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Publication numberUS3518420 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 30, 1970
Filing dateMay 20, 1969
Priority dateMay 20, 1969
Publication numberUS 3518420 A, US 3518420A, US-A-3518420, US3518420 A, US3518420A
InventorsKripp Robert M
Original AssigneeEsquire Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Recessed light fixtures
US 3518420 A
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June 30, 1970 R. M. KRIPP 3,518,420

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ATTO/P/VAZVJ United States Patent 3,518,420 RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURES Robert M. Kl'ipp, Houston, Tex., assignor to Esquire, Inc., New York, N.Y., a corporation of Delaware Continuation of application Ser. No. 608,901, Jan. 12, 1967. This application May 20, 1969, Ser. No. 827,121 Int. Cl. F21s 1/06 U.S. Cl. 240-78 17 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A light fixture having a mounting ring for securement to a wall and a facing ring releasably attachable to and movable toward and away from the outer side of the mounting ring to adjust the spacing between them. A bracket having a lamp socket mounted on it is connected to the mounting ring to dispose the socket on the inner side of the mounting ring within a recess within the wall. The connection of the bracket to the mounting ring permits the lamp socket to be moved toward and away from the inner side of the mounting ring.

This application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 608,901 filed I an. 12, 1967, now abandoned.

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to recessed light fixtures; and more particularly, to improvements in recessed fixtures of the type in which the lamp may be replaced or the fixture otherwise serviced without removal of the lamp socket from within the recess.

In prior fixtures of this type, a mounting ring is secured generally concentrically of the recess in a ceiling or other wall, preferably by means of screws which suspend it from a so-called plaster ring supported from the wall. When the mounting ring is so secured, a facing ring is attached thereto so as to cover the mounting ring and the screws suspending it from the plaster ring. More particularly, the outer diameter of the facing ring extends beyond the edge of the recess on the outside surface of the wall. A socket for a low voltage lamp is mounted on a bracket connected to the facing ring so as to dispose the lamp within the recess and facing the opening through the facing ring.

More particularly, spaced arms extend from the inner side of the facing ring through the mounting ring and plaster ring into the recess, and the bracket has means on its opposite sides connecting it to the arms in such a way as to permit the lamp socket to be adjusted toward and away from the facing plate. A reflector extends from the socket to the inner side of the facing ring so as to confine the light from the lamp to the opening through the facing ring.

Usually, the lamp is rather deep in the recess and the opening through the facing ring is too small for fingers to extend through it for the purpose of changing the lamp. Also, of course, there may be a lens or other accessory between the lower end of the reflector and the facing plate. Consequently, the facing ring has a bayonet slot or other quickly releasable type of connection to the mounting ring, so that it may be pulled down from the mounting plate. Due to the fact that the socket bracket is supported on the facing ring, it is pulled at least partly out of the recess with the upstanding arms on the facing ring to obtain access to the lamp.

Despite its many advantages over other types of recessed fixtures, this prior low voltage type fixture has several shortcomings. For one thing, the connection of the facing ring to the mounting ring fixes the axial spacing between them, so that the fixture cannot be installed in walls in which the spacing between the mounting ring and outer surface of the wall may vary, at least if the facing ring is to be flush with the outer surface of the wall. Furthermore, the facing ring is unable to fit closely against the wall surface in the event the mounting ring and wall surface are not parallel for any reason, as, for example, when the outer wall is a soft acoustical material into which the mounting ring may sink when suspended from the plaster ring.

Also, of course, its undesirable to pull the socket from the recess each time the lamp is to be replaced. Still further, when the facing ring is covered with a lens, or there are other accessories such as a baffle between the reflector and facing ring, theres nothing to constrain them against falling off of the facing ring as the socket is pulled from the recess. Thus, the person replacing the lamp must use his other hand in an attempt to hold the accessories on the facing ring, and this is often quite difficult to do, especially when the fixture is in a ceiling.

An object of this invention is to provide a recessed fixture which is more versatile than prior fixtures of this general type in that its facing ring may be mounted flush against various types of walls; and, more particularly, in that such facing ring may be so mounted even though the mounting ring and outer wall surface are not parallel.

Another object is to provide a recessed fixture of this general type in which access may be had to its interior, so as to permit replacement of the lamp, without moving the socket.

A further object is to provide a fixture which is capable of accomplishing both of the foregoing objects.

Still another object is to provide such a fixture which is particularly well suited for accessories of the type abovedescribed.

Yet a further object is to provide such a fixture in which the socket bracket is adjustable relative to the facing ring in such a manner as to permit the use of a wide variety and combination of reflectors and other accessories.

A still further object is to provide a fixture for accomplishing one or more of the above objects which is of simple and inexpensive construction.

These and other objects of the invention are accom plished, in accordance with the illustrated embodiment of the invention, by a recessed light fixture in which the facing ring is attached to the mounting ring for movement toward and away from its outer side. In this way, the spacing between the two rings may be adjusted to accommodate different types of ceilings or other walls. This attachment preferably comprises arms extending from the inner side of the facing ring for passage through the mounting ring and having corrugations extending along the length of them, and tabs on the mounting ring each for engaging the corrugations of one of the arms as the arm passes through the mounting ring. In this manner, it is possible for the facing ring to be moved into a position flush with the wall even though the mounting ring and wall are not parallel to one another.

Preferably, the bracket mounting the lamp socket is connected to the mounting ring, so that, upon release and removal of the facing ring from the mounting ring, access may be had to the interior of the fixture without removing the socket from within the wall recess. Also, there are three or more attaching arms extending from the facing ring in equally spaced apart relations so as to constrain accessories, such as a baffle and a lens, in supported position on the inner periphery of the facing ring as the facing ring is attached or detached with respect to the mounting ring. Still further, the connection of the lamp socket to the mounting ring is of such construction as to permit a wide range of adjustment of the socket toward and away from the mounting plate, so that the 3 fixture permits a wide variety of accessories to be used. Preferably, this adjustable connection of the bracket to the mounting plate is adjustable from the interior of the fixture when the facing plate has been removed from the mounting plate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective-view of a recessed light fixture constructed in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, and broken away in part to show a portion of its interior;

FIG. 2 is-an exploded perspective view of the fixture of FIG. 1 on a somewhat smaller scale;

FIG. 3 is a partial vertical sectional view of the fixture installed in a recess in one type of ceiling;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view'of the installed fixture, as seen along broken line'44 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of the installed fixture, as seen along broken line-55 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is another cross sectional view of the installed fixture, as seen along broken line 66 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 7 is a vertical sectional view of the fixture, upon removal of some of the accessories therefrom, and installed in a recess of another type of ceiling;

FIG. 8 is a vertical sectional view of the fixture installed within the recess of still another type of ceiling; and

FIG. 9 is a vertical sectional view of the fixture installed within the recess of a ceiling by an alternative type of suspension.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS With reference now to the details of the above-described drawings, and particularly FIGS. 1 and 2, the fixture per se, which is indicated in its entirety by reference character 20, includes a mounting ring 21 having an opening therethrough and a pair of arms 26 extending upwardly from the inner face of the ring 21 on diametri cally opposite sides thereof. Diametrically opposed holes 22 extend through the ring 21 each for receiving a screw 23 adapted to secure the mounting ring to the wall in which the recess is formed. More particularly, the arms are spaced circumferentially from the holes 22 and extend parallel to one another in a direction parallel to the axis of the opening 25 in the ring.

The fixture 20 also includes a bracket 27 having a laterally extending base 28 at its upper end and parallel arms 29 depending perpendicularly from opposite ends of the base 28. A socket 30 is mounted centrally of the bracket base 28, so as to receive a low voltage lamp 24 therein intermediate the arms, and wires 31 extend from the other end of the socket for connection to a suitable source of power. More particularly, the outer sides of the depending arms 29 are spaced apart just less than the inner sides of the upstanding arms 26 of the mounting ring 21 so that the arms 29 are free to slide vertically within the inner sides of the arms 26. The opposite side edges of arms 29 are turned outwardly at 32 so as to guide each arm 29 longiutdinally along its adjacent arm 26.

More particularly, the arms 29 and thus the bracket 27 as a whole are adapted to be held in a predetermined longitudinal relationship with respect to the arms 26 and thus the mounting ring 21 as a whole by meansof screws 33, which pass through elongated slots 34 in the arms 29 and selected holes 35 spaced longitudinally of the arms 26. Thus, each such screw 33 has an enlarged inner end to bear on the inner side of arms 29 when tightened up to hold the bracket. It also has a slot across each end so that itmay be manipulated by a suitable tool either from within or without the fixture. The length'of the slots together with the plurality of holes 35 enable a wide range of longitudinal adjustment between the lamp and the mounting ring, and thus between the lamp and the outer face of the wall, as will be more apparent from a description of the installations to follow.

A facing ring 36 is releasably attachable to the mounting ring 21 in such a way as to enable it to lie flush 4 against the outer surface of the wall in which the recess is formed regardless of the secured position of the mounting plate relative to such outer surface. More particularly, the facing ring 36 has an opening 38 therethrough and three or more parallel, equally circumferentially spaced apart arms 39 extending upwardly from the inner face of ring 36 in a direction parallel to the axis of the opening 38. The arms 39 are spaced radiallyfrom the center of the opening 38 a distance greater than the radius of opening 25 to permit them to move upwardly through the mounting ring 21 into releasable attachment thereto. More particularly, tabs 40 are mounted on and extend inwardly and upwardly from the inner face of ring 21 into position to be releasably engaged by the arms 39 as they are so moved.

Thus, the. outer side of each arm 39 is provided with horizontally arranged serrations 41 including ribs between which a dimple 42 punched in the upper end of tab 40 engages. Moreparticularly, each tab is sufficiently flexible about its lower end as to permit movement of the serrations 41 past dimple 42 with a relatively small amount of force, until a desired longitudinal position of the ring 36'is reached. At the same time, the tabs provide suflicient resistance to disengagement of the dimples with the serrations as to prevent the facing ring 36 from being accidently displaced.

The opening 38 through facing ring 36 is somewhat smaller than the opening 25 through the mounting ring 21, and the outer diameter of the ring 36 is larger than the outer diameter of the ring 21. Thus, with the arms 39 and tabs 40 arranged concentrically of the rings on which they are mounted, the facing ring will be releasably attached to mounting ring 21 concentrically thereof. Consequently, the ring 36 will completely cover and overlap the inner-and outer diameters of the ring 21, and as will be apparent from the description of the installations to follow, also conceal the opening into the recessin the wall.

'As can be seen from the drawings, the arms 39 extend guidably through narrow slots 43 formed in the ring 21 between the tabs 40 and the opening 25 through the ring. These slots are, of course, spaced circumferentially about the mounting ring so as not to interfere with either the arms 26 or holes 22.

As also shown in the drawings, there is a ring of resilient cushioning material 44 secured as by an adhesive to the inner side of the ring 36, and particularly toward its outer edge. The upper surface of the ring 44 is adapted to engage and form a dust-proof seal against the outer surface of the wall surrounding the wall recess. As also shown in the drawings, the outer edge of facing ring 36 is turned up at 45 so that it will be substantially flush with the top of the seal ring 44 when the latter is compressed against the outer surface of the wall.

In the embodiment of the fixture, shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a reflector 46 extends downwardly from the socket 30 for confining light from the lamp within the socket to the opening 38 through the facing ring 36. For this purpose, and as best shown in other figures, the upper reduced end of the reflector 46 fits slidably over a reduced lower end of the socket 30 beneath bracket base 28. The lower end of the reflector flares outwardly to a lower edge having a diameter which is less than the diameter of opening 25 through mounting ring 21, but somewhat larger than the inner diameter of opening 38 through facing ring 36. Thus, in the fixture as shown in FIG. 7, the lower edge of the reflector may extend through opening 25 to rest upon the inner edge of the ring 36. about the lower flared end of the reflector 46, and the baflle' extends continuously between the lens and the facing ring 36 to cooperate with the reflector 46 in confining light to the opening 38 in the facing ring. More particularly, a series of light diffusing serrations 49 extend about the inner circumference of the baflle 48, and the lens 47 is supported on the uppermost serration 48. The inner edge of facing ring 36 about opening 38 is turned up at 50 so as to aid in centering the downwardly and outwardly tapered lower end of the baffle 48.

Each of the upstanding arms 26 of the mounting ring 21 is located within a recessed portion 51 of opening 25 through the ring. More particularly, the recess 51 is of such depth that each depending arm 29 of the bracket 27 may be moved along the inner surface of arm 26 outside of the opening 25. The outer diameter of the bafl'le 48 fits within the opening 25 through mounting ring 21, and thus within the arms 29, so that the facing ring and mounting ring may be freely adjusted axially with respect to one another in order to accommodate different types of ceiling installations.

In view of the foregoing, its apparent that the arms 39 not only provide a means for attaching facing ring 36 to mounting ring 21, but also form a cage which constrains baflie 48 and lens 47 supported on it against movement out of the position shown in FIG. 1. Thus, upon lowering of the facing ring 36 to a level beneath mounting ring 21 in which the baflle is removed from within the recess, the arms 39 prevent it from moving laterally off the facing ring. This arrangement has a similar advantage as the facing ring is moved upwardly back into attachment with the mounting ring.

Each recess 51 is somewhat wider than the upstanding arm 26 disposed in it and is notched at each side, as indicated at 52, whereby the flange 32 for guiding the arms 29 longitudinally of the arms 26 is free to move downwardly past the upper side of facing ring 24. In this manner, and upon removal of the screws 33 to a lower hole 35 in the arms 26, the bracket 27 may in essence be collapsed within the mounting ring, for a purpose which will also be apparent from the description to follow.

The wall in which the fixture 20 is shown to be installed in FIGS. 3 to 6 is a ceiling comprising an outer ceiling board 53 having a round hole 55 cut in it and an inner support wall 54 having a round hole 56 of somewhat smaller diameter cut in it. In this type of installation, which is frequently used in new construction, a plaster ring 57 of conventional dish-shaped construc tion is suspended from the lower surface of inner wall 54 in position to suspend the mounting ring 21 within the hole 55 in outer ceiling board 53. More particularly,

before outer wall 53 is laid up, ring 57 is moved up against the bottom of wall 54 with openings 57a and 57b in its lower flange (see FIG. aligned with holes in the wall 54 to receive bolts 59 in the upper flange of plaster ring 57, and a nut 60 is threaded over the upper end of the bolt 59 to hold the plaster ring flange tightly against the bottom side of support wall 54.

Then, after the ceiling board 53 is laid up, the fixture is ready for installation. For this purpose, the bracket 27 is adjusted longitudinally of the mounting ring 21 so as to dispose the lamp in at least approximately the position it is to assume relative to the outer surface of ceiling board 53. The bracket 27 is then moved on the mounting ring 21 upwardly through the hole 56 in the inner wall 54, until the ring moves into the opening 55 in the ceiling board 53 and into engagement with the lower flange of the plaster ring 57. As indicated in FIG. 3, there are threaded holes in this lower flange of the plaster ring with which the screws 23 extending through the holes 22 in the ring 24 are aligned so that the screws can be moved into and made up with the plaster ring for securing the ring 24 thereto. This, of course, disposes the bracket 27 with the socket 30 mounted thereon relatively deep within the recess and axially aligned with the wall openings and 56 as well as the opening 25 through the mounting ring 21.

Preferably, the bracket 27 is so located longitudinally with respect to the mounting ring 21 that as the facing ring is then moved upwardly into attachment to the mounting ring, the upturned edge thereof at 45 will engage the outer surface of bottom wall 53 as the upper end of bafl le 48 carried above the facing ring moves up about the lower edge of the reflector 46. To assist in this regard, and as can be seen from FIG. 3, there is an upper extension of the baffle 48 above serrations, which allows for a fairly large tolerance in the spacing between the bracket and mounting ring.

Even if it is found that the reflector 46 is still too low, so as to interfere with the serrations 49 about the baffle, or that it is too high, so that there is a gap between the lower end of the reflector and the upper edge of the baffle 48, more precise adjustment of the bracket 27 relative to the mounting ring 21 may be made in a relatively easy manner. Thus, upon removal of the facing ring and baffle, the reflector 46 may also be removed with ease, because, as previously noted, it has a slip-fit connection with the socket 30. This permits access to the ends of the screws 33 on the inside of the upstanding arms 26, which may thus be loosened to permit the depending arms 29 to be slid up or down, as desired. Also, of course, the screws may be removed from the top holes and moved to other holes to permit further longitudinal adjustment. Then, of course, assuming that the socket has been properly adjusted, the reflector may be moved back into place over the lower end of the socket and the facing ring and accessories then assembled, as previously described.

From the foregoing, it is obvious that this fixture permits a wide range of longitudinal adjustment of the mounting ring and facing ring relative to one another, and thereby enables installation of the fixture in the recesses of a wide variety of walls. For example, the distance between the outer surface of the inner wall 54 to which the plaster ring 57 is secured and the outer surface of ceiling board 53 against which the facing ring 36 is to be moved may vary depending upon the particular construction of the ceiling. With the fixture of this invention, such a wide variety of ceiling constructions is permissible. At the same time, when it is necessary to replace the lamp or otherwise gain access to the interior of the fixture, it is necessary to pull only the facing ring down from its releasable attachment to the mounting ring. This permits access to the lamp through the relatively large opening 25 in the mounting ring 21, without having to pull the socket 30 down. Also, merely removing the facing ring permits the baflie 48 and the lens 47, which are removed with it, to be replaced if desired. Still further, the removal of the facing ring and associated accessories permits access to the reflector so that it may be removed and replaced, if desired. This also permits access to the screws 33 for adjusting the bracket 27 longitudinally with respect to the mounting ring 21.

In the installation shown in FIG. 7, the fixture 20 is again supported by means of a plaster ring 57, but, in this case, the outer flange of the plaster ring rests above a single wall 61 about a round hole 62 therein. Also, and as previously noted, as shown in FIG. 7, the fixture does not include any of the accessories. Thus, the socket 30 must be moved closer to the facing ring 36 in order to bring the lower edge of the reflector 46 against the inner edge of the facing ring. For this purpose, the screws 33 have been moved out of the upper holes 35 in up standing arms 26 and into a lower set of holes so as to permit the upper end of the slots 34 in depending arms 29 to be moved to a level beneath the upper holes 35.

In other respects, the fixture 20 is mounted similarly to the manner in which it is mounted in the installation of FIGS. 3 to 6. That is, for example, the mounting ring 21 is secured to the inner depending flange of the plaster ring 57 upon movement of the upstanding arms 26 and the bracket 27 thereon into the recess formed through the opening through the plaster ring. At this time, of course, the serrated arms 39 of the facing ring are moved upwardly through the slots 43 in the mounting ring until the outer edge of the ring 36 is substantially in flush engagement with the bottom surface of the Wall 61. This, of course, requires a more accurate initial setting of the bracket 27 relative to the mounting rings, because, without baflle 48, the tolerances are very small.

In the installation of FIG. 8, the wall consists of a ceiling having an inner lath 63 with a round hole 64 cut therein and an inner plaster wall 65 with a somewhat smaller round hole 66 through it. As in the case of the installation of FIGS. 3 to 6, the one of FIG. 8 is particularly well suited for new construction. Thus, prior to laying up of the plaster wall 65, the outer upper flange of the plaster ring 57 is suspended from the lower side of the inner wall 63 by means of a nut and bolt combination 66, as in the installation of FIG. 3. The plaster outer wall 65 is then laid up over the lath 63 and about the depending outer portion of plaster ring 57, so that, as shown, the hole 66 is somewhat larger than the inner diameter of the plaster ring 57. This leaves suflicient room for mounting screws 23a to extend through the holes 22 in mounting ring 21 for securement to the lower flange of the plaster ring.

In this type of installation, the plaster wall 65 is often so soft that the mounting ring 21 will dig into one side of it to some extent, thereby causing it to assume a nonparallel relationship with respect to the remaining outer surface of the wall 65 against which the facing ring 36 is to be moved. Thus, as shown in FIG. 8, although the right hand screw 23a has fully been made up with the threaded holes in inner flange of the plaster ring 27, the left hand screw is only partially made up therewith. However, despite this lack of alignment of the mounting ring and the surface against which the facing ring 36 is to engage, the means of attachment of the facing ring to the mounting ring compensates for it without in any way detracting from the secure attachment of the facing ring to the mounting ring. That is, as also illustrated in FIG. 8, because of the flexibility of the tabs 40, the upstanding serrated arm 39 adjacent the high side of the mounting ring merely moves through its slot 43 to a lesser extent than do the arms 39 on the low side of the mounting ring.

In the installation of FIG. 9, the fixture 20 is mounted from a single wall 68 by means of a ring 70 of somewhat different type than the plaster ring 57. More particularly, the ring 70 is flat to permit it to be moved up through slots 71 formed in diametrically opposite positions about the wall opening 69 into a position in which its outer edge rests above the wall 68 about the opening 69. Thus, it is moved edgewise through the slot and then turned 90 into the position shown in FIG. 9.

When the ring 70 is so supported, the mounting ring 21 is suspended from it by means of bolts 72 which extend through the holes 22 in the mounting ring into threaded engagement with holes in the ring 70. That is, the diameter of the opening of the round hole 69 in the wall 68 is somewhat larger than the diameter on which the holes 22 are formed so as to permit the bolts 72 to extend therethrough in the manner shown.

At this time, the installation of the fixture 20' is completed in substantially the same way as previously described. That is, the arms 39 of the facing ring 36 are moved upwardly into attachment with the tabs 40 on the mounting ring, until the outer edge of facing ring engages against the lower side of the wall 68. Obviously, this type of installation is suited to old as well as 'new construction, because the hole 69 and slots 71 radiating therefrom may be formed in either a new or an old wall 68 preparatory to installing the fixture 20.

From the foregoing, it will be seen that this invention is one well adapted to attain all of the ends and objects hereinabove set forth, together with other advantages which are obvious and which are inherent to the apparatus.

It will be understood that certain features and subcombinations are of utility and may be employed without reference to other features and subcombinations. This is contemplated by and is within the scope of the claims.

As many possible embodiments may be made of the invention without departing from the scope thereof, it is to be understood that all matter herein set forth or shown in the accompanying drawings is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

The invention having been described, what is claimed 1. A light fixture adapted to be installed in a wall recess, comprising. a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a bracket having a socket mounted thereon, means for connecting the bracket to the mounting ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess and moving the bracket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a facing ring, means on the facing ring and the mounting ring for releasably attaching the facing ring to the mounting ring on the outer side thereof and moving the facing ring coaxially toward and away from the mounting ring to permit adjustment of the spacing therebetween, a reflector removably mounted about the lower end of the socket and having an outwardly flared lower end which is smaller than the opening through the mounting ring for passing therethrough and larger than the opening through the facing ring whereby it may seat on the inner side thereof about said opening therethrough, and a tubular baflle adapted to extend between the lower end of the reflector and the facing ring, the outer diameter of the baflle also being smaller than the opening through the mounting ring to pass therethrough and larger than the opening through the facing ring so as to seat thereon, and the inside of the baflie being enlarged intermediate one and and an annular shoulder thereabout so as to receive the lower end of the reflector in adjusted positions axially of the baflie.

2. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 2, including a lens having an outer diameter for seating on said shoulder in the bafile.

3. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 1, wherein thtere are a plurality of light diffusing serrations about the inside of the baflie between the enlargement therein and its opposite end, the uppermost of said serrations forming said annular shoulder.

4. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a facing ring, means for releasably attaching the facing ring to the mounting ring in a position generally coaxially and on the outer side thereof and moving the facing ring toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms extending perpendicularly from the inner side of one of said rings, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket to the arms of the one ring for sliding longitudinally-along one another so as to dispose the socket within the recess and on the inner side of the mounting ring and moving the socket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, and a reflector carried about the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket and one ring, said lower end of the reflector also having a smaller diameter than the inner diameter of the mounting ring, said means for releasably attaching said facing ring to said mounting ring being disposed outside but relatively close to the inner diameter of said mounting ring, and each of said arms and the means for releasably connecting said arms also being disposed outside but relatively close to the inner diameter of said mounting ring.

5. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 4, wherein the diameter of the lower end of the reflector is at least as large as the inner diameter of the facing ring.

6. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a facing ring, means for releasably attaching the facing ring to the mounting ring in a position generally coaxially and on the outer side thereof and moving the facing ring toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms extending from the inner side of one of said rings, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket to the arms of the one ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess and on the inner side of the mounting ring and moving the socket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a reflector carried by the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket and one ring, said lower end of the reflector also having a smaller diameter than the inner diameter of the mounting ring, a tubular baflle separate from the mounting ring, and means for supporting the batfle within the mounting ring extension between the lower end of the reflector and the inner side of the facing ring.

7. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a facing ring, means for releasably attaching the facing ring to the mounting ring in a position generally coaxially and on the outer side thereof and moving the facing ring toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms extending from the inner side of one of said rings, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket to the arms of the one ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess and on the inner side of the mounting ring and moving the socket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a reflector carried by the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket and one ring and a smaller diameter than the inner diameter of the mounting ring, and a tubular baflle separate from and disposable within the mounting ring for extension between the lower end of the reflector and the inner side of the facing ring, the diameter of the lower end of the reflector being at least as large as the inner diameter of the facing ring.

8. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms extending from the inner side of said mounting ring, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket to the arms of the ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess and on the inner side of the mounting ring and moving the socket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, a reflector carried by the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket and mounting ring, a tubular baflle disposable within the mounting ring, and means for releasably supporting the baflle from the mounting ring for axial movement therein so that it may be positioned to extend from the lower end of the reflector.

9. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 8, wherein the lower end of the reflector is smaller than the inner diameter of the adjacent end of the baflle to permit them to overlap.

10. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 8, wherein the inside of the baffle is enlarged intermediate one end and an annular shoulder thereabout so as to re- 1O ceive the lower end of the reflector in adjusted positions axially of the battle.

11. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 10, including a lens having an outer diameter for seating on said shoulder in the baflle.

12. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 10, wherein there are a plurality of light diffusing serrations about the inside of the baffle between the enlargement therein and its opposite end, the uppermost of said serrations forming said annular shoulder.

13. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms each extending perpendicularly from the inner side of the mounting ring, the inner diameter of said mounting ring being recessed on the inner side of each arm extending therefrom, the arms of the bracket being slidably engageable with the inside of the arms on the mounting ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess on the inner side of the mounting ring, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket to the arms of the mounting so as to permit the socket to be moved toward and away from the mounting ring, and a reflector carried about the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket, each of said arms and the means for releasably connecting said arms being disposed outside but close to the inner diameter of the mounting ring.

14. A light fixture of the character defined in claim 13, wherein the lower end of the reflector is of a smaller diameter than the inner diameter of the mounting ring.

15. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a bracket having a base with a lamp socket thereon and arms extending from the base, circumferentially spaced apart arms each extending from the inner side of the mounting ring, the inner diameter of said mounting ring being recessed on the inner side of each arm extending therefrom, the arms of the bracket being slidably engageable with the inside of the arms on the mounting ring so as to dispose the socket within the recess on the inner side of the mounting ring, means for releasably connecting the arms of the bracket, to the arms of the mounting ring so as to permit the socket to be moved toward and away from the mounting ring, a reflector carried by the socket and having a lower open end within the arms of the bracket, a tubular baflle disposable within and separate from the mounting ring for extension from the lower end of the reflector, and means for releasably supporting the baflie from the mounting ring and for movement axially therein.

16. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a facing ring, arms extending from the inner side of the facing ring and through slots in the mounting ring near the inner diameter of the mounting ring, a part on the mounting ring outwardly of each slot to releasably engage the arm extending therethrough, a bracket having a socket for a lamp mounted thereon, means for connecting the bracket to one of said rings so as to dispose the socket within the recess on the inner side of the mounting ring and moving the bracket toward and away from the mounting ring so as to adjust the spacing between them, and a reflector carried about the socket and having an open lower end within said connecting means, said means connecting the bracket to one of said rings being disposed outside but close to the inner diameter of said mounting ring.

17. A light fixture adapted to be installed within a wall recess, comprising a mounting ring adapted to be secured to the wall to define an opening into the recess, a facing ring, arms extending from the inner side of the facing 1 1 ring andthrough slots in the 'mou'ntin g ring near the inner diameter of the mounting ring, a part o'n the mount;- ing ring outwardly of each slot to 'relea'sablyengage the arm extending therethroug'h-g a'bracket having a socket for a lamp mounted thereon,"means for' 'connecti'ngitlie bracket to one'of said rings s'oa's'to dispo's' the socket within the recess on the inne'r 'side of'the mounting ring and moving the bracket toward and away iron the mounting ring so as to adjustthespatiing between thein, a refleetor carried by the soeket-a'rid h'avingir op'e'fi lower end within said 'oonnecti'ng n'ie'ans fand a'tubnlar baffle removably disposable 'with'in'the' mountin'g'ring for extension between'the lower end of the "refle'ctor' and the facing ring, there being at least three'of the arms spaced apartdistances less'than the outer diar'n'eter of the baflle and arranged relatively closely to'theinner diarn eterfof the'mount'ing'rin'g" so "as to be relatively close to the outside of thebafile.

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U.S. Classification362/257, 248/343, 362/365, 362/364
International ClassificationF21V21/02, F21S8/02, F21V21/04, F21V19/04
Cooperative ClassificationF21V19/04, F21V21/04, F21S8/02
European ClassificationF21S8/02, F21V21/04
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