LED replacement for fluorescent lighting

  • US 7,114,830 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2005
  • Issued: 10/03/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/17/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An LED lighting unit for replacing a conventional fluorescent tube between the opposed electrical receptacles of a conventional fluorescent lighting fixture, comprising:

  • a hollow, rigid, translucent tube having a first end and a second end opposite said first end;

    a first end cap disposed upon said first end of said tube, and a second end cap disposed upon said second end of said tube;

    a pair of parallel, fluorescent light fixture receptacle connectors extending from each said end cap, and configured for installing within the opposed electrical receptacles of the fluorescent lighting fixture;

    a plurality of LEDs disposed within said tube, in electrical contact with one another and with at least said pair of connectors extending from at least one said end cap; and

    a reflective coating disposed circumferentially about at least a portion of said tube.

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