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June 26, 1962
J. A. PASCUCCI
CEILING SUPPORTIL FOR PENDENT ELECTRIC
3,041,035
FIXTURES AND THE LIKE
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Filed Oct. 27, 1959
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INVENTOR
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June 26, 1962
J. A. PASCUCCI
CEILING SUPPORT FOR PENDENT ELECTRIC
FIXTURES AND THE LIKE
Filed Oct. 27, 1959
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2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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INVENTOR
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Patented June 26, 1962
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FIGURE 1 shows a ?xture 10 supported by a pair of
hangers 11 in accordance with the invention. The
CEILING SUPPORT FOR PENDENT ELECTRIC
FIXTURES AND THE LIKE
Julio A. Pascucci, Meriden, Conn., assignor to The Miller
Company, a corporation of Connecticut
Filed Oct. 27, 1959, Ser. No. 849,064
6 Claims. (Cl. 248-342)
hangers embody quick connect and disconnect features
and at the same time permit the stems 12 to be freely ro
tated relative to the ?xture attachments 13 for the pur
pose of levelling the ?xture 10‘.
FIGURES 2 to 5 illustrate one embodiment of a hanger
in accordance with the invention and it comprises a
bracket 14 for attachment to a ceiling support such as an
This invention relates to ceiling supports for electric
light ?xtures and other similar devices and more spe 1O outlet box, ceiling beams or the like, a ?xture supporting
stem 15, a connector element 16 for coupling the stem to
ci?cally concerns a novel and improved support for a
the bracket 14 and a surrounding canopy 17 to enclose at
?xture supporting stem and ceiling mount that affords
least part of the coupler 16 and the bracket 14. More
wide angular movement of the stern relative to the sup
speci?cally, and as will be observed more clearly in FIG
porting members and at the same time greatly facilitates
URE 3, the bracket 14 is of generally U-shaped con
installation and removal of the ?xture from its supported
?guration having a bottom 18, side walls 19 and 20 and
position.
outwardly extending ?anges 21 and 22. The ?anges are
Supporting devices for pendant ?xtures such as ?uores
cent and incandescent lighting devices have become in
provided with suitable openings 23 for attachment to an
creasingly important through the past year by reason of
outlet box or other ceiling member and the bottom 18
the greatly increased use of electric illumination both in 20 and side wall 20 are provided with cutout portions 18’
the home and in commercial structures. With the in
and 20' for the reception of the coupler 16. The cut
creased lighting ef?ciencies alforded by ?uorescent lamps
out portion 18’ in the bottom 18 of the bracket is in the
increased numbers of ?xtures have been used to provide
form of an elongated recess having substantially parallel
more evenly distributed lighting throughout working and
side walls 24 and at least semicircular recessed portions
living areas, with the result that installation problems
25 formed in the side walls 24 and at points generally
have become increasingly important.
This invention has as one of its advantages the pro
midway between the bracket legs 19 and 20. While the
inner end 26 of the recess has a curved formation of a
vision of an improved hanger that may be easily and
radius generally corresponding to the radius of the coupler
quickly installed with one element being secured to the
16, it is apparent that it may take any desired con?gura
ceiling and a second element cooperating therewith and 30 tion. It is desirable, however, that the end wall 26 be
carrying the ?xture being quickly and easily coupled to
arranged to engage and limit the inward movement of
the ceiling-secured element without the need of tools or
the coupler 16 when it is engaged with the bracket 14 so
other equipment to effect the interconnection.
that a diameter of the coupler 16 will automatically be
Another object of the invention resides in a novel and
aligned with the recessed portions 25, since this will facili
improved device for supporting electric ?xtures that is
tate proper engagement of the cooperating elements as
characterized by its simplicity, ease of installation and
will be described. The outer portions of the side walls 24
relatively low cost.
are sloped outwardly at 24' to facilitate engagement of
Still another object of the invention resides in the pro
the coupler 16 and the leg 20 of the bracket 14 includes
vision of a highly versatile ?xture hanger which is easily
a stepped cutout generally denoted by the numeral 20’
assembled, greatly simpli?es the hanging of ?xtures to 4.0 to provide clearance for the portion of the coupler 16 ex
be supported thereby and forms a dependable, secure
tending above the wall 14 when the coupler is inserted in
hanger that will not become accidentally disconnected
the opening 18’ formed in the bottom 18, as described
because of vibration or other causes.
above.
The above and other objects and advantages of the
The coupler 16 comprises a generally cylindrical mem
invention will become more apparent from the following
ber 16’ having arcuate cutouts 28 diagonally disposed one
description and accompanying drawings forming part of
reletive to the other and having arcuate lengths consistent
this application.
with the diameter of the body 16' and the distance be
' In the drawings:
tween the walls 24 of the opening 18’. It will be seen
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of an elongated
that
if the slots 28 are of excessive angular width, the
electric lighting ?xture supported by hangers in accord
member 16’, when moved into engagement with the edges
ance with the invention;
24 of the opening 18’, will have excessive angular
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged side elevational view of a
motion relative to the bracket 14.
.
hanger in accordance with the invention and with portions
FIGURE
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illustrates
this
condition
wherein
it will
thereof in section to illustrate the arrangement and co
be observed that should the angular slots 28 be formed
ordination of certain of the elements thereof;
with excessive width, the remaining body material dis
FIGURE 3 is an exploded perspective view of the
posed
between the ends of the slots 28 will be decreased
?xture supporting elements shown in FIGURE 2;
to such a degree that excessive angular movement will
FIGURE 4 is a cross sectional view of FIGURE 2
obtain between the body 16' and the bracket 14, which
taken. along the line 4-—4 thereof with one of the elements
shown in dotted outline prior to its attachment to the 60 movement may result in accidental disengagement of the
connected elements.
second element and in the full line connected position;
The bottom end of the cylindrical body 16' is formed
FIGURE 5 is a cross ‘sectional view of FIGURE 4
with an inwardly swaged ?ange portion 29 which provides
taken along the line 5-5 thereof; and
a reduced bottom opening 30. A cup-shaped Washer 31
FIGURES 6 and 7 are perspective views of modi?ed
having a central opening 32 materially smaller than the
brackets in accordance with the invention.
The ?xture supporting device in accordance with the 65 opening 30 and an outer diameter materially greater than
the opening 30 is positioned loosely against the edge of
invention provides means for the attachment of a ?xture
the ?ange 29. In this way the Washer is free to move
stem to a ceiling support which includes cooperating ele
universally relative to the body 16' of the connector 16.
ments to facilitate installation and removal of the ?xture
The ?xture supporting stem 15 has’ a diameter slightly‘
to be supported and at the same time a?ords support for
smaller than the diameter of the opening 32 in the washer
the stem while permitting the stem to be moved angularly
31 and an outwardly formed ?ange 33 which engages the
relative to the ceiling.
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edge of the opening 32 in the washer when the stem 15
is positioned therein, as illustrated, vfor instance, in FIG
URES 2 to 5. With the construction thus far described,
it is evident that the stem 15 can be moved angularlyl
relative to the body 16' of the coupler 116. While the stem
15 is movable relative to the coupler is the stem is held
in engagement with the coupler by means of the spring
generally denoted by the numeral 34.
The spring 34 has a central coil 35 of a diameter con
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can be secured to the ?xture before the latter is raised into
its operating position.
In order to adjust the height of the ?xture relative to
the stern any suitable means such as the threaded attach
ment assembly 13 may be employed. In the instant illus
tration an elongated bushing 47 having internal threads
48 and external threads 49 is secured to the ?xture '10 by
means of an integral shoulder portion 50 and a coop
crating nut 511' in engagement with the outer threads 49.
siderably smaller than the internal diameter of the body 10 The lower end of the stem 15 is threaded as indicated
16' and preferably an outside diameter of the order of
at 51 and is engaged with the threads 48 on the side of
the outside diameter of the ?ange 33 on the stem 15. The
the bushing 47.
ends of the spring coil 35 extend outwardly in generally
opposite directions, as indicated at 36 and 37. The end
Since the stem 15 can rotate relative to
the coupler 16, rotation of the stem relative to the ?xture
10 and tubular attachment 47 will effect adjustment in
36 is then bent upwardly and outwardly in the form of 15 the distance of the ?xture from the ceiling.
the V, as indicated at 38 with the V extending through
A modi?ed form of invention is illustrated in FIG
a slot 39 in the body 16' of the coupler. The upper end
URE 6. This modi?cation resides primarily in the
39 of the spring extends to a point in the vicinity of the
top edge 40 of the coupler and lies close against the in
ternal coupler wall. The opposing end 37 of the spring
has a similar con?guration in that it extends upwardly
bracket 14 and the modi?ed bracket of FIGURE 6 is
denoted by the numeral 14'. In this embodiment ele
ments corresponding to the elements of the bracket
shown, for instance, in FIGURE 3, have been denoted
as shown at 41 and includes an outwardly formed V
by like numerals. The bracket 114’ differs from the
shaped portion 42 which extends through the slot 43 in
bracket 14 in that the leg 211” is somewhat longer than
the coupler body 16' and then continues as denoted by the
the leg 20 of the bracket 14 and includes an inwardly
numeral 41' upwardly along the internal wall of the cou 25 formed ?ange 52 having a central threaded opening 53
pler to a point spaced from the upper edge thereof. With
for attachment of the bracket to a threaded pipe or stud
this construction the V-shaped portions 38 and 42 of the
support. In all other respects the bracket functions in
spring retain the spring within the coupler and prevent
disengagement of the stem 15 and Washer 31 from the
coupler body 16'. In addition to the foregoing structure
the coupler body 16' also includes a threaded lower por
tion 44 for threadably receiving a nut 45 to hold the
canopy 17 in position on the coupler, as illustrated gen
erally in» FIGURE 2.
With the hanger as described above, the coupler 16 35
is moved into engagement with the bracket 14 by ?rst
aligning the coupler relative to the bracket as shown in
dotted outline in FIGURE 4 and with the upper ends 39'
the same manner as the bracket 14 shown in FIGURES
2 to 5. The bracket shown in FIGURE 7 is essentially
the same as the bracket shown in FIGURE 6, except
that the bracket portions 19 and 21 are omitted and the
cutout portion in the leg 18 is reversed.
While only certain embodiments of the invention have
been illustrated and described, it is understood that modi
?cations, alterations and changes may be made without
departing from the true scope and spirit as de?ned by
the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A hanger for electric ?xtures and similar devices
and 41' of the spring 34 disposed in the plane generally
parallel to the leg ‘29 of the bracket 14. The coupler is 40 comprising a hanger bracket for attachment to a sup
then moved inwardly so that the side walls 24 of the slot
18’ engage the cutouts 28 in the coupler 16. The inclined
wall portions 24' of the cutout 18' facilitate this engage
ment. The coupler 16 is then moved inwardly until the
porting member and having a recess therein with at least
part of the side edges of the recess being parallel one to
the other and opening into one edge of said bracket, a
upwardly extending end portions 39' and 41’ of the spring
tioned slots formed therein adjoining one end thereof,
said slots having depths and widths to sl-idably receive
the parallel edges of said recess, an inwardly formed
?ange on the other end of said coupler and adapted to
receive a ?ared ?xture-carrying stem, an annular spring
engage the slots 25 in the side walls of the opening 18’.
By properly ?xing the depth of the slot 18' the end wall
26 will limit inward movement of the coupler 16 and the
slidable engagement of the side walls 24 with the ends
of the slots 28 will maintain the coupler in proper align
ment with the bracket 14 so that engagement of the spring
ends 39' and 41’ will be automatic once the coupler is
placed in the proper position.
After the coupler has
tubular coupler member having a pair of oppositely posi
member within said coupler and having a pair of legs
extending outwardly and upwardly along the inner sur
face of said coupler, said legs terminating at points be
yond said slots, cutout portions in the coupler wall with
been installed it cannot be removed from engagement
each cutout disposed below and in alignment with one of
with the bracket 14 unless and until spring ends 39' and
said slots, means on said spring legs extending outwardly
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41' are moved out of engagement with the slots 25 by
through said cutout portions and indents on the side
depressing the v-shaped portions 38 and 42 of the spring.
edges of said recess to receive and engage the spring legs
When this is done the coupler can be moved readily vfrom
when the coupler is moved into engagement with the
its engaged position on the bracket 14.
bracket.
From the above it is evident that the installation of a
2. A hanger according to claim 1 wherein said coupler
?xture by means of this novel and improved support is 60 includes external threads and said hanger further in
greatly facilitated, since the bracket 14 can be independ
cludes a canopy having a central coupler receiving open
ently secured to the ceiling with the coupler detached
ing and at least one nut for securing the canopy to the
therefrom. When the bracket 14 is in place, the stem 15
coupler.
.
may be secured to a ?xture and with the nut 45 removed
3. A hanger according to‘ claim 1 wherein said bracket
from engagement with the ‘coupler 16 and the canopy 65
is
of U-shaped con?guration with a transverse member
17 in a lower position on the stem, the coupler with the
and two upwardly extending legs, and said recess is
?xture supported thereby may be readily moved into en
formed in said transverse member and opens into an
gagement with the bracket 14. In this connection it will
edge of said member carrying one of said legs, the last
be observed that the lower cutout portion in the wall 20
will accommodate the top section of the coupler 16 while 70 said leg having a cutout therein to permit the coupler to
be moved into engagement with the recess.
the narrowed portionof the cutout ‘20' will accommodate
4. A hanger for electric ?xtures and similar devices
any wiring that may extend ‘from the ?xture upwardly
comprising a hanger bracket havin<r a flat, plate-like
through the tube 15 and coupler 16. Thus it is seen that
tedious coupling problems are completely avoided in the
member and means securing said member to a ceiling
installation of the ?xture and the stem‘ 15 and coupler 16 75 support and in spaced relation to said ceiling, said bracket
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having a relatively deep recess formed in one edge thereof
with at least part of the side edges of said recess being
parallel, a tubular coupler member having a pair of op
positely positioned slots formed therein adjoining one
end thereof, said slots having depths and widths to slid
ably receive the parallel edges of said recess, an inwardly
formed flange on the other end of said coupler and
adapted to receive a flared ?xture-carrying stem, and
spring means carried by said tubular coupler, said spring
means engaging said parallel side edges to hold the
coupler in engagement with the bracket.
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the parallel edges of said recess, an inwardly formed
?ange on the other end of said coupler and adapted to
receive a ?ared ?xture-carrying stem, an annular spring
member within said coupler and having a pair of legs
extending outwardly and upwardly along the inner sur
face of said coupler, said legs terminating at points be
yond said slots, cut-out portions in the coupler wall with
each cut-out disposed below and in alignment with one
of said slots, means on said spring legs extending out
10 wardly through said cutout portions and indents on the
5. A hanger according to claim 4 wherein the side
edges of the recess include indents for engagement of
said spring means.
.6. A hanger for electric ?xtures and similar devices
comprising a hanger bracket having a ?at, plate-like
member and means securing said member to a ceiling
support and in spaced relation to said ceiling, said bracket
having a relatively deep recess formed in one edge thereof
with at least part of the side edges of said recess being par 20
allel, a tubular coupler member having a pair of oppositely
positioned slots formed therein adjoining one end thereof,
said slots having depths and widths to slidably receive
side edges of said recess to receive and engage the spring
legs when the coupler is moved into engagement with
the bracket.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
943,299
971,943
2,545,307
Corson _____________ __ Dec. 14, 1909
Wake?eld ____________ __ Oct. 4, 19101
Pretzer _____________ __ Mar. 13, 1951
2,867,404
Ramsing _____________ _- Jan. 6, 1959
904,789
Germany ____________ __ Feb. 22, 1954
FOREIGN PATENTS
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