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NOV- 6, 1962
R. L. GOOLSBY
3,062,954
DIRECTIVE READING LAMP
Filed May 23, 1960
ROBERT L. GOOLSBY
INVEN TOR.
FIG‘3
ATTORNEY
United States Patent O?icc
3,062,954
Patented Nov. 6, 1962
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2
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shown pivoted toward the bulb 30. The panel 32 is held
in this position by a spring urged ball 40 installed in the
DIRECTIVE READING LAMP
Robert L. Goolsby, 937 E. Indian, Midwest City, Okla.
opposing depending edge surfaces of each panel 32 and
34, engaged within a suitable socket, or recess 42, co
operatively positioned on the inward surface of the side
members 16 and 18; thus, as seen in FIG. 2, light rays, in
dicated by the lines 44, illuminate a restricted area below
- Filed May 23, 1960, Ser. No. 30,926
3 Claims. (Cl. 240—46.03)
The present invention relates to lamps and more par
ticularly to a reading lamp.
and toward the right hand end of the lamp shade 12.
Similarly the panel member 34 may be pivoted toward
Some individuals like to read in bed and it is desirable
to provide a means of illuminating the reading material 10 the lamp 30 and maintained in this position by the re
cesses 42, as indicated by dotted lines (FIG. 2), for in
without disturbing other individuals occupying the same
terrupting light rays below that end of the shade while
room. The prior art reveals a number of bed lamps of
the panel 32 may be pivoted to its dotted line position
‘different design but none of them provide a means for
to permit illuminating an area adjacent the left hand
positively restricting or directing light rays toward a
15 end of the lamp shade. Thus the ball members 40, re
selected area.
movably engaged within the recesses 42, positively posi
tion ‘the panels 32 and 34 parallel with the respective
The principal Object of the instant invention is to pro
vide a reading lamp having a shade which may be ad
diverging end edge surfaces of the side members 16 and
justably positioned for interrupting the light rays from a
18 when pivoted outwardly of the lamp 30. Similarly
both panels 32 and 34 may be pivoted toward the lamp
30 wherein their depending end edges are disposed in
single source.
kt
Another object is to provide a reading lamp which may
be connected with the headboard of a bed, or the like,
and adjusted to provide illumination for either side of the
head portion of the bed while shading the opposite head
closely spaced relation to interrupt substantially all of
the light rays from the lamp, thus con?ning substantially
portion.
all of the illumination to an area directly below the shade.
A wire-like bracket member 50 is connected to the
Still another object is to provide a bed lamp of this 25
upper surface of the support 14 and projects laterally of
class which may be adjusted for interrupting substantially
one side of the shade. The bracket 50‘ is bent to define
all of the light rays and thus provide a limited amount of
a pair of hook-shaped loop portions 52 and 54 in spaced
illumination.
apart relation for co-operatingly contacting a portion of
Another object is to provide a bed lamp shade of sim
ple construction and relatively small size which will ef 30 the headboard of a bed, not shown, and supporting the
shade 12 in the position illustrated.
fectively illuminate either side or the entire head portion
Obviously the invention is susceptible to some change
of a bed and which may be removably connected thereto.
or alteration without defeating its practicability, and I
The present invention accomplishes these and other ob
jects by providing a horizontal support having opposing
depending side walls and pivoting end members connected
therefore do not wish to be con?ned to the preferred em
35 bodiment shown in the drawings and described herein,
to the respective ends of the support for movement to
ward and away from lamp means depending from the
lower surface of the support.
further than I am limited by the scope of the appended
claims.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the device;
FIGURE 2 is a longitudinal vertical cross-sectional
bers connected, respectively, by one side edge to oppos
I claim:
1. A reading lamp shade, comprising: a horizontally
Other objects will be apparent from the following de 40
disposed rectangular support adapted to support a lamp
scription when taken in conjunction with the accompany
equipped socket in depending relation; a pair of side mem
ing single sheet of drawings, wherein:
view thereof; and,
FIGURE 3 is a vertical cross-sectional view, to an en
45
ing side edge portions of said support in parallel depend
ing relation, Said side members each having opposing end
edge surfaces extending downwardly in diverging relation,
said side members each having recesses formed on their
larged scale, taken substantially along the line 3—-3 of
inward surfaces in spaced-apart relation adjacent their de
FIG. 1.
pending edges; a pair of end panels hingedly connected at
Like characters of reference designate like parts in
those ?gures of the drawings in which they occur.
50 one end portion to the respective end edge portion of said
support between said side members, the length of said
In the drawings:
end panels being substantially equal to the length of the
The reference numeral 10 indicates a bed lamp, as a
respective diverging end edge surfaces of said side mem
whole, comprising a lamp shade 12, including, a rectan
bers, the opposing side edges of said end panels each hav
gular horizontally disposed support 14 having opposing
side members 16 and 18 connected in depending parallel 55 ing a socket adjacent and parallel with respect to its de
pending end edge; and means for holding said end panels
relation to opposing side edges of the support 14. The
at extreme vertically pivoted positions toward and away
respective side members 16 and 18, each have downward
from said lamp, said means including a ball freely received
ly diverging end edges 20—-22 and 24—26 and form an
are each interdigitately connected at one end to the re
within each socket in said end panels and a spring inter
posed between each said ball and the surface de?ning
the innermost end of the respective socket for urging
each said ball toward the respective recesses in said side
members.
2. A reading lamp, comprising: a downwardly open
stantially equal to the respective inclined edges of the
portion to opposing side edge portions of said support in
the respective side members 16 and 18.
Referring to FIG. 2, the end panel, or member 32, is
sure panels each hingedly connected at one end portion
isosceles trapezoid when viewed in side elevation. A con
ventional lamp socket 28 is connected to the central por
tion of the support 14 for receiving a lamp 30 in de
pending relation. A pair of end members or panels 32
and 34 close the respective end portions of the shade and
spective ends of the support 14 to form hinges 36 and 65 lamp equipped shade, said shade including a rectangular
support; side members secured, respectively, by one edge
38. The length of the end members 32 and 34 are sub~
parallel depending relation, said side-members each hav
side members 16 and 18 and when pivoted inwardly to
ing downwardly diverging opposing end edge surfaces and
ward the lamp 30 their depending free end edges meet at
a central position adjacent the lowermost edge surface of 70 having recesses formed on their inward surfaces in spaced
apart relation adjacent their depending edges; end clo
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in depending relation to the end portions of said support
between said side members, the length of said panel mem
bers being substantially equal to the length of the respec
tive diverging end edge surfaces of said side members,
side members, the length of said panel members being
substantially equal to the length of the respective end
edge surfaces of said side members, the opposing side
the opposing side edges of said panel members each hav
edges of said panel members each having a socket formed
between its inner and outer-surfaces adjacent and parallel
ing a socket adjacent and parallel with respect to its de
with respect to its'depending edge; bracket means extend‘
pending end edge; bracket means extending laterally of
ing laterally of said support for maintaining said support
said support for maintaining said support horizontal, said
horizontal, said bracket means comprising a wire-like
bracket means comprising a wire-like member connected
member connected at its respective ends to said support
at its respective ends to said support and being bent, in 10 and being bent, intermediate its ends,‘ to form at leastone
termediate its ends, to form at least one hook-shaped loop
hook-shaped loop adapted to engage a portion of the
adapted to engage a portion of the headboard of a bed;
headboard of a bed; and means for holding said end
and means for holding said end closure panels at extreme
closure panels when pivoted toward and away from said
vertically pivoted positions toward and away from said
lamp, said means including a ball freely received within
lamp, said means including a ball freely received‘within 15 each socket in said panel members and a spring inter
each socket in said panel members, and a spring inter
posed betweeneach said ball and the surface de?ning
posed between each said ball and the surface de?ning the
the innermost end of the respective socket for urging
innermost end of the respective socket for urging each
each said ball toward the respective recesses in said side
said ball toward the respective recesses in said side mem
members.
bers.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
3. A reading lamp, comprising: a downwardly open
lamp equipped shade, said shade including a rectangular
UNITED STATES PATENTS
support; a pair of isosceles trapezoidal shaped side mem
492,896
Sohner _______________ __ Mar. 7, 1893
bers secured, respectively, by one edge portion to oppos
ing side edge portions of said support in parallel depend
ing relation, said side members each having recesses
formed on their inward surfaces in spaced-apart relation
1,658,269
1,862,664
2,108,326
Westphalen ____________ _- Feb. 7,1928
Davis _______________ __ June 14, 1932
Adams ______________ __ Feb. 15, 1938
8,971
Great Britain ________________ __ 1885
645,751
France ________________ __ July 3, 1928
adjacent their depending edges; end closure panels each
hingedly connected at one end portion in depending re
lation to the ends portions of said support between said
FOREIGN PATENTS
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