With Switch Plate Or Socket Patents (Class 362/95)
  • Patent number: 8154391
    Abstract: A door bell button for activation of a door bell is provided which includes a mounting base for attachment to a surface adjacent to a door, a switch secured to the mounting base and having a lighted actuator plunger, and a translucent bell button shaft having a first end and a second end, the second end abutted against the lighted actuator plunger and slidably disposed and capable of limited movement along an axis perpendicular to the mounting base. Light from the lighted actuator plunger shines through the translucent bell button shaft to light the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Eric D. Morris
  • Publication number: 20120081028
    Abstract: A light fixture assembly having a plurality of sockets to receive a plurality of electrically powered sources of illumination, and a plurality of receptacles to receive a plurality of LED lights, the assembly including a housing. The plurality of receptacles are mounted on the fixture housing and a logic board is mounted in the housing, the logic board being electrically connected to a switch, and the switch is electrically connected to a source of electrical power. Separate electrical connections extend between the logic board and the sockets, and between the logic board and a voltage reduction device. The voltage reduction device is electrically connected to the receptacle to provide a lower voltage to the LED receptacles compared to the voltage of the electric power supplied to the light bulb. The switch is operable between off and on positions; and the logic board activates and deactivates the electrical energy provided to the sockets and to the LED receptacles upon operation of the switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Ronald R. DeVries, David Manning
  • Publication number: 20120033407
    Abstract: An LED lamp that allows for the replacement of incandescent bulbs used in various different lighting systems without the degradation of operating properties commonly associated with conventional LED replacement lamps. Regarding a conventional landscape lighting system, the system commonly comprises a transformer configured to supply power to a specific number of individual lamps having a specific bulb installed therein. The LED lamp may allow the user to selectively vary the number of individual lamps utilized in the landscape lighting system. Further, if the landscape lighting system is designed to utilize incandescent bulbs, the LED lamp may allow for the convenient and easy replacement of the incandescent bulbs to allow the user to achieve the maximum benefits associated with the use of LED lamps over conventional incandescent bulbs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: ACCESS 2 COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Brett Barta
  • Patent number: 8105106
    Abstract: A disposable, non servicable, illuminating electrical adapter (205) that quickly illuminates and attaches to a conventional electrical plug (285) and functions to illuminate both an electrical receptacle 220 and the adapter face itself for the purpose of locating and safely inserting electrical adapter between electrical plug and an electrical receptacle. Additional features include opaque 255 and translucent 260 image applications that enable the adapter 205 to function as a combination promotional/awareness generating product and also a safety promoting, useful tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: James Marshall Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20120008307
    Abstract: A wall plate assembly configured to be arranged with a wall mounted switch or electrical outlet is illuminated in a manner at least some light is totally internally reflected. Various lighting effects may be produced by the wall plate assembly. An integral light source, such as LED(s), may be employed. An image may be applied to the wall plate assembly in a static or dynamic manner and be illuminated by the light source directly or by the internally reflected light. The wall plate assembly may include electronics that control the light source or image and may receive data for controlling the light source or image data via a communications interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: aaa Foray, Inc.
    Inventor: George B. Delany
  • Patent number: 8075149
    Abstract: A nightlight including a light emitting diode (LED) is provided. The nightlight includes a switch that is operative to control the flow of power to the LED. The nightlight also includes a driver circuit that is configured to convert alternating current to direct current, where the direct current provides power to the LED. The nightlight also includes a housing coupled to the nightlight that contains the driver and is configured to fit within a single-gang junction box. The switch includes an LED that is powered by the driver circuit, where the LED is illuminated without regard to the position of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Wai-Shing Peter Ko, James H. Bowden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7967459
    Abstract: Disclosed is an activation device for use in initiating an event. This activation device includes an activation member with a body having a front surface and a rear surface. The illumination member is positioned substantially adjacent, spaced from or near to the rear surface of the body of the activation member. The illumination member projects physical waves toward the rear surface of the body of the activation member. A method of manufacturing an activation device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Bea, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Schluep, Michael F. Stadler, Zachary T. Casella
  • Patent number: 7946733
    Abstract: A discharge lamp (10) has a fixing base (20) on one end. In some embodiments, the fixing base comprises a cylindrical first body portion (21) having a pair of notches (21H), a cylindrical second body portion being larger than the diameter of the first body portion and having a joint (23H), and a groove portion (25) formed in between the first and second body portion and having an equal or less diameter of a space of the pair of notches. A first body portion and a stepped surface (21B) of the groove portion is contacted to a base surface of a lamp holder (50) when the fixing base is inserted to the lamp holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Hoya Candeo Optronics Corporation
    Inventor: Katsumi Ashida
  • Patent number: 7888614
    Abstract: An illuminated control button with an eccentric switch and a button spring configured to substantially balance the mechanical resistance of the switch when the button is depressed. The switch may be a conventional push-button switch having a stem directly contacting a portion of the control button. The button spring may include an integral reflector and may have a rim that defines a surface engaging the button. The control button may include a fixed light source and the reflector may move about the light source when the control button is depressed. The present invention also provides a control button with a light source at least partially contained within an integrating sphere. In one embodiment, the integrating sphere includes a somewhat cup-shaped diffusely reflective surface that cooperates with a diffusely reflective surface on the back surface of the button to substantially evenly distribute light from the light source throughout the integrating sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Bradley J. Pippel, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Thomas A. Niezgoda
  • Patent number: 7862350
    Abstract: There is disclosed a combination electrical device comprising a housing wherein there can be at least one light and at least one sensor disposed in the housing. The light serves as a guide light wherein the sensor is for determining the presence or absence of light. Inside the housing can be face terminals which extend up to a user accessible interface in the form of apertures for receiving prongs of a plug. The housing can include an additional housing for receiving a circuit board coupled to the light and the sensor. In addition, there can be a translucent cover for covering the light and the sensor. In at least one embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along at least one fourth of a length of a front face of the housing. In another embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along at least one third of a length of a front face of the housing. In still another embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along one half of a length of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James Richter, Edward Bazayev, Marc Noest, Roger M. Bradley, Donald J. Hendler
  • Patent number: 7850322
    Abstract: A switch plate area light for attachment to an electrical box includes a body having a first aperture adapted to accommodate an element selected from a switch and an outlet, a second aperture adapted to accommodate a screw for attaching the body to the electrical box, and a third aperture located at a light-directing portion of the body. The light further includes a light emitting diode (LED) located in the third aperture, wherein the third aperture is adapted to receive the LED. The light also includes a driver circuit, connected with the LED and mounted on the body, the driver circuit having a pair of wires to be interconnected with the circuitry of the electrical box without the removal of the electrical box, wherein no ground wire is used to connect the driver circuit, and a load borne by the element is not activated when the LED is on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Glazner, Bowden Ormsbee
  • Publication number: 20100277889
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system comprising a housing further comprising a flat cover, wherein the flat cover automatically opens during an emergency condition; a removable light source located inside the housing further comprising a rechargeable battery and a wide angle LED light bulb, wherein the removable light source remains off under a normal condition and the light source automatically turns on in response to an emergency condition. The emergency lighting system may further comprise a fixed light source for continuous illumination during an emergency condition. Furthermore, the emergency lighting system may further comprise an electrical outlet for use during normal conditions. The emergency lighting system may be retrofitted into existing outlets or the emergency lighting system may further comprise outlet plugs to plug into an existing outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick Martinez
  • Publication number: 20100277892
    Abstract: A power device having illuminated power outlets is disclosed. The power device includes a housing, a power input interface to the housing, and a plurality of power outlets on the housing for distributing power from the input. Within the housing of the power device, a printed circuit board has at least one LED positioned adjacent to at least one of the plurality of outlets to illuminate the openings of the outlets from within the interior housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Konopelko, Patrick Aaron Donovan, Meng-Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 7790982
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical wiring device that includes a housing having a plurality of line terminals and a plurality of load terminals. A cover assembly includes a first set of receptacle openings and a second set of receptacle openings. A plurality of receptacle terminals are disposed in the housing and coupled to the plurality of load terminals. A first protective shutter assembly is disposed in the cover assembly between the first set of receptacle openings and the first set of receptacle terminals and a second protective shutter assembly disposed in the cover assembly between the second set of receptacle openings and the second set of receptacle terminals. A light assembly is disposed in a central portion of the cover assembly between the first set of receptacle openings and the second set of receptacle openings. The light assembly has a light transmission region occupying a substantial portion of a width of the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Weeks, Jeffrey C. Richards, Gary O. Wilson, Gerald R. Savicki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7744231
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a connector subassembly having a front mating portion and a waveguide disposed around the front mating portion of the connector subassembly. The waveguide may alternatively be disposed near the front mating portion of the connector subassembly and an illumination device is provided at the side portion of the connector subassembly adjacent to the waveguide for coupling light emanating therefrom onto a portion of the waveguide which in turn conducts the light to illuminate at least a front end of the waveguide. The connector subassembly may further cooperate with a bezel having a frame and an opening. The frame retains the connector subassembly in position with the front mating portion of connector subassembly extending to the opening. The waveguide is then configured to have a front portion disposed between a rim portion of the opening and the front mating portion of the connector subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Timothy Alan Hutchinson, Robert Colantuono, Michael McKee
  • Patent number: 7726825
    Abstract: A lighted power outlet system having a plurality of outlets includes light emitters, such as light emitting diodes or other light emitting devices. The light emitters are internally positioned within the interior of the outlet system so that light is projected through terminal apertures of the outlets. The projected light is visible from locations exterior to the outlet system to assist in guiding alignment of plug prongs with the terminal apertures for engagement of electrical plugs with the outlets of the outlet system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Denny Mandapat, Sural Yegin, Carlos Ramirez
  • Patent number: 7708418
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a support frame (1) for wall-mounting one or more electrical apparatuses, the frame comprising a frame body (2) that can be fixed to a wall and extending around an opening (5) defining a mounting seat suitable for receiving and holding one or more electrical apparatuses. The support frame (1) is characterised in that it also includes: —at least one optical source (7.1, 7.2) suitable for generating an optical signal; —an electrical circuit (20, 10) connected to said optical source (7.1, 7.2) to supply it with an electrical power supply signal, —means (16.1, 16.2, 16.3) for housing said electrical circuit (20, 10) and said source (7.1, 7.2), foreseen in said frame body (2), the frame body (2) allowing the propagation of at least one part of said optical signal towards the outside of said body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Bticino S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Fabrizi
  • Publication number: 20100097781
    Abstract: A light switch cover having a light switch identifier to identify light coupled to a particular light switch. To this end, the light switch identifier may be positioned adjacent the light switch and/or a designation (number, letter or both) may be established for the light switch identifier and the light switch. The light switch cover may include a small clear cover behind which a label is positioned which identifies the particular light (or other device) that the corresponding light switch is operable to control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Combs
  • Publication number: 20100033950
    Abstract: A switchplate incorporating a nightlight. A nightlight control operator such as a pushbutton is located on the switchplate. The nightlight may be powered from battery cells carried on the switchplate or alternatively by connection to the electrical circuit controlled by the associated switch. In either case, the nightlight may be illuminated by the nightlight control operator at the discretion of the user. The switchplate may have indicia such as text, logos, symbols, and depictions of objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Becky Farrell
  • Publication number: 20100033951
    Abstract: A switch plate has a central aperture to accommodate the actuator or an outlet socket for an electrical switch. At least one recess is formed in the switch plate. Photoluminescent material is inserted into the recess so that under low light or darkened conditions, the photoluminescent material indicates the location of the switch actuator or socket. In one embodiment, a pair of photoluminescent strips extend on opposite sides of the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: CHRIS LUGINBUHL
  • Publication number: 20100014277
    Abstract: A wall plate assembly configured to be arranged with a wall mounted switch or electrical outlet is illuminated in a manner at least some light is totally internally reflected. Various lighting effects may be produced by the wall plate assembly. An integral light source, such as LED(s), may be employed. An image may be applied to the wall plate assembly in a static or dynamic manner and be illuminated by the light source directly or by the internally reflected light. The wall plate assembly may include electronics that control the light source or image and may receive data for controlling the light source or image data via a communications interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: George B. Delany
  • Patent number: 7607937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power plug assembly, includes: a cable having two power wires; a lighting unit, the center of the lighting unit is provided with a ring-shaped hole for being connected onto the cable, and the lighting unit is disposed behind the two power wires, the lighting unit is composed by a ring-shaped housing and a ring-shaped printed circuit board provided in front of the ring-shaped housing, a plurality of light sources connected in parallel via wires are provided in the housing, and the front end of the housing is provided with two power input terminals for being coupled with the printed circuit board, two guiding wires are extendedly provided on the front end of the printed circuit board; a conductive tube having an outer tube and an inner tube, an insulating material is provided between the outer tube and the inner tube, with respect to the polarity, the two power wires and the two guiding wires are respectively provided on the outer tube and the inner tube, then a welding operat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Taiwan Line Tek Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsing-Wang Chang
  • Publication number: 20090237913
    Abstract: A switch cover plate with lighting mechanism includes a cover plate having a receiving section arranged on at least one edge thereof, and a lighting mechanism removably assembled to the cover plate. The lighting mechanism includes an enclosure, a retaining section located on at least one side of the enclosure for detachably connecting to the receiving section, a control unit provided in the enclosure, and at least one light-emitting unit provided on the enclosure and electrically connected to the control unit. The lighting mechanism can be easily assembled to and removed from the cover plate for use as night lighting, emergency lighting, and a mobile lighting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: HSIU-LING YANG
  • Patent number: 7591578
    Abstract: An edge type backlight module includes a diffusion plate, at least a lamp-fixing unit, at least a light source and a reflective plate. The lamp-fixing unit is disposed under one edge of the diffusion plate. The lamp-fixing unit includes an inner surface facing the inner area underneath the diffusion plate, an outer surface opposite to the inner surface, and a plurality of fin structures defined on the outer surface. The light source is fixed on the inner surface of the lamp-fixing unit. The reflective plate is disposed adjacent the lamp-fixing unit and under the diffusion plate, facing the light source. Light rays emitted from the light source being uniformly reflected toward the diffusion plate by the reflective plate. The present backlight module has a thin body and also has a good heat dissipation capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Han Chang
  • Patent number: 7581844
    Abstract: A switch cover plate with lighting mechanism includes a cover plate having a receiving section arranged on at least one edge thereof, and a lighting mechanism removably assembled to the cover plate. The lighting mechanism includes an enclosure, a retaining section located on at least one side of the enclosure for detachably connecting to the receiving section, a control unit provided in the enclosure, and at least one light-emitting unit provided on the enclosure and electrically connected to the control unit. The lighting mechanism can be easily assembled to and removed from the cover plate for use as night lighting, emergency lighting, and a mobile lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Hsiu-Ling Yang
  • Publication number: 20090213567
    Abstract: A lighted power outlet system having a plurality of outlets includes light emitters, such as light emitting diodes or other light emitting devices. The light emitters are internally positioned within the interior of the outlet system so that light is projected through terminal apertures of the outlets. The projected light is visible from locations exterior to the outlet system to assist in guiding alignment of plug prongs with the terminal apertures for engagement of electrical plugs with the outlets of the outlet system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Denny Mandapat, Sural Yegin, Carlos Ramirez
  • Patent number: 7569950
    Abstract: The invention discloses an enhanced structure of plug switches, comprising a housing; a plurality of emitting units disposed on the housing; a plug switch unit disposed on the housing and at least includes a frame, a socket set, and a switch set; a control unit disposed in the housing and connected to the emitting units, the socket set, the switch set, and an external electrical source, at least including a circuit board, a photosensitive resistance disposed on the circuit board, and switches disposed on the circuit board for controlling the socket set. Therefore, when users turn off light sources, the users may use the control unit to turn on the emitting units and turn off the plug switch unit automatically, or decide whether to leave the plug switch unit conductive or not by using the control unit, which increases visible light sources, saves energy, and prevents accidents from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Hsiu-Ling Yang
  • Publication number: 20090185359
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system comprising a housing further comprising a flat cover, wherein the flat cover automatically opens during an emergency condition; a removable light source located inside the housing further comprising a rechargeable battery and a wide angle LED light bulb, wherein the removable light source remains off under a normal condition and the light source automatically turns on in response to an emergency condition. The emergency lighting system may further comprise a fixed light source for continuous illumination during an emergency condition. Furthermore, the emergency lighting system may further comprise an electrical outlet for use during normal conditions. The emergency lighting system may be retrofitted into existing outlets or the emergency lighting system may further comprise outlet plugs to plug into an existing outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick Martinez
  • Publication number: 20090180274
    Abstract: A switch plate area light for attachment to an electrical box includes a body having a first aperture adapted to accommodate an element selected from a switch and an outlet, a second aperture adapted to accommodate a screw for attaching the body to the electrical box, and a third aperture located at a light-directing portion of the body. The light further includes a light emitting diode (LED) located in the third aperture, wherein the third aperture is adapted to receive the LED. The light also includes a driver circuit, connected with the LED and mounted on the body, the driver circuit having a pair of wires to be interconnected with the circuitry of the electrical box without the removal of the electrical box, wherein no ground wire is used to connect the driver circuit, and a load borne by the element is not activated when the LED is on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Glazner, Bowden Ormsbee
  • Patent number: 7556398
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting unit, comprising a first light element formed as a conventional light source, a second light element formed as a plurality of LEDs and a lamp cap. According to the invention the second light element is formed as a separate LED module with a fitting and a second lamp cap whereby the first and the second light elements are removably attached via the fitting and the second lamp cap, the fitting and second lamp cap providing electrical and mechanical connection between both light elements. The invented lighting unit is cost-effective and has better mixing possibilities of the light produced by both light elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Lucas Leo Desiree Van Der Poel
  • Patent number: 7553062
    Abstract: A light device includes a body having a light source and electrical contacts that plug into a first electrical outlet of a duplex receptacle and receive power therefrom. An outlet cover mounted for pivotal motion with respect to the body about at a pivot axis, which is substantially proximate to a region between the first outlet and a second outlet of the receptacle. The outlet cover pivots away from the body and towards the duplex receptacle to inhibit access to the second electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Spartano, Kurt Matthew Richars, John D. Crawford, Scott W. Osiecki, Mark A. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7549785
    Abstract: Disclosed is a night lighting system retrofittable with existing wall switches for illuminating an area around the wall switches. The night lighting system comprises: a wall plate having at least one switch receiving slot capable of receiving a switch, at least one lens assembly disposed on the wall plate, a printed circuit board having at least one light emitting diode and interface wires electrically connecting the night lighting system to a power switch. The lens assembly has a chamber protruding from a back surface of the wall plate, and a lens covering a front end of the chamber. The chamber is capable of receiving at least a portion of the light emitting diode, such that, light from the light emitting diode passes though the lens to illuminate an area around the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Michael J Faunce
  • Patent number: 7547131
    Abstract: The present invention is a low power and low heat dissipating, low illumination system that is based in an electrical box cover plate, preferably in a light switch cover plate. It allows for the maintenance of an electrical bleed current through the fluorescent light controlled by that light switch so as to keep a minimal thermal differential between the unlit and lit light. The light switch cover plate has a series of imbedded LEDs that illuminate an area all around the light switch. The unit is retrofittable on conventional light switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Faunce
  • Publication number: 20090141477
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical wiring device that includes a body member including a hot line terminal interface element and a neutral line terminal interface element accessible from an exterior portion of the body member. The body member also includes a hot load contact structure electrically coupled to the hot line terminal interface element and a neutral load contact structure electrically coupled to the neutral line terminal interface element, both the hot load contact structure and the neutral load contact structure being disposed in an interior portion of the body member. A cover member is coupled to the body member and including at least one receptacle face structure. The at least one receptacle face structure includes a set of receptacle outlet openings formed in a substantially planar portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikramsinh P. Bhosale, Joshua P. Haines
  • Publication number: 20090109653
    Abstract: An electrical socket with emergency lighting device is disclosed, including a housing, a circuit board, at least one light-emitting diode (LED), at least one socket, a panel and a power accumulation unit. The circuit board, the power accumulate unit, the at least one LED, and the at least one socket are arranged inside the housing. The circuit board is electrically connected to the at least one light-emitting diode and is also electrically connected to an external power source. The power accumulation unit is electrically connected to the external power source via the circuit board to form a circuit loop. The panel is releasably mounted to the housing and forms an opening corresponding to each of the at least one socket to expose the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Ching-Huei Wu, Tai-Ho Huang
  • Publication number: 20090091917
    Abstract: A switch attachment for visual enhancement utilizing photoluminescent material. The invention incorporates photoluminescent material into devices for locating switches in low light conditions. The invention is embodied by attachments to switch assemblies, which utilize existing structures for attachment, or by the use of adhesives. The photoluminescent material is incorporated directly into the invention or is painted on or dyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Chris Luginbuhl
  • Patent number: 7511628
    Abstract: A load control device for controlling the amount of power delivered to an electrical load from an AC power source comprises a semiconductor switch having a control input, a triggering circuit, a timing circuit, and a status indicator circuit. Preferably, the status indicator circuit includes a light-emitting diode in a rectifier bridge. In a first embodiment, the status indicator circuit is coupled in series with a capacitor in the timing circuit such that the status indicator is illuminated to a dim level when the load is not powered and the status indicator is illuminated to a bright level when the load is powered. In a second embodiment, the status indicator circuit is coupled in series with a control input of the semiconductor switch such that the status indicator is not illuminated when the load is not powered and the status indicator is illuminated when the load is powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J Salvestrini
  • Patent number: 7507352
    Abstract: A luminous material comprising a rubber, glass or plastics material matrix. A luminescent material is dispersed throughout the matrix, and a colorant dispersed throughout the matrix. The colourant gives the matrix a colour when it is observed under substantially white light, and the colourant allowing substantial transmission of light emitted by the luminous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventors: Craig Jameson Baillie, Stephen Lambert
  • Patent number: 7506990
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) and associated driver circuit wherein the LED is mounted on the front of a switchplate and the driver circuit on the back of the switchplate. The LED is mounted at a downward angle on the outside of the switchplate so as to light a pathway beneath the switchplate. The drive electronics are designed to work with a return path through an electrical load. Additionally, the LED driver circuit is designed to allow operation of the LED with both resistive and reactive loads controlled by the switch to which the switchplate is connected. The device is also designed to be connected to any electrically valid combination of 2-way, 3-way, and 4-way switches either singly or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory F Glazner
  • Patent number: 7497582
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device for adjustably providing power to at least one electrical load. The device includes a rear body member and a plurality of terminals configured to be coupled to a source of the power and at least one load. A power control circuit is disposed in the body member and coupled between the plurality of terminals and the at least one electrical load. The power control circuit includes at least one variable control mechanism coupled to at least one series pass element. The at least one series pass element is configured to provide power to the at least one electrical load in accordance with the at least one variable control mechanism setting. A frameless front cover assembly is connected to the body member. The frameless front cover assembly includes at least one switch mechanism coupled to the at least one variable control mechanism. The frameless front cover assembly has a raised rectangular form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald R. Savicki, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090052162
    Abstract: There is disclosed a combination electrical device comprising a housing wherein there can be at least one light and at least one sensor disposed in the housing. The light serves as a guide light wherein the sensor is for determining the presence or absence of light. Inside the housing can be face terminals which extend up to a user accessible interface in the form of apertures for receiving prongs of a plug. The housing can include an additional housing for receiving a circuit board coupled to the light and the sensor. In addition, there can be a translucent cover for covering the light and the sensor. In at least one embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along at least one fourth of a length of a front face of the housing. In another embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along at least one third of a length of a front face of the housing. In still another embodiment, the translucent cover can extend along one half of a length of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Company Inc.
    Inventors: James Richter, Edward Bazayev, Marc Noest, Roger M. Bradley, Donald J. Hendler
  • Patent number: 7490958
    Abstract: An Illuminated Electrical Transformer/Power Supply assembly (143) utilizing an Illuminating module assembly (201B) comprising electrical light source (106), Controlling means (104) and remote electrical power source (103), contained within or upon electrical transformer or power supply housing. The illuminated electrical transformer or power supply is designed for the purpose of illumination while attaching the electrical transformer or power source to an electrical receptacle. The electrical light source (106) is positioned to illuminate an electrical receptacle to provide a lighted and clear view, enabling user to safely, accurately and conveniently connect the electrical transformer or power supply to the electrical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: James Marshall Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20080259592
    Abstract: A lamp socket has a casing, a switching contact assembly, a stem assembly, an electric tab, a photo switch, a first electric connector and a second electric connector. The switching contact assembly is mounted in the casing and around the stem assembly. The stem assembly has a pawl. The pawl has multiple surfaces. The electric tab is mounted on two of the surfaces of the pawl and selectively contacts the switching contact assembly. The first electric connector and the second electric connector are connected electrically to the photo switch. The contact between the electric tab and the switching contact assembly switches via turning the stem assembly to turn on or off two lights. Furthermore, the lamp socket turns on one of the lights based on ambient light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Chin-Feng Huang
  • Publication number: 20080239702
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for mounting between a light fixture and an electrical box supplying a source of electrical power to the fixture where the apparatus includes an auxiliary electrical outlet that is electrically connected to the source of electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: IMPAACT INNOVENTIONS GROUP INC.
    Inventor: ROY LLOYD POWELL
  • Publication number: 20080239701
    Abstract: An emergency light combined with a faceplate base of a switch and a socket is installed inside the faceplate base and shoots light through a transparent faceplate set at the front of the faceplate base. Thus the emergency light is hidden behind the faceplate base, not needed to be fixed on a wall, with the power wire not exposed out of the switch and the socket. The emergency light includes a case, a lamp plate fixed in the case, a rechargeable battery attached at one side of the lamp plate, a cap closing on the case, a connecting base, plural lamps and plural indicating lamps arranged on the lamp plate, a power connecting base fixed on an outer side of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Holageo Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnson Wu
  • Patent number: 7416310
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device for adjustably providing power to at least one electrical load. The device includes a body member. A plurality of terminals are configured to be coupled to a source of the power. A power control circuit is disposed in the body member and coupled between the plurality of terminals and the at least one electrical load. The power control circuit includes at least one variable control mechanism coupled to at least one series pass element. The at least one series pass element is configured to provide power to the at least one electrical load in accordance with the at least one variable control mechanism setting. A frameless front cover member is connected to the body member and has a raised rectangular form factor substantially corresponding to a standard wall plate opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald R. Savicki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7408476
    Abstract: An emergency shut-off system includes an emergency shut-off switch cover plate with a hinged cover that cooperates with a conventional emergency shut-off switch to help prevent the unintended shut-down of a pool or spa water pumping system. The emergency shut-off switch cover plate and hinged cover function in one mode of operation to prevent the unintended shutdown of the pumping system. In another mode of operation, the emergency shut-off cover plate and hinged cover provide a user with a immediate sensory indication that the pumping system is shut-down and needs to be re-activated. The sensory indication can be either a highly visual indication or in the alternative a combination of the highly visual indication with an audible sensory indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Dean Christopher Beaton
  • Patent number: 7402060
    Abstract: The present invention provides power supply devices having illuminated receptacles. Some or all of the receptacles are encircled or otherwise circumscribed by a lighting member. The lighting member may be a continuous strip of material, such as an electroluminescent laminate. The lighting member may illuminate the receptacles regardless of whether the receptacles themselves are currently powered. Thus, although the power supply device is in a no or low light environment, or when the device is plugged in but is turned off, a user may easily identify where the receptacles are, which ones are available, and which equipment is plugged into which receptacles. The lighting member may be color coded according to a surge protection rating for the power supply device. In this case, the user can immediately identify which power supply devices have a given surge protection, and can therefore distinguish among different power supply devices having similar physical configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Trans USA Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Buzil, Andrew Hung, Ken Ku
  • Publication number: 20080166914
    Abstract: The present invention provides power supply devices having illuminated receptacles. Some or all of the receptacles are encircled or otherwise circumscribed by a lighting member. The lighting member may be a continuous strip of material, such as an electroluminescent laminate. The lighting member may illuminate the receptacles regardless of whether the receptacles themselves are currently powered. Thus, although the power supply device is in a no or low light environment, or when the device is plugged in but is turned off, a user may easily identify where the receptacles are, which ones are available, and which equipment is plugged into which receptacles. The lighting member may be color coded according to a surge protection rating for the power supply device. In this case, the user can immediately identify which power supply devices have a given surge protection, and can therefore distinguish among different power supply devices having similar physical configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: Trans USA Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Buzil, Andrew Hung, Ken Ku
  • Patent number: 7384163
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a first shell, a second shell combined with the first shell, a separation plate rested on a bottom of the first shell and the second shell, a base secured to the separation plate, an electronic unit mounted in the first shell and electrically connected to the base to supply an electric current to the base, a light-regulating unit mounted in the second shell and electrically connected to the electronic unit to regulate the electric current from the electronic unit to the base. Thus, the electronic unit is used to provide a current to light the electric bulb, and the light-regulating unit is used to regulate the current value of the electric bulb, so that the lamp socket has a stageless light-regulating function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sun-Lite Sockets Industry Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Ho Yang