(19)
(11)EP 2 282 109 A2

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
09.02.2011 Bulletin 2011/06

(21)Application number: 10171562.1

(22)Date of filing:  02.08.2010
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F21V 5/08  (2006.01)
F21K 99/00  (2010.01)
F21V 5/04  (2006.01)
F21Y 101/02  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME RS

(30)Priority: 05.08.2009 CN 200910305234

(71)Applicant: Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, Inc.
Taiwan 350 (TW)

(72)Inventors:
  • Liu, Yu-Pin
    350, Miao-Li Hsien (TW)
  • Lai, Chih-Ming
    350, Miao-Li Hsien (TW)

(74)Representative: Wilson, Peter 
Murgitroyd & Company 165-169 Scotland Street
Glasgow G5 8PL
Glasgow G5 8PL (GB)

  


(54)Lamps with replaceable covers


(57) A lamp (100) includes a main body (11) and a removable cover (10). The main body (11) includes a lamp housing (111), a printed circuit board (112), light emitting elements (113), and a threaded base (114). The lamp housing (111) defines a socket (115) receiving the printed circuit board (112) and the at least one light emitting element (113) therein. The printed circuit board (112) is electrically connected to the light emitting elements (113) and fixed in the socket (115). The removable cover (10) includes a light-transmission portion (101) and a connection portion (102) which connects to the end of the lamp housing (111) defining the socket (115). The light-transmission portion (101) is opposite to the socket (115). Light from the at least one light emitting element (113) emits through the light-transmission portion (101).




Description

BACKGROUND


1. Technical Field



[0001] The present disclosure relates to lamps with replaceable covers providing different luminous distributions according to user's needs.

2. Description of the Related Art



[0002] A commonly used lamp has a cover which is fixedly secured to a main body thereof and cannot be changed. Thus, the commonly used lamp has a fixed luminous distribution. It is noted that the cover cannot be replaced with other covers to provide different luminous distributions according to different needs.

[0003] Therefore, it is desirable to provide a lamp which can overcome the described limitations.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0004] Many aspects of the disclosure can be better understood with reference to the drawings. The components in the drawings are not necessarily drawn to scale, the emphasis instead being placed upon clearly illustrating the principles of the present lamp. Moreover, in the drawings, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the views.

[0005] FIG. 1 is a schematic cross-section of a lamp having a first removable cover according to a first embodiment.

[0006] FIG. 2 is a schematic cross-section of a second removable cover of the lamp of FIG 1.

[0007] FIG. 3 is a schematic cross-section of a lamp having a first removable cover according to a second embodiment.

[0008] FIG. 4 is a schematic cross-section of a second removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

[0009] FIG. 5 is a schematic cross-section of a third removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

[0010] FIG. 6 is a schematic cross-section of a fourth removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

[0011] FIG. 7 is a schematic cross-section of a fifth removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

[0012] FIG. 8 shows a luminous distribution of the lamp having the fifth removable cover of FIG. 7.

[0013] FIG. 9 is a schematic cross-section of a sixth removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

[0014] FIG. 10 is a schematic cross-section of a seventh removable cover of the lamp of FIG. 3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0015] Embodiments of a lamp as disclosed are described in detail here with reference to the drawings.

[0016] Referring to FIG. 1, a lamp 100 according to a first embodiment includes a removable cover 10 and a main body 11.

[0017] The main body 11 includes a lamp housing 111, a printed circuit board (PCB) 112, at least one light emitting element 113, and a threaded base 114. The lamp housing 111 defines a socket 115 with a threaded inner surface (not labeled). The PCB 112 and the at least one light emitting element 113 are received in the socket 115.

[0018] The lamp housing 111 is made of an electrically conductive metal or any known conductive material. The PCB 112 is electrically connected to the at least one light emitting element 113 and fixed on the socket 115. The at least one light emitting element 113 can be, for example, a light emitting diode (LED) chip.

[0019] The removable cover 10 is connected to the lamp housing 111 and configured for enclosing and protecting the at least one light emitting element 113.

[0020] The removable cover 10 includes a light-transmission portion 101 and a connection portion 102. The connection portion 102 has a threaded structure engaging the threaded inner surface of the socket 115.

[0021] Light generated by the at least one light emitting element113 radiates through the light-transmission portion 101 of the removable cover 10 to an environment surrounding the lamp 100, after the connection portion 102 is assembled to the socket 115.

[0022] The removable cover 10 is transparent and can be made of resin, epoxy resin, silicone, polymer, polyester or acrylic resin.

[0023] The threaded base 114 is connected to an end of the lamp housing 111 opposite to the socket 115. The threaded base 14 is configured for threadedly connecting with a standard socket for a conventional incandescent bulb or compact fluorescent lamp to obtain power therefrom. Accordingly, the lamp 100 can replace the conventional incandescent bulb or the compact fluorescent lamp.

[0024] The removable cover 10 is connected to the one end of the socket 115 of the lamp housing 111 with the connection portion 102, providing ease of removal.

[0025] The removable cover 10 has a light emitting surface 101a and a light incident surface 101b spacing a fixed distance from the light emitting surface 101a. The removable cover 10 defines a concave portion 103 enclosed by the light incident surface 101b and the light incident surface 101b is coated with a luminescent layer.

[0026] The lamp 100 can emit a different kind of light when the removable cover 10 is replace by another removable cover 10 having a different luminescent layer, and a different luminous distribution when the removable cover 10 is replaced by another removable cover 10 having a different shape. The removable cover 10 can be hexagonal, cylindrical, bullet-shaped, or other shape.

[0027] Referring to FIG. 2, a removable cover 30 includes a light incident surface 302 and a hemispherical light emitting surface 301. The removable cover 30 differs from the removable cover 10 only in its definition of a plurality of through holes 303 extending through the light emitting surface 301 and the light incident surface 302. The plurality of through holes 303 increases air convection and heat dissipation of the lamp 100.

[0028] As shown in FIG. 3, the lamp 200 in accordance with a second embodiment includes a removable cover 20 and a main body 21. The main body 21 includes a lamp housing 211, a printed circuit board (PCB) 212, at least one light emitting element 213, and a threaded base 214. The lamp housing 211 has a socket 215.

[0029] The light emitting element 213 can be a light emitting diode or light emitting diode chip.

[0030] The printed circuit board (PCB) 212 is received in the socket 215. The light emitting element 213 is electrically connected to the printed circuit board (PCB) 212. The inside wall of the socket 215 is threaded.

[0031] The removable cover 20 includes a light-transmission portion 201 and a connection portion 202. The connection portion 202 engages the threads of the socket 215 of the lamp housing 211. Light from the at least one light emitting element 213 is emitted from the light-transmission portion 201.

[0032] The removable cover 20 is transparent and can be made of resin, epoxy resin, silicone, polymer, polyester, or acrylic resin.

[0033] The threaded base 214 is connected to an end of the lamp housing 211 opposite to the socket 215.

[0034] In this embodiment, the transparent removable cover 20 has a light emitting surface 201a and a light incident surface 201b. The light incident surface 201b is a plane parallel to the light emitting element 231 mounting surface of the PCB 212. The light emitting surface 201a of the light-transmission portion 201 is arced and coated with a luminescent layer thereon. The connection portion 202 extends downwardly from the light incident surface 201b and is located within and below the light emitting surface 201a.

[0035] Referring to FIG. 4, a removable cover 40 includes a light emitting surface 401 and a light incident surface 402. The light emitting surface 401 is arced. The light incident surface 402 includes a plurality of continuously-arranged, trapezoidal protrusions 4021 thereon. The trapezoidal protrusions 4021 face and are optically coupled with the at least one light emitting element 213. The light from the at least one light emitting element 213 passes through the trapezoidal protrusions 4021 into the removable cover 40, and then is emitted from the light emitting surface 401.

[0036] As shown in FIG. 5, the removable cover 50 includes a light emitting surface 501 and a light incident surface 502. The light emitting surface 501 is arced. A plurality of saw-toothed protrusions 5011 are configured on the light emitting surface 501.

[0037] The removable cover 50 differs from the removable cover 30 of FIG. 3 only in that the light emitting surface 501 of the removable cover 50 has saw-toothed protrusions 5011. The light which radiates through the saw-tooth protrusions 5011 of the light emitting surface 501 has a uniform brightness.

[0038] Referring to FIG. 6, the removable cover 60 includes a light emitting surface 601 and a light incident surface 602. The light emitting surface 601 is arced. A plurality of continuously-arranged arced protrusions 603 are formed on the light incident surface 602. The light which radiates the arced protrusions 603 has a uniform brightness. Furthermore, the light passing through the arced profile of the light emitting surface 601 and the saw-tooth protrusions 603 provides a wing-shaped distribution curve.

[0039] Referring to FIG. 7, a removable cover 70 includes a light emitting surface 701 and a light incident surface 702. The light emitting surface 701 is arced. The light incident surface 702 is recessed toward the light emitting surface 701 and defines a cavity 703. The light incident surface 702 includes an inclined surface 7021 arranged obliquely relatively to the printed circuit board 212 of FIG. 3 and a curved surface 7022 connecting to the inclined surface 7021.

[0040] The light passes through the light incident surface 702 to generate a nonsymmetrical luminous distribution as shown in FIG. 8. It is understandable that distribution can be changed according to the relative position of the curved surface 7022 and the inclined surface 7021.

[0041] As shown in FIG. 9, a removable cover 80 includes a light emitting surface 801 and a light incident surface 802. The light emitting surface 801 is arced, which defines a cone-shaped cavity 803 in a top thereof. After the removable cover 80 is assembled to the main body 21 of FIG. 3, the light generated by the at least one light emitting element 213 is modulated by the removable cover 80 to have a wing-shaped distribution curve.

[0042] Referring to FIG. 10, a removable cover 90 includes a light emitting surface 901 and a light incident surface 902. The light emitting surface 901 is hemispherical. The light incident surface 902 includes a convex surface 9022 and a curved surface 9021 connected to a periphery edge of the convex surface 9022. The curved surface 9021 extends downwardly from the periphery edge of the convex surface. The convex surface 9022 protrudes downwardly to face the at least one light emitting element 213 of FIG. 3 and is configured for collecting the light from the at least one light emitting element 213 to transmit through the convex surface 9022 and the curved surface 9021.

[0043] While the disclosure has been described by way of example and in terms of exemplary embodiment, it is to be understood that the disclosure is not limited thereto. To the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements (as would be apparent to those skilled in the art). Therefore, the scope of the appended claims should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements.


Claims

1. A lamp, comprising: a main body and a removable cover, the main body including a lamp housing, a printed circuit board (PCB), at least one light emitting element, and a threaded base, wherein the lamp housing defines a socket receiving the PCB and the at least one light emitting element therein, wherein the PCB is electrically connected to the at least one light emitting element and fixed in the socket, the threaded base is connected to the lamp housing at an end of the lamp housing opposite the socket, and the removable cover covers the at least one light emitting element of the socket of the lamp housing, wherein the removable cover includes a light-transmission portion and a connection portion, the connection portion connected to the end of the lamp housing comprising the socket, and the light-transmission portion is opposite to the socket.
 
2. The lamp of claim 1, wherein the light-transmission portion of the removable cover comprises a light incident surface adjacent to the at least one light emitting element and a light emitting surface opposite to the light incident surface, and the connection portion connects to the light incident surface of the light-transmission portion.
 
3. The lamp of claim 2, wherein the light-transmission portion of the removable cover is defined with at least one through hole passing through the light emitting surface and the light incident surface for facilitating heat dissipation of the at least one light emitting element.
 
4. The lamp of claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the light incident surface defines a socket recessed toward the light emitting surface.
 
5. The lamp of claim 4, wherein the bottom of the socket includes an inclined surface arranged obliquely relatively to the printed circuit board and a curved surface connecting to the inclined surface.
 
6. The lamp of claim 4, wherein the light incidence surface of the removable cover comprises a convex surface protruding toward the at least one light emitting element and a curved surface connecting to a periphery edge of the convex surface.
 
7. The lamp of claim 2, wherein the light incident surface comprises a plurality of continuously-arranged trapezoidal protrusions facing and optically coupled to the light emitting element.
 
8. The lamp of claim 2, wherein the light emitting surface comprises a plurality of saw-toothed protrusions.
 
9. The lamp of claim 2, wherein the light emitting surface of the removable cover comprises a cone-shaped cavity.
 
10. The lamp of any preceding claim, wherein the light incident surface of the removable cover is coated with a luminescent layer.
 
11. The lamp of any preceding claim, wherein the removable cover is made of epoxy resin, silicone, polymer, polyester or acrylic resin.
 
12. The lamp of any preceding claim, wherein the connection portion is connected to the end of the lamp housing comprising the socket by a threaded engagement between the connecting portion and the lamp housing.
 




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