Lighted cup holder for seating arrangements

  • US 7,766,293 B2
  • Filed: 04/25/2006
  • Issued: 08/03/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A lighted cup holder apparatus for a seating arrangement, the apparatus comprising:

  • at least one lighted cup holder having a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being adapted for attachment to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, and the light-producing light source being disposed within the receptacle for illuminating the receptacle; and

    a lighted element disposed within the cup receptacle and operatively connected to the light source for receiving light from the light source and illuminating the receptacle;

    wherein the lighted element comprises an elongated member of translucent material having the light source attached thereto;

    wherein the cup holder body includes a substantially tubular sidewall, substantially closed at a lower end thereof by a bottom wall, and open at a top end thereof, such that the tubular sidewall and bottom wall define the cup holding receptacle, and wherein the side wall or the bottom wall include one or more slots or holes therethrough;

    wherein the lighted element is attached within the receptacle adjacent to the bottom wall of the cup holder body and mounted upon a mounting surface, the tubular sidewall is stepped inward adjacent to the bottom wall to form the mounting surface.

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