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Publication numberUS2448236 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 31, 1948
Filing dateJul 21, 1945
Priority dateJul 21, 1945
Publication numberUS 2448236 A, US 2448236A, US-A-2448236, US2448236 A, US2448236A
InventorsTamburi Daniel, Schneiderman Eli
Original AssigneeTamburi Daniel, Schneiderman Eli
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Guard means for fluorescent lights
US 2448236 A
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ESCHNEIDERMAN ETAL 8, 36

GUARD MEANS FOR FLUORESCENT LIGHTS Filed July 21, 1945 I INVENTOR.

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Daniel 7Ezmbur BY GZMUAW v ATTORNEHS Patented Aug. 51, 1948 2,448,236 I GUARD MEANS FOR FLUORESCENT LIGHTS Eli Schneiderman, Irvington, and Daniel 'Iiamburi, Newark, N. J.

Application July 21, 1945, Serial No. 606,424

. '1 This invention relates to fluorescent lights and, more particularly, to guard meansto prevent such lights or tubes from falling-out of their fixtures or sockets. I e 4 The fluorescent lights now commonly used comprise cylindrical tubes provided with a pair of contact pins on each end thereof, said pins being inserted into sockets or. brackets and then rotated to a position where they. snap into place. Very often, and especially in factoriesfwhere heavy machinery is continuously runningQfa great deal of vibration is set up causing the pins to be jarred out of place withthe resultant consequence that the tubes fall out oftlfeir sockets, become broken and often cause injury to anyone in the: vicinity of such falling tubes.

It is, therefore, an, object of the presentinvention to provide means to; prevent the falling or dropping out of such tubes. I Another object of the inventionfis the provision of guard means adapte'dto be suitably supported on the tube fixtures or sockets,-.which will hold the tube and-prevent same. from falling to the ground.

Afurther object of theinvention is to provide such guard means which is resilient and maybe sprung out of the way when inserting or removingthe tube from its sockets. I

Another object is to'produce a device of the character described in'which the maximum simplicity of construction and operation is secured. I

Other objects and advantages will appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, the invention consisting in the novel arrangement and co-relation of parts herein fully described, and illustrated in' the accompanying drawings, wherein similar reference characters are used to describe corresponding parts throughout the severalviews, and then finally pointed out and specifically defined and indicated in the appended claims. I

In carrying out the embodiments of the present invention, it has been found advantageous to employ a pair of guards, one of which being attached to each of the light or tube sockets, each of the said guards comprising a strap clamped or otherwise secured to the upright portion of the sockets and having an open band secured to a flexible or resilient strip carried by the strap.

The disclosure made the basis of exemplifying the present inventive conceptv suggests a practical embodiment thereof, but the invention is not to be restricted to the exact details of this disclosure, and the latter, therefore, is to be understood from an illustrative, rather than a restrictive standpoint.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a fragmental front view showing one end of a fluorescent light tube in place in its socket having a guard attached thereto and 6 Claims. (01. 173-328) 2 showing the guard being sprung out of the way, in dot and dash lines;

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a preferred form of the guard, a'portion of the socket bein shown in dot and dash lines;

Figure 3 is a perspective view of a modified form of the invention;

Figure 4 is a fragmental sectional view taken along line 4-4, Figure 3; and

Figure 5 is a fragmental elevational view of one end of the fluorescent light tube.

Referring now to Figures 1, 2 and 5 of the drawings, Iii indicates a fluorescent light tube. Inasmuch as both ends of the tube and the sockets in which the said ends engage are alike, only one end of the tube and one socket is shown. The said tube is provided with the usual contact pins H which are adapted to engage the complementary electrical contacts l2 in the socket B in the usual manner.

As is well known, the pins ll enter the socket 13 through a slot [4 and the tube I0 is then rotated until the said pins snap into position and make electrical contact with the contacts l2.

It often happen when such fluorescent lights are used in buildings where heavy machinery is used, or where the buildings are located on streets where there is heavy traffic, the pins become jarred out of place and when they become alined with the slot M the tube falls out of the sockets to the ground and becomes broken and in so doin may cause injury to those in the immediate vicinity.

To prevent the falling of such loosened or displaced tubes a guard I5 may be aflixed to the body portion of the socket [3. The said guard may preferably comprise a strap l6 provided with earsor extensions 11. Suitably secured to said strap It, as by soldering or Welding, is a bent strip [8 made of flexible or resilient metal and whose horizontal arm or extension lBa carries at the forward endthereof a substantially U-shaped band I9 adapted to encompass the lower side of the tube Ill. The strap is clamped about the socket l3 by means of a screw 20 which passes through the ears I! and is tightened by a nut 2|.

It will readily beseen that, should the pins H become alinedwith the slot l4 in the socket due to vibration, the tube cannot fall out, but it will rest in the guard bands I9. To facilitate the insertion and/ or removal of the tube W, the guard may be sprung into the dot and dash line position shown in Figure 1.

In the modified form of the invention shown in Figures 3 and 4, the band l9 and strip I8 are identical with the corresponding parts of the form just above described, the modification consisting in the strap I 6A. The aid strap entirely surt-uberances 25 disposed at opposite ends of the said strap. These protuberance-s may be punched or pushed out of the strap by a suitable tool after the guard is positioned in place. If desirable, the front Wall of the strap IEA may be bent, as

shown, to provide Wall frictional contacting ridges though the device is simple and inexpensive, it

is highly emcient for the purpose intended.

It is apparent that the illustration shown above has been given by way of illustration and not by way of limitation and that the above described illustration is subject to Wide variations and modifications, without departing fromthe scope or intent of the present invention. All of such variations and modifications are to be included within the scope of the present invention.

What is claimed is:

1. A guard for use with a fluorescent light tube socket comprising a resilient L-shaped strip, means attaching the vertical member of the L- shaped strip to the back of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of the socket and extending forwardly thereof; the guard further comprising a resilient tube guard band substantially in the form of a segment of a circle with open top and adapted for insertion of the light tube, and means securing the guard band upright on the horizontal member of the L-shaped strip with the axis thereof substantially coinciding with the longitudinal center line of the tube when inserted in the socket and guard.

2. A guard for use with a fluorescent light tube socket according to claim 1 in which said means attaching the vertical member of the L-shaped strip to the back of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of the socket and extending forwardly thereof comprises a resilient strap bent to partially surround the socket, a pair of oppositely disposed perforated ears, one on each of a. pair of adjacent bent strap portions, a fastener through the perforated ears, and means securing the strap substantially at the top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip on the. side of the horizontal member.

'3. A guard for use with a. fluorescent light tube socket according to claim 1 in which said means attaching the vertical member of the L-shaped strip to the back of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of the socket and extending forwardly thereof comprises a resilient strap bent to surround the socket when slipped over. the free end thereof, at least one wall friction contact ridge disposed along the inside surface portion of said resilient strap, at least one protuberance disposed along the inside surface portion of the strap, and means securing the strap substantially at the top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip on the side of the horizontal member.

4. A fluorescent light tube guard in combination with the socket comprising a resilient L- shaped strip, means attaching the top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip substantially along the longitudinal center line of the back surface portion of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of the socket and extending forwardly thereof; the

guard further comprising a resilient tube guard band'with open top substantially in the form of a segment of a circle and adapted for insertion of the light tube, means securing the tube guard band with open top upright substantially at the end of the horizontal member of the L-shaped strip with axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal center line of the horizontal member of the L-shaped strip and substantially coinciding with the longitudinal center line of th tube when inserted in the socket and tube guard band.

5. A fluorescent light tube guard in combination with the socket according to claim' i inwhich said means attaching the; top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip'substantially along the longitudinal center lined the back surface portion of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of the socket and extending forwardly thereof comprisesa resilient strap bent to surround the socket along the back and opposing ends and partially around the front, ends of the strap partially around the front turned outwardly, apertures through said ends, adjustable fastener through said apertures, and means securing the center of the strap along the back substantially at the top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip on the side of the horizontal member.

6. A fluorescent light tube" guard in combination with the socket according to claim 4 in which said means attaching the top. of'the vertical member of the L-shaped strip substantially along the longitudinal center line of the back surface portion of the socket with the horizontal member turned inwardly under the base of. the socket andextending forwardly thereof comprises a resilient strap bent to surround the socket when slipped over the free end, at least one upright wall friction contact ridge disposed along the inside surface portion of said resilient strap, at least one protuberance disposed along the inside surface portion of the resilient. strap, and means securing th center of the strap along the back substantially at the top of the vertical member of the L-shaped strip on the side of the horizontal member.

ELI SCHNEIDERMAN- DANIEL TAMBURI.

REFERENCES CITED The following references areof record. in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 2,268,446 Gaynor 1, Dec. 3.0, 1941 2,281,113 Sanford Apr. 28, 1942 2,319,461 Kelchner, Jr. May 1.8, 1943 2,374,032. Mueller Apr. 1'7, 1945 2,424,874 Beals July 29, 194.7

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US2687516 *May 31, 1950Aug 24, 1954Schneiderman EliGuards for fluorescent light tubes
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Classifications
U.S. Classification439/232
International ClassificationH01R33/08
Cooperative ClassificationF21V19/009, H01R33/0836, F21V25/02, F21Y2103/00
European ClassificationF21V25/02, F21V19/00F1B, H01R33/08H