By Light Bulb Heat Source Patents (Class 392/393)
  • Patent number: 9538788
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette is provided. The electronic cigarette includes a casing having two chambers located sequentially within the casing. A battery and a fluid are located in the casing. A sealing element forms a partition between the chambers. A tube element is located in the second chamber, providing an air passage between the two chambers. Also included is a fiber element that transfers fluid from a fluid containing member to a heating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: VAPOR CORP.
    Inventors: Gilbert Cyphert, Xuandong Huang, Edwin Balder
  • Patent number: 9031392
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable aroma diffuser includes a housing defining opposing first opening and second opening, a aroma container mounted in the housing, a resistor attached to the bottom side of the aroma container, an aroma device put in the aroma container, and an electric plug pivotally coupled to the second opening of the housing and electrically connected with the resistor and connectable to an external power socket for conducting electricity to the resistor to produce heat so that the aroma container can transfer produced heat to the aroma device, causing the aroma device to give off a pleasant smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Serene House International Enterprise Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20150055942
    Abstract: Base structures for use with a scent warmer may include a support structure configured to receive thereon an at least substantially hollow member defining a cavity. An electrical connector may extend from the support structure. A power cord connector extending from the support structure may be electrically connected to the electrical connector using a rigid electrical connection and configured to physically secure and electrically communicate with a power cord. Methods of making a base structure for use with a scent warmer may involve configuring a support structure to receive thereon an at least substantially hollow member defining a cavity. An electrical connector that extends from the support structure may be formed. A power cord connector configured to physically secure and electrically communicate with a power cord may be electrically connected with the electrical connector using a rigid electrical connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Juarez
  • Publication number: 20150010293
    Abstract: Solid fragrance carriers are received in a cavity in between a replaceable shell and a permeable screen of a base that is further housing a heating element, a vertical portion of a ventilation channel and a fan. The solid fragrance carriers are evenly directly aerated by a forced air stream that is evenly heated by passing through the screen positioned around and irradiated by the central heating element. A large storage capacity of the cavity provides for long operation time between refills. Design freedom of the replaceable shell provides for associative shell shapes adaptable to varying themes, characters or consumer goods. The screen and shell may be light permeable for a decorative illumination of the solid fragrance carriers, which may be also color coded for visual scent mixture identification. Conventional liquid fragrance carriers may also be contained in a chalice at the top of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Home & Garden Party, Ltd. dba Celebrating Home
    Inventor: Lowell Newman
  • Patent number: 8879898
    Abstract: A modular volatile material dispensing system includes a supporting plate having a front side and a rear side. The rear side of the supporting plate is configured to removably attach to an electrical plate and a non-electrical plate. The modular volatile material dispensing system includes a cover plate attached to the front side of the supporting plate to form a compartment therebetween, which is adapted to hold a volatile material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Hermann Neumann
  • Patent number: 8851696
    Abstract: A fragrance lamp structure including a carrying element, a lighting element and a driving element is provided. The carrying element has a carrying surface, a first contact surface and a second contact surface. The carrying surface and the first contact surface are opposite to each other, and so are the carrying surface and the second contact surface opposite to each other. The lighting element has a first heat output surface facing the first contact surface of the carrying element. The lighting element generates a first heat going through the first heat output surface and the first contact surface to heat up the carrying element. The driving element has a second heat output surface facing the second contact surface of the carrying element. The driving element generates a second heat going through the second heat output surface and the second contact surface to heat up the carrying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Dongguan Masstop Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd., Wintek Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Chuan Lin, Kuo-Jui Huang, Ying-Cheng Shih
  • Patent number: 8781306
    Abstract: A smokable material vaporizer is disclosed, comprising of an enclosure having an elongated heating tube, a heating element, an air pump and a vapor collection receptacle for vaporizing a smokable material and allowing inhalation thereof. The heating tube is an elongated structure with a material loadable cap at its distal end and a screen for communicating vaporized material into the enclosure. The proximal end of the heating tube comprises a heating lamp element and a means to force air via a pump into the tube and through the screen. The heating lamp is powered by an electrical connection that includes a timer switch for safety and an activation switch. The lid of the enclosure is removable to reveal the attached heating tube, wherein smokable material is placed for the heating lamp to raise its temperature above vaporization levels, whereafter it is pumped into a collection receptacle bag for inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Hatten
  • Patent number: 8772675
    Abstract: Modular assemblies for use with a scent warmer configured to heat a scented material and emit light comprise a lighting module and a heating module. The lighting module comprises at least one electrical light source. A male electrical connector is in electrical communication with and disposed on a first side of the at least one electrical light source. A female electrical connector is disposed on another side of the at least one electrical light source and in electrical communication with the male electrical connector. The heating module comprises a male electrical connector threadedly engaged and in electrical communication with the female electrical connector of the lighting module. A heating element is located at an end of the heating module opposing the male electrical connector and in electrical communication with the male electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Scentsy, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Juarez
  • Publication number: 20140126891
    Abstract: An aroma-diffusing apparatus includes a housing defining a top opening, a lamp socket mounted in the housing and holding a lamp bulb, an aroma capsule including a disposable heat-transfer container detachably mounted in the top opening of the housing, a breathing film bonded to the disposable heat-transfer container to hold an aromatic substance held in the disposable heat-transfer container and a sealing film bonded to the heat-transfer container to seal the aromatic substance in the heat-transfer container, and a cable bracket affixed to the lamp socket for keeping the cable from becoming tangled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8716632
    Abstract: A scent bowl may include a base having an external concave base surface and at least one sidewall extending from the base. A majority of the base and the at least one sidewall may be formed of ceramic material. A system for scenting the air in a room with scent from a scent bowl may include a scent bowl warmer configured to generate heat at a first temperature and a detachable and separate scent bowl including a base having an external concave base surface and at least one sidewall extending from the base and a scent emitter therein, the scent emitter having a fragrance and a second temperature at which the fragrance evaporates. The first temperature is high enough to evaporate at least a portion of the fragrance from the scent emitter in the bowl in less than three hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Canyon International, LLC
    Inventors: Maxine Pesu, Fatima Silva, Stephanie Tierney, Leann Waisath, Lynae Parrott
  • Patent number: 8693852
    Abstract: A warmer for scented oil is provided. The warmer includes a base, a cover removably positioned on the base, and a warming device. The cover has a substantially spherical shape with an opening at an upper apex and an open channel formed in the cover at the upper apex around an outer periphery of the opening. The open channel is configured to receive the scented oil. The warming device is in a heat conductive relationship with the cover so that scented oil in the open channel is warmed by the warming device. The warming device can be one or more of a lighting device with an incandescent light bulb, a resistance heater with or without a lighting device such as a light emitting diode, or a candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: PartyLite Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: David John Baraky
  • Patent number: 8494351
    Abstract: A fragrance generator provides a scent dispenser for mounting on a light emitter of a decorative light, such as those used at holidays. A silicone rubber scented sleeve is placed over and around a cylindrical light emitter. Upon energizing the decorative light, the heat generated by the light emitter warms the scented sleeve and thereby enhances the rate of scent emission from the scented sleeve. An optional scent reservoir formed at one end of the scented sleeve enables the retention of additional amounts of liquid fragrance oil(s). Placement of the light emitter within and extending it throughout the sleeve, and into the fragrance reservoir, results in a further enhancement in amount and duration of scent emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Cheryl A. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8369694
    Abstract: A vaporizing dispenser comprising a user-activatable chemical reaction heat source and a volatile compound inside a container such that convection currents from the activated heat source volatilize the volatile compound and carry it out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tempra Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Pitz, Michael Sheppard Bolmer, Zbigniew R. Paul, Cullen M. Sabin, Martin W. Sabin
  • Patent number: 8281514
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide a method and apparatus for an organic insect extermination lamp, which continuously kills mosquitoes and other biting insects without the use of hazardous chemicals, pesticides or electrocution. The organic insect extermination lamp includes a housing; a fixture including a power source and an LED light source for attracting mosquitoes and other biting insects without emitting substantial heat; at least one covered reservoir having a closable cap for holding a natural exterminating substance; and a natural exterminating substance, wherein the natural exterminating substance decomposes to produce natural exterminating fumes for killing mosquitoes and other biting insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Tom Fleming
  • Patent number: 8265466
    Abstract: A combination aroma diffuser includes a lower housing, a control unit, a display screen, an upper housing, a light-emitting heating unit, a cover member and a speaker. The upper housing and the lower housing admits light so that the displayed digits of the display screen that is kept inside the lower housing are visible when the display screen emits light. The control unit has stored therein music and sounds for output through the speaker. The light-emitting heating unit emits light through the upper housing to heat an aromatic fluid in the cover member into vapor that goes out of air vents of the cover member to the outside open air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Carsten Jörgensen
  • Patent number: 7946748
    Abstract: A mosquito repellent lamp, comprising a lamp holder, which is provided with a lamp shade with luminous tube; a power switch for turning on and off the power; a mosquito repellent device mounted above said lamp shade; featured by that: said mosquito repellent device is provided with a cavity for contain mosquito repellent patch, which is provided with air inlets and outlets, which are interconnected, and a fan corresponding to the air inlets, said fan and said luminous tube are powered through a switchboard, which is connected with a fan switch for turning and stopping said fan. Compared with existing technologies, this patent provides the air inlets and air outlets on the mosquito repellent device and achieves better mosquito repellant effect by dispelling the effect of the mosquito repellent patch insides said mosquito repellent device from the air outlets by the airflow generated by said fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Jianli Shen
  • Patent number: 7789851
    Abstract: A system and method for heating a fluid for delivery of the fluid in the context of a particular medical, pharmaceutical, industrial or mechanical application. A cassette is associated with an application, such as, for example, a peritoneal dialysis machine. The cassette includes one or more outlet tubes for delivery of the fluid to, for example, a patient. A heating device is associated with the cassette, and heats a portion of the fluid prior to delivery of the fluid to the patient, thereby saving time and electrical power during delivery of the fluid to the patient. Additionally, a controller can be employed to control the heating range of the heating device and thereby provide a temperature of the fluid that is adaptable to the patient or a particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wenwei Zhang, Vipin Pillai, Frank Turnbull
  • Patent number: 7748861
    Abstract: A light fixture (10) is provided having a housing (11), a light diffusor (12), a light source (13), and a heating source (14). The housing includes a mounting plate (17) adapted to be mounted to the ceiling of a structure in conventional fashion. The mounting plate includes a radial array of mounting arms (18) which form air intake openings (19) therebetween. The mounting plate is coupled to a tubular flow channel (21) having a central passage (22) extending therethrough. The bottommost portion of the flow channel includes threaded neck (24). A threaded locking plate (28) rotatably mates with the threaded neck. The locking plate includes a radial array of exhaust openings (32) extending therethrough. The heat source includes a heating element (38) and a motorized fan (39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Hunter Fan Company
    Inventors: Brendan Patrick Byrne, Edwin T. Koehler
  • Publication number: 20100074603
    Abstract: A vaporizer apparatus for vaporizing medical herbs and essences is described that uses an electrical power driven medium to vaporize the herbs and essences. The vaporizer apparatus has a heating element assembly mounted at an angle within an enclosure. The heating element assembly also includes an insulating shield which covers the heating element and which has a mating section for mating with a hand piece. The hand piece includes a vaporization chamber where herbs are packed, an inlet for connecting with the mating section of the shield, and an outlet for inhalation by a user. Methods for using the vaporizer apparatus is also discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Bertram A. Balch, Daniel G. Seng
  • Patent number: 7670566
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for dispensing air treatment chemicals. There is a substrate bearing a first volatile air treatment chemical that is capable of being dispensed from the substrate when the substrate is heated, and an indicator unit holding a volatile indicator chemical separate from the first volatile air treatment chemical such that the volatile indicator chemical is capable of being dispensed from the unit when the unit is heated. The extent of dispensing of the first volatile air treatment chemical can be indicated by a visible cue whose appearance results from the dispensing of the volatile indicator chemical. In one form the unit also holds a second air treatment chemical. In another the indicator unit is a replaceable cartridge positionable more remote from the heater than the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel E. Adair, Brian T. Davis, Gopal P. Ananth, Thomas J. Szymczak
  • Patent number: 7651666
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for dispensing air treatment chemicals, and refill units for use therewith. Some of these devices have a well facing the heater and a transparent wall to view the use up of the air treatment chemical. Other of these devices have a refill with wells positioned in opposing directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel E. Adair, Brian T. Davis, Gopal P. Ananth, David P. Mather
  • Patent number: 7593625
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid heating apparatus including a halogen lamp 23, and a tubular structure 26 surrounding the heating lamp and having a fluid inlet 24 and a fluid outlet 25. The tubular structure 26 comprises plural straight pipes 26a arrayed circumferentially around the halogen lamp 26, with adjacent straight pipes 26a being in contact with each other, or being slightly spaced from each other. At least the surfaces, facing the halogen lamp 26, of the straight pipes 26a are coated with a black paint 27, or a radiant-light-absorbing paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuji Kamikawa, Mikio Nakashima, Osamu Tsuda
  • Patent number: 7572412
    Abstract: The aroma lamp contains a base member having a circuit member and a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. A fan module is positioned facing upward on a top surface of the base member. A hollow support member covers the top surface of the base member and the fan module. The support member has a vertical tube with surrounding openings which penetrates an aroma producing element and a light generating element is positioned at a top end of the vertical tube. A hollow lamp shade is detachably joined to the support member and houses the aroma producing element and the light generating element inside. When the USB connector is connected to a computer, the fan module is turned on and drives air to flow upward against the aroma producing element. The aroma producing element vaporizes and the aroma is spread outside the lamp shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 7503675
    Abstract: A replacement device for a light bulb includes a translucent shell and a base. The base is configured to be received in a conventional light socket. The base also includes a compartment, slot or recess for receiving and securing a replaceable volatile active insert for enabling the device to emit an insect control material when the insert is secured in the compartment Combinations of one or more of a coiled fluorescent light, a plurality of colored LEDs, and an incandescent light source may also provided in the shell as a source of illumination. Thus, a single device is used as a replacement for a conventional light bulb that provides insect control in the form of a cartridge, bottle, mat, tube, sheet, patch etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Demarest, Simon M. Conway, Scott D. Walter, Matthew Abbondanzio, Darren K. Robling, Gopal P. Ananth
  • Patent number: 7380954
    Abstract: Floodlight in a fluid-filled shell (3) with a medially arranged atomizer (7), whereby a light source (8) is permanently installed in a transparent, horizontal ring (9) around the atomizer (7) on a superior level, and an active surface (12) of the atomizer (7) is maintained free, characterized in that the floodlight is mounted centrally on a stand (2) with a shell holder (16), screw-fixed in a sealing manner. the ring (9) extends upwards in an arch above a bulb holder (10) and encloses the above in a sealing manner by means of screwing into the shell holder with seals (15). the atomizer (7) is tensioned in a seal (20) and fixed with a screw ring (18) below the bulb holder (10). a sealed space (14) for cable introduction is thus retained below the atomizer (7) and below the bulb holder (10) in the shell holder (16), the lines of which run through the stand (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Günter Klarhorst
  • Patent number: 7246919
    Abstract: A light bulb (10) includes a translucent housing (12) and a base (24). The housing (12) includes a plurality of LEDs (14a, 14b, 14c, and 15) positioned so as to emit light through the housing (12). The base (24) is configured to mate with a light socket. The base (24) also includes a compartment (23) for receiving and securing a replaceable active ingredient cartridge (22), and an active ingredient dispenser (20) for emitting an active ingredient from the cartridge (22) when the cartridge (22) is secured in the compartment (23). A fluorescent light source (30) may also be provided in the housing (12) as a source of illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Porchia, Jeffrey J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7046919
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to provide an aroma device that can eliminate the need for the replacement of the light source, can prevent the light source from becoming high in temperature and can allow light and aroma to be enjoyed comfortably with a sense of security for a long time. The aroma device uses, as a light source, LEDs 1 covered with first and second covers 3 and 4, and also uses a heater 5 to heat a material 10 to be heated which emits aroma; hence, the need for the replacement of the light source is eliminated, the light source is prevented from becoming high in temperature, and light and aroma can be enjoyed comfortably with a sense of security for a long time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushite Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Shimizu, Takao Kanba, Haruo Ishikawa, Kiyonori Itou
  • Patent number: 6846388
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for heating fluid with a gas heater and distilling fluid with the pilot light of the gas heater are disclosed. The apparatus for heating fluid and distilling fluid includes a main tank for containing fluid to be heated, a heater, adapted to have a pilot light, for heating the fluid in said main tank and an evaporator tank for vaporizing fluid received therein with heat from the pilot light. The method of heating fluid and distilling fluid includes heating a first volume of fluid with a heater having a pilot light and heating a second volume of fluid with the pilot light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Freeman Wilks
  • Patent number: 6619932
    Abstract: A restarting device of a pump change-over valve in a pump is provided, in which the pump includes; a pump main body 1 and a change-over valve 2. The change-over valve 2 is provided with a pair of pressure chambers 31 and 32 formed at respective ends on the back face sides of a valve body 23. The driving fluid is supplied into the chambers to induce a pressure difference to switch the direction of movement of the valve body 23. Also, the pump main body 1 is provided with a balancing valve 49 whose end portions 49A and 49B face driving chambers 4A and 5A, respectively. If the change-over valve 2 malfunctions and the pressures in the two driving chambers 4B and 5B are balanced, the balancing valve 49 is held in an intermediate position and will then induce a pressure difference between the two pressure chambers 31 and 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Yamada T.S. Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Murata
  • Patent number: 6551560
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is two-stage mat for dispensing volatile materials. The mat is comprised of two materials varying either in thickness, thermal conductivity and/or porosity (and coated with like volatile material), or coated with volatile materials having different vaporization pressures. In either configuration, the mat provides for both an instant burst of volatile and then a sustained vaporization of volatile. Methods of using such mats are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley J. Flashinski, Daniel T. Ropiak, Donald W. Hildebrandt
  • Publication number: 20020176704
    Abstract: An air freshening device designed for use in motor vehicles. This device has a housing that is adapted for insertion into the motor vehicle cigarette lighter socket, implementing volt adapter technology for alternate uses of automobile cigarette lighter sockets (eg., adapters for . . . cellular phone, fax machines, televisions, DC Players, hair dryers, curling irons, even blenders). Within the housing there is alight. The light has a controllable variable resister which reflects the heat range and amount of light produced. The light has three functions: First to heat and activate the gel/cartridge, second, to produce a cosmetically pleasing color glow in the gel cartridge, third, the illuminated color glow fades as the fragrance is exhausted therefore acting as an indicator/gage to alert the user as to the amount of gel fragrance remaining. The gel/cartridge is removable from the housing. It is made of a type of plastic which is reactive to heat/warmth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventor: Andrew L. Roe
  • Patent number: 6447734
    Abstract: An apparatus for vaporizing and cracking chemical elements for use in a deposition process is provided. The apparatus includes a vaporization cell integrally connected with a thermal cracker cell. The vaporization cell has an inlet section in communication with a valve section defining a heating chamber capable of holding a liquid or solid chemical material to be vaporized. A heat source is positioned in the heating chamber and is capable of providing sufficient thermal energy to evaporate or sublimate the chemical material. The thermal cracker cell is communicatively connected to an outlet of the vaporization cell, and includes an elongated tapered tube with a heating element associated therewith. The heating element is capable of providing sufficient thermal energy to dissociate molecular clusters of vaporized chemical material. This provides monomeric or dimeric chemical elements for use in a deposition process such as during semiconductor device fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Ruey-Jen Hwu, Laurence P. Sadwick, Paul P. Lee
  • Patent number: 6099137
    Abstract: An improved air freshener for use inside motor vehicles in which heat produced by a light bulb within the air freshener housing controls the release of fragrance from a removable fragrance impregnated pad positioned in close proximity to the light bulb. Light produced by the light bulb illuminates a translucent decorative cover mounted at the front of the air freshener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventors: Larry G. McCormack, Garry R. Franklin, Terryl L. Oster
  • Patent number: 6090349
    Abstract: A diffuser is a structure having a porous diffusing member into which aromatic matter or the like is impregnated and an incandescent lamp accelerating diffusion of the aromatic matter or the like impregnated into the diffusing member. When using the diffuser liquid aromatic matter is dropped into the diffusing member, after which the incandescent lamp is actuated. The actuated incandescent lamp accelerates diffusion of the aromatic matter impregnated into the diffusing member, so that the aromatic matter may be diffused over the whole room in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Mutsuo Hirano
  • Patent number: 6035098
    Abstract: A scent-bearing ring adaptable for at least semi-permanent engagement with the neck of an incandescent bulb that generates both light and heat. The ring comprises an annular body having an inner layer formed to engage the bulb neck and an outer layer containing a scent or vapor-releasing agent actuable by heat. The inner layer is formed from a moldable material at least capable of resisting without substantial damage the heat generated by the bulb when the bulb is operated in a base-down position and capable of transferring the heat to the outer layer, the outer layer being moldable and porous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Makarand H. Chipalkatti, Frank St. Onge, Sharon Clement, James Baker, Keith Newfield, Denise Champagne, Althea Cranton, Richard Comtois, Keith Scott, Steven McClenaghan
  • Patent number: 5876678
    Abstract: An air freshener which has a rigid plastic frame, a hollow shell of translucent, open cell foam which is placed over the frame and which is impregnated with a scent agent, a base which is removably connected to the frame and which has a light bulb extending therefrom into the interior of the frame for illuminating the shell and for heating the scent agent to increase its dispersion. The frame and shell are manufactured in the shape of a basketball, baseball, or other piece of sports equipment and the shell is imprinted with a name or team logo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventors: Stacy Harrell, Steve Romanoli
  • Patent number: 5677982
    Abstract: A humidifier, especially for room humidification, has a container removably mounted on a base and communicating with a sterilizing chamber to which the water is delivered and in which the water is exposed to a UV lamp with sufficient residence time to effect sterilization. From that chamber the sterile water is delivered to a heating chamber formed in a casting and communicating with a duct in the container from which the steam is supplied to the room. A thermostat on the casting cuts off the heater upon a failure to supply water to the latter. The apparatus can have a humidistat for turning on and off the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Slant/Fin Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Levine, Leo Gross, Paul Siller
  • Patent number: 5647052
    Abstract: A volatile substance dispenser is provided which provides an indication of the dissipation of a quantity of volatile substance by changing an electrical signal level after a time duration corresponding to an expected period time for the quantity of volatile substance to disseminate. A heat source causes the volatile substance to disseminate into the atmosphere. Dissipation of the volatile substance is indicated. For example, dissipation may be indicated by a light bulb burning out where the light bulb is a limited duration bulb with a lifetime that corresponds to the quantity of volatile substance. The dispenser may be disposable and may also serve as a night light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman Inc.
    Inventors: Manhar K. Patel, John M. Paulovich