|Publication number||US2346237 A|
|Publication date||Apr 11, 1944|
|Filing date||Jun 7, 1941|
|Priority date||Jun 7, 1941|
|Publication number||US 2346237 A, US 2346237A, US-A-2346237, US2346237 A, US2346237A|
|Inventors||Rutenber Edwin A|
|Original Assignee||Gibson Refrigerator Co|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (14), Classifications (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
April 11, 1944. 5 RUTENBER 2,346,237
' ELECTRIC RANGE Filed June 7, 1941 IN VENTOR.
4 4 fflM/VA EZ/TE/VSEE Patented Apr. 11, 1944 ELECTRIC RANGE Edwin A. Rutenber, Greemille, Mich., assignor, by mesne assignments, to Gibson Refrigerator Company, Greenville, Mich, a corporation of Michigan Application June 7, 1941, Serial No. 396,969
This invention relates to electric ranges. More particularly the invention relates to means for indicating the operativeness of the surface burners of the range.
It has been customary in the past to mount all of the controls for the surface burners of electric ranges in a group on an accessible and readily visible part of the range. It has also been the usual practice to provide near each control an indicator lamp in circuit with the control and the burner which it controls, to indicate whether or not that burner is operating. Since the control is not ordinarily located near the burner, it is necessary to know which burner the particu lar control is connected to in order to really benefit from the employment of an indicator lamp.
The principal object of this invention, therefore, is to provide indicator lamps for surface burners mounted on the range closely adjacent to the respective burners.
It is also an object of the invention to provide a novel mount for such indicator lamps which permits close association of the burner and the respective lamp.
A still further object is to provide an indicator lamp mounting of simple and economical construction which may be easily installed on the range.
These objects and othersancillary thereto will more fully appear in the following description when read in connection with the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure l is a plan view of an electric range embodying the invention;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary front elevational view of the range shown in Figure 1 Figure 3 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken on substantially the line 3-3 of Figure l; and
Figure 4 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken on substantially the line 4-4 of Figure 3.
The invention is shown as embodied in a conventional flat topped electric range Ill. The fiat top is indicated by the reference numeral I I and is provided at the rear with an upstanding splash panel l2. Secured to the splash panel i2 is a control panel 13 to which a plurality of control switches are secured. The control switches are operated by rotatable knobs I4.
In the fiat part of the top i l are four relatively large circular openings l5, each of which receives a surface burner Hi. The burners i6 may be of any conventional type. Each opening is defined by a depending annular wall I! and an inwardly extending annular flange l8. Preferably the wall I! and flange [8 are formed integrally with the top H. The burner 16 is supported on the flange l8.
Secured to each flange I8 at one side of the respective opening is a bracket 58. The bracket is stamped from sheet metal and preferably is shaped as shown in Figures 3 and 4. Each bracket is provided adjacent its upper end with a pair of vertical lugs 20 which abut the annular wall l1, and a horizontal lug 2| which is attached to the flange l8 by a screw 22. The screw 22 holds the bracket 19 to the range top, while the lugs 20 and 2| accurately position the bracket on the range and prevent it from turning about t e single attaching screw.
The lower end of the bracket is provided with a horizontal flange 23 to which a lamp socket 24 is riveted or otherwise secured. The lamp socket has a pair of terminals 25, to which suitable conductors 26 are secured by screws 21. A small indicator lamp 28 is screwed into the socket 24. I
Directly above the lamp 28 a small opening is formed in the range top II. This opening is preferably although not necessarily covered by a transparent window 29 held in a bezel 30. The latter has a pair of resilient fingers ll shaped to snap into the opening and hold the bezel securely in place.
Four of the controls, the knobs ll of which are shown, are connected by suitable conductors to the respective burners. Each lamp 24 is connected by the conductors 26 into the circuit of the burner to which it is adjacent, so that whenever that burner is on, that fact will be immediately apparent to the operator by the glow of the lamp through the window 28. As each lamp is near only one burner, there can be no doubt about which burner is operating.
The mountings for the lamps are particularly effective in locating the lamps near the respective burners. By virtue of the unique construction of the brackets, the lamps may be accurately located beneath the windows 29 and prevented from being accidentally moved from beneath them. Furthermore, by attaching the brackets I 9 to the flange l8, the screws 22 are covered by the burners, and there are no unsightly fastening devices to mar the appearance of the range top.
The bracket is secured to the range by a single screw, thereby minimizing installation operations.
The scope of the invention is indicated in the appended claims.
1. An electric range comprising a range top having a plurality of large openings therein, a surface burner mounted in each of said openings and removably secured to the range top, an indicator lamp operatively connected to each burner, and a support for each indicator lamp beneath the range top, each support being secured to said range top at a point closely adjacent the opening containing the burner to which it is connected and remote from all of the other openings whereby said lamp is accessible through the adjacent opening, said range top having another opening therein above each indicator lamp.
2. An electric range comprising a range top having a plurality of large openings therein, a surface burner mounted in each of said openings, said range top having a plurality of small openings therein, each of said small openings being located closely adjacent one of the large openlugs and remote from all the other large openings, an indicator lamp operatively connected to each burner and located beneath the range top in a position to be visible through the associated small opening, and a support for each indicator lamp secured to the range beneath the range top, each lamp being mounted on its support and being accessible through the adjacent large open-
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|U.S. Classification||219/445.1, 340/815.47, 340/655, 219/452.11|