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Title:
A LAMP DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/130028
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a lamp device comprising: a translucent main body (11) having interconnected sidewalls (11a), an open top (11b) and bottom (11c) portions; a first reflector (12) being secured to the top portion of said main body (11); an associated cover (13) being secured to the upper portion of said first reflector (12); a base cover (15) being secured to the bottom portion of said main body (11); a second reflector (16) being provided on the upper portion of said base cover (15) and disposed within said main body (11); a lighting means (17) being provided on said base cover (15); and a power means (P) being provided below said base cover (15) and electrically configured with said lighting means (17). The power means comprises a cartridge holder (22) and a cartridge member (23) being provided with electrode elements and a salt water solution, wherein said water solution is filled through an opening of the cartridge holder (22).

Inventors:
MIJENO AISA (PH)
Application Number:
PH2015/000001
Publication Date:
August 18, 2016
Filing Date:
February 24, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MIJENO AISA (PH)
International Classes:
F21L4/00; H01M6/34; F21V7/00; F21V15/01; F21V17/12; F21V21/00
Foreign References:
US5192126A1993-03-09
US5340662A1994-08-23
US5963009A1999-10-05
US8337040B12012-12-25
US4626482A1986-12-02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ADAMSON UNIVERSITY (Innovation & Technologies Support Office, c/o Atty. Maria Gladys Vilchez Hechanova & Co., Inc.,Chemphil Bld, 851 Antonio Arnaiz Ave. Makati City 1223, PH)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1 . A lamp device comprising:

a translucent main body having interconnected sidewalls, an open top and bottom portions;

a first reflector being secured to the top portion of said main body;

an associated cover being secured to the upper portion of said first reflector;

a base cover being secured to the bottom portion of said main body;

a second reflector being provided on the upper portion of said base cover and disposed within said main body;

a lighting means being provided on said base cover; and

a power means being provided below said base cover and electrically configured with said lighting means.

2. A lamp device according to daim 1 , wherein said lighting means comprising a circuit means, a plurality of lighting elements being electrically configured with said drcuit means and a switch element being electrically configured with said lighting elements and said circuit means.

3. A lamp device according to claim 2, wherein said drcuit means is a DC- DC step up converter comprises of a circuit boards which includes a ferrite toroid with wound magnetic wires electronically configured with interconnected diodes and transistors provided thereon, the diameter of said toroid and the number of turns of the wire determines the inductance which in return would produce the voltage and current output.

4. A lamp device according to claims 1 , 2 or 3, wherein said power means comprising a cartridge holder being formed by a main housing having sidewalls, an adjoining rear wall, a bottom wall, an open top and a front opening, and a cartridge member being removably secured on said cartridge housing through said front opening, said cartridge member being provided with electrode elements and salt water solution, said salt water solution being electrically configured with said circuit means.

5. A lamp device according to claim 4, wherein said cartridge member comprising a cartridge housing having sidewalls, adjoining front and rear walls, a bottom wall and an open top, and a pair opposed first and second inner channels being provided within said cartridge housing defining a central channel therebetween, said front wall having a forwardly Inclined upper wall portion extending from said opposed first and second inner channels defining an opening thereon.

6. A lamp device according to claim 5, wherein said electrode elements comprising a first and second cathode elements being correspondingly provided on said first and second inner channels, and an anode element being provided on said central channel.

7. A lamp device according to claim 6, wherein said first and second cathode elements are graphite and manganese dioxide cathodes. 8. A lamp device according to claims 7, wherein said anode element is a zinc anode.

9. A lamp device according to claim 4, wherein said cartridge member comprising a cartridge housing having sidewalls, a bottom wall and an open top, and a pair of inner first and second channels being provided within said auxiliary housing.

10. A lamp device according to claim 9, wherein said electrode elements comprising a pairs of first and second cathode elements being correspondingly provided on the opposed end portions of said first and second channels, a pair of anode elements being correspondingly provided on said first and second channels and disposed between said pairs of first and second cathode elements.

11. A lamp device according to claim 10, wherein said pairs of first and second cathode elements are graphite and manganese dioxide cathodes. 12. A lamp device according to claim 11 , wherein said pair of anode element are a zinc anodes.

13. A lamp device according to claim 1 , wherein said associated cover is being provided with a handle member.

Description:
S P E C I F I C A T I O N

A LAMP DEVICE

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates in general to lighting implements, but more particularly to a portable lamp device that uses salt water as a source of power.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The most popular means of gaining light in case of emergency or in case electricity is not readily available in most households is the use kerosene- based lamps and candles which we find hazardous and unsafe to use. There are clear evidences that such system results in fire accidents and even casualties. Furthermore, in case of blackouts, there are no immediate power source devices

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

To solve the aforementioned problems of providing readily available lighting devices that are not hazardous and unsafe to consumers the present invention is to provide people without any access to electricity, a cost- effective, safe and environmentally friendly lighting system in replacement to kerosene- based lamps and candles. This lamp can also charge handheld devices like cellphones, smartphone and mp3 players for emergency purposes. The present invention provides for a lamp device using salt and water solution as the power source which is safe and environmentally friendly since it produces no form of harmful gasses.

The present invention for a lamp device comprises of a translucent main body having interconnected sidewalls, an open top and bottom portions; a first reflector being secured to the top portion of the main body, an associated cover being secured to the upper portion of the first reflector, a base cover being secured to the bottom portion of the main body, a second reflector being provided on the upper portion of said base cover and disposed within

] said main body, a lighting means being provided on said base cover, and a power means being provided below said base cover and electrically configured with said lighting means.

Another object of the present invention is to provide lamp device that can be manufactured using readily locally available materials and technology.

These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent upon a reading of the ensuing detailed description taken in conjunction with the appended drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the lamp device of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing the base cover and the installation thereon of the lighting means of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of the current means of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is an exploded view showing the power means which includes the cartridge holder and the cartridge member of the present invention;

FIG. 6A is a sectional view taken along line A-A of FIG. 2;

FIG. 7 is an exploded view of the preferred embodiment of the cartridge member as shown in FIG 6;

FIG. 8 is another embodiment of the cartridge member of the present invention; and

FIG. 9 is an exploded view of the cartridge member shown in FIG 8.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Before describing the present invention in detail, it is to be that the phraseologies and terminologies used herein are for the purposes of description and should not be regarded as limiting. Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate the components or elements throughout the ensuing enabling description, the present invention provides for a lamp device designated as 10. Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, the lamp device 10 of the present invention includes a generally rectangular translucent main body 1 1 having interconnected sidewalls 1 1a, an open top 1 1 b, an open bottom portion 1 1c, and a slot 1 1 d provided on the lower edge of a side wall 1 1a, a first reflector 12 provided and secured to the open top portion 1 1 b of main body 1 1 and an associated cover 13 having a handle member 14, the associated cover 13 is secured to the upper portion of the first reflector 12. The lamp device 10 of the present invention further includes a base cover 15 secured to the open bottom portion 1 1c of main body 1 1 and a second reflector 16 provided and secured to the upper portion 1 5a of the base cover 15 and disposed within the main body 1 1. More particularly, the second reflector 16 is directly disposed on the open bottom portion 1 1c of the main body 1 1 and is provide with corner holes 16a and central holes 16b. A lighting means 17 is provided and disposed on the base cover 15 and a power means "P" is provided below the base cover 15 and electrically configured with the lighting means 17.

Referring again to FIG. 2, the first reflector 2 is generally rectangular in shape to conform with the shape of the main body 1 1 and is formed by an upper section 12a and a reduced lower section 12b and a central opening defined by open top portion 12c downwardly extending to the open bottom portion 12d. As further shown, the upper section 12a is formed by peripheral wall 12a' and the reduced lower section 12b is formed by peripheral walls 12b', respectively. An adjoining wall 12e downwardly extends from the peripheral wall 12a' and terminates to the abbreviated top wall 12f of the reduced section 12b.

Referring again to FIGS. 1 and 2, the associated cover 13 is formed by a top portion 1 3a and a skirt portion 13b downwardly extending therefrom. The top portion 13a is provided with a pair of spaced apart slots 13c to secure the handle member 14 thereon. In accordance with the present invention, the handle member 14 is formed by a horizontal portion 14a and leg portions 14b downwardly extending from the horizontal portion 14a. Preferably, an inwardly extended anchors (not shown) extend from the free end of each of the leg portions 14a and 14b to secure the handle 14 on the top portion 13a of the associated cover 13. The associated cover 13 is secured to the reflector 12 by means of adhesives provided on the outer surface of peripheral wall 12a' of the upper section 12a and corresponding adhesives provided on the inner surface of skirt portion 13b. As such, when the associated cover 13 is fitted unto the reflector 12, the skirt portion 13b is instantly secured to the peripheral wall 12a' by means of the adhesives correspondingly provided on their respective surfaces.

Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 4, the base cover 15 is formed by a bottom wall 15a and peripheral wall 15b extending therefrom. More particularly, the bottom wall 15a is provided with at least a slot 1 5a' disposed on one end portion thereof and connectors 15c on the corner portions thereof. The peripheral wall 15b is formed by an auxiliary peripheral wall 15d and extends to an upper reduced auxiliary peripheral wall 15e. The base cover 15 is secured to the main body 11 by means of adhesives provided on the outer surface of auxiliary peripheral wall 15e and corresponding adhesives provided on the inner surface of the lower portion of the sidewalls 1 1a. As such, when the base cover 15 is fitted unto the main body 11 , the auxiliary peripheral wall 15e is instantly secured to the lower portion of the sidewalls 11a by means of the adhesives correspondingly provided on their respective surfaces.

As further shown again in FIGS. 3 and 4, the lighting means 17 is securely provided on the surface of the bottom wall 15a of the base cover 15. The lighting means 17 comprises of a circuit means 18, a plurality of spaced apart lighting elements 19 which are electrically configured with the circuit means 18 and a push button -type switch element 20 which is electrically configured with the lighting elements 19 and the circuit means 18. The reduced peripheral wall 1 5e of the base cover 15 is provided with a first hole 15e' and second hole 15e" oppositely disposed from the first hole 15e\ The circuit means 18 is secured to the first hole 15e' while the switch element 20 is secured to the second hole 15e". Preferably, the first hole 15e' has a generally rectangular section to accommodate the rectangular shape of the circuit means 18, and the second hole 15e" has a circular shape to accommodate the circular shape of the switch portion 20a of switch element 20.

In accordance with the present invention as shown in the schematic diagram 21 of FIG 5, the circuit means 19 is a DC-DC step up converter "C". The DC-DC ste up converter "C" is preferably a "Joule Thief" circuit to attain the utmost luminosity level of a 5v LED bulb. The drcuit means 19 generally comprises of a circuit board 21a which includes mainly of a ferrite toroid with wound magnetic wire (not shown) electronically configured with interconnected with electronic elements 21b such as diodes, capacitors, resistors and transistors. The diameter of the toroid and the number of turns would determine the produced inductance which in return would give us the voltage and current output. Referring now to FIGS. 6, 6A and 7, the power means "P" comprises of a cartridge holder 22 and a cartridge member 23 removably and slidably secured to the cartridge holder 22. The cartridge holder 22 is formed by a main housing 22a having a pair of opposed sidewalls 22b with a substantial thickness ', an adjoining rear wall 22c, a bottom wall 22d, an open top 22e defining a confining space 22f and a front opening 22g. The top surface of each of the opposed sidewalls 22b is provided with a shoulder 22b' outwardly extending to the front portion of thereof and having curved corners 22b", and similarly, the bottom wall 22d is further provided with extended bottom wall 22d' at the forward portion thereof and having curved corners 22d" corresponding to the shape of curved corners 22b". The thickness "T" of the opposed sidewalls 22b are provided with threaded holes 22h along the surface thereof. And the extended bottom wall 22d' has an extended width "W \ In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, and as further shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, the cartridge member 23 comprises of a cartridge housing 23a having a pair of opposed sdewalls 23b, adjoining front wall 23c and a rear wall 23d, a bottom wall 23e and an open top 23f. The cartridge housing 23a is provided with a pair of opposed first inner channel 24 and second inner channel 25 disposed within the cartridge housing 23a defining a central channel 26 formed therebetween. The first inner channel 24 and second inner channels 25 are formed from the edges of the opposed side walls 23b. The front wall 23c is further formed by a pair of opposed abbreviated extended front walls 23c' having curved portions 23c" at the top and bottom corner portions thereof and is provided with holes 23g on each extended front walls 23c'. The total width "W2" of the front wall 23c including the opposed pair of extended front walls 23c' is equal to the total width "W1 " of the extended bottom wall 22d' of the main housing 22a of cartridge holder 22. The cartridge housin 23a is adapted to be secured to the confining space 22f through a front opening 22g of the main housing 22a. When the cartridge member 23 is slidably secured to the of the cartridge holder 22, the width "W3" of the rear wall 23d is fitably secured into the confining space 22f and the extended front walls 23c' having a width "W2" which is the same as the width "W1" of the extended bottom wall 22d' is held thereon, i.e, the pair of opposed abbreviated extended front walls 23c' having curved portions 23c"are correspondingly held in abutment with the shoulder 22b', more particularly on the curved corners 22b" and the curved corners 22d" of the extended bottom wall 22d' the rear wall 23d of the cartridge 23 is held in abutment with the rear wall 22c of the cartridge holder 22 and the bottom wall 23e is held in abutment with the bottom wall 22d of the main housing 22a. The cartridge holder 22 and cartridge member 23 are secured by conventional fastening means such as screws passing through corresponding holes 23g provided on the extended front walls 23c' and holes 22h provided on the thickness "T" of the opposed side walls 22b. As further shown in FIGS. 6,6A and 7, the front wall 23c has a forwardly inclined upper wall portion 27 upwardly extending from middle portion thereof and forwardly extending from the pair of opposed first inner channel 24 and second inner channel 25 to define an opening 27a thereon when the cartridge 23 is assembled and inserted on the cartridge holder 22. The cartridge member 23 is provided with electrode elements "E" and salt water solution "S". The salt water solution "S" is provided within the cartridge housing 23a and is electrically configured with the lighting means 17 which includes the circuit means 18, lighting elements 19 and switch element 20 through interconnecting wires passing along slot 15a' of bottom wall 15a of the base cover 15. The opening 27a serves the conduit to receive the connecting wires between and the lighting means 17 the electrodes "E" in salt solution "S" provided on the cartridge 23. Preferably, the composition of the salt solution "S" is 1 /3 glass of tap water and 2 tablespoons of table salt which is equivalent to the salinity of the ocean water having 35ppt.

Preferably, the electrode elements "E" comprises of a first cathode element 28 and second cathode element 29 which are correspondingly provided on the first inner channel 24 and second inner channel 25, respectively, and an anode element 30 provided on said central channel 26. Preferably, the first cathode element 28 and second cathode element 29 are graphite and manganese dioxide cathodes, and the anode element 30 is a zinc anode. In another embodiment of the present invention, and as further shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, cartridge member 31 may be provided on the cartridge holder 22 in lieu of cartridge member 23. Cartridge member 31 comprises of a cartridge housing 31a having a pair of opposed sidewalls 31 b, adjoining front wall 31c and a rear wall 31d, a bottom wall 31e and an open top 31f. The cartridge housing 31a is provided with a central wall 32, more particularly disposed between the longitudinal opposed walls 31b to define a pair of first inner channel 32 and second inner channel 33 disposed within the cartridge housing 31a. The front wall 31c is further formed by a pair of opposed abbreviated extended front walls 31c' having curved portions 31c" at the top and bottom corner portions thereof and is provided with holes 31 g on each extended front walls 31c'. Referring again to FIGS. 6, 6A in relation to FIGS. 8 and 9, the total width "W2" of the front wall 31c including the opposed pair of extended front walls 31c' is equal to the total width "W1 " of the extended bottom wall 22d * of the main housing 22a of cartridge holder 22. The cartridge housing 31a is adapted to be secured to the confining space 22f through a front opening 22g of the main housing 22a. When the cartridge member 21 is slidably secured to the of the cartridge holder 22, the width "W3" of the rear wall 31 d is fitably secured into the confining space 22f and the extended front walls 23c' having a width "W2" which is the same as the width "W1" of the extended bottom wall 22d' is held thereon, i.e, the pair of opposed abbreviated extended front walls 31c' having curved portions 31c"are correspondingly held in abutment with the shoulder 22b', more particularly on the curved corners 22b" and the curved corners 22d" of the extended bottom wall 22d\ the rear wall 31d of the cartridge member 31 is held in abutment with the rear wall 22c of the cartridge holder 22 and bottom wall 31 e of the cartridge member 31 is held in abutment with the bottom wall 22d of the main housing 22a. The cartridge holder 22 and cartridge member 31 are secured by conventional fastening means such as screws passing through corresponding holes 31g provided on the extended front walls 31c' and holes 22h provided on the thickness "J" of the opposed sidewalls 22b.

As further shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the front wall 31c has a forwardly inclined upper wall portion 35 upwardly extending from middle portion thereof and forwardly extending from the pair of first inner channel 33 and second inner channel 34 to define an opening 35a thereon when the cartridge member 31 is assembled and inserted on the cartridge holder 22. The cartridge member 31 is provided with electrode elements "E" and salt water solution "S". The salt water solution "S" is provided within the cartridge housing 31a and is electrically configured with the lighting means 17 which includes the circuit means 18, lighting elements 19 and switch element 20 through interconnecting wires passing along slot 15a' of bottom wall 15a of the base cover 15. The opening 35a serves the conduit to receive the connecting wires between and the lighting means 17 the electrodes "E" in salt solution "S" provided on the cartridge member 31.

Preferably, the electrode elements "E" comprises of pairs of first cathode element 36 and second cathode elements 36' correspondingly provided on the opposed end portions of the first inner channel 33 and second inner channel 34. The electrode elements "E" comprises of a pair of anode elements 37 correspondingly also provided on the first inner channel 33 and second channel inner channel 34 and disposed between the pairs of first cathode element 36 and second cathode elements 36'. Preferably, the airs of first cathode element 36 and second cathode elements 36' are graphite and manganese dioxide cathodes and the pair of anode elements 37 are a zinc anodes.

In use, the lamp device 10 in accordance with the present invention can easily be assembled by interconnecting the different main components, i.e., the generally rectangular translucent main body 11 , the first reflector 12, the associated cover 13 having a handle member 14, a base cover 15, lighting means 17 provided and disposed on the base cover 15 and a power means "P" which is provided below the base cover 1 5 and electrically configured with the lighting means 17. The associated cover 13 is secured to the first reflector 12 by means of adhesives, and similarly, the base cover 15 is secured to the main body 11 also by means of adhesives as previously described. Furthermore, when the base cover 15 is fitted unto the main body 11 , the switch portion 20a of the switch elements 20 which outwardly extends from the auxiliary peripheral wall 15e is fitted unto slot 1 1d in order to properly accommodate the switch portion 20a therein and readily facilitate the turning off or on of the switching element 20 when the herein lamp device 10 is assembled for use. Further, the second reflector 16 is secured to the upper portion of the base cover 15 by means of fastening means such as screws "F" securely provided on corner holes 16a and connectors 1 5c. The central holes 16b of the second reflector 16 is made to align with the lighting elements 19. The lighting elements 19 which are preferably LEDs are also screwably secured to the bottom wall 15a of the base cover 1 5 by means of screws "F" passing through holes "H" provided on the lighting elements 19 and the bottom wall 1 5a.

Before installing the power means "P", the cartridge member 23 or 31 , depending which cartridge is to be used, is first loaded with the corresponding cathode and anode elements (as previously described) and is filled with the salt water solution. The wires "W" from the lighting means 17, more particularly the circuit means 18, are then connected to the cathode and anode elements submerged in salt water in the cartridge member 23 or 31 through slot 15a of the base cover 1 5 by means of wires "W". With this arrangement, electricity is produced from the salt solution in the cartridge member 23 or 31 to light up the lighting elements 19, which are preferably LEDs by pressing the switch portion 20a of the push button -type switch element 20 disposed on the outer portion of the main body 1 1. When the switch element 20 is on, the light generated from the lighting elements 19 is directed towards the second reflector 16 and central holes 16b and further spreads and illuminates towards the first reflector 1 2 and the transparent main body 1 1.

Additional advantages and modifications of the present invention will readily occur to those skilled in the art in view of these teachings. The present invention in its broader aspects is not limited to the specific details, representative contrivances, and illustrative examples shown and described herein. Accordingly, various modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the general concept as defined in the appended claims and their equivalents.