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Title:
CEILING LIGHT LED RETROFIT KIT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/147385
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A ceiling light LED retrofit kit is provided. The kit is configured for attachment to an existing, installed linear fluorescent tube lighting fixture. The kit includes a light panel, a first profile extending along a first longitudinal side of the existing fluorescent light fixture, and a second profile extending along a second longitudinal side of an existing light fixture. The retrofit kit light panel includes light emitting diodes. A raceway may be defined between the retrofit kit and the previously-installed fixture, in which wiring and other components may reside away from you.

Inventors:
BEATENBOUGH, Bryan (1214 McClellan Road, Anderson, South Carolina, 29621, US)
HALEY, Ryan (580 Melody Lane, Hartwell, Georgia, 30643, US)
Application Number:
US2017/019303
Publication Date:
August 31, 2017
Filing Date:
February 24, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
POWER CONCEPTS, LLC (233 Camson Road, Anderson, South Carolina, 29625, US)
International Classes:
F21K9/00; F21S8/02; F21V19/00; F21V23/00
Foreign References:
US6739743B22004-05-25
US20100289428A12010-11-18
US8272763B12012-09-25
US20070165399A12007-07-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ST. CLAIR, Timothy D. (P.O. Box 10648, Greenville, South Carolina, 29603, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1 . A combination for illuminating the interior or a building, comprising: ceiling light LED retrofit kit, comprising:

a fixture having a base attached to a building ceiling, said fixture having a first electrical receptacle and a second electrical receptacle, wherein said first and second electrical receptacles are adapted to receive a linear fluorescent light tube disposed therebetween, and wherein said the base includes a first longitudinal side and an opposite second longitudinal side;

a retrofit kit connected to and adapted to conceal said base, said retrofit kit including a light panel, a first profile and a second profile, said light panel including a first side facing said fixture and an opposite second side, wherein said light panel, said first profile, and said second profile extend longitudinally from said first electrical receptacle to said second electrical receptacle and parallel one-to-another;

a light emitting diode disposed on said opposite second side of said light panel; and

wiring in electrical communication with said light emitting diode.

2. The combination as recited in claim 1 , wherein said first profile extends from said light panel to said first longitudinal side and is adapted to engage with said first longitudinal side.

3. The combination as recited in claim 2, wherein said second profile extends from said light panel to said second longitudinal side and is adapted to engage with said second longitudinal side.

4. The combination as recited in claim 1 , wherein said first profile, second profile, light panel, and base define therebetween a raceway, wherein said wiring resides in said raceway.

5. The combination as recited in claim 1 , further comprising a lens attached to said light panel.

6. The combination as recited in claim 1 , wherein said light panel has a first angled wing and a second angled wing

7. The combination as recited in claim 6, wherein said light emitting diode resides on one of said first angled wing and said second angled wing.

8. The combination as recited in claim 1 , wherein said first profile, said second profile, and said light panel are integral.

9. The combination as recited in claim 1 , wherein said first profile, said second profile, and said light panel are separate.

10. The combination as recited in claim 9, wherein said first profile and said second profile each include a rib extending longitudinally.

1 1 . The combination as recited in claim 1 , further comprising an endcap that is adapted to receive said first profile, said second profile and said light panel.

12. A ceiling light LED retrofit kit, comprising:

a retrofit kit adapted to conceal a pre-installed base, said retrofit kit including a light panel, a first profile and a second profile, said light panel including a first angled wing and a second angled wing, wherein said light panel, said first profile, and said second profile define therebetwen a raceway and extend longitudinally from one end to the other opposing end of said pre-installed base, and parallel one-to-another;

a light emitting diode disposed one of said first angled wing and said second angled wing of said light panel; and

wiring in electrical communication with said light emitting diode and residing in said raceway.

13. The kit as recited in claim 12, further comprising a lens attached to said light panel.

14. The combination as recited in claim 12, wherein said first profile, said second profile, and said light panel are integral.

15. The combination as recited in claim 12, wherein said first profile, said second profile, and said light panel are separate.

16. The combination as recited in claim 15, wherein said first profile and said second profile each include a rib extending longitudinally from one end to the opposing other end.

17. The combination as recited in claim 12, further comprising an endcap that is adapted to receive said first profile, said second profile and said light panel.

18. A method for retrofitting a ceiling fixture, comprising the steps of:

1 ) identifying a ceiling fixture having a pre-installed base with a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side;

2) providing a ceiling light LED retrofit kit adapted to conceal said pre-installed base, said ceiling light LED retrofit kit comprising: a first profile, an opposing second profile, a light panel disposed between said first profile and said opposing second profile, a light emitting diode, and a lens;

3) connecting said first profile to said first longitudinal side, and said second profile to said second longitudinal side of said pre-installed base;

4) connecting said light emitting diode to said light panel; and

5) covering said light panel with said lens.

19. The method as recited in claim 18, wherein said light panel includes a first angled wing and a second angled wing.

20. The method as recited in claim 19, further comprising the step of placing said light emitting diode on one of said first angled wing and said second angled wing.

Description:
CEILING LIGHT LED RETROFIT KIT

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims the benefit of priority of US Provisional Application Serial No. 62299295, filed on February 24, 2016, which is incorporated herein in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention is directed toward a ceiling light LED retrofit kit; more specifically, a kit for installation of light emitting diode lighting mounted upon a previously-installed fluorescent lighting fixture.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] Fluorescent lighting is commonly used in commercial building and office interiors. A typical fluorescent lighting fixture includes a base that is mounted to a ceiling within a building. Carried upon the base is a first electrical receptacle and a second electrical receptacle, with a fluorescent light tube extending between and energized by the two electrical receptacles. A ballast for controlling the electrical power to the fluorescent light tube is connected to the first and second electrical receptacles.

[0004] From an aesthetic standpoint, such fluorescent lighting often exposes bare fluorescent light tubes to occupants of the building. From an energy standpoint, fluorescent lighting does not most efficiently convert electrical energy into illumination.

[0005] Recent interest has arisen toward converting existing previously-installed fluorescent lighting to lighting provided by light emitting diodes ("LED"). LED lighting is more energy efficient than fluorescent lighting. It has been found that conversion from a fluorescent lighting fixture to an LED lighting fixture will provide a return on investment, in reduced energy consumption, sufficient to justify over time the costs of converting from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting.

[0006] Unfortunately, the previously-known methods and devices for converting from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting are not optimized. Various of the previously- known such devices require removal, in whole or in part, of the existing fluorescent lighting fixture. More specifically, the previously-known methods of such conversion require removal of at least the base, the electrical receptacles, and the ballast of the fluorescent lighting fixture, or some combination of such components, before an LED lighting system may be installed in its place. Furthermore, the previously-known methods of such conversion also require intensive use of skilled electricians to wire each of the new LED lighting devices, which increases the costs of such conversions.

[0007] In view of the foregoing, it would be desirable to have a ceiling light LED retrofit kit optimized to reduce installation time, to reduce the need for services from a skilled electrician, and to leave in place as much of the previously-installed fluorescent lighting apparatus as possible thereby saving labor, reducing waste, and improving return on investment.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The following simplified summary of the invention provides a basic understanding of some aspects of the invention. This summary is not an extensive overview of the invention. Its purpose is to present concepts of the invention in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is subsequently presented.

[0009] A simplified, optimized ceiling light retrofit kit is provided. [0010] In accordance with some aspects of some embodiments of the present invention, the ceiling light LED retrofit kit includes a combination for illuminating the interior of a building. The combination comprises first a fixture attached to a building ceiling, and adapted for use of linear fluorescent light tubes. The fixture includes a base, a first electrical receptacle, and a second electrical receptacle, the first and second electrical receptacles configured for receipt of a fluorescent light tube disposed between them. The base includes a first longitudinal side and an opposite second longitudinal side.

[0011] The combination further includes a retrofit kit, the retrofit kit including a light panel, a first profile, and a second profile. The light panel includes a first side facing the fixture and an opposite second side. The light panel, the first profile, and the second profile may extend longitudinally from proximate the first electrical receptacle to proximate the second electrical receptacle, and be parallel one-to-another.

[0012] The retrofit kit also includes at least one light emitting diode, the at least one light emitting diode residing on the second side of the light panel.

[0013] The first profile extends from the light panel to the first longitudinal side of the base and is engaged therewith. The second profile extends from the light profile to the second longitudinal side of the base, and is engaged therewith.

[0014] The first profile, the second profile, light panel, and base define therebetween a raceway.

[0015] Wiring, in electrical communication with the light emitting diode, resides within the raceway. [0016] The foregoing description sets forth broadly certain features of the present invention, so that the detailed description herein below may be better understood, and so that the present contributions to the art from this invention may be better appreciated. Additional features of the invention will be described herein below.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

[0017] The aspects described above, as well as other apparent aspects, advantages, and objectives of the present invention are apparent from the detailed description below, in combination with the drawings, in which:

[0018] Fig. 1 is an end elevation view of an embodiment of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention;

[0019] Fig. 2 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a portion of a retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention;

[0020] Fig. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention;

[0021] Fig. 4 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention;

[0022] Fig. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an endcap of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention;

[0023] Fig. 6 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a splice of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention

[0024] Fig. 7 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an endcap of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention; [0025] Fig. 8 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an endcap of a ceiling light LED retrofit kit in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0026] Reference will now be made in detail to the presently preferred embodiments of the invention, one or more examples of which are illustrated in the drawings. Each example is provided by way of explanation of the invention, and not by way of limitation of the invention. For example, features illustrated or described as part of one embodiment may be used on another embodiment to yield a still further embodiment. It is intended that the present application include such modifications and variations as come within the scope and spirit of the invention.

[0027] A ceiling light LED retrofit kit 30 is disclosed.

[0028] Retrofit kit 30 may be understood in certain embodiments to be included in a combination with a fixture 10.

[0029] Fixture 10 may include a pre-installed base 12 attached to the interior ceiling 68 of a building. Base 12 may be understood to define a first longitudinal side 14 and an opposed second longitudinal side 16. Base 12 may also include a first electrical receptacle 21 , a second electrical receptacle 22, a third electrical receptacle 23, and so forth. First electrical receptacle 21 and second electrical receptacle 22 may be configured and positioned for receipt of a linear fluorescent light tube disposed between them and energized by them.

[0030] Generally, retrofit kit 30 is adapted to conceal or obscure the pre-installed base 12 so as to provide the appearance that the fixture 10 is new or completely replaced. Retrofit kit 30 may include a light panel 40. Light panel 40 may define a first side 41 that faces fixture 10 and an opposed second side 42. In some embodiments, the light panel 40 may include a first angled wing 43 and a second angled wing 44. One or more light emitting diode 60 may be disposed on second side 42 of light panel 40. In certain embodiments, it may be found that disposing a light emitting diode 60 on first angled wing 43 or second wing 44 provides a more desirable path of illumination from light emitting diode 60. Retrofit kit 30 may also include a power supply 64, to energize the LED 60.

[0031] Retrofit kit 30 may also include a first profile 51 and second profile 52. The first profile 51 and/or second profile 52 may be integral with light panel 40, which may be disposed between the first profile 51 and the second profile 52. In other embodiments, first profile 51 and/or second profile 52 may be separate members that are attached to light panel 40, for example, at opposing, longitudinal edges of light panel 40.

[0032] Light panel 40, first profile 51 , and second profile 52 may extend longitudinally from proximate the first electrical receptacle 21 to proximate the second electrical receptacle 22.

[0033] First profile 51 may extend from light panel 40 to first longitudinal side 14 of base 12 of fixture 10. Second profile 52 may extend from light panel 40 to the second longitudinal 16 of base 12 of fixture 10.

[0034] First profile 51 and second profile 52 may each be flat or may instead include a rib 59 that extends longitudinally from one end of the profile to the opposing end, respectively. Rib 59 may be optionally included to provide enhanced stiffness to first profile 51 and/or second profile 52 [0035] First profile 51 and second profile 52 may be attached to first longitudinal side 14 and second longitudinal side 16, respectively. With first profile 51 attached to first longitudinal side 14 and second profile 52 attached to second longitudinal side 16, first profile 51 , second profile 52, light panel 40, and base 12 may define between them a raceway 62. Upon final assembly, electrical wiring in electrical communication with light emitting diode 60 may reside within raceway 62. Furthermore, power supply 64 for the LED 60 may be stored in raceway 62.

[0036] When attached to pre-installed base, the present ceiling light LED retrofit kit is adapted to conceal the prior components and to provide the appearance of a new or replaced light fixture.

[0037] Fig. 1 illustrates an embodiment of the present ceiling light LED retrofit kit. Base 12 of fixture 10 is attached to ceiling 68. Base 12 includes first longitudinal side 14 and second longitudinal side 16. As illustrated in Fig. 1 , first electrical receptacle 21 and third electrical receptacle 23, which had previously been used in base 12 to hold and power a longitudinal fluorescent light tube, may be left within the ceiling light LED retrofit kit. As also illustrated, power supply 64, used to energize the LED, may be simply located within raceway 62.

[0038] In the embodiment illustrated in Fig. 1 , light panel 40, first profile 51 , and second profile 52 are integral. In other embodiments, first profile 51 and second profile

52 may be separate elements that have been attached to light panel 40.

[0039] First profile 51 is attached to first longitudinal side 14 of base 12 of fixture

10. Second profile 52 is attached to second longitudinal side 16 of base 12 of fixture

10. [0040] A light emitting diode 60 may be disposed on second angled wing 44 of light panel 40. Light emitting diode 60 is in electrical communication with an electrical power source (not shown).

[0041] A lens 66 may be attached to light panel 40, as illustrated in Fig. 1 . Lens 66 may be configured to provide a pleasing and esthetically attractive dispersion of light emitted from light emitting diode 60. Fig. 1 illustrates an angle A formed between the surface of first angled wing 43 and the surface of the lens 66, when attached.

[0042] Fig. 2 illustrates an embodiment of a retrofit kit 30. As depicted therein, retrofit kit 30 includes a first profile 51 , extending longitudinally, and a second profile 52 extending longitudinally. First profile 51 and second profile 52 may include a plurality of apertures, for example, 70a and 70b, for attachment to base 12 of fixture 10.

[0043] Figs. 3 and 4 are illustrations of an assembled LED retrofit kit. In Fig. 3, retrofit kit 30 includes a first profile 51 , extending longitudinally, and a second profile 52 extending longitudinally. In this embodiment, first profile 51 and second profile 52 are separate. A lens 66 is illustrated as attached to first profile and second profile, such as by an endcap or clip, for example, 72 (shown in FIG. 7). As illustrated, first profile 51 and second profile 52 may include one or more longitudinal ribs, for example, 59, complimenting and corresponding to one or more endcap ribs. Second profile 52 is illustrated as attached to first longitudinal side 14 of base 12 of fixture 10.

[0044] Fig. 4 is an illustration of an assembled LED retrofit kit. Fixture 10, which includes second electrical receptacle 22, is illustrated in phantom. First profile 51 is illustrated as attached to first longitudinal side 14 of base 12 of fixture 10. Power supply 64 is illustrated as residing within raceway 62 and endcap 72 is shown in place upon the assembly.

[0045] Fig. 5 is a perspective view of an endcap 72, for use with one embodiment of the present ceiling light LED retrofit kit.

[0046] In particular applications, a plurality of light panels 40 may be disposed end to end in electrical series, for particular advantages. In such configurations, a splice 74 may be used at the juncture of any two abutting light panels 40. An embodiment of a splice 74 is depicted in Fig. 6.

[0047] Fig. 7 is a perspective view of an endcap 72, for use with one embodiment the present ceiling light LED retrofit kit. In this embodiment, endcap 72 includes one or more ribs that correspond the one or more longitudinal ribs, for example, 59, along the first profile 51 and the second profile 52, respectively.

[0048] In some applications, a plurality of light panels 40 may be disposed end to end in electrical series, for particular advantages. In such configurations, a splice 74 may be used at the juncture of any two abutting light panels 40. An embodiment of a splice 74 is depicted in Fig. 8. In this embodiment, the splice may include one or more corresponding ribs, for example, 59a and 59b, that correspond to the one or more longitudinal ribs, for example, 59, along the first profile 51 and the second profile 52, respectively.

[0049] The present invention further contemplates a method for retrofitting pre- installed fixtures or bases using the kit described herein. In one embodiment, the method may include the steps of: 1 ) identifying a fixture having a pre-installed base having a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side; 2) providing a ceiling light LED retrofit kit comprising: a first profile, an opposing second profile, and a light panel, the light panel being disposed between the first profile and the opposing second profile; 3) connecting the first profile to the first longitudinal side, and the second profile to the second longitudinal side of the pre-installed base; 4) providing a light emitting diode and electrically connecting it to the light panel; and 5) covering the light panel with a lens.

[0050] So configured, the ceiling light LED retrofit kit of the present invention offers several advantages, efficiencies, and optimizations. Because it is attached to an old fluorescent light fixture, added rigidity and strength is accomplished. For that reason, for example, thinner material may be used with first profile 51 and/or second profile 52, achieving material costs savings, yet providing sufficient structural strength. Similarly, because the present ceiling light retrofit kit does not require disassembly of the first, second, and so forth electrical receptacles 21 , 22 of the earlier fixture 10, labor and disposal costs are avoided. (Such electrical receptacles are sometimes referred to as "tombstones" by those with skill in this technology). Furthermore, because the previously-used, now de-energized ballast for the fluorescent light tubes can be left within the base 12, additional labor and disposal time and cost savings are achieved. As yet still a further example, the finished assembly of the within ceiling light LED retrofit kit includes a lens, rather than a previously-exposed linear fluorescent light tubes, providing a more attractive appearance and also enabling the user to provide customer refraction from the light illuminating from light emitting diode 60, as may be desired in particular applications.

[0051] While the particular ceiling light LED retrofit kit as herein shown and described is fully capable of achieving the objects of the invention, it is to be understood that it is the presently preferred embodiment of the present invention and is thus representative of the subject matter that's broadly contemplated by the present invention. It is to be further understood that the scope of the present invention fully encompasses other embodiments that may become obvious to those skilled in the art. It is intended that the present invention includes such modifications and variations as come within the scope of the appended claim and their equivalents.