Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2599361 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 3, 1952
Filing dateJun 17, 1949
Priority dateJun 17, 1949
Publication numberUS 2599361 A, US 2599361A, US-A-2599361, US2599361 A, US2599361A
InventorsBeal James F
Original AssigneeRenfrew Electric And Refrigera
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pilot light lamp and socket structure
US 2599361 A
Abstract  available in
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 3, 1952 SEAL 2,599,361

PILOT LIGHT AMP AND socxm STRUCTURE FilOd June 17, 1949 luvzurok JAMES 'F. DEAL.

'BYWQ ATTO N E Y.

Patented June 3, 1952 PILOT LIGHT LAMP AND SOCKET STRUCTURE James F. Beal, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, as-

signor, by

mesne assignments, to Renfrew Electrio and Refrigerator Co. Limited, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, a corporation Application June 17, 1949, Serial No. 99,851

4 2 Claims. 1

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in pilot light lamp and socket structure.

It is one of the objects of the present invention to provide a device of this character wherein defective or burned-out pilot light lamps in electric switch units may be readily and conveniently removed and replaced.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a device of this character in which the pilot light lamp is detachably supported in its socket in an electric switch unit and is rotatable with the switch operating mechanism.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a device of this character wherein the detachable pilot light lamp is protectively enclosed in a detachable cover cap or hood.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a device of this character which is novel and practical in form and one that will the more satisfactorily perform the functions required of it.

Having regard to the foregoing and other objects and advantages which will become apparent as the description proceeds, the invention consists essentially in the novel combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described in detail and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:

Fig. 1 is a sectional elevational view taken through the center of an embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a section taken on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is an elevational view of the pilot light lamp shown in detached form.

Fig. 4 is an elevational view of the cover cap or hood for the pilot light lamp shown in detached form.

Fig. 5 is a front elevational view of the insulator or divider member.

Fig. 6 is a side view of one of the socket contact terminals shown in detached form, and

Fig. '7 is a, plan view of the assembly washer and contact cover.

Primarily, the present invention finds embodiment in the form of pilot light lamp and socket structure for electric switch units and while the invention is adaptable and applicable to electric switch mechanism in general, it finds more particular adaptation to the type of switch shown in my Patent No. 2,462,594 wherein the pilot light lamp is mounted in and rotatable with the switch operating mechanism and handle.

In the accompanying drawings then wherein an embodiment of the present invention is disclosed and wherein like numerals of reference designate corresponding parts in the various illustrations, the numeral l5 indicates the invention as a whole and in general terms includes a pilot light lamp or bulb l6 mounted in the socket of the switch center post l'l which in turn is mounted in the switch unit it. In the foregoing I have referred to the member It as a pilot light lamp, however for purposes of convenience in the ensuing description I shall refer to it as a lamp.

The center post i! herein illustrated is of elongated form and composed mainly of insulating material. One end of the center post is provided with a lamp receiving socket is. Extending around and secured to the upper portion of member I! is a metallic ferrule 20, the ferrule forming a pocket 2i for the reception of a transparent cover cap for the lamp which will be later referred to. For purposes of illustration, the center post is shown mounted in the switch unit II where the said post proper is rotatable through operating handle 23. At its outer extremity, handle member 23 is provided with an opening 2| for purposes of exposing the end of the transparent cover cap so that when the lamp is illuminated, the rays therefrom will be visible when the switch is under load conditions.

As clearly indicated in Fig. 1, a pair of resilient terminal contact members 28 and 21 are mounted at the base of the socket it. As shown in Figs. 2 and 6, the socket contact terminals are in the form of conductive spring coils 20 with the helices thereof preferably slightly spread or spaced to facilitate insertion of the lamp terminals while extending outwardly from the socket contact terminals are conductor leads 2! and 30. As further illustrated in Fig. 1, the conductor leads are designed to extend through the tapered bore 3| of the center post for ultimate electrical connection with the switch unit terminals from and through which current is supplied to the lamp and the switch unit.

The insulator or divider member 32 is designed to separate the conductor leads I! and 30 in the bore 3| as well as the contact terminals 21 and 21 in the socket. For this purpose then the divider 32 is inserted in the bore as shown in Fig. 1 between the leads 2! and iii. The upper portion of the divider is provided with a pair of outwardly projecting arms I! the base portions of which rest upon the shoulder forming end of the bore while the upper portions of the arms 33 form shoulders 34 and a tongue 35. The arms 33 complete the insulating means between the resilient contacts 26 and 21 while the assembly washer 36 extends over the tongue 35 and when forced into position, the washer rests upon the shoulders 34 as indicated.

In its construction, the pilot light lamp I6 is provided with electrodes 31 connected by means of leads 38 with terminal conductors 39 and 40. The terminal conductors it is observed extend outwardly from the base portion of the lamp sufliciently to enable them to extend through and frictionally engage the helices of the contact terminals 26 and 21. Thus when the lamp I6 is inserted in socket I9, the terminal conductors 39 and 40 first engage the spring coils 28 and when pressed inwardly, further spread the helices of the coils 28 so that the terminal conductors frictionally and conductively engage the terminal contacts 25 and 21 to form strong electrical conductive connections.

The transparent cover cap or hood 4| as illustrated in Figs. 1 and 4 is designed to protectively enclose the lamp it when mounted in the center post. The side walls of the cover cap are provided with elongated slots 42 to enable the cover member to be sprung and inserted in the pocket ll of the center post. The cover cap is further provided with a pair of lugs 43 for engagement with side wall openings 44 in the pocket 2| to detachably retain the cover cap in position.

For purposes of removing and replacing the lamp IS, the operating handle '23 is first removed after which the sides of the cover cap are sprung or pressed toward one another in order to release the lugs 43 after which the cover member may be removed from the pocket. The lamp It is then removed by a straight outward pull when a new lamp is inserted and the various parts reassembled in reverse order.

Many changes may be made in the above and many apparently widely different embodiments constructed without departing from the spirit or the essential characteristics of the invention. It is intended therefore that the present disclosure be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limitative sense.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. In lamp and socket structure of the character described, a tubular center post having an enlarged lamp bulb receiving socket at one end, a pair of conductor leads extending into the tubular 4 center post and having socket contact terminals made as laterally disposed parallel conducting spring coils in the socket transversely to and spacedapart on opposite sides of the axial line of the tubular center post and socket, an elongated divider member of insulating material fitted endwise in the tubular opening of the post and socket and insulating between the conductor leads and the conducting coils thereof, and a lamp bulb fitted in said socket and having parallel spaced apart conductor leads extending therefrom inserted transversely between and spreading the helices of the spring coil contacts to establish the lamp in circuit with the conductor leads.

2. In lamp and socket structure of the character described, a tubular center post having an enlarged lamp bulb receiving socket at one end, a pair of conductor leads extending into the tubular center post and having socket contact terminals made as laterally disposed parallel conducting spring coils in the socket transversely to and spaced apart on opposite sides of the axial line of the tubular center post and socket, an elongated divider member of insulating material fitted endwise in the tubular opening of the post and socket and insulating between the conductor leads and the conducting coils thereof, a lamp bulb fitted in said socket and having parallel spaced apart conductor leads extending therefrom inserted transversely between and spreading the helices of the spring coil contacts to establish the lamp in circuit with the conductor leads, and an insulating washer inserted in said socket over the transversely extending conducting spring coils and having a central opening through which the spaced apart conductor leads of the lamp bulb are inserted.

JAMES F. BEAL.

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

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,642,695 Pumphrey Sept. 20, 1927 2,246,613 Bigman June 24, 1941 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 255,969 Great Britain Aug. 5, 1926 812,016 France Jan. 27, 1937

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1642695 *Feb 9, 1926Sep 20, 1927Hyers Pumphrey WalterBinding post
US2246613 *May 5, 1938Jun 24, 1941Bigman Morris LIlluminated switch device
FR812016A * Title not available
GB255969A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2734189 *Sep 11, 1952Feb 7, 1956 trozmuller
US2740111 *Aug 21, 1952Mar 27, 1956Etc IncCombined signal lamp and resistor
US3032738 *Aug 9, 1957May 1, 1962Lionel CorpSocket for bi-post lamps
US3887803 *May 28, 1974Jun 3, 1975Savage John JunLight emitting diode device
US4398240 *Jul 16, 1979Aug 9, 1983Savage John JunLens cap holder for attachment to circuit boards
US4471414 *Mar 11, 1982Sep 11, 1984Savage John JunIntegrated light unit and circuit element attachable to circuit board
US4491900 *Sep 27, 1982Jan 1, 1985Savage John JunLens and mount for use with electromagnetic wave source
US4653841 *Feb 14, 1986Mar 31, 1987General Motors CorporationLow profile wedge base lamp bulb socket assembly
US4803396 *Sep 14, 1987Feb 7, 1989Gerald KelnerLightbulb assembly having latching retaining means
Classifications
U.S. Classification439/617, 340/815.47, 439/686
International ClassificationH01H9/16
Cooperative ClassificationH01H9/162
European ClassificationH01H9/16B1