Plug Having Surrounding Screw-thread-coupling Contact Patents (Class 439/642)
  • Patent number: 10347981
    Abstract: A sensor having a separate antenna includes a shell, a circuit board, a nameplate, an antenna, and a connecting unit. The shell includes a substrate and a tubular wall. The tubular wall is mounted on a first surface of the substrate to form a containing space. The circuit board is mounted in the containing space. The nameplate is mounted on a second surface of the substrate which is opposite the first surface. The antenna is mounted on the nameplate and is separate from the circuit board. The connecting unit is electrically connected between the antenna and the circuit board, and is mounted through the substrate. The antenna may be mounted outside of the containing space. When the sensor is mounted on a ceiling, the ceiling may not block wireless signals, and quality of wireless communication of the antenna may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: IR-Tec International Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-I Huang, Shih-Tsung Lin, Wen-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10225913
    Abstract: An internet of things system having a smart light bulb and a smart fixture. The smart light bulb may be inserted into and connect with the smart fixture for power to the smart light bulb. The smart light bulb may be configured by reading configuration information from a memory in the smart fixture. As a whole, the system may have two or more smart light bulbs inserted in two or more smart fixtures, respectively. The two or more smart light bulbs may be interconnected with one another with communication links to make up a mesh network. Non-bulb devices may be connected to the mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Philipp Anton Roosli
  • Patent number: 10139064
    Abstract: A lighting cover adapter for glass globe covers attaches to a glass globe cover around a bulb receiving opening of the glass globe cover with an internal globe plate and an external globe plate to secure the glass globe cover to a light fixture. A socket adapter is installed around a lightbulb socket. The internal globe plate is inserted through the bulb receiving opening and fastened to the external globe plate outside of the glass globe cover in order to secure the glass globe cover between the internal globe plate and the external globe plate. The glass globe cover is positioned around the lightbulb and the internal globe plate is then secured to the socket adapter through a spacing adapter in order to mount the glass globe cover to the lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Ryden Rizzo
  • Patent number: 10020573
    Abstract: An antenna sensor includes an antenna operable to receive and/or transmit radio frequency (RF) signals, and one or more sensors operably connected to the antenna and configured to monitor at least one condition and to output sensor signals. A single connection is provided for connection to an electronic device to transfer RF signals from the antenna and sensor signals from the one or more sensors to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark S. Wilbur
  • Patent number: 10003119
    Abstract: Disclosed is a base station device including a an interface board, which is located in a housing and has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, comprising a relay connector of which one end is exposed on the first surface and an opposite end is exposed on the second surface; a base station signal matching unit mounted on the first surface and comprising a first connector coupled to the one end of the relay connector; and a base station signal processing unit mounted on the second surface and comprising a second connector coupled to the opposite end of the relay connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SOLiD, INC.
    Inventor: Dongwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9848480
    Abstract: An internet of things system having a smart light bulb and a smart fixture. The smart light bulb may be inserted into and connect with the smart fixture for power to the smart light bulb. The smart light bulb may be configured by reading configuration information from a memory in the smart fixture. As a whole, the system may have two or more smart light bulbs inserted in two or more smart fixtures, respectively. The two or more smart light bulbs may be interconnected with one another with communication links to make up a mesh network. Non-bulb devices may be connected to the mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Philipp Anton Roosli
  • Patent number: 9608394
    Abstract: A light bulb socket assembly including an inner socket member having an interior chamber sized to receive a threaded end of a light bulb, and having a threaded member configured to screw into a conventional light bulb socket, a spring positioned between the inner socket member and an outer sleeve, locking tabs positioned extending through openings in an outer wall surrounding the interior chamber, where in a first secured position the locking tabs are in engagement with the threaded end of light bulb, and in a second unsecured position when the outer sleeve is refracted, the locking tabs are no longer in secured engagement with the threaded end of the light bulb, such that the light bulb may be removed by pulling the light bulb out of the inner socket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jason Fruhauff
  • Patent number: 9391415
    Abstract: A lampholder includes a housing and a plurality of electrical terminals. The lampholder is adapted to hold a light-emitting diode (LED) tube light assembly supported at two ends of the tube light. The lampholder includes at least one terminal that electrically couples before the remaining terminals located in the same housing to ensure a first-connect, last-disconnect electrical connection when inserting the LED tube light into and removing the LED tube light from the lampholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Swedberg, Joshua Abraham Ott
  • Patent number: 8328582
    Abstract: A shortened adapter for a light bulb socket with highly overlapped male and female parts with an insulating hand-ring that extends only partially over the external surface of the adapter's female threading so it fits into the unthreaded collar of a light bulb socket, thereby significantly reducing the light bulb displacement. The shortened adapter can respond to an incoming signal and control the output of a light bulb. A reversible ring on the insulating hand-ring can change the adapter from being a dimmer to being an on-off control. A mechanism is disclosed to reversibly lock the adapter onto a light bulb. A miniature remote controller to work with the adapter is provided that has many advantages because of its very small size and compact shape. Further, one such controller can control several lights and several such controllers can control a single light in arbitrary combinations selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MagicLux, LLC
    Inventors: Adam L Carley, Anthony D D'Amelio, James Edward Mandry, Daniel J Allen, Leonard R Weisberg
  • Patent number: 8002585
    Abstract: A detachable lamp socket includes a contact member (1), a housing (2), and a fixing ring (3). A lower end of the contact member (1) is connected to an upper end of the housing (2). The fixing ring (3) is fitted on the junction of the contact member (1) and the housing (2) to fix the contact member (1) and the housing (2). The top of the housing (2) is provided with the engaging groove (22) and the bottom of the contact member (1) is provided with hooks (12). With the hooks (12) and the engaging groove (22), the contact member (1) and the housing (2) are connected together. The notch (221) of the engaging groove (22) is open, such that the hooks (12) of the contact member (1) are levelly pushed in the engaging groove (22). The fixing ring (3) may be threaded onto outer threads (23) of the housing (2) to complete the assembly. This can prevent a lamp base from being loosened when rotating a lamp, so that the contact member (1) and the housing (2) are connected firmly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Mainhouse (Xiamen) Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nan-Qing Zhou
  • Patent number: 7837509
    Abstract: A standard ceiling recessed lighting fixture can be modified to a low-slung AC or DC light fixture with a screw-in extender. The extender with bulb can be used to lower a bulb from a recessed lighting fixture a desired length. A series of extension rods can be screwed together for a desired length. Rigid and flexible extenders are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Calvin T. Switzer
  • Patent number: 7837508
    Abstract: A standard ceiling recessed lighting fixture can be modified to a low-slung AC or DC light fixture with a screw-in extension rod. The extension rod with bulb can be used to light a restaurant table or a pool table or a workbench and the like. A series of extension rods can be screwed together for a desired length. Rigid and flexible extension rods are disclosed. A dome light and ceiling fan mounting bracket for a recessed lighting fixture are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Calvin T. Switzer
  • Patent number: 7810945
    Abstract: An adjustable light connection comprising a flexible member having a first end and a second end, a contact base connected to the first end of the flexible member, a mounted socket connected to the second end of the flexible member, and an electrical connection disposed within the flexible member and having a first end connected to the contact base and a second end connected to the mounted socket. The contact base is engageable with a light socket and the mounted socket is engageable with a light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Randy J. Mize
  • Patent number: 7556398
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting unit, comprising a first light element formed as a conventional light source, a second light element formed as a plurality of LEDs and a lamp cap. According to the invention the second light element is formed as a separate LED module with a fitting and a second lamp cap whereby the first and the second light elements are removably attached via the fitting and the second lamp cap, the fitting and second lamp cap providing electrical and mechanical connection between both light elements. The invented lighting unit is cost-effective and has better mixing possibilities of the light produced by both light elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Lucas Leo Desiree Van Der Poel
  • Patent number: 7513802
    Abstract: A lamp adapter can adapter a mogul base lamp holder to accept a medium base lamp. The lamp adapter can accommodate only open fixture rated lamps. An open end of the lamp adapter into which a lamp is inserted has an elongated flange which allows only an open fixture rated lamp having a medium base to be completely threaded into the adapter and make electrical contact with a threaded metal sleeve and central button contact of the lamp holder. The geometry of the elongated flange prevents the threading of a closed fixture rated lamp into the adapter by taking advantage of the physical differences between the open and closed fixture rated lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, Sr., Paul Endres, Anil B. Deshmukh, Rick Wyke
  • Patent number: 7377817
    Abstract: A standard ceiling recessed lighting fixture can be modified to a low-slung AC or DC light fixture with a screw-in extension rod. The extension rod with bulb can be used to light a restaurant table or a pool table or a workbench and the like. A series of extension rods can be screwed together for a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Ideawerks, LLC
    Inventor: Calvin T. Switzer
  • Patent number: 7153167
    Abstract: A standard ceiling recessed lighting fixture can be modified to a low-slung AC or DC light fixture with a screw-in extension rod. The extension rod with bulb can be used to light a restaurant table or a pool table or a workbench and the like. A series of extension rods can be screwed together for a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Ideawerks, LLC
    Inventor: Calvin T. Switzer
  • Patent number: 7101229
    Abstract: A lamp adapter for receiving a lamp having a conductive threaded portion and an extension with a conductive contact electrically insulated from the conductive threaded portion. The lamp adapter has a body with a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion has a socket with a threaded sleeve adapted to receive the threaded portion of the lamp, a first lead electrically connected to the threaded sleeve, a cavity located with respect to the threaded sleeve so as to receive the extension of the lamp when the lamp is threaded into the threaded sleeve, a metal contact arm located within the cavity so as to make electrical contact with the conductive contact of the lamp when the lamp is threaded into the threaded sleeve, and a second lead electrically connected to the metal contact arm. The bottom portion has a threaded portion suitable for threading into a mating lamp socket, the threaded portion being electrically insulated from the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Patent number: 6722025
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an electrical length of a coaxial cable and a plug connector with an adjustable length that facilitates the adjustment of the electrical length of the cable are disclosed. With the method, both ends of the coaxial cable are terminated with a respective coaxial plug connector wherein at least one of the plug connectors has an adjustable length. One of the coaxial plug connectors is connected with a phase measurement device, and the other coaxial plug connector having the adjustable length is electrically shorted with a short-circuit plug. A pressing force is applied in an axial direction between the short-circuit plug and an outer conductor of the coaxial plug connector, until the phase measurement device indicates that the electrical length has reached a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Spinner GmbH Elektrotechnische Fabrik
    Inventors: Peter Siegfried Bohmer, Reiner Richter
  • Publication number: 20040029448
    Abstract: An electrical adapter to control a light source. The adapter includes a housing having a male connection at one end and a female connection at another end, wherein the male connection is configured to connect with a light socket and the female connection is configured to connect with a light source. A circuit within the housing is provided for controlling the light source. Preferably, the circuit uses one of a random and a preprogrammed set of cycles to control the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Gavin Melia
  • Patent number: 6652323
    Abstract: A light source switched on and off by direct means or being signaled to be switched by an alternate mechanism, and powered by direct electrical circuits, derivations of such direct circuits, or direct battery sources, to power said light source to shine such that a vehicle/equipment can be maneuvered to bring said light source to the same location on the vehicle/equipment thereby providing precise location of the vehicle/equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Leon M. Yanda
  • Patent number: 6338646
    Abstract: A ZIF socket assembly (1) comprises a base plate (10) receiving a number of conductive contacts (30) therein, a cover (20) slidably covered onto the base plate, an actuator mechanism (40) and a visual indicator (60). The actuator mechanism is engageble with the base plate and the cover for moving the cover with respect to the base plate from an open position to a closed position. The visual indicator is pivotally disposed between the base plate and the cover and is rotatable by a movement of the cover. The visual indicator is totally embedded between the base plate and the cover in the open position and an indicating portion (63) thereof projects out of the socket assembly outline in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Hara, Yao-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 6162100
    Abstract: A power level adapter for connecting a low power light bulb within a higher power socket. The power level adapter includes a collar and a skirt depending from the collar. The skirt includes an outer side having a circumference substantially equal to a circumference of the socket and an inner side extending through said collar and forming a bulb receiving pool having a circumference substantially equal to a circumference of the light bulb. A device for releasably connecting the outer side within the socket is positioned on the outer side and a device for releasably retaining the light bulb within said pool is positioned within the bulb receiving pool. A electrically conductive wire-extends through the skirt for electrically connecting the light bulb to the socket type bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Ali Al-Turki
  • Patent number: 5933091
    Abstract: An infrared-sensitive switching apparatus for use with typical household electic appliances, and an adaptor for supporting the switching apparatus. In one application, the apparatus is used with a lamp, and the adaptor includes a first housing member configured as a female socket for receiving and making electrical contact with a conventional light bulb base, a second housing member configured as a male lamp base which can screw into and make electrical contact with a conventional lamp socket, and a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a photodiode, a power supply, an infrared amplifier, and an ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). The sensor assembly electrically couples the first and second housing members. The ASIC includes a rectifying circuit, a filter circuit, a switching circuit, and a current-limiting circuit between the filter circuit and the switching circuit. The switching circuit generates a regulated pulsed, high frequency, current at predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Robert E. McCaslin
  • Patent number: 5731663
    Abstract: A variable power lamp control adapter is provided having a novel, different, and a lower cost construction method than that used in prior art lamp control devices. The circuit construction is achieved by utilization of the Surface Mount Technology disciplines of Polymer Thick Film and Chip on Board technologies. The adapter circuitry is constructed and held on a uniquely dissimilar type of substrate than that used in prior art, and assembled into housings that contain unique interengaging mating parts for a more rapid assembly process than the assembly processes used in prior art construction. In the present invention an overall improvement in the organization, arrangement of all componets, housings and assembly is achieved for a reliable power control operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Ralph K. Davis
  • Patent number: 5564937
    Abstract: A light bulb socket assembly adapts a primary light bulb socket housing to accept a light bulb of a smaller size. The assembly includes a primary housing including desired electrical contacts and a bulb insert for mounting within the primary housing wherein the insert threadingly accepts a base portion of a light bulb and enables contact between the bulb and the electrical contacts. A connecting member is also included which releasably mounts the bulb insert to the primary housing and prevents removal of the bulb insert in the event the bulb is over-tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Herzog
  • Patent number: 5551895
    Abstract: The adapter has a 3-contact medium base. Two "hot" or phase conductor contacts, black wires, and a neutral screw shell with two leads, white wires. A black and a white wire is connected to one medium base lampholder, and a black and white wire is connected to the second medium base lampholder. The lampholders are attached to the main body with extension arms made of flexible steel. Steel locknuts and nipples connect the arms to the main body and the lampholders to the arms.The main body is made of plastic with the 3-contact medium base at the end. Wires in the main body come out the top to the two lampholders that would hold compact fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Domenick A. Calbi
    Inventor: Domenick Calbi
  • Patent number: 5381071
    Abstract: A base for a position-dependent lamp comprises an inner shell, an outer shell, an aperture in said outer shell, and a hollow pin projecting from said aperture, said pin having a substantially tubular body with a pair of oppositely disposed wings extending from an end thereof, said wings having a length about two and one half to three times the height of said body and being sandwiched between said inner shell and said outer shell. The extended wings add stability to the pin and eliminate the use of lead-based solder in the lamp manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: Huiling Zhu
  • Patent number: 5356314
    Abstract: In a double-socket electric lamp containing a low-voltage halogen light source to fit in a secondary socket of a commercial supply voltage controlled by a transformer device to fit in an existing primary socket for a commercial power source; the double-socket electric lamp comprises a root inserted in the secondary socket, the root having an indentation in a position opposed to a projected electrode at the bottom of the secondary socket, and an electrode formed in the indentation that comes in contact with an end of the projecting electrode of the secondary socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Minoru Nishibori
    Inventor: Jiro Aota
  • Patent number: 4846731
    Abstract: A circular cross section, shielded electrical connector adaptor (8) comprises a metal shell (54), in which is fitted frictionally, a dielectric plug (70) having a central bore (72) in which an elongate rectilinear electrical contact element (82) is fitted frictionally. The shell (54) has at each end thereof a peripheral, external screwthread (56,58). The contact element (82) has a pin portion (86) at one end and a receptacle portion (90) at its other end. The screwthreads (56 and 58) can be meshed with internal screwthreads (28 and 40) of a shielded plug connector part (4) and a shielded jack connector part (6) to provide a double ended, shielded electrical connector (2) having a plug at one end and a jack at the other end. The contact element may be provided with pin portions (86) or receptacle portions (90) at both ends, for producing a connector with a plug at both ends or a jack at both ends, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth T. Alwine
  • Patent number: 4824399
    Abstract: A phase shifter (1) in the form of an electrical connector comprises; an elongated conductive shell (2) of fixed length, electrical connector coupling means (5,6) at the ends (7,8) of the transmission line, an elongated passage (3) extending through the shell (2), an elongated electrical conductor (4) of fixed length extending through the passage, electrical contact means (22,23) at the ends of the conductor (4) for electrical coupling of the conductor (4) along the corresponding electronic transmission line, first dielectric means (31) and second dielectric means (43) concentrically encircling the conductor (4) within the passage (3), a conductive sleeve (38) within the passage (3) in engagement with the shell (2), and the second dielectric means (43) is between the sleeve (38) and the conductor (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerry H. Bogar, Edgar W. Forney
  • Patent number: 4783726
    Abstract: A light device is designed to have a light holder which has a socket and a connector piece. The socket of one light device can be inserted in the connector piece of another light device so that the light devices can be connected successively to one another to form various pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Inventor: Chern J. Wang
  • Patent number: 4750892
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting an electrical device such as a flourescent lamp to a threaded socket is provided with a device for inhibiting removal of the adapter from the socket to prevent theft of the adapter. The adapter may include a toroidal transformer, and a locking pin may be received within the space enclosed by the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Eastrock Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Santopietro
  • Patent number: 4688874
    Abstract: An adapter for connecting a compact gas vapor electric-discharge lamp to standardized incandescent lamp fittings. The adapter (11) comprises a coupling housing (12), a holder part (13) for the base (14) of the lamp, and a conventional incandescent-lamp base (15). The adapter has a basic form corresponding substantially to the lower part of a standard incandescent lamp. The upper part of the adapter is formed by the holder part (13), which presents a central recess (21) into which the base (14) of the lamp (17) can be inserted, and a reflective cover plate (22), which surrounds the recess (21). The ignition and drive circuits (16) of the electric-discharge lamp includes an electronic frequency converter for converting mains frequency to a high frequency. The constituent electrical components are incorporated both around the recess (21) and in the lamp base (15) and are mutually connected via a circuit card (18) arranged between these parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Lumalampan Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Ake Bjorkman