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Publication numberUS20060201529 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/078,334
Publication dateSep 14, 2006
Filing dateMar 14, 2005
Priority dateMar 14, 2005
Publication number078334, 11078334, US 2006/0201529 A1, US 2006/201529 A1, US 20060201529 A1, US 20060201529A1, US 2006201529 A1, US 2006201529A1, US-A1-20060201529, US-A1-2006201529, US2006/0201529A1, US2006/201529A1, US20060201529 A1, US20060201529A1, US2006201529 A1, US2006201529A1
InventorsKai-Lin Huang
Original AssigneeKai-Lin Huang
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Make-up box with self-contained lighting device
US 20060201529 A1
Abstract
A make-up box with the self-contained lighting device includes a tray and a cover hinged with the tray. The flat tray is pivotally jointed with the cover. A mirror panel in received in an inner side of the cover. A lighting device is configured around a periphery of the mirror panel and has a switch near a pivotal pin of the tray and the cover. The lighting device can start to light automatically when a cover is lifted to trigger the switch to light up the lighting device, so as to provide a self-contained illumination to facilitate users to check appearances or make up conveniently regardless of insufficient environmental light.
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1. A make-up box with a self-contained lighting device comprising:
a tray forming a plate shape with an upper side forming a shallow trench as a container space for cosmetics or skin care products; wherein the tray comprises a pivotal pin at an end, and wherein a brake block is formed on the pivotal pin;
a cover comprising an inner casing and an external casing assembled opposite to each other to form a container space; wherein the inner casing and the external casing each form a half-hinge part respectively as a pivot part, so as to pivot on the pivotal pin of the end of the tray; wherein an inner part of the pivot part of the external casing forms a shaped joint board, wherein the joint board is corresponding to the brake block of the tray;
an illumination module installed between the inner casing and the external casing, which comprises a circuit board and a transparent panel, wherein the circuit board is of a frame shape, wherein a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) are configured away from an external surface of the tray, wherein a micro switch and at least one battery are set at appropriate locations separately, wherein the LEDs are coupled to the micro switch and the battery via a circuit of the circuit board, wherein a contact point of the micro switch is corresponding to the joint board of the external casing, and wherein the transparent panel is set on the inner casing of the cover.
2. The make-up box with the self-contained lighting device as defined in claim 1, wherein a timekeeper and a switch transistor are further configured between the LEDs, the battery and the micro switch of the illumination module.
3. The make-up box with the self-contained lighting device as defined in claim 1, wherein a cutout is formed on the inner casing of the cover, and a peripheral outline of the transparent panel of the illumination module is the same as the cutout, so that the transparent panel can be embedded inside the cutout of the inner casing, and wherein the circuit board is located in an internal side of the transparent panel.
4. The make-up box with the self-contained lighting device as defined in claim 3, wherein a hollow is formed on the transparent panel for receiving a mirror panel, and wherein a wall is formed around the hollow of an internal surface of the transparent panel for receiving the circuit board correspondingly.
5. The make-up box with the self-contained lighting device as defined in claim 1, wherein two bumps are formed respectively at two ends of a side of the box and the pivotal pin is formed between the two bumps.
6. The make-up box with the self-contained lighting device as defined in claim 5, wherein each bump is of the same thickness as the cover.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates in general to a make-up box with a self-contained lighting device, and more particularly to a make-up box with a self-contained lighting device wherein the lighting device is configured on an inner side of a cover and the lighting device can start to light automatically when the cover is lifted.

2. Description of the Related Art

Cosmetics or skin care products are so popular for female and even male consumers that you can see numerous cosmetics counters in shopping malls. A compact make-up box having a flat tray pivotally jointed with a cover is often used to contain the cosmetics such as facial powder, eye shadow, compact cake, blusher and so forth. A mirror panel is often configured inside the make-up box to facilitate users to make-up. In the busy commercial society nowadays, people often make up in a hurry on the way to an office or in a car. However, a surrounding environmental light may be insufficient in many places when people require making up, yet the conventional make-up box lacks any lighting of its own. Hence the make-up box is not so convenient to use in the insufficiently lit places.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore an objective of the present invention to provide a make-up box with a self-contained lighting device for the consumers to use the make-up box conveniently regardless of insufficient surrounding light. According to the objective of the present invention, the lighting device is configured on an inner side of a cover whereby the lighting device can start to light automatically when the cover is lifted.

In order to achieve the above objective of the present invention, the make-up box mainly includes a tray, a cover hinged with the tray and an illumination module. The tray has an upper side forming a shallow trench as a container space for cosmetics or skin care products. A pivotal pin is configured at an end of the tray and a brake block is mounted on the pivotal pin. The cover includes an inner casing and an external casing assembled opposite to each other to form a container space. The inner casing and the external casing form a half-hinge part respectively as a pivot part, so as to pivot on the pivotal pin of the end of the tray. An inner part of the pivot part of the external casing forms a

shaped joint board. The joint board is corresponding to the brake block of the tray. The illumination module is installed between the inner casing and the external casing, which includes a circuit board and a transparent panel. The circuit board is of a frame shape. A plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is configured opposite to an external surface of the tray. A micro switch and at least one battery are set at a plurality of appropriate locations separately. The LEDs are coupled to the micro switch and the battery via a circuit of the circuit board. A contact point of the micro switch is corresponding to a joint board of the external casing, and wherein the transparent panel is set on the inner casing of the cover. Moreover, a timekeeper and a switch transistor are further configured between the LEDs, the battery and the micro switch of the illumination module.

When the cover pivots to rotate to a certain angle, the joint board on the external casing will be pushed and squeezed by the brake block of the tray, so that the joint board further pushes the contact point of the micro switch to make the contact point move inward. Thereby the micro switch will be conductive to make the LEDs light up.

Furthermore, a large square measure is formed on the inner casing of the cover, and a peripheral outline of the transparent panel of the illumination module is the same as a cutout, so that the transparent panel can be embedded inside the cutout of the inner casing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the present invention, in a closed mode.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the present invention, in an open mode.

FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a circuit diagram of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a side view of the present invention, in a closed mode.

FIG. 6 is a side view of the present invention, in an open mode.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, a preferred embodiment of a make-up box with a self-contained lighting device of the present invention is shown. A cover 20 is pivoted on an end of a tray 10, so that the cover 20 and the tray 10 can be brought together as shown in FIG. 1 or pivoted open as shown in FIG. 2. The tray 10 forms a plate shape with an upper side forming a shallow trench 11 as a container space for cosmetics or skin care products. Moreover, an illumination module 30 is configured at an inner side of the cover 20, so as to provide a light source for the make-up box when in use.

Referring to FIG. 3, a further detailed structure description of the make-up box is shown. Two bumps 14 are respectively formed at two ends of a side of the tray 10 and a pivotal pin 12 is defined between the two bumps 14, so that the tray 10 can be pivotally joined with the cover 20. Each bump 14 is approximately of the same thickness as the cover 20. A brake block 13 is formed on the pivotal pin 12.

The cover 20 includes an inner casing 21 and an external casing 22 assembled opposite to each other to form a container space. The inner casing 21 and the external casing 22 each have and end face formed as a half-hinge part respectively as pivot parts 210 and 220. When the inner casing 21 and the external casing 22 are integrated with each other, the opposite pivot parts 210 and 220 can be united to form a hollow cylinder. However, prior to the mating of the pivot parts 120,220, the pivotal pin 12 is received therebetween. Furthermore, an inner element of the pivot part 220 of the external casing 22 forms a

shaped joint board 23. The joint board 23 is corresponding to the brake block 13 of the tray 10. Moreover, a cutout 211 is defined through the inner casing 21 for installing the illumination module 30.

The illumination module 30 is installed between the inner casing 21 and the external casing 22 of the cover 20, and includes a circuit board 31 and a transparent panel 32. The circuit board 31 is of a hollow frame shape. A plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) 33 are configured on the circuit board 31 and away from an external surface of the tray 10. A micro switch 34 and two batteries 35 are set at locations separately. The LEDs 33 are coupled to the micro switch 34 and the batteries 35 via a circuit (not shown in the diagram) of the circuit board 31. A contact point 340 of the micro switch 34 is adjustable corresponding to the joint board 23 of the pivot part 220 of the external casing 22. Further, a peripheral outline of the transparent panel 32 of the illumination module 30 is the same as the cutout 211, so that the transparent panel 32 can be embedded inside the cutout 211 of the inner casing 21. Moreover, a hollow 321 is formed on the transparent panel 32. In this example of the preferred embodiment, the hollow 321 forms a rectangular shape for receiving a mirror panel (not shown in the diagram). A wall 322 is formed around the hollow 321 of an internal surface of the transparent panel 32. An outer periphery of the wall 322 is matched to a periphery of the hollow of the circuit board 31 for receiving the circuit board 31. The circuit board 31 is located in an internal side of the transparent panel 32. Thereby when the LEDs 33 of the circuit board 31 are lit, light can be provided through the transparent panel 32.

Moreover, the example of the preferred embodiment of the present invention can further have a control circuit in the circuit board 31. A circuit diagram of the control circuit is shown in FIG. 4. The control circuit mainly includes a timekeeper 36 and a switch transistor 37. The timekeeper 36 is connected to the batteries 35 to acquire a power source via the micro switch 34. A base of the switch transistor 37 is coupled to an output terminal of the timekeeper 36 to control whether electricity is supplied or not. A collector and an emitter of the switch transistor 37 are coupled to the batteries 35 and the LEDs 33 respectively. When the micro switch 34 is on, the timekeeper 36 is conductive with the power source and a high electric potential is outputted to make the switch transistor 37 conductive. The switch transistor 37 then gets the power source through the LEDs 33 to light up the LEDs 33. After the timekeeper 36 finishes timing, a low electric potential is then outputted, so that the switch transistor 37 is off. Thereby the LEDs 33 immediately stop lighting, so as to provide a timing illumination function and avoiding waste of the battery if the make-up box is left open.

Referring to FIG. 5, when the cover 20 is secured to the tray 10, the contact point 340 of the micro switch 34 of the illumination module 30 is not pressed, so as to be in an open-circuit state. When the cover 20 pivots to a certain angle as shown in FIG. 6, the joint board 23 on the external casing 22 will be pushed and squeezed by the brake block 13 of the tray 10, so that the joint board 23 further pushes the contact point 340 of the micro switch 34 to make the contact point 340 move inward. Thereby the micro switch 34 will be actuated to make the LEDs 33 in electrical contact with the batteries 35, or the self-contained illumination can be provided by schedule via the control circuit as shown in FIG. 4. It is to be appreciated that closing the make-up box reverses the above actuation process such that the LEDs are turned off.

By using the design of the present invention as described above, the self-contained illumination for the make-up box can be provided while the user is at insufficiently lit places. The illumination module configured inside the cover can generate the self-contained illumination, so as to facilitate users to check appearances or make up conveniently regardless of insufficient environmental light. Therefore, the present invention exactly comprises utility and conforms to novelty non-obviousness and inventive step of requirements of a patent.

While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of a preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. On the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements and procedures, and the scope of the appended claims therefore should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements and procedures.

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US7740370Jul 29, 2008Jun 22, 2010Sleek Stax, LLCModular storage container
US20120162970 *Nov 29, 2011Jun 28, 2012Letha June BichrestIlluminated portable makeup mirror
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Classifications
U.S. Classification132/301
International ClassificationA45D42/02
Cooperative ClassificationA45D33/008
European ClassificationA45D33/00V1