LED lighting device for replacing fluorescent tubes

  • US 7,510,299 B2
  • Filed: 10/26/2007
  • Issued: 03/31/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/11/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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 rigid, substantially cylindrical structure having a first end and a second end opposite said first end;

    a first end cap disposed upon said first end of said structure and a second end cap disposed upon said second end of said structure;

    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 a lighting fixture; and

    a plurality of LEDs disposed along said structure in electrical contact with one another and with said pair of connectors extending from said end caps, whereby light is divergently emitted along the length of said device in an included angle of less than about 180°


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