Electronic lighting device and method for manufacturing same

  • US 8,926,137 B2
  • Filed: 01/22/2014
  • Issued: 01/06/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An electronic candle comprising:

  • an outer shell shaped, in appearance, like a wax candle and having a top surface intersecting with at least one side wall, the top surface comprising a through hole extending between an interior of the outer shell and exterior of the outer shell;

    a flame sheet divided by a through hole, extending from one side of the flame sheet to the other, into a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion shaped, in appearance, to substantially resemble the shape of a flame when viewed from at least one perspective, and the bottom portion having a magnet positioned at or near a lower end thereof opposite the top portion;

    a support rod within or adjacent the through hole of the top surface and extending through the through hole of the flame sheet, supporting the flame sheet thereon such that the top portion of the flame sheet extends through the through hole of the top surface and at least a portion of the top portion of the flame sheet is exposed to the exterior of the outer shell, and such that the bottom portion of the flame sheet is beneath the support rod and within the outer shell, wherein the flame sheet is movable relative to the support rod;

    a coil positioned near the magnet of the flame sheet and energized by an electronic control circuit to produce a changing magnetic field interacting with the magnet of the flame sheet, thereby causing movement of the flame sheet;

    a battery compartment electrically connected with the control circuit and configured to receive one or more batteries for powering the control circuit; and

    a light-emitting element contained entirely within the interior of the outer shell and positioned such that an outgoing direction of a light from the light-emitting element is projected from within the interior of the outer shell, through the through hole of the top surface of the outer shell, and onto at least one surface of the top portion of the flame sheet that is exterior to the outer shell, thereby illuminating the flame sheet from a light source external to the flame sheet.

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