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Light Emitting Diode Holder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044983D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Miller, MS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Conventionally, light emitting diodes (LED) have been mounted to a conventional printed circuit board which may be positioned beneath an operator panel or the like. However, in certain circumstances, it may be desirable to use LEDs in an area which does not allow a printed circuit board to be easily placed. Further, it is desirable that the LEDs be field replaceable without the use of a soldering iron or other special tools.

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Light Emitting Diode Holder

Conventionally, light emitting diodes (LED) have been mounted to a conventional printed circuit board which may be positioned beneath an operator panel or the like. However, in certain circumstances, it may be desirable to use LEDs in an area which does not allow a printed circuit board to be easily placed. Further, it is desirable that the LEDs be field replaceable without the use of a soldering iron or other special tools.

As shown in the figure, an LED holder is provided which consists of a single piece of molded plastic that utilizes a molded hinge to hold the two parts together. The LEDs are inserted into the holder, and the halves are snapped together to retain them in place. The halves will also unsnap to allow replacement, if necessary. The holder shown in the figure allows for slip-on terminations to provide the necessary electrical voltage to the LEDs and thus eliminates soldering.

The holder may be keyed with the mounting panel to insure proper alignment with the openings in the bezel. The LED holder may be fastened to the mounting panel by a spring clip, as shown in the figure. No special tools are required to mount the holder, thereby lending the design to automation.

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