Double-ring Frame Patents (Class 362/434)
  • Patent number: 10135389
    Abstract: A photovoltaic panel system for assembly to an outdoor column which is ergonomic in design, modular in structure and has features of connection that are protected from the outdoor elements. The assembly comprises one or more housings, each housing comprising a photovoltaic panel extending between two collars and each collar being hinged to allow the collars to be placed around the column. The also includes an extension section extending beyond one collar at one end of the housing, and which has means to secure the section to the column and having a dimension of less than each collar. The collar of one housing extends over the extension piece of the neighboring housing to cover the column securement means and protect the securement means from the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Marco Braghiroli
  • Patent number: 9816688
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of converting the necks on lamp shades into threadable couplers that allow the shades with the couplers to be screwed onto the exterior threads on light sockets, such as those types of sockets found on wall mounted and ceiling mounted candelabras and ceiling fans. The couplers can include plate members that are fastened in a sandwich configuration on both the inside and outside of the neck portion of the shade with the sandwiched plate members having an interior threaded surface. Modified lamp shades can be screwed to exterior threaded light sockets on candelabra lights, pendant lights, ceiling fan lights, and any other type of lamp sockets that have removable lamp shades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Palm Coast Imports, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis C. Kuykendall, James P. Burns, Brendan P. Byrne, Bruce C. Nemac, Jason Rohr
  • Patent number: 9784422
    Abstract: A self-centering hyperbolic trim assembly is provided for a recessed light fixture. The trim assembly includes a mixing chamber, a hyperbolic reflector and a reflector mounting assembly to mount the hyperbolic reflector without rigid attachment in an optic housing of the recessed light fixture. The mixing chamber is top mounted by its chamber holder portion over an LED light source in the optic housing. The mixing chamber has a light transmitting chamber body held within the chamber holder portion, whereby a space is formed between the chamber holder and the light transmitting chamber body. This space is sufficient to accept the free upper end of the hyperbolic reflector therein, thus creating a self-centering interference fit between the mixing chamber and the reflector, while protecting the LED light source, when the light fixture is assembled, thereby maintaining consistent light output and patterning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Kerry S. Collins, Joseph Stauner
  • Patent number: 8858045
    Abstract: An LED based illumination module includes a thermal interface surface that is coupled to a thermal interface surface of a reflector using engaging members that generate a compressive force between the thermal interface surfaces. The engaging members may be, e.g., protrusions that interface with recesses, spring pins, formed sheet metal, magnets, mounting collar, etc. The reflector may include a vented portion that is not optically coupled to the LED based illumination module to allow air to pass through the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Xicato, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Harbers, Christopher R. Reed, Peter K. Tseng, John S. Yriberri
  • Patent number: 7621659
    Abstract: A collapsible lampshade includes: an upper frame defining an axis, and formed with a plurality of angularly spaced-apart connecting grooves, each of the connecting grooves extending in a radial direction with respect to the axis; a lower frame surrounding the axis; a plurality of support rods each having a first end pivotally connected to the lower frame, and a second end opposite to the first end, the second end being received releasably in and being slidable along a respective one of the connecting grooves; and a foldable cover connected to and extending between the upper frame and the lower frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Ching-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 7227682
    Abstract: A zoom lens is disclosed having a zoom ratio larger than four with a field of view at the short focal length position larger than 85 degrees and with a minimal number of moving groups. The zoom lens utilizes a compound zoom structure comprising an NP or NPP zoom kernel followed by a P or PP zoom relay, with only two or three moving groups that can be used for both zooming, focusing and athermalization. An overall compact package size is achieved by the use of prisms to fold the optical path in strategic locations. An optional variable power liquid cell can provide close focusing with little or no focus breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Panavision International, L.P.
    Inventors: James Brian Caldwell, Iain A. Neil
  • Patent number: 7153006
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for a flashlight device is provided, which contains a lamp member, at least an optical lens, and a rim member. The lamp member has a lamp housed in a closed casing with a transparent lens at an end of the closed casing. Around and at the outer side of the transparent lens, the lamp member has a flanged rim with a number of L-shaped notches configured around the inside circumference of the flanged rim. Correspondingly, the rim member has a number of wedges protruding from the outside circumference of the rim member. The rim member is joined to the flanged rim by making the wedges slide into the L-shaped notches, and the optical lens is thereby fixed between the rim member and the transparent lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Ming-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 6960004
    Abstract: A lampshade includes first and second annular members, a plurality of spaced-apart flexible supporting rods disposed between the first and second annular members, and a flexible cover sheet body covering the supporting rods. Each supporting rod has first and second ends connected respectively to the first and second annular members. The supporting rods are curved to bulge outwardly to a first position. The first and second annular members are rotatable in opposite directions so as to twist simultaneously the supporting rods to a second position, and are compressible to move toward each other to fold the supporting rods from the second to a third position. The supporting rods are resilient to restore from the third to the first position when the first and second annular members are pulled apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Habitex Corporation
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6851836
    Abstract: A lamp shade which can be folded to reduce its size for shipping, display and storage, having an upper ring, a lower ring, and a number of supports interconnecting, separating and supporting the upper and lower rings. In one embodiment, the supports are separate trapezoid-shaped single piece supports which are disconnected from the rings for collapsing the lampshade. In another embodiment, the supports are separate U-shaped single piece supports which are disconnected from the rings for collapsing the lampshade. In another embodiment, the supports are U-shaped single piece supports loosely attached to the upper ring of the lampshade at the center of each support and which are disconnected from the lower ring for collapsing the lampshade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Hsih Bin Chou
  • Patent number: 6808295
    Abstract: A light modifier mounting assembly includes an outer frame which is rotatably connected to an interchangeable adapter ring. The adapter rings have different sizes of light openings. One of the adapter rings is mounted on the lighting fixture. A soft tent modifier includes a plurality of rods which define the shape of the tent. The ends of the rods are connected to the rotatable outer frame. The image maker may also rotate the light modifier during use without disassembly of the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: F. J. Westcott Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Waltz, Kelly Mondora
  • Patent number: 6698910
    Abstract: A folding structure of a two-layer lampshade is disclosed. The folding structure has a top ring at a topmost of the lampshade, a bottom ring having a diameter larger than that of the top ring, and a supporting frame between the top ring and the bottom ring. A plurality of supporting rods extend from a ring edge of the top ring toward a center of the top ring. The supporting frame is formed by a plurality of longitudinal rods and a plurality of transversal rods. Since the supporting frame is engaged to the bottom ring by the buckle, it can rotate to be positioned horizontally by using the buckles as fulcrums and the inner cloth and outer cloth of the lampshade encloses the folding structure. Thereby, the lampshade is assembled to have a smaller volume, As a consequence, the transfer cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6527421
    Abstract: There is provided a lampshade frame that shifts between an erect, use configuration and a collapsed configuration for shipping, packaging and/or storage. The frame includes an upper hoop and a lower hoop with segmented ribs extending between the hoops. Each of the segmented ribs includes at least two segments that are interconnected by a sleeve that allows them to shift between an extended position, where the length of the rib is maximized for erecting the lampshade, and a retraced state, where the length of the rib is shortened for collapsing the lampshade. The sleeve also locks the ribs in the extended state against unintentional collapse of the lampshade frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Berman Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: He Hong Qing
  • Patent number: 6443601
    Abstract: A rapid assembly and disassembly lamp shade structure comprised of a top ring, a bottom ring, and frame members propped between the top ring and the bottom ring. The bottom ring has aligned with the top ring support rod positions and extending from the center to its circumference slide rods and, furthermore, coupling rings capable of traveling back and forth along the slide rods are ensleeved onto the slide rods. Each coupling ring has projecting upward a hinge tab with a through-hole formed in it, the bottom ends of the paired brace rods of the frame members are punched into a flat shape and, furthermore, the fastening sections have an insertion hole formed in the center, thereby providing for riveted conjoinment of the frame member fastening sections to the coupling ring hinge tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6439747
    Abstract: A lampshade folding structure to achieve minimum packing volume thus to reduce costs of packing material and transportation essentially comprised of a support frame to stretch up a soft shade between an upper and a lower rings; each ring provided with at least two pivoting devices so that when folded, both rings are folded into semi-circular shape and put on the same plane with the support frame removed to facilitate packaging, transportation, carriage and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Yi-Shun Liu, Chin-Min Yang
  • Patent number: 6409365
    Abstract: A hanging-type lamp shade having an insulator sleeve at the bottom section and a light bulb unit in the interior section. The lamp shade has a center ring at the mid-point of its diameter and, furthermore, an opening is formed from a through-hole in the center ring towards its circumferential edge that accommodates the insertion of a power cord. A collar projects downward vertically from the centered annular edge of the through-hole of the center ring such that the collar is around the periphery of a threaded rod, and the insulator sleeve and the light bulb unit are situated at the bottom end of the lamp shade. Furthermore, a washer is installed between the insulator sleeve and light bulb unit that leaves an intervening space of separation, thereby providing for the directed flow of light bulb heat to reduce the interior temperature of the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 6386739
    Abstract: The invention has a top ring, a bottom ring, of which the perimeter is greater than that of the top ring, and a support frame connecting the top ring and the bottom ring. Near the support portion of a support frame, there are support bars extending radiantly from the top ring and the end of the bars are bent upward to fasten the clip hooks on the ring rim. After the assembly of the support frame, the upper transversal arch bars exactly hit the bottom rim of the clip hook on the top ring to firmly fix the support frame. Also, near the support portion on a support frame, there are fixture bases located accordingly on the bottom ring for the insert and positioning of bottom bars on the support frame. The lamp cover can thus be assembled with minimum volume to achieve the objectives of easy assembly and to reduce storage volume and delivery cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6357897
    Abstract: A sideless collapsible frame lampshade wherein two upper and lower circular frames are utilized as the top and bottom structural elements on which a pliant material is installed and held taut by means of a middle frame that allows for convenient assembly and disassembly, while reinforcing the separation of the upper and lower circular frames to thereby form a collapsible lampshade structure that does not require lateral frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Shown Shih
  • Publication number: 20020027781
    Abstract: A light fixture includes a housing, a lens, a lens frame, and at least one mounting spring. The mounting spring is mountable to the lens frame and includes a first member configured to retain the lens in the lens frame and a second member configured to attach the lens frame to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: James V. Agro
  • Patent number: 6315434
    Abstract: A one-piece, collapsible lampshade is disclosed. The invention comprises an upper and lower ring, between which a shade is attached. Supports are permanently attached to one ring, with each support having a hinge part-way along its length. Receptacles are mounted on the opposite ring to receive the unattached end of the supports. The shade may be shipped and stored in the collapsed state by removing the unattached end of the supports from the receptacles and folding the supports flat. Because the shade is shipped and stored in one piece, it is easily and quickly assembled by the purchaser, without the risk of losing parts or of damage during shipment due to the movement of loose parts against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Cheyenne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan M. Long
  • Patent number: 6247832
    Abstract: A glass dome holder having an upper and a lower ring assembly for placing on the top and bottom of a glass dome. A plurality of spoke members connect the upper and lower ring assembly surrounding the glass dome and forming a unified structure. The upper ring assembly includes a J-bracket assembly including a J-bracket. A pair of connecting brackets are provided for connecting to a customer supplied U-bracket attached to a high bay unit. A socket and bracket assembly can be adjustably fixed to the connecting brackets. The hook portion of the J-bracket can be releasably fixed to the connecting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Jerome Neustadt
  • Patent number: 5375048
    Abstract: A frame (2) for a collapsible lampshade comprising: upper (4) and lower (6) support members spaced in parallel planes; a plurality of peripherally spaced rib members (8) extending between the support members (4 and 6), each rib member (8) being pivotally mounted at one end (10) to the upper support member (4) and at the other end (12) to the lower support member (6) and having a hinge located intermediate said ends, and a spider member (14) having a central hub (16), and a plurality of radially extending struts (18), each strut (18) being affixed at one end to the hub (16), the other end (20) being pivotally attached to a slide (22) mounted on one of the rib members (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Inventor: Charles F. Barnes
  • Patent number: 4994949
    Abstract: A stretching device for stretching a pleated lampshade, comprising an upper ring which inserts into the notches of the lampshade and a lower ring, both mounted on a threaded spindle, with the lower ring fixed or slidably retained and the upper ring slidably retained thereon. An adjusting nut is provided above the upper ring and a compression spring is received on the shaft between the two rings to bias the upper ring toward the adjusting nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventors: Chao H. Yeh, Chao K. Yeh
  • Patent number: 4789920
    Abstract: To permit use of materials having different melting temperatures and still rovide a two-component base for a lamp operating at high temperature, for example a halogen incandescent lamp, the base includes a base cup (5) of high heat-resistant plastic material, connected to an attachment element (13) by interengaging snap-in spring fingers (15) and recesses (9,10). To prevent separation of the attachment element from the base cup, the spring fingers are located inside of a solid wall portion of the attachment element and the base cup is formed with projections (8, 11) for example a circumferential flange or bead, extending over the spring fingers when they are snapped into matching recesses formed in the base cup so that, after assembly, the connection cannot be loosened, either inadvertently or deliberately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Assignee: Patent-Treuhand Gesellschaft fur Elektrische Gluhlampen m.b.H.
    Inventors: Peter Helbig, Walter Schonherr
  • Patent number: 4777566
    Abstract: A camera light arrangement includes a light having a rectangular housing and a cylindrical crown connected to the housing. An opening connects the interior of the housing to the interior of the crown. A light bulb support is held in the housing for supporting a light bulb through the opening. The crown comprises a plurality of coaxial rings which define at least one annular slot therebetween. An octogonal accessory frame is removably engaged to the slot and carries accessories, such as opposite pairs of barn door assemblies each comprising a pair of polygonal barn doors. Two of the barn doors are in the form of elongated rectangles which are each pivotably mounted at a single point and the remaining two of the barn doors are substantially triangular in shape and are pivotably mounted at separate locations to the frame. This permits the formation of rectangular openings and slot-shaped openings for light emanating from the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Lowell, Edward Calamai, Richard Regan, Marvin Seligman
  • Patent number: 4758936
    Abstract: A lamp shade assembly is disclosed that is aesthetically pleasing, easy to assemble and one which may be utilized in a variety of orientations to provide either direct or indirect lighting. The assembly has a shade body member having a generally conical configuration which may be attached to a lamp socket. A lamp shade, which may be made of a flexible, expandible material is initially formed in a cylindrical configuration wherein the diameter is less than the maximum diameter of the conical body member, and one end of the shade is placed into the body member. A retaining member is inserted into the interior of the lamp shade so as to urge a portion of the outer surface of the lamp shade material into contact with an inner surface of the body member, thereby forming the lamp shade into a generally conical configuration. A locking collar, threadingly engaged with a lamp socket, holds the retaining member in place against the inner surface of the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Assignee: Lusterlon Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Maxwell
  • Patent number: 4633378
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device for supporting a lamp shade on a variety of lamp sockets of different diameters. The supporting device, also referred to as a lamp shade holder, is constructed with an outer rim adapted to be secured to the lamp shade, an inner rim secured to the outer rim, and two sets of fingers extending from the inner rim and terminating in two different sets of socket engaging ends. One set of socket engaging ends is adapted to engage a first lamp socket having a size falling within a first range of sizes. The other set of socket engaging ends is adapted to engage at least a second lamp socket having a size falling within a second range of sizes which are different from the sizes within the first range. As an additional feature, a plurality of washers of different thicknesses are provided integrally with the lamp shade holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Charm-Glo Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: George F. Reisman
  • Patent number: 4383291
    Abstract: A lamp shade assembly kit includes an assembly ring formed of flexible material into a closed loop, a hoop formed of rigid material and a cover member formed of flexible material into a continuous, open-ended configuration. The assembly ring has an enlarged hoop-receiving channel opening inwardly about the periphery thereof. The cover member is adapted to be secured to the assembly ring. The hoop can then be inserted into the enlarged channel in the assembly ring to give a selected shape to the assembly ring and cover member. With these features, the lamp shade assembly kit may be shipped and stored in knockdown condition and quickly assembled without tools in any of a wide variety of shapes and sizes with optional decorative trim selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
    Inventor: John C. Gall
  • Patent number: 4167034
    Abstract: A lampstand providing a stable and properly-oriented support for a lampshade, particularly one constituted by an oriental lantern formed by a collapsible paper shell having polar openings, each of which is bridged by a strut having a central loop. The stand includes a vertical pole carrying a bulb socket and a harp formed by a triad of arms which encage the bulb and interconnect upper and lower rings. The lower ring is secured to the pole and the upper ring supports an extension rod in axial alignment with the pole. The lantern is mounted on the stand to envelop the bulb, the upper loop being attached to the head of the extension rod, the lower loop engaging the pole at a point just below a resilient collar which embraces the pole and is shiftable to a position subjecting the lantern to tension to maintain the shell thereof in its fully expanded state. Extension rods of different length may be installed on the harp to allow for centering of the bulb for a range of shade sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1979
    Inventor: Isamu Noguchi