the housing may be caused to selectively glow in a
LIGHTING ASSEMBLY selective plurality of colors.
According to a further feature of the invention, the
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION translucent member comprises a vertically oriented rib
This invention relates to lighting assemblies, and 5 arranged on the exterior of the housing and a plurality
more particularly, to versatile or multi-purpose lighting of vertically spaced light-emitting diodes are embedded
assemblies. m tne to Pr°vide illumination for the entire vertical
The typical lighting assembly is generally limited to a height of the rib. specific size, function, appearance and application. According to a further feature of the invention, a Whereas various attempts have been made to provide 10 plurality of ribs are arranged in circumferentially lighting assemblies offering versatility, none of these spaced relation about the housing so as to provide iliumfixtures has achieved widespread commercial success ination about the entire circumference of the housing, because of one or more shortcomings. Specifically, the According to a further feature of the invention, the prior art attempt at versatility has resulted in lighting housing includes a plurality of vertically spaced secassemblies that were unduly expensive to manufacture; tions and a plurality of circumferentially spaced ribs are or have resulted in lighting assemblies that were un- provided about each of the plurality of housing sections gainly in appearance; or have resulted in lighting assem- so as to provide multicolor selective illumination blies that have failed to provide adequate lighting in all throughout the entire circumference and the entire intended applications; or have resulted in lighting as- 2Q vertical extent of the multisection housing.
semblies that were flimsy in construction and therefore BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS shortlived.
FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a housing SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION assembly for use with the invention lighting assembly;
This invention provides a lighting assembly which is 25 FIG. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view of the housinexpensive to manufacture; which is usable in a wide hig assembly of FIG. 1;
variety of lighting applications; which offers a variety FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of a control of custom appearance combinations and a variety of assembly for use with the invention lighting assembly; visual effects; and which provides an aesthetically FIGS. 4, 5 and 6 are developed views of printed pleasing apprarance in all intended applications and in 30 circuit members for use with the invention lighting all available custom combinations. assembly;
According to an important feature of the invention, FIG. 7 is a detail view of a control circuit employed the invention lighting assembly includes an overhead in the printed circuit member of FIG. 4; track; a housing; an adapter associated with an upper FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a light element for use portion of the housing and received in the track so as to 35 with the invention lighting assembly; mount the housing for selective axial positioning along FIG. 9 is a printed circuit for use with the light elethe track; a light-emitting assembly mounted on the ment of FIG. 8;
housing and operative in response to receipt of electri- FIG. 10 is a view showing an alternate method of cal energy in selected disparate aspects to respectively mounting the light element of FIG. 8 to the housing emit disparate components of the visible light spectrum; 40 assembly;
a remote control device; and means operative to trans- FIG. 11 is a view of a further light element for use mit electrical energy in disparate aspects from the re- with the invention lighting assembly; mote control device to the light-emitting assembly via FIG. 12 a block diagram of the control assembly the track and via the adapter so as to remotely and shown schematically in FIG. 3; selectively cause the light-emitting assembly to emit 45 FIG. 13 is a fragmentary perspective view of a redisparate aspects of the visible light spectrum. mote keyboard controller for use in the control assem
According to a further aspect of the invention, the bly of FIG. 12; and transmitting means includes a plurality of contact strips FIGS. 14,15 and 16 are block diagrams of alternative extending along the track; a plurality of contacts on the control assemblies for use with the invention lighting adapter respectively contacting the strips; means for 50 assembly.
selectively energizing select combinations of the strips Totatt pn r>P<irBTPTTO\r r>v Thf
and thereby selected combinations of the contacts; and woSSSiTMTc^a^^otc r J J.- i^-i r ,t PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
means for conductmg electrical energy from the respec
tive energized contacts of the adapter to the light-emit- The invention lighting assembly is intended for use ting assembly. 55 with a lighting fixture of the type disclosed in U.S.
According to a further feature of the invention, the patent application Ser. No. 668,732, filed Nov. 6, 1984 light-emitting assembly includes a translucent member and seen generally in FIGS. 1 and 2. The lighting fixmounted on the exterior of the housing and at least one ture seen in FIGS. 1 and 2 includes a main body cylinlight-emitting diode embedded in the translucent mem- drical portion 10; a central conical portion 12 flaring ber, and electrical conductors extend from the adapter 60 outwardly from the lower end of the main body porto the light emitting diode. tion; a lower cylindrical portion 14 extending down
According to a further feature of the invention, the wardly from the lower end of central conical portion light-emitting diode is a tricolor light-emitting diode; 14; a lower conical portion 16 flairing outwardly from and the transmitting means is operative to transmit di- the lower end of lower cylindrical portion; 14; an upper rect current, reverse direct current, and alternating 65 conical portion 18 extending upwardly and inwardly current to the diode through the electrical conductors from the upper end of main body portion 10; and an in response to selective actuation of the remote control upper cylindrical portion 20 extending upwardly from device so that the translucent member on the exterior of the upper end of conical portion 18.