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Publication numberUS3360765 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 26, 1967
Filing dateMay 27, 1966
Priority dateMay 27, 1966
Publication numberUS 3360765 A, US 3360765A, US-A-3360765, US3360765 A, US3360765A
InventorsHalberstadt Alex L, Strange John W
Original AssigneeBritish Lighting Ind Ltd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mounting of tungsten-halogen lamps
US 3360765 A
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1967 J. w. STRANGE ETAL 3,360,765

MOUNTING OF TUNGSTEN-HALOGEN LAMPS Filed May 27, 1966 United States Patent Filed May 27, 1966, Ser. No. 553,426 4 Claims. (Cl. 339-50) The present invention relates to the mounting of tungsten-halogen lamps. These lamps have a tungsten filament enclosed in a quartz or hard glass envelope with a filling including a halogen such as iodine, and are finding widespread use as compact light sources.

Because of the small size of the filament its positioning in relation to the optical system with which the lamp is used is of crucial importance. For example, in one application movement of the filament by .04 inch was found to alter the peak intensity of the light beam obtained by 15 to 30%. Maintenance of this degree of accuracy in the manufacture of the lamps would be extremely dilficult. The quartz envelope is heated up to a plastic condition and pinched on to each of the leads carrying the filament. While little movement takes place in the direction of the pinch it is difficult to prevent any movement in a direction at right angles.

In accordance with the present invention there is provided a mounting assembly for a tungsten-halogen lamp, having at each end of the lamp a U-shaped strap embracing the press of the lamp, the filament lead being electrically connected to the strap, a blade-like contact having a forked end whose two arms are secured to the outer faces of the strap, the contact extending from the lamp in the plane of the press in a direction at right angles to that of the filament, and a socket removably receiving the contact.

With this assembly the filament can be positioned relative to the fixed sockets in a variety of ways in order to achieve exact location of the filament with respect to a reflector or other optical system. For example, the position of the blades relative to the straps may be adjusted before they are secured together by soldering or other conventional means. Alternatively, the position of each blade in its socket can be varied by changing the length of the blade or by positioning of a notch or aperture in the blade which is engaged by a detent or protuberance in the socket.

The accompanying drawing shows one example of a mounting in accordance with the invention.

The lamp is of conventional form and has a filament in a quartz envelope 11 which has presses or pinches 12 at each end. Around each press 12 is a U-shaped strap 13 which is connected at 13a to the lead extending through the press. As is conventional this lead includes a strip of molybdenum foil to form a secure seal with the quartz.


Each of the straps 13 is embraced by a fork, the arms of which are two copper strips 14 and 15 which extend in the plane of the press 12 and at right angles to the length of the lamp. Each of the strips 14 and 15 is attached at one end to the strap 13 and at the other end to the other of the strips to form a blade-like contact for insertion in a socket 165.

The socket 16 is formed by a block 17 of aluminum or brass and a spring clip 18 of Inc'onel. The block 17 has a rounded top to guide the contact formed by the strips 14 and 15 to one side of the block. Here it is guided on the other face by inclined prongs 19 projecting from the spring clip 18. It is then gripped between the block 17 and ends 20 'of the spring clip 18. The position of the contact is determined by a brass rivet 21 passing through the block 17 and engaging in an aperture 22 in the contact. The position of this aperture 22 can be altered to compensate for differences in the position of the filament 10 with respect to the press 12 in individual lamps. Preferably however the position of the filament is adjusted by control of the position of the strips 14 and 15 relative to the straps 13 before they are soldered together.

We claim:

1. A lamp mounting assembly comprising a lamp having an envelope, a press at each end of the lamp envelope, a filament enclosed within the envelope, leads connected to the filament and extending one through each press, a separate generally U-shaped strap embracing each press and electrically connected to one of the leads, each strap having two limbs disposed on opposite sides of the press, blade-like contacts extending along the plane of the presses at right angles to the direction of the lamp filament, each contact having a forked end with two arms which are secured against the outer faces of the limbs of the corresponding strap, and contact sockets removably receiving the blade-like contacts.

2. A lamp mounting assembly as claimed in claim 1 in which each blade contact has an aperture and each socket has a detent engageable in the aperture.

3. A lamp mounting assembly as claimed in claim 1 in which each socket has a rounded block to guide one face of the contact and a spring clip to press against the other face of the contact.

4. A lamp mounting assembly as claimed in claim 1 in which the lamp is a tungsten-halogen lamp.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,211,605 8/1940 Moehler 339-52 X 2,284,392 5/1942 Heiser 339- 2,705,310 3/1955 Hodge 339-144 2,709,793 5/1955 Johansson 339-258 RICHARD E. MOORE, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification439/612, 313/318.7, 362/217.16, 313/318.12, 392/424, 439/698, 362/217.17, 313/315
International ClassificationH01R33/02, H01R33/00
Cooperative ClassificationH01R33/02
European ClassificationH01R33/02