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Aug- 21, 1962
A. E. ZINGONE
3,050,162
LOUVERED CEILING CONSTRUCTION
Filed Nov. 16, 1960
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Patented Aug. 21, 1%52
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LGUVERED CElTLlNG CQNSTRUCTEON
Anthony E. Zingone, f/l'assapequa, N.Y., assignor to Neo
$-—8 of FIG. 7 and showing the unit in supported engage
ment with the web of a supporting frame at each side.
FIG. 9 is a bottom plan view of a louver unit con
structed in accordance with the invention and illustrating
still another form of the invention.
FIG. 10 is a sectional view taken approximately on line
10—10 of FIG. 9 and showing the unit in supported en
gagement with the web of a supporting frame at each side.
Ray Products, Inc, New ‘York, NY” a corporation of
New York
Filed Nov. 16, 1950, Ser. No. 69,729
3 Claims. 11!. 189—82)
This invention relates to a louvered ceiling construction
and to a louver unit therefor.
Referring to the drawings, the ceiling construction is
Louvered ceilings of general construction include a 10 made up of any desired number of louver units 10, which
are of any desired length and width and are supported
frame support consisting of a plurality of parallel frame
by a frame construction consisting of parallel frame mem—
members arranged in substantially equally spaced relation
bers 11. The frame members 11 extend from one side
on which louver units are supported. In such louvered
to the other of the area of the ceiling construction with
ceilings the frame members are relatively wide so as to
obstruct the flow of light ‘from an overhead source, and 15 a plurality of louver units supported by the frame mem
bers and with a plurality of the louver units extending
to cast a shadow therebelow. Furthermore, the arrange
longitudinally and transversely thereof. Alternate plates
ment of the supporting frame members and the louvers
of the louver units project through slots in the frame mem
in such ceiling construction does not present a uniform
bers providing means by which the frame members form
louvered pattern throughout the extent of the ceiling, and
outer plates of the louver units.
the light passing therethrough from an overhead source is
The louver units 111 are constructed and arranged so
not uniform below the ceiling construction. In order to
that the same may be prefabricated in order to facilitate
avoid these objections, the present invention is directed
the implacement thereof, and each unit includes a row
to a louvered ceiling construction which presents an un
of parallel plates 12 which intersect with a row of parallel
broken louvered pattern throughout the extent thereof so
plates 13 to form a plurality of rows of cells 14 opening
that the light passing therethrough from an overhead
through the top and bottom of the unit; The row of
source is uniform below the ceiling construction.
plates 12 are connected with‘the row of plates 13 in any
Another'object of the invention is to provide a louver
desired manner and as illustrated each of the plates 12 is
unit which is constructed and arranged to engage through
formed with slots 15 vwhich are equally spaced longitudi
supporting frame members whereby the louver units and
the frame members provide a continuous unbroken lou 30 nally thereof and which open through the upper edge
vered ceiling construction.
Another object of the invention is to provide a lou
vered ceiling of cellular formation consisting of rows of
intersecting plates which are arranged with alternate plates
in one of the rows extending outwardly beyond the plates
therebetween a distance equal to a full cell length on
opposite sides of the louver unit, and with alternate plates
in the other row extending outwardly beyond the plates
therebetween a distance equal to a two cell length on the
thereof and extend downwardly in parallel equally spaced
relation to the transverse center of said plate. Each of
the plates 13 is provided with slots 16 which are equally
spaced longitudinally thereof and which open through
the lower edge thereof and extend upwardly in parallel
equally spaced relation to the transverse center of said
plate. The plates 12 and 13 are inter?tted in right angu
lar relation to dispose the slots 15 in the plates 12 in
engagement with the portions of the plates 13 above the
slots 16 therein, and with the slots 16 in the plates 13 in
engagement with the portions of the plates 12 below slots
other opposite sides of said louver unit, and the plates in
said latter row being notched substantially medial of
15 therein. Alternate plates 12» at one side of each louver
said extensions to inter?t with the supporting frame
unit extend outwardly beyond the outermost plate 13 at
members.
said side of the louver unit, a distance equal to- a full cell
Still another object of the invention is to provide louver
in length, while the plates 12 therebetween extend out
units which may be prefabricated and readily inter?tted
wardly at the other side of the louver unit beyond the
with the supporting frame members for facilitating the
outermost
plate 13 at said side thereof a similar distance.
erection thereof and which may ‘be readily removed for
Also, alternate plates 13‘ at one side of the louver unit
gaining access to the space thereabove and for cleaning
extend outwardly beyond the outermost plate 12 on said
the units.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, reference 50 side of the louver unit, a distance equal to two full cells
in length, while the plates 13 therebetween extend out
is now made to the following speci?cations and accom
wardly at the other side of said louver unit beyond the
panying drawings in which the preferred embodiment of
outermost plate 12 at said side, a similar distance that is
the invention is illustrated.
equal to a two full cell in length. The extensions of the
In the drawings:
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FIG. 1 is a bottom plan view of a louver unit 0011*
structed in accordance with the invention.
PEG. 2 is a sectional view taken approximately on line
2—2 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a similar view taken approximately on line
3—3 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of typical
inter?tting louver units and frame member of a ceiling
construction embodying the invention with the parts shown
plates 13‘ are notched as at 17 inwardly from the lower
edges thereof substantially medial of the length of the
extensions for engagement with frame members 11 of the
supporting frame construction.
Each of the frame members 11 include a web 18 which
may be made up of a plurality of plates disposed in end
to end relation. Secured to the web 18, along its upper
edge by any desired means such as rivets, bolts and the
like are angle bars 19‘ which are arranged with adjacent
in separated juxta-position.
angle bars disposed in overlapping relation, one being
taken on line 6—6 of FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 is a bottom plan View of a louver unit con
longitudinally spaced relation a distance apart equivalent
FIG. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary top plan view of the 65 secured to one side face of the web‘ and the adjacent angle
bar being secured to the opposite face of the web. Each
parts shown in FIG. 4 in assembled relation.
frame members 11 extend parallel with plates 12 of the
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary sectional view approximately
louver units and has narrow slots 26‘ formed therein in
structed in accordance with the invention and illustrating 70 to a full cell in length. The slots 20 are of a length
slightly longer than the height of the plates 13 and with
a modi?ed form thereof.
the lower ends of the slots spaced from the lower edges
FIG. 8 is a sectional view taken approximately on line
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of the web a distance equal to the length of the slot 17
in the plates 13. This provides means by which alternate
unit as in the previous form of the invention. The rows
of plates 41 and 42 are interconnected as in the previous
forms. In this form of the invention each alternate
plates 13 on one side of the frame structure are adapted
to be disposed in projecting relation through alternate
group of three adjacent plates 41 extend outwardly beyond
slots 20 in the web and with the slot 17 in the projecting
the next group of three plates 41 a distance equal to a
end of said plates inter?tted with the portions of the web
below the slots 29 therein whereby the lower edges of
full cell in length. This takes place at opposite sides of
the louver unit with the outwardly extending groups of
plates on one side of the louver unit alternating the out—
the plates 13 and the lower edge of the web are substan
wardly extending groups of plates on the opposite side.
tially flush. Similarly the plates 13 of the louver unit on
the other side of the frame member 11 are adapted to 10 Similarly each alternate group of three adjacent plates 42
be disposed in supported engagement in the slots 29 there
extend outwardly beyond the next three plates 42 a dis~
tance equal to two full cells in length, and this takes place
between. Thus, the louver units 10‘ fragmentarily illus
trated in separated relation in FIG. 4 of the drawings are
on opposite sides of the louver unit with the outwardly
adapted to be disposed in supported engagement on the
extending groups of plates 42 on one side alternating
frame member 11 as illustrated in'FIG. 5 of the drawings.
with the outwardly extending group of plates 42 on the
This provides a continuous row of louver cells at each
opposite side. The plates 42 are slotted as at 43 to inter
side of the frame member formed by the projecting ends
?t with the slots 20 in the web 18 at each side of the louver
of the louver units and the web of the frame member.
unit for supporting the louver unit thereon. This provides
means by which parallel rows of louver units 40 may be
It will be understood, also, that the end edges of the plates
12 of adjacent louver units abut against the adjacent
outermost plates 13 thereof respectively. Constructed in
arranged in contiguous relation longitudinally and trans
versely of the webs of the supporting frame 11 so as to
present an unbroken louvered panel throughout the entire
area of the several louver units and the webs of the sup
this manner, this provides a louvered ceiling formation
in which a plurality of louver units extend in continuous
unbroken relation longitudinally of the frame members
porting frame members 11.
11 and transversely thereof whereby as viewed from be 25 The supporting frame members 11 have openings 45
low the ceiling construction presents an unbroken l0u~
spaced longitudinally thereof through the angle bars 19
vered pattern throughout the extent thereof and light rays
for receiving hangers 46 a?‘ixed at their upper ends (not
passing therethrough from an overhead source will illumi
shown) to the frame work of the ceiling for supporting
nate the area equally throughout the extent of the louvered
ceiling construction.
Instead of the louver unit 10 in which alternate plates
12 extend outwardly a full cell’s length beyond the plates
12 therebetween at opposite sides of the louver unit and
the frame member 11 in spaced relation therebelow.
30
Means is also provided for supporting light (not shown)
above the louvered ceiling construction for illuminating
the area of the room therebelow.
in which alternate plates 13 extend outwardly beyond the
While the preferred forms of the invention have been
shown and described herein, it is to be understood that
plates 13 therebetween a distance equal to two full cells
'- the same is not so limited but shall cover and include any
in length at opposite sides of the louver unit, the louver
and all modi?cations of the invention which fall within
the purview thereof.
unit may be so constructed that groups of plates on each
side extend outwardly beyond groups of plates therebe
tween. As shown in FIGS. 7 and 8 of the drawings the
What is claimed is:
1. In a louvered ceiling construction, a plurality of par
louver unit 30 consists of a row of parallel plates 31 which 40 allel rows of louver units arranged with the louver units
intersect with a row of parallel plates 32 to thereby form
in each row disposed in contiguous planar relation, each
a plurality of rows of cells 33 when open through the top
of said louver units consisting of ?rst ‘and second rows of
and bottom of the unit. The row of plates 31 are inter
intersecting plates providing rows of cells opening through
connected with the row of plates 32 such as by inter
the top and bottom of the unit, alternate plates in said
engaging slots as in the louver unit 10. Each alternate
second row of plates extending outwardly at their ends
pair of adjacent plates 31 extend outwardly beyond the
beyond the plates therebetween a distance equal to two
next pair of plates 31 a distance equal to a full cell in
cells in length with said outwardly extending portions of
length at opposite sides of the louver unit and each alter
the plates at one side of the louver unit alternating with
nate pair of adjacent plates 32 extend outwardly beyond
the outwardly extending portions of the plates at the other
the next pair of plates 32 a distance equal to a two full 50 side thereof, a frame support arranged between each adja
cells in length at opposite sides of the louver unit.
cent rows of louver units and including a web arranged
It will be understood that the outwardly extending plates
31 on one side alternate with the outwardly extending
plates 31 on the. opposite side of the unit, and the out
wardly extending plates 32 on’ one side alternate with the
with its lower edge disposed substantially ?ush with the
lower edges of the plates of the louver units and extend
ing parallel with said ?rst row of plates thereof, and the
outwardly extending portions of said second row of plates
outwardly extending plates 32 on the opposite side of the
unit, and the outwardly extending plates 32 are provided
with ‘slots 34 substantially medially of the extended por
of the louver units and the Webs of the frame support be
tween each adjacent rows of louver units having interen
gaging slotted portions supporting the row of louver units
tions thereof similar to the slots 17 in the louver unit 10.
therebetween with the outwardly extending portions of
This provides means by which a row of louver units 30 60 said second row of plates projecting through the webs a
may be disposed in contiguous relation with the project
full cell in length thereby providing a row of cells on
ing end of the pairs of adjacent plates 31 of one louver
each side of each of saidrwebs respectively and between
unit extending between the projecting ends of the pairs of
the same and the outermost plates of said ?rst row of
adjacent plates 31 of the adjacent louver unit so as to
form a row of cells. Similarly rows of louver units 30
plates of the louver units.
may be disposed on each side of a web 18 of a frame
member 11 with the projecting ends of the pairs of plates
32 of adjacent louver units extending through the slots
20 in the web and inter?tted with the slots 34 in supported
relation on the frame members 11.
In the form of the invention shownin FIGS. 9 and 10
of the drawings the louver unit 4|) similarly consists of
a row of parallel plates 41 which intersect with a row of
2. In a louvered ceiling construction, a plurality of
parallel rows of louver units arranged with the louver
units in each row disposed in contiguous planar relation,
each ‘of said louver units consisting of first and second
rows of intersecting plates providing rows of cells open
ings through the top and bottom of the unit, alternate
plates in said first row of plates extending outwardly at
their ends beyond the plates therebetween a distance equal
toa full cell in length with the outwardly extending por
parallel plates 42 to thereby form a plurality of row of
tions of the plates at one side of the louver unit alternating
cells 43 which open through the top and bottom of the 75 with the outwardly extending portions of the plates at the
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opposite side thereof, alternate plates in said second row
of plates extending outwardly at their ends beyond the
plates therebetween a distance equal to two cells in length
and with said outwardly extending portions of the plates at
one side of the louver unit alternating with the outwardly
extending portions of the plates, at the opposite side there
of, a frame support disposed between each adjacent rows
of louver units and including a web arranged with its
lower edge disposed substantially ?ush with the lower
edges of the plates of the louver units and extending par
allel with said ?rst row of plates thereof, and the out
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intervals along the opposite side of said louver unit ex~
tending outwardly at their ends beyond the plates there
between in said ?rst row of plates, and certain of the
plates in said second row of plates at intervals along an
other side of said louver unit extending outwardly at their
ends beyond the plates therebetween in said second row
of plates and certain of the plates in ‘said second row of
plates along the side of said louver unit opposite said
another side extending outwardly at their ends beyond the
10 plates therebetween in said row of plates, a frame support
disposed between each adjacent rows of louver units and
wardly extending portions of said second rows of plates
including a web extending parallel with said ?rst row of
of the louver units and the web of the frame support
plates, the outwardly extending portions of said second
between each adjacent rows of louver units having inter
row of plates of the louver units and the web of the
engaging slotted portions supporting the row of louver 15 frame support between each adjacent rows of louver
units with the outwardly extending portions of said sec
units having interengaging slotted portions supporting the
ond row of plates projecting through the webs a full cell
rows of louver units on the webs with said outwardly
in length and the outwardly extending portions of the
extending portions projecting partially through the webs,
plates of said ?rst row of each of the louver units project
and the outwardly extending portions of the plates of
ing medially between the outwardly extending portions of
said ?rst row of plates of each of the louver units pro
the plates of said ?rst row of adjacent louver units where
by as viewed from below the several louver units and
the webs form an unbroken louvered pattern with the
jecting between the outwardly portions of the plates of
said ?rst row of plates of adjacent louver units whereby
as viewed from below the several louver units and the
cells substantially equally spaced apart and of substan
webs rform an unbroken louver pattern with the cells
tially uniform formation throughout the extent of the 25 substantially equally spaced apart and of substantially
ceiling construction.
uniform formation throughout the extent of the ceiling
3. In a louvered ceiling construction, a plurality of
construction.
parallel rows of louver units arranged with the louver
units in each row disposed in contiguous planar relation,
References Qitetl in the ?le of this patent
each of said louver units consisting of ?rst and second 30
UNITED STATES PATENTS
rows of intersecting plates providing rows of cells open
2,873,828
Zitomer ______________ __ Feb. 17, 1954
ing through the top and bottom of the unit, certain of
the plates in said ?rst row of plates at intervals along
FOREIGN PATENTS
one side of the louver unit extending outwardly at their
ends beyond the plates therebetween in said row of plates 35
834,836
Germany ____________ __ Mar. 24, 1952
and certain of the plates in said ?rst row of plates at
861,088
Germany ____________ __ Dec. 29, 1952
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