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Title:
SPOTLIGHT WITH CLAMP
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2014/074918
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
The present disclosure provides a spotlight having a clamp that can be affixed to objects. Advantageously, the spotlight can be used portably, or affixed to an object for hands-free use. The head of the spotlight can pivot, and also rotate fully, to provide a variety of lighting angles.The body of the spotlight can include a battery compartment that is sealed to satisfy applicable waterproofing standards.

Inventors:
ANCONA BRUCE (US)
HENRY LOUIS F (US)
MELLEN CHRIS (US)
Application Number:
US2013/069297
Publication Date:
May 15, 2014
Filing Date:
November 08, 2013
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BLACKBEAM LLC (US)
International Classes:
F21V21/088; F21L4/00; F21L4/04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BARTOLONE, Michael, S. (Greeley Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.,One Landmark Square, 10th Floo, Stamford CT, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A spotlight, comprising:

a head, wherein said head comprises a light source;

a body, wherein said head is connected to said body at a first end of said body;

a handle comprising a grip and a lever; and

a clamp comprising a first clamp arm and a second clamp arm,

wherein said lever of said handle is connected to at least one of said first clamp arm and said second clamp arm, so that actuation of said lever causes said clamp to open.

2. The spotlight of claim 1, wherein said clamp is connected to said body at a second end of said body opposite to said first end,

wherein said first clamp arm is integrally formed with said body, and

wherein said second clamp arm is connected to said lever, so that said second clamp arm pivots about a pivot point to open said clamp.

3. The spotlight of claim 1, further comprising a battery compartment in said body, wherein said battery compartment is in electrical communication with said light source.

4. The spotlight of claim 3, further comprising a trigger, wherein said trigger selectively places said battery compartment in electrical communication with said light source.

5. The spotlight of claim 4, wherein said trigger actuates a switch on said battery compartment to selectively place said battery compartment in electrical communication with said light source.

6. The spotlight of claim 1, wherein said head is connected to said body with a mount, wherein said head pivots with respect to said mount, and said mount rotates about a longitudinal axis of said body.

7. The spotlight of claim 1, wherein said mount rotates three-hundred-sixty degrees about said longitudinal axis of said body.

8. The spotlight of claim 1, wherein said clamp is biased in a closed position.

9. The spotlight of claim 3, further comprising a power source within said battery

compartment, wherein sais power source provides power to said light source to that an output of said light source is two-hundred-fifty lumens or greater.

Description:
SPOTLIGHT WITH CLAMP

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE

1. Field of the Disclosure

The present disclosure relates to a flashlight. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a portable spotlight that has a clamp for mounting to various surfaces, and a swivel head with full rotation.

2. Description of the Related Art

There is a significant need among users of flashlights and/or spotlights to have some sort of "hands-free" capability and flexibility in mounting options. This is so the user can have both hands available to work on a task while the spotlight illuminates a target or work space, or to take advantage of different kinds of mounting surfaces. Currently available spotlights do not present the user with a variety of ways to hold the light or affix and detach it from a mounting surface.

Accordingly, there is a need for a lantern that can provide hands-free operation for a user, while simultaneously providing a portable capability.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

The present disclosure provides a spotlight, comprising: a head, wherein the head comprises a light source; a body, wherein the head is connected to the body at a first end of the body; a handle comprising a grip and a lever; and a clamp comprising a first clamp arm and a second clamp arm. The lever of the handle is connected to at least one of the first clamp arm and the second clamp arm, so that actuation of the lever causes the clamp to open. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Fig. 1 shows a first, perspective view of the spotlight of the present disclosure; Fig. 2 shows a second perspective view of the spotlight of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 shows a third perspective view of the spotlight of Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 shows a perspective view of the spotlight of Fig. 1, with the battery compartment opened; and

Fig. 5 shows a side, transparent view of the spotlight of Fig. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DISCLOSURE

Referring to Figs. 1-5, spotlight 10 is shown. Spotlight 10 has head 20, mount 30, handle 40, clamp 50, and body 60. A user can hold spotlight 10 with handle 40, in a portable use mode. When clamp 50 is in the closed position, as shown in Fig. 1, handle 40 can be easily and comfortably gripped by the user. The user can also squeeze handle 40, in the manner discussed in greater detail below, to open up clamp 50, which can be affixed to an object. Head 20 pivots with respect to mount 30, and mount 30 rotates about a longitudinal axis of body 60. This offers the ability to move head 20 in to a variety of positions (some of which are shown in Figs. 2 and 3) to better illuminate a particular space. Thus, spotlight 10 offers a user a variety of ways to hold and use it, which are not available in current devices.

For ease of describing spotlight 10, the words "front," "back," "top," and "bottom" reference the depiction shown in Fig. 1, where light points out of the front of head 20, clamp 50 is located at the back of spotlight 10, and handle 40 is on the bottom of spotlight 10. Handle 40 has grip 44 and lever 42. Clamp 50 has upper arm 52 and lower arm 54. Lever 42 is connected to upper arm 52 so that when the user squeezes grip 44 and lever 42, upper arm 52 rotates about pivot 46 to open clamp 50. This can be a particularly advantageous when, for example, spotlight 10 is used in outdoor applications and a user may have gloves on that limit hand mobility. Opening clamp 50 by squeezing trigger-like grip 44 and lever 42 makes it easier for such a user to do so.

For ease of assembly, lever 42 and upper arm 52 are separate pieces, but can be permanently connected to one another when assembled in spotlight 10. Upper arm 52 can have one or more side braces 53 that surround body 60, and connect at pivot 46. Body 60 can be integrally formed (e.g., molded as one piece) with lower arm 54.

Head 20 is connected to mount 30 at pivot 32. As shown in Figs. 2 and 3, this enables head 20 to be placed in any desired position along the arc of rotation. Mount 30 is connected to body 60 in such a way that it can rotate about a longitudinal axis of body 60. This allows for even more flexibility in positions for head 20. Unlike in many other flashlight or spotlight devices, head 20 can rotate a full three-hundred sixty degrees around the longitudinal axis of body 60, meaning that head 20 can be placed in many positions not available with current devices.

Head 20 has a light source (not shown) therein, to project light out of the face of head 20. The light source can be one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The light source can also have a power of two-hundred-fifty (250) lumens or more. In spotlight 10, reflectors within head 20 (not shown) can be employed shine emitted light at significant distances, as opposed to medium-range reflectors smaller flashlights. As shown in the Figures, spotlight 10- needs a bigger casing and required more battery power than smaller flashlights to achieve this effect. In one embodiment, spotlight 10 can require four C-size or D-size batteries for power. As shown in Fig. 4, body 60 has a battery compartment 62 therein. Cover 64 can be connected to compartment 62 (such as with a friction, snap-, or screw-fit) to secure the batteries within compartment 62. The batteries within compartment 62 are in electrical communication with the light source to provide power thereto. Advantageously, the batteries in compartment 62 are selectively placed in electrical communication with the light source with trigger 48 on handle 40. Trigger 48 pivots about second pivot 49, and activates a switch 66 in the rear of compartment 62. In one embodiment, the batteries within compartment 62 can be placed in electrical communication with the light source through contacts in or lead wires strung through pivot 32. Trigger 48 is also advantageous in that it is economically designed to be easily gripped while the user is holding handle 40.

In the shown embodiment of spotlight 10, mount 30 is permanently connected to compartment 62, or molded together as one piece. Compartment 62 thus rotates with mount 30 within body 60. The location of switch 66 at the rear of compartment 62 allows for the full, three-hundred-sixty-degree rotation of mount 30, and thus head 20. In many currently available spotlights, the switch activating the light source may be close to the head, and/or would require wiring therebetween that would restrict the rotational motion of the mount. Spotlight 10 does not have this disadvantage.

Cover 64 can be sealingly connected to battery compartment 62, so that spotlight 10 can satisfy waterproofing standards (e.g., IPX4 or IPX7). A membrane (not shown) can also be placed over switch 66 to further provide waterproofing ability.

In another embodiment, mount 30 is a separate component than compartment 62 and is movably connected thereto, so that mount 30 rotates while compartment 62 stays fixed within body 60. In this embodiment, a power switch (not shown) selectively placing the batteries in electrical communication with the light source could be closer to the head, at the front of body 60. One or more electrical contacts (not shown) could be placed in or around body 60 and mount 30, so that mount 30 maintains electrical communication throughout its full rotation. This method may also be achieved in the embodiment described above, where mount 30 and compartment 62 are one integral piece or permanently attached. Electrical contacts could be in compartment 62 and a switch in body 60, again maintaining communication throughout full rotation.

In another embodiment of spotlight 10, head 20 and mount 30 are fixed, and do not rotate or pivot. This embodiment would be less costly to manufacture, would allow for easier compliance with waterproofing standards, and still provide the features of handle 40 and clamp 50 described above.

In clamp 50, upper arm 52 and lower arm 54 are biased into a closed position. A spring, actuator, or other device (not shown) can be placed between upper arm 52 and lower arm 54, to create tension therebetween and effect the bias. Upper arm 52, lower arm 54, and the spring device can be connected to each other with a pivot pin that travels through

corresponding holes in upper arm 52, lower arm 54, the spring device, and spacers or covers that can be used to stabilize the spring device.

In one embodiment, the spring device is a torsion spring. The present disclosure, however, contemplates any devices that can create tension between upper arm 52 and lower arm 54, such as tension springs, extension springs, compression springs, integral plastic springs, wire or coil springs, and flat springs.

Any of the above described components can be made of materials such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), nylon, or other plastics, or can be made of cast or stamped metal.

Again, spotlight 10 provides uses and applications very different than current spotlights or flashlights. Spotlights can be used to project light at great distance. Having the ability to affix the spotlight 10 and have it operate independently of the user is of great importance. For example, when fishing, a spotlight can be used to see across expanses of water. During that time the user may be driving the boat, fishing, or otherwise occupied so his hands cannot be used to hold the light. Many flashlights, by contrast, are more suitable for close-in immediate work. Another application is in hunting. Hunters may want a light to be on a prey while operating a gun, which requires both hands. Alternatively, a light may need to be affixed in one area, shining on a desired location, while the hunter is in another location. Another application that a flashlight may not be equipped for is on vehicles. Spotlights can be used to illuminate areas that headlights are not reaching, for example the side of the vehicle. Using spotlight 10, which can be mounted to the vehicle, allows the driver to drive. Spotlights are often used for long periods of time, so holding them would not be practical. Mounting a spotlight such as spotlight 10 on the front of a boat, for example, and leaving it there for two hours would not be an uncommon use, where most flashlight uses are shorter term. Spotlight 10-is particularly well-suited for all of these applications and more.

While the present disclosure has been described with reference to one or more exemplary embodiments, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes may be made and equivalents may be substituted for elements thereof without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation or material to the teachings of the disclosure without departing from the scope thereof. Therefore, it is intended that the present disclosure not be limited to the particular embodiment(s) disclosed as the best mode contemplated for carrying out this disclosure.