes an electrical circuit having a thermostat connected in series with the bulb of the lamp. The thermostat is mounted in close proximity to the lamp's bulb and, upon the ambient air temperature in the vicinity of the thermostat reaching a predetermined temperature, the thermostat effectively opens the electrical circuit, shutting the lamp off. Once power is turned off for a period of time, the thermostat resets and the lamp may be operated again. A protective guard is positioned over at least a portion of the bulb of the lamp to prevent accidental burning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Holmes Product Corp.
    Inventors: Tom Turner, Robert J. Livergood
  • Patent number: 6022125
    Abstract: The present invention is a combination metal halide and auxiliary light bulb floor or table lamp which is suitable for home or office illumination. The lamp includes a lampholder module which provides a unitary housing for the bulb sockets and the electrical components required to operate the bulbs. The module also positions each bulb relative to the others to minimize shadowing which results when a bulb casts a shadow due to the light emanating from another bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Bartasevich, John J. Andrisin, III, John J. McEllen
  • Patent number: 5994791
    Abstract: A portable controlled lighting system comprising at least one lamp connected to an operating circuit for operating the lamp and a control circuit coupled to the operating circuit for controlling the luminous flux of the lamp is disclosed. A battery pack for providing electrical power to the operating circuit is also provided, together with a control means for adjusting the luminous flux of the lamp by the control circuit. The control means comprises a first adjustment means for controlling the luminous flux of the lamp and provides a predetermined rate of increase of the luminous flux until a predetermined flux level is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Nite Rider Light Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Rayner
  • Patent number: 5941632
    Abstract: A roadway luminaire is provided which includes a mast mount docking sation securable to an end of a pole mast. The mast mount docking station includes a power plug electrically coupled to the power conductors. The luminaire includes a corresponding power plug which is electrically and mechanically coupled to the mast mount docking station via a twist-lock feature including mating keys and keyways in the docking station and luminaire, respectively. The luminaire includes several plug-in components such as a plug-in photoelectric cell, a plug-in starter and a capacitor pressfit into a molded cavity in the luminaire. The power plug of the luminaire is adaptable to be used with all international voltages. The twist-lock feature provides for a foolproof mechanical and electrical connection to ensure that the correctly rated luminaire is connected to the supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Mark T. Wedell, Timothy D. Cathey, Margaret A Self, John DeCandia, Greg Marik, Thomas A. Zimmerman, Edward B. Bilson, R. W. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 5863111
    Abstract: A lamp with improved safety features to avoid fire and burn hazards. The lamp includes an electrical circuit having a thermostat connected in series with the bulb of the lamp. The thermostat is mounted in close proximity to the lamp's bulb and, upon the ambient air temperature in the vicinity of the thermostat reaching a predetermined temperature, the thermostat effectively opens the electrical circuit, shutting the lamp off. Once power is turned off for a period of time, the thermostat resets and the lamp may be operated again. A protective guard is positioned over at least a portion of the bulb of the lamp to prevent accidental burning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Holmes Products Corp.
    Inventors: Tom Turner, Robert J. Livergood
  • Patent number: 5820255
    Abstract: A lighting-fixture support pole includes an interior cavity and a hand-hole opening having a length and a width. The improvement comprises a mounting plate having an interior surface and a sealing member compressed between such surface and the pole. The sealing member has an aperture therethrough with dimensions about equal to the length and width, respectively, of the hand-hole opening. A termination box extends from the mounting plate into the cavity and a receptacle is on the exterior surface of the mounting plate. The improved support pole permits a customer to opt for a blank plate or for a plate-mounted receptacle to close the opening. No opening other than the hand-hole opening need be provided in the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Ruud Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Carrington, Donald Wandler
  • Patent number: 5800052
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety shield or protective cover for halogen lamps, particularly halogen floor lamps, whereby the protective safety shield is mounted over the enlarged opening of the inverted shade device so that flammable objects are prevented from coming in contact with a very hot lighted halogen bulb. The safety shield comprises a plurality of ring members that are equally spaced apart, one above the other, and a fixedly attached to strut members, and wherein the halogen lamp is provided with a safety switch that is arranged to allow for an operative active mode as long as the lamppost is in a vertical position, and conversely placed in an operative mode when the lamp is tilted to at least 10.degree. in any direction about the vertical axis of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: John Yeh
  • Patent number: 5601355
    Abstract: A device for rotating a finial attached to a table lamp is provided with an adaptor for providing household current directly from the lamp at a reduced voltage to the drive motor of the device. Preferably, the device includes a battery pack so that a drive shaft of the device which is connectable to a finial can be rotated by either battery power or through a transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: George Valentino
  • Patent number: 5596247
    Abstract: A compact dimmable fluorescent lamp includes a dimming control ballast within a base which installs directly on an existing incandescent or other lighting fixture. The lamp mounts a fluorescent illumination element and includes an accessible dimmer control member connected to the dimming control ballast.In the preferred embodiment, a rotatable lamp globe both covers the fluorescent lamp and is coupled to the control element. The globe thus provides the dual functions of decoratively covering the fluorescent lamp tubes and serving as the dimmer control by rotating the globe to vary the amount of power that is supplied to the lamp. In other embodiments, a rotatable external annular ring extends substantially around the circumference of the lamp base and is connected to the dimming ballast control to serve as the dimmer control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Martich, Thomas E. Beling, John M. Ossenmacher, Stephen C. McLeod
  • Patent number: 5424610
    Abstract: An outboard ballast which allows a compact fluorescent light bulb and its associated ballast to be positioned within a standard table lamp having a standard-size harp. The ballast is divided into separate sections so that the sections and their housing can extend into an area beyond the harp and below the socket of the lamp fixture. A three-way switch circuit is provided to be adaptable with common table lamp fixtures. The configuration of the present invention provides security features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Lumatech Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Pelton, Louis Temesvary
  • Patent number: 5141325
    Abstract: The present invention is aimed to provide a lamp with collapsible arm, the collapsible arm comprises bottom, intermediate, and top sections telescopedly connected to each other, and a conductive assembly disposed in the sections to facilitate electrical communication therebetween, so that the collapsible arm can be adjusted to a desired position by way of moving the sections forward and backward without losing electric contact therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: James C. S. Huang
  • Patent number: 5142464
    Abstract: A rotary dimmer switch mounting structure for a floor lamp, comprising two tubes connected by a pipe connector and fastened in a floor to support a lamp, and a rotary dimmer switch received inside the pipe connector and the tubes and controlled by a revolving shaft to regulate the intensity of light produced by the lamp, wherein the pipe connector has an elongated slot longitudinally extending from either end edge thereof for receiving the rotatable control shaft and therefore, the diameter of the tubes can be smaller than the total height of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: Gary Wang
  • Patent number: 5010460
    Abstract: It is a no-touch lamp to be operated with a proximity-capacition-sensing circuit with lamp shade and waterscape-lamp stand; the lamp mainly comprises a lamp stand and lamp shade. when a person moves closely to the lamp, a signal will be generated, and will be amplified through a capacitance induction circuit so as to control the output of a Triac circuit and to turn on the lamp. The lamp stand is loaded with water and decorative objects, whereby a beautiful waterscape can be provided upon the power is turned on for visual pleasure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: John Y. Lin
  • Patent number: 4774647
    Abstract: A trouble light incorporates a circuit breaker in its handle to reduce the possibility of shock to a user. The handle is formed of right and left shells and includes a screw-type receptacle for a lamp and an electrical plug receptacle. The circuit breaker is connected in a series with a power cord, and to the screw-type receptacle and the electrical plug receptacle. The circuit breaker instantly interrupts power to the receptacles upon detection of excess current flow in the circuit in the trouble light. The handle shells are molded from an insulating material such as plastic and internal webs are formed to retain the various electrical circuit elements in the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Alert Safety Lite Products Co.
    Inventors: James D. Kovacik, James W. Kovacik, Thomas J. Blanch, Paul S. Blanch
  • Patent number: 4626972
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a combination lamp and night light wherein the lamp also generates the illusion of a three-dimensional scene when the night light is operated. The scene is removably secured to the lamp base to permit changing of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Tobin Wolf
  • Patent number: 4507716
    Abstract: A touch switchable lamp is provided having a base with conductive and non-conductive parts. A conductive coating substantially covers the non-conductive parts of the base and is in electrical contact with at least some of the conductive parts. A switching unit having a touch responsive control terminal is electrically connected with the conductive coating and the conductive parts of the base. A light bulb receptacle is also electrically connected with the switching unit so that whenever a human body is brought into close proximity to the conductive parts or the conductive coating of the base which are electrically connected to the touch responsive control terminal of the switching unit, the switching unit responds by switching the mode of operation of a light bulb between at least a first and second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Touch-On, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph H. Benedict, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4285028
    Abstract: A combination bedroom lamp and clock, the clock including a time-controlled mechanism that trips an on-off switch in the electric circuit to the lamp, and the device additionally including a lamp operated projector for images upon a bedroom ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Inventors: Glen Sundin, George Spector
  • Patent number: RE40619
    Abstract: An improved efficiency fluorescent lighting system is described. The system utilizes reduced rows of fluorescent luminaires which are spaced much further apart than traditional spacing. The luminaires used in the system of the present invention have increased light output of each luminaire by up to fifty percent through a combination of use of a high efficiency lamp producing about 3250 lumens, an electronic dimming ballast having a ballast factor of about 1.2 and a luminaire having a spacing to mounting height ratio of at least 1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: David W. Knoble, Eugene Graff