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Publication numberUS1633838 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 28, 1927
Filing dateMar 2, 1925
Priority dateMar 2, 1925
Publication numberUS 1633838 A, US 1633838A, US-A-1633838, US1633838 A, US1633838A
InventorsHenry R Zimmerman
Original AssigneeHenry R Zimmerman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Light-projecting device
US 1633838 A
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June 28, 1927. 1,633,838

H. R. IZIMMERMAN LIGHT PROJECTING DEVICE Filed Marh 2, 1925 A T'Tom'zy Patented June 28, 1927.




Applicatiomfiled March 2 1925. Serial No. 12,709.

tion is not. limited to any'particular use.

The primary object of the invention is to provide a lamp with reflectors so arranged that the light rays will be collected and condensed to provide a beam of relatively small cross section but great intensity, the reflectors serving to so direct the light rays that practically all of the available light will be utilized and directed into a single beam with out liability of spilling some of the light rays which would blind pedestrians, drivers of o l-coming cars and the like.

One of the disadvantages of the ordinaryhead light is that light rays are spilled over a relatively wide angle. That is the reason it is dangerous to pedestrians and drivers of on-coming vehicles, but obviously if the light rays are directed into a well. defined sharp beam, the beam of light from the lamp will.

illuminate the road far in advance of the lamp, with greater intensity than where the angle is wide and since the beam of light can be directed'upon the ground below the line of vision of pedestrians and below the line ofvision, of drivers of on-coming yehicles, it will be obvious that the lamp may throw a beam of greater intensity withdut endangering persons who are not occupants of the motor vehicle on which the lamp is installed.

This invention makes use of the character-' istics of a concave parabolical reflector and surface, which lattercan be shown to be such those of a concave ellipsoidal reflector and also those of a convex parabolical reflecting that light rays traveling from external sources toward the focal point would, upon striking such surface, be reflected into parallelism. It proposes to accomplish the delsired result'by means of a reflector encompassing a desired amount of the available light rays and directing such rays against another reflecting surface from which they are redirected in a secondary reflection into reflectors are inter-dependent mates forming a light-directing unit. This unit may include a third light-directing means for the purpose of'usefully directing such rays as would not otherwise add to the intensity of the beam. The dutiesof this third means can be performed by a reflector of a concave spherical character arranged to' return such rays to the light source. This unit comprises the inter-dependent reflecting mates one of which redirects the ra *s before the point of convergence is reache ,the inter-supporting member and when desired for increasing the efliciency, the third reflector. Another new feature in the invention disclosed consists of the combination of a concave parabolical reflector for projecting a beam with a lightdirecting unit comprising a concave ellipsoidal reflector having 'an inter-dependent light-directing means for projecting an additional beam which is made coincident with the first beam. This combined arrangement is the preferred construction because the concave parabolical reflector would direct a large portionof the light into the beam with one reflection which would be more eflicient than if all the light were to pass through a secondary reflection.

There are various novel featuresin connec'tion with my invention which will be elaborated upon hereinafter, referencebeing had to the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. 1 is avertical, longitudinal, sectional view through a lainp constructed in accord- Fig. 3 is a sectional. view through a modified form of bulb socket. Referring now to the drawings by numerals of reference,

a slightly modified form of my In Fig. 1, 1 designates a bulb socket lo- ,cated at the vertex of'a parabolic reflector member 2 and adapted to receive the bulb stem 3 of the bulb 4 which constitutes the light source. The bulb stem 3 is adapted to contact with a plug in the usual manner, J

' reflects them back substantially to the focal the plug being the connector for supplying current to the bulb as will be Well understood. The parabolic reflector member 2 is connected at its forward edge to an ellipsoidal reflector member 6 whichin turn car-' ries at its forward edge the ring 7 of a spider,

' the spider arms 8 constituting supports'for a stem 9 on the forward end of which is a convex reflector 10, the inner constricted portion 11 of the stem carrying a spherical merely a cover to protect the 1am bulb and the reflectors from dirt, dust an from the elements. The lamp casing-is rovided with a bracket 14 which may be 0 any suitable construction so that it is adapted to fasten the lamp to a suitable support.

Light rays emanating from substantially the bolic reflecting surface embraced in the fields 16 and 16" and are reflected substantially parallel to and within the .zone indicated y lines 17 and 18 running from 16 to :19 and from 16 to 20 respectively. Light rays emanating from local point 15, which is common to both the parabolic reflector 2 and the ellipsoidal reflector 6, and strikingthe ellipsoidal surface 6 are reflected n converging rays toward the focal point 21 which is common to both the ellipsoidal reflector '6 and the convex reflector 10, but before reaching the focal point 21 the rays are intercepted by the convex parabolical reflector 10 and by it reflected in parallelism into a beam substantially parallel to and within the zone defined by the lines 18, it being understood of course that-the lines 17 and,

the lines 18 are indicative of cylindrical light zones so that a preponderance of rays reflected from the surface of Y the parabolic convex reflector 10 are concentrated in a pencil-like cone, and within the cylindrical beam defined by the circular series of lines 7.

The beam will have a-cross'sectional iameter equal to the diameter line 22 and it will be a sharply defined cylindrical beam and the core will have a diameter equal to the line' 23 of greater intensity than the major portion' of the beam, the intensity of the entire beam being due to the fact that it is formed from a relatively large angle of light directed into'a beam of relatively small. cross section.

Light rays emanating substantially at the focal point 15 and within the angle 24:, 15

and 25 formedby the center of the light source 15 and the-periphery of the concave reflector 12 would ordinarily be largely stray rays but the concave spherical reflector 12 coal point 15 strike the concave para-' with its focus at 15intercepts these rays and described by lines running from 1 5 to 16.

and 15 to 19, and in part pass through the interstices of the light filament so that in some forms of the invention they would strike largely within a. useful angle of light.

By this arrangement described, about all thelight rays not available for use will be those subtended by the bulb stem 3 or those subtended by the opening in the parabolical reflector member which accommodates the lamp socket. Therefore in a commercial sense, substantially all of the available light rays will be directed into the beam.-

The form of the parabolic reflector and the ellipsoidal reflector can be changed to increase or diminish the diameter or cross section of the beam and the intensity of the center of the beam so I do not wish to be limited to any particular form of parabolic reflector or ellipsoidal reflector, the invention residing rather in-the broad combination of elements than"- in any particular dimensions or form of any of the parts, it being apparent however that the para-- bolical convex reflector 10 is in advance of the parabolic reflector 2 and the ellipsoidal" reflector '6-so that light rays projectedfrom the ellipsoidal reflector will 'be re-reflected in straight stream lines parallel to the axes of collecting and directing into a beam such available light rays as are not encompassed by the first unit. The first unit and the sec- 0nd unit arejoined into a related whole by having the focal point of the first unitto coincide substantiall with a suitable one of the focal points of t e second unit and having the two units in suitable alignment.

The projected beam from the first unit and that from the second unit are made to substantially-coincide and be concentrical. to form a sin le beam of greater intensity than either of them singly. It is apparent that the beam projected by the second unit is .composed of.rays which would be otherwise V stray rays if the first unit only were used I in the headlight. It is evident that the secondfunit comprises a concave reflector of ellipsoidal characteristics whose rearward focal point coincides substantially with the light source, a,-convex parabolical reflector whose .focal point coincides substantially with the forward focal point of the ellipsoidal reflector and whose vertex end: is toward the direction in which the beam of light is projected and whose axis is in alignment with the major axis of the ellipsoidal reflector, a concave spherical reflector in front of the limit source, and a member centrally located for supporting the reflectors in their proper relative positions. 'It is also apparent that the second unit canbe designed to encompass and direct into a beam substantially all of the available rays of light emanating from the light source and thus the first unit may be entirel omitted, which arrangement would merely e another embodiment of my invention. It is evident that a. condensed sharply defined beam as described can be better directed below the line of vision of other vehicle drivers and be more intensethan where a wide angle of light flux is emitted from a headlight.

In Fig. 2 I'have shown a slightly modified form of my invention involving how ever the generic principles incorporated in the form shownin Fig. 1. The form shown in Fig. 2 differs essentially from that shown in Fig. 1 by having the spherical reflector laced rearward from the light source and p y utilizing the central stem for supporting the bulb socket and appurtenant equipment as well as the convex reflector so that the lamp filament is directed rearward. There are certain advantages in the construction angle of light to be encompassed.

shown in Fig. 2 over that shown in Fig. 1, forexample-a more compact arrangement can be made of the head lamp as a' whole by the elimination of the external housing for the electrical connections. Also it permits of a design having a' shorter distance from the light source to thevertex of the concave parabolical reflector andsti'll allow the use of a bulb of standard dimensions. This latter feature permits the design of a'smaller parabolical reflector for a given I will now proceed to describe the construction shown in Fig. 2. It consists of a' parabolical reflector 26, the vertex portion of which consists of a removable plug 27 hav ing a concave spherical reflectin surface 28 in the place of the actual parzfbolical vertex. The plug 27 is of suificient diameter to able screws or the like.

permit the lamp bulb to pass throu 'h the opening which it closes and it is shouldered as at 30 so that it maybe fastened bv suit- The parabo ic refiector member 26 'is connected at its outer edgeto an ellipsoidal reflector member 31 which carr es a spider ring 32 having spider arms 33 radiating from a central hub or stem 34 on the frontend of which is a convex parabolical reflector 35 corresponding to the parabolical reflector 10 in Fig. 1. The stem 34 is provided with'a lamp socket 36 having a-contact plug 37 therein against which the stem 38 ofv the bulb 29 may contact in the usual way. Any appropriate construction of the socket will suflice, provided it is so arranged as to make electrical contact with the contact plug 37 or its equivalent when it is inserted in the position shown in Fig. 2. I

It is recommended that one or more of the spider arms 33 be hollow andsuitably arranged to contain the electric supply con-- ductors' and extensions for "the focusing sary to reiterate as applied to Fig. 2, it be ing suflicient to note that the construction shown in Fig. 2 provides a condensed illumination especially suited for spot lights and the like, while the construction shown in Fig. 1 is recommended for use in headlights. Fig. 2 illustrates a design in which some of the rays returned by the spherical reflector to the light source would pass through the interstices of the light filament into a useful angle; in the particular design of figure 2 these rays would strike the forward region of reflector 31 and from there be directed ultimately into the core beam.

Attention is called to the fact that in Fig.

2 the vertex region of the reflector 35 is removed so that the parabolic convex reflector is more in the nature of a truncated cone, it

being not necessary for this reflector to extend forward further than where .it intersects with the forwardmost boundary of the converging rays.

In Fig. 3 I have illustrated a modified form of lamp socket which is contained within a movable plug or wall portion 40 carried by and forming part of the concave parabolic reflector member 41 and it is shouldered as at 42 so it may be fastened in place by the set screws 43.v The diameter of the opening which the member 40 closes is great enough to permit the lamp bulb 44 to pass through it, so when necessary the plug portion 40 can be removed, taking with it the lamp bulb 44 so that the lamp can be inspected, renewed or repaired. The constructlon shown'in Fig. 3 might well be used in the form shown in Fig. 1, and other modifications. might suggest themselves from time to time without departing from the generic features of my invention, so I wish it to be understood that I do not limit myself to any particular specific construction, but reserve the right to make such' changes in ters-Patent is cidin form, proportion and minor details of construction as properly come within the scope of the appended claim.v

What I claim and desire to secure by Let- In a lamp, a light source, a concave parabolical reflector in rear of the light source and having its focalpoint substantially coinwith the light source for directing rays nto parallelism'to form, a beam, a concaveellipsoidal reflector having one of its focal points substantially coinciding with that of the parabolical reflector and its other focal point located forwardly on a straight-line passing through the focal point and the vertex of the parabolical reflector for reflecting rays of light not encompassed by the parabolical reflector into converging and so disposed with respect to the ellipsoi-' dal reflector as to intercept the light rays received from the ellipsoidal reflector and direct them forwardly into parallelism to form.

a condensed beam substantially concentric with the beam projected by the concave parabolical reflecton;

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.

HENRY R. ZIMMERMAN 'lines toward its forwardfocal point, and a-

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U.S. Classification362/303, 362/517, 362/346
International ClassificationF21V7/00
Cooperative ClassificationF21S48/1388
European ClassificationF21S48/13D16