FR2627846A1 - Protected electric light fitting for camping - has lamp contained with tubular sleeve forming part of tent frame structure - Google Patents

Protected electric light fitting for camping - has lamp contained with tubular sleeve forming part of tent frame structure Download PDF

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FR2627846A1
FR2627846A1 FR8716401A FR8716401A FR2627846A1 FR 2627846 A1 FR2627846 A1 FR 2627846A1 FR 8716401 A FR8716401 A FR 8716401A FR 8716401 A FR8716401 A FR 8716401A FR 2627846 A1 FR2627846 A1 FR 2627846A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V19/00Fastening of light sources or lamp holders
    • F21V19/0075Fastening of light sources or lamp holders of tubular light sources, e.g. ring-shaped fluorescent light sources
    • F21V19/008Fastening of light sources or lamp holders of tubular light sources, e.g. ring-shaped fluorescent light sources of straight tubular light sources, e.g. straight fluorescent tubes, soffit lamps
    • F21V19/0085Fastening of light sources or lamp holders of tubular light sources, e.g. ring-shaped fluorescent light sources of straight tubular light sources, e.g. straight fluorescent tubes, soffit lamps at least one conductive element acting as a support means, e.g. resilient contact blades, piston-like contact
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21SNON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF; VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLE EXTERIORS
    • F21S2/00Systems of lighting devices, not provided for in main groups F21S4/00 - F21S10/00 or F21S19/00, e.g. of modular construction

Abstract

The lighting device comprises: an elongated lighting element 1 having at each of its ends terminals 2 of electrical connection; a protective and mounting envelope 4 at least partially surrounding the lighting element 1 and being spaced therefrom by extending in length over at least part of the length of the lighting element; electrical and mechanical means 3, 9, 11 for electrical connection and for supporting the respective terminals of the lighting element 1; two tubes 6 extending on each side the envelope 4 and the lighting element 1; means 5 for mounting each end of the envelope on the associated tube 6; and means for supplying power to said electrical and mechanical means.

Description

 The present invention relates to lighting devices. Its purpose is to provide an elongated lighting device which is of varied and practical use, in particular being able to be powered by different electrical sources and being able to be used in outdoor activities, in particular camping.
 To this end, the lighting device according to the invention is characterized in that it comprises: an elongated lighting element having, at each of its ends, electrical connection terminals; a protective and mounting envelope at least partially surrounding the lighting element and being spaced therefrom by extending in length over at least part of the length of the lighting element; electrical and mechanical means for electrical connection and for supporting the respective terminals of the lighting element; two tubes extending on each side the envelope and the lighting element; means for mounting each end of the envelope on the associated tube; and means for supplying power to said electrical and mechanical means.
 Preferably, the lighting element may be constituted by a fluorescent tube, with a hot or cold cathode, by a filament tube or by a halogen tube.
 As for the protective and mounting envelope, it may consist of a transparent or translucent tube, in particular made of methacrylate, an openwork structure, in particular made of mesh or bars, and a fraction of a cylinder.
 According to a particular embodiment, the envelope carries electrical conductive means, for example in the form of a metallic film on its internal or external face, so that the electric conductive supply wires are brought back into a single tube.
 Preferably, the envelope is removable to allow access to the lighting element, in particular for its replacement. However, the envelope could be permanently fixed on the two tubes.
 Preferably, the electrical supply means of the lighting element are housed at least partially in one of the tubes.
 In the case where an oscillator is used to control a fluorescent tube constituting the lighting element, the tubes are preferably metallic to constitute an anti-parasite screen.
 Preferably, one of the tubes carries a connection socket allowing the removable connection of an additional socket associated with a battery, a reduction gear or a battery box, this box can then be fixed in a separable manner on the tube to near the connection socket.
 According to another characteristic, the lighting device according to the invention can advantageously constitute a structural member of an assembly, in particular of a camping tent, this member being for example a stake, an upright, a cross member or a spacer. However, the lighting device according to the invention can also constitute a separate member, mechanically independent of a structure, to which it can be attached in a separable manner, in particular by clipping.
The invention will be clearly understood on reading the description which follows and with reference to the appended drawings in which:
Fig. 1 is a longitudinal section with cutaway of a lighting device established according to a preferred embodiment of the invention, this lighting device also being used as a structural element, for example as a tent stake;
Fig. 2 is an enlarged view of the device of FIG. 1;
Figs. 3 to 5 are cross sections showing various alternative embodiments of the envelope at least partially surrounding the lighting element; and
Fig. 6 is a side view showing the lighting device according to the invention mounted on a carrier element.
 There is shown in Figs. 1 and 2 a lighting device established according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.
 According to this embodiment, the device comprises an illuminating element 1, for example a fluorescent tube, which has at its ends pins or terminals 2 of electrical connection cooperating with complementary supply terminals 3; the lighting tube 1 is protected and at least partially surrounded by a protective and mounting envelope 4 whose wall is located at an appropriate distance from the wall of the tube 1; as seen in Fig. 1, the casing 4 extends over at least part of the length of the tube 1 and, in the embodiment adopted, it in fact extends well beyond the connection terminals 3. At its ends, the envelope 4 is received in a mounting piece or socket 5 which, on the other side, is coupled to a tube element 6; the assembly constituted by the lighting tube 1, the casing 4 and the two tubes 6 is coaxial.
 In the example considered, the lighting device is a structural element, for example a tent stake; and, for this purpose, the free ends of the tubes 6 carry male ends 7 and female ends 8 used for mounting the stake.
 The connection terminals 3 are each connected to an electrical circuit element 9 for the electrical supply of the tube 1. These elements 9 are constituted, for example in the case of a fluorescent tube, by printed circuits carrying the electrical components serving to supply the tube 1. In turn, the circuits 9 are supplied from an external source, as described below.
 The envelope 4 surrounding the lighting tube 1 is constituted by a circular base cylinder made of a relatively rigid and resistant transparent or translucent material, for example made of methacrylate. At its ends, the casing 4 cooperates releasably in the axial direction with each of the mounting parts 5 which, on the other hand, are permanently attached to the outer tubes 6, for example by gluing.
 If necessary, to avoid accidental axial separation of the casing 4 from the mounting parts 5, one can provide, on each side, an elastic latch 10, shown diagrammatically by dashes, which is normally in the locked position to immobilize the 'envelope 4 relative to the mounting parts 5, these locks can be manually put in the inactive position when the user wants to access the lighting tube 1, in particular for its replacement.
 To access the tube 1, the user puts the two latches 10 in the inactive position, which allows the casing 4 to slide axially relative to the mounting parts 5 to separate it from the latter. For this movement to be possible at the connection between the circuits 9 and the connection terminals 3, the connection wires between these elements have a sufficient length corresponding, on each side, at least to the distance of which the casing 4 must slide to disengage from the corresponding mounting part 5. When the casing 4 has been released, the user can access the interior axially from the ends, to disconnect the pins 2 and the terminals 3, after which he can remove the tube 1 and replace it with a new tube and carry out the reverse operations for reassembly.
 The circuits 9 for controlling the lighting tube 1 are supplied from the outside by electrical wires which terminate either in the two tubes 6 or in a single tube 6. In the latter case, two electrical wires are passed between the envelope 4 and the lighting tube 1.
 The external supply wires advantageously lead to a socket 11 provided on at least one of the tubes 6.
 The external source of electrical power for circuits 9 may consist of a battery, a reducer or a battery box. In the latter case, this box can be fixed directly, in a separable manner, to that of the tubes 6 which carries the single socket 11.
 Preferably, in the case where an oscillator is used for the control of a fluorescent tube, the tubes 6 surrounding the circuits 9 are metallic to constitute an anti-interference screen.
 There is shown schematically in Figs. 3 to 5, in cross section, various alternative embodiments of the envelope 4. In FIG. 3, the envelope 4 is constituted by two half-i-cylinders 4a, 4b, the part 4a being opaque and the part 4b being transparent or translucent. The internal or external face of the part 4a can be metallized, as shown in 12, to allow the electrical connection of one of the circuits 9 from the other circuit, the metallization 12 having a longitudinal separation to allow a double conduction . For the rest, the envelope 4 of FIG. 3 is used like that of FIGS. 1 and 2. In the variant of FIG. 4, the part 4a is fixed, while the part 4b can tilt around a longitudinal hinge 13 allowing access to the lighting tube 1 without having to carry out the axial separation described above. In the variant of FIG. 5, the envelope 4 is constituted by a set of parallel bars 14, possibly connected by crosspieces 15, to constitute an openwork structure in mesh or with bars.
The bars 14, at their ends, are carried by mounting rings (not shown). Envelope 4 of the
Fig. 5 is used as the envelope of Figs. 1 to 3.
 In Fig. 6, there is schematically shown, by the casing 4 and the two tubes 6, the lighting device according to the invention which, in this case, is a mechanically separated member which is independent of a structure 16, for example a post, on which it is attached in a separable manner, for example by clipping at 17.
 Of course, the invention is not limited to the embodiments, not more than to the mode of application, which have been described; on the contrary, we could conceive of various variants without departing from its framework.
 Thus, for example, the casing 4 could be permanently fixed to the tubes 6.

Claims (12)

 1. Lighting device, characterized in that it comprises: an elongated lighting element (1) having at each of its ends terminals (2) for electrical connection; a protective and mounting envelope (4) at least partially surrounding the lighting element (1) and being spaced therefrom extending in length over at least part of the length of the lighting element; electrical and mechanical means (3, 9, 11) for electrical connection and for supporting the respective terminals of the lighting element (1); two tubes (6) extending on each side the envelope (4) and the lighting element (1); means (5) for mounting each end of the envelope on the associated tube (6); and means for supplying power to said electrical and mechanical means.
 2. Device according to claim 1, characterized in that the lighting element (1) belongs to the group consisting of a fluorescent tube with hot or cold cathode, a filament tube and a halogen tube.
 3. Device according to one of claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the protective and mounting envelope (4) belongs to the group consisting of a transparent or translucent tube, in particular in metacrylate, an openwork structure, in particular in mesh or bars, and a fraction of a cylinder.
 4. Device according to one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the envelope (4) carries mo-.
yen electrical conductors (12), for example ia in the form of a metallic film on its internal or external face, so that the electric conductor supply wires are in a single tube.
 5. Device according to one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that the envelope (4) is removable to allow access to the lighting element.
 6. Device according to one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that at least one releasable lock (10) is provided between the casing (4) and the tubes (6).
 7. Device according to one of claims 1 to 4, characterized by -the fact that the envelope is permanently fixed on the two tubes.
 8. Device according to one of claims 1 to 7, characterized in that the electrical supply means are housed at least partially in one of the tubes (6).
 9. Device according to claim 8, characterized in that the tubes (6) are metallic to form an anti-parasite screen in the case where an oscillator is used to control a fluorescent tube.
 10. Device according to one of claims 1 to 9, characterized in that the tubes (6) carry a connection socket (11) allowing the removable connection of an additional socket associated with a battery, a transformer or a housing of batteries, the latter being able to be fixed in a separable manner on the tube near the connection socket (11).
 11. Device according to one of claims 1 to 10, characterized in that it constitutes a structural member of an assembly, in particular of a tent, this member being able for example to be a stake, an upright, a cross-member or a spacer.
 12. Device according to one of claims 1 to 10, characterized in that it constitutes a separate member mechanically independent of a structure, to which it can be attached in a separable manner, in particular by clipping.
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