With Additional Retaining Or Locking Means For Coupled Connector And Lamp Patents (Class 439/232)
  • Patent number: 10069227
    Abstract: An electrical connector device that connects a light source board and a driver board of an LED light electrically. The electrical connector device includes a connector board. The connector board is related to the conductive pins. The connector board is fixed on the light source board and connected to the light source board electrically through the conductive pins. The electrical connector device also includes two electrical connector pieces. Each electrical connector piece includes a whole set for the connection portion and the resistance portion. One end of the connection portion is fixed on the connection board. The resistance portion of the electrical connector piece closes to each other to become an elastic clipping portion and includes the bent and fastening structure. After bending, the fastening structure touches the other end of the connection portion to be fixed on the connection board. The electrical connector device owns the advantages of simple structure and easy to be assembled automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Maojin Zeng, Xiaobo Chen, Tian Zhang, Yongjun Bao, Yongzhe Dong
  • Patent number: 9050831
    Abstract: A lamp housing (1) for an ink curing apparatus comprising at least one locking member (18) configured to lock a lamp (3) into the housing (1) wherein the locking member (18) is movable between an open position allowing removal of the lamp (3) and a closed position restricting vertical movement of the lamp (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Malcolm Rae, James Hicks
  • Publication number: 20150087174
    Abstract: An electrical connector box, capable of mounting a type of electrical device to a surface, including methods of so mounting, is provided. The box includes a housing configured with a hollow to receive electronics of a device. The housing includes a first set of two or more anchor point locations and a second set of two or more anchor point locations. The box also includes a first spring clip, fastened to one of the first set of two or more anchor point locations, and a second spring clip, fastened to one of the second set of two or more anchor point locations. The spring clips are each capable of moving between a compressed position and a deployed position. The anchor point locations to which the first spring clip and the second spring clip are anchored are changeable to accommodate various electrical devices, including lighting devices such as luminaires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: OSRAM SYLVANIA INC.
    Inventors: Robert Schmitt, Anil Jeswani, Zhiming Huang
  • Publication number: 20150056834
    Abstract: A lamp includes a bulb; a light source such as an LED; a lamp base including a connector for providing electricity from a standard lamp socket; and a housing coupled to the lamp base and supporting the bulb in a position to receive electromagnetic energy from the light source. Circuitry connected to receive electricity from the connector of the lamp base provides drive current to the light source. In the examples, each of the lamps also includes a theft deterrence mechanism coupled to the lamp base configured to deter unauthorized removal of the lamp once the lamp base has been inserted into the standard lamp socket to enable lamp operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Chad N. Sanders, Steven S. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8911249
    Abstract: A connection cable includes a cable-side connector, a cable body, a cover member, and a locking member. The cover member is configured to define a gap between the cable-side connector and the cover member such that a bulb-side connector is fitted to the gap when the cable-side connector is connected to the bulb-side connector. The locking member includes a slide portion arranged to slide along an outer circumferential surface of the cover member. The slide portion is provided with a protrusion extending through the cover member and engaging with a locking hole formed in the bulb-side connector. The slide portion is configured such that, when the slide portion is caused to slide, the protrusion is moved away from the cable-side connector and disengaged from the locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 8876323
    Abstract: Fluorescent lamp holder assembly (10) comprising a lamp holder (15) and a socket (20). The holder (15) houses one pair of electrical terminals, and includes one pair of openings (30) located at a position corresponding to the position of the electrical terminals. The lamp holder (15) includes one pair of parallel spaced-apart legs (35) with one end connected to the terminal and the free end protruding from the body of the holder (15). The socket (20) has one pair of spaced-apart electrical terminals defining insertion inlets (45). The holder (15) can be coupled to the socket (20) by inserting the legs (35) into the corresponding terminals of the socket (20). The holder assembly (10) further comprises releasable, resiliently biased locking means (60) movable between an opening position, in which holder (15) and socket (20) can be unplugged and a locking position, in which holder (15) and socket (20) are held together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Viroj Khanampornpan
  • Patent number: 8853923
    Abstract: A discharge tube of the present invention includes a glass bulb in which noble gas is enclosed, a pair of electrodes protruding from both ends of the glass bulb in the longitudinal direction of the glass bulb, and a connector connected to each of the electrodes. Each of the electrodes includes at least an axis section and a large-diameter section with a step section and a circumferential face. The step section has a first latching section for latching onto the connector. The circumferential face has a contact section with which the connector comes in contact. The connector includes a connector body into which the electrode is inserted, a second latching section for latching onto the first latching section of the electrode, and a connecting section connected to the contact section of the electrode. This achieves a discharge tube with high connection reliability and high heat radiation efficiency, and a light-emitting apparatus provided with this discharge tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Erika Kawabata, Katsushi Sumisaki
  • Patent number: 8840261
    Abstract: A lamp socket including a socket terminal, a backlight assembly having the lamp socket and a display device having the backlight assembly are provided. The socket terminal includes a base part, an extending part, a stopper part, an electrode insertion part and a wire connection member. The extending part is extended from the base part, is angled with respect to the base part, and includes a space to receive an electrode of a lamp. The stopper part extends from the extending part and isolates the space at an end of the extending part. The electrode insertion part is extended from the stopper part, wherein application of pressure on the electrode insertion part separates sides of the stopper part to provide access to the space. The wire connection member is extended from the base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Min Choi
  • Publication number: 20130196525
    Abstract: A connection cable includes a cable-side connector, a cable body, a cover member, and a locking member. The cover member is configured to define a gap between the cable-side connector and the cover member such that a bulb-side connector is fitted to the gap when the cable-side connector is connected to the bulb-side connector. The locking member includes a slide portion arranged to slide along an outer circumferential surface of the cover member. The slide portion is provided with a protrusion extending through the cover member and engaging with a locking hole formed in the bulb-side connector. The slide portion is configured such that, when the slide portion is caused to slide, the protrusion is moved away from the cable-side connector and disengaged from the locking hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: PANASONIC CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8277240
    Abstract: A connector has a first member connectable to a first object and a second member connectable to a second object. The second member is arranged so as to restrict movement of the first member in a first horizontal direction. The connector also has a connection member configured to connect the first member and the second member to each other so that the first member is movable relative to the second member in a second horizontal direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Tetsu Urano
  • Patent number: 8251724
    Abstract: Provided are a lamp socket structured to realize a slimmer display device, and a display device having the lamp socket. The lamp socket includes: a body portion; a connection terminal for connection of the lamp socket to a terminal of a lamp; a compliant portion which connects the body portion and the connection terminal and includes a first portion connected to the connection terminal and a second portion connected to the body portion; and one or more fixing portions which extend from the body portion, wherein the first portion and the second portion at least partially overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Hyeok Lee, Jae-Hwan Chun, Jung-Ki Kim, Hyun-Su Park, Jae-Sang Lee, Jeong-Ki Kim, Ki-Hwan Baek, Kyu-Hun Shim
  • Patent number: 8251710
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes an insulative housing defining a base, a lamp receiving portion extending upward form the base with a lamp receiving cavity, a board receiving portion extending downward from the base with a board receiving cavity and a side opening communicating with the board receiving cavity. A contact includes an engaging portion retained in the base, a clamp arm extending upward from the retaining portion and received in the board receiving cavity for contacting with a lamp and an contacting arm extending downward from the retaining portion and protruded in the board receiving cavity; A bottom cover is associated with the board receiving portion and defines a supporting arm protruded upwards in the board receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: De-Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 8201958
    Abstract: To provide a backlight assembly for a liquid crystal panel, which aims to establish electrical connection between a fluorescent tube (CCFL tube) and an inverter substrate and which is low in cost and improved in assembling operability. A connector 10a includes a contact 2 and a housing 1 holding the contact 2. The contact 2 includes a holding portion held by the housing 1, a first connecting portion 18 connected to a connecting portion 51 of the fluorescent tube, and a second connecting portion 19 connected to the substrate. The first connecting portion 18 is formed from one end of the holding portion through a floating portion. The second connecting portion 19 is formed from the other end of the holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Takeharu Naito
  • Patent number: 8192214
    Abstract: The invention provides a lamp socket of a backlight module. The lamp socket comprises a lamp holder and an insulation sheet. The lamp holder comprises a lamp clamp, a holder connector and an inverter connector. Specially, the lamp clamp and the holder connector define a first groove where the insulation sheet can lodge in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Liao, Wei-Chen Hsu
  • Patent number: 8167477
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a body receiving a lamp, and a power supplying member disposed inside the body, the power supplying member a conductive elastomer, the power supplying member electrically interconnecting the lamp and an inverter substrate on which an inverter is mounted. The power supplying member includes a lamp connector receiving a lead wire of the lamp, and an inverter connector formed integrally with the lamp connector, wherein the inverter connector receives a protrusion of the inverter substrate to encircle the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-Hwan Chung, Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi, Yong-Woo Lee, Hyun-Chul Bae, Cheol-Yong Noh
  • Patent number: 8087947
    Abstract: A connector which has a high level of contact stability. An operation member is formed by blanking and bending a metal plate. First and second linking portions that are disposed in a manner opposed to each other to connect a pair of operation portions are in an arrangement in which the first and second linking portions sandwich a pair of operation portions when the operation member is in a developed state. When the operation member is in a completed state, the first and second linking portions connecting the are bent at right angles with respect to the pair of operation portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Tetsu Urano
  • Publication number: 20110136363
    Abstract: The present application relates to a connector device for connecting a cold cathode of a neon or fluorescent tube lamp to a supply cable comprises a first body in form of a tubular housing, inside which a metal sheet is provided having elastically deflectable teeth for engaging one end of the fluorescent tube. A second body of the connector device is associated to one end of the supply cable. The first and second bodies are respectively provided with first and second coupling elements in form of two concentric cylindrical rings made of an electrically conductive material, which engage one inside the other in the coupled condition of the first and second bodies. In this engagement condition, the two concentric rings lock therebetween bent terminal portions of a first wire connected to the electrode of the fluorescent tube and a second wire forming part of the supply cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Tyco Electronics AMP Italia S.R.L.
    Inventor: Hassane Yaali
  • 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: 7926965
    Abstract: A lamp socket that can reduce the thickness of both sides of a display device includes a socket main body having a contact hole formed therein, and a power-applying member coupled to the socket main body through the contact hole, and provided with a lamp connection terminal, an inverter connection terminal, and a terminal connection part connected with the lamp connection terminal in a bent form so as to connect the lamp connection terminal with the inverter connection terminal. Accordingly, the thickness of both sides of the display device including the lamp sockets is reduced, and the compatibility of the product is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi, Yong-Woo Lee, Hyun-Chul Bae, Du-Hwan Chung, Cheol-Yong Noh
  • Patent number: 7862191
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a socket housing and a power supply member. The socket housing has a connecting hole. The power supply member includes a first lamp and a second lamp connecting terminal. The first lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole, and includes a securing member for preventing a lamp from secession from the lamp socket. The second lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole, and includes securing member opening inserted by the securing member. Therefore, the number of elements may be decreased and the stability of lamp socket may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Hee Park, Bong-Hyun You, Jae-Sung Bae, Yong-Hwi Kim
  • Patent number: 7834531
    Abstract: A lamp may be formed with radial arm electrical contacts from a ceramic body insulating body supporting a lamp capsule. A press sealed tubular lamp is held in an end of the ceramic body. The radial arms extend sideways from the ceramic body and support electrical contacts, that may be brought into electrical contact in an insert and twist type socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventor: Ceferino Garcia
  • Patent number: 7824202
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dental lamp socket assembly especially adapted for use with dental lamps. The dental lamp socket assembly is configured to dramatically increase the ease at which bulbs can be placed and/or replaced in and out of the socket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Dental Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Bria, Austin Unsworth
  • Patent number: 7810943
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lamp support capable of stably and firmly mounting a lamp, and a backlight assembly and a liquid crystal display including the lamp support unit. The lamp support unit includes a socket housing, a socket terminal disposed in the socket housing gripping a lead of a lamp and a supporting member installed to the socket housing and supporting a lamp tube of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Rok Ko, Jae Hwan Chun, John Seung Han, Young Jae Lee, Hyun Su Park, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 7806709
    Abstract: A display device includes a backlight assembly and a panel assembly. The backlight assembly includes lamps which emit light when properly powered. Each of the lamps includes a lead terminal, and receives electric power through a lamp socket that is electrically connected to an external power supply. The lamp socket includes a socket cover inserted in the lamp socket. The socket cover supportively embraces a resilient contact terminal within the socket body and thus helps the contact terminal to maintain grip with the lead terminal. The socket cover includes a metal material that is able to absorb and safely dissipate heat impulses from nearby intermittent sparks, so that the socket cover is not substantially deformed by the heat impulses of multiple sparks that occur nearby at contact points between the lamp lead terminal and the socket contact terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Seok Yang, Jung-Tae Kang, Jin-Ho Ha, Yoon-Soo Kwon
  • Patent number: 7771106
    Abstract: A lamp socket with decreased number of components is presented. The lamp socket includes a socket housing and a power supply member. The socket housing has a connecting hole. The power supply member includes a first lamp connecting terminal and a second lamp connecting terminal. The first lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole and includes a first fixing portion that extends through the connecting hole and a first guide portion that extends from an end portion of the first fixing portion toward a first inner wall of the connecting hole. The second lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole and includes a second fixing portion that extends through the connecting hole and a second guide portion that extends from an end portion of the second fixing portion toward a second inner wall of the connecting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Seok Yang, Jung-Tae Kang, Jin-Ho Ha, Yoon-Soo Kwon
  • Publication number: 20100195312
    Abstract: A lamp socket with a decreased number of elements is presented according to one or more embodiments. The lamp socket in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention includes a power supply member. The power supply member includes a first lamp connecting terminal, a second lamp connecting terminal facing the first lamp connecting terminal and an inverter connecting terminal disposed below the first and second lamp connecting terminals. Upper end portions of the first and second lamp connecting terminals are bent in opposite directions and the first lamp connecting terminal includes a fixing protrusion protruding from an inner surface thereof facing the second lamp connecting terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Kyung-Rok Ko, Jae-Hwan Chun
  • Patent number: 7699496
    Abstract: A structure for attaching a fluorescent tube includes a base, a holder supported by the base, and a pair of contacts. The holder holds an intermediate portion of the fluorescent tube while restraining the fluorescent tube from moving in a radial direction. To the pair of contacts, terminals of a pair of end portions of the fluorescent tube are respectively attachable in an attaching direction corresponding to the radial direction of the fluorescent tube. Each contact includes a pair of elastic pieces facing each other. The pair of elastic pieces have a pair of straight portions extending substantially straight along the attaching direction and facing each other. On the pair of straight portions, a pair of contact portions for clamping the corresponding terminal of the fluorescent tube therebetween are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Miyazono
  • Publication number: 20100008065
    Abstract: To provide a backlight assembly for a liquid crystal panel, which aims to establish electrical connection between a fluorescent tube (CCFL tube) and an inverter substrate and which is low in cost and improved in assembling operability. A connector 10a includes a contact 2 and a housing 1 holding the contact 2. The contact 2 includes a holding portion held by the housing 1, a first connecting portion 18 connected to a connecting portion 51 of the fluorescent tube, and a second connecting portion 19 connected to the substrate. The first connecting portion 18 is formed from one end of the holding portion through a floating portion. The second connecting portion 19 is formed from the other end of the holding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Takeharu Naito
  • Patent number: 7628627
    Abstract: A backlight connector includes a housing having a backlight lamp receiving opening with an inclined guide groove and a cover having a terminal insertion member and an inclined surface corresponding to the inclined guide groove. The inclined surface and the terminal insertion member extending into the backlight lamp receiving opening when the cover is moved from an uppermost position to a lowermost position along the inclined guide groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP Korea Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul-Sub Lee, Byoung-Wook Kang, Oh-Hyeon Kwon
  • Patent number: 7604494
    Abstract: A lamp socket that supports a lamp including a lamp body and one or more electrodes protruding from opposite end portions of the lamp body and that electrically connects an inverter circuit board driving the lamp and the lamp includes: a socket terminal having a first stopper where the electrodes are inserted in a first direction crossing a lengthwise direction of the electrodes to be held, the socket terminal providing an elastic force in a second direction substantially crossing the lengthwise direction of the electrodes and the first direction, whereby the first stopper is closely held to the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-woan Cho, Sung-yong Kang
  • Patent number: 7568951
    Abstract: A socket for a fairy light has a light-emitting diode (LED) recess being formed in an outer end of the socket and a partition and a holder being formed on a bottom of the LED recess. The holder is implemented with multiple arced walls being formed around the partition. Small LEDs, being smaller than conventional LEDs, can therefore be mounted on the partition and protrude out of the socket and the LED recess will not limit a lighting range of the LED, and the fairy light with small LEDs saves manufacturing costs and energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Wei-Jen Tseng
  • Publication number: 20090191741
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a power-up device including a conductive material and supplying power to a lamp electrode, and a housing receiving the power transmitting member. The power transmitting member includes an inverter connector, a first lamp electrode supporter, and an terminal unit. The first lamp electrode supporter is connected to the inverter connector and formed with a lamp electrode receiving section into which the lamp electrode is inserted. The terminal unit has a fixed terminal connected to the first lamp electrode supporter, a free-end terminal supporting the lamp electrode such that the lamp electrode adheres to the lamp electrode receiving section, and a connection terminal that connects the fixed terminal to the free-end terminal in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi
  • Patent number: 7549880
    Abstract: A composite contact includes a main body part, a first elastic piece which extends from the main body part and elastically contacts with a terminal disposed at an end part of a fluorescent tube and a second elastic piece which extends from the main body part and aims at elastically contacts with a conductive pattern which is formed on at least one of a front surface and a back surface of a circuit board, and the main body part, the first elastic piece and the second elastic piece are formed as one integrated part by a single member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Miyazono, Shinsuke Handa
  • Patent number: 7549787
    Abstract: A fluorescent tube lamp socket having a housing with opposing sided electrical contacts with one of the contacts and housing portion pivotal relative to the other to allow for increased access and easier placement of a lamp therein. The bulb socket housing having a cavity providing for pivotal movement during lamp insertion that once placed therein is pivotal to a seated locked position ensuring contact between the bulb pins and socket electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Lee Blaymore
  • Publication number: 20090156037
    Abstract: An end cap may include an end cap body that is tubular in shape, an end cap face provided at a first end of the end cap body, a plurality of end cap terminals provided on the end cap face, and a clip notch provided on an exterior side of the end cap body. The second end of the end cap body may be open and structured to receive the lamp therein. A socket may include a socket body that is generally tubular in shape, a socket face provided at a first end of the socket body, a receiving wall extending from an outer periphery of the socket face and extending in a direction away from the socket body, a plurality of socket terminals provided on the socket, and a resilient clip provided on an inner side of the receiving wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Light Sources Inc.
    Inventors: Betty Jean Zayas, Christian L. Sauska
  • Patent number: 7530829
    Abstract: A socket connector comprises a dielectric housing, a conductive contact, and a pickup. The dielectric housing comprising a first sidewall, a opposed second sidewall, and an endwall which connecting said first and second sidewalls and further defines an opening therein; Said conductive contact received in said dielectric housing and having a pair of resilient contacting sections extending between said sidewalls; Said lock-up releasably secured in said opening of said dielectric housing and compressing said pair of contacting sections of conductive contact toward each other. When dismount the backlight, the operator can see the conductive portion of the backlight and the contacting section of the conductive contact, and there is a large operating space for conveniently mounting and dismounting the lock-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wei Yuan, Yu-San Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7530828
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a contact held by a housing and an operating member for operating the contact. The housing includes an insertion recess into which a shaft-like terminal is inserted in a first direction. A pair of elastic pieces of the contact respectively includes clamp portions for clamping the terminal in predetermined clamping directions orthogonal to the first direction. The first direction is in a radial direction of the terminal. The operating member includes widening operating portions for widening the distance between the clamp portions of the pair of elastic pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Miyazono
  • Patent number: 7527510
    Abstract: Provided is a single integral power connection apparatus of a backlight unit with a pressure cam that compresses a lamp lead receiver including plate springs using an elastic restoring force of a cam spring such that the lamp lead receiver comes in contact with a lead of a CCFL to supply power to the CCFL. The power connection apparatus includes a base disposed on a substrate of the backlight unit, the lamp lead receiver having a space defined for receiving the lead by a pair of the bent plate springs disposed on the base, a lamp lead guide disposed on the base for supporting the lead of the lamp, a lamp tube guide disposed on the base for supporting a tube of the lamp, the elastic cam spring applying the restoring force, and the pressure cam for pressing the lamp lead receiver using the restoring force of the cam spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Heesung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-Jong Yoo
  • Patent number: 7494240
    Abstract: A lighting fixture assembly includes a base having a plate and a peripheral wall which has recesses defined in an inner periphery thereof. The plate has connection slots in which V-shaped clamp members are respectively received. Each clamp member has a C-shaped connection end which includes an opening and two extensions extend from two ends of the connection end at an angle. Two parts each have an insertion and a frame is connected on the insertion. Each frame is connected with light tubes thereon. Each insertion has protrusions for being engaged with the recesses and positioning rods for being slidably inserted through the connection slots and engaged with the V-shaped clamp members. The two parts can be replaced by different shapes of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Tung Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 7448892
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a lamp holder for receiving the contact pins at the end of a fluorescent lamp. More specifically, for a ceiling mounted fixture, the lamp holders for the contact pins of a fluorescent lamp each include two downwardly extending straight elongated slots or channels spaced to receive the contact pins of the lamp. Mounting of the lamp is accomplished by inserting each pin of the lamp into its own downwardly extending slot in the lamp holder and then pushing the pins up into the slots until they reach the end where they are automatically locked to the lamp holders. The lamp in not twisted or rotated to lock it to the lamp holder. As the contact pins of the lamp are inserted into the channels of the lamp holder, they are captured by a latching member which automatically locks the pins to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Dowdle, Scott Mast
  • Patent number: 7399190
    Abstract: A connecting device of the invention includes a contact for electrically connecting with a lead terminal of cold cathode fluorescent lamp (electronic component), a body for accommodating the contact and having an insertion opening to allow the lead terminal to be inserted/removed from a side of the body, a shutter for opening/closing the insertion opening of the body, and an operation member mounted to the body for operating the open/close of the shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ohmori
  • Patent number: 7399191
    Abstract: A lamp socket (10) has first and second cylindrical body halves (12, 14) respectively. The first body (12) half has a first outer surface (16) and a first inner mating surface (18), the first inner mating surface (18) including a first depression (19). An insulating sheet (20) is positioned adjacent the inner mating surface (18). A plug (22) is fitted into the first depression (19) and includes a flange (24) that overlies the insulating sheet (20) and maintains the insulating sheet (20) in contact with the first inner mating surface (18). The second body half (14) has a second outer surface (26) and a second inner mating surface (28) and includes a second depression (30). The second body half (14) overlies the first body half (12) with the mating surfaces (18, 28) adjacent one another with the insulating sheet (20) held therebetween. The second depression (30) encompasses the flange (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Scholeno
  • Patent number: 7360922
    Abstract: A light tube assembly includes a light tube and a stabilizer which includes a tubular body with copper members that are slidably engaged with curved slots in a base. A core with terminal plates is received in the tubular body and two locking pin 51s extend through grooves in the tubular body and are removably inserted into the base. An end cap is rotatably connected to the core and is positioned at three positions. The three positions allow the user to replace the base, to replace the light tube and to secure the light tube respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Weico (Asia) Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Yeh
  • Patent number: 7361040
    Abstract: A subassembly (10) for a lamp base, the subassembly (10) has an outer (12) housing having a circumferential wall (14) and a top (16) closing one end (18) of the outer housing (12); at least one lamp receiving aperture (20) in the top (16); and an inner housing (22) contiguous with an entire inside surface (24) of the outer housing (12), the outer housing (12) being a metallic material and the inner housing (22) comprising a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Heinz W. Ito, Robert Pai, Albert M. Cavallaro, James A. Gotay
  • Patent number: 7344397
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a contact held by a housing and an operating member for operating the contact. The housing includes an insertion recess into which a shaft-like terminal is inserted along a first direction. A pair of elastic pieces of the contact respectively include clamp portions for clipping the terminal in predetermined clamping directions orthogonal to the first direction. The first direction is along a radial direction of the terminal. The operating member includes a widening operating portion for widening the distance between the clamp portions of the pair of elastic pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Miyazono
  • Patent number: 7344398
    Abstract: A luminaire socket is used in spaced-apart pair to receive a light tube therebetween in a luminaire assembly. The light tube has socket caps with contact pins at opposed ends. The luminaire socket comprises: a base connected to a support surface; electrical plugs within the base, the electrical plugs connected to a power source to provide power to a light tube; a socket connector operatively connected to the base, the socket connector having a slot for receiving the contact pins of a light tube in a locking position in which the contact pins of the light tube are in electrical contact with the electrical plugs for actuation of the light tube; and at least one support wall on the rotor connector, the support wall being displaceable to a support position by engagement of the light tube in the luminaire socket to support the light tube when the light tube is accidentally disengaged from the socket connector in the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: C.E.I.T. Corp.
    Inventor: Michel Sibout
  • Patent number: 7338302
    Abstract: A novel lamp socket finding application with a type of increased protection, has a housing part (13) in which a one-piece elastomer sealing sleeve (20) is preferably rotatably held. The sealing sleeve (20) is at its lamp-side end preferably slightly radially compressible, while it is stiffer in the axial direction. As a result, it yields inward when axially pressed by the frustoconical inner side of the housing part (13). The one-piece construction of the sealing sleeve (20) from a single material, on the one hand, ensures a simple manufacture and, on the other hand, prevents a faulty mounting caused by slipped seals or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Vossloh-Schwabe Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Thiele, Hans-Peter Mews
  • Patent number: 7097327
    Abstract: A lever pivot safety stop socket for fluorescent lamps. The device consists of a molded plastic housing which includes electrical contact strips, attached to power leads; and a plastic, levered and slotted rotor. The rotor fits into an opening in the housing face, leaving its lever portion outside, and able to turn the rotor. Both housing top and lever portion include a wide slot, and when the lever is pointing towards the housing top, the slots line up. This is the lamp installation position, allowing lamp terminal end pins to be easily dropped into the housing slot and into the rotor slots. The lamp can then be rotated a quarter turn in either direction by the lever, to make a full connection with the power contacts in the housing. Provision is made so that no more than a quarter turn can be made from the installation position in either direction, avoiding “opens”, arcing and possible damage. A mounting bracket is attached to the housing for mounting the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel W Barton
  • Patent number: 7097508
    Abstract: A compact fluorescent lampholder includes a fundamental base and a holder body combined together. The fundamental base is provided with a female thread post inside. Electric current is transmitted to two conducting members beside the female threaded post. The holder body is fixed with a center male-threaded post on the topside to be combined with the female threaded post and two conducting posts beside the center threaded post. The conducting posts contacts with the conducting members for receiving electric current after the center male-threaded post is combined with the female threaded post. The conducting posts transmits electric current to a circuit board in the socket body and then to the conducting posts of a CFL under the holder body for starting the CFL to give out light. The holder body and the fundamental base can be separated for facilitating installing of CFLs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Sun-Lite Sockets Industry Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 6896528
    Abstract: In a stationary member adapted to be electrically connected with at least one connecting member, a first connecting member is attached to a first connecting part. A cover member is slidable between a first position to lock the first connecting member at the first connecting part and a second position to enable an attachment of the first connecting member to the first connecting part. The cover member is provided with a first engagement member. A second engagement member engages with the first engagement member in a case where the cover member is located at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kubota, Keisuke Ozawa