Title:
Umbrella safety and alarm enhancing device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An umbrella safety and alarm enhancement device, particularly an enhancement device installed on an umbrella to provide electro luminescence lighting or flashing at nighttime, forming a larger lighting rage, giving strong short-wave lighting alarm at night or in a rainy or foggy environment, the short waves of the electro luminescence is free from obstruction by rain or fog. The strong electro luminescence flashing light can be seen from a distance to prevent accidents and ensure pedestrians' safety.



Inventors:
Lu, Wen-chieh (Shulin town, TW)
Application Number:
10/772324
Publication Date:
08/11/2005
Filing Date:
02/06/2004
Assignee:
LU WEN-CHIEH
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45B3/04; A45B25/18; A45B25/20; (IPC1-7): A45B25/18
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Primary Examiner:
YIP, WINNIE S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (3458 ELLICOTT CENTER DRIVE-SUITE 101, ELLICOTT CITY, MD, 21043, US)
Claims:
1. An umbrella safety and alarm enhancement device, comprising an Electro Luminescence, EL wire that is installed on a rim of a canopy of an umbrella, giving a large range of strong lighting alarm on a rainy night, having a channel at an upper part of a hollow tube of a shank of an umbrella, a control unit and a battery compartment being installed inside a handle of the umbrella, wherein a power cord for the control unit being extending upward inside the shank and out of the channel, along ribs of the umbrella to the canopy to join with the electro luminescence wire; the electro luminescence wire being installed on a rim of the canopy, the electro luminescence wire being optionally connected to no less than one electro luminescence plates to reinforce alarming effects, thereby, the control unit inside the handle activates the electro luminescence wire to emit or flash light, the electro luminescence emitting light of short waves that are free from obstruction by rain or fog, giving lighting alarm without any dead angle when the umbrella is being held by a user in any direction, providing high visibility to prevent accidents.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

(a) Field of the invention

The present invention relates to an umbrella safety and alarm enhancing device, particularly to an enhancement device on an umbrella to provide electro luminescence flashing and alarm functions at nighttime to ensure user's safety.

(b) Description of the Prior Art

The conventional umbrella is designed to protect people from rain. Umbrella manufacturers have been trying to make improvement on the sturdiness and convenience of umbrella structure. However, car accidents do happen at night because of poor visibility, especially when it is raining. Accidents do happen when motorists could not see walking pedestrians carrying an umbrella at night FIG. 1 shows a light-emitting device using an LED lamp 10 fitted on the ferrule of an umbrella, which has been granted a patent. But the light-emitting range of the LED lamp 10 on the ferrule of an umbrella is quite limited. In addition, the LED lamp 10 is a long-wave light that could easily be obstructed in a raining or foggy condition. In times of heavy rain or wind, the user would try to incline the umbrella in the direction of the rain or wind. As a result, the LED lamp 10 on the ferrule is also inclined to the front of the user Then, the light on the ferrule could not be seen from the back of the user. Therefore, the motorist coming from behind the user could hit him because the driver could not see the light on the umbrella Another design has been disclosed in another patent, involving a coat of luminescent compound coated on the canopy of umbrella (not shown), which absorbs lighting energy at daytime and gives out luminescent alarm at night This type of lighting has poor lighting efficiency at night, and could not achieve the purpose of indicating alarm to a distant motorist

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the foregoing shortcomings, the present inventor has dedicated in seeking improvement, based on many years of experience in the field, and after repeated experiments and tests has finally come up with an alarming and lighting enhancement design for umbrella with a large range for alarming and lighting effects, high safety and without dead angle, enabling lighting and alarming effect to a distant motorist, providing safety for pedestrians.

For full understanding of the construction, design objectives, approach and intent of the present invention, please refer to the following drawing and description of preferred embodiment.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a conventional umbrella having an LED lamp on the ferrule of an umbrella according to the prior art.

FIG. 2 is a schematic view of the present invention with lighting on the canopy of an umbrella.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of part of the present invention of umbrella.

FIG. 4 is a top view of the present invention of umbrella with lighting on the canopy of umbrella.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIG. 2 and 4, the present invention of umbrella safety and alarm enhancement device is characterized by the installation of electro luminescence wires 50 on the rim of an umbrella canopy, which is capable of giving a large range of strong lighting alarm on a rainy night Referring to FIG. 3, the present invention comprises a channel 202 installed on an upper part of the hollow of the umbrella shank 201. A control unit 30 and a battery compartment are installed inside a handle 3. A power cord 301 for the control unit 30 extends upward inside the shank 201 and out of the channel 202, along the umbrella rib to the rim of the canopy to join with the electro luminescence wire 50; referring to FIGS. 2 and 4, the electro luminescence wire 50 is installed along the rim of the canopy. The electro luminescence wire 50 is serially connected to no less than one electro luminescence plate 501 to provide reinforced alarming effects.

The canopy 200 of the umbrella or the rim of the canopy 200 can be made of transparent material to enhance the lighting alarm of the electro luminescence wire 50 and the electro luminescence plate 501.

Referring to FIG. 3, the control unit 30 inside the handle 3 of the umbrella activates the electro luminescence wire 50 to emit or flash light The light source emitted from the electro luminescence wire 50 is short wave that is free from obstruction by rain or fog. The electro luminescence light could be seen without any dead angle when the user holds the umbrella at whatever angle. So, it has high visibility to prevent accidents.

As described above, the construction of the present invention is quite simplified and costs low, capable of giving a wide range of strong lighting alarm without dead angle, free from obstruction by rain or fog, and high visibility to prevent accident. The present invention has never been used in public, and has satisfied the requirements of applicability and novelty for a patent right. Therefore, this application is filed. Your favorable consideration will be appreciated.

It is to be understood that the foregoing description involves only preferred embodiments of the present invention, and that all modifications or variations deriving from the above description without departing from the intent of the description and drawings shall be included in the following claim.