|1.||A showerbath booth, comprising a shower booth (2) having at least a transparent wall (2a), an UV radiation source (3) associated with said shower booth, characterised in that it comprises a panel (4), structurally independent from said shower booth (2) and equipped with said UV radiation source (3), means being provided to apply said panel, in a prefixed spaced relation, to said transparent wall (2a).|
|2.||A showerbath booth according to claim 1, characterised in that said panel (4) is removably applied to said transparent wall (2a).|
|3.||A showerbath booth according to claim 1, characterised in that said panel (4) is applied outside said transparent wall (2a).|
|4.||A showerbath booth according to claim 1, characterised in that said panel (4) is a boxshaped body (5), defining a space (5a), wherein said UV radiation source (3) is housed.|
|5.||A showerbath booth according to claim 4, characterised in that said boxshaped body (5) comprises a wall (9) at least partially transparent closing said space (5a).|
|6.||A showerbath booth according to claim 1, characterised in that said means comprise Ushaped elements (13).|
|7.||A showerbath booth according to claim 1, characterised in that said means comprise pintle means (113a, 113b).|
|8.||A showerbath booth according to claim 5, characterised in that said closing wall (9) of said space (5a) is transversally equipped, in correspondence with one end portion thereof, with a steplike recess (10).|
|9.||A panel, characterised in that it comprises a box shaped body (5) defining a space (5a), an UV radiation source (3) mounted in said space (5a), as well as means provided to apply said panel (4), in a prefixed spaced relation, to a holder in general.|
DESCRIPTION Technical Field The present invention relates, in general, to the technical field of the sanitary fixture industry and, more particularly, it refers to a shower-bath booth of the type comprising tanning lamps.
Background Art Apparatuses capable of emitting ultraviolet radiation or UV-A radiation's, used for tanning skin mainly in beauty centres are known since long.
The diffusion of these apparatuses has not reached, since now, if not at a minimum extent, private residences, due to either the high cost and, above all, the considerable space needed to provide a proper installation thereof.
In order to overcome this limitation, it has been thought to associate the"tanning function with one or more traditionally functions being already present in the domestic environment ; for example and in particular the desired"tanning"function has been associated with or attributed to the shower room.
So, shower-bath booths equipped with"tanning"lamps have been realised and put on the market, which allow an exposition to ultraviolet light possibly also during the time spent to have a shower.
Similar shower-bath booths are described in the patent application n. WO 02/47526 filed on 11/12/2001 in the
name of the same Applicant.
Despite the advantages of the above shower-bath booths, their diffusion is still discouraged since they are structurally complex and thus expensive.
Moreover, these shower-bath booths suffer from some other drawbacks such as little use elasticity in relation with the different needs, essentially due to their poor if not at all present manoeuvrability.
The technical problem underlying the present invention has been that of providing a shower-bath booth, which allows the user to get"sun"tanned possibly also while having a shower, having such structural characteristics as to overcome the above drawbacks, i. e. such as to be structurally simple, thus allowing a low realisation cost, and such as to have a use versatility and a manoeuvrability being higher than that of the apparatuses available up to now.
Disclosure of Invention The above indicated aim is attained by a shower-bath booth of the type above considered, comprising a shower booth having at least a transparent wall, an UV radiation source associated with said booth, which, according to the invention, is characterised in that it comprises a panel, structurally independent from the shower booth and equipped with said UV radiation source, means being provided to apply said panel, in a prefixed spaced relation, to said transparent wall.
Further characteristics and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of an embodiment thereof given by way of
indicative and non limiting example, with reference to the attached drawings.
Brief Description of Drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of a tanning shower-bath booth according to the present invention ; Figure 2A and 2B are respective front and side views of a detail of the tanning shower-bath booth of Figure 1 ; Figure 3 schematically shows a further detail of the, tanning shower-bath booth of Figure 1; Figure 4 schematically shows a further detail of the tanning shower-bath booth of Figure 1, according to a further embodiment of the invention ; Figure 5 schematically shows a longitudinal section view of a detail of the tanning shower-bath booth of Figure 1.
Modes for Carrying Out the Invention With reference to the above Figures, 1 generally indicates a tanning shower-bath booth realised according to the present invention. Said shower-bath booth 1 essentially comprises a shower booth 2, known per se, and an UV radiation source generally indicated with 3.
2A indicates the shallow basin of said shower booth 2, having a conventionally shaped profile 2b, whereas 2c indicates a wall of the shower booth 2, which wall comprises a structure frame globally indicated with 2d.
According to the present invention, said UV radiation source 3 is associated with a panel 4, structurally
independent from the shower booth 2, destined to be applied to the side wall 2c of said shower booth 2.
Advantageously, said panel 4 is a box-shaped body 5, defining a space 5a, wherein, according to a preferred embodiment, the UV radiation source 3 is housed.
Said box-shaped body 5 is essentially in the form of a rectangular section parallelepiped, wherein an intermediate portion 6 comprised between end portions 7,8 is located.
The box-shaped body 5 also comprises a wall 9 closing the space 5a and protecting the UV radiation source 3.
In correspondence with the intermediate portion 6, the wall 9 is realised in transparent material, such as glass or, preferably plastic material, e. g. plastic material commercially known as Perspex.
In the space 5a of the box-shaped body 5 and in correspondence with this intermediate portion 6, the UV radiation source 3 is mounted.
Preferably said source 3 comprises a plurality of UV light tubular lamps 11, mounted on respective holders 12a and 12b and longitudinally extended inside the box- shaped body 5, as schematically shown in Figure 2A, which shows a front view of the panel 4.
In one of said end portions 7,8 the box-shaped body 5 has, on the wall 9, a step-like recess 10, extended transversally to the wall 9, as schematically shown in Figure 2B, which shows a side view of the panel 4.
Said step-like recess 10 has a profile conjugated with the profile 2b of the shallow basin 2a edge.
Advantageously, the connections and the electric circuits, besides the electronic devices controlling the lamps 11, not shown because known per se, are housed inside the box-shaped body 5 in correspondence with the end portions 7,8.
Advantageously, according to the invention, the shower- bath booth 1 comprises means 13 allowing the application of the panel 4 to the frame 2d of the wall 2c of the shower booth 2.
In this way the panel 4, applied by means of said application means 13 and thanks to the step-like recess 10, can assume and maintain a vertical position totally adjacent to the wall 2c of the shower booth 2, as schematically shown in Figure 5.
The application means 13 thus substantially act also as anti-turnover means and removable blocking means of the panel 4 with respect to the wall 2c of the shower booth 2.
Advantageously, it is noted that the effect of the application means 13 is such as to allow an easy and fast removal of the panel 4 from the same wall 2c of the shower booth.
The panel 4 also has a plurality of slits or grids 14, which represent openings for the dissipation of the heat developed by the operation of the lamps 11. Said slits are placed in correspondence with the end portions of the box-shaped body 5, which is further equipped with a plurality of valves 15 for the venting of the steam possibly accumulated therein.
According to the present invention, the tanning shower-
bath booth 1 is completed by an electric supply cable and by a switch for turning on and off the lamps 11, not shown because conventional.
The operations of turning on and off the lamps 11 can be also performed at a distance, i. e. from inside the shower booth 2, by means of a remote control (suitably equipped with a casing realised with proper material, so as to be water proof), whose signal received by a corresponding sensor of the panel 4.
Advantageously, the box-shaped body 5 of the panel 4 is realised in light material, e. g. aluminium or plastics, whereas the wall 9 is realised in transparent material, e. g. glass or preferably plastic material commercially known as Perspex.
The application means 13 are conveniently realised in strong and light plastic material, preferably Plexiglas. In a preferred embodiment, schematically shown in Figure 3, the application means 13 are hooks or staples realised by means of a plastic material layer suitably U-configured.
Now, with particular reference to the example of Figure 4, a further embodiment of the present invention is described, for which details and co-operating parts having the same structure and operation as the previous embodiment will be indicated with the same reference numbers and abbreviations.
According to this further embodiment of the tanning shower-bath booth, the application means comprise a plurality of pintles 113a, integral with the frame 2d of the shower booth 2, and destined to house and retain in a removable way a respective plurality of straps
113b, fixed to the panel 4. In other words, the plurality of pintles 113a and of straps 113b realises suitable pintle means for said panel 4.
These means, in practice, act both as anti-turnover means of the panel 4 and as hinged means to apply the panel 4 to the shower booth 2.
So, in this way, the movement of the panel 4 is allowed, which can thus assume a position adjacent to the wall 2c of the shower 2 and, if desired, it can be spaced away from the wall, remaining at the same time hinged to the frame 2d thereof, thus ready to be fast and simply replaced in the operating position.
The main advantage of the present invention stays in the possibility of getting \sunDD tanned, as effect of the exposition of the body to the irradiation of UV light, and if desired also while having a shower, everything having at disposal a tanning shower-bath booth which, comprising a panel structurally independent from the shower booth, has a low cost and a versatile and simple structure.
Its manoeuvrability in fact allows an easy application and installation, and just as easy removal, thanks to the structurally independent panel, which can thus be easily and simply transported, according to one's needs and desire to different bathrooms and also to different private residences.
Its use versatility is further allowed by the reduced weight of the panel thus realised, by using suitable materials, as previously described.