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A flag pole for flying a flag, the pole being surmounted by a lamp so to illuminate the flag at night thus eliminating need to lower the flag after dark, and there being an electric cable connected at one end to the lamp and at its opposite end to an electric power source of a house, the electric cable being intercepted by an automatic timer switch for turning on the lamp at dusk and turning it off at dawn.
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United States Patent [191 Meyer FLAG POLE LIGHT  Inventor: Max E. Meyer, 4623 Woodway Dr.,
Fort Wayne, Ind. 46815  Filed: June 7, 1971  Appl. No.: 150,623
 US. Cl 240/2, 116/173, 240/84  Int. Cl. F2lv 33/00  Field of Search 240/2, 2 F, 64, 65,
240/109, 127, 81, 81 LB, 84,125,112; D48/l6.1, 18, 20; 116/28, 63, 132,173, 174, 175; 340/84, 119
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,630,538 3/1953 Brede 240/81 R X 3,116,023 12/1963 Van Dusen, Jr. et a1 240/125 X Milli/ML Aug. 14, 1973 3,476,929 Klinger 116/173 X 1,660,341 2/1928 Lapworth 240/2 X 1,741,658 12/1929 1 Sakier 240/109 1,886,804 11/1932 Greist et a1. 240/109 1,256,232 2/1918 Howard 240/2 R 1,171,917 2/1916 Axfond 240/2 R Primary Examiner-Louis J. Capozi FLAG POLE LIGHT This invention relates generally to flag poles.
A principle object of the present invention is to provide a flag pole having its own lamp at its top so to illuminate a flag flying from the pole after darkness of night occurs.
Another object is to provide a flag pole light which accordingly eliminates the need to lower the flag at dusk and raise it again at dawn.
Yet another object is to provide a flag pole light which is electrically powered by an electric cable extending to a power source of a house and wherein the electrical circuit includes an automatic timer switch for turning on the light at dusk, and turning off the light at dawn.
Yet another object is to provide a flag pole light that is suitable for a lawn flag pole of a home, a business establishment or any other structure such as a monument or the like.
Other objects are to provide a FLAG POLE LIGHT which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.
These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is an enlarged side elevation view of the lamp.
FIG. 2 is a side view of the entire flag pole with the lamp thereupon.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, the reference numeral represents an assembly according to the present invention wherein there is a flag pole ll stood up upon a lawn 12, the pole flying a flag 13 which may be either a national, state, fraternal or organizational flag or the like. f y
In the present invention the top of the pole is surmounted by a lamp unit 14 which includes an upwardly tapered conical canopy 15 that includes a shade 16 supported upon legs 17 which at their lower ends are attached by nails 18 to the upper end of the pole 11. The upper end of the shade 16 has a lamp socket 19 attached thereto and to which there is attached a spot light lamp 20 extending downwardly under the shade 16. At the top of the socket 19 there is removably secured a decorative spherical shaped plastic cap 21.
Electrical wires 22 extend from the socket 19 downwardly along an inner side of one: of the legs 17 and then downward along the pole l l to an automatic timer switch 23 attached thereto and then to an electric power source of a house.
In operative use, it is now evident that the lamp will automatically light up during the night hours so that the flag is illuminated from light rays thereabove by the downward pointing lamp 20.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it is to be understood that such changes will be within the spirit and scope of the present invention.
1. A flag pole assembly, comprising a flag pole with a flag mounted adjacent the upper end of said pole, in combination with an electric lamp unit surmounted on the upper end of said pole, said unit comprising spaced legs attached to said pole and extending thereabove, forming a base tapering upwardly towards the pole axis and beingsymmetrically arranged axially about said pole, including a conical reflecting canopy mounted axially about said base spaced longitudinally upward above said pole providing an internal downwardly reflecting shade, said canopy including an internal electric socket mounted internally at the upper end of said canopy and a spherical dome above and enclosing a portion of said socket, including an upwardly tapering conical lamp mounted in said socket, said lamp having its surface parallel and closely adjacent to said canopy and said base legs, including a power source mounted on said pole with wiring in said pole legs connected to said socket, said canopy extending beneath said canopy to points of equal maximum radial distance from the pole axis above the upper end of said pole and then tapering uniformly inward to said pole.
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