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Publication numberUS2518936 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 15, 1950
Filing dateDec 7, 1945
Priority dateDec 7, 1945
Publication numberUS 2518936 A, US 2518936A, US-A-2518936, US2518936 A, US2518936A
InventorsRoberts Arthur
Original AssigneeColonnade Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lighting fixture of the recessed ceiling type
US 2518936 A
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Aug. 15, 1950- A, ROBERTS 2,518,936

LIGHTING FIXTURE OF THE RECESSED CEILING TYPE Filed Dec. 7. 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 IN VEN 70R ARTHUR Ransnrs A TTGRNEYJ Aug. 1-5, 1950 A. ROBERTS 2,518,936

LIGHTING FIXTURE OF THE ,RECESSEDCEILING n95 Filed Dec. 7, 1945 I 2 st as cs-sh -t 2 INVEN TOR ARTHUR Roamrs A T TOR NEYJ Patented Aug. 15, 1950 LIGHTING FIXTURF; OF' REGE S CEILING TPE 3 I jlhislinv utionwrela es to. lighting natured-and mammary; toi 'ehtin fix u es; if, heire "ceiling type; Y 1

Amon the lobieotsio .thetpre en r nti hi the provision. of a li'ghting figture of 47 ad edrto be readily.andcomleniently H or installed in a ceiling openinglwithgthe lower; end oint the fixture flush or nearly ;-so with I the e5; se'dfoejiling ,surfaoe in which thelamp bulb be ffixture ,may e adily and. venien y ad stediijor o inaor-oth ipii pese ,alphathe longitudinal axis of the fixture: in lwhicha burned out lamp bulb may be easily and gconyenientlyreplacedwhich fixture is f ge orally; charactei ,e "by its structural jsimplioity; its manufac- 'l'rme eco omyd tspperating fi enoy. c

Qthfilf obl'l lfits, of thepresent invention; will, be the-following v e int ntion, rated} in -the o iiipanyirig drawin s. n

isamt immn secti ina v w f alight? re embodying ,the p N vention, the being mounted Tor inst d in ya ceiling 1 Elie};r er lpott x zplanL iew therleoigtheiiam biilbgoflthe fiktureebeing. omitted;

a e llightin'g 1figit ure here illustrated is lly described it is-ito b understood that:

inye ntion here involved is notlimited to -the structural,details or; the partioulariarrangement of parts heie shown l as lig htirie fixtures embodyth r s -inv i n.m te ahe f m It also is, ,to be understood.-;-t1;1at, the phraseology or terminolo y herein employed is for p urpose s of escr pti nd-mi fl mi li nti r pe fthe presen inv ntion-1 bein ot d by 1 he.;; p+- e d im -l-a I A T sp e ent p d i hting fi ture; com-- plfifies; a suitablehody or housin -whichhereis:ini the form of a tubular sheet metal member l 0, the inner or uppertend of whichisclose shapedjdiscwll riveted at lllonotheryrise ably. reta ned. .in. plac s As' herej shown thelclosur disc l l is provided n with. one org mo l3, ,Qthrough which may, extend th wiresQMQan-d if desired, one or rn o W Y 7' name 5 m b r d di a drornous: in'g me nber I0. Saidv ventil h notesse ti thoweveriandmay 1 ux inel m l nd de i a-J m rihe closure disc ll l are twoorrnorel threaded rods Hi; v beingthreesuch,rods,, in icunrferentia a x i s'h n the ra ee emba im t oiLtheHiI Vention. Eorthe rigidsecuren enfio fthe; hedfidupnerlendsof said rodsto.thQolbsflr-diso;

I], olainping'nuts ltd are here utilizedsaid bei glthreadedon said rodsan'd eng'aging theclo-f surediso .fro n belowand the beaded ends of said rodsengagingtheclosure discfrom above; Adjustably mounted' on the lower end portions of saidrods is a disc-shaped plate l! to which is; centrally secured, in nany suitable mannena standard lamp lsocket l8 for the reception oi-the base 'of a depending lamp bulb IS, the bulb prefera-bly being of the sealed-in reflector type. As here shown, the disc-shaped plate H is clamped betweena. pair of, nuts 20, threaded on the lower end por'tio'nlof each rod, and by simple manipulationsofithenuts 290i each rod, saidplate and the, lamp'ibulb l9 carried therebymay be adjusted up anddown', for focusing or other purposes, along; the longitudinal axis ofthe body or housing meinber lflp The. adjustment isone which can be; easilyand conveniently made, either before orafterlthe fixtureismountedin plaoe, and without th necessitylof having any parts extend above he body-0r. h us n -m m The iatta ohing and supporting means which the fixture-is mounted or installed in l a; ceiling opening; such as thelopening 22 of the; ceiling. panel za includes-a sleeve or band 24, to l which are riyeted or; otherwise suitably secured two or; more bendable metal-straps 25, there being three such straps, in cir-cumferentially spaced relationshipg in thepresent fixture; If desired, eaoh of;

these straps may be; provided-with one or more openings Zen-through which may extend screws or the-like-for thesecurement-of said straps to the upper? surface of the ceiling {panel .23. As here shown, the lower edge of ,the sleeve or band 24 is ciroumferentiallylslotted to provide a series of tongues 2 l"- .Whioh are bent laterally outward above and belov l, and which are solderedor otherwise permanentlysecured to, the inneredge of a ring 28;;the sleeye or band 2d: and the'ring 28 being thus made aeunitary; structure. If desired, how ey er the; ring. ,;2 8; may be formed as; anyintegral; part of the sleeve or, band 24, as will be readily understood.

Tdienablethepresent fiiiture to be easilyiand conveniently mounted or installedwithin-the-ceil:

ing; opening 22; the ring-carryi g sleeve or band 24 1s; suitably forrnedfor the detachable oonneo tion thereto oi -the lower: endportion of the bodyl or; housing memberi Ill.

" sleeveonband:Zaisprovided with two or more circu nferentially spaced openings and withj-a threaded nut- 29 111 alignment; with each of said openings, the nuts being soldered or, otherwise. p er rnanentlysecured'to the sleeveor band. The

lowerend portion of the body orhousingmember lu isjprovided with a corresponding set of open! nst, and bath u e s r w a Said ho in or bodyir ernbenmay be detachably connected to the s1eeye-,,or. band;v a will be readily understood.;

For such; purpose, the- In mounting or installing the fixture, as thus far described, in the ceiling opening 22, the sleeve or band 24 is first positioned in said opening, with the straps 25 extending upwardly in unbent form and with the ring 28 carried by said sleeve or band in engagement with the lower surface of the ceiling panel 23, as in Fig. 1. Inasmuch as the body or housing member ID is disconnected from the sleeve or band 24 and hence not yet in place, it is a simple matter to reach up through the sleeve or band 24 and bend the upper portions of the straps 25 down against the upper surface of the ceiling panel 23, and to secure said straps, by screws or otherwise, to said panel. The body or housing member Ill, with the lamp bulb IS in place and with the lead wires l4 connected to the socket I8, is then pushed into position within the sleeve or band 24, the lower end portion of said body or housing member being thereafter detachably connected to the sleeve or band by the use of the screws 30.

To determine the size and shape of the bottom opening of the fixture and to give the fixture a finished and pleasing appearance from below, the fixture also includes a suitable bottom cover plate.

The cover plate here shown comprises a simple sheet metal member having a fiat central portion 3| of disc-like form and an upturned circumferential fiange 32 adapted to seat inside of (as here) or outside of a depending circumferential flange 33 with which the ring 23 is provided. Centrally located in the disc-like portion 3| is an opening 34 for the downward passage of light rays emanating from the lamp bulb l9, said opening being of any desired size and of any desired shape, such as round or oval, or rectangular, as here shown. If desired, an upwardly extending duct-forming flange or wall 35 may be provided at the periphery of the opening 34 to confine the light rays passing downwardly through said opening to the desired occluded angle, said flange or wall being here shown as an integral part of the cover plate, although of course, it could be a separate member soldered or otherwise suitably secured to the disc-like portion 3|.

To detachably retain the cover plate in position, an annulus 36 is riveted at 3'! or otherwise suitably secured within and to the body or housing member Ill in spaced relation thereto and just below the lower end of the depending lamp bulb l9, the spacing of the annulus 36 and the housing I!) being effected by the use of suitable spacing elements 31a, Figs. 1 and 4. Extending upwardly through the disc-like portion 3| of the cover plate, with headed ends below and supporting the portion 3|, are two or more threaded rods or bolts 38, there being three such rods or bolts, in circumferentially spaced relationship about the light-transmitting opening 34, in the present embodiment of the invention. Threaded upon the upper ends of the rods or bolts 38 are clips 39 (one on each rod or bolt) having bent end portions 40 adapted to be hooked over the annulus 36 of the body or housing member [0.

Therefore, after the ring-carrying sleeve or band 24 is secured in position Within the ceiling opening 22, with the ceiling panel 23 disposed between the ring 28 of said sleeve or band and the downwardly bent upper end portions of the straps 25, and after the body or housing member 16 is secured to said sleeve or band by the screws 30, the bottom cover plate may be easily and conveniently mounted in place, the clips 39 on the upper ends of the rods or bolts 38 being readily hooked over the annulus 3B of the body or housingimember I!) by reaching up through the lighttransmitting opening 34 of the'cover plate.

At any time, when desired, the cover plate may be readily removed, for inspection, replacement or adjustment of the lamp bulb I9, by merely unscrewing the threaded rods or bolts 38 to disconnect the clips 39 from the housing annulus 36, the exposed headed lower ends of said rods 01' screws being slotted, if desired and as here shown. Similarly, the body or housing member ID may be conveniently removed, after removal of the bottom cover plate, by merely unscrewing the screws 30 which connect said member with the sleeve or band 24. I uIfdesired, of course, the opening 34 of the bottom cover plate may be provided with a glass or other light transmitting member, of either transparent or translucent character, and of either colored o uncolored nature. Similarly, louvers may be provided for the cover plate opening 34, if that is desired.

To those skilled in the art to which the present invention relates, other features and advantages of lighting fixtures embodying the invention will be evident from the foregoing description of one such embodiment.

What I claim is:

l. A lighting fixture for a ceiling opening and capable of being installed from below said celling, comprising an annular mounting band for disposition within said ceiling opening and provided with upper and lower outwardly extending means for respective engagement with the upper and lower surfaces of said ceiling to thereby secure the mounting band within the ceiling opening, an upwardly extending tubular housing open at its lower end, the lower end portion of said housing being secured to and having telescopic engagement with said mounting band, lamp socket means within said housing in spaced relation to the open lower end thereof, a cover for the open lower end of said housing and have a light-transmitting opening in registry with said housing opening the outer edge portion of said cover underlying and thereby substantially concealing the mounting band means which engages the lower surface of said ceiling, and means for detachably securing said cover to said housing after said mounting band has been secured within said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured within said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured to said mounting band, said securing means comprising a ring-like element within and secured'to said housing, and hookshaped clips carried by said cover for detachable connection to said ring-like element, the connection of said clips to said ring-like element being effected through the light-transmitting opening of said cover.

2. A lighting fixture for a ceiling opening and capable of being installed from below said ceiling, comprising an annular mounting band for disposition Within said ceiling opening and provided with upper and lower outwardly extending means for respective engagement with the upper and lower surfaces of said ceiling to thereby secure the mounting band within the ceiling open ing, an upwardly extending tubular housing open at its'lower end, the lower end portion of said housing being secured to and having telescopic engagement with said mounting band, lamp socket means within said housing in spaced relation to the open lower end thereof, a cover for the open lower end of said housing and have a itid light-transmitting opening in registry with said housing opening the outer edge portion of said cover underlying and thereby substantially concealing the mounting band means which engages the lower surface of said ceiling, and means for detachably securing said cover to said housing after said mounting band has been secured .within said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured to said mounting band, said securing means comprising a ring-like element within and secured to said housing, screw elements extending upwardly through said cover into said housing and having manipulating heads abutting the lower surface of said cover, and hookshaped clips threaded on the upper end portions of said screw elements for detachable connection to said ring-like element, the connection of said clips to said ring-like element being efiected through the light-transmitting opening of said cover.

3. A lighting fixture for a ceiling opening and capable of being installed from below said ceiling, comprising an annular mounting band for disposition within said ceiling opening and providedwith upper and lower outwardly extending means for respective'engagement with the upper and lower surfaces of said ceiling to :thereby secure the mounting band within the ceiling opening, an upwardly extending tubular housing open at its lower end, the lower end portion of said housing being secured to and having telescopic engagement with said mounting band, lamp socket means within said housing in spaced relation to the open lower end thereof, a cover for the open lower end of said housing and have a light-transmitting opening surrounded by a continuous flange extending upwardly into said housing in spaced relation thereto, the outer edge portion of said cover underlying and thereby substantially concealing the mounting band means which engages the lower surface of said ceiling, and means for detachably securing said cover to said housing after said mounting band has been secured within said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured to said mounting band, said securing means comprising a, ringlike element within and secured to said housing, screw elements extending upwardly through said cover into said housing between said housing and the cover flange which surrounds the cover opening, said screw elements having manipulating heads in contact with the lower surface of said cover, and hook-shaped clips threaded on the upper end portions of said screw elements for detachable connection to said ring-like element, the connection of said clips to said ring-like element being effected through the light-transmitting opening of said cover.

4. A lighting fixture for a ceiling opening and capable of being installed from below said ceiling, comprising an annular mounting band for disposition within said ceiling opening and provided with upper and lower outwardly extending means for respective engagement with the upper and lower surfaces of said ceiling to thereby secure the mounting band within the ceiling opening, the mounting band means for engagement with the lower surface of the ceiling being an annular flange having a downturned marginal edge portion, an upwardly extending tubular housing open at its lower end, the lower end portion of said housing being secured to and 1159- ing telescopic engagement with said mounting band, lamp socket meanswithin said housing in spaced relation to the open lower end thereof,

5 a cover for the open lower end of said housing and have a light-transmitting opening in registry with said housing opening, said cover being of a size to fit within the downturned edge portion of said mounting band flange and said cover having an upturned marginal edge portion extending alongside said downturned edge portion of said mounting band flange, and means for detachably securing said cover to said housing after said mounting band has been secured within 1;, said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured to said mounting band, the securement of said cover to said housing being efiected through the light-transmitting opening of said cover.

5. A lighting fixture for a ceiling opening and capable of being installed from below said ceiling, comprising an annular mounting band for disposition within said ceiling opening and provided with upper and lower outwardly extending means for respective engagement with the upper and lower surfaces of said ceiling to thereby secure the mounting band within the ceiling opening, the mounting band means for engagement with the upper surface of said ceiling comprising a series of bendable fingers initially upright and which are bent outwardly and downwardly onto the upper surface of the ceiling after the mounting band has been positioned in the ceiling opening, an upwardly extending tubular housing open at it lower end, the lower end portion of said housing being secured to and having telescopic engagement with said mounting band, lamp socket means within said housing in spaced relation to the open lower end thereof, a cover for 40 the open lower end of said housing and have a light-transmitting opening in registry with said housing opening, the outer edge portion of said cover underlying and thereby substantially concealing the mounting band means which engages the lower surface of said ceiling, and means for detachably securing said cover to said housing after said mounting band has been secured within said ceiling opening and said housing has been secured to said mounting band, the securement of said cover to said housing being effected through the light-transmitting opening of said cover.

ARTHUR ROBERTS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/366, 362/364, 248/27.1, D26/74
International ClassificationF21S8/02
Cooperative ClassificationF21S8/02, F21V21/04
European ClassificationF21S8/02