Systems and methods for generating a realistic flame effect

  • US 10,655,806 B2
  • Filed: 02/25/2016
  • Issued: 05/19/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An electric lighting device, comprising:

  • a housing having a top and a bottom, and having an outer wall, and having an aperture in the top of the housing;

    a flame element that is coupled to the housing, and the flame element being movable with respect to the housing; and

    wherein the flame element comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion being outside the housing, the lower portion being inside the housing, and a middle portion, between the lower portion and the upper portion, extending through the aperture in the top of the housing,and wherein a lower surface of the lower portion has a tapered outer surface adjoining a bottom surface of the lower portion, where the tapered outer surface forming a tapered wall, the tapered wall forming a first angle at its lower end relative to an outer wall of other sections of the lower portion other than the tapered wall, said first angle such that when the flame element is moved at a maximum angle of movement with respect to its rest vertical position, the tapered wall is parallel to or within one degree of parallel to a side wall of the housing and such that the bottom surface of the lower surface has a diameter that is less than a diameter of the lower portion at said other sections of the lower portion other than the tapered wall, anda light source disposed within the housing and configured to emit light onto the upper portion of the flame element which is outside the housing.

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