Ceiling Patents (Class 362/490)
  • Patent number: 6578994
    Abstract: There is proposed a spotlight, in particular a reading light in cabins of vehicles and craft, in particular aircraft, which has preferably white light-emitting light-emitting diodes (1) which are radially encased by a body, wherein a lens body (6) is fitted on the end light exit opening of the body, as the lighting source and a frame (9) which carries the lighting source and which is pivotable or rotatable about at least one horizontal and/or vertical axis and is adapted to be fixed in the respective selected position. The frame (9) can be received by a receiving body (13) and is supported therein pivotably or rotatably about at least a horizontal axis (14). The receiving body (13) is held in a fixing ring (21) and is rotatable about a vertical axis. The frame (9) with the receiving body (13) and/or the receiving body (13) with the fixing ring (21) are latchable respectively through a spring and in a resiliently latched manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Diehl Luftfahrt Elecktronik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beyerlein
  • Publication number: 20030095415
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a vehicle includes a light source attached inside the vehicle, such as to an “A” pillar adjacent a front of a side window of the vehicle, where the light source is oriented to direct light toward a ground area adjacent the vehicle for security and convenience. Variations include also reflecting a portion of the light from the light source off an outside rearview mirror onto the ground area, and also directing a portion of the light toward an area inside the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: John W. Carter
  • Patent number: 6558028
    Abstract: A projector mounting system for use in a vehicle including a mounting housing that is capable of being attached to the ceiling of a vehicle, an illumination device that is connected to the mounting housing, and a projector that is mounted to the mounting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: GRP, Inc.
    Inventor: D. Scott Watkins
  • Publication number: 20030072166
    Abstract: There is provided a room lamp fixing structure to fix a room lamp 3 in the automobile roof panel 1, which comprises a roof of the vehicle; a roof panel to be attached to said roof; a trim; a room lamp; a room lamp cover to cover said room lamp; first room lamp fixing means including first connecting means fixed to said roof of the vehicle and second connecting means attached to said cover of the room lamp; and second room lamp fixing means for fixing a room lamp to said trim, wherein said first and second room lamp fixing means cooperate to fix said room lamp to said roof panel together with said trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Kouichi Sinzawa, Hirofumi Okano
  • Patent number: 6543918
    Abstract: A first fixing means is for fixing a room lamp and a roof trim with each other and is provided to the room lamp and the roof trim. A second fixing means is for fixing the room lamp and a roof framework with each other with the roof trim being interposed between the room lamp and the roof framework, and is provided to the room lamp and the room trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Nagata
  • Patent number: 6523888
    Abstract: An integrated grab rail and map light assembly including a handle portion that is secured to a vehicle roof by first and second mounting members disposed adjacent first and second ends of the handle portion, respectively. A light receptacle extends from a second end of the handle portion and has a light assembly disposed therein. The light assembly is covered by a lens that also covers the second mounting member. The lens is pushed to actuate the light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haithi Yan, Toshikazu Hirose
  • Patent number: 6517226
    Abstract: An interior illumination system for a motor vehicle has one or more luminous fields formed by at least one light emitting, foil-shaped illumination panel connected to a voltage supply of the vehicle. The light emitting, foil-shaped illumination panel is made of by an electroluminescent foil or a light-emitting polymer foil. The illumination panels can be fastened to the roof, columns, and dashboard of the vehicle and are adjustable with respect to intensity as well as color and hues of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Reitter & Schefenacker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Zimmermann, Dag Wagner
  • Publication number: 20030026105
    Abstract: A sliding roof for a motor vehicle comprises a shiftable cover arranged for opening and closing a vehicle roof and at least one electrical light source attached to the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas Becher, Horst Bohm, Dieter Hinterwaller, Bardo Imgram, Joachim Roder, Erik Roeren, Volker Sommer, Kai Stehning
  • Patent number: 6513959
    Abstract: In a vehicle ceiling-mounting electric equipment assembly of the invention, an FPC (12) is welded by heat to a casing (11) of a lamp unit (2), and an FFC (16) for external connection is electrically connected to the FPC (12) by press-clamping or welding. Switches (13) and lamp socket holes (14a) are provided at the FPC (12). An end portion of the FPC (12) is folded to be inserted into a fitting portion (11a) of a recess-shape in which an optional member (26) can be mounted, and a circuit pattern is exposed to a side surface of the fitting portion (11a) to form a connection portion. Therefore, the compact, lightweight design can be achieved, and parts, such as a connector, are unnecessary, thus reducing the number of the component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuyoshi Serizawa, Atsuyoshi Yamagushi, Keizo Nishitani
  • Patent number: 6513961
    Abstract: A lamp unit for mounting in a lamp mounting window formed in an interior wall member covering a vehicle body panel, the lamp unit includes: a wire connection terminal; a wire fastened to the wire connection terminal and installed on the interior wall member; and bent portions formed respectively at portions of the wire adjacent to the lamp unit so that the bent portions are engaged respectively with predetermined positioning projections formed on a fastening stand for positioning the wire to a wire connection portion of the wire connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Nagai, Yuji Hatagishi
  • Patent number: 6511216
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle signal device mounted in the interior of a vehicle which, when activated, is visible outside the vehicle, but which is not readily apparent outside the vehicle when not in operation. The signal device does not interfere with the operation of the vehicle when activated, and does not affect the aerodynamics, handling, or overhead clearance of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: George H. Strickland
  • Patent number: 6502969
    Abstract: A light arrangement for a vehicle which includes a light housing from which light from a light source emerges through a first outlet opening. At least a second light outlet is also provided on the light housing. Moreover, at least one screen section is movably disposed, in the light housing which either covers or releases the path of rays of the light between light source and second outlet opening. A bulb can thus either meet an interior or reading light function which saves components, cost and space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sidler GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Valère Logel, Samuel Lozano, Bernd Merz
  • Publication number: 20030002273
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component and lighting assembly that includes a vehicle interior component having a fabric disposed over a substrate or foam layer, or both. An electroluminescent panel is located between the fabric and substrate/foam layer and directs light from the panel through the fabric. In this way, the light source can be effectively hidden when not in use and can be incorporated into the interior component in a manner that requires little space. The vehicle interior component can be any of a number of different interior articles, including, for example, a headliner, door panel, vehicle seat, rear deck, sun visor, and trunk panel. Also disclosed are vehicle interior illumination systems using touch switches and electroluminescent panels to provide back lighting of the switch and/or vehicle interior illumination through the switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Applicant: FEDERAL-MOGUL WORLD WIDE, INC.
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, John Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 6471378
    Abstract: An orientation illumination for motor vehicles is provided which, for illuminating a center console, is integrated in an area of a vehicle ceiling. Correspondingly mounted shields are located and shaped such that the vehicle occupants can have no direct viewing contact with the light source, whereby the light source is blocked for the vehicle occupants without blinding them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Ziegerer, Stefan Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 6467937
    Abstract: A room lamp fixing structure having a temporary fixing means provided for a room lamp and a ceiling trim and a permanent fixing means provided for the room lamp and a ceiling framework of a car body. This construction includes a ceiling trim having a recess for accommodating the room lamp, the recess having its side surface inclined so as to become gradually narrow from the opening portion to the bottom portion, and a room lamp having in its side surface a guide projection for positioning the room lamp and the ceiling trim by abutting against the slant side surface of the recess during the permanent fixing. This structure allows the guide projection to abut against the slant side surface, and thereby the room lamp and the ceiling trim are positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignees: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Nagata, Eiji Hibi, Yoshinori Noritake
  • Patent number: 6464381
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component and lighting assembly that includes a vehicle interior component having a fabric disposed over a substrate or foam layer, or both. An electroluminescent panel is located between the fabric and substrate/foam layer and directs light from the panel through the fabric. In this way, the light source can be effectively hidden when not in use and can be incorporated into the interior component in a manner that requires little space. The vehicle interior component can be any of a number of different interior articles, including, for example, a headliner, door panel, vehicle seat, rear deck, sun visor, and trunk panel. Also disclosed are vehicle interior illumination systems using touch switches and electroluminescent panels to provide back lighting of the switch and/or vehicle interior illumination through the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, Jr., John Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 6461024
    Abstract: A reading light for a vehicle interior having a light source arranged in a light fixture housing and a lens covering the housing opening and placed in front of the light source in the direction of its light emission. The reading light system includes a second lens and a first lens between the light source and the second lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Hella Aerospace GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Becker, Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl, Rico Schulz
  • Publication number: 20020126495
    Abstract: An inclined engagement surface of an elastic engagement hook is elastically engaged with an engaged section in a state of being inclined with respect to a roof panel. As a result, it is possible to absorb an error of a three-dimensional relative positional relation between the elastic engagement hook and the engaged section. That is, the error of the relative positional relation in two directions (an X direction and a Y direction in FIG. 5B) can be absorbed by a deflection of the inclined engagement surface, and the error of the relative positional relation in remaining one direction (a Z direction in FIG. 5B) can be absorbed by a slip between the inclined engagement surface and the engaged section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Nagata
  • Patent number: 6428193
    Abstract: For a control rod disposed between a top corner of the sun visor and the hinge of the mirror flap on the sun visor, the end of the rod associated with the plate carries a cam that causes two electrical conductors to be pressed one against the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Mollertech SAS
    Inventor: Robert Guyot
  • Patent number: 6402354
    Abstract: A direct lighting unit fits in opposition to an opening of a roof of a vehicle's cabin so as to illuminate a light directly the cabin. An indirect lighting unit is disposed around the outer circumference of the direct lighting unit. The indirect lighting unit contains a plurality of LEDs disposed at fixed intervals so as to emit light outward. The LEDs are controlled to indirectly illuminate the roof. When the direct lighting unit is mounted to the roof, a fixing piece supports a grooved edge portion of the indirect lighting unit so that the indirect lighting unit is immovably held between the fixing piece and the roof. Thus, the direct and indirect lighting units are simultaneously secured to the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Tatewaki, Tadanobu Iwasa, Osamu Yamanaka, Hiroshi Sugihara, Akihiro Misawa, Tetsuo Tanabe, Takao Mukogawa
  • Publication number: 20020067616
    Abstract: Conventionally, in order to downsize the enclosure, there was no other choice than downsizing the enclosure and decreasing the area of the lens plate, or increasing the area of the lens plate and increasing the enclosure as well. However, decreasing the area of the lens plate disadvantageously lowers brightness of illumination. In contrast to this, when the dimensions of the lens plate are increased, the proportion of the area of the lens plate with respect to the roof increases, which leads to a problem in terms of design. Accordingly, the present invention provides an interior light system for vehicles comprising a lamp accommodated in the enclosure, a push switch for turning on and off the lamp fixed in the enclosure, and a lens plate journaled at the ends of the opening of the enclosure for a swinging motion, in which the push switch is turned on and off by pressing the lens plate, thereby turning the lamp on and off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Hisashi Soga, Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 6398394
    Abstract: A vehicle dome light and flashlight for providing a readily available and charged flashlight for use in and out of a vehicle. The vehicle dome light and flashlight includes a dome light assembly being adapted to be securely mounted to a top of a vehicle inside a passenger compartment thereof and having a first housing including a flashlight charging compartment disposed therein and an opening into the flashlight charging compartment; and also includes a second housing having side walls, a front wall, and a window disposed in the front wall with the housing being securely and removably attached to the first housing; and further includes at least one light-emitting member disposed in the second housing; and also includes an energizing assembly for energizing the at least one light-emitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Jack K. Winnik
  • Publication number: 20020041496
    Abstract: A connection portion (13) of an FFC (12) to be preliminarily arranged on a roof trim (10) is weld-fixed to cable connecting portions (25a, 26a) of a bus bar (25) and a spring terminal (26) of a room lamp (20). Simultaneously with the arrangement of the FFC (12) on a vehicle-body-panel-side portion of the roof trim, the room lamp (20) is mounted in the lamp mounting window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Hatagishi, Toshiaki Okabe, Kentaro Nagai, Kenji Oishi, Kazuyuki Shiraki, Isao Yoneyama, Goro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6367956
    Abstract: A reading lamp for a vehicle interior having a light source arranged in a lamp housing and at least one optical element which produces a cone of light for reading, whereby a reflector system is provided in the lamp housing such that light can be input into the reflector system through a color filter so that colored light is produced concentrically with the cone of the reading lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Hella Aerospace GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Becker, Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl, Rico Schulz
  • Patent number: 6364512
    Abstract: In a light housing (1) for the installation into a mounting opening (2), in particular for a light in a motor vehicle, with an angle bracket (9), which is slidable onto a wall section (16) of the mounting opening (2) with the holding receptacle (10), the light disk (5) is insertable into the remaining opening with the angle bracket being slid on, where the inserted light disk (5) grips around the angle bracket (9) and also grips around a wall section (26) of the mounting opening (2) approximately on the opposite side. Only two installation steps are necessary for mounting the light housing (1) i.e., sliding of the holding receptacle (9) onto the wall section (16) and inserting the light disk (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Sidler GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Valere Logel
  • Publication number: 20020027783
    Abstract: When an interior lamp (10) is mounted in a lamp mounting window (41) in a roof trim (40), press-connecting terminals (25a) of bus bars (25), mounted on a lower surface of a switch unit (20), are disposed on a lower surface of an insulating housing (24), and the electrically-connecting portions, electrically connected to an FFC (30), are disposed on the interior-side of the switch unit (20) directed toward the interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kentaro Nagai
  • Patent number: 6331065
    Abstract: A sliding headliner for closing the region below a transparent roof element, in particular a glass sliding roof, in a roofliner is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Bernd Wilms
  • Patent number: 6325526
    Abstract: Automotive internal lights have a molded housing defining an elongate recess and bus bars which integrally include lamp holders secured within the molded housing and adapted to hold a lamp therebetween. The lamp holders have a base exposed to irradiate heat from said lamp. Connector terminals and an earth terminal are secured within said molded housing. The bus bars also integrally have spaced-apart fixed contacts secured within the molded housing so as to establish respective surfaces flush with the housing but exposed to said elongate recess. A slide switch is moveable longitudinally within the recess between at least first and second positions, and carries a generally U-shaped movable contact member which is adapted to contact the exposed surfaces of the fixed contacts so as to turn the lamp held by the lamp holder on and off, respectively. The housing includes notches formed in the recess opposite to the exposed surfaces of the fixed contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha T AN T
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yabata, Kouji Mikami
  • Publication number: 20010033493
    Abstract: A light arrangement for a vehicle which includes a light housing from which light from a light source emerges through a first outlet opening. At least a second light outlet is also provided on the light housing. Moreover, at least one screen section is movably disposed in the light housing which either covers or releases the path of rays of the light between light source and second outlet opening. A bulb can thus either meet an interior or reading light function which saves components, cost and space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventors: Valere Logel, Samuel Lozano, Bernd Merz
  • Publication number: 20010030871
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component and lighting assembly that includes a vehicle interior component having a fabric disposed over a substrate or foam layer, or both. An electroluminescent panel is located between the fabric and substrate/foam layer and directs light from the panel through the fabric. In this way, the light source can be effectively hidden when not in use and can be incorporated into the interior component in a manner that requires little space. The vehicle interior component can be any of a number of different interior articles, including, for example, a headliner, door panel, vehicle seat, rear deck, sun visor, and trunk panel. Also disclosed are vehicle interior illumination systems using touch switches and electroluminescent panels to provide back lighting of the switch and/or vehicle interior illumination through the switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, John Christopher Brown
  • Publication number: 20010022730
    Abstract: A room lamp fixing structure having a temporary fixing means provided for a room lamp and a ceiling trim and a permanent fixing means provided for the room lamp and a ceiling framework of a car body. This construction includes a ceiling trim having a recess for accommodating the room lamp, the recess having its side surface inclined so as to become gradually narrow from the opening portion to the bottom portion, and a room lamp having in its side surface a guide projection for positioning the room lamp and the ceiling trim by abutting against the slant side surface of the recess during the permanent fixing. This structure allows the guide projection to abut against the slant side surface, and thereby the room lamp and the ceiling trim are positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Applicant: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD. and TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Nagata, Eiji Hibi, Yoshinori Noritake
  • Patent number: 6286976
    Abstract: A vehicle interior lighting system for use in military vehicles to minimize infrared signatures under normal operating conditions. The system has a blackout reduced signature capability, emergency interior lighting capability and a removable portion with reduced thermal signature for use in evacuating a disabled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Kewal K. Chopra, John W. Monroe
  • Patent number: 6283621
    Abstract: A vehicle interior lamp assembly comprises a light assembly carried within a housing. A cover is snap fit to the housing and carries a lens in registration with the light assembly. The light assembly includes a dome shape reflector, into which a light bulb is positioned, and a light switch slidingly positioned within a slotted flange attached to the housing. A light switch actuator, in operational connection with the light switch, is captured by the cover. The lens is formed with a double convex middle region and a pair of outer regions formed with a plurality of serrations which reflect light toward the light reflector to thereby provide a uniform pattern of illumination about a preselected area. In one preferred embodiment, the housing supports a pair of lighting assemblies to permit selective illumination of a passenger's seat, table, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: ASC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory G. Macri
  • Patent number: 6273378
    Abstract: A vehicle auxiliary-lamp mounting assembly (10) consisting of a lamp-housing bracket (12) which has attached a resilient latch insert (50), and a lamp-housing mounting bracket (100) which incorporates a latch receptor (116). The lamp housing bracket (12) is adjustably attached to the sides of a vehicle auxiliary lamp (200), and the lamp-housing mounting bracket (100) is attached to a vehicle structure. When the resilient latch insert (50) is inserted into the latch receptor (116) the vehicle auxiliary lamp (200) is secured. Normally, a conventional vehicle lamp mounting assembly cannot be easily attached adjacent to a corner structure because there is insufficient space to insert and tighten a bolt or nut into the lamp mounting assembly. By utilizing the vehicle auxiliary-lamp mounting assembly (10) the problem of attaching and detaching a lamp assembly adjacent to a corner structure is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventors: Sam Fu, Calvin S. Wang
  • Patent number: 6273593
    Abstract: Automotive lighting systems include a casing which defines an interior space and a pair of shafts extending thereacross so as to establish adjacent first and second interior space regions. Lamps are positioned in respective ones of these adjacent first and second interior space regions and are covered by a respective pair of lenses. Each lens has proximal and distal ends and is connected pivotally at the proximal end thereof to a respective one of the shafts to allow for independent pivotal movements of the distal end between inoperative and operative positions. Push switches are operatively connected to respective ones of the lamps and positioned in respective ones of the first and second interior space regions in such a manner that the distal ends of each lens is in contact with a respective push switch. In such a manner, the push switches may be operated in response to the pivotal movements of the lenses between its inoperative and operative positions to thereby illuminate the lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha T an T
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yabata, Kouji Mikami
  • Patent number: 6257745
    Abstract: A flexible arm light for a motor vehicle having a passenger compartment equipped with an overhead console includes a first housing and a second housing interconnected by a flexible housing. The first housing includes a lamp coupled to the overhead console at a first location. The second housing is coupled to the console at a second location. The flexible arm light is operable in a stowed position and a deployed position wherein the flexible arm light is selectively directable toward a target when in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Stephan J. Speth, Lawrence J. Sak
  • Patent number: 6210026
    Abstract: In order to easily install a light housing (1) in a simple and straightforward fashion into an installation opening, the light housing has an installation frame (2) having a frame opening (7) which can be installed from the front into the installation opening and with an insert member (3) which can be moved from a forward direction at least partially into the frame opening (7) and with at least one pivot element (4) born on the installation frame (2) which, in an outward pivot position, engages, with a seating surface (14), behind the wall of the installation opening and, in an inward pivot position, engages into the path of motion of the insert member (3) with an abutment surface (10) extending at an angle with respect to the seating surface (14). The entire light housing (1) is preferentially an injection-molded component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Sidler GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Heinz Hornung, Valère Logel
  • Patent number: 6203180
    Abstract: Proposed is a lighting arrangement which is mounted at or in the ceiling (4) preferably of an aeroplane cabin (2), comprising a plurality of punctiform light sources (8), wherein the punctiform light sources (8) have at least one light emitting diode (LED) (9) and are at least partially connected together in parallel or in series and are connected to at least one power supply unit (14). A Zener diode (15) is connected in parallel in the reverse direction in relation to each light emitting diode or light emitting diode group. The power supply unit (14) is such that it provides for a constant current flow. The light emitting diodes used are preferably white light emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Diehl Striftung & Co.
    Inventor: Walter Fleischmann
  • Patent number: 6179453
    Abstract: An interior lighting system for an automotive vehicle has an upper group of lights mounted in the vehicle interior, a lower group of lights mounted in the vehicle interior, and a switch mounted in the vehicle interior. The switch is movable between the dome position in which both the upper and lower groups of lights are illuminated, a dim position in which both the upper and lower groups of lights are illuminated between a maximum and a minimum intensity, a floor position in which only the lower lights are illuminated, and an off position in which neither the upper nor the lower group of lights are illuminated. The lower group of lights are illuminated when the switch is in the floor position after a door-ajar condition is sensed and the vehicle is moving at a predetermined velocity. Additionally, when the switch is in the dim position, the upper and lower groups of lights are illuminated only when a door-ajar condition is sensed and the vehicle is moving at a predetermined velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Martha Ann McMahon
  • Patent number: 6132072
    Abstract: An illuminator assembly, having a plurality of LEDs on a vehicular support member in a manner such that, when all of the LEDs are energized, illumination exhibiting a first perceived hue, e.g., blue-green, and projected from at least one of the LEDs overlaps and mixes with illumination exhibiting a second perceived hue, e.g., amber, which is distinct from said first perceived hue and which is projected from at least one of the remaining LEDs in such a manner that this overlapped and mixed illumination forms a metameric white color and has sufficient intensity and color rendering qualities to be an effective illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Turnbull, Robert C. Knapp, John K. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6092916
    Abstract: A modular headliner includes a central lamp component with an upper and lower lamp components. The upper and lower lamp components snap together on each side of the headliner. This allows the lamp to be mounted into the vehicle with the lamp already assembled. The upper lamp component is provided with a pair of spaced adhesive tape strips. The adhesive tape strips wet out on a support surface in the vehicle ceiling, securing the upper component to the vehicle ceiling. In this way, there is no complex alignment necessary between the components of the lamp and structure on the vehicle ceiling. Instead, the upper component of the lamp merely attaches itself to the ceiling wherever it may be in the individual vehicle, utilizing the individual headliner. Further, the lower component is attached to the upper component through a yieldable connection. In this way, the lower component can be removed from the upper component after the headliner has been assembled into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Davis, Jr., Gary J. Sadek
  • Patent number: 6092917
    Abstract: A lamp assembly for an overhead console having a single lens that selectively operates multiple switches connected to multiple lamps to illuminate a desired area. The single lens has multiple push surfaces such that pressing a first push surface operates one lamp, pressing a second push surface operates another lamp and pressing a third surface operates both lamps simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Litke, David L. Edstrom, Graham L. Weeks, Douglas A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6079859
    Abstract: The body and the cover of the conventional automotive lamp assembly used to be made of hard synthetic resin such as polypropylene or polycarbonate having a low Izod impact value. As a result, the strong impact by a human body on the body or the cover of the lamp assembly in a collision accident can create a problem that the lamp assembly is broken into smithereens and recycling thereof was impossible. The automotive lamp assembly installed in the room of a passenger car is provided with means including a body composed of a lamp and a switch to be directly attached to the vehicle body, the body being formed of polypropylene having an Izod impact value of 40 to 60 kJ/m.sup.2 ; and a transparent or translucent cover to shield the body, said cover being formed of polypropylene or polycarbonate having an Izod impact value of 40 to 60 kJ/m.sup.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Tsunesuke Takano
  • Patent number: 6056423
    Abstract: The prior art automotive room lamp assembly has a problem that the designing and manufacturing of a variety of room lamp assembly including a large-sized or a small-sized one depending on the type of vehicle model inevitably involves a small lot production which entails the rise in the cost as well as the storage of many types of parts which again invites the rise in cost. The automotive room lamp assembly is composed of a housing 4 accommodating a lamp 42 in the recess 41 therein; a framework formed with a flange 51 to be secured on the periphery of said housing and having different sizes; and a lamp to be mounted onto the flange 53 of said framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Daiichi Denso Buhlin Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsunesuke Takano, Hiroshi Yabata
  • Patent number: 6056424
    Abstract: A vehicle having glare-reducing apparatus has a windshield and a driver's seat disposed rearwardly of the windshield. An elongated light source is disposed adjacent to and extends across a substantial portion of the windshield such that light emitted by the light source will impinge on both eyes of the driver generally equally and constrict the pupils of the driver's eyes. In a preferred form, the light source is substantially continuous and may be a fluorescent bulb or a neon bulb. The light source is preferably positioned above the windshield and has a central axis which is about 1/2 to 1 inch from the exposed uppermost portion of the windshield. A potentiometer or other device may be employed to adjust the light intensity. A related method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Charles DiNunzio
  • Patent number: 6030105
    Abstract: Disclosed is an interior space lighting unit for a car having a housing including a lower side and an upper side. The lower side is provided with a lower window behind which a first lamp is arranged, and the upper side is provided with an upper window behind which a second lamp is arranged. A switch is coupled to the current supply circuit for the lamps and is mounted to the housing. The housing is adapted to be mounted to a tiltable support such as the rear window on a vehicle tailgate, for illuminating the passenger or luggage space in case the tailgate is closed, or the loading area and/or luggage space in case the tailgate is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Wolfgang Thau, Thomas Hempel
  • Patent number: 6027234
    Abstract: A light fixture with an actuator retained switch particularly adapted for surface mounting to a variety of supporting surfaces, e.g., the interior of a recreational vehicle, includes a housing, lens and mounting structure for suspending the switch within the housing. The mounting structure consists of a pair of mutually spaced internal walls which contain slots adapted to receive the edges of the switch. The switch is positioned between the two internal walls such that the operating member of the switch is in position to readily engage the switch actuator. Engagement of the switch operator and actuator serves to lock them together and retain both upon the housing. To operate the switch, the user manipulates the actuator, which is locked to the operating member of the switch, by sliding the actuator from side-to-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Tekonsha Engineering Company
    Inventor: Barry G. Austin
  • Patent number: 6022131
    Abstract: This invention provides a room lamp unit for vehicles comprising a main unit body fixed to an interior of a vehicle and a sub-unit detachably incorporated in the main unit body, said sub-unit including a room lamp and being electrically connected to said main unit body for supply of electric power for illumination. Thus constructed, any place inside and outside the vehicle can be illuminated by the sub-unit when detached from the main unit body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Morimoto, Atsuyoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6015222
    Abstract: A surface-mounted light fixture having a housing adapted to receive and retain the main operating components by a snap-in connection, without using mechanical fasteners. In one embodiment, the operating components so mounted include a mounting bracket for a light-emitting element, e.g., a light bulb, a reflective plate for dispersing light generated by the light-emitting element, a switch for activating the light-emitting element and a lens for covering the same. The housing is molded from a polymeric material so that it may be conveniently mounted to a target surface, preferably the interior of a recreational vehicle. Integral with the housing, are a plurality of resilient and rigid tabs which provide the snap-in mounts, for efficient assembly along a high-volume assembly line. Even though separate fasteners are not required, the integrity of the mechanical connections between the components of the light fixture is high, thus minimizing rattling when used in a vibrating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Tekonsha Engineering Company
    Inventor: John W. Schindler
  • Patent number: RE36642
    Abstract: A fiber-optic lighting system is powered by a power supply connected to a high intensity light source which generates a beam of light. A first elongate light guide extends between a first end positioned within the beam of light and a second end positioned adjacent a lamp reflector. A second elongate light guide which is configured to emit light from a side also extends from a first end positioned within the beam of light. An elongate light fixture is positioned along the second light guide for directing light emitted from the side of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Bouchaib Ziadi