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Publication numberUS2365342 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1944
Filing dateJan 30, 1942
Priority dateJan 30, 1942
Publication numberUS 2365342 A, US 2365342A, US-A-2365342, US2365342 A, US2365342A
InventorsRobert C Hilliard, William V Smith
Original AssigneeSylvania Electric Prod
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electric gaseous discharge device
US 2365342 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Dec. 19, 1944.


ELECTRIC GASEOUS DISCHARGE DEVICE Filed Jan. 30, 1942 2 Sheets-Sheet l v Robert C.Hilliard AND William v: Smith, INVENTORS BYMIQWIM-I ATToQA/EY Dec. 19, 1944.

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ATTORNEY Patented Dec. 19, 1944 Robert C.-

Arllngton, and William V.

Hilliard, Smith, Salem, s alaignors to Sylvania Electric Products Inc. a corporation of Massachusetts Application January 30, 1942, Serial lilo. 428,888

2 Claims. (01. ire-12a) This invention relates to electric gaseous discharge lamps and more particularly'to a twocontact type operable at about 24 volts.

An object of this invention is to provide a lamp of this type which is capable of being quickly started at very low temperatures.

Another object is to provide a lamp of this type which will have no preferred socket polarity.

A further object is to provide a lamp having the above-mentioned characteristics and also the characteristics of high ultra-violet output and long life.

Further objects, advantages and features will be apparent from the following specification taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the lamp holder showing the lamp in dotted.

Figure 2 is a section of the lamp and a diagram of the electrical circuit connected thereto.

Figure 3 is a schematic diagram of the circuit which may be used in operating this lamp.

Figure 4 is a cross section of the lamp holder showing the complete lamp assembly mounted therein.

In designing a light source for the illumination of instrument panels in airplanes, the requirement for the'embodiment therein of many different features has created many problems. It has been found that by utilizing the ultra-violet light generated in a gaseous discharge device to excite a film of luminescent material on the obiect which it is desired to illuminate is much more desirable than to illuminate the object with an ordinary incandescent lamp.

The use of 'a gaseous discharge device involves the development of a certain amount of auxiliary equipment not necessary when a regular incandescent lamp is used. Since space and weight are two'maior problems to be considered when an airplane installation is concerned, a discharge device had to bedesigned which would be as unitary as possible. A further limitation which had to be considered was the fact that it had to be operated on direct current at about 24 volts.

Thus the lamp of our invention embodies the simplicity and unity which is desired. A low impedance ballast is connected in series with a high impedance filamentary cathode so that on starting most of the power and voltage appears in the cathode. The are strikes almost immediately, the cathode being substantially shortcircuited by the discharge with the esult that thereof and has the lead-in wires 2 and I supl ported therefrom. The filamentary electrode l preferably of the type shown in U. S. Patent 2,258,158, coated with one or more of the alkaline earth oxides, is suspended between these two lead-in wires. The anode 8 is supported from the lead-in wire I, each of its ends extendlug upwardly towards the top of the lead-in wire 2. When the lamp is desired to be used as a directional source it may be desirable to have the lamp itself directional. This can be done by applying a heavier coating of luminescent material to the far surface than to the front surface.

For the eflicient output of both ultra-violet and visible light, it has been found desirable to use calcium tungstate as the luminescent material. The lead-in wires 2 and l extend down through the'base l5 and are connected to the line, leadin wire 2 being connected through the low resistance ballast I.

Figure 3 illustrates schematically how a reversing switch 8 may be utilized to double the life of the lamp by reversing the polarity and thus causing the are to strike from the opposite end of the filamentary electrode I.

Figures 1 and 4 illustrate the facility with which this lamp of the two-contact typemay be fitted into a small container. This container consists of two concentric cylinders 9 and It with openings in each. so that as cylinder I 0 is rotated, light from the lamp held insocket I! may be varied in intensity and concentration.

The lamp may have a suitable coating of aluminum or silver paint l2 on the inner side thereof as shown in Figure 4 rather than a heavy layer of luminescent material on the inside wall of the inner end of the lamp as shown in Figure 2. As shown in Figures 1 and 4', the container is so constructed as to provide for the resistance 1 so that the entire lighting equipment may be housed in one compact unit.

' An optical filter ll may be placed in the cylinder between the lamp and the opening therein. This filter will transmit the ultra-violet rays and suppress substantially all" of the visible rays, the ultra-violet rays exciting a layer or film-of 66 luminescent material on the article to be illuminated. Thus the utility of this light under blackout" conditions is readily apparent.

As stated above, the filamentary cathode has an impedance higher than the ballast impedance. We have found that this ratio may range irom substantially 2 to 1 to substantially 4 to l. I!

this ratio is permitted to drop any substantial degree below 2 to l the ratio between the arc current and the starting current will be low and will result in poor operating efllciency. II this ratio is permitted to substantially exceed 4 to 1. the operating eiiiciency will be increased but the life will be shortened considerably due to the excessive abuse which the filamentary electrode would be forced to withstan What we claim is:

1. An electric gaseous discharge unit having a substantially immediate starting characteristic, said unitcomprising: a first hollow cylindrical container having one end closed and the other open and a single side wall opening; a mounting plate in said container; a lamp, coated with luminescent material, mounted on one side of said mounting plate and in registry with said side wall openingmaid luminescent coating being heavier in opposition to said opening than in adjacency thereto to make the lamp directional; an


impedance ballast mounted on the other side of said mounting plate; and a second hollow cylindrical container, having one end closed and the other open, and a single side wall opening; said containers being assembled in telescoping, open end to open-end and relative rotary adjustable relation with each other; with said side wall openings movable into and out oi. register with each other by relative rotational adjustment or said containers and with an optical nlter mounted in one 0! said openings.

2. A gaseous discharge device comprising: a

bulb; an inert gas at low pressure therein; a pair of electrodes therein; and a single filamentary cathode therein exposed to said gas and having one 01 its ends connected to the outer end or one of .said electrodes and its other end connected with the other 01 said electrodes adjacent the innerend thereof; said other electrode comprising a V-shaped member with a free end well removed from the connection of said other end of said filament, whereby an arc may be struck from one end or the other of said illament to the opposing electrode so as to eflec-' tively short out said filament.


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U.S. Classification315/48, 362/322, 250/504.00R, 106/DIG.700
International ClassificationH01J61/70
Cooperative ClassificationY10S106/07, H01J61/70
European ClassificationH01J61/70