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1. WO2007139784 - WALLBOX DIMMER HAVING A SLIDING COVER PLATE

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What is claimed is:

CLAIMS

1. A wallbox dimmer for controlling the amount of power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load, said dimmer comprising:
an enclosure adapted to fit into an opening of an electrical wallbox;
a yoke fixed to said enclosure and adapted to mount said dimmer to said electrical wallbox;
an electrical control component mounted within said enclosure and having a vertically-movable thin elongated operating member extending out of an opening of said yoke and beyond a front surface of said yoke;
a rectangular bezel having side walls defining a shallow cup and a front surface extending across one end of said cup, the opposite and open end of said cup being fixed to said front surface of said yoke, said front surface of said bezel having a rectangular opening in the center thereof;
an operating knob having a shaft extending through said rectangular opening in said bezel and fixed to the free end of said operating member, said operating knob operable to vertically move across the length of said rectangular opening; and
a generally flat cover plate slidably positioned immediately behind said rectangular opening in said bezel and captured in the interior of said cup against said side walls of said bezel, said cover plate comprising an opening through which said shaft of said operating knob extends, such that said cover plate is vertically moveable with said operating knob, said cover plate fully covering said rectangular opening over the full length of the vertical movement of said operating knob, whereby said opening of said yoke is covered by said cover plate in all vertical positions of said operating knob.

2. The dimmer of claim 1 , wherein said cover plate comprises a plurality of flexible fingers projecting into contact with said side walls of said bezel to hold said cover plate in position until moved by movement of said operating knob.

3. The dimmer of claim 2, wherein said bezel further comprises support rails provided in said side walls, said flexible fingers of said cover plate adapted to rest on said support rails, such that said cover plate is captured by said support rails within the interior of said cup of said bezel.

4. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said bezel comprises a snap projection, and said yoke comprises a snap attachment opening for receiving said snap projection of said bezel, such that said bezel is fixed to said yoke.

5. The dimmer of claim 4, wherein said bezel comprises a clip projection, and said yoke comprises a clip attachment opening for receiving said clip projection of said bezel.

6. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said bezel has a length and a width dimensioned such that said bezel is operable to be received with an opening of a designer-style faceplate, said bezel adapted to project through said opening of said faceplate.

7. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said operating knob includes a pushbutton for toggling said electrical load on and off.

8. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said operating knob has a width greater than the width of said rectangular opening in said bezel.

9. The dimmer of claim 1 , wherein said opening of said yoke is disposed vertically along the center of said yoke.

10. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said electrical control component comprises a slide potentiometer having a linearly-movable operating member coupled to said shaft of said operating knob.

11. The dimmer of claim 1, wherein said cover plate has a length which is greater than the length of said rectangular opening of said bezel.

12. A load control device comprising :
a bezel fixed to a front surface of said load control device and has a rectangular opening therein, said bezel defining side walls;
a flat cover plate disposed behind said bezel and slidably movable along a vertical axis with respect to said front surface of said load control device; and
an operating knob having an shaft coupled to said cover plate and projecting through said opening of said bezel, said cover plate covering the rear of said opening in all positions to which said cover plate can be moved by said operating knob.

13. The load control device of claim 12, wherein said cover plate comprises a plurality of flexible fingers projecting into contact with said side walls of said bezel to hold said cover plate in position until moved by movement of said operating knob.

14. The load control device of claim 13, wherein said bezel further comprises support rails provided in said side walls, said flexible fingers of said cover plate adapted to rest on said support rails, such that said cover plate is captured by said support rails within the interior of said cup of said bezel.

15. The load control device of claim 12, wherein said bezel comprises a snap projection, and said yoke comprises a snap attachment opening for receiving said snap projection of said bezel, such that said bezel is fixed to said yoke.

16. The load control device of claim 12, further comprising:
a slide potentiometer having a linearly-movable operating member coupled to said shaft of said operating knob.

17. A faceplate structure for a load control device, said faceplate structure comprising :
a bezel adapted to be fixed to said load control device, said bezel defining side walls and having an elongated rectangular opening extending along a vertical axis of said bezel;
an operating knob having a shaft extending through said elongated opening of said bezel and operable to vertically move along the length of said elongated opening; and a cover plate disposed behind said bezel and slidably coupled to said side walls of said bezel, said shaft of said operating knob coupled to said cover plate, such that said cover plate is vertically movable with respect to said bezel, said cover plate covering the rear of said opening in all positions to which said cover plate can be moved by said operating knob.

18. The faceplate structure of claim 17, wherein said cover plate comprises a plurality of flexible fingers projecting into contact with said side walls of said bezel to hold said cover plate in position until moved by movement of said operating knob.

19. The faceplate structure of claim 18, wherein said bezel further comprises support rails provided in said side walls, said flexible fingers of said cover plate adapted to rest on said support rails, such that said cover plate is captured by said support rails within said bezel.