Title:
Hidden ceiling fan
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A hidden ceiling fan includes a motor as a power source which has a top end fastened to a ceiling and a spindle connecting to a plurality of vanes. The bottom of the motor has a cover plate. There is a shield plate beneath the vanes to couple with at least one luminous element on the bottom side thereof. The invention provides a shielding function and can agitate air thoroughly to rapidly lower temperature and keep temperature evenly.



Inventors:
Wu, Chung-fen (Huatan Township, TW)
Application Number:
11/009065
Publication Date:
06/15/2006
Filing Date:
12/13/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F24F7/007
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Primary Examiner:
WILSON, GREGORY A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Joe McKinney Muncy (Fairfax, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A hidden ceiling fan fastened to a ceiling comprising a power source having an outer case fixedly fastened to the ceiling and a spindle connected to a plurality of vanes, the plurality of vanes being to a side of the power source, a cover plate located on the bottom of the power source, and a shield plate located beneath the vanes to mask the vanes having an opening.

2. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the shield plate has a plurality of screw struts on the top to run through respectively an aperture formed on the bottom of a fastening rod and coupled with a nut to fasten the top end of the fastening rod to the ceiling.

3. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein each of the vanes is connected to the power source through a rotary arm, the cover plate being formed in a size to shield the rotary arm from being visible.

4. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the shield plate has a diameter greater than the diameter of the vanes, the opening having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the cover plate.

5. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the vane is a flat plate or a plate having a helical surface.

6. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the power source is a motor.

7. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the spindle is between the power source and the ceiling.

8. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the opening in the shield plate is in the center of the shield plate.

9. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the power source has a top and a bottom, the plurality of vanes on the side of the power source failing to be beneath the bottom of the power source.

10. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, wherein the power source is in a same plane in which the plurality of vanes rotate.

11. The hidden ceiling fan of claim 1, further including lights provided at a periphery of the shield plate.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a ceiling fan and particularly to a ceiling fan that has a luminous function and hidden rotary vanes to agitate indoor air to achieve even temperature.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, a conventional ceiling fan is fixedly hung on the ceiling and aims to save space on the floor and generate a greater amount of indoor airflow to cool a wider area in a room. But it also has drawbacks, such as (1) interfering light: a pendant fan generally has large vanes 1 which create interference of a light source 2 mounted onto the ceiling during fast rotation, as a result blinking is generated constantly. Although some new deigns have put the light source 2 under the fan, some of the light still project to the rotating vanes and the ceiling and the light is reflected to the rotating vanes and blinking still occurs at a mitigated degree. In such an environment for a prolonged period of time, people's vision suffers, and mental fatigue and irritation might take place; (2) unsafety: the pendant fan is installed in an open (unguarded) condition. The fast rotating vanes give people an unsafe feeling. Moreover, in order to spare air intake area, the bracing spot on the upper side is very small but has to carry a large and heavy main body. As a result, some pendant fans often sway left and right after being used for a period of time, and give people a constant uneasiness; (3) against spatial principle: according to the structural principle, the pendant fan has to spare a large area for the air intake purpose. Hence it is preferably to be hung closer to the floor. Such an arrangement would make the vanes close to the heads of people. It gives an oppressive feeling. This is especially noticeable in the modern houses where the distance between the floor and ceiling is usually not very large due to cost consideration. Hence to install the pendant fan in such an environment is against spatial and aesthetic principle. For the newer design that places the light source 2 below the vanes 1, the space constraint is even worse; (4) insufficient airflow: the conventional fan and pendant fan has constant airflow directions, especially the pendant fan. The airflow in the fan is uneven because the airflow at the front tip is very strong while at the other angles is very small or even absent. Moreover, with the pendant fan blowing air directly to the floor, dusts are disturbed and cause ill effect to people's respiratory tracts. This is especially keen in the air-conditioning environment.

Because of the disadvantages mentioned above, the ceiling fan is usually not practical to be used in bedrooms, study or small and medium stores.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Therefore the primary object of the invention is to provide a hidden ceiling fan that is safer and may be fixedly fastened beneath the ceiling. The vanes are hidden so that their rotation is not visible to human eyes. The unsafe feeling may be eliminated, and aesthetic appealing improves. A plurality of luminous elements may be attached to the lower side so that the luminous elements will not be interfered by the rotating vanes. Thus people's vision is not affected.

Another object of the invention is to provide a hidden ceiling fan that has a thickness only ⅓ to ¼ of a conventional pendant fan so that its distance from the floor is greater than the conventional pendant fan's, and is spaced from people's heads at a greater distance. Therefore it can avoid creating oppressive feeling to people.

Yet another object of the invention is to provide a hidden fan that can generate airflow like natural wind to agitate the indoor air and create even temperature without dead angles. In the open space, it can generate an effect like a blower to dispel heated air in the room rapidly.

The foregoing, as well as additional objects, features and advantages of the invention will be more readily apparent from the following detailed description, which proceeds with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a conventional pendant fan.

FIG. 2 is a side view of a conventional pendant fan.

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a bottom view of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a schematic view of airflow directions of the present invention installed on the ceiling.

FIG. 7 is a side view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the vanes showing the airflow direction.

FIG. 9 is another schematic view of airflow directions of the present invention installed on the ceiling.

FIG. 10 is yet another schematic view of airflow directions of the present invention installed on the indoor ceiling.

FIG. 11 is an exploded view of a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 12 is a side view of the second embodiment of the present invention installed on the ceiling.

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the present invention coupled with luminous elements.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Please referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, the hidden ceiling fan according to the present invention includes a power source 10 such as a motor which has a top side fastened to a ceiling a. The power source 10 has a spindle 11 in the center with the periphery connecting to a plurality of rotary arms 12. Each of the rotary arms 12 has an outer end fastened to a vane 13 which is a flat plate (or a plate formed with a helical surface). The elevation of the bottom side of the vanes 13 is lower than the bottom side of the power source 10. There is a cover plate 14 attached to the bottom side of the power source 10 to mask the power source 10 and the rotary arms 12. A thin shield plate 15 is provided beneath the vanes 13. The shield plate 15 has an opening 151 in the center. The opening 151 has a diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the cover plate 14. The shield plate 15 has an outer diameter 15 greater than the diameter of the perimeter formed by the vanes 13. The shield plate 15 further has a plurality of screw struts 152 on the top surface to run through apertures 154 formed on the bottom of Z-shape fastening rods 153 and to couple with nuts 155 for fastening. The fastening rods 153 have the top end fastened to the ceiling a. Referring to FIG. 5 for the bottom view and FIG. 6 for the installation condition.

Referring to FIGS. 2 and 7, when the hidden ceiling fan of the invention is installed on the ceiling a, its thickness is about ⅓ to ¼ of a conventional pendant fan. Hence its bottom is spaced from the floor and people's heads at a greater distance, and can eliminate the oppressive feeling occurred. Moreover, rotation of the vanes 13 is invisible when people look upwards. Thus the unsafe or uneasy feeling may be eliminated. When the vanes 13 rotate, airflow moves in two directions. One lifts upwards through the center of the vanes 13 and flows downwards along the peripheral edges of the vanes 13 as shown in FIG. 6. The other leaves the fan in the tangent direction and ventilates the air of the entire room constantly like water flow in a laundry machine (referring to FIGS. 8 and 9). With the air circulating constantly, people at any location in the room can receive the airflow like natural wind. And the airflow can reach a wider scope rather than limit to a certain angle below the vanes 13. Thus it overcomes the problem of the conventional fan that has a stronger wind beneath the fan but cannot reach remote corners.

When the invention is used with an air conditioning system, the cool air at a lower side in the room will be carried upwards, and agitated by the vanes 13 and flow outwards and downwards. It also can match the airflow direction of the cool air. The vanes 13 of the invention may rotate in the positive direction or in the reverse direction to ventilate the air rapidly to the entire room to create even temperature. Hence the problem of feeling too cool beneath the fan but not cool enough at the remote corners may be resolved.

Refer to FIG. 10 for the invention is installed in an open space. When the vanes 13 rotate, they function like a blower to carry the cool air from ambience outside the doors or windows into the room, and agitate the indoor air of a higher temperature and disperse outdoors. Hence it can dispel heat rapidly, and also can carry outside cool air to the vanes 13 to be agitated, and generate wind to dispel heat and produce a cooling effect.

Refer to FIGS. 11 and 12 for a second embodiment of the invention. It is constructed largely like the first embodiment set forth above. The difference is that the top end of the Z-shape fastening rod 153 is fastened to the periphery of the cover plate 14, and the aperture 154 on the lower end is rested on the top surface of the shield plate 15 and coupled with the screw strut 152 and fastened by the nut 155 to fasten the shield plate 15 and the cover pate 14 together

It is to be noted that, a plurality of luminous elements 20 such as lighting bulbs may be mounted on the lower side of the shield plate 15 (referring to FIG. 13) on the outer side so that when the vanes 13 rotate the light emitted by the luminous elements 20 is not interfered, and no blinking is generated. As the luminous elements 20 project light to the ceiling that is reflected downwards, brightness can be enhanced. In addition, the invention has a small thickness, and rotation of the vanes 13 is not visible to people's eyes, and can be fabricated at a smaller size, it is more aesthetic appealing and easier to be incorporated in the interior design to meet modern spatial aesthetic requirements. Because of these advantages, the invention is more adaptable to small rooms such as bedroom, study and the like.