Visual Identification Light Patents (Class 362/540)
  • Patent number: 10337698
    Abstract: A device adapted to perform the shaping of light beams emitted by lighting fixtures, in particular by lighting fixtures comprising punctiform light sources such as, for example, LEDs. The device according to the present invention, in particular, allows shaping the light flow produced by lighting devices comprising punctiform light sources, so as to filter any parasitic reflection phenomena of the light flow emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Iguzzini Illuminazione S.P.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Gattari
  • Patent number: 10323813
    Abstract: A light ring module may be used to customize headlights for any vehicle. A frame supports at least one LED or another light source and is mounted about a headlight on the vehicle. The light source may be directly hardwired into the vehicle power system or independently powered and controlled. The module may be made to fit any type of vehicle or, alternatively, a bezel may be made to support the module. Such a bezel would be compatible with a given vehicle with mounting points and methods according to the underlying structure. A bezel would also have a slot to support the light ring module and could, optionally, have a lens through which the light may shine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Michael E. Hontz
  • Patent number: 10317031
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a semiconductor laser element configured to emit laser light, a condenser lens configured to condense the laser light, a phosphor configured to form white light by converting wavelength of at least a portion of the laser light condensed, and a reflector configured to reflect the white light. A light transmitting portion is formed in a portion, at which an extension path obtaining by extending an optical path of the laser light before contacting the phosphor is intersected with the reflector, of the reflector. A light confinement part is formed above the light transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Tatara, Satoshi Yamamura, Naoki Uchida, Toshiaki Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10246007
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle component, especially for a rearview device of a motor vehicle, features at least one illuminant for emitting light and a condenser unit having at least one condenser lens. The condenser unit is adapted to focus the light emitted by the at least one illuminant into an optical path. At least one mask means is provided, which is arranged in the optical path and by means of which an image, symbol, logo and/or legend can be displayed on a projection surface. A lens unit having at least one objective lens, is arranged in the optical path, and at least one reflector unit, is arranged between the condenser unit and the projection surface. The reflector unit is adapted to deflect the optical path, especially essentially transversely or diagonally, to the projection surface, wherein the reflector unit comprises a reflector element which comprises at least one surface section by means of which the light can be deflected relative to the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Oliver Schmidt, Daniel Fritz
  • Patent number: 10246032
    Abstract: A trim made of plastics for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, comprises a first component (7) made of plastics and a second component (8) made of plastics. To improve such trim, the first component (7) is at least partly transparent or semi-transparent. The second component (8) includes one or more recesses (10, 11, 12) for a display element and/or for an input element (FIG. 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DURA AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS, U.K., LTD.
    Inventors: Ralf Gerndorf, Jochen Schulze Zur Wiesche, Norfried Bittner, Axel Nüsken, Martin Schulte
  • Patent number: 10077878
    Abstract: Fresnel lenses are arranged between a board and an outer lens in such a manner as to face at least one of LED chips. The Fresnel lenses are arranged close to a center of the outer lens in front view. Convex and dome-shaped lenses are arranged between the board and the outer lens in such a manner as to face other light sources of the LED chips. The dome-shaped lenses are arranged more radially outward than the Fresnel lenses in front view. Rear surface 89a of the dome-shaped lenses are arranged to be offset toward the LED chips relative to rear surfaces of the Fresnel lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yosuke Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10036525
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting unit can prevent the appearance from deteriorating due to darkened portion even when a light guiding member is disposed in an area where the light guiding member cannot be seen from outside. The vehicle lighting unit can include a light source, and a light guiding member having a light guiding main body and configured to receive light emitted from the light source and guide the light while reflecting the light so that the light exits through the light guiding member, which are contained in a lighting chamber defined by a housing and an outer lens covering the opening of the housing. The light guiding member can include a fin-shaped light emitting portion extending from the light guiding main body and disposed in an area corresponding to an angular range through which the light guiding main body of the light guiding member cannot be seen directly from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Yajima
  • Patent number: 9929110
    Abstract: A method of forming, and a resulting, an integrated circuit wave device. The method (i) affixes an integrated circuit die relative to a substrate; (ii) creates a form relative to the integrated circuit die and the substrate; and (iii) forms a wave shaping member having a shape conforming at least in part to a shape of the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Barry Jon Male, Benjamin Cook, Robert Alan Neidorff, Steve Kummerl
  • Patent number: 9757912
    Abstract: An LED light fixture includes a heat-sink, a circuit board thereon with a plurality of spaced LED light sources, and a one-piece optical member with a plurality of secondary lenses over corresponding LED light sources and having a lens flange surrounding the lenses and integral with each lens. The optical member includes a polymeric carrier portion surrounding the lenses, overlapping with and molded onto the lens flanges across such overlapping, and extending therefrom to a peripheral edge portion. The optical member has an outer surface infused with an ultraviolet inhibitor to increase long-term weathering performance. The infused outer surface includes an outer layer of each lens and extends to form an outer layer of the lens flanges and therebeyond to form an outer layer of the carrier portion. The invention also includes a method of manufacturing such infused optical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Raleigh, Kurt Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9714748
    Abstract: An optical unit, in particular for an optical module, comprising: at least one first and one second mutually distant luminous sources, at least one convergent multifocal lens, comprising at least one undulated face, the undulated face comprising at least three distinct portions, two of these portions being focused substantially on the first luminous source and the other portion being positioned between these two portions and being focused substantially on the second luminous source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Antoine de Lamberterie, Christophe Dubosc
  • Patent number: 9243780
    Abstract: The lighting assembly (20) includes a light guide (22) formed of a resin material propagating light through internal reflection. A housing (28) surrounds the light guide (22) and maintains the light guide (22) in a predetermined position. A light transmissive coating (24), such as a vacuum metalized coating, is disposed on the light guide (22) and faces outwardly of the housing (28). The light transmissive coating (24) disguises the resin light guide (22) so that the light guide (22) appears to be a metallic trim. A non-light transmissive coating (26), such as a paint, appearing to be the same material as the light transmissive coating (24), may be disposed on the light guide (22) adjacent the light transmissive coating (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: James Burr Anderson, Alexis Antonio Silva Perez
  • Patent number: 8992058
    Abstract: A lighting device for a motor vehicle includes a light source, at least two plate-shaped light guide elements having at least some areas that scatter or refract light, and a framework to maintain the at least two light guide elements in close proximity such that their mid-perpendiculars lie on a common straight line. The framework is configured to at least partly surround a boundary of the light guide elements and to guide light. The framework is coupled optically to the light source so that light is projected from the light source into the framework and from the framework into the light guide elements, and is conducted from the light guide elements to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Jens Dietmar Reuschel, Christoph Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8992060
    Abstract: One embodiment of a vehicle lamp assembly may include a housing, which includes a pair of opposing reflective surfaces defining a chamber therebetween. The assembly may further have a single light emitting diode (LED) disposed within the chamber and a lens carried by the housing. At least one of the reflective surfaces may have a grain pattern configured to interact the light emitted from the single LED with the housing in a range between one and five times before the housing directs the light through the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Arun Kumar, Martin Witte
  • Patent number: 8985823
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a lamp body having an opening, a front cover attached to the lamp body to close the opening, and a first optical unit disposed inside a lamp chamber defined by the lamp body and the cover. The first optical unit includes a printed wiring board having a first section formed with a first conductor pattern and a second section formed with a second conductor pattern electrically coupled to the first conductor pattern, an LED mounted on the first section of the printed wiring board, and a lighting control circuit provided on the second section of the printed wiring board to control a lighting of the LED. The first optical unit further has a bracket supporting the printed wiring board in a horizontal manner, and a drip-preventive cover covering the lighting control circuit. The drip-preventive cover is provided on the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8944654
    Abstract: A warning light has a light transmissive dome, longitudinally extending base, plurality of clamps, and a plurality of warning light assemblies. The light transmissive dome has sidewalls which terminate in a bottom edge. Spaced apart attachment regions with a staging area, a locking area, and a first retaining lip are located along the bottom edge. The longitudinally extending base has sidewalls which terminate in a top edge. A second retaining lip extends downward from an exterior projection of the top edge. A plurality of clamps each have a face portion, and first and second engagement jaws which extend from the face portion. The first and second engagement jaws are configured to engage the first and second retaining lips. A fastener portion located on the face portion corresponds with a fastener. The fastener portion and fastener draw the first and second engagement jaws together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon H. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8939626
    Abstract: A warning light for attachment to a vehicle comprising a thermally conductive longitudinally extending base, a plurality of light head mount assemblies, a plurality of LED warning light assemblies, and a plurality of electronic control circuits. Said base has a pair of generally parallel longitudinal edges and a pair of ribs projecting perpendicularly from said base. Said light head mount assemblies comprise a bracket and a light head retention shoe. Said bracket has a generally planar bracket first portion and a generally planar bracket second portion oriented perpendicular to said first portion. Said light head shoe has a sole configured to engage said bracket first portion, a rib engaging portion, and a brace extending angularly therebetween. Said LED assemblies are mounted on said bracket second portion. Said dome has a main body portion, sidewalls configured to engage said edges, and end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Grote, Jr., Jon H. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8926149
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle, the side-view mirror assembly comprising: a housing for securement to a side of a vehicle, the housing defining an internal cavity opening toward a rear of the housing; a mirror disposed in the internal cavity, the mirror comprising a reflective element substantially occupying and being visible through the opening of the housing, and the reflective element supported on a first surface of a backplate, the backplate including at least one light-transmissive portion positioned proximate a peripheral edge of the reflective element; and one or more light sources disposed within the housing and operable to selectively illuminate the at least one light-transmissive portion so that the illumination is visible from outside the side-view mirror assembly in an area defined between the peripheral edge of the reflective element and the opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Bingle
  • Patent number: 8915631
    Abstract: An exterior mirror system for a vehicle includes exterior rearview mirror assemblies mounted at respective sides of the vehicle. The mirror assemblies include a light module and a camera. The cameras are part of a multi-camera vision system that includes a display device that is operable to display images for viewing by the vehicle driver. The indicator of the light module includes a signal light that is configured to provide light that is observable to another driver of another vehicle who is (i) approaching the vehicle from its rear and/or (ii) overtaking the vehicle in the side lane adjacent to the side of the vehicle at which mirror assembly is mounted. Actuation of the signal light provides (i) light forwardly of the vehicle so that drivers of other vehicles approaching the vehicle may observe the actuated signal light and/or (ii) light laterally with respect to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Pastrick, Michiel P. van de Ven, Peter J. Whitehead, Rick Mousseau, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8915630
    Abstract: An exterior mirror system for a vehicle includes an exterior mirror assembly having an indicator having at least one light emitting diode. The indicator may include a light guiding element that guides light emitted by the at least one light emitting diode. The at least one light emitting diode may be associated with circuitry of the exterior mirror assembly. During low ambient lighting conditions at night, the intensity of light emitted by the at least one light emitting diode of the indicator is reduced under photosensor control to a nighttime intensity level. The nighttime intensity level is greater than about 0.3 candela and is less than about 200 candelas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Pastrick, Michiel P. van de Ven, Peter J. Whitehead, Rick Mousseau, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8905605
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a modular lighting system having a casing containing a lamp, as well as its power and control circuits fitted within a wing and a flush fitting glazing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: George Edmond, Derek Paul Baron, Philip Dickinson, Stephen Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8905568
    Abstract: A partially transparent dome mirror is used to display messages generated from within the dome by a light generating system. The mirror is incorporated in an apparatus for seeing and warning traffic crossing at an intersection in a commercial, industrial or other space to improve worker safety and to avoid costly damage due to collisions at the intersection. The unitary apparatus does not require sensors or other wiring external to the mirror and its supporting frame. The mirror system can also be used in commercial and retail applications for surveillance and advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Fossier, William Chernick
  • Patent number: 8899799
    Abstract: A stroller safety light assembly fittable and releasably securable to a frame of an extant stroller wherein a plurality of LEDs illuminate the frame of the stroller and a pair of headlights, disposed proximal the stroller front wheels, directs illumination forwards and a pair of taillights, disposed proximal to the stroller rear wheels, directs illumination rearwards whereby said stroller is made more visible to road users and passersby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Brian G. Fairhurst
  • Patent number: 8894256
    Abstract: A motor vehicle window includes a door frame having a U-shaped top portion defining a channel with outer and inner lips joined by a base wall, and at least one electrically powered light source attached to an outer surface of the inner lip and configured to project light through the window on to the outside of the door. The lights are electrically connected to the car's electrical system and can be illuminated to provide various signals, such as hazard warnings or directions signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Publication number: 20140340925
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly suitable for a vehicle includes an attachment portion and a casing portion having a variable reflectance mirror reflective element. A mirror reflector is disposed at at least a portion of a surface of a rear substrate of the reflective element. The mirror reflector includes a stack of thin films having at least a first metal thin film and a second metal thin film. The first metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than about 1×10?3 ohm·cm and the second metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than about 1×10?3 ohm·cm. No part of the rear substrate extends beyond any part of a front substrate of the reflective element. An indicator is disposed rearward of the reflective element and, when actuated, illuminates through the reflective element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Ian A. McCabe, Desaraju V. Varaprasad, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8882315
    Abstract: External rear-view mirror assembly comprising a housing (1), a circuit board (3) supporting a plurality of LEDs LED-1, LED-2, an opaque cover (5) arranged in front of the circuit board (3) and provided with a plurality of through holes (5a), said cover having a shape adapted to the front external surface (1a) of the rear-mirror (1), which comprises at least a prism (6) with a first surface (6a) in contact with at least a LED 4, and a second surface (6b) fitting within at least one of said holes (5a) and aligned with the front external surface (5b) of the cover (5), said second surface (6b) being a Fresnel lens adapted to direct the light coming from said LED 4 in a predetermined direction D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fico Mirrors, S.A.
    Inventors: Juan Nestor Ruiz Ortega, Maria Luisa Novella Requena
  • Patent number: 8851727
    Abstract: A vehicle tail light operational indicator is mounted to a vehicle tail light to visually communicate the proper operation of turn signals, tail lights, and brake lights to an operator seated in the driver's seat of a motor vehicle. The vehicle tail light operational indicator comprises a reflecting light bar positioned to be viewable in a side view mirror of the vehicle. The vehicle tail light operational indicator further comprises a pair of base anchors that are adhesively attached to a vehicle tail light and which support the light bar. Each base anchor further includes a hinge and threaded adjuster which allows adjustment of the vehicle tail light operational indicator on various tail light designs as well as allowing the vehicle tail light operational indicator to pivot without damage if accidentally struck by an object while driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Theisen
  • Publication number: 20140254189
    Abstract: A signal lighting beacon for a vehicle has a base and a plurality of LED arrays mounted on the base. the LED arrays are arranged to direct light signals outward in multiple different radial directions. Each LED array has an LED array circuit board having plurality of LEDs and an electrical connector mounted thereon. A common circuit board is connected to each of the plurality of LED arrays by electrical connectors on the common circuit board. The electrical connectors of single-sided LED circuit boards can be substantially identical to the electrical connectors on a single-sided common circuit board disposed at an angle relative to the LED circuit boards. The connectors can be connected to one another by inserting spade terminals into corresponding sockets from the sides of the sockets. The LED arrays can be pivoted relative to the common circuit board without withdrawing the spade terminals from the sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CODE 3, INC.
    Inventors: Paul L. Stein, Kyle Christopher Stuesse
  • Publication number: 20140252949
    Abstract: A vehicle having a lamp includes a multi lamp disposed to radiate a first color light for backward movement or a second color light for a turn movement of a vehicle. A turn lamp is disposed near the multi lamp portion to selectively radiate a second color light for a turning movement. A controller controls the operation of the multi lamp and the turn lamp depending on a turn signal or a reverse signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kwang Min KO, Jeong Gi KIM, Jongsik BAE
  • Patent number: 8794789
    Abstract: In a LED warning light, straight light units are fixed to straight peripheries of a warning light body, and curved light units are fixed to joints adjacent to two respective straight peripheries. Each straight light unit includes a light base, a reflective plate, a heat dispersion cover and a front cover. LED lights are arranged on the light base. The front cover is perpendicular to the light base opposite to the reflective plate. The reflective plate has light reflective elements connected to each other in a straight line. Light rays emitted from the LEDs are reflected by the reflective plate and then given off perpendicularly to the front cover. The vertical distance from an upper periphery of the arc top of the light reflective element to the corresponding inner surface of the heat dispersion cover is more than or equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ningbo Yinzhou Self Photoelectron Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Feng Yu
  • Patent number: 8789991
    Abstract: An optical system for a motor vehicle, the optical system performing at least one main optical function and including in particular a diffusion screen, at least one light source of the LED type, each LED of the optical system producing a set of rays of light to be propagated in the diffusion screen wherein the screen is in the form of a curved sheet, with an upper lateral flange and a lower lateral flange which meet at a periphery which has in particular a rear face and a front edge and the principal function is performed essentially via an output face constituted by the front edge of the diffusion screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Laure Martin, Benjamin Vernisse, Benjamin Thierry, Nicolas Vathonne, Jean-Claude Gasquet
  • Publication number: 20140192520
    Abstract: A mirror element sub-assembly for a vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and an indicator. The front side of the mirror back plate includes a reflective element attaching portion and the rear side of the mirror back plate includes (i) an actuator attaching portion and (ii) an indicator attaching portion, all of which are integrally formed during injection molding of the mirror back plate. The indicator attaching portion includes structure extending from the rear side of the mirror back plate and having a passageway therethrough. The indicator is attached at the structure, and light emitted by the indicator passes through the passageway and through an opening of the mirror back plate and through the mirror reflective element so as to exit from the mirror reflective element at an angle relative to the reflective element attaching portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Ian A. McCabe, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8770809
    Abstract: Trailer illumination device 10 for illuminating a rear wheel assembly 4 of a trailer 2 has a housing structure 16, a plurality of lamps 12 and a circuit means 30. The housing structure 16 is for attachment to a side or bottom of the trailer 2 and has a channel 11 formed by one or more sides of the housing structure 16. When attached to a trailer 2, the device 10 extends from in front of the wheel assembly 4 to past the wheel assembly 4. The circuit means 30 is connected electronically to the rear turn signal light wiring and energizes the lights 12 of the device 10 when the tail lights 3 are on and the turn signal or flasher is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence E Kiser
  • Patent number: 8757854
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a front turn light on rear view mirror of motorcycle, which includes a rear view mirror housing and a front turn light mounted at the front part of the rear view mirror housing The front turn light has a LED light source(s) and a condenser lens(es) which is mounted in front of the LED light source(s) The front turn light further includes a front turn light face-plate and a front turn light housing which is mounted on the front turn light face-plate to form an internal cavity between the front turn light housing and the front turn light face-plate, where the LED light source(s) is mounted in the internal cavity and the condenser lens(es) is mounted in the front turn light face-plate, the front turn light is mounted inside the rear view mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors (Taicang) Automotive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenxing Mi, Jun Ye
  • Publication number: 20140160783
    Abstract: A light source assembly for a vehicle includes a frame having at least one device region; a heat radiator disposed above the at least one device region and spaced apart from the frame by a predetermined interval; a light source including at least one light emitting device disposed above the heat radiator in a position corresponding to the at least one device region; and an auxiliary heat radiator provided to the heat radiator by penetrating through the frame, thereby easily increasing and decreasing an amount of heat radiated by the heat radiator corresponding to an amount of heat generated by the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Yeon Woo LEE, Young Jeong YOON
  • Patent number: 8721145
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light device for a motor vehicle. The light device is arranged to be mounted on the motor vehicle, and comprises at least a first light emitting part arranged to emit a colored side marking light and at least a second light emitting part arranged to emit a substantially white light so as to illuminate an area around the light device for improved visibility in the area. The invention also relates to a motor vehicle provided with such a light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventor: Tomas Peltonen
  • Patent number: 8721141
    Abstract: A lamp unit is provided. A decorative part has a lens. A functional part has a light source. The lamp unit can be assembled on left and right doors to illuminate a predetermined position. The functional part is provided with a functional side lock portion, and the decorative part is provided with a first decorative side lock portion corresponding to a first assembling direction of the functional part and a second decorative side lock portion corresponding to a second assembling direction of the functional part. Both the first decorative side lock portion and the second decorative side lock portion can be fitted into the functional side lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yusuke Yoshizoe
  • Patent number: 8714792
    Abstract: A bumper adapted for mounting to a trailer is provided. The bumper comprises a tail skirt extending horizontally across the rear of the trailer. Upright bars mount to and intersect the tail skirt. The tail skirt comprises a groove for receiving a recessed light bar comprising multiple signal lights. The wiring harness extends from the light bar into a space behind the upright bars and passes through openings in the tail skirt behind the upright bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8702290
    Abstract: A light emitting module without connecting with an external power supply contains a light emitting panel including a display surface on which a first raised pattern set and a second raised pattern set are formed; a plurality of lighting elements disposed on a bottom plate and secured in the light emitting panel with the bottom plate, each lighting element at least having a first light facing to the first raised pattern set and emitting light and a second light facing to the second raised pattern set and emitting light; a magnetic reed switch mounted in the light emitting panel and electrically connecting with the each lighting element; at least one cell secured in the light emitting panel and electrically coupled with the plurality of lighting elements and the magnetic reed switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Yu Auto Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-An Yang
  • Patent number: 8662724
    Abstract: An exterior mirror system for a vehicle includes driver-side and passenger-side exterior rearview mirror assemblies including respective driver-side and passenger-side light modules and driver-side and passenger-side cameras. The light modules provide a driver-side indicator and a passenger-side indicator. The driver-side light module and the passenger-side light modules are disposed at respective mirror housing portions and move therewith when the exterior mirror housing portion moves relative to the mounting portion between its normal operating position and its folded position. The driver-side camera and the passenger-side camera are part of a multi-camera vision system of the vehicle, and the multi-camera vision system has a display device that is operable to display images for viewing by a driver of the vehicle. The displayed images displayed by the display device may include an image portion derived from image data captured by at least one of the driver-side camera and the passenger-side camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Pastrick, Michiel P. van de Ven, Peter J. Whitehead, Rick Mousseau, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8662723
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method for assembly a turn signal indicator module mounted into a rear view mirror comprising a housing. A LED, a light guide and a lens of the turn signal indicator module are mounted in steps as: Mounting the LED on a printed circuit board, fixing the printed circuit board at the light guide to define a strict relation between the LED and the light guide and mounting the light guide, the lens and the housing to form a turn signal indicator module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Arne Schmierer
  • Patent number: 8646957
    Abstract: A low profile vehicle lamp assembly includes a housing having a top end, body with an interior portion and a lens portion covering the top end. The housing is adapted to fit within an opening in a surface such that the lens portion is substantially flush with the surface and the body is positioned behind the surface. In addition, circuitry is disposed within the interior portion of the housing and at least one light source is electrically connected to the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., LLC
    Inventors: Gary Johnson, Adam Wagner, Robert C. Bartkowski, Timothy A. Dil'enti, Kurt L. Schwab, Rodney Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 8636379
    Abstract: A warning light assembly, components therefor and methods of assembly and use are described. The warning light assembly includes a moveable reflector light pod arrangement comprising at least one moveable reflector light pod having a selectively moveable reflector arrangement and a plurality of LED units configured and oriented to direct light against a selectively moveable reflector arrangement. A variety of specific, preferred, features are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Meyer, Dennis Hilburger, Myron Pavlacka, Robert Czajkowski, Paul Gergets, Jacek Jozwik
  • Patent number: 8636394
    Abstract: A light emitting diode perimeter lamp assembly generally includes a housing a receiving pocket formed therein for receiving a circuit board with a plurality of light emitting diodes mounted thereon. In addition, a culminating lens having a plurality of light directing elements is positioned within the receiving pocket of the housing above the circuit board such that light emitted from said plurality of light emitting diodes passes through said plurality of light directing elements. An outer lens is also mounted over the receiving pocket. When the perimeter lamp is installed on a truck body, the bottom side of the lamp housing is at an acute angle to a ground surface while the back end of the perimeter lamp is adjacent and parallel to a truck wall such that light emitted by the plurality of light emitting diodes is projected onto the ground surface adjacent to the truck wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Kenyon, Tim Dunn, Tim DiPenti
  • Patent number: 8628225
    Abstract: A charge port illumination system for an electric vehicle includes a charge port at an electric vehicle for electrically connecting to a charging source to charge a power source of the electric vehicle. A self-contained sealed module is disposed at or proximate to the charge port and includes at least one illumination source. The illumination source, responsive to an activating event associated with an electric charging event of the electric vehicle, is activated to provide illumination at the charge port. The activating event may include detection of touch at or movement of a cover panel and/or a signal from a remote transmitting device or a passive entry device or a motion detection device. The illumination source may be automatically deactivated after at least one of a period of time after activation, plugging in a charging source at the charge port and closing a cover panel at the charge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Richard R. Hook, David A. Dingman
  • Patent number: 8622595
    Abstract: A bicycle brake light controlling assembly has a lamp device, a controller device and a trigger device. The lamp device has a brake light and a wireless receiving unit. The controller device is capable of wirelessly emitting a controlling signal to the lamp device and has a wireless emitting unit. The trigger device is electrically connected with the controller device and is capable of being mounted securely on a brake lever of a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Pao-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 8602615
    Abstract: A motorcycle tail light device can have a plurality of front engagement members, provided in a front part of a tail light support stay, that enable movement of a support position of a tail light device 50 in a vehicle longitudinal direction. A plurality of rear engagement members can be, provided in a rear part of the tail light support stay, to enable movement of the support position of the tail light device in the vehicle longitudinal direction. A front engaged member can be provided in a front part of the tail light device, engaged with any one of the plurality of front engagement members. A rear engaged member can be provided in a rear part of the tail light device, engaged with any one of the plurality of rear engagement members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishijima, Hiroyasu Ota, Hayato Ohashi, Eiji Ashihara, Atsushi Watanabe, Shuto Higashizuru
  • Patent number: 8596840
    Abstract: A luminant component, such as reflective tape or an electrically powered component, is applied to the window frame of a motor vehicle. The component is visible from both the outside of the window, through the window and the inside of the window to illuminate at least portions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Gold
  • Patent number: 8585262
    Abstract: A safety system for drivers while driving vehicles at night in un-illuminated areas has side lights that are positioned one on each side of a vehicle, near front of the vehicle. The side lights illuminate areas on left and right sides of the vehicle near the front-end of the vehicle and operating in conjunction with head lights enable drivers to maintain visual reference to the surroundings to avoid the risk of disorientation while driving at night in un-illuminated areas. The side lights in conjunction with head lights also enable drivers to be able to see curved roads ahead. The position of the side lights in the vehicle is integrated with the head lights of the vehicle and the operational control is integrated with the operational control of head lights of the vehicle. The side lights illuminate a distance from the vehicle that is substantially equal to one to three single-road-widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal
  • Patent number: 8585263
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicular sign is provided including a vehicle and luminescent planar sheet. The luminescent planar sheet is constructed to provide illuminated alpha-numeric characters which are mounted to the horizontal planar surfaces of a vehicle. The alpha-numeric characters are mounted substantially horizontally so as to be seen from the air such as by helicopters or planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 8579480
    Abstract: An LED landing light arrangement for an aircraft comprises a plurality of LED light sources (12,14,16) for arrangement on an aircraft (24), primarily on the wing roots (20), on the front edges of the wings (22) and/or on the landing gears (18). The LED light sources (12,14,16) are operative to generate, relative to the central axis of the aircraft (24), a light distribution (10) ahead of the aircraft (24) that is spread substantially in a Y-shaped configuration in an obliquely downward direction. The light distribution (10) comprises two converging lateral regions (34,36) arranged laterally ahead of the aircraft (24), and a central region (40) running from said converging lateral regions (34,36) along an extension of said central axis and oriented in a direction away from the aircraft (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Willeke, Enrico Beier, Alexander Wernicke, Andre Hessling