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Decorative ornament

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

James M. Lewis, Elizabeth B. Lewis

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The invention relates to a decorative ornament. The ornament includes a circuit board shaped in an aesthetically desirable manner to provide a background for the decorative ornament, a plurality of light sources, an integrated circuit and circuit leads being mounted on the circuit board. The circuit leads electrically couple the light sources with the integrated circuit to control the light pattern displayed by the decorative ornament. The circuit leads, light sources and circuit boards working together to create an aesthetically pleasing ornament.

Description

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description when viewed in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which set forth certain embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a decorative ornament in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an alternate embodiment in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a further alternate embodiment in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a decorative ornament pin in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a front side view of a decorative ornament in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a backside view of the decorative ornament shown in FIG.

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FIG. 7 is a circuit for switching AC to DC in accordance with the present invention.

FIGS. 8

a,

8

b and

8

c disclose various waveforms associated with the circuit shown in FIG.

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FIGS. 9

a and

9

b show an alternate circuit for use in accordance with the present invention.

FIGS. 10

a-c and

11

a-d disclose various waveforms associated with the circuit shown in FIGS. 9

a and

9

b.

FIG. 12 is a circuit diagram showing that the circuit of FIGS. 9

a and

9

b will function properly regardless of the direction of the DC current.

Claims

1. A circuit converting AC to DC such that DC potential is applied to a plurality of devices oriented in series, comprising:

2. The circuit according to claim 1, further including a second zener diode and a second diode coupled between the AC input and the AC output without a capacitor connected in series therewith so as to permit the unrestricted flow of current through the second zener diode and the second diode, the second zener diode and the second diode regulating the flow of electricity such that direct current is provided between first and second nodes to which a direct current device is selectively coupled; and the at least one capacitor is connected in parallel between the second zener diode and the second diode such that the capacitor functions to level the voltage within the circuit.

3. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein the frequency at the AC input and the AC output of substantially the same.

4. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein the signal at the AC output is substantially unchanged from the signal at the AC input.

5. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein the zener diode and the diode are coupled between the AC input and the AC output, and alternating current is passed through both the zener diode and the diode.

6. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein the circuit includes at most a single AC input and at most a single AC output.

7. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein the zener diode is connected to the first node of the direct current device and the diode is connected to the second node of the direct current device.

8. The circuit according to claim 1, wherein alternating current is applied by the zener diode, diode and capacitor to produce DC voltage at the first and second nodes.

9. The circuit according to claim 2, wherein alternating current is applied by the zener diode, second zener diode, diode, second zener diode and capacitor to produce DC voltage at the first and second nodes.