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"Led Lighting Module, Led Lighting System and Led Lighting Retrofit Kit" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 10, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventor Veilleux, Daniel (Longueuil, CA), filed on May 23, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to SEVLights.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "(a) Field

"The subject matter disclosed generally relates to electrical lighting devices and systems. More particularly, the subject matter disclosed relates to LED lighting devices, LED lighting systems and LED lighting kits.

"(b) Related Prior Art

"Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have many advantages over fluorescent lights. LEDs are more efficient, last longer, and are less sensitive to vibrations and low temperatures. To take advantage of the benefits of LEDs, lights in the shape of conventional fluorescent tubes have been constructed in the past to include LEDs. However, the troffer in which tubes are suspended are usually not designed for receiving such LED lighting modules in the shape of conventional fluorescent tubes.

"There is therefore a need for LED lighting modules, LED lighting systems and LED lighting retrofit kits to overcome the prior art disadvantages."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to another embodiment, there is provided a LED lighting retrofit kit for installation on a support member. The LED lighting retrofit kit comprises: an electrical retrofit connector assembly for installation on the support member, the electrical retrofit connector assembly for electrical connection to an external power source; a mechanical connector assembly for installation on the support member at a predetermined distance from the electrical retrofit connector assembly; and a LED lighting module for releasably connecting between the electrical retrofit connector assembly and the mechanical connector assembly, the LED lighting module comprising: a LED module electrical connector assembly for releasably electrically connecting to the electrical retrofit connector assembly; and a LED module mechanical connector assembly for releasably mechanically connecting to a mechanical connector assembly.

"According to yet another embodiment, the connection between the LED module mechanical connector assembly and the mechanical connector assembly is exclusively mechanical, that is, without any electrical connection.

"According to another embodiment, the electrical retrofit connector assembly comprises a recess and the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a pin member for electrically connecting to the recess on the electrical retrofit connector assembly.

"According to a further embodiment, the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a plurality of spaced apart pin members.

"According to yet another embodiment, the mechanical connector assembly comprises a recess and the LED module mechanical connector assembly comprises a projecting portion for releasably connecting to the recess on the mechanical connector assembly.

"According to yet another embodiment, the electrical retrofit connector assembly comprises an electrical receiving element.

"According to yet another embodiment, the electrical receiving element is substantially closed and comprises an opening allowing passage of electrical wiring.

"According to yet another embodiment, the LED lighting retrofit kit further comprises an attachment portion extending from the electrical receiving element, the attachment portion for mounting to the support member.

"According to yet another embodiment, the mechanical connector assembly comprises a mechanical receiving element.

"According to yet another embodiment, the LED lighting retrofit kit further comprises an attachment portion extending from the mechanical receiving element, the attachment portion for mounting to the support member.

"According to another embodiment, there is provided a LED lighting system for connection to a power source. The LED lighting system comprises: a troffer defining a first end and a second end; an electrical retrofit connector assembly located proximate the first end of the troffer and for electrical connection to the power source; and a mechanical connector assembly located proximate the second end of the troffer; a LED lighting module for releasably connecting between the electrical retrofit connector assembly and the mechanical connector assembly, the LED lighting module comprising: a LED module electrical connector assembly for releasably electrically connecting to the electrical retrofit connector assembly; and a LED module mechanical connector assembly for releasably mechanically connecting to a mechanical connector assembly.

"According to a further embodiment, the electrical retrofit connector assembly comprises a plurality of electrical retrofit connector assemblies spaced apart and proximate the first end of the troffer; the mechanical connector assembly comprises a plurality of mechanical connector assemblies spaced apart and proximate the second end of the troffer; and the LED lighting system comprises a plurality of LED lighting modules for connection between a respective pair made of one electrical retrofit connector assembly of the a plurality of electrical retrofit connector assemblies and one mechanical connector assembly of the plurality of mechanical connector assemblies.

"According to yet another embodiment, the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a pin member electrically connected to a corresponding recess on the electrical retrofit connector assembly.

"According to another embodiment, the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a plurality of spaced apart pin members electrically connected to a plurality of corresponding recesses on the electrical retrofit connector assembly.

"According to a further embodiment, the LED module mechanical connector assembly comprises a projecting portion releasably connected to a corresponding recess on the mechanical connector assembly.

"According to an embodiment, there is provided a LED lighting module forming part of a LED lighting system comprising a mechanical connector assembly and for connection to an external power source, the LED lighting module comprising: light emitting diodes (LEDs); a LED module electrical connector assembly for releasably electrically connecting to the external power source; and a LED module mechanical connector assembly for releasably mechanically connecting to the mechanical connector assembly.

"According to another embodiment, the LED lighting module further comprises a mounting surface on which are mounted the LEDs.

"According to a further embodiment, the LED lighting system further comprises an electrical retrofit connector assembly which comprises a recess, the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a pin member for electrically connecting to the recess on the electrical retrofit connector assembly.

"According to yet another embodiment, the LED module electrical connector assembly comprises a plurality of spaced apart pin members.

"According to another embodiment, the mechanical connector assembly comprises a recess and the LED module mechanical connector assembly comprises a projecting portion for releasably connecting to a corresponding recess on the mechanical connector assembly. Features and advantages of the subject matter hereof will become more apparent in light of the following detailed description of selected embodiments, as illustrated in the accompanying figures. As will be realized, the subject matter disclosed and claimed is capable of modifications in various respects, all without departing from the scope of the claims. Accordingly, the drawings and the description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature, and not as restrictive and the full scope of the subject matter is set forth in the claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Further features and advantages of the present disclosure will become apparent from the following detailed description, taken in combination with the appended drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 is a perspective exploded view of a LED lighting module in accordance with an embodiment;

"FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the LED module electrical connector assembly and the LED module mechanical connector assembly of the LED lighting modules in accordance with an embodiment;

"FIG. 3A is a top view of an existing troffer receiving four neon lights and the corresponding ballasts;

"FIG. 3B is a top view of the existing troffer of FIG. 3A from which the neon lights and the corresponding ballasts are removed;

"FIG. 3C is a top view of a LED lighting retrofit kit which includes three LED lighting modules, the electrical retrofit connector assembly and the mechanical connector assembly in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 3D is a top view of the installed LED lighting retrofit kit of FIG. 3C, with the three LED lights installed with the electrical retrofit connector assembly and mechanical connector assembly in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 4A is a top view of an electrical retrofit connector assembly in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 4B is a top view of a mechanical connector assembly in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 4C is a perspective view of a wiring assembly forming part of the LED lighting retrofit kit in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 5A is a perspective view of an electrical receiving element in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 5B is a perspective view of the electrical receiving element of FIG. 5A receiving an electrical retrofit connector assembly;

"FIG. 6A is a perspective view of a mechanical receiving element in accordance with another embodiment;

"FIG. 6B is a perspective view of the mechanical receiving element of FIG. 6A receiving a mechanical connector assembly;

"FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an uninstalled LED lighting retrofit kit for one LED lighting module in accordance with an embodiment; and

"FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an uninstalled LED lighting retrofit kit for three LED lighting modules in accordance with another embodiment.

"It will be noted that throughout the appended drawings, like features are identified by like reference numerals."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Veilleux, Daniel. Led Lighting Module, Led Lighting System and Led Lighting Retrofit Kit. Filed May 23, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4470&p=90&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Light-emitting Diode, SEVLights.

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