Title:
Ceiling fan lights
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
This invention provides ceiling fan lights in the form of UFO (Under Fan Optics) Lites comprising a product line of easily applied decorative lights to be secured to the blades of a ceiling fan, creating a dazzling visual effect when the fan is in motion. The lights comprise lightweight and shatterproof lights which can be affixed to an existing ceiling fan by use of adhesive strips, or clips. UFO Lites comprising lightweight and shatterproof lights which can be easily adhered to the surface of the ceiling fan blades via a sticky adhesive backing which coats the underside of the lights, or by way of heavy duty clips or similar fasteners are provided.



Inventors:
Crace, John (Williamstown, NJ, US)
Application Number:
12/386357
Publication Date:
12/03/2009
Filing Date:
04/16/2009
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F04D29/00
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Primary Examiner:
SARKAR, ASOK K
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Ruth Eure (Boulder, CO, US)
Claims:
1. A lighting system for the blades of a ceiling fan comprising one or more LED lights mounted onto the blades of a ceiling fan; a power supply for illuminating the lights; a switch for turning the lights on and off.

2. The lighting system in claim 1 wherein the power supply is a battery.

3. The lighting system in claim 1 wherein the power supply is a solar cell.

4. The lighting system in claim 1 wherein the power supply is mounted near the base of the fan.

Description:

CLAIM OF PRIORITY

This patent application claims priority from U.S. Provisional patent application serial number 61/124,364 filed Apr. 16, 2008, entitled “Ceiling Fan Lights” of common inventorship herewith.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to the field of illuminated ceiling fans, and more specifically to illuminated blades of a ceiling fan.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Several inventions directed to illuminated ceiling fans have been put forth by the prior art.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,028,206 to Kendregan, et al is directed to a ceiling fan with illumination at the outer periphery of the blades.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,036,331 to Acquisto is directed to a ceiling fan with illumination along the length of the blades. The illumination of this patent requires wiring. The blades are modified to accommodate this wiring.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,193,384 to Stein describes a ceiling fan having LED illuminated signage on the blades of the ceiling fan.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present to provide lightweight and shatterproof lights which can be affixed to an existing ceiling fan by use of adhesive strips, or clips.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows the present invention mounted on a ceiling fan blade.

FIG. 2 shows a ceiling fan having a solar panel and wire for powering the lights.

FIG. 3 shows the lights mounted on the blades of a ceiling fan.

FIG. 4 shows a battery box mounted on the base of a ceiling fan blade.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

A practical cooling device which is found in households and businesses across the country is a standard ceiling fan. An energy efficient alternative to running an air conditioner, ceiling fans offer consumers a simple means of effectively cooling their environments. Consisting of three to six rotating blades, most ceiling fans also feature attractive, built-in lighting. Ranging in design from the oversized sleek and dramatic architectural fans found in trendy restaurants and office buildings, to the small, rustic-looking fans found in household kitchens and bedrooms, there is a size and style ceiling fan to meet the needs of just about every consumer.

Having recognized the vast practicality of ceiling fans, as well as a novel means of enhancing the appearance of these rather utilitarian household accessories, a new product invention has been developed. This invention is hereinafter referred to as UFO Lites. UFO (Under Fan Optics) Lites comprise a product line of easily applied decorative lights to be secured to the blades of a ceiling fan, creating a dazzling visual effect when the fan is in motion. Sold in multi-count packages, the UFO Lites would be comprised of lightweight and shatterproof lights which can be easily adhered to the surface of the ceiling fan blades via a sticky adhesive backing which coats the underside of the lights, or by way of heavy duty clips or similar fasteners. A consideration would be to utilize LED lights in the manufacture of the UFO Lites. LED (light emitting diode) lights are filament free lights which never burn out and remain cool to the touch even after hours of use. The UFO Lites could be produced in a range of brilliant colors and configurations. The UFO Lites could be wired to the actual ceiling fan, or these lights could be powered by a rechargeable battery which rests on the top of a single fan blade or the actual ceiling fan mount.

The UFO Lites could be powered via solar power, with a solar panel secured to the surface of the fan blade, recharging the light's battery during the daylight hours. Regardless of configuration, the UFO Lites would be easily activated via a simple pull chain or an on/off switch and would be utilized during the evening hours to create a whirling and brilliant illuminated display.

The UFO Lites are a unique product invention which would offer consumers many significant benefits and advantages. Foremost, the UFO Lites would provide consumers a simple means of enhancing the appearance of their ceiling fans. Brilliantly illuminated lights to be easily mounted to any ceiling fan, the UFO Lites would enable consumers to create dazzling light shows, via this standard fixture. Adding a vibrant and festive touch to any ceiling fan, the UFO Lites would look striking in a kitchen, den and in particular, these lights would add a charming way of customizing a ceiling fan found in a child or teen's bedroom. Simple to install and easily activated, consumers should also appreciate the ease of which the UFO Lites could be utilized. Manufactured of durable materials, this practical product should withstand years of repeated use.

Simple to install and easy to operate, the UFO Lites area cleverly designed product invention which would add a striking decorative touch to any standard ceiling fan. Lightweight and durable, this cleverly designed product could prove a favorite household accessory. Affordably priced, the UFO Lites should be well received by anyone who owns a ceiling fan, an extremely sizable market potential.

Although this invention has been described with respect to specific embodiments, it is not intended to be limited thereto and various modifications which will become apparent to the person of ordinary skill in the art are intended to fall within the spirit and scope of the invention as described herein taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and the appended claims.