US 2559224 A
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y 3, 1951 A. N. QUIDOR 2,559,224
DEVICE FOR ILLUMINATING RADIO CABINETS Filed May 13, 1949 JNVENTOR.
Patented July 3, 1951 UNITED STATES EATENT OFFICE DEVICE FOR ILLUMINATING RADIO CABINETS 1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to a device for illuminating radio cabinets and it has for its object to provide a novel and improved lighting means for enhancing the artistic effect and general utility of such cabinets.
Another object of the invention is to provide a combination radio cabinet and lighting fixture in which the parts are constructed and coordinated to insure maximum efficiency in the selection of radio programs.
Still another object is to provide a cabinet of the foregoing type including a sloping panel having a frame to hold radio programs, a radio dial and control means therefor, all illuminated by a single light source adjacent the top of the panel.
Various other objects and advantages will be apparent as the nature of the invention is more fully disclosed.
The radio cabinet disclosed herein for purposes of illustration is a table model comprising a rectangular base, uitable side walls, and upwardly converging front and back walls carried by the base and terminating in a convex top which is substantially narrower than said base. The sloping front wall or panel of the cabinet contains a frame for holding radio programs mounted on the upper part of said wall, a preferably linear radio dial disposed beneath said program frame, and radio control elements or knobs mounted beneath said dial.
The lighting fixture may include bifurcated supports or levers pivoted on the side walls of the cabinet adjacent the top thereof, and the lighting unit is secured to one arm of each of these levers. The lighting unit preferably comprises a tubular fluorescent lamp housed in a reflecting hield or hood which is shaped to abut against the sloping front wall of the cabinet adjacent the top thereof and is adapted to shed light downwardly upon the program frame, the radio dial and the control elements. The other arms of the bifurcated levers may be connected by an actuating bar which lies substantially flush with the convex top of the cabinet and may be actuated to pivot the lighting unit out of contact with the sloping front wall of the cabinet for replacement or repair.
Although the novel features which are characteristic of this invention are set forth more in detail in the claim appended hereto, the nature and scope of the invention may be better understood by referring to the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming a part thereof, in which a specific embodiment has been set forth for purposes of illustration.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a radio cabinet embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a side view thereof;
Fig. 3 is a top plan view; and
Fig. 4 is a broken side view corresponding with Fig. 2, but with the lighting unit in elevated position.
In the following description certain specific terms are used for convenience in referring to the various details of the invention.
The radio cabinet shown in the drawing is a table model having a rectangular base I, sloping side walls 2 and 3, and upwardly converging front and back walls 4 and 5 terminating in a convex top 6 which is substantially narrower than the base I.
The sloping front wall 4 of the cabinet carries a frame or program holder 1 which is mounted centrally on the upper portion of said wall. A card or chart 8 containing a list of radio programs may be inserted in the frame I where it is readily accessible to the user.
A linear radio dial 9 is mounted centrally on the front wall 4 of the cabinet beneath the program-holding frame 1. Beneath the dial 9 are the sound openings l0, and suitable radio control knobs I 2 and I3 are located on the front wall beneath said sound openings.
The lighting fixture shown herein for purposes of illustration include a pair of bifurcated supports or bell-crank levers [4 which are pivoted at IE on the side walls 2 and 3 of the cabinet adjacent the convex top 6. The lighting unit is rigidly secured to the lower arms of levers I4 I and preferably comprises a tubular fluorescent lamp l6 housed in a shield or hood I! which may have its inner concave surface polished or other wise formed to reflect light rays from the lamp [6 as hereinafter more fully described.
The upper arms of the bifurcated levers 14 are joined together by an elongated bar I8 which extends the width of the cabinet and may be curved transversely to lie substantially flush with the convex top 6, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The bar I8 has a central grip or handle l9 by means of which the entire lighting unit may be moved about its pivots l5, as will now be described.
Figs. 1 and 2 show the lighting unit in the normal position which it occupies when the radio is in use. The inner flat wall of the shield or hood I? is shaped to abut against the sloping front Wall 4 of the cabinet above the program frame 1,
as best shown in Fig. 2. In this position the inner reflecting surface of the shield I! reflects light rays from the lamp l6 downwardly over the sloping front wall 4 of the cabinet. The light rays thus impinge directly on the Wall 4 and brilliantly illuminate the program chart 8, dial 9 and control elements 12 and I3.
When it is desired to replace or adjust the fluorescent lamp [6, the user simply grasps the handle I9 and tilts the entire lighting unit about the pivots IE to the position shown in Fig. 4, thus moving the shield I! out of contact with the front wall 6 of the cabinet and elevating the lamp !6 to a position where it is readily accessible for adjustment or removal. The upper arms of levers I4 may frictionally engage the side walls 2 and 3 of the cabinet to retain the lighting unit in the elevated position shown in Fig. 4, or the arcuate bar 18 may slidingly engage the convex top 6 of the cabinet for this purpose.
While a specific embodiment has been shown and described herein for purposes of illustration, it will be evident to those skilled in the art that the invention is capable of various modifications and adaptations within the scope of the appended claim.
The invention claimed is:
The combination with an object having a sloping front wall terminating in a convex substantially circular top, and connected side walls, of a device for illuminating said front wall comprising a pair of bifurcated members pivoted on the outside of said side walls at the center-of curvature of the top, a lighting unit secured to one arm of each member and including an elongated lamp and a reflecting shield housing said lamp and shaped and located to substantially abut against said sloping front wall to shed light downwardly upon the latter, and an actuating bar connecting the other arms of said members and lying substantially flush with the outside of said convex top for moving said lighting unit away from said front wall, said device having frictional engagement with the object to hold the device in adjusted position on the object.
ARTHUR N. QUIDOR.
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