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LIGHTING DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND TELEVISION RECEIVER

Imported: 29 Mar '17 | Published: 10 Nov '11

Yasumori Kuromizu

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A lighting device for a display device according to the present invention includes: discharge tubes 17 disposed in parallel arrangement; a support member 151 supporting ends of the discharge tubes 17; connecting terminals 152 arranged on the support member 151 and in an arrangement direction in which the discharge tubes 17 are disposed, the connecting terminals 152 holding the discharge tubes 17 individually and configured to function as drive-power supply terminals for the respective discharge tubes 17; and balancing components 56 configured to balance drive power currents to be fed to the connecting terminals 152. The balancing components 56 are connected between a power source 170 and the respective connecting terminals 152. The balancing components 56 are disposed on the support member 151, adjacent to the respective connecting terminals 152, and outer than the respective connecting terminals 152 in the longitudinal direction of the discharge tubes 17.

Description

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a lighting device for a display device, a display device, and a television receiver.

BACKGROUND ART

A liquid crystal display device is a typical one of display devices with non-light-emitting optical elements. The display device includes a display panel, such as a liquid panel, and a backlight unit for emitting light to the display panel. The backlight unit is disposed behind the display panel (for example, see Patent Document 1).

(Patent Document 1) Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2006-19260

(Problem to be Solved by the Invention)

The backlight unit disclosed in Patent Document 1 includes a configuration for parallel driving CCFLs. Specifically, Document 1 discloses a configuration including a plurality of cold cathode lamps, capacitors, and an inverter circuit. The cold cathode lamps are connected in parallel to each other. The capacitors are connected to the respective ends of the respective cold cathode lamps and equalize currents fed to the respective connecting terminals. The inverter circuit is connected to the capacitors and supplies drive power to the cold cathode lamp. With this configuration, the CCFLs can be parallel driven, and a uniform brightness can be provided. However, Document 1 does not disclose the positions of the capacitors relative to the respective cold cathode lamps. Document 1 merely discloses the configuration in which the capacitors are connected to the ends of the cold cathode tubes.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide a lighting device for a display device that provides a higher brightness. Another object of the present invention is to provide a display device with such a lighting device for a display device. Still another object of the present invention is to provide a television receiver with such a display device.

(Means for Solving the Problem)

In order to solve the problem, a lighting device for a display device according to the present invention includes: a plurality of discharge tubes disposed in parallel arrangement; a power source configured to supply drive power for driving the discharge tubes; a support member supporting ends of the discharge tubes; a plurality of connecting terminals arranged on the support member and in an arrangement direction in which the discharge tubes are disposed, the connecting terminals holding the discharge tubes individually and configured to function as drive-power supply terminals for the respective discharge tubes; and a plurality of balancing components configured to balance drive power currents to be fed to the connecting terminals, the balancing components connected between the power source and the respective connecting terminals, and the balancing components being disposed on the support member, adjacent to the respective connecting terminals, and outer than the respective connecting terminals in the longitudinal direction of the discharge tubes.

The balancing components of the lighting device for a display device balance the currents of the drive power to be fed to the respective connecting terminals. Because of this, the currents fed to the respective discharge tubes can be balanced (evened). Therefore, the common power source can parallel drive the plurality of discharge tubes.

Furthermore, the balancing components are disposed on the same support member, adjacent to the respective connecting terminals, and outer in the longitudinal direction of the discharge tubes than the respective connecting terminals. Because of this, in comparison with a configuration in which balancing components are disposed between connecting terminals on the support member such that the connecting terminals and the balancing components are arranged alternately in the arrangement direction of the discharge tubes, the connecting terminals can be disposed at smaller intervals on the support member. As a result of this, the discharge tubes can be disposed at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement.

Because the discharge tubes can be disposed at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement, a higher brightness can be provided. Furthermore, because brightness non-uniformity is less caused, the lighting device for a display device can be disposed closer to the display panel. As a result, the display device can be thinner.

Furthermore, when the discharge tubes are disposed in parallel arrangement at smaller intervals in one area and at larger intervals in another area (irregular pitch), the pitch of the discharge tubes can be more flexibly designed. Accordingly, a suitable pitch can be adopted in the parallel arrangement of the discharge tubes. Therefore, a smaller number of the discharge tubes is required for the lighting device, and thus the cost can be reduced.

Furthermore, because the balancing components are disposed outer than the respective connecting terminals, contact between the discharge tubes and the balancing components can be prevented. In addition, a thin board may be used as the support member.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

An embodiment according to the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a schematic configuration of a television receiver TV of this embodiment. FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a schematic configuration of a liquid crystal display device (a display device) 10 of the television receiver TV. FIG. 3 is a sectional view along line A-A in FIG. 2. FIG. 4 is a front view illustrating a main configuration of a backlight unit 12 of the liquid crystal display device 10. FIG. 5 is a front view illustrating a position of a frame 16 in the backlight unit 12. FIG. 6 is a back view illustrating a main configuration of the backlight unit 12.

As illustrated in FIG. 1, the television receiver TV of this embodiment includes a liquid crystal display device (display device) 10, a front cabinet Ca, a back cabinet Cb, a power source P, a tuner T, and a stand S. The front cabinet Ca and the back cabinet Cb hold the liquid crystal display device 10 therebetween. The power source P is different from below-described power boards 170 (a power source of the present invention). The liquid crystal display device 10 has a landscape rectangular overall shape. As illustrated in FIG. 2, the liquid crystal display device 10 includes a liquid crystal panel 11 and the backlight unit (a lighting device for a display device) 12. The liquid crystal panel 11 is a display panel having a rectangular shape in planar view. The backlight unit 12 is an external light source. The liquid crystal panel 11 and the backlight unit 12 are held by a bezel 13 etc. in one piece.

The liquid crystal panel 11 has a known configuration, having a light transmissive TFT substrate and a light transmissive CF substrate with a predetermined gap therebetween and with liquid crystals (a liquid crystal layer) sealed between the substrates. The optical characteristics of the liquid crystal change according to a voltage applied thereto. The TFT substrate has an inner surface on which source lines and gate lines are arranged. The source line and the gate lines extend in the vertical direction and the horizontal direction, respectively, thereby forming a lattice pattern. The CF substrate has a color filter. The color filter includes color sections in three primary colors of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) in matrix arrangement. Each substrate has a surface disposed opposite from the liquid crystal side, and a polarizing plate is attached to the surface.

The backlight unit 12 is a so-called direct backlight unit, having a plurality of light sources directly facing the backside surface of the liquid crystal panel 11. The backlight unit 12 includes a chassis 14, a light reflector sheet 14a, an optical member 15, the frame 16, a plurality of cold cathode tubes 17, and lamp holders 19. The front side (a light-exit side) of the chassis 14 is open. The light reflector sheet 14a is laid in the chassis 14. The optical member 15 is secured to the opening of the chassis 14. The frame 16 holds the optical member 15. The chassis 14 houses the cold cathode tubes 17. The lamp holders 19 block the light emitted from ends of the cold cathode tubes 17. The lamp holders 19 themselves have light reflectivity.

The cold cathode tubes 17 (discharge tubes) are linear light sources each emitting linear light. The optical member 15 converts the linear light to planar light. The optical member 15 also has a function of directing the planar light toward an effective display area of the liquid crystal panel 11 (i.e., directivity).

The chassis 14 is made of metal plate and has a rectangular shape in plan view. The chassis 14 has a substantial box-like shape with the front side (the light exit side) open. The light reflector sheet 14a is made of synthetic resin. The light reflector sheet 14a is a white member, having a high reflectivity. The light reflector sheet 14a is laid over the substantially entire area of an inner surface of the chassis 14. With the light reflector sheet 14a, most of the light emitted from the cold cathode tubes 17 can be led to the opening side of the chassis 14.

As illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5, light-source holders 150 are provided in front (on the inner surface side) of the chassis 14. Each light-source holder 150 has clip terminals (connecting terminals) 152. The clip terminals 152 hold the respective ends of the respective cold cathode tubes 17. The clip terminals 152 are configured to supply drive power to the respective cold cathode tubes 17. The light-source holders 150 hold the cold cathode tubes 17 in parallel arrangement on the front side of the chassis 14. In this embodiment, the cold cathode tubes 17 are arranged at equal intervals.

As illustrated in FIG. 6, the power boards 170 (a power source) are disposed behind the chassis 14. Each power board 170 includes an inverter circuit for supplying the drive power to the cold cathode tubes 17 so as to parallel drive the cold cathode tubes 17. In this embodiment, the power boards 170 are provided in two side areas of the back surface of the chassis 14, adopting a double-side driving method to supply power from the power source to the two sides of each cold cathode tube 17. The configuration of supplying the drive power to the cold cathode tubes 17 and its functions will hereinafter be described.

FIG. 7 is a perspective view illustrating a configuration of the light-source holder 150. FIG. 8 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a circuit configuration related to the power supply. FIG. 9 is an explanatory view schematically illustrating a configuration related to the power supply. FIG. 10 is a perspective view illustrating a configuration of the clip terminal 152. FIG. 11 is a perspective view illustrating a configuration of one of the cold cathode tubes 17. FIG. 12 is a plan view illustrating a configuration of a ferrule 136 of the cold cathode tube 17. FIG. 13 is a front view illustrating a state in which the clip terminal 152 is holding the cold cathode tube 17. FIG. 14 is a plan view illustrating the state in which the clip terminal 152 is holding the cold cathode tube 17.

(Cold Cathode Tube 17)

First, the configuration of the cold cathode tubes 17 will be described.

As illustrated in FIG. 11, each cold cathode tube 17 includes a glass tube 134, outer leads 135, and the ferrules 136. The glass tube 134 has an elongated linear overall shape with a round cross section. Each outer lead 135 projects from a corresponding end of the glass tube 134 linearly and coaxially with the glass tube 134. The outer lead 135 is made from metal (e.g. such as nickel-contained or cobalt-contained metal) and has an elongated and narrow shape with a round cross section. Each ferrule 136 is fitted onto the corresponding end of the glass tube 134. Mercury is sealed in the glass tube 134. Each end of the glass tube 134 has a substantially hemispherical shape, which is formed by hot melting. The outer lead 135 runs through the hemispherical portion.

As illustrated in FIG. 12, the ferrule 136 is an one-piece part. A piece of a metal plate (e.g. a stainless steel plate) is cut into a predefined shape and then shaped into the ferrule 136 by bending and hammering. The ferrule 136 includes a single body 137 and a single conductive piece 140. The body 137 has an overall cylindrical shape concentric with the glass tube 134. The body 137 has an inner diameter slightly greater than the outer diameter of the glass tube 134.

The body 137 is partially slit at circumferentially equal intervals, thereby forming three pairs of elastic holding pieces 138A, 138B.

The first elastic holding piece 138A, which is one elastic holding pieces 138A, 138B in each pair, extends generally backward (specifically, slightly radially inward or obliquely) in a cantilever fashion. The first elastic holding piece 138A can radially and elastically bend about a basal end (a front end) thereof as a fulcrum. An extending end portion (a rear end portion) of the first elastic holding piece 138A is turned radially outward or obliquely at a turned portion 139. The turned portion 139 has an outer surface with respect to the turn thereof (i.e. a surface which faces inward). The outer surface of the turned portion 139 is a contact point that abuts on an outer periphery of the glass tube 134. A virtual circle connecting the three first elastic holding pieces 138A is concentric with the body 137. When the first elastic holding pieces 138A are in a free state, that is, when they are not elastically bending, the virtual circle has a diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the glass tube 134.

The second elastic holding piece 138B, which is the other one of the elastic holding pieces 138A, 138B in each pair, is disposed circumferentially adjacent to the corresponding first elastic holding piece 138A. The second elastic holding piece 138B extends generally in a direction opposite from the extending direction of the first elastic holding piece 138A or frontward (specifically, slightly radially inward or obliquely) in a cantilever fashion. The second elastic holding piece 138B can radially and elastically bend about a basal end (a rear end) thereof as a fulcrum. An extending end of the second elastic holding piece 138B is a contact point that abuts on the outer periphery of the glass tube 134. A virtual circle connecting the three second elastic holding pieces 138B is concentric with the body 137. When the second elastic holding pieces 138B are in a free state, that is, when they are not elastically bending, the virtual circle has a diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the glass tube 134.

The conductive piece 140 extends frontward in a cantilever fashion from an end of the body 137. The conductive piece 140 includes a strip portion 141 and a cylindrical portion 142. The strip portion 141 is continuous with a front end of the body 137. The cylindrical portion 142 extends further frontward from a front end (an extending end) of the strip portion 141. The strip portion 141 includes a basal end portion 141a, a middle portion 141b, and a distal end portion 141c. The basal end portion 141a extends flush with the body 137 and parallel to the axis of the body 137. The middle portion 141b extends radially inward from an extending end of the basal end portion 141a toward the axis of the body 137. The distal end portion 141c extends parallel to the axis of the body 137 from an extending end of the middle portion 141b. The cylindrical portion 142 is continuous with an extending end of the distal end portion 141c. The strip portion 141 has a width sufficiently smaller than a length thereof. Therefore, the strip portion 141 elastically deforms in a radial direction of the body 137, in a direction crossing the radial direction of the body 137 (in a direction crossing the length of the strip portion 141), and torsionally around the axis of the strip portion 141 itself. The cylindrical portion 142 is formed by bending a portion that laterally spreads from the extending end of the strip portion 141 into a cylindrical shape with the axis substantially coaxial with the body 137. By elastically bending the strip portion 141, the cylindrical portion 142 can move in a direction around the axis of the ferrule 136 and in the radial direction of the ferrule 136.

(Light-Source Holder 150)

Next, the configuration of the light-source holders 150 will be described with reference to, first, FIGS. 4 and 5. FIGS. 4 and 5 are front views of the backlight unit 12, wherein a schematic configuration of the light-source holders 150 is illustrated. In FIG. 5, the cold cathode tubes 17 are not shown.

Each light-source holder 150 has a function of holding the ends of the cold cathode tubes 17 to secure the cold cathode tubes 17 to the chassis 14. The light-source holder 150 includes elongated support plates (support members) 151, the clip terminals 152, and a plurality of ballast capacitors 56. The clip terminals 152 are arranged in line in front of the support plates 151. The ballast capacitors 56 are provided for balancing the currents of the drive power supplied to the respective clip terminals 152.

The support plates 151 include four plates (support plates 151a, 151b, 151c, 151d) made of a conductive material such as metal and disposed on the surface of the chassis 14. Specifically, two support plates 151 are secured to either lateral side area of the surface of the chassis 14. Each support plate 151 has three securing holes H formed therethrough for each clip terminal 152. The securing holes H are holes in which the clip terminal 152 is fitted.

As illustrated in FIG. 10, a metal (e.g. nickel silver alloy) is cut into a desired shape and then is shaped into each clip terminal 152 by bending. The clip terminal 152 includes a base 153, a pair of elastic pressing pieces 154, and a stopper 155. The pair of elastic pressing pieces 154 extend frontward in a vertically symmetrical fashion from respective upper and lower edge portions of the base 153. The base 153 has two opposed lateral sides. The stopper 155 extends frontward from one of the lateral sides of the base 153.

The elastic pressing pieces 154 are disposed on a side close to the other one of the lateral sides of the base 153. The pair of elastic pressing pieces 154 have a bulged shape with partially curved toward each other. The elastic pressing pieces 154 can elastically bend in a direction to increase the distance therebetween. When the elastic pressing pieces 154 are not elastically bending, the minimum distance between the elastic pressing pieces 154 is smaller than the outer diameter of the glass tube 134 of the cold cathode tube 17.

The stopper 155 upstands from the base 153 perpendicular to the axis of the cold cathode tube 17. The stopper 155 has a recess 156 of a substantially arcuate shape. The stopper 155 has areas upper than and lower than the recess 156. The upstanding measurement of these areas from the base 153 is as small as appropriate so as to reduce the metal material needed for the clip terminal 152.

Three legs 157 are formed integrally with the base 153. Two of the legs 157 protrude from the upper and lower edges of the base 153 between the elastic pressing pieces 154 and the stopper 155 backward, that is, in a direction opposite from the extending direction of the elastic pressing pieces 154 and the stopper 155. While the stopper 155 extends from the lateral side of the base 153 as described above, the other one of the legs 157 protrudes from a middle portion of a backside of the lateral side of the base 153 backward, that is, in a direction opposite from the extending direction of the elastic pressing pieces 154 and the stopper 155.

The clip terminals 152 are not covered by a housing or any other member made of synthetic resin. The bare clip terminals 152 are secured to the support plate 151 by soldering with the legs 157 being passed through the respective securing holes 151H in the support plate 151.

The ballast capacitors 56 are balancing components and are provided corresponding to the respective clip terminals 152. All clip terminals 152 are provided with the respective ballast capacitors 56. The ballast capacitors 56 are connected in series to the respective clip terminals 152 (see FIG. 8). The ballast capacitors 56 are disposed on the support plate 151, adjacent to the respective clip terminals 152, and outer than the respective clip terminals 152 in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 (see FIG. 4). Thus, on the support plate, for example, 151c disposed along the upper left side portion of the chassis 14 in FIG. 4, the ballast capacitors 56 are arranged corresponding to the respective clip terminals 152 and in a row in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17, and the row of the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed outer in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the array of the clip terminals 152 as illustrated in FIG. 7.

The support plate 151c is illustrated in FIG. 7. Similar to this, also on the other support plates 151a, 151b, and 151c, the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed adjacent to the respective clip terminals 152 and outer than the respective clip terminals 152 in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17.

These ballast capacitors 56 are connected in parallel to the power board (the power source) 170. More specifically, as illustrated in FIGS. 8 and 9, the ballast capacitors 56 are connected to a common line 161 that is formed on the back surface of each support plate 151. Through this common line 161, the ballast capacitors 56 are connected to a power-source connecting connector (a power-source connector) 158 provided on the center-end portion of each support plate 151. The power-source connecting connector 158 is connected to a power supply line 160, and the power supply line 160 is connected to the power board 170.

In this embodiment, as illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed on a line on which the ballast capacitors 56 are arrayed. More specifically, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed on each of the support plates 151a, 151b, 151c, 151d and still closer to the center than the ballast capacitor 56 disposed the closest to the center in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17.

(Power Board 170)

As illustrated in FIG. 9, the power board 170 includes a circuit board 172, electronic components 171, and board connectors 173. A circuit is formed on a back surface (a surface opposite from the chassis 14) of the circuit board 172. The electronic component 171 is mounted to the back surface of the circuit board 172. The board connectors 173 are secured to the surface of the circuit board 172 closer to the chassis 14. The electronic components 171 include a transformer and other components. With these components, the circuit board 172 is configured as an inverter board that generates a high-frequency voltage. Each board connector 173 is connected to the corresponding power-source connecting connector 158 via the power supply lines 160. Each power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed on the corresponding support plate 151 in the chassis 14 as described above. The power board 170 is secured to the chassis 14 by screwing etc.

(Attachment of Cold Cathode Tube 17 to Clip Terminal 152)

The manner of attaching each cold cathode tube 17 to the corresponding clip terminal 152 will now be described. The cold cathode tube 17 is held in the horizontal position and brought to the front of the chassis 14. Next, each end portion of the glass tube 134 and the ferrule 136 are forced into the space in the corresponding opposing pair of elastic pressing pieces 154 from the front (see FIGS. 13 and 14). The body 137 of the ferrule 136 then elastically bends the elastic pressing pieces 154 to open them. After the body 137 passes the narrowest space between the elastic pressing pieces 154, the elastic pressing pieces 154 forces the body 137 toward the base 153 by their elastically returning force until the body 137 comes into contact with the base 153. Thus, attachment of the cold cathode tube 17 is finished.

The cold cathode tube 17 in the attached state is supported at the two ends thereof by the clip terminals 152. Because the pair of elastic pressing pieces 154 elastically contact the outer periphery of the body 137 of the corresponding ferrule 136, the outer lead 135 is conductively connected to the clip terminal 152 via the ferrule 136. Furthermore, the glass tube 134 is held against a wall of the recess 156 of the stopper 155 by the elastically returning force of the pair of elastic pressing pieces 154. Therefore, as viewed in the axial direction of the cold cathode tube 17, the body 137 partially overlaps the stopper 155. In other words, the end of the body 137, which is opposite from the conductive piece 140, is partially opposed to the stopper 155 with a little axial distance therebetween.

As described above, the television receiver TV of this embodiment includes the liquid crystal display device 10, which has the backlight unit 12 according to the present invention. The operational functions of this configuration will now be described.

The ballast capacitors 56 are disposed between the respective clip terminals 152 and the power board 170 to balance the currents of the drive power to be supplied to the respective clip terminals 152. Because of this, the currents fed to the respective cold cathode tubes 17 can be balanced (evened). Therefore, the common power board 170 can parallel drive the plurality of cold cathode tubes 17.

Furthermore, the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed adjacent to the respective clip terminals 152 and outer than the respective clip terminals 152 in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 on the same support plate 151. Therefore, in comparison with a configuration in which ballast capacitors are arranged between clip terminals on a support member such that the ballast capacitors and the clip terminals are arranged alternately in the arrangement direction of cold cathode tubes, the clip terminals 152 can be arranged at smaller intervals. As a result, the cold cathode tubes 17 can be disposed at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement.

In other words, in a configuration in which the ballast capacitors are arranged between the clip terminals and on a line on which the clip terminals are arrayed, the clip terminals on a support plate need to be separated a certain distance from each other to arrange the ballast capacitor therebetween. This configuration limits reduction of the distance between the clip terminals. On contrary to this, according to this embodiment, the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed outer than the respective clip terminals 152 in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17, not between the clip terminals 152. Because of this, the clip terminals 152 can be arranged at smaller intervals on the support plate 151. Therefore, the cold cathode tubes 17 can be arranged at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement.

Because the cold cathode tubes 17 can be disposed at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement, a higher brightness can be provided. Furthermore, because brightness non-uniformity is less caused, the backlight unit 12 can be disposed closer to the liquid crystal panel 11. As a result, the liquid crystal display device 10 can be thinner.

Furthermore, because the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed outer than the respective clip terminals 152, contact between the cold cathode tubes 17 and the ballast capacitors 56 can be prevented.

According to this embodiment, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed on the support plate 151 and outer in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the array of the clip terminals 152. Because of this, in comparison with a configuration in which a power-source connecting connector is disposed in the line in which clip terminals are arrayed, the clip terminals 152 can be arranged at smaller intervals on the support plate 151. As a result, the cold cathode tubes 17 can be disposed at smaller intervals in parallel arrangement.

Furthermore, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed on the support plate 151 and closer to the center in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the outermost ballast capacitor 56 in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17. More specifically, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed still closer to the center than the ballast capacitor 56 that is the closest to the center. Therefore, the frame area, which is the non-illumination area of the backlight unit 12, can be narrower in comparison with a configuration in which a power-source connecting connector is disposed outer than a ballast capacitor that is adjacent to a clip terminal that holds an outermost cold cathode tube. In other words, the non-illumination area, in which the frame 16 is positioned as illustrated in FIG. 5, can be narrower. Therefore, the frame of the liquid crystal display device 10 can be narrower.

Other Embodiments

The present invention is not limited to the above embodiments. For example, following configurations are also included within the scope of the present invention.

In the above-described embodiment, all of the cold cathode tubes 17 are disposed in equally spaced parallel arrangement. Instead of this, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 18, the cold cathode tubes 17 may be disposed in parallel arrangement at smaller intervals in one area and at larger intervals in another area (irregular pitch). In this case, similar to the above-described embodiment, because the ballast capacitors 56 are disposed adjacent to the respective clip terminals 152 and outer in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the respective clip terminals 152, the cold cathode tubes 17 can be disposed at smaller intervals. Because of this, the pitch of the cold cathode tubes 17 can be more flexibly designed. As a result, a more suitable pitch can be adopted in the parallel arrangement of the discharge tubes 17. Therefore, a smaller number of the cold cathode tubes 17 is required for the backlight unit 12 and thus the cost can be reduced.

In the above-described embodiment, the power-source connecting connector 158 is disposed in the line in which the ballast capacitors 56 are arrayed and still closer to the center than the ballast capacitor 56 that is the closest to the center in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17. The position of the power-source connecting connector 158 on each support plate 151 is not limited to this. It is only necessary for the position of the power-source connecting connector 158 on the support plate 151 to be outer in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the array of the clip terminals 152. On the other hand, considering to reduce a frame area (the area covered by the frame 16) as much as possible, the power-source connecting connector 158 should be disposed neither outer than the outermost ballast capacitor 56 in the arrangement direction of the cold cathode tubes 17, nor outer in the longitudinal direction of the cold cathode tubes 17 than the array of the ballast capacitors 56.

In the above-described embodiment, the ballast capacitors 56 are used as the balancing components. Instead of this, balance coils each having respective primary coils and secondary coils may be used. In this case, the primary coil of each balance coil is connected in series to the corresponding clip terminal 152 and in parallel with each other to the power board 170, while the secondary coils of all balance coils are connected in series to one another.

In the above-described embodiment, the parallel driven light sources are not limited to the cold cathode tubes. The light sources may be hot cathode tubes.

In the above-described embodiment, two separate support plates 151 of the support plates 151a, 151b, 151c, and 151d are arranged in each side area of the chassis 14. However, a single support plate 151 may be provided on each side area of the chassis 14.

The ferrule may have a configuration illustrated in FIG. 15. Specifically, the cylindrical portion 142 of each ferrule 136 illustrated in FIGS. 11 and 12 may be replaced with a U-shaped cylindrical portion 142a. In this case, after the glass tube 134 is fitted in the ferrule 136, the U-shaped cylindrical portion 142a is bent along the outer lead 135, thereby electrically connecting the outer lead 135 and the cylindrical portion 142a. By bending the U-shaped cylindrical portion 142, the electrical connection to the outer lead 135 can be improved.

To provide insulation between the chassis 14 and the support plate 151 an insulating board (an insulating member) 61 may be disposed between the chassis 14 and the support plate 151 as illustrated in FIG. 16. Alternatively, the chassis 14 may have an opening 62 in a portion covered by the support plate 151 as illustrated in FIG. 17. Alternatively, the chassis 14 may be made of a resinous material.

The switching components of the liquid crystal panel 11 in the liquid crystal display device 10 are not limited to the TFTs. The switching components may be MIMs (metal insulator metals). Moreover, the display device according to the present invention is not limited to the liquid crystal display device. The display device includes various display devices that need lighting devices behind the display panels.

Claims

1. A lighting device for a display device comprising:
a plurality of discharge tubes disposed in parallel arrangement;
a power source configured to supply drive power for driving the discharge tubes;
a support member supporting ends of the discharge tubes;
a plurality of connecting terminals arranged on the support member and in an arrangement direction in which the discharge tubes are disposed, the connecting terminals holding the discharge tubes individually and configured to function as drive-power supply terminals for the respective discharge tubes; and
a plurality of balancing components configured to balance drive power currents to be fed to the connecting terminals, the balancing components connected between the power source and the respective connecting terminals, and the balancing components being disposed on the support member, adjacent to the respective connecting terminals, and outer than the respective connecting terminals in the longitudinal direction of the discharge tubes.
a plurality of discharge tubes disposed in parallel arrangement;
a power source configured to supply drive power for driving the discharge tubes;
a support member supporting ends of the discharge tubes;
a plurality of connecting terminals arranged on the support member and in an arrangement direction in which the discharge tubes are disposed, the connecting terminals holding the discharge tubes individually and configured to function as drive-power supply terminals for the respective discharge tubes; and
a plurality of balancing components configured to balance drive power currents to be fed to the connecting terminals, the balancing components connected between the power source and the respective connecting terminals, and the balancing components being disposed on the support member, adjacent to the respective connecting terminals, and outer than the respective connecting terminals in the longitudinal direction of the discharge tubes.
2. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1, further comprising a power-source connector disposed on the support member and connected to the balancing components and the power source for supplying the drive power,
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and outer in the longitudinal direction than an array of the connecting terminals.
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and outer in the longitudinal direction than an array of the connecting terminals.
3. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 2,
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and closer to the center in the arrangement direction than outermost one of the balancing components in the arrangement direction.
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and closer to the center in the arrangement direction than outermost one of the balancing components in the arrangement direction.
4. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 2,
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and closer to the center in the arrangement direction than one of the balancing components, the one of the balancing components being the closest to the center in the arrangement direction.
wherein the power-source connector is disposed on the support member and closer to the center in the arrangement direction than one of the balancing components, the one of the balancing components being the closest to the center in the arrangement direction.
5. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1 further comprising:
a chassis housing the discharge tubes; and
an insulating member,
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member,
the power source is disposed outside the chassis, and
the insulating member is disposed between the chassis and the support member.
a chassis housing the discharge tubes; and
an insulating member,
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member,
the power source is disposed outside the chassis, and
the insulating member is disposed between the chassis and the support member.
6. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1 further comprising a chassis housing the discharge tubes,
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member,
the power source is disposed outside the chassis, and
the chassis has a portion covered by the support member, the portion having an opening.
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member,
the power source is disposed outside the chassis, and
the chassis has a portion covered by the support member, the portion having an opening.
7. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1, further comprising a chassis made of resin and housing the discharge tubes,
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member, and
the power source is disposed outside the chassis.
wherein
the support member is disposed inside the chassis,
the support member has a surface opposite from the chassis,
the balancing components and the connecting terminals that hold the discharge tubes are disposed on the surface of the support member, and
the power source is disposed outside the chassis.
8. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1 further comprising ferrules at ends of the respective discharge tubes, the ferrules being electrically connected to the respective connecting terminals.
9. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1, wherein the discharge tubes are cold cathode tubes.
10. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1, wherein the balancing components are capacitors.
11. The lighting device for a display device according to claim 1, wherein the power source includes an inverter circuit configured to generate a high-frequency voltage.
12. A display device comprising:
a lighting device for a display device according to claim 1; and
for a display device.
a lighting device for a display device according to claim 1; and
for a display device.
13. The display device according to claim 12, wherein the display panel is a liquid crystal panel with liquid crystals.
14. A television receiver comprising a display device according to claim 12.