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Publication numberUS20040129849 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/338,065
Publication dateJul 8, 2004
Filing dateJan 6, 2003
Priority dateJan 6, 2003
Publication number10338065, 338065, US 2004/0129849 A1, US 2004/129849 A1, US 20040129849 A1, US 20040129849A1, US 2004129849 A1, US 2004129849A1, US-A1-20040129849, US-A1-2004129849, US2004/0129849A1, US2004/129849A1, US20040129849 A1, US20040129849A1, US2004129849 A1, US2004129849A1
InventorsMark Walker, Jason Gottschall, Joseph Nichols, Frank Guntz
Original AssigneeWalker Mark A., Gottschall Jason Scott, Nichols Joseph M., Frank Guntz
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Roller shade mounting bracket with integrated landing board
US 20040129849 A1
Abstract
A roller shade mounting bracket assembly includes a first bracket securable to a fixed support member. A landing board having a printed circuit board is secured to the first bracket. The landing board preferably includes a connector mounted to the circuit board for attachment of a wiring harness of a roller shade motor unit. Projecting standoffs may be included to space the landing board from a base plate of the first bracket. A second bracket includes a first portion adapted for attachment to the first bracket, the first portion preferably including an access opening accommodating the landing board. The second bracket further includes a second portion having openings for attachment of a shade roller. The second bracket may include hooked members engaging support members secured to the first bracket.
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Claims(16)
What is claimed is:
1. A bracket assembly for mounting a motorized roller shade, the assembly comprising:
a first bracket adapted for attachment to a fixed support member;
a landing board adapted for electrical connection with a motor drive unit of a roller shade, the landing board secured to the first bracket; and
a second bracket having first and second portions, the first portion adapted for attachment to the first bracket and having an access opening accommodating the landing board, the second portion adapted for attachment to the motorized roller shade.
2. The bracket assembly according to claim 1, wherein the first bracket includes a base plate and at least one standoff projection adapted to receive a fastener for securing the landing board to the first bracket in spaced relation to the base plate.
3. The bracket assembly according to claim 1, wherein the landing board includes a printed circuit board and a connector header mounted to the printed circuit board, the connector header adapted for engagement with a wiring harness to electrically connect the landing board to the motor drive unit.
4. The bracket assembly according to claim 3, wherein the landing board further includes a terminal block mounted to the printed circuit board.
5. The bracket assembly according to claim 1, wherein at least one hook is secured to one of the first bracket and the first portion of the second bracket, and wherein the at least one hook is adapted for engagement with a support member secured to the other of the first bracket and the first portion of the second bracket.
6. The bracket assembly according to claim 5, wherein upper and lower hooks are secured to the first portion of the second bracket for engagement with upper and lower support members secured to the first bracket.
7. The bracket assembly according to claim 1, wherein one of the first bracket and the first portion of the second bracket includes a tab adapted for engagement with the other of the first bracket and the first portion of the second bracket.
8. The bracket assembly according to claim 7, wherein the first bracket includes an upwardly projecting tab adapted to contact a downward projecting tab secured to the first portion of the second bracket.
9. The bracket assembly according to claim 1, wherein the second portion of the second bracket includes at least one opening for attachment of the shade roller to the bracket assembly.
10. The bracket assembly according to claim 1 further comprising a bracket cover adapted for engagement with the second portion of the second bracket.
11. The bracket assembly according to claim 10, wherein the bracket cover includes a plate portion and a peripheral lip portion.
12. A roller shade mounting bracket assembly comprising:
a first bracket having a base plate including at least one opening for securing the first bracket to a fixed support member;
a printed circuit board secured to the first bracket and providing electrical connection to a motor drive unit of a roller shade; and
a second bracket having first and second plate portions, one of the first plate portion of the second bracket and the first bracket including at least one hooked member adapted for engagement with a support member secured to the other one of the first plate portion of the second bracket and the first bracket, the second plate portion of the second bracket including at least one opening for attachment of the roller shade to the bracket assembly.
13. The roller shade mounting bracket assembly according to claim 12, wherein upper and lower hooked members are secured to the first plate portion of the second bracket for engagement with upper and lower support members secured to the first bracket.
14. The roller shade mounting bracket assembly according to claim 12, wherein at least one projecting standoff is provided on one of the first bracket base plate and the printed circuit board to space the printed circuit board from the first bracket base plate when the printed circuit board is secured to the first bracket.
15. The roller shade mounting bracket assembly according to claim 14, wherein a pair of projecting standoffs is secured to the first bracket base plate.
16. The roller shade mounting bracket assembly according to claim 12, wherein the first portion of the second bracket includes an access opening for accommodating the printed circuit board secured to the first bracket.
Description
    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    The present invention relates generally to roller shades, and more particularly to a bracket assembly having an integrated landing board for mounting a motorized roller shade.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    Motorized roller shades having motor drive units received within the interior of a roller tube through the end of the tube are well known. The roller shades are secured to a fixed support member, such as the wall of a structure, for example, by mounting brackets. The mounting brackets support the roller shade for driven rotation of the roller tube by the internal motor drive unit.
  • [0003]
    The positioning of the motor drive unit within the interior of the roller tube requires that the support system for the roller shade provide for passage of wiring necessary for electrically connecting the motor drive unit with a power source.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0004]
    According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a bracket assembly for mounting a motorized roller shade. The bracket assembly includes a first bracket adapted for attachment to a fixed support member. The bracket assembly further includes a landing board adapted for electrical connection with a motor drive unit of a roller shade. The landing board is secured to the first bracket.
  • [0005]
    The bracket assembly further includes a second bracket having first and second portions. The first portion of the second bracket is adapted for attachment to the first bracket and includes an access opening for accommodating the landing board. The second portion of the bracket assembly is adapted for attachment to the motorized roller shade.
  • [0006]
    According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a roller shade mounting bracket assembly including a first bracket having a base plate including at least one opening for securing the first bracket to a fixed support member. The roller shade mounting assembly further includes a printed circuit board secured to the first bracket, the printed circuit board being adapted for electrical connection to a motor drive unit of a roller shade.
  • [0007]
    The roller shade mounting bracket assembly also includes a second bracket having first and second plate portions. One of the first plate portion of the second bracket and the first bracket includes at least one hooked member adapted for engagement with a support member secured to the other of the first plate portion of the second bracket and the first bracket. The second plate portion of the second bracket includes at least one opening for attachment of the roller shade to the bracket assembly.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0008]
    [0008]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a roller shade mounting bracket assembly according to the present invention connected to the drive end of a motorized roller shade;
  • [0009]
    [0009]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the bracket assembly and roller shade of FIG. 1 with the roller tube of the roller shade removed to show the motor drive unit;
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the bracket assembly of FIGS. 1 and 2;
  • [0011]
    [0011]FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the first bracket of the bracket assembly of FIGS. 1 and 2;
  • [0012]
    [0012]FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the first bracket of FIG. 4;
  • [0013]
    [0013]FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the integrated landing board and electrical connectors of the bracket assembly of FIGS. 1 and 2 secured to the first bracket;
  • [0014]
    [0014]FIG. 7 is a side elevational view of the landing board and first bracket of FIG. 6; and
  • [0015]
    [0015]FIG. 8 is a side elevational view of the second bracket of the bracket assembly of FIGS. 1 and 2.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0016]
    Referring to the drawings, where like numerals identify like elements, there is shown a roller shade bracket assembly 10 according to the present invention. The bracket assembly 10 is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 secured to the end of a motorized roller shade 12 to provide for mounting of the shade roller to the wall of a structure, for example. In FIG. 2, the roller tube 14 of the roller shade 12 has been removed to show the motor drive unit 16. The bracket assembly 10 of the present invention includes an integrated landing board 18 to provide electrical connection for the motorized roller shade 12. The landing board 18 includes a printed circuit board 20 on which a terminal block 22 and a connector header 24 are mounted in a known manner for electrical connection with the printed circuit board 20, and with each other. The terminal block 22 provides for connection of system wiring to the landing board 18. The connector header 24 provides for connection of a wiring harness 26 for the motor drive unit 16 of the roller shade 12.
  • [0017]
    Referring to the exploded perspective view illustrated in FIG. 3, the construction of the bracket assembly 10 of FIGS. 1 and 2 is shown in greater detail. The assembly 10 includes a first bracket 28, also shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, having openings 32 in a base plate 30 for receiving mounting screws (not shown) to secure the first bracket 28 to the wall or ceiling of a structure (not shown). The first bracket 28 further includes a pair of standoffs 34 projecting from the base plate 30. As best seen in FIG. 7, the standoffs 34 provide for mounting of the landing board 18 to the first bracket 28 by screws 35 without contact between the landing board 18 and the base plate 30.
  • [0018]
    Referring again to FIG. 3, the bracket assembly 10 further includes a second bracket 36. The second bracket 36 includes first and second plate portions 38, 40. As shown, the first and second portions 38, 40 are preferably perpendicular to each other. This arrangement minimizes spacing between the roller shade and the fixed support member, such as a window jamb for example. The present invention, however, is not limited to the perpendicular arrangement shown. It is conceivable that the second bracket could include first and second portions oriented parallel to each other in a stacked arrangement.
  • [0019]
    The second bracket 36 includes upper and lower hooks 42, 44 projecting from the first plate portion 38. The upper and lower hooks 42, 44 are adapted for respective engagement with upper and lower support members 46, 48 projecting from the base plate 30 of the first bracket 28 for support of the second bracket 36, as shown in FIG. 2. An access opening 50 is provided in the first plate portion 38 of the second bracket 36 between the upper and lower hooks 42, 44. The access opening 50 accommodates the landing board 18 secured to the first bracket 28 when the second bracket 36 is connected to the first bracket 28 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2.
  • [0020]
    Referring to the side view of the second bracket 36 in FIG. 8, the first plate portion 38 of the second bracket includes a downwardly extending tab 52 located below the lower hook 44. The downwardly extending tab 52 of the second bracket 36 is adapted to contact a tab 54 extending upwardly from the base plate 30 of the first bracket 28. Each of the tabs 52, 54 includes a hole. When properly assembled, the two holes are aligned for receipt of a threaded screw to lock the tabs together.
  • [0021]
    The roller shade 12 is connected to the second plate portion 40 of the second bracket 36 for support of the roller shade. As best seen in FIG. 8, the second plate portion 40 of the second bracket 36 includes slotted openings 56 and a central opening 58 for attachment of the roller shade 12 to the bracket assembly 10. Referring again to FIG. 3, the bracket assembly 10 includes a bracket cover 60 having a plate portion 62 and a peripheral lip portion 64 adapted for attachment to the second plate portion 40 of the second bracket 36.
  • [0022]
    The construction of the bracket assembly 10 according to the present invention facilitates electrical connection of the motorized roller shade 12 that is connected to the bracket assembly 10 for support thereby. The terminal block 22 of landing board 18 is adapted for connection of field wiring from a building main and/or control lines, for example, to connect the roller shade to a power source and/or a shade motor controller. Referring again to FIG. 3, the wire harness 26 for the motor drive unit 16 is connected to a printed circuit board 66 securable within the motor drive unit 16 in a well-known manner. As shown in FIG. 2, the construction of the roller shade 12 provides for passage of the wire harness 26 from the interior of motor drive unit 16 to the bracket assembly 10. The above-described incorporation of the landing board 18 as a fixed component of the bracket assembly 10 facilitates the connection of the wire harness 26 of drive motor unit 16 to the connector header 24 that is secured to the landing board 18.
  • [0023]
    The foregoing describes the invention in terms of embodiments foreseen by the inventor for which an enabling description was available, notwithstanding that insubstantial modifications of the invention, not presently foreseen, may nonetheless represent equivalents thereto.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/266
International ClassificationE06B9/174, E06B9/72
Cooperative ClassificationE06B9/72, E06B9/174
European ClassificationE06B9/72, E06B9/174
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Sep 22, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC., PENNSYLVANIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:WALKER, MARK A.;GOTTSCHALL, JASON SCOTT;NICHOLS JR., JOSEPH M.;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:014509/0136
Effective date: 20020326