(19)
(11)EP 3 196 472 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
26.07.2017 Bulletin 2017/30

(21)Application number: 17150933.4

(22)Date of filing:  11.01.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F04D 25/08  (2006.01)
F04D 25/06  (2006.01)
F04D 29/60  (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 RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 19.01.2016 TW 105101573

(71)Applicant: Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd.
Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C. (TW)

(72)Inventors:
  • HORNG, Alex
    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, R.O.C. (TW)
  • YIN, Tso-Kuo
    Linya Dist., Kaohsiung City, TAIWAN R.O.C. (TW)
  • SHAN, Duo-Nian
    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.) (TW)

(74)Representative: Louis Pöhlau Lohrentz 
Patentanwälte Postfach 30 55
90014 Nürnberg
90014 Nürnberg (DE)

  


(54)HANGER ASSEMBLY OF A CEILING FAN


(57) A hanger assembly of a ceiling fan is designed with a lower failure rate. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan includes a mounting bracket (1), a coupling rod (2) and a fan rod (3). The mounting bracket (1) has two lateral walls (11) opposing to each other. Each of the two lateral walls (11) includes a mounting end (12), a hanger end (13) and a receiving portion (14). The coupling rod (2) has two ends respectively received in the receiving portions (14) of the two lateral walls (11). The fan rod (3) has a first end (31) coupled with the coupling rod (2), as well as a second end (32) adapted to couple with a stator (4) of a motor of the ceiling fan.




Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


1. Field of the Invention



[0001] The present disclosure generally relates to a hanger assembly of a ceiling fan and, more particularly, to a hanger assembly having a mounting bracket to which a coupling rod is rotatably coupled.

2. Description of the Related Art



[0002] FIG. 1 shows a hanger assembly 9 of a conventional ceiling fan. The hanger assembly 9 includes a mounting bracket 91, a bracket-coupling portion 92 and a fan rod 93. Bracket-coupling portion 92 is coupled with mounting bracket 91, and fan rod 93 can be coupled with bracket-coupling portion 92. Mounting bracket 91 can be fixed to the ceiling, and fan rod 93 can be coupled with a ceiling fan. As such, the ceiling fan can be hanged on hanger assembly 9 below the ceiling.

[0003] However, the ceiling fan is usually heavy. As such, when the fan rod 93 and the ceiling fan experience an external force (resulting from earthquake, for example), bracket-coupling portion 92 or fan rod 93 may break under a stress concentrating on the interconnected part between bracket-coupling portion 92 and mounting bracket 91 or between bracket-coupling portion 92 and fan rod 93. In order to prevent breaking of bracket-coupling portion 92 or fan rod 93, bracket-coupling portion 92 is often provided with a rounded face 921 (which is commonly known as "mushroom head" due to its shape) through which bracket-coupling portion 92 is coupled with mounting bracket 91. In this arrangement, bracket-coupling portion 92 is able to displace relative to mounting bracket 91 when the fan rod 93 and the ceiling fan experience the external force. As such, the fan rod 93 and the ceiling fan can swing as bracket-coupling portion 92 swings, preventing breaking of bracket-coupling portion 92 or the fan rod 93.

[0004] During the operation where the ceiling fan drives the blades to rotate, the ceiling fan always experiences a torque F acted in a circumferential direction perpendicular to an axial direction X. However, since bracket-coupling portion 92 is coupled with mounting bracket 91 via rounded face 921, bracket-coupling portion 92 will pivot about an axle parallel to axial direction X under torque F. As a result, the ceiling fan always shakes every time it starts, leading to an impact on the service life of the hanger assembly 9 or the ceiling fan.

[0005] Moreover, a lead wire W often extends inside bracket-coupling portion 92 and fan rod 93. Therefore, when bracket-coupling portion 92 pivots about the axle parallel to axial direction X, lead wire W in bracket-coupling portion 92 and fan rod 93 will be twisted. As a result, lead wire W can be twisted apart under the twisting force, leading to a high failure rate of the ceiling fan.

[0006] In light of this, it is necessary to provide a novel hanger assembly of a ceiling fan, so as to prolong the service life of the ceiling fan and the hanger assembly and to reduce the failure rate of the ceiling fan.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0007] It is therefore the objective of this disclosure to provide a novel hanger assembly of a ceiling fan. Through the arrangement of two receiving portions respectively on two lateral walls of a mounting bracket, two ends of a coupling rod may be respectively received in the two lateral walls while a fan rod is coupled with the coupling rod for connection with the mounting bracket.

[0008] In an embodiment of the disclosure, a hanger assembly of a ceiling fan is disclosed. The hanger assembly includes a mounting bracket, a coupling rod and a fan rod. The mounting bracket has two lateral walls opposing to each other. Each of the two lateral walls includes a mounting end, a hanger end and a receiving portion. The coupling rod has two ends respectively received in the receiving portions of the two lateral walls. The fan rod has a first end coupled with the coupling rod, as well as a second end adapted to couple with a stator of the motor of the ceiling fan.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0009] 

FIG. 1 is an exploded view of a hanger assembly of a conventional ceiling fan.

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of a ceiling fan according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG 3 shows a coupling process between a coupling rod and a mounting bracket of the ceiling fan according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG 4 is a side view of the ceiling fan taken along a first direction according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG 5 is a side view of the ceiling fan taken along a second direction according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 6 is a top view of the ceiling fan taken along an axial direction according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 7 shows the mounting bracket where a receiving portion thereof is in the form of a blind hole according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 8 shows the receiving portion of a lateral wall of the mounting bracket taken along the first direction according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 9 shows the receiving portion of the lateral wall of the mounting bracket taken along the first direction, in which the coupling rod reaches a position of the receiving portion where the outer diameter of the end of the coupling rod is approximately the minimal diameter of the receiving portion, according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG 10 shows the receiving portion of the lateral wall of the mounting bracket taken along the first direction, in which the minimal diameter of the receiving portion is smaller than the outer diameter of the end of the coupling rod, according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG 11 shows a coupling portion of a connection member of a fan rod taken along the second direction according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 12 shows the coupling portion of the connection member of the fan rod taken along the second direction, in which the minimal diameter of the coupling portion is smaller than an outer diameter of a shaft of the fan rod, according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 13 shows the mounting bracket receiving a coupling rod that is provided with a wire groove according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 14 is a top view of the mounting bracket in which an electrical box is to be inserted thereinto according to the embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 15 is a top view of the mounting bracket in which the electrical box includes two engaging portions respectively engaged with the lateral walls of the mounting bracket.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0010] FIG. 2 is an exploded view of a hanger assembly of a ceiling fan according to an embodiment of the disclosure. The hanger assembly includes a mounting bracket 1, a coupling rod 2 and a fan rod 3. Coupling rod 2 is coupled with mounting bracket 1. Fan rod 3 is coupled with coupling rod 2.

[0011] Mounting bracket 1 includes two lateral walls 11. Each of the lateral walls 11 includes a mounting end 12 and a hanger end 13 spaced from each other in an axial direction X. The two lateral walls 11 are opposite to each other in a first direction Y perpendicular to axial direction X. Mounting end 12 may be mounted to a predetermined structure such as the ceiling of a building. Each of the lateral walls 11 further includes a receiving portion 14 spaced from hanger end 13 in axial direction X, such that receiving portion 14 is located between hanger end 13 and mounting end 12. In addition, the receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11 are aligned with each other in first direction Y. In the embodiment, receiving portion 14 is in the form of an opening extending through lateral wall 11 in first direction Y.

[0012] Coupling rod 2 includes two ends that are received in receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11, respectively. As such, coupling rod 2 can be coupled with mounting bracket 1. Since receiving portion 14 is in the form of an opening in the embodiment, each end of coupling rod 2 can extend into a respective receiving portion 14, increasing the contact areas between coupling rod 2 and lateral walls 11. Coupling rod 2 can rotate in receiving portions 14 of lateral walls 11. In other words, coupling rod 2 can rotate about an axle parallel to first direction Y.

[0013] Fan rod 3 includes a first end 31 and a second end 32. First end 31 and second end 32 are spaced from each other in axial direction X. First end 31 is coupled with coupling rod 2, and second end 32 is coupled with a stator 4 of a motor of the ceiling fan.

[0014] Based on the above structure, referring to FIG. 3, when the hanger assembly of the ceiling fan according to the embodiment of the disclosure is in use, first end 31 of fan rod 3 may be coupled with coupling rod 2, and second end 32 of fan rod 3 can be coupled with stator 4 of the motor of the ceiling fan. In such an arrangement, coupling rod 2 can be coupled with mounting bracket 1 by simply placing two ends of coupling rod 2 respectively into receiving portions 14 of lateral walls 11, allowing the ceiling fan to be hanged on mounting bracket 1. Specifically, the motor of the ceiling fan may further include a rotor 5. Rotor 5 of the motor may be coupled with a plurality of blades, and is rotatably coupled with stator 4 of the motor. As shown in FIG 3, since the motor of the ceiling fan is usually of an outer-rotor type, rotor 5 of the motor is rotatably coupled with an outer periphery of stator 4 of the motor. Stator 4 of the motor includes a shaft tube 41 coupled with second end 32 of fan rod 3. As such, stator 4 of the motor is able to drive rotor 5 to rotate, such that the air current can be generated under the rotation of the blades.

[0015] Please also refer to FIG 4, coupling rod 2 is able to rotate in receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11. Therefore, fan rod 3 and stator 4 are able to swing relative to mounting bracket 1 under the rotation of coupling rod 2 when experiencing the external force. This prevents the stress from concentrating on the interconnected part between coupling rod 2 and mounting bracket 1.

[0016] First end 31 of fan rod 3 is coupled with coupling rod 2 via a connection member 33. Connection member 33 includes a retaining portion 331 and a coupling portion 332 located at two ends of connection member 33, respectively. Retaining portion 331 may be fixed to first end 31 of fan rod 3, and coupling portion 332 is pivotally coupled with coupling rod 2. Alternatively, retaining portion 331 may be fixed to coupling rod 2. Coupling portion 332 is pivotally coupled with first end 31 of fan rod 3 and is able to pivot about an axle parallel to a second direction Z. For example, in this embodiment, retaining portion 331 is fixed to first end 31 of fan rod 3, and coupling portion 332 is pivotally coupled with coupling rod 2. However, retaining portion 331 may also be fixed to coupling rod 2, and coupling portion 332 may also be pivotally coupled with first end 31 of fan rod 3. The disclosure is not limited to either implementation. In the embodiment, coupling portion 332 may be in the form of a though-hole and may be coupled with a shaft 333. Coupling portion 332 is able to pivot about shaft 333. Coupling rod 2 may include a hole 21 through which shaft 333 can extend. As such, coupling portion 332 can pivotally couple with shaft 333. Shaft 333 is parallel to second direction Z so that coupling portion 332 can pivot about the axle parallel to second direction Z.

[0017] Based on this, referring to FIG. 5, coupling portion 332 of connection member 33 can pivot about shaft 333. As such, the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 are able to swing relative to coupling rod 2 at shaft 333 when experiencing the external force, preventing the stress from concentrating on the interconnected part between fan rod 3 and coupling rod 2 (i.e. connection member 33).

[0018] From the above, it can be known that the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 are able to swing relative to mounting bracket 1 under the rotation of coupling rod 2 when experiencing the external force, allowing the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 to swing in first direction Y. Likewise, the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 are able to swing relative to coupling rod 2 under the rotation of shaft 333, allowing the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 to swing in second direction Z. As such, the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 are able to swing in first direction Y or second direction Z when experiencing the external force acted in axial direction X, thereby preventing the stress from concentrating on the interconnected part between coupling rod 2 and mounting bracket 1 or between fan rod 3 and coupling rod 2. Advantageously, breaking of coupling rod 2 or fan rod 3 can be effectively prevented.

[0019] Referring to FIG. 6, during the operation of the stator (not shown) of the motor, a rotor 5 of the motor must be driven to rotate. In this regard, the stator of the motor needs to bear a torque F acted in a circumferential direction. However, since the two ends of coupling rod 2 are respectively received in receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11, coupling rod 2 can only rotate about the axle parallel to first direction Y. Similarly, in the embodiment, coupling portion 332 is pivotally coupled with coupling rod 2 via a shaft 333, and shaft 333 extends through hole 21 of coupling rod 2 and is parallel to second direction Z. Hence, coupling portion 332 can only pivot about the axle parallel to second direction Z. As such, the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 will not pivot about an axle parallel to axial direction X when stator 4 of the motor experiences torque F, thus effectively preventing shaking of stator 4 of the motor during the activation of the ceiling fan and prolonging the service life of the hanger assembly and the ceiling fan.

[0020] Based on the above structure, various features of the hanger assembly and the ceiling fan are elaborated below.

[0021] In the above embodiment, although receiving portion 14 of each lateral wall 11 is in the form of an opening extending through two surfaces of lateral wall 11 in first direction Y, receiving portion 14 can also be in the form of a blind hole as shown in FIG. 7. In this regard, the lateral walls 11 will include two blind holes respectively formed on the inner surfaces of the lateral walls 11 and facing each other in first direction Y. Since the receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11 are aligned with each other in first direction Y, the two ends of coupling rod 2 can be received in receiving portions 14, respectively. The blind holes can prevent the two ends of coupling rod 2 from extending out of the lateral walls 11, so as to prevent exposure of said ends of coupling rod 2. As such, the two ends of coupling rod 2 will not become rusty easily.

[0022] Reference to FIGS. 2, 4 and 8 is now made, in which FIG 8 shows receiving portion 14 of lateral wall 11 viewed in first direction Y. Receiving portion 14 includes a shrinking section 141 having two lateral edges spaced from each other in second direction Z, and each of the two lateral edges of shrinking section 141 may be in a linear form on a plane formed by axial direction X and second direction Z (perpendicular to first direction Y). The diameter of shrinking section 141 reduces from one end, which is relatively adjacent to mounting end 12, to another end which is relatively adjacent to hanger end 13. Specifically, shrinking section 141 has a larger end relatively adjacent to mounting end 12, as well as a smaller end relatively adjacent to hanger end 13. Shrinking section 141 has a maximal diameter R1 in second direction Z, as well as a minimal diameter R2 in second direction Z. Maximal diameter R1 is located at the larger end, and minimal diameter R2 is located at the smaller end. Each of the two ends of coupling rod 2 has an outer diameter R. Based on this, the diameter of shrinking section 141 (which is parallel to second direction Z) gradually reduces from the position of maximal diameter R1 to the position of minimal diameter R2. Maximal diameter R1 is larger than outer diameter R, and minimal diameter R2 is smaller than or equal to outer diameter R. Receiving portion 14 may further include a connection section 142 connected between the two lateral edges of shrinking section 141 at the smaller end relatively adjacent to hanger end 13. Connection section 142 may be in an arched form. Based on this, referring to FIG. 3 also, the two ends of coupling rod 2 can be respectively placed into receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11 via the larger end of shrinking section 141 relatively adjacent to mounting end 12. Since maximal diameter R1 is larger than outer diameter R, the two ends of coupling rod 2 can be easily placed into receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11, respectively. As such, the assembly of coupling rod 2 and mounting bracket 1 is convenient. Besides, referring to FIG. 9, each of the two ends of coupling rod 2 may displace down shrinking section 141 towards hanger end 13 and become engaged with receiving portion 14 when coupling rod 2 reaches a position in shrinking section 141 where the diameter of shrinking section 141 is approximately the outer diameter R of the end of coupling rod 2. As such, the two ends of coupling rod 2 are fixed.

[0023] In the embodiment, minimal diameter R2 of shrinking section 141 of receiving portion 14 is equal to outer diameter R of the end of coupling rod 2. Therefore, the end of coupling rod 2 can be engaged at the bottom side of receiving portion 14 (i.e. connection section 142), so that the lateral walls 11 are able to provide a sufficient supporting force for coupling rod 2. However, in another implementation shown in FIG 10, minimal diameter R2 of shrinking section 141 of receiving portion 14 can also be smaller than outer diameter R of the end of coupling rod 2. In this arrangement, the end of coupling rod 2 will not be able to reach the bottom side of receiving portion 14, forming a spacing 143 between the outer periphery of the end of coupling rod 2 and the inner periphery of connection section 142. Since coupling rod 2 constantly rotates in receiving portions 14 under the heavy weight of the fan rod 3 and the ceiling fan, friction between the coupling rod 2 and the lateral walls 11 is caused such that coupling rod 2 tends to wear down quickly at two ends thereof after a long term of use. Therefore, when the minimal diameter R2 of shrinking section 141 of receiving portion 14 is smaller than outer diameter R of the end of coupling rod 2, the end of coupling rod 2 will displace further down shrinking section 141 towards hanger end 13 under the gravity when the two ends of coupling rod 2 have worn down. As a result, the end of coupling rod 2 can remain engaged with receiving portion 14, ensuring a stable coupling effect between coupling rod 2 and mounting bracket 1. Furthermore, since a spacing 143 will be formed between the outer periphery of the coupling rod 2 and the inner periphery of receiving portion 14 at connection section 142, the connection section 142 may be in the arched form, a linear form or other form without affecting the coupling effect between coupling rod 2 and mounting bracket 1.

[0024] With reference made to FIGS. 2, 5 and 11, in which FIG. 11 shows coupling portion 332 of connection member 33 viewed in second direction Z. Coupling portion 332 includes a reducing portion 332a having two sides spaced from each other in first direction Y. Each of the two sides may be in a linear form on the plane perpendicular to second direction Z. In addition, reducing portion 332a includes a larger end relatively adjacent to first end 31 of fan rod 3, as well as a smaller end relatively distant to first end 31 of fan rod 3. Based on this, the inner diameter of reducing portion 332a gradually reduces from the larger end to the smaller end. Specifically, reducing portion 332a has a maximal inner diameter r1 in first direction Y, as well as a minimal inner diameter r2 in first direction Y. Maximal inner diameter r1 is located at the larger end, and minimal inner diameter r2 is located at the smaller end. In addition, each end of shaft 333 has an outer diameter r. The inner diameter of reducing portion 332a gradually reduces from the position of maximal inner diameter r1 to the position of minimal inner diameter r2. Maximal inner diameter r1 is larger than outer diameter r, and minimal inner diameter r2 is smaller than or equal to outer diameter r. In this arrangement, when it is desired to extend shaft 333 through coupling portion 332 in order to couple shaft 333 with coupling portion 332, shaft 333 may extend through reducing portion 332a via the larger end of reducing portion 332a relatively adjacent to first end 31 of fan rod 3. In this regard, since maximal inner diameter r1 is larger than outer diameter r, shaft 333 can easily extend through coupling portion 332, providing a convenient engagement between coupling portion 332 and shaft 333. Besides, referring to FIGS. 3, 5 and 12, when the ceiling fan is hanged on mounting bracket 1, coupling portion 332 can be pulled away from mounting end 12 of mounting bracket 1 by fan rod 3. As such, shaft 333 can displace in a direction away from first end 31 along reducing portion 332a until shaft 333 reaches a position where the inner diameter of reducing portion 332a is approximately the outer diameter r of shaft 333. In this moment, shaft 333 becomes engaged with reducing portion 332a to fix connection member 33 in place.

[0025] Referring to FIGS. 2-5, second end 32 of fan rod 3 can be connected to stator 4 of the motor via another connection member 33. Specifically, retaining portion 331 of the other connection member 33 can be fixed to second end 32 of fan rod 3. In this regard, coupling portion 332 of the other connection member 33 is pivotally coupled with a shaft tube 41. Alternatively, retaining portion 331 can be fixed to shaft tube 41, and coupling portion 332 is pivotally coupled with second end 32 of fan rod 3. In this arrangement, the two ends of fan rod 3 can be respectively coupled with stator 4 of the motor and coupling rod 2 via the two connection members 33 that have the same structure. Thus, it does not need to prepare two different molds to manufacture two different connection members for connecting fan rod 3 to stator 4 of the motor and coupling rod 2, thereby reducing the cost of the hanger assembly of the ceiling fan. Moreover, referring to FIG. 2, each of the two connection members 33 may further include two symmetric connection elements 33a in the embodiment. Since the symmetric connection elements 33a have a simpler structure, the production complexity of the connection members 33 can be reduced. On the other hand, as shown in FIG 5, fan rod 3 may include a channel 34 having two ends respectively in communication with first end 31 and second end 32 of fan rod 3. Based on this, shaft tube 41 of stator 4 is extended into and fixed in channel 34 of fan rod 3 to prevent stator 4 from pivoting relative to fan rod 3. For example, in the embodiment, shaft tube 41 may abut against an inner wall of fan rod 3 forming the channel 34, so as to prevent stator 4 of the motor from pivoting relative to fan rod 3. As such, when the stator 4 of the motor and the fan rod 3 experience an external force, they will swing together in first direction Y or second direction Z. As a result, stator 4 of the motor can be prevented from pivoting relative to fan rod 3.

[0026] Besides, referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, the two ends of fan rod 3 are respectively connected to stator 4 of the motor and coupling rod 2 via the two connection members 33 that have the same structure. In addition, retaining portion 331 of connection member 33 may be in the form of a screwing member (such as a screw or a pin). For the upper connection member 33 that is connected to coupling rod 2, retaining portion 331 of said connection member 33 may be arranged in a direction (the claimed first direction) non-parallel to the direction (the claimed second direction) of retaining portion 331 of the lower connection member 33, that is connected to stator 4 of the motor, on the plane perpendicular to axial direction X. Preferably, retaining portions 331 of two connection members 33 are arranged in perpendicular to each other to reinforce the coupling effect between fan rod 3 and stator 4 of the motor and coupling rod 2.

[0027] Referring to FIGS. 2, 3 and 7, at least one of the lateral walls 11 includes a step portion 15 arranged between mounting end 12 and hanger end 13, such that a spacing between the two mounting ends 12 of lateral walls 11 is larger than a spacing between the two hanger ends 13 of lateral walls 11. In this arrangement, the spacing between the two mounting ends 12 of lateral walls 11 may be larger than the length of coupling rod 2, the spacing between the two hanger ends 13 of lateral walls 11 may be smaller than the length of coupling rod 2, and the receiving portion 14 may extend through step portion 15. When it is desired to hang the ceiling fan on mounting bracket 1, coupling rod 2 that is located right between the two mounting ends 12 may be placed further into the space between the lateral walls 11, and then coupling rod 2 is placed into receiving portions 14 of the lateral walls 11 along axial direction X. Besides, mounting bracket 1 may further include a bridge portion 16 connected between the hanger ends 13 of the lateral walls 11 to reinforce the structural strength of mounting bracket 1. Furthermore, a notch 161 may be formed between the hanger ends 13 of the lateral walls 11 and bridge portion 16. Fan rod 3 can extend through notch 161. As such, when coupling rod 2 that is located right between two mounting ends 12 is placed further into the space between the lateral walls 11, fan rod 3 will not make contact with mounting bracket 1.

[0028] Referring to FIGS. 2, 3 and 13, a wire groove 22 may be arranged on an outer periphery of coupling rod 2, so that a lead wire W can be arranged in wire groove 22. Specifically, an electrical box 6 may be arranged between mounting ends 12 of the lateral walls 11 for receiving components such as a driving circuit board, a power converter or a controller. Based on this, electrical box 6 may be provided with lead wire W. Alternatively, when mounting ends 12 of the lateral walls 11 are mounted to a ceiling plate, a wire hole may be arranged on the ceiling plate for lead wire W to extend therethrough. Wire groove 22 may be located between mounting ends 12 of the lateral walls 11 and is on the side of fan rod 3 where first end 31 is. In this arrangement, when lead wire W passes through the space between the two mounting ends 12 and reaches coupling rod 2, lead wire W may extend along wire groove 22. Wire groove 22 may be used as a wire path such that lead wire W may extend to first end 31 of fan rod 3 through the path. Finally, wire groove 22 extends into channel 34 of fan rod 3. As a result, lead wire W may reach second end 32 of fan rod 3 or shaft tube 41 of stator 4 along channel 34, so as to electrically connect to the internal components of stator 4. Therefore, the electricity or control signal that is required for the operation of stator 4 can be provided.

[0029] As stated above, when stator 4 of the motor experiences torque F, stator 4 of the motor, coupling rod 2 and fan rod 3 will not pivot about the axle parallel to axial direction X. Advantageously, lead wire W in wire groove 22, channel 34 and shaft tube 41 will not get twisted and become damaged. Therefore, the hanger assembly does effectively reduce the failure rate of the ceiling fan.

[0030] Besides, an engaging portion 61 may be arranged on each of the two lateral surfaces of electrical box 6 spaced from each other in first direction Y. Engaging portion 61 may extend in second direction Z and may be engaged with a respective lateral wall 11. Referring to FIGS. 14 and 15, in the embodiment, electrical box 6 may be inserted into mounting bracket 1 in second direction Z, such that electrical box 6 is located between mounting ends 12 of the lateral walls 11. In this regard, the two engaging portions 61 are respectively engaged with the lateral walls 11 of mounting bracket 1, thereby fixing electrical box 6 to mounting bracket 1. Since the two engaging portions 61 are able to provide a sufficient retaining effect for electrical box 6, electrical box 6 will not slide relative to mounting bracket 1, thus preventing lead wire W in electrical box 6 from being pulled under such a sliding action. Thus, damage to lead wire W is avoided, further reducing the failure rate of the ceiling fan.


Claims

1. A hanger assembly of a ceiling fan, characterized in comprising:

a mounting bracket (1) having two lateral walls (11) opposing to each other, wherein each of the two lateral walls (11) comprises a mounting end (12), a hanger end (13) and a receiving portion (14);

a coupling rod (2) having two ends respectively received in the receiving portions (14) of the two lateral walls (11); and

a fan rod (3) having a first end (31) coupled with the coupling rod (2), as well as a second end (32) adapted to couple with a stator (4) of a motor of the ceiling fan.


 
2. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the mounting end (12) and the hanger end (13) of the mounting bracket (1) are spaced from each other in an axial direction (X), wherein the two lateral walls (11) are opposite to each other in a first direction (Y) perpendicular to the axial direction (X), wherein the receiving portion (14) is spaced from the hanger end (13) in the axial direction (X), and wherein the receiving portions (14) of the two lateral walls (11) are aligned with each other in the first direction (Y).
 
3. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the receiving portion (14) is in a form of an opening extending through the lateral wall (11) in the first direction (Y), or is in a form of a blind hole.
 
4. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the first and second ends (31 and 32) of the fan rod (3) are spaced from each other in the axial direction (X).
 
5. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the receiving portion (14) comprises a shrinking section (141) having a larger end relatively adjacent to the mounting end (12), as well as a smaller end relatively adjacent to the hanger end (13), wherein the shrinking section (141) has a maximal diameter (R1) in a second direction (Z), as well as a minimal diameter (R2) in the second direction (Z), wherein the maximal diameter (R1) is located at the larger end, wherein the minimal diameter (R2) is located at the smaller end, wherein the coupling rod (2) has two ends, wherein the shrinking section (141) has a diameter that gradually reduces from the position of the maximal diameter (R1) to the position of the minimal diameter (R2), wherein the maximal diameter (R1) of the shrinking section (141) is larger than an outer diameter (R) of each of the two ends of the coupling rod (2), and wherein the minimal diameter (R2) of the shrinking section (141) is smaller than or equal to the outer diameter (R) of each of the two ends of the coupling rod (2).
 
6. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 5, characterized in that the shrinking section (141) comprises two lateral edges spaced from each other in the second direction (Z), and wherein each of the two lateral edges is in a linear form on a plane perpendicular to the first direction (Y).
 
7. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 5, characterized in that the minimal diameter (R2) of the shrinking section (141) is equal to the outer diameter (R) of each of the two ends of the coupling rod (2), wherein the shrinking section (141) comprises two lateral edges spaced from each other in the second direction (Z), wherein the receiving portion (14) further comprises a connection section (142) connected between the two lateral edges of the shrinking section (141) at the smaller end of the shrinking section (141), and wherein the connection section (142) is in an arched form.
 
8. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 5, characterized in that the minimal diameter (R2) of the shrinking section (141) is smaller than the outer diameter (R) of each of the two ends of the coupling rod (2), wherein the shrinking section (141) comprises two lateral edges spaced from each other in the second direction (Z), wherein the receiving portion (14) further comprises a connection section (142) connected between the two lateral edges of the shrinking section (141) at the smaller end of the shrinking section (141), and wherein a spacing (143) is formed between an outer periphery of each of the two ends of the coupling rod (2) and an inner periphery of the connection section (142) of the receiving portion (14) of a respective one of the two lateral walls (11).
 
9. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 2, characterized in that the first end (31) of the fan rod (3) is coupled with the coupling rod (2) via a connection member (33), wherein the connection member (33) comprises a retaining portion (331) and a coupling portion (332), wherein the coupling portion (332) is capable of pivoting about an axle parallel to a second direction (Z) perpendicular to the axial direction (X) and the first direction (Y),
wherein the retaining portion (331) is fixed to the first end (31), and the coupling portion (332) is pivotally coupled with the coupling rod (2); or
the retaining portion (331) is fixed to the coupling rod (2), and the coupling portion (332) is pivotally coupled with the first end (31).
 
10. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 9, characterized in that the coupling portion (332) is in a form of a though-hole and coupled with a shaft (333), wherein the shaft (333) is parallel to the second direction (Z).
 
11. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 10, characterized in that the retaining portion (331) is fixed to the first end (31) of the fan rod (3), wherein the coupling rod (2) comprises a hole (21) through which the shaft (333) extends, wherein the coupling portion (332) is pivotally coupled with the coupling rod (2), wherein the coupling portion (332) comprises a reducing portion (332a), wherein the reducing portion (332a) comprises a larger end relatively adjacent to the first end (31) of the fan rod (3), as well as a smaller end relatively distant to the first end (31) of the fan rod (3), wherein the reducing portion (332a) has an inner diameter that gradually reduces from the larger end to the smaller end, wherein the reducing portion (332a) has a maximal inner diameter (r1) in the first direction (Y), as well as a minimal inner diameter (r2) in the first direction (Y), wherein the maximal inner diameter (r1) is located at the larger end, wherein the minimal inner diameter (r2) is located at the smaller end, wherein the shaft (333) has an outer diameter (r) at each of two ends thereof, wherein the reducing portion (332a) has an inner diameter that gradually reduces from the position of the maximal inner diameter (r1) to the position of the minimal inner diameter (r2), wherein the maximal inner diameter (r1) is larger than the outer diameter (r), and wherein the minimal inner diameter (r2) is smaller than or equal to the outer diameter (r).
 
12. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 11, characterized in that the reducing portion (332a) has two sides spaced from each other in the first direction (Y), wherein each of the two sides of the reducing portion (332a) is in a linear form on a plane perpendicular to the second direction (Z).
 
13. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that at least one of the two lateral walls (11) comprises a step portion (15) arranged between the mounting end (12) and the hanger end (13), wherein the receiving portion (14) extends through the step portion (15), wherein a spacing (143) between the mounting ends (12) of the two lateral walls (11) is larger than a length of the coupling rod (2), and wherein a spacing (143) between the hanger ends (13) of the two lateral walls (11) is smaller than the length of the coupling rod (2).
 
14. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the mounting bracket (1) further comprises a bridge portion (16) connected between the hanger ends (13) of the two lateral walls (11), wherein a notch (161) is formed between the hanger ends (13) of the two lateral walls (11) and the bridge portion (16), and wherein the fan rod (3) extends through the notch (161).
 
15. The hanger assembly of the ceiling fan as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that a wire groove (22) is arranged on an outer periphery of the coupling rod (2), wherein the wire groove (22) is located between the mounting ends (12) of the two lateral walls (11) and is on the side of the fan rod (3) where the first end (31) is, wherein an electrical box (6) is arranged between the mounting ends (12) of the two lateral walls (11), wherein the electrical box (6) is provided with a lead wire (W), wherein the lead wire (W) passes through a space between the mounting ends (12) of the two lateral walls (11), reaches the coupling rod (2), and extends to the first end (31) of the fan rod (3) through the wire groove (22), and wherein the electrical box (6) comprises an engaging portion engaged with one of the two lateral walls (11).
 




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