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Title:
TASK-AREA LIGHT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/070972
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A light assembly includes a base having a receiving port, and a first light source supported by the base. The first light source includes an area light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base. A second light source is supported by the base and includes a flood light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base. A diffuser is supported by the base and extends upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source. A battery pack is removably received in the receiving port of the base.

Inventors:
DOBERSTEIN, Emily, C. (13127 Kellam Court, #31San Diego, CA, 92130, US)
ADAMS, Josh (2929 N. 89th Street, Wilwaukee, WI, 53222, US)
AMUNDSON, Alan (303 N. 90th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53226, US)
GALL, Benjamin, D. (2530 N. 124th Street, Apt. 244Wauwatosa, WI, 53226, US)
Application Number:
US2018/054362
Publication Date:
April 11, 2019
Filing Date:
October 04, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION (13135 West Lisbon Road, Brookfield, WI, 53005, US)
International Classes:
F21L4/02; F21V21/40; F21V29/70; F21Y115/10
Foreign References:
KR20160103733A2016-09-02
US20120155077A12012-06-21
US7121678B12006-10-17
US20170045185A12017-02-16
US20120206915A12012-08-16
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TRAUTSCHOLD, David, J. et al. (Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, 100 East Wisconsin Avenue Suite 330, Milwaukee WI, 53202-4108, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A light assembly comprising:

a base having a receiving port;

a first light source supported by the base, the first light source including an area light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base;

a second light source supported by the base, and the second light source including a flood light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base;

a diffuser supported by the base, the diffuser extending upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source; and

a battery pack removably received in the receiving port of the base.

2. The light assembly of claim 1 , further comprising a heat sink positioned in the base, wherein the heat sink supports the area light emitting diode and supports the flood light emitting diode.

3. The light assembly of claim 2, wherein the heat sink includes a first portion that supports the area light emitting diode and a second portion that supports the flood light emitting diode, and wherein the second portion is angled relative to the first portion.

4. The light assembly of claim 3, wherein the second portion is obliquely angled relative to the first portion.

5. The light assembly of claim 3, wherein the first portion and the second portion of the heat sink are integrally formed as a single piece.

6. The light assembly of claim 1 , further comprising a hanging hook movably coupled to a bottom surface of the base that is opposite the diffuser, wherein the hanging hook is movable between an extended position and a stowed position.

7. The light assembly of claim 6, wherein the hanging hook is pivotable relative to the base between the extended position and the stowed position.

8. The light assembly of claim 1 , further comprising a control panel supported by the base and electrically coupled to the first light source, the second light source, and the receiving port, wherein the control panel is operable to control the first light source and the second light source.

9. The light assembly of claim 8, wherein the control panel includes a first actuator operable to alternately turn on the first light source and the second light source, and a second actuator operable to control an intensity of the first light source and the second light source.

10. The light assembly of claim 1 , further comprising a handle coupled to an upper end of the diffuser opposite from the base.

11. The light assembly of claim 1 , further comprising a lens coupled to the base to cover the second light source.

12. The light assembly of claim 1 , wherein the second light source includes a plurality of flood light emitting diodes.

13. A light assembly comprising:

a base;

a first light source supported by the base, the first light source including a first light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base;

a second light source supported by the base, the second light source including a second light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base;

a diffuser supported by the base, the diffuser extending upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source; and

a hanging hook movably coupled to a bottom surface of the base that is opposite the diffuser, the hanging hook being movable between an extended position and a stowed position.

14. The light assembly of claim 13, wherein the hanging hook is pivotable relative to the base between the extended position and the stowed position.

15. The light assembly of claim 13, wherein the base defines a track that receives the hanging hook while in the stowed position.

16. The light assembly of claim 15, wherein the base includes a detent that selectively engages the hanging hook to releasably hold the hanging hook in the extended position.

17. The light assembly of claim 15, wherein the hanging hook does not extend beyond the bottom surface of the base while in the stowed position.

18. The light assembly of claim 13, wherein the first light emitting diode is an area light emitting diode, and wherein the second light emitting diode is a flood light emitting diode.

19. The light assembly of claim 13, further comprising a heat sink positioned within the base, wherein the heat sink includes a first portion that supports the area light emitting diode and a second portion that supports the flood light emitting diode, and wherein the second portion is angled relative to the first portion.

20. A light assembly comprising:

a base having a receiving port;

a heat sink positioned within the base, the heat sink including a first portion and a second portion that is angled relative to the first portion;

a first light source supported on the first portion of the heat sink, the first light source including an area light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base;

a second light source supported on the second portion of the heat sink, the second light source including a flood light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base;

a diffuser supported by the base, the diffuser extending upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source;

a hanging hook movably coupled to a bottom surface of the base that is opposite the diffuser, the hanging hook being movable between an extended position and a stowed position; and

a battery pack removably received in the receiving port of the base.

Description:
TASK-AREA LIGHT

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to U. S. Provisional Patent Application No.

62/569,319, filed October 6, 2017, the entire contents of which are incorporated by reference herein.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to lighting devices, and more particularly to portable workspace lighting devices.

SUMMARY

[0003] In one aspect, the invention provides a light assembly including a base having a receiving port. The light assembly also includes a first light source supported by the base. The first light source includes an area light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base. The light assembly further includes a second light source supported by the base. The second light source includes a flood light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base. The light assembly also includes a diffuser supported by the base. The diffuser extends upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source. The light assembly further includes a battery pack removably received in the receiving port of the base.

[0004] In another aspect, the invention provides a light assembly including a base and a first light source supported by the base. The first light source includes a first light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base. The light assembly also includes a second light source supported by the base. The second light source includes a second light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base. The light assembly further includes a diffuser supported by the base. The diffuser extends upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source. The light assembly also includes a hanging hook movably coupled to a bottom surface of the base that is opposite the diffuser. The hanging hook is movable between an extended position and a stowed position.

[0005] In another aspect, the invention provides a light assembly including a base having a receiving port. The light assembly also includes a heat sink positioned within the base. The heat sink includes a first portion and a second portion that is angled relative to the first portion. The light assembly further includes a first light source supported on the first portion of the heat sink. The first light source includes an area light emitting diode configured to emit light in an upward direction from the base. The light assembly also includes a second light source supported on the second portion of the heat sink. The second light source includes a flood light emitting diode configured to emit light from a side of the base. The light assembly further includes a diffuser supported by the base. The diffuser extends upwardly from the base to enclose the first light source. The light assembly also includes a hanging hook movably coupled to a bottom surface of the base that is opposite the diffuser. The hanging hook is movable between an extended position and a stowed position. The light assembly further includes a battery pack removably received in the receiving port of the base.

[0006] Other aspects of the invention will become apparent by consideration of the detailed description and accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] Figs. 1 A-1B are front and rear perspective views, respectively, of a task-area light.

[0008] Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the task-area light taken along section line 2— 2 of Fig. 1A.

[0009] Figs. 3A-3B are a front view and a rear view, respectively, of the task-area light shown in Fig. 1A.

[0010] Fig. 4 is a perspective, cut-away view of the task-area light with a diffuser, a DC power source, and a portion of a base removed.

[0011] Fig. 5 is a bottom perspective view of a portion of the task-area light, illustrating a hanging hook in an extended position.

[0012] Fig. 6 is a cross-sectional view of a portion of the hanging hook of Fig. 5 while in a stowed position.

[0013] Fig. 7 is a bottom perspective view of a portion of the task-area light, illustrating the hanging hook of Fig. 5 in the stowed position. [0014] Fig. 8 is a cross-sectional view of a portion of the hanging hook of Fig. 5 while in the extended position.

[0015] Fig. 9 is another cross-sectional view of a portion of the hanging hook of Fig. 5 while in the extended position, illustrating two detents.

[0016] Fig. 10 is a bottom perspective view of the hanging hook and the two detents of Fig. 9.

[0017] Fig. 1 1 is a perspective view of an alternative task-area light.

[0018] Fig. 12 is a side view of the task-area light of Fig. 11 , illustrating a power input port.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0019] Before any embodiments of the invention are explained in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and the arrangement of components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the following drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or of being carried out in various ways.

[0020] Figs. 1A-3B illustrate a light assembly 10 configured to provide illumination to a workspace. The light assembly 10 may also be referred to as a task-area light. The task-area light 10 may be held by a user, supported on a support surface, or hung on a support member using features discussed in greater detail below. In addition, the task-area light 10 may be controlled via a control panel 26 to operate in multiple lighting modes.

[0021] In the illustrated embodiment, the task-area light 10 includes an area light 14 and a base 18. The illustrated base 18 is generally cylindrical and supports a flood light 22 and the control panel 26. The area light 14 is configured to emit light in a 360 degree range, while the flood light 22 is configured to emit light via a light source 62 (e.g., light emitting diodes) in a specific direction. The control panel 26 is electrically connected to the area light 14 (via a light source 38) and the flood light 22 (via the light source 62) to control the lights; for example, to turn the lights on and off, either together or separately. [0022] The area light 14 includes a diffuser 34 and the light source 38. In the illustrated embodiment, the light source 38 is a single area light emitting diode (LED), such as a single chip-on-board (COB) LED. In other embodiments, the light source 38 may include multiple LEDs. The diffuser 34, or lens, is supported by and extends upwardly from the base 18. The illustrated light source 38 is arranged to emit light generally upward from the bae 18. The diffuser 34 surrounds and encloses the light source 38 (Figs. 2 and 4) to help protect the light source 38. The diffuser 34 also diffuses light emitted from the light source 38 to the surrounding area (e.g., in an upward and outward direction from the base 18). In some embodiments, the diffuser 34 may be detachably coupled to the base 18. For example, the diffuser 34 may be coupled to the base 18 using a set of fasteners, a ball detent, an interference fit, or other suitable mechanisms.

[0023] With continued reference to Figs. 1-3, the area light 14 includes a handle 42 having a grip portion for grasping by a user. The handle 42 is coupled to an upper end of the diffuser 34 opposite the base 18. In the illustrated embodiment, the handle 42 is fixed (i.e., immovable) relative to the diffuser 34. In other embodiments, the handle 42 may be movably (e.g., slidably, pivotably, etc.) coupled to the diffuser 34 for deployment between a stowed position and a use position. The handle 42 also can be hung on a support structure (e.g., a hook, a rod, etc.) to hang the task-area light 10 above a support surface.

[0024] The task-area light 10 also includes a hanging hook 90 coupled to the base 14. In particular, the hanging hook 90 is coupled to a bottom surface of the base 18, opposite from the diffuser 34. The illustrated hanging hook 90 is movable between an extended position 90a (Fig. 5) for use and a stowed position 90b (Fig. 6 and 7) in the bottom surface of the base 18. A track 94 is formed in the base for retaining the hook 90 in the stowed position 90b. The hook 90 is pivotally attached to the base 18 at a pivot point 98. A detent 102 (Fig. 8) retains the hook 90 in either the extended position 90a and/or in the stowed position 90b. The detent 102 extends into the track 94 and contacts the hook member 90 to prohibit the hook member 90 from extending past a certain point when the hanging hook 90 is extending from the base 18. When the hook 90 is in the stowed position, the hook 90 does not extend beyond the bottom surface of the base 18. In further embodiments, the base 18 may include two or more detents 102, 104 on opposite sides of the hanging hook 90, as shown in Figs. 9 and 10. When the hook 90 is in the extended position, the hook 90 can engage a support structure (e.g., a rafter, a hook, a rod, a nail, etc.) to hang the task-area light 10 from the support structure. In another embodiment, the hanging hook 90 may include two or more hook members coupled to the base 18. In such embodiments, the hook members may be pivotally coupled to the base 18 to selectively extend from the base 18 independent of each other.

[0025] Referring back to Figs. 1 A and 2, in the illustrated embodiment, the task-area light 10 is powered by a DC power source 46, such as a removable battery pack (e.g., a power tool battery pack). The battery pack 46 is insertable and removable from a receiving port 50 formed within the base 18. The receiving port 50 includes contacts for electrically coupling the battery pack 46 to the light sources 38, 62. A locking mechanism helps to retain the battery pack 46 within the receiving port 50 to inhibit the unwanted removal of the battery 46. The receiving port 50 is also electrically connected to the control panel 26, such that the control panel 26 may operate the light using the battery pack 46 positioned within the receiving port 50. In further embodiments, the task-area light 10 may be powered by an integrated battery, which may be housed within the base 18 and may be rechargeable.

[0026] In some embodiments, the base 18 also supports a power input port (e.g., an AC input). The port can connect to, for example, a wall outlet or a generator via an extension cord. The input port receives power from an AC power source to power the light 10. In further embodiments, the base 18 also or alternatively supports a power output port (e.g., an AC output and/or a DC output). The output port would allow another device (e.g., a second light, a power tool, etc.) to be plugged into the light 10, such that multiple devices to be daisy-chained together.

[0027] With reference to Figs. IB, 2, 3B, and 4, the flood light 22 includes a housing 54 that is mounted to the base 18. A front face 54a of the housing 54 supports a lens or diffuser 58 that covers the light source 62 of the flood light 22 such that light is emitted through the lens 58. The housing 54, including the light source 62 and the lens 58, is positioned on a side of the base 18 such that the flood light 22 emits light from the side of the base 18 (as opposed to upward from the base 18 like the light source 38). Referring to Figs. IB and 3B, the illustrated light source 62 includes four flood light emitting diodes (LEDs), such as COB LEDs. The LEDs are arranged in a generally square grid on the side of the base 18. In other embodiments, the light source 62 may include fewer or more LEDs and/or additional lenses. A back face 54b of the housing 54 is coupled to a heat sink 66 that is disposed within the base 18. In further embodiments, the light source 62 includes a multi-panel light engine, multiple LEDs, or other suitable light source. [0028] As shown in Figs. 2 and 4, the heat sink 66 includes two portions 66a, 66b. The portions 66a, 66b are coupled together to reduce the overall size of the heatsink 66 and, thereby, the light assembly 10. The first portion 66a of the heat sink 66 is positioned proximate the flood light 22, and in particular behind the light source 62 to support the light source 62. The second portion 66b of the heat sink 66 is positioned proximate the area light 14, and in particular underneath the light source 38 to support the light source 38. In the illustrated embodiment, the second portion 66b is disposed at the top of the base 18 and is oriented substantially parallel to a support surface (e.g., a table, bench, etc.) that supports the light assembly 10. The first and second portions 66a, 66b of the heat sink 66 form a single, integrated piece and are angled relative to one another. In the illustrated embodiment, the second portion 66b is obliquely angled relative to the first portion 66a. However, in alternative embodiments, the portions 66a, 66b may be positioned in various orientations.

[0029] In the illustrated embodiment, the area light 14 and the flood light 22 are not operated (i.e., turned on) together because the lights 14, 22 share the same heat sink 66. In other embodiments, however, the area light 14 and the flood light 22 may both be turned on at the same time. In embodiments of the task-area light 10 where the area light 14 and the flood light 22 are not on together (i.e., ON and OFF in a separate operations), the heat sink 66 can be reduced in size. In further embodiments, the area light 14 and the flood light 22 include separate heat sinks to allow for more efficient use of the two lights 14, 22 at the same time. For example, the area light 14 and the flood light 22 may be ON or OFF are the same time, or operate independently. In addition, a circuit board 78 is positioned within the base 18 and proximate the heat sink 66, in a position not in communication with the light source 62 of the flood light 22.

[0030] Referring to Figs. 1A and 3 A, the base 18 also supports the control panel 26. The illustrated control panel 26 includes actuators for operating the task-area light 10. For example, the actuators could be buttons, switches, or any suitable control mechanism that is configured to control the light 10. A first actuator 82 is used to turn the task-area light 10 ON and OFF. In some embodiments, the first actuator 82 turns both the area light 14 and a flood light 22 ON and OFF in a single operation; however, in other embodiments, the first actuator 82 controls the area light 14 and the flood light 22 independently. For example, pressing the first actuator sequences the light 10 through one or more of the following implementations: both lights OFF, only the area light 14 ON, only the flood light 22 ON, and both lights ON. [0031] A second actuator 86 controls the intensity of task-area light 10. For example, the second actuator 86 operates the task-area light 10 between a high intensity, a medium intensity, and a low intensity. Other intermediate intensities may be included as well. In some embodiments, the second actuator 86 controls the intensity of both the area light 14 and the flood light 22 in a single operation; however, in other embodiments, the second actuator 86 controls the intensity of the area light 14 and the flood light 22 independently.

[0032] In one embodiment, the task-area light 10 also includes an internal control unit, such as a microcontroller or memory unit, for storing information and executable functions. The internal control unit is configured to store the state of the light 10 as set by the second actuator 86 when the task-area light 10 is powered ON and OFF by the first actuator 82. This results in a light that may be turned ON and OFF while maintaining the most recent state of the light (e.g., the section of the light turned on and the intensity level), thereby allowing the user to turn the light on with the last setting without having to readjust the light.

[0033] In some embodiments, the task-area 10 includes a power control circuit that allows the light 10 to select the power source from which, or to which, power is delivered. For example, the power control circuit could be arranged to deliver power to the light sources 38, 62 from an external power source when that power source is available and to

automatically switch to or select the DC power source 46 as the source when the external source is not available. In another embodiment, the battery pack 46 could be charged by the external power source while the external power source delivers power to the light sources 38, 62.

[0034] Figs. 11-12 illustrate another light assembly 110. The illustrated light assembly 110 is similar to the light assembly 10 described above with reference to Figs. 1-10 and includes like parts. Reference is hereby made to the description of the light assembly shown in Figs. 1-10 for description of features and elements of the light assembly 110 not specifically included below.

[0035] The illustrated task-area light 110 includes an area light 114 and a base 118. The base 118 is generally cylindrical and supports a flood light 122 and a control panel 126. The area light 114 is configured to emit light in a 360 degree range, while the flood light 122 is configured to emit light in a specific direction. The control panel 126 is electrically connected to the area light 114 and the flood light 122 to control the lights; for example, to turn the lights on and off, either together or separately.

[0036] In the illustrated embodiment, the task-area light 110 may powered by a DC power source 146, such as a removable battery pack (e.g., a power tool battery pack). The battery pack 146 is insertable and removable from a receiving port 150 formed within the base 118. The base 1 18 also supports a power input port 120 (e.g., an AC input). The port 120 can connect to, for example, a wall outlet or a generator via an extension cord. The input port 120 receives power from an AC power source to power the light 1 10.

[0037] The illustrated base 118 may additionally support a charging circuit. The charging circuit electrically couples the power input port 120 to the battery pack 146 to charge the battery pack 146. If both the battery pack 146 and the AC power source are connected to the light 1 10, the AC power source may charge the battery pack 146 and power the light 110. When the AC power source is disconnected from the light 1 10, the battery pack 146, if sufficiently charged, may automatically begin powering the light 110.

[0038] Although the invention has been described in detail with reference to certain preferred embodiments, variations and modifications exist within the scope and spirit of one or more independent aspects of the invention as described. Various features and advantages of the invention are set forth in the following claims.