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They Invented What? (No. 198)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 17, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 7,178,930:  Illuminating necklace.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2011.

The invention claimed is:

1. An illuminated necklace, comprising:
          a plurality of ornamental lamp fixtures, an elongated flexible support member, said elongated flexible support member adapted for attachment to at least some of said plurality of ornamental lamp fixtures at selected spaced apart distances therebetween;
          at least some of said ornamental lamp fixtures further comprising at least one light emitting device located therein, each one of said light emitting devices comprising a pair of conductive elements extending therefrom, and wherein each of said ornamental lamp fixtures further comprising at least one light emitting device is not affixed to said elongated flexible support member;
          at least some of said ornamental lamp fixtures not including a light emitting device, said at least some of said ornamental lamp fixtures not including a light emitting device further comprising an attachment base, said elongated flexible support member secured to said attachment base;
           a pair of flexible electrical conductors, said pair of flexible conductors co-extensive with said elongated flexible support member, said pair of flexible conductors electrically attached to each pair of conductive elements of each of said at least one light emitting device, and said pair of flexible electrical conductors looping around said flexible support member, and bypassing all of the at least some ornamental lamp fixtures not including a light emitting device, said pair of electrical conductors arranged to supply power in parallel to each one of said light emitting devices;
          a battery housing, said battery housing comprising a positive battery contact and a negative battery contact and containing a battery;
          an electrical power switching circuit, said electrical power switching circuit intermittently energizing and de-energizing differential voltage between said pair of flexible electrical conductors, to energize and de-energize each of said light emitting devices, so that a blinking illuminated necklace is provided, and wherein each of said ornamental lamp fixtures comprises a fixture body, and wherein each of said lamp fixture bodies has a similar size and shape.

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