Collapsible Patents (Class 362/450)
  • Patent number: 9151472
    Abstract: A light cover capable of adjusting the amount of light emitted is provided in the present invention. The light cover includes a cloth, a supporting frame and a binding member. The supporting frame includes three/four intersecting elastic supporting rods. A light emitting opening and a triangular/square mounting portion are formed by assembling the cloth with the three/four intersecting elastic supporting rods. The binding member is assembled with both ends of each of the three/four elastic supporting rods. By tightening the binding member around the ends of the three/four elastic supporting rods, the three/four intersecting elastic supporting rods are bent into different curvatures, thereby adjusting the size of the light emitting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Chien-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 9028114
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention comprise lighting fixture assemblies that minimize the visibility of hardware and shadows. In particular, the lighting fixture assemblies may include no supporting hardware extending through an internal space defined, in whole or in part, by the lighting fixture assembly. In addition, the lighting fixture assemblies may include a gap between a bottom/top panel and a side panel of the lighting fixture assembly. Accordingly, lighting fixture assemblies of one or more implementations of the present invention can reduce or eliminate the visibility of internal supporting hardware and shadows on the exterior surfaces of the lighting fixture assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: 3form, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Grey Smith
  • Patent number: 8662720
    Abstract: A beacon has an associated post that is supported in relation to a watercraft. The beacon may comprise four major separable elongated members all mutually joined by an elastic cord extending along the longitudinal axis of the beacon. When separated, the four major separable members may fold in the compact configuration, thus enabling compact stowage. The beacon may comprise an internal light source, a flag or pennant, and reflective films to signal presence of the watercraft to others. The flag may be formed as a receptacle for receiving and storing the separable elongated members for stowage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Luther Cifers
  • Patent number: 8657461
    Abstract: A solar-powered lighting apparatus having a light transmissible shade coupled to a housing that receives a solar cell, a battery and at least a portion of a lighting element assembly. In one embodiment, the shade may have a spherical shape achieved with a support unit or achieved by operation of gravity. A bottom device or bottom portion may be coupled to the shade and cooperate therewith forming and maintaining the spherical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Allsop, Jamey J. Allsop
  • Patent number: 8614406
    Abstract: A system for heating a patio, the system comprising: a head unit comprising a heating unit configured for heating a patio; an offset assembly, wherein the offset assembly is coupled to the head unit; a mounting pole comprising a plurality of sections, the mounting pole being coupled to the offset assembly; and a base unit the base unit supporting the mounting pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Well Traveled Imports, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Hall, Jr., Hampton H. Tanner
  • Patent number: 8434915
    Abstract: An LED lamp includes a housing and a light source located outside the housing. An electric module is received in the housing. The housing defines a receiving recess in an outer surface thereof. The light source is connected to the electric module electrically. The light source is pivotally mounted to the housing and pivotable between a rest state and a working state to adjust an illumination angle of the light source. When the light source is located at the rest state, the light source is received in the receiving recess. When the light source is located at the working state, the light source is pivoted up from the receiving recess. The LED lamp can be used for normal illumination, emergency illumination or mobile illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tay-Jian Liu, Jian-Bing Qian
  • Patent number: 8419207
    Abstract: A portable light assembly (200) has a light head (26) adapted to be housed in a protective container (12) and to be withdrawn therefrom when required for use. The light head (26) is attached to a swivel bracket (28) and is connected to a battery (25) also housed in the container. The portable light assembly includes mounting means (18) for supporting the light head (26) at locations in need of illumination. A handle (14) is connected to a lid (20) of the assembly, and the handle has a release member (36) for releasing an extension post arrangement (30, 32) from the protective container. This allows the extension post arrangement (30, 32), Nd (20), swivel bracket (28) and light head (26) to be slid upwardly by activating the release member (36) and lifting the handle (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Golight Pty Limited
    Inventor: Glenn Smith
  • Patent number: 8353609
    Abstract: A lamp mounting apparatus includes a base, an adjusting portion, and an assembling portion. The adjusting portion includes a first end pivotably connected to the base, and a second end. The assembling portion is pivotably connected to the second end. The assembling portion is configured to have a lamp mounted thereon, and the assembling portion is capable of moving relative to the base by adjusting the adjusting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Shin Chou, Zhen-Xing Ye
  • Patent number: 8182121
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for covering an area, which device comprises an attachment portion and a body. Said body is designed partly spherical made of a flexible material and designed as a cover with a wall essentially extending around the entire cover which has an open end portion. Said wall extends from an end point to said end portion, which end portion is configured to assume a first position with regard to a plane in said end point of said cover and a second position by folding said wall and displacing said end portion past said plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: CableCup AB
    Inventors: Jonas Karl Forsman, Lars S E Wettre
  • Patent number: 7824079
    Abstract: The invention provides a diffuser for a portable light tower that has an envelope of fire resistant material designed to diffuse light situated on a frame forming a generally spherical structure that can be opened and closed by use of a pulley and cable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Multiquip, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Cuppett, Mary Hidalgo
  • 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: 7609949
    Abstract: A durable, portable for the lighting or imaging professional includes at least a first collapsible frame adapted to support a light modifying flag or a light modifying net. The collapsible frame includes first and second rigid frame components 22, 24 carrying fixed hinge pins 38 that connect to first and second foldable frame components. The collapsible frame defines frame components with frame ends and the kit includes at least one light modifying flexible material segment with frame end receiving portions. The collapsible frame has a first erected size and the flexible material segment has a second size not greater than said first size so that the collapsible frame, when erected, permits a user to place the flexible material flag or net under tension upon the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: John S. Ealer
  • Patent number: 7513638
    Abstract: A solar-powered collapsible lighting apparatus includes a lighting element assembly having a lighting element, a solar cell, a battery unit, and a collapsible shade. The battery unit is electrically coupled to the solar cell and to the lighting element assembly. The solar cell is positioned proximate to the top of the collapsible shade. The lighting element assembly and the battery unit are positioned within the collapsible shade. The solar-powered collapsible lighting apparatus is deployed by connecting a support unit between a top portion and a bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Allsop, Jamey J. Allsop
  • Patent number: 7497602
    Abstract: A three dimension collapsible lampshade mainly includes a collapsible rib foldable on a cubical surface and a pliable fabric cover foldable on a plane. The pliable fabric cover has a flexible ring at a lower rim that may be fixed or folded in a desired shape. The collapsible rib and the pliable fabric cover are separable. By coupling the collapsible rib and the pliable fabric cover a cubical lampshade can be formed. The lampshade may also be folded in three dimensions. Compared with the conventional lampshades that are foldable only in two dimensions, the invention can save the cost of package material and transportation. The separable design also allows consumers to change and replace the pliable fabric cover as desired after purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Lien
  • Patent number: 7473015
    Abstract: A combination lampshade includes a center hub, a plurality of lampshade elements that are respectively abutted against one another by fastening respective pins into respective pin holes and secured together by swivel hooks at each lampshade element, and an annular retainer fastened to the center hub to secure the lampshade elements around the center hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Wen-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 7461957
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a lighting device chassis and a handle extending of the top of the lighting device chassis. A lighting device mount extends from the bottom surface of the lighting device chassis. The mount is realeasably coupled to the device chassis stand. The stand is capable of supporting the lighting device chassis. The lighting device also includes a power cord having an activation device. The chassis stand includes a cord storage member. The power cord and activation device are storable about the cord storage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Roy A. Thompson, Jacob A. Marks
  • Publication number: 20080192486
    Abstract: A three dimension collapsible lampshade mainly includes a collapsible rib foldable on a cubical surface and a pliable fabric cover foldable on a plane. The pliable fabric cover has a flexible ring at a lower rim that may be fixed or folded in a desired shape. The collapsible rib and the pliable fabric cover are separable. By coupling the collapsible rib and the pliable fabric cover a cubical lampshade can be formed. The lampshade may also be folded in three dimensions. Compared with the conventional lampshades that are foldable only in two dimensions, the invention can save the cost of package material and transportation. The separable design also allows consumers to change and replace the pliable fabric cover as desired after purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Lien
  • Patent number: 7401952
    Abstract: A foldable lamp shade includes a shade body, an upper support ring, a plurality of locking members, a lower support ring, a plurality of hanging hooks, and a plurality of support bars. Thus, the user only needs to hook the hook hole of each of the support bars on the respective hanging hook and to insert the insertion portion of each of the support bars into the locking slot of the respective locking member so as to mount the support bars between the upper support ring and the lower support ring by the respective hanging hook and the respective locking member so that the lamp shade is assembled easily and quickly, thereby facilitating the user assembling the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Ting-Sheng Lee
  • Patent number: 7350942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display apparatus, particularly to structure of LED display modules. The invention could be implemented through a LED matrix display module with high luminance area ratio comprising an injection molding unit and a printing board fitted therewith, wherein, LEDs are regularly arranged in a matrix on said printing board, and each pixel dot is correspondingly provided with a reflecting cavity on said molding unit, with the reflecting cavity expanding gradually from the inside section (close to the display surface). The circumference of the inside section of the reflecting cavity forms a closed and smooth circular curve. The invention is characterized in that, the circumference of the outside section of the reflecting cavity forms a closed and smooth curve which is a square with round corners, and the side face of the reflecting cavity is a smooth and cured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Shanghai Sansi Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bishou Chen, Yinghua Wang, Peng Wang, Xiaoliang He
  • Patent number: 7234843
    Abstract: A light comprising a rear light modifying panel having a front surface and opposite sides; a lamp support panel assembly connected at least at two spaced apart locations to the rear light modifying panel assembly, for supporting at least one lamp in front of the front surface and between the opposite sides of the rear light modifying panel assembly; and a front light modifying panel having a rear surface spaced from the front surface of the rear light modifying panel, the front light modifying panel having opposite sides connected to the opposite sides of the rear light modifying panel. The lamp support panel assembly is between the front and rear light modifying panels for holding the at least one lamp between the front and rear light modifying panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Gary Regester, David Conroy
  • Patent number: 7198380
    Abstract: A pool decorating system includes a selectively inflatable member that has a bottom side. A light assembly includes a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends between the top and bottom walls. The housing has a plurality of substantially transparent windows therein. A light emitter is mounted within the housing. A power supply is electrically coupled to the light emitter. An actuator is electrically coupled to the light emitter for selectively turning the light emitter on or off. A coupler is adapted for removably attaching the light assembly to the bottom side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Linda S. Eatmon-Kral
  • Patent number: 7144137
    Abstract: A lampshade includes a main body made of silicone rubber and preset in shape. The main body has its upper and lower circumferential edge respectively wrapped inside with an elastic bar and the inner side of its upper circumferential edge provided with a plurality of lugs respectively bored with an insert hole. The supporting bars at the upper end of a lamp holder are respectively inserted and fixed in the insert holes at the upper inner side of the main body to prop open the upper side of the main body and let the lower side drop downward naturally to form a lampshade for use. The lampshade made of flexible silicone rubber with excellent plasticity can be collapsed to diminish its dimensions when it is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: I-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 7086746
    Abstract: A collapsible light has a flexible reflector or light modifying panel assembly forming a curved, e.g. parabola, or bent, e.g. angular, shape when in a use position. The light modifying panel assembly can be folded or flattened into a storage position. A further transparent or translucent panel may be provided across the front of the light modifying panel assembly. One or more lamps are support on the light modifying panel assembly by a transparent or translucent support panel assembly connected at at least two spaced apart locations to the light modifying assembly. The further panel may be a diffuser panel or other effects panel removably fastened across the front of the light modifying panel assembly. Several of the lights may be joined together to form arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Gary Regester
  • Patent number: 7063428
    Abstract: A photography lightbank is extendable axially and radially to a larger size by an extension ring, which is removably attachable to the distal (front) end of the lightbank shroud. Extension rod connectors are configured for attachment of extension rods, which support the extension ring in outstretched configuration, to the distal ends of the primary support rods that support the lightbank shroud, while releasable fasteners attach the proximal end of the extension ring to the distal end of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Chimera Company
    Inventor: Gregory Lowe
  • Patent number: 7040793
    Abstract: An automobile lamp assembly that exhibits improved energy absorption characteristics as compared with known automobile lamp assemblies having a resiliently deformable flexure member positioned between a lens member and a housing member includes a flexure member that is configured to dynamically change its energy absorption characteristics during impact. More specifically, various geometries and/or materials are utilized to dynamically control deformation during impact and reduce damage and/or injury during an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee A. Chase
  • Patent number: 7021788
    Abstract: A lantern includes a base assembly, a light assembly and a globe assembly that is telescopically movable, relative to the base assembly, from a collapsed OFF position to an extended ON position. The base assembly includes a housing having an upper platform and a pair of electrical contacts connected to a power supply within the base assembly. The light assembly includes a socket guide, a socket member, an actuating element, a socket support and a spring. The socket guide has an upper plate having a pair of electrical contacts mounted on the upper plate top face. The socket member has a socket segment for receiving the base of a lighting element, an extension segment extending downward through an opening in the socket guide upper plate, and a pair of electrical contacts electrically connected with the lighting element. The actuating element extends from a lower end portion, engaged with the socket guide upper plate top face, through an opening in the upper platform of the base assembly housing to an upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Tupor Limited
    Inventor: Tit Wing Poon
  • 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: 6883939
    Abstract: A detachable lampshade includes an upper ring and a lower ring parallel to each other. Multiple shades are made of a resilient material and are bent outside the upper ring and the lower ring. Each shade has two rods respectively provided at two sides thereof A plurality of tubes is provided between the upper ring and the lower ring. Each tube has a channel longitudinally defined through an outer periphery of the tube. An upper slot and a lower slot are transversally defined at a diametrically opposite side of the channel for respectively locating the upper ring and the lower ring. The adjacent rods are received in the respective tubes through the channels and positioned between the upper ring and the respective upper slots, and between the lower ring and the respective lower slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Chaur-Bing Chen
  • 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: 6837597
    Abstract: A lampshade assembly includes a rib retaining unit and a plurality of shade members. The rib retaining unit includes a lower rib retaining member, an upper rib retaining member superimposed on the lower rib retaining member, and a fastening member for securing together the lower and upper rib retaining members. The connecting rib has a distal end retained removably on the rib retaining unit. The shade members are disposed adjacent to each other, and cooperate to form a lamp containing space when the distal ends of the connecting ribs of the shade members are retained on the rib retaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventors: Liang-An Lin, Ching-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 6793383
    Abstract: A simple do-it-myself lamp assembling structure comprises a lamp body and an inserting rod inserted to the lamp seat. The lamp seat has an inserting seat protrudes to a top side of the lamp seat. The lamp seat has locked with a confining reed and another end of the confining reed not being locked is inclined upwards as an inclined end. The inclined end is exactly inserted into the inserting rod to resist against the embedding groove. A lower end of a head of the inserting rod has an embedding groove. After the inserting rod has inserted into the embedding groove, the embedding groove is exactly buckled with the confining reed of the lamp seat. Thereby, a lamp assembling structure is formed which can be detached for storage and transfer with a small volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6773145
    Abstract: A lampshade assembly comprises a lampshade and a connection mechanism. The lampshade has a plurality of lampshade pieces. The connection mechanism has a plurality of connecting rods each of which is respectively attached to the lampshade pieces. The connection mechanism further comprises an upper cap, a first fitting piece, a fitting set and a spring. When the spring is stretched outwardly to separate the upper cap from the first fitting piece and then stack the lampshade pieces. When the lampshade pieces are assembled, the connecting rods radiate around a circle. Since the space occupied by the lampshade assembly is reduced, the packing cost and the transport cost are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Pu-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 6769796
    Abstract: A collapsible decorative device. There is disclosed a multi-component apparatus for erecting an aesthetically pleasing star-shaped frame upon which lights, paper, fabric or even fireworks may be draped, attached, covered or arranged to provide a rigid star decoration. Both five- and six-pointed star versions are disclosed. The elements of the device are variously and pivotally interconnected, so that the device may be compactly collapsed for transportation or storage, and yet is easily collapsed and re-erected for repeated use from holiday to holiday.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Melvin G. Trammell
  • Patent number: 6769793
    Abstract: A cover surrounds an expandable frame that, when expanded, shapes the cover in a decorative fashion. The frame includes a plurality of flexible rods interconnected between two base units. As the base units are moved towards one another, the rods flex outwardly to form a somewhat spherical configuration. The rods are tapered at one or both ends to help facilitate a circular curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Marcellus R. Benson, Chad P. Stuemke
  • Publication number: 20040125604
    Abstract: A lampshade adapted to be interconvertible between an assembled configuration having a first volume and a knockdown configuration having a second, smaller volume comprises lampshade segments connected to rotational elements. Slotting means on preselected rotational elements position the connecting members to assume predetermined positions with respect to the common axis, where the rotational elements are locked in place. Methods for use of the lampshade in knockdown shipping, and kits containing the lampshade and instructional materials are also taught.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: John Yeh
  • Patent number: 6746137
    Abstract: A lampshade adapted to be interconvertible between an assembled configuration having a first volume and a knockdown configuration having a second, smaller volume comprises lampshade segments connected to rotational elements. Slotting means on preselected rotational elements position the connecting members to assume predetermined positions with respect to the common axis, where the rotational elements are locked in place. Methods for use of the lampshade in knockdown shipping, and kits containing the lampshade and instructional materials are also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: John Yeh
  • Patent number: 6733145
    Abstract: A folding softbox is disclosed including a collapsible frame that is provided in a manner of an umbrella frame, i.e., a central post with ribs that projects outwardly from a first end of the post and curve toward a second end of the post. A strut extends between a mid-span portion of each rib and the post to hold the ribs away from the post in an operative position. The inner ends of the struts are interconnected and are selectively slidable coaxially about the post. When the inner ends of the struts are slid toward the second end of the post, the outer ends of the struts are pulled inwardly toward the post and, thus, pull the ribs inwardly toward the post into a second or collapsed position. The folding softbox includes a mounting apparatus adapted for releasably connecting to any of a wide variety of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: John E. Shirilla
  • Publication number: 20040047158
    Abstract: A collapsible lamp harp is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: Craftmade International, Inc.
    Inventor: Neall W. Humphrey
  • Publication number: 20040027830
    Abstract: A lampshade formed by a plurality of rings comprises an upper ring, a plurality of upper section unit rings, a middle ring, a plurality of lower section unit rings; and a lower ring, which are arranged sequentially from an upper end to an lower end. A plurality of hooked rings are extended from each of the upper section unit rings. The upper section unit rings are serially connected by using chains to pass through the hooked rings. Two ends of the chain are locked to the upper ring and the middle ring. The lower section unit rings are arranged with a way like that of the upper section unit ring. By above structure, the ring structure is foldable so that the rings are overlapped and thus the whole lampshade has a smaller volume so that it can be stored and transferred easily and conveniently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Er-Shiang Chen
  • Patent number: 6688757
    Abstract: A high lumen output illumination device includes a light source secured on a ballast housing and a reflector. At least one reflective element redirects light emanating from the source along a direction of interest. At least one support element gives the reflective element a useful optical shape and aids in the retention of the optical shape. The reflector is capable of being transitioned between two orientations, an open orientation, where the reflector is functional, and a collapsed orientation, where the reflector occupies a greatly reduced amount of space. The reflector includes a fastening means that allows the reflector to be removed from the ballast housing, and re-attached to the ballast housing when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Kovach, Gary A. Steinberg
  • Publication number: 20040022062
    Abstract: A simple do-it-myself lamp assembling structure comprises a lamp body and an inserting rod inserted to the lamp seat. The lamp seat has an inserting seat protrudes to a top side of the lamp seat. The lamp seat has locked with a confining reed and another end of the confining reed not being locked is inclined upwards as an inclined end. The inclined end is exactly inserted into the inserting rod to resist against the embedding groove. A lower end of a head of the inserting rod has an embedding groove. After the inserting rod has inserted into the embedding groove, the embedding groove is exactly buckled with the confining reed of the lamp seat. Thereby, a lamp assembling structure is formed which can be detached for storage and transfer with a small volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6685344
    Abstract: A lamp shade assembly includes a foldable shade having an upper edge and a lower edge to define an inner cavity therebetween, a top frame mounted at the upper edge of the foldable shade, a bottom frame mounted at the lower edge of the foldable shade, and a supporting frame detachably mounted between the top frame and the bottom frame within the inner cavity of the foldable shade for applying a stretching force on the foldable shade. The stretching force of the supporting frame is greater than a weight of the foldable shade, so that the foldable shade is stretched to provide a tension surface extending between the upper edge and the lower edge thereof, so as to form a collapsible lamp shade which is facilitated to be disassembled into a compact unit for storage and carriage and quickly assembled to tensely support a foldable shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: William K. Lin
  • Patent number: 6672743
    Abstract: Lampshade frame structure including an outer shade body, an upper and a lower trays and several support rods. The upper tray is made of metal rod having circular cross-section. The lower tray is made of metal rod having rectangular cross-section. The support rod is made of slightly elastic elongated metal strip. Each of two ends of the support rod is enclosed in a fixing sheath. One end of an upper fixing sheath is formed with a semicircular holding section, while one end of a lower fixing sheath is formed with a hooking section for respectively hooking and connecting with the upper and lower trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Mei-Ju Juang
  • Patent number: 6663263
    Abstract: A collapsible lampshade includes an upper ring, a lower ring, a plurality of upper ribs each having a first end pivoted to the upper ring and a second end part, and a plurality of lower ribs each having a third end which is pivoted to the lower ring and a fourth end part which has a connection part pivoted to the second end part. The connection part has a pair of flaps extending over and pivoted to the second end part. Releasable interengagement elements are formed on the flaps and the second end part for locking the second end part from movement relative to the flaps. The lampshade has a simple construction and can be stretched and locked in the stretched state in a convenient manner using few component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Alexander Yu
  • Publication number: 20030189833
    Abstract: A lampshade includes a collapsible frame to which a flexible cover is attached. The frame includes an upper ring and a lower ring. A plurality of support bars are arranged between the upper and lower rings. Each support bar includes an upper section and a lower section hinged to each other. The upper section of the support bar has an end hinged to the upper ring. The lower section of the support bar has an end hinged to the lower ring. The hinge connections between the upper and lower sections of the support bar and between the support bar and the upper and lower rings allow the frame to collapse without separating the parts from each other. A channel member is partially fixed to the upper section of the support bar for partially receiving the lower section of the support bar. Dimples are defined in the lower section of the support for engaging with bosses formed on the channel member for maintaining the support bar in an extended condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Hsien-Te Chen
  • Patent number: 6612711
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a spotlight and an inflatable sack detachably connected thereto and made of a material that is at least partially light-transmitting. The sack has a transparent light entrance orifice to couple to a light exit orifice of the spotlight. The light entrance orifice of the inflatable sack is defined by a transparent glass disk or a transparent foil, which along a circumferential edge is connected in an airtight manner to an edge of a corresponding orifice in the sack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Hagenbach, Bernhard Grill, Manfred Amling
  • Patent number: 6612724
    Abstract: A lampshade has a frame and a shade. The frame has an upper collar, a lower collar and multiple supporting frames. The upper collar is attached to the stand of the lamp. The supporting frames are detachably mounted between the upper collar and the lower collar. Each supporting frame has an upper section, two side rods and a lower section. The lower section is connected to the side rods at the end far away from the upper section. The lower section abuts against the top of the lower collar. Such a lampshade can be disassembled into multiple parts whereby it is detachable to reduce the lampshade in size. Thus, to store and to transport the lampshade are convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Po-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 6604846
    Abstract: A selectively collapsible lamp shade in which the shade is extended between upper and lower rings, the rings being held apart by a series of struts which are transverse to and engage the rings in a series of equidistant supports about the perimeter of the shade. The struts are pre formed to define the shape of the shade and inhibit improper installation of the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry Strickland
  • Patent number: 6582107
    Abstract: A foldable lampshade has an upper ring and a lower ring. A plurality of ribs is pivotally mounted between the upper ring and the lower ring. Each rib has an upper arm and a lower arm pivotally mounted together by a pin. A notch is defined at an inner side of the lower arm and near an upper end of the lower arm. A pole is formed near a lower end of the upper arm and located in the notch. A resilient member has a first end secured on the upper arm and a second end secured on the lower arm. A shade covers the upper ring, the lower ring and the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Ching-Hai Tsai
  • Publication number: 20030086274
    Abstract: A foldable lampshade has an upper ring and a lower ring. A plurality of ribs is pivotally mounted between the upper ring and the lower ring. Each rib has an upper arm and a lower arm pivotally mounted together by a pin. A notch is defined at an inner side of the lower arm and near an upper end of the lower arm. A pole is formed near a lower end of the upper arm and located in the notch. A resilient member has a first end secured on the upper arm and a second end secured on the lower arm. A shade covers the upper ring, the lower ring and the ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Ching-Hai Tsai