End cap for a tubular light source

  • US 9,923,325 B2
  • Filed: 01/07/2014
  • Issued: 03/20/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An end cap for a tubular light source, the tubular light source configured to be arranged in a lighting fixture comprising a socket, wherein the end cap comprises:

  • a housing portion having a connection end;

    two connector pins at least partly arranged on an outside of the housing portion at the connection end, wherein the connector pins are configured to fit in the socket of the lighting fixture;

    a first spring loaded switching element configured to be alternately positioned in an actuated state and a non-actuated state, wherein the first spring loaded switching element protrudes at the connection end of the housing portion when positioned in its non-actuated state; and

    a second spring loaded switching element configured to be positioned in an actuated state and a non-actuated state,a bridging element coupled between the first spring loaded switching element and the second spring loaded switching element, wherein an electrical connection is formed between the bridging element and a conductive receiving element when the first spring loaded switching element and the second spring loaded switching element are depressed into an actuated position configured to be individually positioned in their respective actuated states by means of mounting the tubular light source into the socket of the fixture, wherein the first spring loaded switching element is coupled to the second spring loaded switching element via the bridging element both when the first spring loaded switching element is in the actuated position and when the first spring loaded switching element is in a non-actuated, non-depressed position.

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