Gas Filled Tube Patents (Class 40/545)
  • Patent number: 10266110
    Abstract: An application arrangement for motor vehicles includes a light face having a surface that is at least one of light-emitting or light-reflecting so as to emit and/or reflect light in a planar fashion. A transparent cover panel is assigned to the surface and forms an external face of the application arrangement. A plurality of separate application elements are disposed on the surface so as to at least partially screen the light of the light face from the external face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Heinz Redlich, Burkhard Leutiger, Alexander Rabek, Malte Moessner
  • Patent number: 9449541
    Abstract: Self illuminated back and front lit shaped and two-sided signage. The signage includes a turning film having a structured surface for redirecting light and a diffuser providing for diffusion. The shape of the signage from a viewer's perspective provides the content, such as letters, to be conveyed to the viewer. Two-sided signage includes two signs arranged back-to-back, each including a turning film having a structured surface for redirecting light, a diffuser providing for diffusion, and a printed graphic. In the two-sided signage, the turning films receive light from an ambient light source and direct the light via the structured surfaces toward viewers of the two graphics in order to passively illuminate the signage. The two-sided signage can be shaped to provide content via the shape and graphics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Erik A. Aho, Patrick A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9022631
    Abstract: A flexible light assembly includes a plurality of light guides that may be operably connected to one or more LED light sources. The light guides may include smooth surfaces that internally reflect light except at selected areas having irregular surface features that permit the escape of light to provide illuminated letters, numbers, designs, or the like. The light guides and LED light source may be disposed within a flexible housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Innotec Corp.
    Inventors: Jason R. Mulder, Justin Philip Boetsma
  • Patent number: 8419253
    Abstract: A lighting display system having an anti-theft feature has a mounting structure having at least one mounting plate having a front side and a back side, first and second conductor lines carried by the at least one mounting plate, and a plurality of luminescent bodies, wherein each of the plurality of luminescent bodies has first and second contact plugs exposed at a back side of the luminescent body and connected to the first and second conductor lines where a line extending between centres of the first and second contact plugs is oriented at an angle of more than 105° or less than 85° relative to a direction of extension of the first conductor line, and a plurality of light sources electrically connected to the first and second conductor lines via the first and second plugs and fixing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mass & Ross AG
    Inventor: Alexander Burrak
  • Publication number: 20100064559
    Abstract: The invention concerns an element for signs (1, 100, 101, 102) comprising a main body (2, 2a, 2b, 20a, 21c). The main body (2, 2a, 2b, 20a, 21c) is made with a polymer. The invention also concerns a process and a system for-manufacturing the element for signs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Pierino Dal Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 7584561
    Abstract: A light box display for use in a retail environment includes a light box, a graphic, and a graphic cover. The light box includes a first member and a second member configured to collectively house a plurality of light sources. The graphic cover is selectively coupled to the light box with at least one of static build up and friction fit to secure the graphic between the light box and the graphic cover such that the graphic is configured to be backlit with light emanating from the plurality of light sources. The first member of the light box includes a first member side wall and the second member of the light box includes a second member side wall. The second member side wall generally fits around and overlaps a substantial entirety of the first member side wall. Associated methods are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Whittier, Jeremy A. Clark, William Y. Stafford
  • Patent number: 7506463
    Abstract: A universal gaming machine topper sign (10) has a body portion (11), having a back wall (15), a side wall (16), an open front face (17) and a mounting base (18), a reflector carrier (13) mounted on the base (18) of the body portion (11), a cold cathode lamp (14) mounted in front of the reflector carrier (13), an annular printed circuit board (50) having illumination means (52) around its periphery which are mounted on the periphery of the reflector carrier (13) and a door (12) for closing the front face (17) of the body portion (11), the door (12) having an annular body portion (30) having light apertures (35) and a central portion (37) for receiving a display panel (51), the light apertures (35) of the door (12) being in alignment with the illumination means (52) mounted around the printed circuit board (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: The Bright Group Pty Limited
    Inventor: Barrie James Holst
  • Patent number: 7306356
    Abstract: An illuminated angular display system is provided. The illuminating angular display system includes a body, with an interior and an exterior, a plurality of support members extending through the body, and a light enhancing system within the interior. The body includes, a first angled front panel opposing a second angled front panel, contacting a third angled top panel and a fourth angled top panel, respectively. A first and a second side panel contact a bottom panel, the bottom panel contacts the first and second angled front panels, where the first and second side panels contact the third angled top panel and the fourth angled panel. The light enhancing system includes a first and a second angled light emitting diode panel, including a plurality of light emitting diodes and a first and a second angled dispersing panel, including a light transmitting layer and a light dispersal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: William Yaghoob Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 7251910
    Abstract: An electrical neon display device that allows for the interchangeability of the material being displayed and includes a power track, a track head and at least one display member that is electrically connected to said track head and includes a neon tube that is preferably shaped in the configuration of a desired letter or design to be displayed by said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: General-Tech Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Tsang Chiu Ming
  • Patent number: 7226195
    Abstract: A compact and cost-efficient lamp assembly includes cold-cathode fluorescent lamps in a variety of edge-lit display sign applications specifically, in edge-lit emergency lighting signs. The lamp assembly includes in one self-contained module a lower housing unit and an upper housing unit shaped to cover the lower housing unit. The lower housing unit is divided into a lower frame and an upper frame disposed on top of the lower frame. The upper frame has at least two inverters disposed within. The lower frame is a parabolic shape reflector frame supporting at least two cathode lamps in line with the two inverters, each of which is connected to each lamp for providing high voltage to power up the lamps. Additionally, an edge-lit panel having a front and back side is disclosed in the present invention. The backside includes a semi-transparent frosted surface with a white opaque lamination glued on the frosted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International
    Inventors: Radu C. Rapeanu, Viorel Mirica, Zhigang Xing, David Blier
  • Patent number: 7024808
    Abstract: A neon sign arrangement includes a supporting frame, a displaying cover, and a neon light unit. The supporting frame has a first displaying side and an opposed second displaying side. The displaying cover has a displaying character mounted on the first displaying side. The neon light unit includes a neon light tube which has a character sign portion and is supported by the supporting frame, and a power controller which is electrically connected to the neon light tube such that when it is powered up, it forms as a light source to highlight the displaying cover as well as generate a neon light effect at the second displaying side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: David Chiang
  • Patent number: 6769726
    Abstract: An illuminated sign display is mounted on a truck or trailer sidewall. The display includes a four sided frame with one of the frame sides being hinged so that it can be opened to receive an advertising sheet, between a front clear plastic sheet for protecting the advertising sheet, and a rear white translucent sheet. The display also includes a white metal back sheet adjacent the truck wall and an illumination device mounted between the white metal back sheet and the white translucent sheet in a chamber formed between the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick Frank Clark
  • Patent number: 6711841
    Abstract: A display device has a support, a tubular light source, and a cover. The light source is interconnected to the support, and the cover is placed over the light source. The cover is an arc-shaped partially translucent elongated member. The cover is colored to create a glowing effect when light emitted from the light source passes through the cover in a forward direction. Light emitted from the light source in a rearward direction reflects off of the support. The cover allows the light source to create both a glowing effect and a back-lit effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventors: John Glueckstein, Stephen E. Porter
  • Patent number: 6675515
    Abstract: A luminous electric display unit is disclosed in which glass tubing containing inert gas such as neon is entirely or substantially enclosed within a protective housing, thereby providing protection both for the glass tubing and the public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Fallon Luminous Products
    Inventors: Timothy Ross Fallon, Walter Keisler Tanner, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040003524
    Abstract: Disclosed are a neon light utilizing a flat plate electrode and a lower plate structure employed in the neon light. In the neon light, an advertisement pattern is expressed by means of discharge spaces formed by carving out one or both of two insulation plates, the upper and lower plates. Therefore, the discharge spaces are integrally formed at the upper plate and/or the lower plate. Further, the electrodes for the electric discharge, which are formed at the upper and lower electrodes, utilize flat plate electrodes. The phosphor elements in the discharge space are excited, so as to emit visible rays to the exterior. Therefore, the present invention decreases the discharge voltage and increases the brightness, while facilitating the manufacture of the neon light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Hong-Ju Ha
  • Publication number: 20030126776
    Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing a product from a plurality of parts based on the result of an event includes designing each of a first group of the plurality of parts with a generic design and designing each of a second group of the plurality of parts with a customized design. Each of the second group of parts has at least two versions of the customized design. The first group of parts is manufactured into a partially completed product, and the second group of parts is manufactured separately. After receiving a result of the event, the manufacture of the product is completed with the partially completed product and the second group of parts designed with a version consistent with the result of the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Team Beans Authentic, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Lewis, Geoff Geruso, Virginia Patton
  • Patent number: 6557283
    Abstract: An illuminated sign assembly having opaque indicia arranged on a translucent back-lighted panel, the assembly comprising an opaque frame consisting of an elongated rectangular enclosure with four walls, a bottom enclosure and an open top. The back-lighted panel extends across the open top of the enclosure, with the outer surface of the translucent panel being secured in place by a frame means having an inwardly extending opaque surface which masks the illuminating means from the translucent panel so as to indirectly illuminate the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Mark Canfield
  • Patent number: 6512331
    Abstract: A luminous display device and method of making the same wherein a front member of transparent glass (16) is fused to the rim area (4) of a rear member (1) having a recess (8) therein and protuberances (12) projecting from the base of the recess toward the front member, the protuberances being closely spaced with respect to each other and the front member to provide passages (14) between the protuberances and a light discharge chamber (20) between the front member and the recess. An opening (22) extends through the rear member communicating with the chamber. A tubular member (26) mounted on the rear member communicates with the opening for evacuating the chamber and filling it with ionizable gas. An electrode device (28) is mounted in the tubular member and is operatively connected to a power source (36) for ionizing the gas in the chamber thereby producing light discharge fingers (38,40,42,44) or streaks through the passages providing the desired display of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Hing Hung Ricky Fu
  • Publication number: 20030009923
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a neon sign device having a plain shape. The neon sign device having the plain shape according to the present invention comprises an upper glass sheet having electric discharge electrodes installed on its bottom surface; and a lower glass sheet attached closely to the bottom surface of the upper glass sheet and having an electric discharge space where an advertisement pattern to be represented is formed into a cavity. The neon sign device is generally made by bonding the upper and lower glass sheets after forming the electric discharge electrodes and the cavity in the upper and lower glass sheets, respectively. A fluorescent layer is also formed inside the cavity, and inert electric discharge gas is filled inside the cavity. For example, the cavity is formed by engraving it on a portion of a top surface of the lower glass sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Hong-Ju Ha
  • Publication number: 20020184805
    Abstract: A display device has a support, a tubular light source, and a cover. The light source is interconnected to the support, and the cover is placed over the light source. The cover is an arc-shaped partially translucent elongated member. The cover is colored to create a glowing effect when light emitted from the light source passes through the cover in a forward direction. Light emitted from the light source in a rearward direction reflects off of the support. The cover allows the light source to create both a glowing effect and a back-lit effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventors: John Glueckstein, Stephen E. Porter
  • Patent number: 6419374
    Abstract: A neon light fixture system that allows for interchanging of various neon light fixtures. The neon light system comprises a neon light bulb for emitting illumination upon applying predetermined voltage, caps affixed to said light member for allowing current to flow through said light member when a predetermined voltage is applied to said cap, a transformer for applying voltage to said caps, said transformer comprising a housing, a transformer disposed in said housing, and one or more receptacles for releasably receiving said caps and causing electrical contact between said transformer and said caps, said receptacles further including holding apparatus for affixing said neon light bulb to said transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Neon Changeables International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Goldscher
  • Patent number: 6348760
    Abstract: What is described is a flat signal lamp with dielectrically impaired discharge, which is intended in particular for use in traffic signals, above all traffic lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Patent-Treuhand-Gesellschaft fur Elektrische Gluhlampen mbH
    Inventors: Frank Vollkommer, Lothar Hitzschke
  • Patent number: 6305110
    Abstract: A modular neon sign control system with a plurality of discrete neon letters, numbers or symbols, each with plugs to plug into at any place along a continuous electrical rail. Each neon letter, etc. is a single tube having its own driving inverter and digital decoder. Dip switches set a unique digital code into the decoder for each letter. A programmed memory controls a system encoder which sends coded signals to each decoder to compare with each letter's unique code. Those letters receiving the matching digital signals are activated or deactivated according to the program. The letters, etc. of the sign can be operated simultaneously, serially, randomly, in a pattern, or in a flashing manner. Power from an ac adapter is supplied along with the signals from the encoder to the electrical rail, and the decoder separates the power from the coded signals. The letters may be individually and easily prearranged and substituted in a sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Sheldon Chang
  • Publication number: 20010027618
    Abstract: A luminous electric display unit is disclosed in which glass tubing containing inert gas such as neon is entirely or substantially enclosed within a protective housing, thereby providing protection both for the glass tubing and the public.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventors: Timothy Ross Fallon, Walter Keisler Tanner
  • Patent number: 6192610
    Abstract: A luminous electric display unit having glass tubing, filled with an inert gas, fully or partially enclosed within a protective housing, thereby providing protection both for the glass tubing and the public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Fallon Luminous Products Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Ross Fallon, Walter Keisler Tanner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6030088
    Abstract: A clear casing (10) for an electronic component (12) comprising an enclosure (14) made out of a transparent plastic material (16) which extends about the periphery of the electronic component (12), so as to enhance the esthetic appearance of the electronic component (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: George Scheinberg
  • Patent number: 5992067
    Abstract: A generally planar base panel member has mounted to its back face a pair of laterally spaced apart chambers whose open fronts are covered by the panel. A pair of electrical receptacles in each chamber are arranged in alignment with apertures in the base panel. First and second front panels each have a neon tubing configuration mounted on a front side of the panel with the electric end terminals at opposite ends of the tubing configurations projecting through holes in the front panels so that when the front panels are juxtaposed to the front of the base panel the neon tube terminals plug into the receptacles. A power supply for neon tubing is mounted to the back face of the base panel member. The neon tubing configurations on the individual front panels when plugged into the receptacles form a series circuit which connects across the high voltage output terminals of the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon P Strawbridge
  • Patent number: 5966856
    Abstract: An illuminated sign or light box includes a face having face material forming a desired face design with at least a portion of the desired face design comprising a light transmitting, substantially non-diffusing window. At least one tubular fluorescent light bulb is positioned behind the face. A substantially specular reflector which serves as a mirror is positioned behind the fluorescent light bulb. The reflector has a predetermined shape and the fluorescent light bulb is positioned such that when the sign or light box is viewed by a viewer from a predetermined viewing region, the viewer either directly sees the fluorescent light bulb or directly sees a substantially specular reflection of the fluorescent light bulb through the light transmitting, substantially non-diffusing window portions of the sign face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: T. Bryan Alu
  • Patent number: 5763964
    Abstract: A high frequency power supply for distributed luminous tube signage including a master power unit and one or more slave units. The master unit includes a digital oscillator, controller, and electronic switches to induce a switched high frequency waveform across the primary of an output transformer. This waveform is preferably of a non-symmetrical variety to minimize neon bubble formation and mercury gas migration. The output transformer includes one or more low voltage ancillary power outputs for interconnection through appropriate twisted pairs or other transmission medium to the slave units. A high voltage secondary for direct luminous tube connection may also be provided. Various slave unit topologies are contemplated including remote or moving luminous tube segments; electronic controllers and sequencers, and motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Rotta
  • Patent number: 5664352
    Abstract: A display arrangement for illuminating posters and other non-opaque planar artwork comprising an item of artwork affixed to an essentially transparent mounting member, and a plurality of precisely configured neon light tubes mounted behind the item of artwork. The light tubes are arranged in a predetermined pattern consonant with the subject matter of the artwork, with each of the light tubes being positioned behind a selected portion of the artwork, to illuminate and enhance such selected portion of the artwork when the light tubes are energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Sue Beckman
  • Patent number: 5644859
    Abstract: A billboard comprising a main body in which a lamp set is secured. The main body is rotatably fastened with a bottom seat and further fastened with two transparent pieces capable of enhancing the glittering effect of a neon lamp tube of the lamp set. The neon lamp tube can be bent to form a desired word or mark for a specific advertising purpose. The main body, to which the lamp set is attached, can be rotated in a desired direction in relation to the bottom seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Inventor: Jessica Hsu
  • Patent number: 5617659
    Abstract: A construction member includes a square frame. The frame is formed of a front frame and a back frame. A plate is secured to the inner side of an edge of the front frame. A glass tube constituting a visually perceptible part in the form of a letter or a pattern is secured to the back surface of the plate by an adhesive consisting of thermosetting resin having self-extinguish property. An electrode tube is formed at one end of the glass tube and the other end thereof. The glass tube encloses inert gas such as neon gas. A printed layer is formed on one main surface of the plate as another visually perceptible part by silk printing method or the like. The frame accommodates a reflective panel formed of stainless steel plate by spacing the reflective panel at a determined interval from the plate. A transformer for illuminating the glass tube is mounted on the back surface of the reflective panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Monc Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiroshi Okubo
  • Patent number: 5579598
    Abstract: An electric luminous display unit for conveying visual information including a housing comprising an opaque front face portion of substantially rigid molded plastic, an elongated groove in the front face portion of the housing, inert gas-containing glass tubing located in the groove and extending therealong, and electrical means located behind the front face portion of the housing and electrically connected to ends of the glass tubing for supplying electrical energy to illuminate the same. In one embodiment, an edge-lighted board is described for receiving written information thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Fallon Luminous Products Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy R. Fallon, Walter K. Tanner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5533286
    Abstract: An electric luminous display unit for conveying visual information including a housing comprising an opaque front face portion of substantially rigid molded plastic, an elongated groove in the front face portion of the housing, inert gas-containing glass tubing located in the groove and extending therealong, and electrical means located behind the front face portion of the housing and electrically connected to ends of the glass tubing for supplying electrical energy to illuminate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventors: Timothy R. Fallon, Walter K. Tanner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5493804
    Abstract: An advertising board structure which is formed from a character indicating neon tube and polyurethane material. The neon tube for displaying is partially exposed beyond the surface of the molded displaying board structure. The polyurethane material is used to cover onto the neon tube portion which is not to be exposed and the neon tube is first covered with a soft polyurethane material before it is covered and formed as a single unit with the polyurethane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: True Power Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Feng Lo, Jiin-Huei Chiang
  • Patent number: 5446634
    Abstract: A construction member includes an external frame portion made of polycarbonate resin with connection holes formed along its periphery. The front face of the external frame portion has attached thereto a freely removable panel made of, for example, a first plate of transparent glass having a concave portion and a flat second plate. Between the first plate and the second plate there is formed a continuous hollow portion, which, as a figure plate, contains a letter, pattern, or the like. The continuous hollow portion is charged with, for example, neon gas and has attached thereto two electrode tubes. The external frame portion has formed therein, at a distance from the panel, a partitioning member containing a reflective sheet freely removably attached to the surface thereof formed, for example, of aluminum foil or synthetic resin film. The continuous hollow portion is luminous as a voltage is applied to two electrode tubes and the image emitted is reflected by the reflective sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Shiroshi Okubo
  • Patent number: 5383295
    Abstract: A luminous display device which includes a fused assembly of three flat members, behind the first of which a chamber partly defined by an opening in the second of said members is formed, a quantity of beads and an ionizable gas being disposed in said chamber, a source of high frequency voltage being connected to an electrode through an opening in the third of said members to form myriad discharge paths throughout said chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Wayne P. Strattman
  • Patent number: 5348413
    Abstract: A conduit sealing assembly for sealing a conduit for carrying high voltage wiring from a neon tube through a backing panel of the neon display includes a hollow connector member for securing to the backing panel so as to project through an opening in the panel. One end of the connector member on the rear side of the panel is secured to a conduit for guiding the wiring from the panel for connection to a power supply. A hollow sealing plug is secured in the opposite end of the connector member, and a hollow insulating tube for guiding wiring from the neon tube through the backing panel has one end inserted into the connector member through the plug member, which seals against the surface of the tube to provide a weather proof seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Albert Sklar
  • Patent number: 5270619
    Abstract: A novelty device comprising an energizing circuit, including an dielectric base material, having a circuit and a conductive member attached to a first surface of the dielectric base material. The novelty device further includes a transparent display, containing an inert gas, such as neon or argon, being illuminated when the transparent display is brought into sufficiently close proximity to the surface opposite the surface carrying the conductive member and the energizing circuit, when power is supplied to the circuit. The invention also relates to a method for illuminating the transparent display, containing an inert gas, such as neon or argon, by the use of the energizing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Robert E. Iannini
  • Patent number: 5270910
    Abstract: A thin light box comprising a thin structural frame less than about 3 inches thick for supporting a transparency to be illuminated along a frontal plane; a thin tubular cold cathode lamp between about 1/2 and 5/8 diameter (about 1.2 cm and 1.6 cm) having a planar serpentine configuration with a length of more than about 8 feet and less than about 16 feet which cold cathode lamp is supported within and by the frame substantially in a light tube plane parallel to the frontal plane spaced apart from the frontal plane about 3/4 of an inch (about 2 cm); and a thin solid state transformer sized to fit within and to be supported by the thin frame, which solid state transformer produces a sufficiently high voltage to illuminate the cold cathode tube lamp to provide sufficient illumination for backlighting the transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Edwin N. Kile
  • Patent number: 5267404
    Abstract: A display assembly 10 is adapted to selectively illuminate those numerals associated with a home address. Moreover, display 10 includes a mounting member 12 which is adapted to be mounted to the surface of the house and a flat plate 26 which is adapted to overlay the mounting member 12 and which further is adapted to receivably mount neon tubes 30 which are selectively illuminated and which are configured in a shape which is substantially similar to numerals associated with a home address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: John J. Kizy
  • Patent number: 5237765
    Abstract: An illuminated display includes a neon tube and a power supply with flasher mounted on a removable backboard within a transparent tube. The removability of the backboard permits changing the message on the display. The display can be secured to a wall, floor, or any other suitable display location. The display can also be mounted in a movable pedestal for portable applications. Opaque appearance materials conceal internal components of the display. Controls permit varying the color intensity and flash rate of the neon tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Vargish Industries
    Inventor: George Vargish, II
  • Patent number: 5198723
    Abstract: A gas discharge display apparatus in the form of an electroluminescent gas filled panel adapted for quickly and inexpensively making a durable and robust luminous sign using image patterns transferred to the panel by painting, silkscreening, stencilling, lithography, or the like. The apparatus generally includes a pair of substantially parallel spaced apart rigid plates, or sheets, enclosing an electroluminescent gas, and having variously located and kinds of conductive elements, such as surface coatings, used as electrodes for energizing the enclosed electroluminescent gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: William P. Parker
  • Patent number: 5159772
    Abstract: A lighted display sign with a moulded base having a channel forming a character, an electrical means for exciting a neon gas in the channel to emit light, electrical contacts extending from the base to connect to a power source and a second pair of electrical contacts extending from the base to connect to a second display sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventor: George E. Akaley
  • Patent number: 5136492
    Abstract: A light display comprises a neon or other light source situated between two panels of semi-reflective, semi-transparent material supported in a box-like frame. When the light source is activated, the visual effect of viewing the light source from outside the frame yields a plurality of successively smaller images of the light source, analogous to seeing the shape of the light source being reflected and repeated into infinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Garland I. Rush
  • Patent number: 5045000
    Abstract: A connector is provided for the conductors running between the electrode-containing ends of a neon tube and the high voltage power supply. Two half-shells composed of rigid insulating plastic are joined together to form a housing after the electrical connection is made between a power supply lead wire and the neon tube to completely enclose the connection. At least one end of the housing resulting from combining the half-shells contains a substantially round hole and a circular groove inwardly thereof. An insulating feedthrough adapter has an integral collar which is captured in the groove. A spirally grooved or corrugated flexible insulating sleeve screws onto the adapter which results in the lead wire being double insulated. One of the end portions of the neon tube fits through a hole in the insulating housing opposite of the hole in which the adapter resides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Trame, Gary L. Reidenbach
  • Patent number: 5038542
    Abstract: An architectural building block is formed of light transmitting, molded plastic material to resemble a common glass block or brick and comprises a plurality of hollow half members joined together along a seam to form a hollow block enclosure with the seam spaced intermediately between a pair of opposite planar outer side faces of the block. Each half member has an inner surface and an outer surface comprising one of the outer side faces of the block integrally joined around its periphery to an inwardly directed peripheral edge flange having a free edge providing one joining edge of the seam. At least one of the outer opposite side faces of the block is provided with a thin, hard, transparent, abrasion, chemical and ultraviolet light resistant protective coating of plastic resin permanently bonded to an outer side face of the block to provide protection from the environment and weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Glass Alternatives Corp.
    Inventor: James R. Kline
  • Patent number: 5036243
    Abstract: An illumination device utilizes an electrical discharge through inert gas especially neon, argon, and mercury vapor or mixtures thereof, the electrical discharge being contained within two or more vitreous plates and confined within one or more channels within the vitreous plates. These channels, in combination with evacuation and gas filling means, provide one or more ionization chambers, the chambers being further provided with integral electrodes in combination with means for both thermally shielding the integral electrodes from the vitreous plates and for prevention of adhesion of the electrodes from the vitreous plates during the thermal sealing of the vitreous plates to form the ionization chamber or chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Inventors: Franklin H. Cocks, Peter W. Farner
  • Patent number: 5031345
    Abstract: A display scissors having two elongate members which are movable with respect to one another. The first elongate member has one end portion configured to represent a first blade element of a scissors and an opposite end portion configured to represent a first loop element of the scissors. The first loop element is curved in a clockwise direction. The second elongate member has one end portion configured to represent a second blade element of the scissors and an opposite end portion configured to represent a second loop element of the scissors. The second loop element is curved in a counter-clockwise direction. The second blade element is positioned generally parallel to the first blade element and points in a similar direction to that of the first blade element. The display scissors includes mounting means for pivotally moving the first elongate member in one direction and simultaneously and pivotally moving the second elongate member in an opposite direction about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: William J. Kinney
  • Patent number: 4998365
    Abstract: A neon light display comprising seven segment modules of neon light tubes, and/or other segment configuration modules for special use. The neon light tubes comprise a serpentine configuration comprising a multi-row continuous tube. The serpentine configuration provides for improved visibility at night and at great distances. The modules are detachably secured to a housing which protects electric equipment such as transformers, inside a weather resistant structure. The modules are configured for efficient replacement, replacing an entire module rather than repairing individual segments in the field. The modules are screwed to a pair of rails and utilize high voltage plugs for electrical disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Kazor Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Bezek