Active cover plate

  • US 8,912,442 B2
  • Filed: 05/02/2012
  • Issued: 12/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/01/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A cover plate for an electrical receptacle, the cover plate comprising:

  • a first flexible conducting strip, wherein the first conducting strip;

    protrudes rearward from the cover plate; and

    is configured to contact a first terminal of a receptacle, wherein the first terminal is configured to connect the receptacle to a power source;

    a first insulating cover over the first conducting strip to prevent the first conducting strip from contacting conducting materials other than the first terminal;

    a second flexible conducting strip, wherein the second conducting strip;

    protrudes rearward from the cover plate; and

    is configured to contact a second terminal of the receptacle, wherein the second terminal is configured to complete the connection of the receptacle to the power source;

    a second insulating cover over the second conducting strip to prevent the second conducting strip from contacting conducting materials other than the second terminal; and

    an electrical load in the cover plate, wherein the load is electrically connected to the first terminal through the first conductive strip and is electrically connected to the second terminal through the second conductive strip.

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