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Title:
LUMINAIRE WITH RECEPTACLE SOCKET ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/001544
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Luminaire comprising a receptacle socket assembly (1000) mounted in an opening (610) of a wall (600) and comprising: a receptacle (100) in the opening and having a front side (101) located at an external side of the wall, a rear side (102) located at an internal side of the wall and a peripheral side (103) between the front side and the rear side, aid receptacle housing a plurality of receptacle contacts (110, 120) and said front side being configured for receiving external contacts of an external module (500); at least one peripheral body (200) around the peripheral side and coupled in such a manner with the wall that the at least one peripheral body is non-rotatable relative to the wall; wherein the at least one peripheral body and the peripheral side of the receptacle are coupled such that the receptacle is non-rotatable relative to the at least one peripheral body.

Inventors:
DETAILLE LUDOVIC (BE)
VINCENT PAULINE (BE)
GALLOPPA SANDRO (BE)
Application Number:
EP2020/068854
Publication Date:
January 07, 2021
Filing Date:
July 03, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SCHREDER SA (BE)
International Classes:
F21S8/08; F21V17/12; F21V23/04; F21V23/06; F21W131/103; F21Y115/10
Domestic Patent References:
WO2011138618A12011-11-10
WO2017133793A12017-08-10
WO2020099393A12020-05-22
Foreign References:
US4477143A1984-10-16
US0903768A1908-11-10
NL2023432A2019-07-03
EP2020060751W2020-04-16
Other References:
"Zhaga Interface Specification Standard", July 2018, STANDARDS APPROVED BY AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE, INC.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
D'HALLEWEYN, Nele Veerle Trees Gertrudis (NL)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A luminaire comprising a receptacle socket assembly (1000) mounted in an opening (610) of a wall (600) of the luminaire, said receptacle socket assembly comprising:

- a receptacle (100) extending in the opening, said receptacle having a front side (101) for being located at an external side of the wall, a rear side (102) for being located at an internal side of the wall and a peripheral side (103) between the front side and the rear side, said receptacle (100) housing a plurality of receptacle contacts (110, 120) and said front side being configured for receiving external contacts of an external module (500) such that the external contacts (510, 520) contact the receptacle contacts;

- at least one peripheral body (200; 200a, 200b) arranged around the peripheral side of the receptacle and coupled in such a manner with the wall that the at least one peripheral body is non-rotatable relative to the wall;

- wherein the at least one peripheral body (200; 200a, 200b) and the peripheral side (103) of the receptacle are coupled such that the receptacle is non-rotatable relative to the at least one peripheral body.

2. The luminaire of the preceding claim, wherein one of the at least one peripheral body and the wall is provided with at least one protrusion (220) configured to extend in at least one corresponding recess (620) in the other one of the at least one peripheral body and the wall, preferably at least two protrusions extending into at least two corresponding recesses, more preferably at least three protrusions extending into at least three corresponding recesses.

3. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the at least one peripheral body (200; 200a, 200b) and the peripheral side (103) of the receptacle are shaped such that the receptacle is non-rotatable relative to the at least one peripheral body.

4. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the receptacle is configured to receive the external module by means of a twist-lock mechanism (186).

5. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the peripheral side of the receptacle is provided with at least one recess (130) and/or protrusion, and wherein the at least one peripheral body is provided with at least one corresponding inner protrusion (230) and/or inner recess configured to cooperate with the at least one recess and/or protrusion of the receptacle.

6. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the at least one peripheral body comprises a ring-shaped body (200).

7. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the receptacle socket assembly further comprises a nut (300), and wherein the peripheral side of the receptacle is provided near the rear side with a screw thread (170) cooperating with the nut to fix the receptacle in the opening.

8. The luminaire of the preceding claim, wherein the at least one peripheral body (200) is inserted between the wall (600) and the nut (300).

9. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the at least one peripheral body (200) has a front surface (201) in contact with the wall, a rear surface (202), and an inner and outer circumferential surface (203, 204) between the front surface and the rear surface.

10. The luminaire of claim 5 and 9, wherein the inner circumferential surface (203) of the at least one peripheral body (200) is integrally formed with at least one inner protrusion (230) and/or recess configured to cooperate with at least one recess (130) and/or protrusion in the peripheral side of the receptacle.

11. The luminaire of claim 2 and claim 9 or 10, wherein the front surface (201) is integrally formed with the at least one protrusion (220) and/or recess configured to extend in the at least one corresponding recess (620) and/or protrusion in the wall.

12. The luminaire of claim 8 and any one of the claims 9-11, wherein the rear surface (202) is in contact with the nut.

13. The luminaire of any one of the claims 9-12, wherein the inner circumferential surface (203) is provided with a flat portion (290) and wherein the peripheral side (103) is provided with a corresponding flat portion (190).

14. The luminaire of any one of the claims 9-13, wherein the inner circumferential surface (203) is provided with a substantially cylindrical portion (285) and wherein the peripheral side (103) is provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion (185).

15. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the opening (610) is provided with a flat portion (690) and wherein the peripheral side (103) is provided with a corresponding flat portion (190).

16. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the opening (610) is provided with a substantially cylindrical portion (985) and wherein the peripheral side (103) is provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion (185).

17. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises a plurality of first receptacle contacts (110) and optionally one or more second receptacle contacts (120).

18. The luminaire of the preceding claim, wherein seen in a radial direction around a central axis of the receptacle, the plurality of first receptacle contacts (110) are positioned further away from the central axis than the one or more second receptacle contacts (120).

19. The luminaire of any one of the claims 18-19, wherein the plurality of first receptacle contacts (110) extends substantially along a first cylindrical surface around a central axis of the receptacle.

20. The luminaire of any one of the claims 18-20, wherein the at least one second receptacle contact comprises a plurality of second receptacle contacts (120) extending substantially along a second cylindrical surface around a central axis of the receptacle.

21. The luminaire of any one of the claims 18-21, wherein front contact portions of the plurality of first receptacle contacts (110) extend flush with or near the front side of the receptacle.

22. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the receptacle comprises a substantially cylindrical front portion (181) at the front side (101) of the receptacle (100), and a partially cylindrical rear portion (182) at the rear side (102) of the receptacle (100), wherein the diameter of the front portion is larger than the diameter of the rear portion.

23. The luminaire of the preceding claim, wherein the partially cylindrical rear portion (182) is provided with a flat wall portion (190) extending in an axial direction of the receptacle.

24. The luminaire of claim 23 or 24, further comprising a gasket inserted between the nut and the front portion (181), preferably between the wall (600) and the front portion (181). 25. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the receptacle (100) comprises an RFID tag

(199), preferably at the front side (101) of the receptacle (100).

26. The luminaire of any preceding claim, wherein the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises:

- at least one receptacle contact for carrying power signals, preferably at least two receptacle contacts for carrying power signals, and/or

- at least one receptacle contact for carrying data or control signals, and/or

- at least one receptacle contact for carrying power signals and data or control signals.

Description:
Luminaire with Receptacle Socket Assembly

Field of Invention

The field of the invention relates to luminaires, more in particular outdoor luminaires, comprising receptacles socket assemblies, and to receptacle socket assemblies mountable in a wall of the luminaire.

Background

Lighting equipment for roadways, parking lots and other outdoor areas typically use plug twist- lock external modules containing different control blocks and/or sensors, e.g. a light sensor for sensing the light level of ambient light to automatically control the light sources of the lighting equipment. For uniformity throughout the lighting industry, electrical receptacles for receiving such external modules are mostly made according to specific standards such as the Zhaga Interface Specification Standard (Book 18, Edition 1.0, July 2018, see https://www.zhagastandard.org/ data/downloadables/l/0/8/l/book_l 8.pdf) or standards approved by American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI), such as the ANSI C136.10-2017 NEMA standard or of the ANSI C136.41- 2013 NEMA standard. Such receptacles are typically mounted in an opening in the housing of the lighting equipment, e.g. in a top wall or in a bottom wall, and are electrically connected to various components of the lighting equipment. The receptacle has a connection interface located at an external side of the housing, so that an external module can be plugged into the receptacle to provide control and/or communication and/or other functionalities for the lighting equipment.

An external module typically comprises at least three standard prongs or plug contacts which are inserted into corresponding apertures in the receptacle. In some cases, the external module may be significantly larger than the receptacle. This is for example the case, when the receptacle and the external module fulfil the requirements of the Zhaga Interface Specification Standard. The external module fits around a front portion of the Zhaga receptacle and is locked in place by a locking interface between a circumferential part of the front portion of the receptacle and an internal circumferential part of the external module. In that manner, the external module can be inserted and rotated to lock the module in place. This can be done without tooling, allowing luminaires to be simply and quickly upgraded. Because the external module is significantly larger than the receptacle, the exerted force may be quite high and may cause an“over” -rotation of the external module, causing damage to the receptacle and/or misalignment. Especially for street luminaires such misalignment is often not tolerated. This effect may also be noticed with NEMA socket assemblies, but is typically less significant as a NEMA external module may usually have dimensions similar to the dimensions of the NEMA receptacle.

Also, when a Zhaga or NEMA socket assembly is mounted in an opening of a wall of the luminaire, typically a nut is used. When the nut is tightened too much, a similar effect of damage and/or misalignment may occur.

Summary

The object of embodiments of the invention is to provide a luminaire with a receptacle socket assembly which is more robust, and which limits or avoids damage and/or misalignment when arranging an external module in the receptacle and/or when fixing the receptacle socket assembly in an opening of a wall of the luminaire using a nut.

According to an aspect of the invention there is provided a luminaire comprising a receptacle socket assembly mounted in an opening of a wall of the luminaire. The receptacle socket assembly comprises a receptacle and at least one peripheral body. The receptacle extends in the opening. The receptacle has a front side for being located at an external side of the wall, a rear side for being located at an internal side of the wall and a peripheral side between the front side and the rear side. The receptacle houses a plurality of receptacle contacts and the front side is configured for receiving external contacts of an external module such that the external contacts contact the receptacle contacts. The at least one peripheral body is arranged around the peripheral side of the receptacle and is coupled in such a manner to the wall that the at least one peripheral body is non- rotatable relative to the wall. The at least one peripheral body and the peripheral side of the receptacle are coupled such that the receptacle is non-rotatable relative to the at least one peripheral body.

By providing at least one peripheral body and coupling the at least one peripheral body in a non- rotatable manner to the wall, on the one hand, and in a non-rotatable manner to the receptacle, on the other hand, any rotation of the receptacle during installation of an external module and/or when a nut is tightened can be limited or avoided. Indeed, by adding the at least one peripheral body, the torque exerted on the receptacle can be transferred in an improved manner to the wall. Further, by using at least one peripheral body, the use of screws to fix the receptacle may be avoided, such that sealing problems may be avoided. According to an exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body is provided with at least one protrusion configured to extend in at least one corresponding recess in the wall, preferably at least two protrusions extending into at least two corresponding recesses, more preferably at least three protrusions extending into at least three corresponding recesses in the wall. Alternatively or in addition, the wall may be provided with at least one protrusion configured to extend in at least one corresponding recess in the at least one peripheral body, preferably at least two protrusions extending into at least two corresponding recesses, more preferably at least three protrusions extending into at least three corresponding recesses in the at least one peripheral body.

In that manner, the coupling between the at least one peripheral body and the wall is achieved in a simple and robust manner. By having at least two or three protrusions, the forces can be distributed in an improved manner.

Preferably, the number of protrusions and/or the shape of the one or more protrusions and/or the position of the one or more protrusions is such that only one position is possible and such that a correct positioning and alignment can be easily achieved. For example, one or more protrusions and recesses may be positioned such that they allow alignment with a road direction.

The at least one corresponding recess in the wall may be part of the opening in the wall, i.e. the at least one recess may adjoin or border a central through-hole. Alternatively, the at least one corresponding recess may correspond to at least one separate recess or aperture in the wall. The recess may be a through-hole through the wall or may be a blind hole. The at least one protrusion of the at least one peripheral body may be a bent portion, preferably extending at an outer circumference of the at least one peripheral body. Alternatively, it may be an integrally molded portion of the at least one peripheral body or a portion coupled with the at least one peripheral body.

Similarly, the at least one corresponding recess in the at least one peripheral body may adjoin or border an inner or outer circumferential surface of the at least one peripheral body. Alternatively, the at least one corresponding recess in the at least one peripheral body may correspond to at least one aperture between the inner and outer circumferential surface of the at least one peripheral body. The recess in the at least one peripheral body may be a through-hole or a blind hole.

The at least one protrusion of the wall may be a bent portion, preferably extending at an inner circumference of the opening in the wall. Alternatively, it may be an integrally molded portion of the wall or a portion coupled with the wall. According to an exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body and the peripheral side of the receptacle are shaped such that the receptacle is non-rotatable relative to the at least one peripheral body.

By choosing a suitable shape, the receptacle and the at least one peripheral body can be coupled to each other in a substantially non-rotatable manner.

According to a preferred embodiment, the peripheral side of the receptacle is provided with at least one recess and/or protrusion, and the at least one peripheral body is provided with at least one corresponding inner protrusion and/or inner recess configured to cooperate with the at least one recess and/or protrusion of the receptacle. More preferably, the peripheral side of the receptacle is provided with at least one recess, and the at least one peripheral body is provided with at least one corresponding inner protrusion configured to cooperate with the at least one recess of the receptacle.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the receptacle is configured to receive the external module by means of a twist-lock mechanism. To that end, a portion of the peripheral side of the receptacle may be provided with locking elements, and the external module may be provided with a corresponding internal surface with corresponding locking elements. For example, the twist-lock mechanism may be a mechanical twist-lock mechanism as defined in the Zhaga Interface Specification Standard (Book 18, Edition 1.0, July 2018). Alternatively, the twist-lock mechanism is integrated in the interface between the receptacle contacts and the external contacts, e.g. as prescribed by the NEMA standard. Any other types of twist lock mechanisms may also be contemplated.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body comprises a ring-shaped body. It is noted that the ring-shaped body does not need to be circular and may have a non circular outer periphery and/or a non-circular inner periphery. Ring-shaped refers to the fact the body extends continuously around the peripheral side of the receptacle. A ring-shaped body has the advantage that the receptacle can be completely surrounded by the ring-shaped body in a robust and simple manner. In another exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body may comprise multiple peripheral segments, e.g. ring portions. In yet another exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body may be a partial ring, e.g. a ring describing less than 360°, e.g. 270°. When multiple peripheral bodies are provided, it is preferred that together, they surround the receptacle completely such that a closed socket is obtained in the assembled state. According to an exemplary embodiment, the receptacle socket assembly further comprises a nut, and the peripheral side of the receptacle is provided near the rear side with a screw thread cooperating with the nut to fix the receptacle in the opening. The at least one peripheral body may then be inserted between the wall and the nut. In another possible embodiment, the at least one peripheral body may be included between a front portion of the receptacle and the wall, preferably with gaskets on both sides of the at least one peripheral body.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body has a front surface in contact with the wall, a rear surface, and an inner and outer circumferential surface between the rear surface and the front surface.

The inner circumferential surface of the at least one peripheral body may be integrally formed with at least one inner protrusion configured to cooperate with at least one recess in the peripheral side of the receptacle. Alternatively or in addition, the inner circumferential surface of the at least one peripheral body may be integrally formed with at least one inner recess configured to cooperate with at least one protrusion on the peripheral side of the receptacle.

The front surface of the at least one peripheral body may be integrally formed with the at least one protrusion and/or recess configured to extend in the at least one corresponding recess and/or protrusion in the wall.

The rear surface may be in contact with the nut.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the inner circumferential surface is provided with a flat portion and a portion of the peripheral side is provided with a corresponding flat portion. The inner circumferential surface may be provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion and a portion of the peripheral side may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion.

In that manner the shape of the inner circumferential surface and the receptacle are such that rotation of the at least one peripheral body relative to the receptacle is limited or avoided. By adding one or more additional inner protrusions on the inner circumferential wall, as explained above, this non-rotational coupling can be further enhanced.

Optionally, also the opening is provided with a flat portion and a portion of the peripheral side is provided with a corresponding flat portion. The opening may be provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion and a portion of the peripheral side may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion. Alternatively, the opening may be a circular opening. Preferably, the opening in the wall may surround the inner circumferential surface of the at least one peripheral body, so that the receptacle only contacts the at least one peripheral body, and not the wall. In that manner, a force exerted on the receptacle when an external module is put into place or when the nut is tightened, may be transferred directly to the at least one peripheral body, limiting or avoiding the risk of damaging an edge of the opening in the wall.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the at least one peripheral body is made of a material which is stronger than the material of the receptacle. Preferably, the at least one peripheral body is made out of metal, e.g. aluminum, but it may also be made out of or comprise a plastic material.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises a plurality of first receptacle contacts and optionally one or more second receptacle contacts.

In an exemplary embodiment, seen in a radial direction around a central axis of the receptacle, the plurality of first receptacle contacts are positioned further away from the central axis than the one or more second receptacle contacts.

In a first variant, the one or more second receptacle contacts may be used for carrying one or more power signals for feeding components of the external module, and the plurality of first receptacle contacts may be used for carrying data or control signals, typically low-current, low- voltage signals. Optionally, one of the plurality of first receptacle contacts and/or one of the one or more second receptacle contacts may be used for carrying both a power signal and a data or control signal.

In another variant, no second receptacle contacts are provided, and the plurality of first receptacle contacts comprises both one or more contacts for carrying a power signal as well as one or more contacts for carrying a data or control signal, wherein optionally one or more contacts may be used for carrying both power and data/control signals. In such an embodiment, typically, at least three first receptacle contacts are provided of which two carry power signals and one a data or control signal. In yet another variant without second receptacle contacts, the plurality of first receptacle contacts comprises only receptacle contacts for carrying power supply signals, e.g. two DC terminal contacts, of which one may be a ground terminal.

In a further variant, the one or more second receptacle contacts may be used for carrying one or more data or control signals, and the plurality of first receptacle contacts may be used for carrying power signals. The one or more second receptacle contacts may then be e.g. a central pin terminal surrounded by a cylindrical contact terminal (e.g. an RCA connector).

The skilled person understands that other combinations are possible, and that one or more receptacle contacts may be used for carrying both a power signal and a control/data signal and/or that control messages may be included in a power signal. Preferably, the plurality of first receptacle contacts extends substantially along a first cylindrical surface around the central axis. When more than one second receptacle contact is present, the two or more second receptacle contacts may extend substantially along a second cylindrical surface around the central axis. However, it is also possible to have two second receptacle contacts in the form of a central pin and a surrounding cylindrical contact (e.g. an RCA connector) arranged centrally at the front side of the receptacle. Also, if only one second receptacle contact is provided, it may be arranged centrally. Alternatively, it may be arranged externally of the first cylindrical surface, further away of the central axis of the receptacle. If no second receptacles are present, typically at least three first receptacle contacts are present, more preferably four receptacle contacts.

In an exemplary embodiment, front contact portions of the plurality of first receptacle contacts are accessible via apertures in the front side of the receptacle and extend near the front side of the receptacle. For example, the front contact portions of the plurality of receptacle contacts fulfil the requirements of the Zhaga standard mentioned above.

In another exemplary embodiment, front contact portions of the plurality of first receptacle contacts extend flush with the front side of the receptacle. For example, the front contact portions of the plurality of receptacle contacts fulfil the requirements of the ANSI C136.41-2013 standard or the ANSI C136.10-2017 standard.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the receptacle has a housing comprising a substantially cylindrical front portion at the front side of the receptacle, and a partially cylindrical rear portion protruding rearward at the rear side of the substantially cylindrical front portion, wherein the diameter of the front portion is larger than the diameter of the rear portion. In that manner the rear portion may be inserted through an opening of a housing, whilst the front portion abuts against a wall portion around the opening. The rear portion may be partially cylindrical.

Preferably, the partially cylindrical rear portion is provided with a flat wall portion extending in an axial direction of the receptacle, said flat wall portion corresponding with a similar flat wall portion of the at least one peripheral body.

According to an exemplary embodiment, the receptacle socket assembly further comprises a gasket inserted between the nut and the front portion, and preferably between the wall and the front portion of the receptacle. In that manner, there is provided a suitable sealing between the external wall surface and the front portion preventing ingress of dirt and/or water into luminaire. According to an exemplary embodiment, the receptacle comprises an RFID tag, preferably at the front side of the receptacle. Including an RFID tag in a receptacle has been described in detail in PCT publication WO2017/133793 in the name of the applicant, which is included herein by reference.

Also, it is noted that it is possible to provide one or more functionalities in the receptacle itself, such as a sensor, communication circuitry, control circuitry, protection circuitry (e.g. an SPD or a fuse), an actuator, display unit, an antenna unit, a speaker unit, an air cleaning unit such as a UV light source, etc.

The external module may comprise any one or more of the following: a sensor (e.g. a light sensor, a motion sensor, a passive infrared sensor, a sound sensor, a pollution sensor such as a C02, NOx and SOx sensor, a smoke sensor, a biological threat sensor, a thermal sensor, an image capturing sensor such as a camera, a humidity sensor, a visibility sensor, a temperature sensor, a radar sensor, a voice recorder, etc.), communication circuitry, control circuitry, protection circuitry (e.g. an SPD or a fuse), an actuator, etc. More generally the external module may comprise any component that needs to be powered, any component involved in the transmission and/or reception of signals, any component completing the circuitry inside the luminaire head, such as protection circuitry, etc.

It is further noted that the external module may be configured to receive a further external module. In other words, a stack of interconnected external modules may be arranged in the receptacle, wherein some functionalities may be included in a first external module and other functionalities in a second external module. In that manner, the system is given an extra degree of modularity.

Optionally an alignment recess or protrusion may be provided at the front side of the receptacle, said alignment recess or protrusion being configured for cooperating with an alignment protrusion or recess of the external module. The alignment recess may be a central hole for receiving a central pin of the external module. In another variant, there may be provided an alignment mark on both the receptacle and the external module to allow an operator to align the external module with the receptacle. Additionally or alternatively, an orientation indicator may be provided to the receptacle and/or to the external module and/or to the at least one peripheral body. The orientation indicator may indicate e.g. a north direction. The latter may be advantageous when the receptacle and/or the external module and/or the at least one peripheral body can be positioned in a plurality of positons relative to the wall, and when it is desirable to orient the receptacle and/or the external module in a certain direction. For example, when the receptacle and/or the external module comprises a light sensor, an orientation indicator may be useful. According to an exemplary embodiment, the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises at least one receptacle contact for carrying a power signal and/or at least one receptacle contact for carrying a data or control signal and/or at least one receptacle contact for carrying both a power signal and a data or control signal. In an exemplary embodiment, the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises at least three receptacle contacts for carrying power signals and/or at least two receptacle contacts for carrying data or control signals. In another exemplary embodiment, the plurality of receptacle contacts comprises one receptacle contact for carrying a power signal, one receptacle contact for carrying a power signal as well as a data/control signal, and/or at least two receptacle contacts for carrying data or control signals.

It is noted that the at least two power signals may comprise DC and/or AC signals. For example, a DC power supply signal may be transferred through the receptacle, wherein there is provided a first DC terminal contact for a positive DC voltage (e.g. a 24V DC signal) and a second DC terminal contact for a ground connection (wherein optionally the ground connection may also be used as a ground terminal for a data or control signal). Such an embodiment may be conforming the Zhaga standard mentioned above. Alternatively or in addition, an AC power supply signal (e.g. a 230V AC signal to feed a driver of a luminaire) may be transferred through the receptacle, wherein there is provided a first, second and third AC terminal contact for a three-phase AC signal. Such an embodiment may be conforming the NEMA standards mentioned above.

In a preferred embodiment, each receptacle contact is an integrally formed contact made of metal, i.e. the receptacle contact is formed as one integral metal body.

The luminaire may further comprise a housing with the wall in which the receptacle socket assembly is mounted, a light source arranged in said housing, electrical components, such as light driver components and/or light control components, arranged in said housing. The receptacle is arranged in an opening of the wall of the housing with its rear side facing an inner space of the housing, and the receptacle contacts are connected to the electrical components inside the housing.

The wall may be e.g. a top wall or a bottom wall of the housing. In an exemplary embodiment, the housing may comprise an upper cover with an outwardly protruding portion, and the wall may be formed on the outwardly protruding portion of the upper cover. An example of such housing can be found in Dutch patent application NL2023432 in the name of the applicant which is included herein by reference. As described in this application, optionally the receptacle and/or the outwardly protruding portion may be surrounded by a bracket fixed to the upper cover of the housing. According to yet another aspect of the invention, there is provided a receptacle socket assembly for use in an embodiment of a luminaire described above. The receptacle socket assembly may have any one or more of the above described features.

Brief description of the figures

The accompanying drawings are used to illustrate presently preferred non-limiting exemplary embodiments of devices of the present invention. The above and other advantages of the features and objects of the invention will become more apparent and the invention will be better understood from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a schematic view of an exemplary embodiment of an assembled receptacle socket assembly mounted in an opening in a wall;

Figure 2 is a schematic exploded view of the exemplary embodiment of figure 1 ;

Figure 3 is a schematic perspective view of the peripheral body of the exemplary embodiment of figure 1;

Figure 4 is a schematic top view of the opening in the wall of the exemplary embodiment of figure l ;

Figure 5 is a schematic perspective view of another embodiment of a peripheral body;

Figure 6 is a schematic exploded view of another exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly for mounting in an opening in a wall;

Figure 7 is a schematic exploded view of another exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly for mounting in an opening in a wall;

Figure 8 is a schematic perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a receptacle; and Figure 9 is a schematic view of a luminaire housing with a wall in which a receptacle socket assembly is arranged, further showing an external module to be plugged in the receptacle;

Figure 10 is a schematic perspective view of an embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly mounted in a wall and of an external module to be plugged in the receptacle;

Figures 11 A, 11B, and 11C show respectively a perspective view, a top view, and another top view with an enlarged portion of an exemplary embodiment of a luminaire arranged along a road; and Figures 12 A, 12B and 12C are schematic perspective views of an exemplary embodiment of a wall of a housing with an opening for mounting a receptacle socket assembly, of a housing with a peripheral body arranged above the opening, and of an assembled receptacle socket assembly mounted in the opening in the wall. Description of embodiments

Figures 1 and 2 illustrate an exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly mounted in a wall 600 of a lighting equipment, typically an outdoor luminaire. The receptacle socket assembly 1000 comprises a receptacle 100, a ring-shaped peripheral body 200, a nut 300 for fixing the receptacle 100 in an opening of a housing, and optionally a gasket (not shown) inserted between the receptacle 100 and the nut 300. The peripheral body 200 is inserted between the wall 600 and the nut 300.

By outdoor luminaires, it is meant luminaires which are installed on roads, tunnels, industrial plants, stadiums, airports, harbors, rail stations, campuses, parks, cycle paths, pedestrian paths or in pedestrian zones, for example, and which can be used notably for the lighting of an outdoor area, such as roads and residential areas in the public domain, private parking areas and access roads to private building infrastructures, etc.

The lighting equipment may also be indoor lighting such as industrial lighting, e.g. lighting equipment used in warehouses, industry halls, etc.

The receptacle 100 has a front side 101 for being located at an external side of the wall 600, a rear side 102 for being located at an internal side of the wall 600 and a peripheral side 103 between the front side 101 and the rear side 102. The front side 101 is configured for receiving contacts of a pluggable external module (not shown). The receptacle 100 may comprise a substantially cylindrical front portion 181 at the front side 101 of the receptacle 100, and a partially cylindrical rear portion 182 at the rear side 102 of the receptacle 100. The front portion 181 has larger dimensions than the rear portion 182. The rear portion 182 is intended to be arranged through an opening 610 of a wall 600 of a housing of a luminaire, whilst the front portion 181 abuts against the wall 600 of the housing. The partially cylindrical rear portion 182 may be provided with a screw thread 170 for cooperating with a corresponding screw-thread 370 of the nut 300.

The receptacle 100 houses a plurality of receptacle contacts (not shown in figures 1 and 2 but visible in figure 8, see reference numeral 110) and the front side 101 is configured for receiving external contacts of an external module (see also figures 8-10) such that the external contacts contact the receptacle contacts. The peripheral body 200 is arranged around the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle and is coupled in such a manner to the wall 600 that the peripheral body 200 is non-rotatable relative to the wall 600. Also, the peripheral body 200 and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are coupled such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral body 200.

In the embodiment of figures 1 and 2, the peripheral body 200 is provided with three protrusions 220 configured to extend in three recesses 620 in the wall 600. The recesses 620 are through-holes which are part of the opening 610. However, in other variants, the recesses 620 may be blind holes or through-holes at a distance of the opening 610. As shown in detail in figures 2 and 3, the peripheral body 200 has a front surface 201 in contact with the wall 600, a rear surface 202 in contact with the nut 300, and an inner and outer circumferential surface 203, 204 between the rear surface 202 and the front surface 201. The front surface 201 is integrally formed with the three protrusions 220 which are configured to extend in the three recesses 620 in the wall 600, see also figure 4 which shows a top view of the wall. The peripheral body 200 may be a metal body, and the protrusions 220 may be bent portions. Preferably, the bent portions are provided at the outer circumferential surface 203.

The peripheral body 200 and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are shaped such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral body 200. This may be achieved on the one hand by providing the inner circumferential surface 203 with a flat portion 290, wherein the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle is provided with a corresponding flat portion 190. The inner circumferential surface 203 may be provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion 285 and the peripheral side 103 may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion 185. Similarly, the opening 610 in the wall 600 may be provided with a flat portion 690 corresponding with the flat portion 190 of the receptacle 100, and with a substantially cylindrical portion 985 corresponding with the substantially cylindrical portion 185 of the receptacle 100. Preferably, the opening 610 is slightly larger than the opening in the peripheral body 200 and surrounds the inner circumferential surface 203 of the at least one peripheral body 200, so that the receptacle 100 only contacts the peripheral body 200, and not the edge of the opening 610 in the wall. In that manner, a force exerted on the receptacle 100 may be transferred directly to the peripheral body 200, limiting or avoiding the risk of damaging an edge of the opening 610 in the wall. On the other hand, the inner circumferential surface 203 of the peripheral body 200 is integrally formed with an inner protrusion 230 configured to cooperate with a recess 130 in the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100. The presence of the inner protrusion 230 in combination with the coupling of the peripheral body 200 to the wall 600, will avoid that the flat portion 190 is deformed when exerting torque on the receptacle 100. By providing the peripheral body 200 and coupling the peripheral body 200 in a non-rotatable manner to the wall 600, on the one hand, and in a non-rotatable manner to the receptacle 100, on the other hand, the rotation of the receptacle 100 during mounting can be limited or avoided. Indeed, by adding the peripheral body 200, the torque exerted on the receptacle 100 can be transferred in an improved manner to the wall 600.

The receptacle is configured to receive the external module by means of a twist-lock mechanism comprising locking element 186 on the peripheral side 103 of the front portion of the receptacle 100. The external module may be provided with a corresponding internal surface with corresponding locking elements. For example, the twist-lock mechanism may be a mechanical twist-lock mechanism as defined in the Zhaga Interface Specification Standard (Book 18, Edition 1.0, July 2018). In another embodiment illustrated in figure 10, the twist-lock mechanism is integrated in the interface between the receptacle contacts 120 and the external contacts 520, e.g. as prescribed by the NEMA standard.

The nut 300 may be provided with a ribbed surface or a surface with a certain surface roughness, said surface being intended for being in contact with the peripheral body 200. This will allow obtaining an improved grip of the nut on the peripheral body 200. In a similar manner, the peripheral body 200 may be provided with a certain surface roughness, said surface being intended for being in contact with the wall 600.

The receptacle 100 may be formed in one or in two or more parts. For example, the receptacle 100 may comprise a central body portion and a flange portion which are coupled to each other. To fix the central body portion to the flange portion, the central body portion may be provided with a central hole, and the flange portion may be provided with a screw receiving portion, such that a screw can extend through the central hole into the screw receiving portion to fix the central body portion to the flange portion. Examples of possible receptacles are disclosed in PCT applications with publication number WO 2020/099393 and with application number PCT/EP2020/060751 in the name of the applicant, which are included herein by reference.

Figure 5 illustrates a variant of the peripheral body 200 of figure 3. In the variant of figure 5 four protrusions instead of three protrusions 220 are provided. The skilled person understands that the number of protrusions may be varied depending on the required coupling between the wall and the peripheral body. The protrusions 220 have a length 1 extending in a peripheral direction, a width w extending in a radial direction and a height h extending perpendicular on the front surface 201. The length 1 may be e.g. between 1 mm and 10 mm, the width w may be e.g. between 1 mm and 6 mm, and the height h may be e.g. between 2 mm and 10 mm. The outer diameter do of the peripheral body 200 may be e.g. between 25 mm and 60 mm, and the inner diameter di of the peripheral body 200 may be e.g. between 20 mm and 45 mm. More in particular, the inner diameter di may be adapted to conform to the Zhaga standard which defines the dimensions of the receptacle. In other embodiments the inner diameter may be adapted to conform to other receptacle standards such as the NEMA standard. In the illustrated example, the protrusions have substantially the shape of a cuboid, but the skilled person understands that other shapes are possible, e.g. a cylindrical or prism shape. The protrusions 220 may have shape and/or dimension that are identical or different from each other. The above mentioned dimensions may also be used in the other embodiments described in the text.

Figure 6 illustrates another exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly 1000 for mounting in an opening 610 in a wall 600. The receptacle socket assembly 1000 is similar to the assembly of figures 1 and 2 in that it comprises a receptacle 100, two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b, a nut 300 for fixing the receptacle 100 in the opening 610 of a housing. The peripheral bodies 200a, 200b are inserted between the wall 600 and the nut 300. Instead of using one peripheral body, the embodiment of figure 6 uses two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b which together surround the opening 610 in the wall 600. Preferably, the two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b fully surround the opening 610 so as to form a closed ring, but there may be a space between opposite end parts of the peripheral bodies 200a, 200b.

Each peripheral body 200a, 200b has a front surface 201a, 201b in contact with the wall 600, a rear surface 202a, 202b in contact with the nut 300, and an inner and outer circumferential surface 203a, 203b, 204a, 204b between the rear surface and the front surface. Each peripheral body 200a, 200b is provided with a through-hole 250a, 250b aligned with corresponding recesses 620a, 620b in the wall 600. The coupling between the wall 600 and each peripheral body 200a, 200b is achieved through coupling elements 750a, 750b extending through the through-holes 250a, 250b into the recesses 620a, 620b.

The peripheral bodies 200a, 200b and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are shaped such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral bodies 200a, 200b. This may be achieved on the one hand by providing the inner circumferential surface 203a, 203b of each peripheral body 200a, 200b with a flat portion 290a, 290b, wherein the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle is provided with a corresponding flat portion 190. The inner circumferential surface 203a, 203b may be provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion 285a, 285b and the peripheral side 103 may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion 185. On the other hand, the inner circumferential surface 203a, 203b of each peripheral body 200a, 200b is provided with a recess 240a, 240b configured to cooperate with a recess 130a, 130b in the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 by insertion of locking bars 740a, 740b. Also the wall 600 is then provided with corresponding recesses 640a, 640b through which the locking bars 740a, 740b extend. The presence of the inner recesses 240a, 240b and locking bars 740a, 740b in combination with the coupling of the peripheral body 200 to the wall 600, will avoid that the flat portion 190 is deformed when exerting torque on the receptacle 100. Alternatively or in addition, the circumferential surface 203a, 203b of each peripheral body 200a, 200b may be provided with a protrusion configured to cooperate with a recess in the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100, or vice versa.

Figure 7 illustrates another exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly 1000 for mounting in an opening 610 in a wall 600. The receptacle socket assembly 1000 is similar to the assembly of figure 6 in that it comprises a receptacle 100, two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b, a nut 300 for fixing the receptacle 100 in the opening 610 of a housing. The peripheral bodies 200a, 200b are inserted between the wall 600 and the nut 300. The embodiment of figure 7 uses two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b which together surround the opening 610 in the wall 600. Preferably, the two peripheral bodies 200a, 200b fully surround the opening 610 so as to form a closed circumference, but there may be a space between opposite end parts of the peripheral bodies 200a, 200b.

Each peripheral body 200a, 200b has a front surface 201a, 201b in contact with the wall 600, a rear surface 202a, 202b in contact with the nut 300, and an inner and outer circumferential surface 203a, 203b, 204a, 204b between the rear surface and the front surface. Each peripheral body 200a, 200b is provided at its front surface 201a, 201b with protrusions 220a, 220b configured to fit in corresponding recesses 620a, 620b in the wall 600. As illustrated, the protrusions 220a of the first peripheral body 200a may be different from the protrusions 220b of the second peripheral body 200b. More generally, in embodiments of the invention one or more differently sized and/or shaped protrusions and/or recesses may be combined, and the one or more protrusions and/or recesses may be evenly distributed along the circumference or may be provided in an irregular and/or asymmetric manner.

The peripheral bodies 200a, 200b and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are shaped such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral bodies 200a, 200b. This is achieved on the one hand by providing the inner circumferential surface 203a of the peripheral body 200a with a flat portion 290a, wherein the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle is provided with a corresponding flat portion 190. The inner circumferential surface 203b of the peripheral body 200b is provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion 285b and the peripheral side 103 may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion 185. On the other hand, the inner circumferential surface 203b of the peripheral body 200b is provided with an inner protrusion 230 configured to cooperate with a recess 130 in the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100. The presence of the inner protrusion 230 in combination with the coupling of the peripheral body 200 to the wall 600, will avoid that the flat portion 190 is deformed when exerting torque on the receptacle 100.

Figure 8 illustrates in more detail an exemplary embodiment of a receptacle 100 having a front side 101 and a rear side 102. The receptacle 100 may be in accordance with the Zhaga standard (see LEX-R in book 18, Edition 1.0, July 2018). The front side 101 is configured for receiving electrical contacts of an external module (not shown) of a lighting equipment. The external module may also be in accordance with the Zhaga standard (see LEX-M in book 18, Edition 1.0, July 2018). The rear side 102 is intended for being electrically connected to components of the lighting equipment, such as a LED driver, a controller, a sensor, a metering device, etc. The receptacle 100 houses a plurality of receptacle contacts 110 (shown in a schematic manner in figure 8) in apertures arranged in the front side 101. Each receptacle contact 110 is provided, at a front end, with a front contact portion configured for being electrically connected with a contact of the external module, e.g. a prong similar to the prong 520 of figure 10. The front contact portions of the plurality of receptacle contacts 110 extend near the front side 101 of the receptacle 100. The plurality of receptacle contacts 110 extends substantially along a first cylindrical surface around a central axis of the receptacle. The front side 101 of the receptacle 100 may be provided with a central recess 165 configured for receiving a central pin of the external module, preferably in accordance with the above mentioned Zhaga standard. Optionally, the receptacle 100 comprises an RFID tag (not shown in figure 8), preferably at the front side 101 of the receptacle 100. Also other components may be included in the receptacle 100, such as wireless communication means, sensor means, an antenna, protection circuitry, etc.

The receptacle 100 has a housing comprising a substantially cylindrical front portion 181 at the front side 101 of the receptacle 100, and a rear portion 182 protruding rearward at a rear side of the cylindrical front portion 181. The rear portion 182 is provided at the rear side thereof with a screw- thread 170. The receptacle socket assembly may further comprise a nut (not shown in figure 8) configured to be screwed on the screw-thread 170. The substantially cylindrical front portion 181 may comprise a first substantially cylindrical front portion 181a having a first diameter and a second substantially cylindrical front portion 181b having a second diameter which is larger than the first diameter. A peripheral surface of the first substantially cylindrical front portion 181a may be provided with recesses 186 adapted to cooperate with notches of the external module in order to lock an external module in the receptacle 100.

Preferably, the plurality of receptacle contacts 110 comprises: at least one receptacle contact for carrying power signals, and/or at least one receptacle contact for carrying data or control signals, and/or at least one receptacle contacts for carrying a power signal and a data or control signal. For example, a first contact 110 may be a DC power supply (e.g. 24 V), a second contact 110 may be a positive pole for a dimming protocol (e.g. DALI), a third contact 110 may be a general digital I/O (e.g. greater than 7 V), and a fourth contact 110 may be at the same time a negative pole for the dimming protocol, a ground for the power supply, a ground for the general digital I/O.

Figure 9 illustrates a luminaire head with a housing H in which electrical components, such as a driver 710 and a PCB 720 with LEDs, are arranged. The housing H has a wall 600 with an opening O, in which a receptacle socket assembly 1000 according to any one of the embodiments described above is arranged with the rear side 102 of the receptacle 100 facing an inner space of the housing H. Wires W (for reasons of simplicity only one line is drawn, but this line represents more than one wire) connect the receptacle 100 with the electrical components. As shown, the housing H may be configured to be attached to a pole P. Figure 9 shows a so-called“side -entry” luminaire of a luminaire, but the skilled person understand that embodiments of the invention are equally applicable to other types of luminaire such as so called“post-top” luminaires where the pole extends below the housing or modular luminaires comprising a plurality of pole modules mounted one above the other. In the illustrated embodiment the receptacle socket assembly 1000 is arranged in a top wall of the housing H. However, as illustrated in figures 11A-11C, a receptacle socket assembly 1000 may also be arranged in a bottom wall of the housing. This may be particularly advantageous when the external module or the receptacle contains a sensor configured for sensing events on the road, e.g. an image sensor or a proximity sensor or the like or when the external module or the receptacle contains an emitter configured for emit signals in the direction of the road. In the illustrated example the road extends in an X direction, the pole P extends in a Z direction and the luminaire head extends in a Y direction. Seen in a projection on an XY plane the receptacle socket assembly 1000 may be arranged between a PCB 720 containing the LEDs and the pole P. In such an embodiment, a flat portion 190 of the receptacle 100 (see the embodiments disclosed above) may be oriented at a predetermined angle a with respect of the road direction X. This may be achieved by giving the flat portion 290 of the peripheral body 200 a certain orientation with respect to the road. The angle a may be chosen in function of the external module to be fixed in the receptacle 100. For example, when a sensor included in the external module has an optimal orientation with respect to the road, the angle may be chosen such that the external module (and thus the sensor) is positioned with an optimal orientation with respect to the road. It is noted that the receptacle socket assembly 1000 is not drawn to scale in figure 11C, but is enlarged for clarity reasons.

More generally, in embodiments of the invention, the receptacle may be arranged in any wall of a housing of a luminaire, and the at least one peripheral body may be shaped and positioned such that the receptacle is mounted according to a predetermined orientation with respect to the road and/or with respect to other objects. In that manner, also the external module can be fixed in a predetermined position with respect to the road and/or with respect to other objects.

Figure 10 illustrates another example of a receptacle 100 with an external module 500, which may be used in embodiments of a receptacle socket assembly of the invention. The example of figure 10 may be designed according any one of the above mentioned ANSI standards, and uses a plug twist- lock external module 500 containing e.g. different control blocks and/or sensors (not shown). An external module 500 may comprise e.g. a light sensor for sensing the light level of ambient light to automatically switch light fixtures on at dusk and off at dawn. The external module 500 typically comprises at least three standard prongs 520 (also called plug contacts or simply contacts) which are inserted into corresponding apertures 160 in the receptacle 100. After the prongs 520 are completely inserted, the external module 500 is rotated to lock it in place. When locked in place, the prongs 520 contact the receptacle contacts 120. The external module 500 may comprise further contacts 510 in the form of e.g. conductive springs for cooperating with receptacle contacts 110 of receptacle 100 in the form of conductive plates.

Figures 12 A, 12B and 12C illustrate another exemplary embodiment of a receptacle socket assembly.

Figure 12C shows the receptacle socket assembly 1000 mounted in a wall 600 of a housing of alighting equipment, typically an outdoor luminaire. The receptacle socket assembly 1000 comprises a receptacle 100, a peripheral body 200, a nut 300 for fixing the receptacle 100 in an opening 610 in the wall 600, and optionally a gasket (not shown) inserted between the receptacle 100 and the nut. As shown in figure 12B, the peripheral body 200 is inserted between the wall 600 and the nut 300.

The receptacle 100 has a front side for being located at an external side (not visible) of the wall 600, a rear side 102 for being located at an internal side of the wall 600 and a peripheral side 103 between the front side 101 and the rear side 102. The receptacle 100 may be configured in a similar manner as described above with reference to figure 1.

The peripheral body 200 is arranged around the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle and is coupled in such a manner to the wall 600 that the peripheral body 200 is non-rotatable relative to the wall 600. Also, the peripheral body 200 and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are coupled such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral body 200.

In the embodiment of figures 12A-12C, the peripheral body 200 is provided with three protrusions 220 configured to extend in three recesses 620 formed between circular edge segments 625 formed integrally with the wall 600. In that manner the peripheral body 200 may be a substantially flat body. It is noted that the edge segments 625 do not have to be circular and can have any shape or dimensions as long as they can form an abutment for the protrusions 220 so that a rotation of the peripheral body with respect to the wall 600 is limited. In an alternative embodiment, the protrusions of the peripheral body may extend at an angle with respect to a flat portion of the peripheral body, e.g. perpendicular to a flat portion of the peripheral body, so as to cooperate with recesses in the wall corresponding to holes in said wall, in a similar manner as described above for other embodiments. The peripheral body 200 has a front surface facing the wall 600, a rear surface 202 facing the nut 300, and an inner and outer circumferential surface 203, 204 between the rear surface 202 and the front surface. The peripheral body 200 may be a metal body.

The peripheral body 200 and the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 are shaped such that the receptacle 100 is non-rotatable relative to the peripheral body 200. This may be achieved on the one hand by providing the inner circumferential surface 203 with a flat portion 290, wherein the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100 is provided with a corresponding flat portion 190. The inner circumferential surface 203 may be provided further with a substantially cylindrical portion 285 and the peripheral side 103 may be provided with a corresponding substantially cylindrical portion 185. Preferably, the opening 610 in the wall 600 is slightly larger than the opening in the peripheral body 200 and surrounds the inner circumferential surface 203 of the at least one peripheral body 200, so that the receptacle 100 only contacts the peripheral body 200, and not the edge of the opening 610 in the wall. The opening 610 may be a circular opening as shown in figure 12 A. A force exerted on the receptacle 100 may be transferred directly to the peripheral body 200, limiting or avoiding the risk of damaging an edge of the opening 610 in the wall. On the other hand, the inner circumferential surface 203 of the peripheral body 200 is integrally formed with an inner protrusion 230 configured to cooperate with a recess 130 in the peripheral side 103 of the receptacle 100. The presence of the inner protrusion 230 in combination with the coupling of the peripheral body 200 to the wall 600, will avoid that the flat portion 190 is deformed when exerting torque on the receptacle 100. By providing the peripheral body 200 and coupling the peripheral body 200 in a non-rotatable manner to the wall 600, on the one hand, and in a non-rotatable manner to the receptacle 100, on the other hand, the rotation of the receptacle 100 during mounting can be limited or avoided.

The protrusions 220 and the corresponding recesses 620 may be provided in an irregular and/or asymmetric manner, so that the peripheral body 200 can be positioned in only one position on the wall 600 of the housing. This will further determine the position of the receptacle 100, as the receptacle 100 can be positioned in only one position in the peripheral body 200 because of the presence of the inner protrusion 230 and the recess 130.

Whilst the principles of the invention have been set out above in connection with specific embodiments, it is to be understood that this description is merely made by way of example and not as a limitation of the scope of protection which is determined by the appended claims.