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Publication numberUS3809883 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 7, 1974
Filing dateJun 12, 1972
Priority dateJun 12, 1972
Publication numberUS 3809883 A, US 3809883A, US-A-3809883, US3809883 A, US3809883A
InventorsGoodwin C
Original AssigneeGoodwin C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Universal trouble light support
US 3809883 A
Abstract
A trouble or drop light construction is provided and includes an elongated handle having an endwise outwardly opening electrical socket at one end for receiving the base of an electric light bulb therein and an elongated laterally opening shield supported from one side of the socket end of the handle opening toward the opposite side. The outer end of the shield includes a transverse end wall as is conventional and the end wall has a mount supported therefrom for angular displacement about an axis generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the handle and a suspension hook has its base end oscillatably supported from the mount for angular displacement about an axis extending transversely of the hook and disposed generally normal to the axis of rotation of the mount. The hook is swingable between a laterally opening position and a laterally projecting position with the hook opening endwise outwardly of the end of the shield remote from the handle. Further, the end of the handle remote from the shield includes a laterally outwardly projecting member extending outwardly from the handle in a direction opposite to the direction in which the laterally projecting hook extends and the laterally outwardly projecting member and hook may be utilized as members spaced longitudinally of the trouble light about which the cord of the trouble light may be wrapped when not in use.
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United States Patent [191 Goodwin [451 May 7,1974

[ UNIVERSAL TROUBLE LIGHT SUPPORT [76] Inventor: Charles M. Goodwin, Rt. No. 2,

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 22 Filed: June 12, 1972 211 App]. No.: 261,679

[52] U.S. Cl 240/54 A, 240/102 B [51] Int. Cl F2lv 15/00, F2lv 21/00 [58] Field of Search 240/54, 54 A, 102 B [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,569,068 9/1951 Maxwell 240/54 A 3,244,873 4/1966 Leutheuser 2,085,683 6/1937 McGill 2,747,079 5/1956 Kubiliunas 240/54 A X 2,570,329 10/1951 Dunkelburger 240/54 A X 3,183,348 5/1965 Porter 240/54 A Primary Examiner-Samuel S. Matthews Assistant Examiner-Richard A. Wintercorn Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Clarence A. OBrien; Harvey B. Jacobson [57] ABSTRACT A trouble or drop light construction is provided and includes an elongated handle having an endwise outwardly opening electrical socket at one end for receiving the base of an electric light bulb therein and an elongated laterally opening shield supported from one side of the socket end of the handle opening toward the opposite side. The outer end of the shield includes a transverse end wall as is conventional and the end wall has a mount supported therefrom for angular displacement about an axis generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the handle and a suspension hook has its base end oscillatably supported from the mount for angular displacement about an axis extending transversely of the hook and disposed generally normal to the axis of rotation of the mount. The hook is swingable between a laterally opening position and a laterally projecting position with the hook opening endwise outwardly of the end of the shield remote from the handle. Further, the end of the handle remote from the shield includes a laterally outwardly projecting member extending outwardly from the handle in a direction opposite to the direction in which the laterally projecting hook extends and the laterally outwardly projecting member and hook may be utilized as members spaced longitudinally of the trouble light about which the cord of the trouble light may be wrapped when not in use.

12 Claims, 11 Drawing Figures ATENTEDHAY 11914 $809,883

SHEEI 1 0F 3 l UNIVERSAL TROUBLE LIGHT SUPPORT The trouble light of the instant invention has been designed specifically to provide a means whereby the trouble light may be readily hung from various types of supports and the trouble light cord may be readily conveniently coiled about supporting protions therefor carried by the trouble light so as to enable the cord of the light to be stored in a compact and orderly manner.

The present invention not only encompasses the concept of constructing presently manufactured trouble lights in accordance with the present invention but also the provision of attachments for existing trouble or drop lights whereby they may be modified in accordance with the present invention.

The main object of this invention is to provide a trouble light with an improved suspension hook and mounting therefor whereby the trouble light may be suspended from various types of support members and in close quarters.

Another object of this invention, in accordance with the immediately preceding object, to is provide a suspension assembly for a trouble light or drop light that will enable adjustment of the trouble light or drop light relative to the supporting member therefor in a manner such that the light cast by the trouble light may be directed in the desired direction.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a trouble light constructed in a manner whereby the electrical cord therefor may be readily coiled and supported from the trouble light when not in use in a neat compact manner. v

A further important object of this invention is to provide various attachments for different types of existing trouble lights whereby they may be readily modified in accordance with the present invention.

A final object of this invention to be specifically enumerated herein is to provide a trouble light construction in accordance with the preceding objects which will conform to conventional forms of manufacture, be of simple construction and easy to use so as to provide a device that will be economically feasible, long lasting and relatively trouble free in operation.

These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside 'in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being bad to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view ofa trouble or drop light constructed in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the assemblage illustrated in FIG. 1 but with the suspension hook thereof in an upright position and without the electrical cord for the trouble light being coiled in its storage position;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged vertical sectional view taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the section line 33 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged horizontal sectional view taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the section line 4-4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the lower electrical cord supporting abutment member of the trouble light;

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of the plug end of the electrical cord of the trouble light illustrating the electrical cord engaging hook supported therefrom;

FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view of the upper suspension assembly of the drop light illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 3;

FIG. 8 is a fragmentary perspective view of a second form of trouble light having a slightly modified form of suspension hook assembly;

FIG. 9 is a readily attachable suspension assembly mount releasably engaged with a conventional drop light shield and of a type to receive the suspension assembly illustrated in FIG. 8;

FIG. 10 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing through the center of the assemblage illustrated in FIG. 8; and

FIG. 1 1 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken substantially upon a plane passing through the center of the assemblage illustrated in FIG. 9.

Referring now more specifically to the drawings, the numeral 10 generally designates a somewhat conventional form of trouble light including an elongated tubular handle 12 constructed of dielectric material and having a pair of axially aligned sleeves l4 and 16 dis posed therein. The adjacent ends of the sleeves l4 and 16 are joined together in any conventional manner and the end of the sleeve 14 remote from the sleeve 16 defines a threaded socket 18 for the screw base of an electric light bulb. The socket 18 includes a center terminal 20 to which one conductor 22 of the electrical cord 24 of the trouble light 10 is connected. The other conductor 26 of the cord 24 is electrically connected to the socket 18.

The tubular handle 12 includes an inner circumferential groove 28 centrally intermediate the opposite ends of the sleeve 16 and the sleeve 16 is provided with a laterally opening slot 29. In addition, the sleeve 16 includes a coaxial annular abutment member 30 through whose center the electrical cord 24 extends and the portion of the electrical cord 24 immediately beneath the annular abutment member 30 is crimped as at 32 by means of a crimping ring 34 encircled about the cord 24 and the side of the sleeve 16 remote from the slot 29, the ring 34 also extending through the slot 29. The crimping of the cord 24 prevents longitudinal shifting of the cord 24 past the abutment member 30.

The end of the handle 12 through which the socket 18 opens has a generally conventional electric light bulb shield 36 clamped thereto by means of an integral clamp portion 38. The shield 36 opens laterally outwardly of one side of the longitudinal axis of the handle 12 and includes an end wall portion 40 on its end remote from the handle 12. A rigid mounting strap 42 including a partial cylindrical end portion 44 has its end portion 44 secured, by rivets 46 to the end wall portion 40 and the end of the strap 42 remote from the end portion 44 thereof is apertured as at 48 and projects outwardly from the open side of the shield 36.

A friction plate 50 apertured as at 52 is disposed over the outer surface of the outwardly projecting end of the strap 42 and a generally channel shaped mount 54 having a semi-cylindrical or radiused bight portion 56 overlies the friction plate 50 and is secured to the strap 42 with the friction plate 50 being clamped between the bight portion 56 and the strap 42 by means of a threaded fastener 58 secured through a central aperture 60 formed in the bight portion 56, the aperture 52 in the friction plate 50 and the aperture 48 in the strap 42.

The side of the bight portion 56 opposing the friction plate 50 is provided with outwardly projecting dimples 62 spaced circumferentially about the aperture 60 and the dimples 62, by their engagement with the friction plate 50, serve-to frictionally retain the channel shaped mount 54 in adjusted rotated position about the fastener 58 which defines a pivot fastener.

The side flanges of the channel shaped member 54 are laterally offset toward each other adjacent their free edges to define a pair of closely spaced apart mounting tabs 64 provided with registered apertures 66 and the eye end 68 of the shank 69 of a hook member 70 is clamped between the tabs 64 by means of a threaded fastener 7-2, the hook end 71 of the hook member 70 opening outwardly transversely of the shank 69. i

The end of the handle 12 remote from the socket 18 includes a recess .76 in which a mounting tab 78, see FIGS. 3 and 5, is secured. One end of the tab 78 is coiled, as at 80, about a transverse pin portion 82 at one end of an elongated abutment member 84 and the abutment member 84 is swingable relative to the tab 78 between the phantom and solid line positions thereof illustrated in FIG. of the drawings. The abutment member 84 includes a central opening 86 through which the adjacent end of the handle 12 (see FIG. 3) is receivable and the free swinging end of the abutment member 84 is provided with a notched resilient body 88. The electrical cord 24 may have any portion thereof frictionally retained within the notched portion of the body 88. I

The plug end 90 of the cord 24 has an annular abutment member 92 disposed thereon and extending thereabout and one rolled end 94 of an elongated hook is engaged with the plug end 90 of the cord 24 between the abutment member 92 and the plug 96 carried by the cord 24. The other end of the hook 98 is coiled as at 100 for releasable engagement with any desired portion of theelectrical wire 24 in a manner deemedto be obvious from FIGS. 1 and 6 of the drawings.

With attention now invited more specifically to FIG. 8 of the drawings there will be seen a modified form of shield 36' to whose outer end wall portion 40' a mount-' ing plate 42' corresponding to the strap 42 is secured by soldering. The plate 42' may be utilized to support the channel shaped mount 54 in the same manner in which the channel shaped mount 54 is supported from the strap 42. Of course, the mount 54 will be provided with the hook 70 when supported from the plate 42.v

Further, the shield 36' includes a positioning crease 35 in which the shank 69 of the hook member 70 is positionable.

With attention now invited more specifically to FIG. 9 of the drawings, there will be seen a third form of shield referred to by the reference numeral 36" and which includes a diametrically reduced sleeve portion 37 for encircling the adjacent end of the handle 12. A mounting plate 42" is provided and includes an outwardly projecting free end portion terminating in an underlying reversely bent portion 45. However, the reversely bent portion 45 includes a slightly angulated end 47 which coacts with the plate or strap 42' to define a notch 49 in which thefree edge of the end wall portion 40" of the shield 36" is seatingly received. The

4 end of the strap or plate 42' remote from the reversely bent portion 45- thereof is provided with a slot 51 through which one end of an anchor strap 53 is secured. The other end of the anchor strap 53 is provided with a reversely bent portion55 for reception beneath the diametrically reduced sleeve portion 37 whereby the reversely bent .end portion 55 may-be clamped between the inner surfaces of the sleeve portion 37 and the opposing outer surface portions of the handle 12. Accordingly, it may be seen that a suspension assembly including the channel shaped member 54 and hook may be readily secured to the conventional shield 36' merely by soldering thelplate or strap 42' tothe end wall 40'. Further, a similar suspension assembly may also be supported from a conventional shield through the utilization of the plate 42" and anchoring strap 53.

In addition to the hook member 70 being positionable with its shank 69 within the crease 35 formed in the shield 36' of that form of the invention illustrated in FIG. 8, the hook member 70 includes a straight terminal'end 73 whose free end isflattened as at in order to form a blade-like end for facilitating the support of the shield 36' in different locations such as with the blade end 75 wedged between adjacent wall boards. In addition, inasmuch as the hook member 70 is frictionally retained in adjusted located position relative to the channel shaped member 54 and the latter is frictionally retained in adjusted rotated position relative to the associated trouble light shield, each disclosed form of trouble light may be readily supported in the precise orientation desired.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be restorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. A trouble or drop light construction including an I elongated tubular handle provided with means defining a light bulb receiving socket assembly opening outwardly of one end of said handle, elongated flexible electric cord means electrically connected at one end to said socket assembly within said handle and passing outwardly of the other end of said handle, an elongated laterally opening shield secured to and projecting endwise outwardly from one side portion of said one end of said handle and including an outer transverse end wall having a forward marginal edge facing in the direction in which said shield opens, a rigid mounting member supported from said end wall and projecting forwardly of the forward marginal edge of said end wall, a channel-shaped'mount including an upwardly convex partial cylindrical bight portion and a pair of opposite side upwardly projecting side flanges, a friction plate overlying said mounting member and having said bight portion secured thereover by means of a tensioned pivot fastener secured through the central portions of said bight portion and friction plate and the portion of said mounting member over which the friction plate lies, upper end portions of said side flanges being laterally offset toward each other, a hook member including a hook end and a shank end, said shank end of said hook member including an integral eye portion disposed in a plane generally paralleling said shank end, said integral eye portion being disposed between said laterally offset upper end portions of said side flanges, and a tensioned pivot fastener secured through said side flange upper end portions and said eye portion with the opposing side surfaces of said side flange upper end portions clampingly engaging said eye portion therebetween.

2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said mounting member is riveted to said end wall.

3. The combination of claim 1 wherein said mounting member is fused to said end wall.

4. The combination of claim 1 wherein the hook end of said hook member opens generally laterally of said shank end and the second-mentioned axis, said hook member being swingable between limit positions with said hook end opening in opposite directions extending longitudinally of said handle.

5. The combination of claim 4 wherein the other end of said handle includes a laterally outwardly projecting abutment member extending outwardly of the side of the handle remote from the side thereof outwardly of which said hook member projects when said hook end opens away from said other end of said handle, said flexible electric cord means being windable about said abutment member and said hook end of said hook member.

6. The combination of claim 5 wherein the end of said electric cord means remote from said handle includes a hook member attached thereto releasably engageable with any other portion of said electrical cord means disposed exteriorly of said handle and adjacent said one end of said electrical cord means.

7. The combination of claim 6 wherein said abutment member includes an opening extending transversely therethrough through which the free end of said electrical cord means is receivable.

8. The combination of claim 1 wherein the interior of said handle includes clamp means through which said one end portion of said electrical cord means extends frictionally engaged with said electrical cord means for preventing longitudinal shifting of said electrical cord means relative to said handle.

9. A trouble or drop light construction including an elongated tubular handle provided with means defining a light bulb receiving socket assembly opening outwardly of one end of said handle, elongated flexible electric cord means electrically connected at one end to said socket assembly within said handle and passing outwardly of the other end of said handle, an elongated laterally opening shield secured to and projecting endwise outwardly from one side portion of said one end of said handle and including an outer transverse end wall, a mount supported from said end wall of said shield for angular displacement about an axis generally paralleling the longitudinal centerline of said shield, a hook member including a hook end and a shank end, means pivotally securing said shank end of said hook member to said mount for angular displacement about an axis disposed generally normal to the firstmentioned axis and extending transversely of said shank end, a mounting plate secured to said end wall, said mount being supported from said mounting plate for angular displacement about the first-mentioned axis, said mounting plate including means defining a notch in which the free edge portion of said end wall is seated, and a tension strap having one end anchored to said mounting plate, said strap extending over the outer surface of the outer side of said shield and including means on its other end anchored to the end of said shield supported from said one end of said handle.

10. The combination of claim 1 wherein said means pivotally securing said mount to said end wall includes means frictionally retaining said mount in adjusted rotated positions, said means pivotally securing said shank end to said mount including means for frictionally retaining said hook member in adjusted rotated position relative to said mount.

11. The combination of claim 1 wherein the outer surface of said shield remote from the open side thereof includes an outwardly opening longitudinally extending crease adjacent the outer end of the shield in which the shank of the hook member is receivable when the hook member is swung backwardly away from the open side of the shield.

12. The combination of claim 1 wherein the free terminal end of said hook member is flattened to define a screwdriver-type.blade for wedging between closely adjacent support members in order to support the trouble light therefrom.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/258, 362/376
International ClassificationF21L14/02, F21L14/00
Cooperative ClassificationF21L14/02
European ClassificationF21L14/02