Lighting mount for interior-lighted signage and method of retrofitting a lighted sign

  • US 9,311,835 B2
  • Filed: 11/22/2011
  • Issued: 04/12/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A lamp support assembly for interior lighting of a sign, said lamp support assembly comprising:

  • an elongate support member for supporting a plurality of electric lamp units, said elongate support member having opposite end portions;

    one and only one end cap at each of said opposite end portions of said elongate support member, each of said end caps having an inwardly-facing side and an outwardly-facing side, said inwardly-facing sides configured to frictionally engage and be supported at a respective one of said opposite end portions of said elongate support member;

    a mechanical coupling element at each of said outwardly-facing sides of said end caps, said mechanical coupling element configured to engage a single electro-mechanical mount for a gas-discharge lamp, wherein said mechanical coupling element comprises electrically insulative material and does not retain any electrical conductors along or through said mechanical coupling element for powering the plurality of electric lamp units; and

    wherein said elongate support member and said end caps are releasably supportable by and between two and only two of the mounts when the two mounts are aligned directly opposite one another and supported in spaced arrangement on respective frame portions of the sign.

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