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Publication numberUS2899542 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 11, 1959
Filing dateDec 13, 1956
Publication numberUS 2899542 A, US 2899542A, US-A-2899542, US2899542 A, US2899542A
InventorsPeter De Mauro
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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g- 1959 P. DE MAURO 2,899,542

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1| IIIHH" .lllllllllll llllllllll'l' llllllllll' INVENTOR. Refer fle/ /aura BY r- ATTORNEYS filnited States PatentiOl CEILING-RECESS LIGHT FIXTURE Peter De Mauro, Whitestone, N.Y., assignor to Globe Lighting Products, llnc., Brooklyn,,N.Y., a corporation of New York Application December 13, 1956, Serial No. 628,031 2 Claims. (Cl. 240-78) The present invention relates to light fixtures and, more particularly, to a light fixture of the type which is mounted in a ceiling recess.

One object of this invention is the provision of a light fixture with a light-emitting closure and trim member which is adjustable in relation to the fixture lamp-housing so that the closure can be properly positioned in relation to the ceiling despite variations in the positioning of the fixture housing in the ceiling recess or despite variations in the thickness of the finishing layer 'ofthe ceiling.

Another object is to provide the fixture lamp-housing with an improved pivoted closure therefor, especially in respect to the hinge connection between the housing and the closure and in respect to the means for releasably securing the closure in closed position.

Another object is to provide a single and convenient mounting for a light reflector in the lamp housing of the fixture.

A yet further object is generally to provide an improved light fixture of the ceiling recess type.

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the invention will' be more fully understood from the following description considered in connection with the accompanying drawings illustrative of the presently preferred embodiment of the invention.

In the drawings: i v a Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a lighting fixture embodying the present invention, the closure being in open posltion;

Fig. 2 is a sectional view of the fixture, the lightemitting closure member being closed;

Figure 3 is a sectional view on the line 3--3 of Fig. 2;

Fig. 4 is an enlarged view of a portion of a hinge member for the housing closure.

Referring now to the drawing and more particularly to Fig. 1, the recessible lighting fixture, designated generally by the numeral 10, essentially consists of a lamp housing 12 and a light emitting closure member 14 which is attached to the housing. A junction box 16 adjacent a side wall of housing 12 houses the wiring and other associated electrical elements for a lamp 18 mounted on a plate 20 which carries the lamp socket 21. The wiring between the junction box and the lamp socket extends through a tube 23. This junction box and its mounting is preferably but not necessarily of the construction shown in the US. application of David Sobel, Serial No. 618,868, filed October 29, 1956, and assigned to the assignee of this application.

Closure 14 comprises a light translucent panel 22 carried by a frame 24. Said frame extends laterally beyond the peripheral side wall 25 of the housing so as to overlap the portion of the ceiling around the opening in the recess in which the fixture is mounted, thus providing a trim member for the fixture as well as a mount for the panel 22.

Closure member 14 is provided with a hinge 26 which comprises the hinge member 27 fixed .to frame 24 and hinge member 27a releasably and adjustably secured to 2,899,542 Patented Aug. 11, 1959 ice the side wall of the housing by screws 28. Slots 30 (Figs. 1 and 4) are provided in hinge member 27a and extend transversely thereof in spaced relation. Said slots have laterally offset portions 30a and 30b for positioning the fastening screws 28 for adjusting hinge member 27 to? ward and away from the outer edge 31 of the housing at the opening. Screws 28 pass through said slots into threaded openings 29 in the wall of the lamp housing. In the form shown slots 30 provide for three definite positions of closure 14 in the closed position thereof in relation to the ceiling C (Fig. 2). More particularly, when the hinge member 27a is positioned so that the fastening screws 28 are at the lower ends of slot portions 30a, closure 14 is nearest edge 31 of the housing as shown in full lines in Fig. 2, and when the hinge member is positioned so that .the fastening screws are at the upper ends of slot portions 30a, the closure 14 is farthest from said edge 31, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2, and when the hinge member is positioned so that the screws 28 are midway of the lower and upper ends of slot portions 30a, i.e. adjacent the slot portions 301), the closure is at an intermediate position. It will be understood that the heads of screwsv28 when forced into engagement with hinge member 27a clamp the latter against the housing wall for releasably securing the closure 14 in its adjusted position. Slot portions 30b, are slightly larger than the heads of screws 28, to provide means for removing the closure 14 from the housing without removing screws 28 from the housing wall.

Provision is made for'releasably securing the free end of closure 14 to the housing in positions corresponding to the adjusted positions, respectively, of the closure so that the latter in each adjusted position will be in a plane parallel to the plane of the housing opening defined by the peripheral edge 31. For this purpose a latch pin 33 is attached to closure 14 on the inner side of frame 24 for engagementjwith an apertured catch 32 on the side wall of the housing interiorly thereof. Latch pin 33 is notched to provide the'spaced notches 33a, 33b and 33c for respective engagement by the edge of catch 32-atthe aperture thereof when latch pin '31 is projected into said aperture upon moving the closure to closed position. Thus, the closure 14 is not only adjustable at its hinged end but is also adjustable at its opposite end which is releasably secured to the housing.

Flange members 34 of frame 14 provide means for releasably holding panel 22 in proper position in said frame. More particularly, said flanges outline an opening for the insertion of the glass panel 22 into the frame at the inner side of the latter, as illustrated by Figs. 1 and 2, and tabs 36 struck out from said flanges are bendable over the marginal edge portions of the glass panel for releasably securing the latter in the frame. It will be understood that the glass panel 22 may be removed by reversely bending the tabs 36 and that a substitute panel may be inserted in the frame and held in position by bending the tabs over the panel.

A reflector 38 is removably mounted in the lamp housing. As may be seen in Figs. 1 and 2, the reflector is supported in the housing at one side by wing nuts 40 which hold socket plate 20 to the housing and is supported at its opposite side by the pivotally movable support member 42 mounted on the housing wall. When it is desired to mount the reflector in the housing, member 42 is moved into slot 44 thereby giving the clearance necessary to properly position the reflector. After the reflector is properly positioned in the housing, support 42 is moved out of slot 44 to a position under the edge of the reflector, as shown in Fig. 1, to support the reflector.

Openings 46 in the walls of the housing are for screws which hold the housing to the walls of the recess.

Although the invention has been described in detail.

3 with respect to one preferred embodiment thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims. I

Having thus described my invention, what I claim anddesire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A light fixture, comprising a lamp housing adapted to be mounted in a ceiling recess and provided with a lamp support therein, said housing having a peripheral wall terminating in an edge portion defining an opening in thejhousing, a light transmitting closure for said opening, hinge means connecting said closure to said housing for pivotal movement to and from a closed position and to and from a retracted position to provide access to the interior of the housing through said opening, said closure having an outer marginal part extending laterally beyond said edge portion of said housing wall for providing a trim member to overlap the ceiling around said recess when the housing is mounted therein, means for securing said hinge means adjustably to the housing for disposing said closure in correspondingly adjusted positions in each of a plurality of planes, respectively, parallel to the plane of said housing opening, and adjustable means for releasably securing the closure in closed position in any one of said planes, said last mentioned securing. means comprising a catch member on said housing wall and a latch member comprising a pin projecting fromsaid closure transversely of the closure plane and into said housing when the closure is in closed position, said pin having a plurality of notches spaced longitudinally of the pin and forming a plurality of catch engageable portions respectively engageable with said catch according to the adjusted positions, respectively, of said hinge, said catch having an aperture into which said pin projects and said catch having an internal edge portion at said aperture engageable in said notches respectively of said pin.

2. A light fixture, comprising a lamp housing adapted to be mounted in a ceiling recess and provided with a lamp support therein, said housing having a peripheral wall terminating in an edge portion defining an opening in the housing, a light transmitting closure for said opening, hinge means connecting said closure to said housing ior pivotal movement to and from a closed position and to and from a retracted position to provide access to the interior of the housing through said opening, said closure having an outer marginal part extending laterally beyond said edge portion of said housing wall for providing a trim member to overlap the ceiling around said recess when the housing is mounted therein, means for securing said hinge means adjustably to the housing for disposing said closure in correspondingly adjusted positions in each of a plurality of planes, respectively, parallel to'the plane of said hcusing opening, said adjustable hinge securing means comprising a hinge member provided with transversely extending openings and fastening means projecting through said openings at selectively variable positions therein, and engaging said hinge member and said housing Wall for releasably securing the hinge member to the housing in each adjusted position and adjustable means forreleasably securing the closure in closed position'in any one of said planes, said last mentioned securing means comprising a catch member on said housing wall and a latch member comprising a pin projecting from said closure transversely of the closure plane and into said housing when the closure is in closed position, said pin having a plurality of notches spaced longitudinally of the pin and forming a plurality of catch engageable portions respectively engageable withsaid catch according to the adjusted positions, respectively, of said hinge, said catch having an aperture into which said pin projects and said catch having an internal edge portion at said aperture engageable in said notches respectively of said pin.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/364, 16/242, 292/76, 362/374
International ClassificationF21V17/00, F21S8/02
Cooperative ClassificationF21V17/00, F21S8/02
European ClassificationF21S8/02, F21V17/00