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Publication numberUS3162367 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 22, 1964
Filing dateJan 11, 1963
Priority dateJan 11, 1963
Publication numberUS 3162367 A, US 3162367A, US-A-3162367, US3162367 A, US3162367A
InventorsArthur Nowack
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Colored illuminated lawn sprinkler
US 3162367 A
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Dec. 22, 1964 A. NOWACK 3,162,367


XZYHUE JV'dZaZ Zft'" United States Patent 3,162,367 COLORED HLLUMINATED LAWN SRRHNKLER Arthur Nowaeir, 8 Rernsen St, Elmont, N.Y. Filed Jan. 11, 1963, Ser. No. 250,819 tliaims. (Cl. 239-1?) This invention relates generally to garden sprays and more particularly to garden sprays with light means to provide night decorations.

While the novel concepts embodied in the present invention provide decorative devices with utility, additional utility is noted in the use of the lights as beacons for location of the sprays and to provide out of doors light.

Although decorious garden sprinklers or sprays are not generally new, none of the presently available units are convertible to merely a garden light, nor are they capable of being compounded as, will be understood, a novel device made in accordance with the present invention.

Accordingly, an object of this invention is to provide a novel combination garden spray and light.

Another object of this invention is to provide the above device which is convertible with facility to merely a garden light.

Another object of this invention is to provide the above which may be combined with similar devices as a single unit.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide the foregoing which is adaptable to various portable stands.

The foregoing and other objects and advantages will be more clearly understood by referring to the following description and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a novel garden spray and light unit made in accordance with the present invention,

FIGURE 2 is an expanded view in perspective of the novel device of FIGURE 1,

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of a modification of the light means of FIGURES 1 and 2,

FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of a novel device incorporating more than one of the novel units of FIG- URES 1 and 2,

FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of a lens as incorporated in the novel device of FIGURE 4,

FIGURE 6 is a perspective view of the novel device FIGURE 4 in combination with a carriage,

FIGURE 7 is a perspective view of the novel device of FIGURE 4 in combination with stand means,

FIGURE 8 is a sectional view taken on line 88 of FIGURE 7.

Referring now to the drawings and specifically to FIG- URES l to 4, a novel garden spray and light it has a tubular shell or base 11 that is open at its upper end and has an annulus or annular support 12 therein spaced from its top end to form a socket for a clear lens 18 acting as a mounting plate for a preformed spray head 2%}. A hose connection I? is provided to connect the spray head 20 to a water tap (not shown).

A lamp and socket 15 is fixed to the closed bottom end of base it and has an electric lead that extends through the wall of such base to connect the lamp to a source of electricity (not shown). Base 11 has two series or rings of vents 13 spaced from the base ends to provide air flow to cool the lamp 15. The tabs 14 which are the cutout portions of base 11 forming the vents 13 are bent outwardly to prevent water from entering the vents and to provide carrying members. Thus, by connecting the hose 19 to a water tap and the wire 16 to an electrical outlet, head 25 provides a water spray and the lamp 15 throws rays of light into the spray. It should be realized that lens 18 may be of any color desired so a combination of units can provide a colorful display. Further,


by removing lens 18 and placing a colored lens 17 bene it, the unit may be provided with a clear lens 18 am set of various lenses 18 which may be used as desii Lens 18 and spray head 19 may be removed complet and be replaced by only a lens 17to provide just a gar lamp.

To provide a flickering light similar to a burning wt fire, an offset balance pin 21 may be connected to the la and base 15 and a disc 22 may be supported thereon h ing fins 23. The heat from lamp-15 will act on fins 23 cause the disc 22 to rotate.

The novel units it? may be combined to provide a sin device 24 as shown in FIGURE 4. Although the dev 24 has but two units 10, this representation is for ill trative purposes only and had been limited for descript reasons only. As shown, two units 10 are connected a hood 25 diametrically opposite one another. Both ho it? are connected by a common hose 19A to the tap shown) while both wires 16 are connected by a comrr cable 16A to a socket (not shown). A color wheel may be mounted on a motor shaft of a motor 28 2 rotated thereby to provide changing colored lenses in paths of the lights of the units it]. The motor 28 mounted on hood 25. Preferably hood 25 is hollow w a series of aligned openings in its upper and lower surfa as shown in FIGURE 8. The units 10 with only a ll 17 is connected in the openings in the lower surface 2 the heads 20 on its plates 18 are mounted in the openii in the upper surface. Cable 16A also connects the mo lead to power.

To facilitate transport of device 24, it can be suppor on a carriage 30 comprising two pairs of crosslegs 31 w a wheel 32 at each leg mounted on axles 33. Device may be supported directly by units It) as shown in F] URE 4 or on a pair of spaced legs and a single unit when a hood 34 is devised for only one such unit. provide cooling of motor 28, hood 25 or 34, vents 26 2 tabs 2'7 are provided corresponding to vents 13 and t: 14 of shell 11.

While certain novel features of my invention have bi shown and described and are pointed out in the anne) claims, it will be understood that various omissions, s1 stitutions and changes in the forms and details of the i vice illustrated and in its operation can be made by th skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of 1 invention.

Having thus described my invention, 1 claim as new a desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. A garden spray and light unit comprising a vertica disposed elongated tubular base open at its upper end a closed at its bottom end, an inwardly extending annu connected to said base adjacent its open end, a clear It supported by said annulus closing said upper end of 1 base, a spray head connected to said lens and having water connection connected thereto, to provide a spi when water is delivered, a lamp supported on the bottt end of the base having an electrical connection for prov ing light rays through a spray from the spray head wl connected to a source of electricity, and vent means in 1 base spaced from its ends to provide air fiow for cooli the lamp, having tabs bent outwardly to form the ve and provide shields to prevent water from passing throt the vents, a second lens disposed in the upper end of s: base below the lens supporting the spray head, the c nected lens and spray head being removable to providi garden lamp unit when a spray is not desired, and a be having spaced upper and lower surfaces each with opening therethrough aligned with the opening in 1 other surface, the base with only the second lens c nected to the bottom surface in the opening therein, 1 connected spray head and lens supported in the opening the upper surface, a motor mounted on the bottom s1 m 1 and a plurality of tabs cut in the sides of said (1, said tabs being bent outwardly to provide vents for flow for cooling said motor and shields to prevent er from entering such vents. A garden spray and light unit in accordance with m 2 and a plurality of legs connected to said hood for porting with the base said spray and light unit. A garden spray and light unit in accordance with m 2 wherein said hood has a pluralityof aligned opena in its upper and lower surfaces, aconnected spray d and lamp being supported in each opening in the er surface and a base connected to its lower surface ach of the openings.

. A garden spray and light unit in accordance with claim 4 and two pair of crosslegs with wheels rotatable at the bottoms of said legs connected to the hood to provide a carriage meansfor transport.

5 References. Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,972,687 McCoy Sept. 4, 1934 2,537,048 Giblet Jan. 9, 1951 7 2,593,517 Angulo Apr. 22, 1952 2,745,697 Pearse May 15, 1956 2,883,114 Horvath Apr. 21, 1959 3,104,815 Schultz Sept. 24, 1963 FOREIGN PATENTS 15 1 103,175 Germany May 31, 1899

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U.S. Classification239/19, 362/373, 362/96, 362/806
Cooperative ClassificationB05B17/08, Y10S362/806, B05B1/20, A01G25/02, F21W2131/401, F21S8/00
European ClassificationF21S8/00, A01G25/02, B05B17/08