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Publication numberUS2528490 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 7, 1950
Filing dateMar 28, 1949
Priority dateMar 28, 1949
Publication numberUS 2528490 A, US 2528490A, US-A-2528490, US2528490 A, US2528490A
InventorsVirgil S Berry
Original AssigneeVirgil S Berry
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flasher type electric flare
US 2528490 A
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2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Nov. 7, 1950 v. s. BERRY FLASHER TYPE ELECTRIC FLARE Filed March 28, 1949 Nov. 7, 195o v, s, BERRY 2,528,490

FLASHER TYPE ELECTRIC FLARE .Filed March 28, 1949 l 2 'Sheets-sheet 2 v @.4.

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Patented Nov. 7, 17950 UNITED sTATEsPATENT OFFICE FLASHER TYPE ELECTRIC FLARE Virgil S. Berry, Moss Point, Miss.

Application March 28, 1949, Serial No. 83,811

2 Claims. 1

This invention relates to portable flares or signals used primarily by operators of trucks or motor vehicles, forsignaling to approaching vehicles, the danger of a stalled vehicle on the roadside.

An important object of the invention is to provide a iiare which is electrically controlled to the end that the flare may be immediateh7 set up for operation, eliminating the loss of time which frequently results in setting up the well known Wick type of are, wherein it is necessary to manually light the are.

Another important object of the invention is to provide a flare of the flasher type which has the advantage of being much more conspicuous than the usual steady burning are now in comm mon use.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a iiasher are embodying a plurality of signal lights controlled by means for intermittently operating the lights.

A further object of the invention is to provide a flasher flare embodying a, housing including hinged closures which when moved tol their open positions, may be extended to provide supports for the housing.

With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.

Referring to the drawings:

Figure 1 is an elevational view of a flare constructed in accordance with the invention.

Fig. 2 is a 'plan view thereof.

Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3-3 oi Fig. l.

Fig. 4 is an end elevational view of the flare showing the closures in their closed positions.

Fig. 5 is a fragmental perspective view illustrating the horizontal and vertical partitions which divide the housing of the flare.

Fig. 6 is a fragmental elevational view illustrating the manner of securing the lenses in the nare openings.

Referring to the drawings in detail, the housing or casing of the are is indicated generally by the reference character 5 and includes a pair of identical box-likeV sections 6 and l. The section 'I is formed with a flange 8 over which the section 6 is positioned, the sections being held together by means of the bolt 9 which passes through an opening in the section 7, thev threaded end of the bolt being positioned within the nut I0 that is secured to the vertical partition II that divides the upper portion of the housing or casing, into lateral light compartments.

The outer walls of the housing or casing, are

.provided with light openings I 2, the openings` being arranged in pairs at opposite sides of the lpartition I I and disposed directly opposite `to each other, so that light rays from a single lamp will pass through the openings at both sides of the casing, and at both sides of the partition II. These openings are closed by means of the lenses I3 which are held in place by means of the split wire rings I4, the rings expanding into contact with the lugs I 5 extending inwardly from the side walls of the casing, the split wire rings having lingers I6 that extend inwardly over the lenses, providing means whereby the lenses may Vbe readily and easily removed or replaced.

Mounted within the housing or casing 5, midway the housing or casing, is the horizontal partition I'I on which the lamp sockets I8 are secured, the lamp sockets supporting the electric lamps I9 directly between each pair of lenses, to illuminate the lenses. The vertical partition Il divides the space at the upper portion of the housing or casing directly above the horizontal partition I1, into lateral compartments so that when one lamp is lit, the light rays from the lit` lamp will not be projected laterally into the adjacent compartment.

kA iiasher switch mechanism indicated at I9' is supported within the housing and is electrically connected with the sockets I8, by means of the wires 20, the flasher switch being connected with the plug 2l through the wire 22, the plug 2| being designed to t within the usual lighter socket of the instrument board of the vehicle.

The partition Il also divides the housing or casing horizontally to provide a lower compartf ment 23, the portions of the walls of the sections 6 and 'I opposite to the compartment 23, being cut out in such a way as to form letters spelling the word Slow A lamp indicated bythe reference character 24 is suspended from the partition I 'I and illuminates this lower compartment to cause the word Slow to be clearly visible. This lamp 24 is also in circuit with the flasher I9 so that the word Slow will be automatically flashed with the iiashing of the signals of the flare.

Closures 25 are connected to the lower` edges of the sections 6 and 1 of the housing or casing, and are so constructed that they t over the outer surfaces of the sections 6 and 1, completely closing the outer surfaces of the housing or casing protecting the lenses and at the same time protecting the housing or casing against foreign matter entering the same to render it inoperative for immediate use.

These closures 25 are so constructed and arranged that they may swing downwardly into the dotted line positions shown by Fig. 3 of the drawings, where they provide inclined supporting legs. Notches 26 are provided in the flanges 21 of the closures 25, which notches accommodate the inturned ends 28 of the pivoted arms 29 which are secured to the ends of the casing sections 6 and 1, whereby the closures are-held in their supporting positions.

When it is desired to set up the flare, it is only necessary to swing these'closures 25 downwardly and set the arms r29.

Y lThe device may be conveniently carried by the handle 3G. f

While I have shown and described a ilare which isprovided with means whereby the mechanismthereof may be connected in the .circuit of the motor vehicle through the cigarette lightring socket, it is to be .understood that it is within the scope of the invention to :mount a storage battery within the housing or casing and connect it with the circuits `of the flare, -to the end that the-are may be of the self-contained type, Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. A portable electric flare comprising a casing, lamp Vcompartments within the casing, said lamp compartments having light openings, lamps supported between the light openings illuminating the flight open-ingsat opposite vsides of the casing simultaneously, electric wires providing an elec- 4 trieal circuit between the lamps and a source of electricity supply, closures hingedly connected with the lower edge of the casing, said closures being movable downwardly away from the casing providing a support for the casing, and means for securing the closures in their casing supporting position.

2. A portable electric are comprising a casing embodying a pair of identical box-like sections, cooperating flanges on the sections connecting the sections, a bolt extending into the sections, securing the sections together, said casing having oppositely disposed openings in the walls thereof, electric lamps arranged within the casing between oppositely disposed openings simultaneously illuminating the openings at opposite sides of the casing, wires providing a circuit between a source of electricity supply and said lamps, closures hingedly connected to the casing, said closures including flanges fitted around the marginal edge of the casing, `said closures being movable downwardly to inclined positions with respect to the casing, providing supporting legs, notches formed on the closures, pivoted arms mounted on the casing engageable within the notches normally holding the closures in their supporting positions. Y VIRGIL S. BERRY.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record. inthe le of thispatent':

UNITED STATES PATENTS Godfrey et ai. May v, 1940'

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U.S. Classification340/473, 340/815.73
International ClassificationF21L14/00, G08B5/38, A45C13/00, G09F13/16
Cooperative ClassificationG08B5/38, A45C13/00, F21L14/00, G09F13/16
European ClassificationG08B5/38, G09F13/16, F21L14/00, A45C13/00