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Title:
LIGHT FIXTURE CONNECTION SYSTEM AND OPTIC HOLDER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/231980
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A connection assembly includes an electrical cord providing electrical communication between a first light fixture and a second light fixture, and a cover removably coupled to the first light fixture and the second light fixture. The electrical cord includes a first electrical connector coupled to the first light fixture, and a second electrical connector coupled to the second light fixture. The cover extends over the electrical cord, and includes a first end adjacent the first light fixture, a second end adjacent the second light fixture, and a surface extending between the first end and the second end. The cover provides a continuous surface between the first light fixture and the second light fixture.

Inventors:
LI QIANSHAN (US)
LU KEVIN (US)
RAZA SYED (US)
DAL PONTE DEAN (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2021/032631
Publication Date:
November 18, 2021
Filing Date:
May 14, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HUBBELL INC (US)
International Classes:
F21V15/01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MARSTALL, Brian (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A connection assembly for coupling a plurality of light fixtures, the connection assembly comprising: an electrical cord providing electrical communication between a first light fixture and a second light fixture, the electrical cord including a first electrical connector coupled to the first light fixture, and a second electrical connector coupled to the second light fixture; and a cover removably coupled to the first light fixture and the second light fixture, the cover extending over the electrical cord, the cover including a first end adjacent the first light fixture, a second end adjacent the second light fixture, and a surface extending between the first end and the second end, a portion of the cover surface adjacent the first end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the first light fixture, and a portion of the cover surface adjacent the second end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the second light fixture, providing a continuous surface between the first light fixture and the second light fixture.

2. The connection assembly of claim 1, further comprising a bracket configured to be coupled to the first light fixture, the cover coupled to the bracket.

3. The connection assembly of claim 2, wherein the bracket is configured to be coupled to the first light fixture by a first fastener, and the cover is coupled to the bracket by a second fastener.

4. The connection assembly of claim 2, wherein the bracket is a first bracket, further comprising a second bracket configured to be coupled to the second light fixture, the cover coupled to the second bracket.

5. The connection assembly of claim 2, wherein the bracket includes a first portion configured to be coupled to the first light fixture and a second portion configured to be coupled to the first light fixture, wherein the first electrical connector is positioned between the first portion and the second portion.

6. The connection assembly of claim 5, wherein the first portion of the bracket includes a first flange oriented parallel to a first portion of the cover, the first flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the first portion of the cover.

7. The connection assembly of claim 2, wherein the second portion of the bracket includes a second flange oriented parallel to a second portion of the cover, the second flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the second portion of the cover.

8. A system of interconnected light fixtures, the system comprising: a first light fixture including an elongated first housing and a first light emitting element, the first housing including a first end, a second end, and a first electrical connector; a second light fixture including an elongated second housing and a second light emitting element, the second housing including a first end, a second end, and a second electrical connector; an electrical cord providing electrical communication between the first light fixture and a second light fixture, the electrical cord including a third electrical connector removably coupled to the first electrical connector, and a fourth electrical connector removably coupled to the second electrical connector; and a cover removably coupled to the first light fixture and the second light fixture, the cover extending over the electrical cord, the cover including a first end adjacent the first light fixture, a second end adjacent the second light fixture, and a surface extending between the first end and the second end, a portion of the cover surface adjacent the first end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the first light fixture, and a portion of the cover surface adjacent the second end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the second light fixture, providing a continuous surface between the first light fixture and the second light fixture.

9. The system of claim 8, further comprising a bracket coupled to the first light fixture, the cover coupled to the bracket.

10. The system of claim 9, wherein the bracket is coupled to the first light fixture by a first fastener, and the cover is coupled to the bracket by a second fastener.

11. The system of claim 9, wherein the bracket is a first bracket, further comprising a second bracket coupled to the second light fixture, the cover coupled to the second bracket.

12. The system of claim 9, wherein the bracket includes a first portion coupled to the first light fixture and a second portion coupled to the first light fixture, wherein the first electrical connector is positioned between the first portion and the second portion.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the first portion of the bracket includes a first flange oriented parallel to a first portion of the cover, the first flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the first portion of the cover.

14. The system of claim 9, wherein the second portion of the bracket includes a second flange oriented parallel to a second portion of the cover, the second flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the second portion of the cover.

15. The system of claim 8, wherein the first housing includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion including an opening through which light from the first light emitting element passes, the second portion positioned on side of the first portion opposite the opening, the second portion having a length less than a length of the first portion of the housing, the first electrical connector being positioned on the second portion of the housing.

16. The system of claim 15, wherein the first end of the cover is positioned adjacent a surface of the second portion.

17. The system of claim 15, wherein an end of the second portion proximate the cover is configured to be selectively coupled to an end plate.

18. A light fixture comprising: a housing; a plurality of light emitting diodes supported on an LED board, the LED board supported in the housing; a plurality of optics, each of the optics positioned adjacent an associated one of the light emitting elements; and a unitary optic holder body supporting the optics, the optic holder body supported within the housing.

19. The light fixture of claim 18, wherein the optic holder body includes a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses associated with one of the optics, the optic holder body including a plurality of snap fit features, each of the snap fit features securing an associated one of the optics.

20. The light fixture of claim 18, wherein the optic holder body includes a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a substantially frustoconical shape.

Description:
LIGHT FIXTURE CONNECTION SYTEM AND OPTIC HOLDER

REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] The present application claims the benefit of prior-filed, co=pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/025,906, filed May 15, 2020, the entire contents of which are incorporated by reference.

FIELD

[0002] The present disclosure relates to light fixtures, and particularly to connection for coupling multiple fixtures to one another.

SUMMARY

[0003] In one independent aspect, a connection assembly is provided for coupling a plurality of light fixtures. The connection assembly includes an electrical cord providing electrical communication between a first light fixture and a second light fixture, and a cover removably coupled to the first light fixture and the second light fixture. The electrical cord includes a first electrical connector coupled to the first light fixture, and a second electrical connector coupled to the second light fixture. The cover extends over the electrical cord, and the cover includes a first end adjacent the first light fixture, a second end adjacent the second light fixture, and a surface extending between the first end and the second end. A portion of the cover surface adjacent the first end has a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the first light fixture, and a portion of the cover surface adjacent the second end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the second light fixture, providing a continuous surface between the first light fixture and the second light fixture.

[0004] In some aspects, the connection assembly further includes a bracket configured to be coupled to the first light fixture, the cover coupled to the bracket.

[0005] In some aspects, the bracket is configured to be coupled to the first light fixture by a first fastener, and the cover is coupled to the bracket by a second fastener. [0006] In some aspects, the bracket is a first bracket, further comprising a second bracket configured to be coupled to the second light fixture, the cover coupled to the second bracket.

[0007] In some aspects, the bracket includes a first portion configured to be coupled to the first light fixture and a second portion configured to be coupled to the first light fixture, wherein the first electrical connector is positioned between the first portion and the second portion.

[0008] In some aspects, the first portion of the bracket includes a first flange oriented parallel to a first portion of the cover, the first flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the first portion of the cover.

[0009] In some aspects, the second portion of the bracket includes a second flange oriented parallel to a second portion of the cover, the second flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the second portion of the cover.

[0010] In another independent aspect, a system of interconnected light fixtures includes a first light fixture, a second light fixture, an electrical cord providing electrical communication between the first light fixture and a second light fixture, and a cover removably coupled to the first light fixture and the second light fixture. The first light fixture includes an elongated first housing and a first light emitting element, and the first housing includes a first end, a second end, and a first electrical connector. The second light fixture includes an elongated second housing and a second light emitting element, and the second housing includes a first end, a second end, and a second electrical connector. The electrical cord includes a third electrical connector removably coupled to the first electrical connector, and a fourth electrical connector removably coupled to the second electrical connector. The cover extends over the electrical cord, the cover including a first end adjacent the first light fixture, a second end adjacent the second light fixture, and a surface extending between the first end and the second end. A portion of the cover surface adjacent the first end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the first light fixture, and a portion of the cover surface adjacent the second end having a profile that corresponds to a profile of a surface of the second light fixture, providing a continuous surface between the first light fixture and the second light fixture. [0011] In some aspects, the system further includes a bracket coupled to the first light fixture, the cover coupled to the bracket.

[0012] In some aspects, the bracket is coupled to the first light fixture by a first fastener, and the cover is coupled to the bracket by a second fastener.

[0013] In some aspects, the bracket is a first bracket, further comprising a second bracket coupled to the second light fixture, the cover coupled to the second bracket.

[0014] In some aspects, the bracket includes a first portion coupled to the first light fixture and a second portion coupled to the first light fixture, wherein the first electrical connector is positioned between the first portion and the second portion.

[0015] In some aspects, the first portion of the bracket includes a first flange oriented parallel to a first portion of the cover, the first flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the first portion of the cover.

[0016] In some aspects, the second portion of the bracket includes a second flange oriented parallel to a second portion of the cover, the second flange including a hole for receiving a fastener extending through the second portion of the cover.

[0017] In some aspects, the first housing includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion including an opening through which light from the first light emitting element passes, the second portion positioned on side of the first portion opposite the opening, the second portion having a length less than a length of the first portion of the housing, the first electrical connector being positioned on the second portion of the housing.

[0018] In some aspects, the first end of the cover is positioned adjacent a surface of the second portion.

[0019] In some aspects, an end of the second portion proximate the cover is configured to be selectively coupled to an end plate.

[0020] In yet another independent aspect, a light fixture includes a housing, a plurality of light emitting diodes supported on an LED board, the LED board supported in the housing, a plurality of optics, and a unitary optic holder body supporting the optics. Each of the optics is positioned adjacent an associated one of the light emitting elements. The optic holder body is supported within the housing.

[0021] In some aspects, the optic holder body includes a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses associated with one of the optics, the optic holder body including a plurality of snap fit features, each of the snap fit features securing an associated one of the optics.

[0022] In some aspects, the optic holder body includes a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a substantially frustoconical shape.

[0023] Other aspects will become apparent by consideration of the detailed description and accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0024] FIG. l is a perspective view of a light fixture.

[0025] FIG. 2 is another perspective view of the light fixture of FIG. 1.

[0026] FIG. 3 is an exploded view of a portion of the light fixture of FIG. 1.

[0027] FIG. 4 is an enlarged perspective view of a portion of the light fixture of FIG. 1 with an end plate removed.

[0028] FIG. 5 is a partially exploded view of the light fixture of FIG. 1 coupled to another light fixture.

[0029] FIG. 6 is an enlarged view of a portion of the assembly of FIG. 5.

[0030] FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a bracket.

[0031] FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the light fixture of FIG. 1 coupled to another light fixture. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0032] Before any embodiments are explained in detail, it is to be understood that the disclosure 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 disclosure is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or of being carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology used herein is for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting. Use of “including” and “comprising” and variations thereof as used herein is meant to encompass the items listed thereafter and equivalents thereof as well as additional items. Use of “consisting of’ and variations thereof as used herein is meant to encompass only the items listed thereafter and equivalents thereof. Unless specified or limited otherwise, the terms “mounted,” “connected,” “supported,” and “coupled” and variations thereof are used broadly and encompass both direct and indirect mountings, connections, supports, and couplings.

[0033] FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate a light fixture 10 (e.g., a wall-mounted fixture) including a housing 18 supporting a plurality of light emitting elements 22 (e.g., LEDs - FIG. 1). The light fixture 10 is supported on a surface (e.g., a wall, not shown) by a support structure (e.g., a support arm 14). In the illustrated embodiment, the housing 18 is elongated and includes a first end 26 and an opposite second end 30. In addition, the housing 18 includes first portion or main portion 32 and a second portion or support portion 34. The main portion 32 includes an opening 36 through which light emitted by the light emitting elements 22 passes. The support portion 34 is positioned on a side of the main portion opposite the opening 36. In the illustrated embodiment, the support portion 34 has a shorter length than the main portion 32. Stated another way, the support portion 34 extends a portion of the length between the first end 26 and the second end 30. In the illustrated embodiment, a driver (not shown) is supported in a compartment of the housing 18.

[0034] As shown in FIG. 3, in the illustrated embodiment, the light fixture 10 includes a light assembly including a plurality of light emitting diodes or LEDs 130 supported on a circuit board or LED board 134. In addition, an optic 138 (e.g., a TIR optic) is associated with each LED 130. In some embodiments, the optic 138 may be a total internal reflection (TIR) optic having one end positioned adjacent the associated LED 130, and another end through which light is output. The LED board 134 is supported in the housing 18, and is in electrical communication with a driver (not shown) via one or more electrical connectors. In the illustrated embodiment, the LED board 134 is coupled to one or more support members 142 positioned in the housing 18.

[0035] The optics 138 are supported in a holder body 150. The holder body 150 includes recesses 154, each of which receives one of the optics 138. In the illustrated embodiment, each recess 154 has a shape that is substantially similar to the shape of the outer surface of the optic 138 (for example, a frustoconical shape). In addition, the holder body 150 includes a retention feature 158 (e.g., a tab or detent) adjacent each recess 154, and each optic 138 includes a complementary feature 162 for engaging the retention feature 158 to provide a snap fit feature between each recess 154 and the associated optic 138. In the illustrated embodiment, the holder body 150 supports six optics 138, and the housing 18 supports two holder bodies 150; in other embodiments, the holder body may be configured to support fewer or more optics, and/or the housing may be configured to support fewer or more holder bodies. The holder body 150 is secured (e.g., by fasteners) to a support surface 142 in the housing 18. In contrast to conventional designs that include discrete or separate optic holders, the unitary holder body 150 facilitates easier assembly of optics into the holder body 150, and easier assembly of the optics into the housing 18. The orientation of each optic is secured to avoid the need to individually adjust or position each optic.

[0036] Referring now to FIGS. 4 and 5, the light fixture 10 (hereinafter referred to as a first light fixture 10a) may be connected to a second light fixture 10b. As described herein, features of the first light fixture 10a are identified with reference numbers having an “a” suffix, while features of the second light fixture 10b are identified with reference numbers having a “b” suffix.

[0037] As best shown in FIG. 4, in the illustrated embodiment, an electrical connector (e.g., a receptacle 38a) is positioned proximate the second end 30a of the housing 18a (for example, on an end surface of the support portion 34a). The receptacle 38a may be positioned in a recess 40a such that the receptacle 38a does not protrude from an end of the support portion 34a. When not in use, the receptacle 38a may be covered by an end plate or end cover 48a (FIG. 5). The receptacle 38a engages a connector 42 of an electrical cable 46 (FIG. 5). Similarly, a receptacle 38b is positioned proximate a first end 26b of a housing 18b of the second fixture 10b (e.g., on an end surface of support portion 34a), and the receptacle of the second fixture 10b engages another connector 50 of the cable 46.

[0038] A cover 54 is removably coupled to the housings 18a, 18b to enclose the cable 46 and the connectors 42, 50 and protect them against the environment. In the illustrated embodiment, and as best shown in FIG. 8, the cover 54 has a similar shape to the surfaces of the housings 18a, 18b that are adjacent the receptacles 38a, 38b (that is, the surfaces of the support portions 34a, 34b), thereby providing a continuous appearance between the light fixtures 10a, 10b. Stated another way, the cover 54 has a first end positioned adjacent the first fixture 10a and a second end positioned adjacent the second fixture 10b. A portion of the outer surface of the cover 54 adjacent the first end of the cover has a profile that corresponds to (e.g., is substantially continuous with) a profile of a surface of the adjacent portion of the first light fixture 18a. Similarly, a portion of the outer surface of the cover 54 adjacent the second end of the cover has a profile that corresponds to (e.g., is substantially continuous with) a profile of a surface of the adjacent portion of the second light fixture 18b. As a result, the cover 54 provides a continuous profile between the first light fixture and the second light fixture.

[0039] As shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, the cover 54 is coupled to the second light fixture 10b by a bracket 62. The bracket 62 includes a first portion 66, a second portion 70, and an intermediate portion 74 connected the first portion 66 and the second portion 70. Each of the first portion 66 and the second portion 70 is coupled to the housing 18b (e.g., by fasteners 78 (FIG. 6) extending through the first portion 66 and second portion 70 and engaging openings 80 in the support portion 34b of the housing 18b). In the illustrated embodiment, the fasteners 78 may engage the same holes in the housing 18b by which an associated end cover (FIG. 5) can be coupled to the support portion 34b when the bracket 62 is not in place. The first portion 66 and the second portion 70 are positioned on opposite sides of the connector 50.

[0040] The first portion 66 includes a first standoff or first flange 82 and the second portion 70 includes a second standoff or second flange 86, and the flanges 82, 86 are coupled to the cover 54. In the illustrated embodiment, each of the first flange 82 and the second flange 86 includes a hole 90, and the first portion 66 and second portion 70 each include a hole 94 through which the fasteners 78 may pass to engage the holes 80b. As shown in FIG. 6, when the cover 54 is positioned adjacent the housing 18, slots 94 positioned in the cover 54 are aligned with the holes 90. The portion of the cover 54 through which the slots 94 extend may be formed substantially planar in order to facilitate coupling with the flanges 82, 86. A fastener 98 is passed through an associated slot 94 and hole 90 to secure the cover 54 to the bracket 62. In some embodiments, the fastener 98 may engage a nut on an inner side of the flange; in other embodiments, the hole 90 itself may be threaded. It is understood that the cover 54 is coupled to the first light fixture 10a in a similar manner. Also, in other embodiments, the first portion and second portion of the bracket may be separate components. The light fixtures 10, 10a may be spaced apart by a predetermined distance that permits the cover 54 to be coupled to both brackets 62.

[0041] The embodiments described above and illustrated in the figures are presented by way of example only and are not intended as a limitation upon the concepts and principles presented herein. As such, it will be appreciated that variations and modifications exist within the scope and spirit of one or more independent aspects as described.




 
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