The invention relates to a lighting unit and more especially to an electric lighting unit for lanterns.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a unit of this character, wherein the same is constructed to carry a dry cell battery and also a lighting bulb in a manner that the unit can be placed within a lantern of the novelty type, such for example as a jack-o-lantern or Halloween lantern, the unit being compact and the lighting thereof being controlled by a hand switch.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a unit of this character, wherein the construction thereof is especially designed for use in novelty lanterns and permits replacement of a new battery when the old battery becomes dead and is easily handled for the use thereof.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a unit of this character which is simple in construction, thoroughly reliable and effective in its purpose, novel in construction, durable, and inexpensive to manufacture.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists in the features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described in detail, illustrated in the accompanying drawing, which discloses the preferred embodiment of the invention, and pointed out in the claims hereunto appended.
In the accompanying drawing: Figure 1 is a front elevation of a lighting unit constructed in accordance with the invention and shown applied to a lantern of the jack-o-lantern type.
Figure 2 is a top plan view.
Figure 3 is a sectional view on the line 3-3 of Figure 2 looking in the direction of the arrows. Figure 4 is a sectional view on the line 4-4 of Figure 2 looking in the direction of the arrows.
Similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views in the drawing.
Referring to the drawing in detail, A designates generally a jack-o-lantern which, as usual, is made from a pumpkin shell, or of a manufactured type, and has the eye openings 5, mouth opening 6 and nose aperture 7, respectively, the said lantern being illustrated by dotted lines for the purpose of showing the application of the lighting unit embodying the present invention and hereinafter fully described.
The lighting unit comprises upper and lower sections 8 and 9, respectively, these constituting a container, the upper section 8 being telescoped into the lower section 9 and these sections frictionally held one within the other to accommodate a dry cell battery 10 of standard kind having the tongue terminals II and 12, respectively, at one end thereof, which constitute the poles of the same. The battery 10 is held within a trap-like clip 13, the end 14 being detachably engaged over the electrode I, while the end 15 detachably embraces the other end of said battery and this clip rests against an insulating plate 16 and is made fast thereto by the rivets 17 and 18, respectively.
The plate 16 is made fast to the top portion of the upper section 8 by suitable rivets 19. The rivet 18 is seated in a countersunk hole in the insulating plate 16 so as to provide a clearance between the head of the rivet 18 and the upper section 8 to prevent a short circuit.
Formed on the top of the upper section 8 concentrically of the rivet 17, which has the contact head 20, is an electric light socket 21 for a lighting bulb 22, the head 20 being engaged by the bulb 22 which is grounded through the section 8. The head 20 is accommodated within a clearance 23 in the top of the section 8, the clearance being the size of the socket 21, as will appear in Figure 3 of the drawing, so as to avoid short circuiting and for the contact of the head with the bulb 22.
Rising from the top section 8 in rear of the socket 21 and bulb 22 therein is a reflector 24 which directs the light through the openings 5, 6 and 7 of the shell of the lantern A for light projecting purposes.
Made fast to the insulating plate 16 is a spring clip 25 which engages the electrode 12 of the battery 10 and its securing rivet 26 constitutes a contact for a swinging switch blade 27, the same being pivoted, at 28, to the top of the section 8. This switch blade 27, when swung onto the contact 26, closes the circuit between the battery and the bulb for the lighting of the latter, the rivet 26 for the clip 25 being within a clearance 28 in the top of the section 8 so as to avoid short circuiting.
The bottom section 9 is provided with suitable holes 29, each for a fastener 30, to permit the securing of this bottom section to the shell of the lantern A.
It should be apparent that access can be had to the unit and by removing the section 8 from the section 9, battery replacement can be had. What is claimed is: A unit of the character described comprising a casing having upper and lower sections separably interfitted with each other, the upper section constituting a body part of the casing and the lower section a lid part, the latter being telescopically fitted upon the body part and serving as a base, an insulating plate on the upper section, a battery clip carried by said plate and holding a battery therein, a contact engaged with the clip and exposed through the upper section, a bulb "socket about said contact, a lighting bulb within the socket and engaged with the contact, the said clip being adapted for engagement with one pole of the battery, a saddling clip for engagement with the other pole of the battery and having a contact closed through the upper section, and a switch blade engageable with the last- s named contact and pivoted to the upper section for closing a circuit between the bulb and battery.
IRVING E. ROLLINS.