Active cover plates

  • US 9,917,430 B2
  • Filed: 04/12/2017
  • Issued: 03/13/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/01/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A cover plate comprising:

  • a face plate comprising at least one outlet aperture;

    a back plate abutting a back of the face plate;

    an electric load between the face plate and the back plate;

    at least one prong that extends from the face plate to a free end, the prong configured to interface with a terminal on a side of an outlet receptacle body, the prong comprising;

    an insulated portion; and

    an electrical contact;

    wherein the free end of the prong comprises the insulated portion and wherein the prong resiliently deflects outward when interfacing with the terminal, and wherein the prong deflects with a first resistance prior to the insulated portion contacting a wall, and a second resistance that is greater than the first resistance when the insulated portion contacts the wall, wherein the wall comprises an interior wall of an electrical receptacle box; and

    at least one conductor electrically connecting the prong to the electric load.

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