Active cover plates

  • US 9,882,361 B2
  • Filed: 04/06/2017
  • Issued: 01/30/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/01/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An active cover plate comprising:

  • a face plate;

    a back plate;

    an electrical load;

    at least one clip extending rearward from the face plate, the clip comprising;

    a base; and

    a contact;

    a free standing insulating wall extending rearward from the back plate, wherein the free standing insulating wall shields at least part of a rear of the clip and wherein the free standing insulating wall is configured to stand with a space between it and the clip when the clip is not deformed and to contact the clip when the clip is deformed through contacting a screw terminal; and

    an electrical connection connecting the electrical load to the contact of the clip; and

    wherein the clip is configured to contact the screw terminal of an electrical receptacle when the active cover plate is placed over the electrical receptacle;

    wherein the clip extending from the base, the clip comprises an inwardly angled portion connected to the base and wherein the inwardly angled portion extends toward a center of the face plate, the contact comprising a bent portion of the clip above the inwardly angled portion, and an outwardly angled portion above and connected to the bent portion;

    wherein the outwardly angled portion extends toward an edge of the face plate; and

    wherein the bent portion is a most inwardly extending portion of the clip which is nearest to the center of the face plate and wherein the bent portion is configured to contact the screw terminal.

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