Patent Number: 6,305,817

Title: Illuminated container holder

Abstract: A holder for a container (of beverage, for example) having a compartment, at least partly of light transmitting material to permit light to be transmitted to and from the compartment. The housing has a central axis that is vertical when the housing is upright, and a wall that encloses the axis and forms the outer side wall of the compartment. A cover is supported on the upper edge of the side wall and overlies the compartment. The cover includes a support and holding device in which a container can be received and removed by relative axial movement between the container and holder, and which is operable to support upright a container received therein upright on the side of the cover opposite the compartment, and to restrain the container against separation from the holder with a restraining force that will cause the container and holder to move as a unit when lifting force is applied only to the container, but which restraining force can be selectively overcome by pulling the container and holder apart from each other. A light-emitter in the form of an EL lamp comprising a laminate including ZnS phosphor particles may be received in the compartment with a circuit that is responsive to a pre-selected condition (e.g., the upright position of the holder) to activate the EL lamp, and to deactivate it in the absence of the pre-selected condition.

Inventors: Johnston; Kent E. (Eirmingham, MI), Chopra; Aakash C. (Cambridge, MA)

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International Classification: A47G 23/00 (20060101); A47G 23/02 (20060101); F21V 033/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018