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US2615084A
US2615084A US146371A US14637150A US2615084A US 2615084 A US2615084 A US 2615084A US 146371 A US146371 A US 146371A US 14637150 A US14637150 A US 14637150A US 2615084 A US2615084 A US 2615084A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21SNON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF; VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLE EXTERIORS
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Get. 21, 1952 DIEBQLD 2,615,084

SIGNAL ASSEMBLY Filed Feb. 25, 1950 I 2 SHEETS-SHEET 1 INVENTOR. ANTON D/EbO D ATTORLIEY Oct. 21, 1952 A. DIEBOLD I 2,615,034

SIGNAL ASSEMBLY Filed Feb. 25, 1950 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 5 1mm 2 III 3 Mllllll I N VEN TOR. AN TON DIE BOLD AT TORNE Y Patented Oct. 21, 1952 Amen Dfebold; New "York, N. Y., assignor tdThe .l' Marb'elite "Company, Inc.,""New "York (Bounty,

Application Februai-y 25, 195 Serial -No.146,371

'Tl This invention. pertains. to a. .signal assembly and it.is anohjectithereoflto. providea reflector ring suspended in anovelmannenwithin-a-signal .housing .in a way'Tthatitisautomatically selfadjusting .for prop rly .pos'ition'ingl-lthe. reflector within the signal. assembly.

A further object. of the invention is toprovide .a signal assembly having a novel means forpivotally mounting .a reflector ring. withinv a signal .housing with the. reflector. ringhaving. means fo constantly .urging said. reflector .ring... in a -;-given direction for frictionally holding. said reflector ring. in engagement withstop members for. automatically positioning and. holding. said reflector ring and itsrefiector inapredetermined position when the reflector ring is moved into its operative position.

1 A further object of the inventionis to provide a housing for a signal assembly whichhas means formed therein to have a reflector ring .pivotally mounted .for horizontal rotation therein and with means for maintaining said reflector ring in a predeterminedoperative position-after the reflector ring hasbeenurged into said operative position.

. Further and other objects of theinvention may becomgapparentto onefskilled .in the art, and it is to baunderstood thatchangesandmodificationsmay'be madeher-ein without departing from .the spirit of thesubjoined claims.

Throughout the specificationlike. reference characters pertain. .to. like. parts.

In the drawings:

Fig. 1 is-a complete view of a signal assembly.

Fig. 2 is .a sectional view taken along lines 22 of Fig. l. V

.Fig. 3 is a.front view of the signal assembly with the door moved into its ,open position.

Fig. 4 is an end view of thereflector ring disconnectedirom the housing to="-sho'wn the hinge means.- theref or.

Fig. 5. is a sectional view-taken along lines Fig. 6- is an end view taken from theqopposite end of; that shown in Fig. 4-,-substantially. along lines 66 of Fig. 3, to accentuate the frictional grip means of the reflector ring for holding same engaged within the housing.

Fig. 7 is a sectional view taken along lines 1-1 of Fig. 6.

Fig. 8 is a partial sectional view taken along lines 8-8 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 9 is a perspective view of the spring hinge Fig. 10 is a sectional view taken along lines ill-l0 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 11 is a partial sectional view of the lens holding means.

Fig. 12 is a sectional view taken along lines |2|2 of Fig. 3.

Fig-.13 .isa. perspectiveviewofithe .sockethold- .ing. spring.

. Referring to the drawings, there-is .shownia ..s ignal. assembly" f having, a.housing. 2| With..a

.door 22. hinged to the housing by hinges 23.

i A glass reflector 2 4. has .a rubberannulangasket which fits aboutthe1ens1'24-andisheld in place bymetallic-grips 26 and screws 21.,w-hieh are connectedto. the rearrof. the door .as. shown in Fig. 3. p g a .The reflector. ring. 28 .has arhingepin. .29..in.a

.hinge-boss 3|! which-hinge pin will .s1ide..into.=.a

hinge pin :hole formed ;in the complemental. boss 3| of .the housing. 2|. The lower..pivoting.means of the reflector ring is the spring hinge .-.pinl,32

- shown in Fig. 9. .A recess 33 'fonnedinthespring hinge pin-boss. 34 .is adapted to .receivethe .spring .hinge pin-32 whichzhasa loop ..end--35..thereof =.-a hole in the boss 38 f0rmedinthe lower portion ofthe housing.

An upper shoulderxandx a lower shoulder 39.and

respectively. are. formed-onfthe reflector; ring a .and engage the upper boss4| and thelowerboss 44 formed in the housing 2|.

.- The lower connection. of the spring .hinge, pin

.32 is: clearly shown in .a. sectional view. of,-Fi g,. 3,

whiletheupperspring hinge-:3 Land its pivotal relation with the housing is clearly shown-in Fig. 10.

The upper shoulder and lower shoulder-3 Band 40 respectively terminate in inclinedssurfaces fl and-43. (Fig. '6) which-engage their. complemental .underneath 'flat surfaceof the upper.-and.lower portions respectively.

From. the: foregoingritwwillz be .seen that when in-such a -way.:as to increase the upward pressure of the. reflector ring. and thereafter the; hingapin 32 .is secured in its: desired-position by tightenin of the screw 36. Therefore, there is provided an .upper and lowerpivotal urge for the. reflector ring, with the reflector ring being constantly urged upward. When it is desired to move the reflector ring to the closed position shown in Figs. 2 and 3 the inclined surfaces 42 and 43 engage the complemental flat edge of the bosses 4| and 44 formed in the housing. Since the hinge pin 32 urges the reflector ring upwardly the upper inclined surface 42 will engage the boss 4| against the spring action of the spring hinge pin 32 as the reflector ring closes, and will then urge the reflector ring downwardly as the inclined surface 42 further engages its respective boss 4|. The frictional relation therebetween holds these latter members secured to maintain the reflector ring in its closed position. A shoulder 45 acts as a limiting means against the boss 4| while a shoulder 46 on the lower shoulder 40 engages the lower boss 44..to act as a limiting means for the reflector ring. It will be seen that while there is a rigid hinge means for the hinge pin 29 the opposing two limiting means provided by the shoulders 45 and 46 permit the reflector ring to move into its desired closed position under infiuence of the spring hinge 32.

It will be seen therefore that of the four point 1 contact by the reflector ring and the housing, two of the four points are frictionally held in sliding engagement while one of the contact points is a rigid pivotal mounting and the remaining or fourth contact point between the reflector ring and the housing is a resilient means.

The shoulder rim 4! of the reflector ring engages the annular gasket 25 carried by the door of the signal assembly. The gasket 25 will be urged against the front rim 47 of the reflector ring to urge said reflector ring into its closed or operative position shown in Figs. 2 and 3. The reflector 48 has a rubber gasket 49 on the peripheral edge thereof which engages the groove 50 in the reflector ring as shown in Fig. 7.

The door of the signal assembly has an annular ridge completely encompassing the lens area which ridge 5| engages the gasket 52 positioned in a complemental groove within the front edge of the housing 2| forming a complete seal thereabout.

The socket holding spring 53 shown in Fig. 13 has a loop 54 on one end thereof which is open so that it may be removably connected to the holding spring hinge 55 shown in Fig. 4, with the opposite end of the spring 53 having a handle portion 56 which may be moved from either the latched or released positions 51 and 58 respectively. The purpose of this holding spring is to hold the socket 59 in engagement with the reflector when the holding spring 53 is in the I latched position.

A wing nut 60 is threadedly connected to a locking screw 6| which is pivotally mounted by a pin 62 in the shoulder 63 secured to the housing.

'the wing nut has secured it into position there will be a complete annular pressure engagement area between the rim 4! and the lens gasket carried by the door consequently urging the reflector ring and holding same into its latched position.

Under influence of the spring hinge 32 the reflector ring will be urged upwardly at all times, and will have pressure exerted against said spring hinge pin 32 as the inclined surface of the upper shoulder ,39 engages its complementing boss in the housing. The shoulders 45 and 46 which act 'as limiting means permit the reflector ring to move to its predetermined operative position within the housing.

It will be seen that the orienting means of the reflector ring may be urged into its operative position by simply closing the door of the signal assembly, and that there will be an upward pressure on the reflector ring at all times due to the action of the spring hinge pin 32 thereby providing a unique method of manufacture and assembly of lens orienting means of a signal assembly all of which is automatically attained by a simple closure of the signal assembly door.

What is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent of the United States is:

l. A trailic signal assembly having a housing, a door hingedly connected to one edge of the housing, means for securing the edge opposite to the hinged'edge to said housing, a reflector ring having means for securing a reflector thereto, a pair of hinged means for pivotally mounting said reflector'ring within said housing including a pin secured at one portion of said reflector ring for pivotally engaging said housing, and a resilient pivotal means for securing an opposing part of said reflector ring to the housing, slidably engaging means carried by said reflector ring and said housing for frictionally holding said reflector ring within the signal assembly, said resilient pivotal means having a guide means therefor formed in said reflector ring to permit controlled adjustment of said resilient pivotal means.

2. A traffic signal having a pivotally mounted door on a housing and means for securing same in a locked position, a reflector orienting means comprising a reflector ring adapted to be pivotally mounted within said housing, rigid pivotal pin means for movably connecting one portion of said reflector ring to said housing, resilient pin means for resiliently connecting an opposing portion of said reflector ring to said housing, adjustment means for adjusting the degree of resiliency of last said pin means, and means for increasing the tensionof last'said pin means upon closure of said door.

ANTON DIEBOLD.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,157,701 Kratz Oct. 26, 1915 1,706,836 Arbuckle Mar. 26, 929 2,220,820 Kundsen Nov. 5, 1940 2,280,275 Young Apr. 21, 1942

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US2852758A (en) * 1955-12-22 1958-09-16 Gen Electric Lighting unit
US5209559A (en) * 1991-12-04 1993-05-11 Ruppel Raymond A Trailer light system
US7654705B2 (en) 2005-07-22 2010-02-02 Genlyte Thomas Group Llc Recessed fixture with hinged doors and rotatable lamp

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US1157701A (en) * 1913-11-29 1915-10-26 Firm Robert Bosch Reflector-lamp.
US1706836A (en) * 1923-10-09 1929-03-26 Monogram Lens Corp Adapter for headlight reflectors
US2220820A (en) * 1939-09-07 1940-11-05 Peder M Knudsen Headlight signal
US2280275A (en) * 1940-11-05 1942-04-21 Frank C Young Vehicle signal device

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US1157701A (en) * 1913-11-29 1915-10-26 Firm Robert Bosch Reflector-lamp.
US1706836A (en) * 1923-10-09 1929-03-26 Monogram Lens Corp Adapter for headlight reflectors
US2220820A (en) * 1939-09-07 1940-11-05 Peder M Knudsen Headlight signal
US2280275A (en) * 1940-11-05 1942-04-21 Frank C Young Vehicle signal device

Cited By (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2852758A (en) * 1955-12-22 1958-09-16 Gen Electric Lighting unit
US5209559A (en) * 1991-12-04 1993-05-11 Ruppel Raymond A Trailer light system
US7654705B2 (en) 2005-07-22 2010-02-02 Genlyte Thomas Group Llc Recessed fixture with hinged doors and rotatable lamp

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