Plural Light Sources Patents (Class 362/543)
  • Patent number: 9981596
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp system includes a first lamp unit configured to irradiate light having a first correlated color temperature, a second lamp unit configured to irradiate light having a second correlated color temperature lower than the first correlated color temperature of the first lamp unit and configured to form a combined light distribution pattern, together with the light irradiated from the first lamp unit, the combined light distribution pattern being formed by overlapping the light from the first lamp unit and the light from the second lamp unit, and a controller configured to change light flux of at least one of the first lamp unit and the second lamp unit in accordance with a vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Tokida
  • Patent number: 9896024
    Abstract: A tamper resistant and theft resistant light assembly for a tractor trailer or other vehicle that can be easily installed on the vehicle but cannot be removed without being broken. The light assembly may have one or more flexible projection fingers that deform to allow the light assembly to be mounted on the vehicle body plate by pushing the light assembly into an opening therein, but prevent the light assembly from being removed from the opening. The light assembly has a mounting ring that breaks away from the light assembly if an attempt is made to pry the light assembly out of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Optronics International, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Smith
  • Patent number: 9869449
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting device, including: a light source module comprising at least one light source on a printed circuit board, and a resin layer in which the light source is embedded; a light reflection member which is adjacent to at least any one of one side surface and the other side surface of the resin layer; and an optical plate comprising a side wall which is closely adhered to the light reflection member, and an upper surface which covers an upper part of the light source module, wherein a haze of the optical plate is less than 30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Ho Park, Chul Hong Kim, Moo Ryong Park, Jin Hee Kim, Hyun Duck Yang
  • Patent number: 9810393
    Abstract: A light device for motor vehicles comprises a carrying housing covered by a translucent cover and an inner chamber where an optical system is mounted containing a light guide with a light guide body for guiding the light generated by the light source and its emission as a light beam through one or more output light surfaces out of the light guide, one or more flat electroluminescence diodes and a reflective element for reflection of light emitted from one or more light emitting surfaces of the flat electroluminescence diode. The electroluminescence diode is attached to the light guide. The light guide is configured to emit the light beam essentially in an optical axis direction, and the reflective element is adapted to reflect light of the electroluminescence diode to a direction that is essentially parallel to the direction of the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Varroc Lighting Systems, s.r.o.
    Inventors: Tomas Gloss, Jakub Hruska, Tomas Mateju
  • Patent number: 9718393
    Abstract: In a vehicle lamp, light emitting diodes that emit light are disposed on an inner side of a transparent surface cover. A conductive reflector that reflects the light emitted from the light emitting diodes toward the surface cover is provided between the light emitting diodes and the surface cover. The reflector is disposed so as to be in proximity to the light emitting diodes. A grounding connection terminal is provided on the reflector. The grounding connection terminal is connected to a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Sazuka
  • Patent number: 9689558
    Abstract: An attachment adapted to fix a semiconductor light source unit to a support member is provided. The attachment includes a frame having an opening periphery portion defining an opening to allow light emitted from the semiconductor light source unit to pass through the opening, and first and second conductive terminal pieces extending from the opening periphery portion. The first conductive terminal piece extends in one direction to contact a first power receiving portion of the semiconductor light source unit. The second conductive terminal piece extends in the same direction to contact a second power receiving portion of the semiconductor light source unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9644812
    Abstract: A high-contrast miniature headlamp includes at least one light-emitting element, a first reflective surface, and a second reflective surface. The high-contrast miniature headlamp forms a virtual equivalent light source of the light-emitting element via the first reflective surface to increase the equivalent distance between the light source and the second reflective surface, thereby enhancing the contrast of the cutoff line of the beam pattern produced by the headlamp. The headlamp is so configured that, under the condition of maintaining its miniature design and reducing cost without compromising optical efficiency, a beam pattern with a high-contrast cutoff line (i.e., a high-contrast beam pattern) can be generated to significantly improve the safety provided by automobile lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Ching-Cherng Sun, Chih-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9644810
    Abstract: A lamp unit has a first light source, a second light source which is illuminated when the first light source is turned off, and a projection lens having a first entering surface which is associated with a first focal point and a second entering surface which is associated with a second focal point. Light emitted from the first light source is incident on the first entering surface and passes through the projection lens. The second light source is disposed between the first light source and the projection lens in a position through which light emitted from the first light source to reach the first entering surface does not pass. Light emitted from the second light source is incident on the second entering surface and passes through the projection lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ippei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9541792
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a backlight unit disposed at the back of the display panel, and a back cover disposed at the back of the backlight unit, wherein the backlight unit including a base layer, a plurality of substrates disposed on the base layer and separated from each other, and light sources disposed on the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sangtae Park, Seungchoon Bae
  • Patent number: 9506619
    Abstract: An optical device is incorporated into an external part of a motor vehicle and comprises at least one sub-assembly including a light curtain or light curtain plus light guide and, on either side thereof, transparent plates each of which has at least one part being transparent and at least one other part being semi-transparent. At least one light source is connected to an electric source and emits rays of light that spread in a thickness of the light curtain or light curtain plus light guide. The sub-assembly and light source are incorporated into a housing, and the optical device collaborates with at least one lamp incorporated into a body-shell of the vehicle or LED on a suitable plate included in a sub-housing incorporated into the housing and emits rays of light through at least a portion of the light curtain or light curtain plus light guide that is transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING REAR LAMPS FRANCE S.A.S.
    Inventor: Alain Buisson
  • Patent number: 9249955
    Abstract: A device for securing a source of LED light to a heat sink includes an LED light source engaging surface that is arranged and configured to engage at least a portion of the source of LED light and which is provided with an integrated force applying spring. Further, the device may include a continuous metallic path extending between the sources of LED light and the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew David Schroll, Alan Emad Zantout
  • Patent number: 9175822
    Abstract: Light emitted from a light source having an S/P ratio being 2.0 or more is projected to a peripheral area in front of a vehicle body, and thereby an earlier awareness with the peripheral vision under dark environment (e.g., during nighttime driving) can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoko Kawanobe, Yasushi Kita, Takashi Sato
  • Publication number: 20150138807
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein. The grille assembly includes a plurality of grille bars, each including a housing having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion of each grille bar illuminates in a first color and the second portion of at least one grille bar illuminates in a second color that is visually distinct from the first color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9013319
    Abstract: A vehicle inlet is disclosed for use in charging a battery of an electric vehicle or a hybrid-electric vehicle. The vehicle inlet includes a housing, a luminance engine having at least one light emitting diode, and a luminance member configured for attachment to the housing and for cooperation with the luminance engine. The luminance member is adapted for illumination by the at least one light emitting diode of the luminance engine based on an ambient light level having a value less than a threshold for a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Reinhard Pusch, Keith R. Kwasny, John F. Nathan
  • Publication number: 20150092431
    Abstract: A headlamp for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle is disclosed. The headlamp includes a first light source designed to illuminate a central area with a first light spectrum, and a second light source designed to illuminate an edge area with a second light spectrum. The light spectrum of the first light source differs from the light spectrum of the second light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ingolf Schneider, Frank Langkabel, Tran Quoc Khanh
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150078026
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes a low beam light module and a appearance light module, which are embodied, arranged and designed such that, in a low beam mode, less than 30% of the light intensity emitted by the vehicle headlight with respect to a vertical orientation above the light-shadow line and with respect to the horizontal orientation in the direction of travel, is generated by the low beam light module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Helmut ERDL, Andreas KALTENBACH, Ulrich HENSELER
  • Patent number: 8979336
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp apparatus is provided. The vehicle headlamp apparatus includes a lamp unit, a first additional lamp unit which forms a first light distribution pattern, a second additional lamp unit which forms a second light distribution pattern overlapping with the first light distribution pattern, and a controller. The first light distribution pattern includes at least one first partial region, and the first additional lamp unit adjusts a luminous intensity of a light to be irradiated toward the first partial region. The second light distribution pattern includes at least one second partial region which partially overlaps with the first partial region, and the second additional lamp unit adjusts a luminous intensity of a light to be irradiated toward the second partial region. The controller controls the first additional lamp unit and the second additional lamp unit to adjust the luminous intensity of the partial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 8974099
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight having a plurality of semiconductor emitters for the alternative production of a low-beam light distribution and a daytime driving light distribution is provided. For producing the low-beam light distribution, a low-beam light luminous surface is generated by the vehicle headlight. For producing the daytime driving light distribution, a daytime driving light luminous surface is generated by the vehicle headlight. The low-beam light luminous surface and the daytime driving light luminous surface are essentially identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Morgenstern, Stefan Danner, Christopher Weil, Helmut Erdl
  • Patent number: 8967841
    Abstract: The invention relates to an LED light module (1) for a motor vehicle or for a head light for a motor vehicle, wherein the LED light module (1) has at least one LED light source (3) which comprises at least one light-emitting diode, and wherein the light (10, 11) which is emitted by the at least one LED light source (3) is emitted via at least one reflector (2) into a region located in front of a motor vehicle, wherein the light (10?, 11?) which is emitted via the reflector (2) forms a defined basic light distribution (30?), wherein according to the invention at least one shutter (4) is provided after the at least one LED light source (3) in the light exit direction, which at least one shutter (4) is located in the beam path of at least part of the light (20) which is emitted in the light exit direction by the at least one LED light source (3), and wherein the at least one shutter (4) is designed to reflect light at least in certain areas on its side (4?) facing the at least one LED light source (3), and where
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zizala Lichtsysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Gerald Bohm
  • Publication number: 20150055668
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a headlight having a laser light source in a motor vehicle. The headlight generates a light distribution from the light of the laser light source. The laser light source is activated such that the operating power of the laser light source is switched from a first power value to a deactivated operating state or is lowered to a second power value when the speed of the motor vehicle falls below a first speed threshold. The operating power of the laser light source is increased from the deactivated operating state or from the second power value to the first power value, when the speed of the motor vehicle exceeds a second speed threshold, which is greater than or equal to the first speed threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan WEBER, Helmut ERDL, Johannes AULBACH
  • Patent number: 8960979
    Abstract: An optical device for a motor vehicle, comprising a first surface light source emitting light rays wherein it comprises a reflecting optical system deflecting the light rays emitted by the first surface light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Vanesa Sanchez, Vincent Godbillon, Patrice Bos, Christophe Dubosc, Luc Negre
  • Patent number: 8950914
    Abstract: A lighting unit (10) with a housing (12) and a light disc (11) is suggested, which extends along a vehicle exterior mirror (1) with a housing covering the mirror head. The housing comprises at least two lighting means (14, 14?, 14a, 14b), whereby the lighting means (10) carries out a first function as an indicator, and decouples light in a first decoupling region (5) according to the guidelines of the legal regulations. The lighting unit illuminates at least a second region, whereby the at least second decoupling region (6) lies closer on the vehicle, and the lighting unit (10) carries out the function of a warning display visible to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Arne Schmierer
  • Patent number: 8950912
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp system having a headlamp module and a processor. The headlamp module may include a light source and a reflector. The light source may include a plurality of light emitters which are individually controllable by the processor. The reflector may include a plurality of facets for reflecting the light received from the light source. The headlamp module is capable of switching between high and low beam light without mechanically movable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaolu Chen
  • Patent number: 8944656
    Abstract: A vehicle infrared projection device, includes a device body, an infrared light source module and a retaining clip, wherein the retaining clip is used to retain the device body below or above a vehicle license plate bracket, a projection opening set on the device body is provided as the projection direction of the infrared light source of the infrared light source module, the focus type lens of the infrared light source module limit an included angle of the projection angle of the infrared light source to 6-15 degree. By the composition of the above elements, the present invention may provide assistance for observing the long-distance road condition at night or poor weather, to thereby improve the traffic safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: E-Lead Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 8941332
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided that include alterable characteristics and such alterable characteristics may be coordinated. Such systems, apparatuses, and methods may include wearable apparatuses and such alterable characteristics may relate to illumination conditions or coating colors. In one example, a wearable apparatus includes an output device such as an illumination device or coating that may be manually manipulated between two different conditions. In another example, two wearable apparatuses may each include an output device such as an illumination device or a coating, and operation of the two illumination devices or coatings may be coordinated. In a further example, operation of an apparatus may be controlled by a third party or venue. Still another exemplary system may include a capturing device for capturing a characteristic of an object and controlling an output device of an apparatus to operate with the same characteristic as the captured characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Seth M. Gerszberg
  • Publication number: 20150023046
    Abstract: An organic electroluminescent panel is provided. The organic electroluminescent panel includes a substrate made of glass or transparent resin, a light emitting portion provided along a peripheral edge of the substrate, and a metal electrode. The light emitting portion comprises a cathode layer, a transparent conductive film having an extension portion, the extension portion extending toward an outer peripheral portion of the substrate and contacting the metal electrode, and an organic light emitting layer provided between the cathode layer and the transparent conductive film. The metal electrode is provided on the outer peripheral portion of the substrate to serve as an anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Masaya Shido, Toru Ito
  • Patent number: 8936381
    Abstract: The invention relates to an LED light module for a motor vehicle, or for a headlight for a motor vehicle, wherein the light module comprises a lens and an LED light source, wherein according to the invention a diffusion disk is disposed between the LED light source and the lens as viewed in the light exit direction, wherein the diffusion disk has at least one aperture for the direct passage of at least one component of the light emitted by the LED light source, and wherein the direct component of the light emitted by the LED light source, which component emerges through the aperture of the diffusion disk, is projected through the lens so as to generate a lighting function in the region in front of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Zizala Lichtsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Luger, Andreas Moser
  • Patent number: 8931920
    Abstract: A light assembly (100) for directing light into a light guide utilizes a light source (120) comprising a linear array of light emitting diodes (140). The linear array has two opposed long sides (160, 180) equally disposed about a longitudinal axis (162) and two opposed short sides (200, 220) and is positioned in a mounting plane (240). The array has an optical plane (250) lying in a plane perpendicular to the mounting plane (240). A primary optic (260) having a reflecting surface (270) is associated therewith, the reflecting surface (270) having a parabolic cross-section and a focal point (280) and a bisector of parabolic cross-section (282) wherein the focal point (280) is disposed at one of the long sides (160, 180) of the array (140) and the bisector of parabolic cross-section (282) has an axis (283) that is tilted with respect to the optical plane (250). In a preferred embodiment, the axis (283) of the bisector of parabolic cross-section (282) is tilted about 8 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Tessnow
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150003100
    Abstract: To provide a technique capable of alleviating the sense of visual discomfort when light distribution areas are switched. A vehicle lamp configured to include a light source, wherein the light source comprises a plurality of light-emitting units respectively comprising a control terminal for controlling light emission and extinction, arranged along a first direction, and the plurality of light-emitting units increases in a width of a first direction in proportion to a distance away from a predetermined reference position toward both sides along the first direction, with the width of a light-emitting unit corresponding to the predetermined reference position being the smallest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ji-Hao Liang, Teruo Koike
  • Publication number: 20140369061
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a movable lighting system with lighting devices driven along a monotrack, more specifically, relates to a movable lighting system having a lifting zone where a portion of the monotrack can be moved up and down for maintenance, wherein the movable portion of the monotrack comprises a locking module. In the monotrack-based movable lighting system of the present invention, a lifting track, moving up and down, is installed in a portion of the track; as a result, it is easy to repair and maintain the lighting devices and it is possible to accomplish safe maintenance with the help of the locking modules preventing the moving carrier from derailing when the lifting track moves up and down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kyung Hwan KIM
  • Patent number: 8905607
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight can facilitate an earlier awareness with peripheral vision under dark environment (such as during nighttime, tunnel, or adverse weather driving). The light source can include a plurality of white LEDs. The plurality of white LEDs include a first white LED and a second white LED. The first white LED has an S/P ratio, which is represented by (S(?)*V?(?))/(S(?)*V(?)) in which S(?) is a spectrum of the first light source, V?(?) is a relative luminosity factor in scotopic vision, and V(?) is a relative luminosity factor in photopic vision, lower than that of the second white LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sato, Yasushi Kita
  • Patent number: 8905609
    Abstract: A lighting system (10) comprising a primary light engine (20); a secondary light engine (22); and a projection apparatus (14, 14a-b) comprising a reflector (28) configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation emitted from the primary light engine (20); a projector lens (28) configured to project at least a portion of the reflected electromagnetic radiation from the reflector (28); and a shutter (24, 24a-c) disposed between the secondary light engine (22) and the reflector (28). The shutter (24, 24a-c) is configured to selectively obscure a portion of the projector lens (28) from the reflected electromagnetic radiation and is further configured to selectively emit at least a portion of electromagnetic radiation from the secondary light engine (22) through at least a portion of the projector lens (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Michael D. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8899806
    Abstract: A vehicle light is capable of preventing gaps (areas darker than peripheral areas) from being formed in between a plurality of illumination areas that are independently controlled to be illuminated with light or not to be illuminated with light, or suppressing the generation of such gaps. The vehicle light can include a projection lens and a light source unit disposed behind the rear-side focal plane of the projection lens. The light source unit can include a plurality of tubular portions each having a reflective inner peripheral surface, and a plurality of semiconductor light emitting elements. Exit openings of the plurality of tubular portions can be arranged side by side in a substantial horizontal direction behind the rear-side focal plane of the projection lens. Adjacent ones of the plurality of exit openings of the tubular portions can be defined and partitioned by a common vertical edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshimichi Anzai
  • Patent number: 8870423
    Abstract: A vehicle decorative lighting device and a vehicle lamp including a lighting device can include a light guide lens formed in a substantially U-shape and a pair of LED light sources that can emit various color lights. Each of the light sources can be located at both end surfaces of the light guide lens having a U-shaped light-emitting surface. The vehicle lamp can include a lamp room between an outer lens and a housing, and can incorporate various vehicle lamps such as a headlight along with the lighting device in the lamp room. The lighting device can be located in the lamp room so as to emit various U-shaped color lights along a periphery of the outer lens. Thus, the disclosed subject matter can include providing vehicle lamps including the decorative lighting device having a harmonious favorable light distribution, for example, such that combine a headlight with a position lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruhiko Mihara, Yasuaki Kaizumi, Kazuya Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8870421
    Abstract: A bicycle handlebar and bicycle comprising an integral lighting system. Light emitting diodes are integrated within apertures located in the front of the handlebar to provide substantially forward illumination. A battery power supply located within the handlebar and activated by a power control supplies current to the light emitting diodes to activate them to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Michael Ward, Adam Pennel Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140313761
    Abstract: Provided is device for attaching to a wheelchair. The device provides lighting and makes the wheelchair more visible to motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Blanche M. Nelson-Herron
  • Patent number: 8864352
    Abstract: A lighting device for vehicles with a plurality of light sources arranged like a matrix in a light generation level, with one light forming optic unit being arranged in the primary direction of emission in front of the light source, and with a pre-optic unit arranged between the light forming optic unit and the light sources, comprising a plurality of pre-optic elements, characterized in that the pre-optic elements are embodied as planar band elements provided with reflective flat sides and that the plurality of pre-optic elements form a band grid with a plurality of recesses, each allocated to the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: HELLA KGaA
    Inventor: Gerhard Kloos
  • Publication number: 20140293640
    Abstract: Edge profile (100) for bordering the superstructure of a rescue vehicle, in particular a fire fighting vehicle, comprising an extruded hollow profile body (10) with a cross section that comprises a central hollow channel portion (12), a first groove (14) opening towards the upper side of the profile body (10) in which a first band-shaped lighting device (28) is arranged, a second groove (18) opening laterally towards the bottom side of the profile body (10) in which a second band-shaped lighting device (30) is arranged, a first cross section portion (44) for engaging with a fixing means for fixing the edge profile to a vehicle body, said first cross section portion (44) being arranged at a back portion of the profile body (10) that faces the vehicle body, a flat upper support portion (54) on top of the first cross section portion (44) for supporting a top plate (32) of the superstructure, and a plate-shaped flange portion (36) extending vertically at the bottom of the profile body (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Iveco Magirus AG
    Inventors: Frank Muhe-Sturm, Jens Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8845156
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a long solid-core shaped light guide; a first light source that irradiates an end portion of the long solid-core shaped light guide in a longitudinal direction such that light is radiated long from an end side of the vehicle lamp toward another end side of the vehicle lamp; and a second light source that irradiates the another end side of the vehicle lamp to a lateral outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Fukasawa, Yasushi Kawaji, Hitoshi Kurihara, Tatsuya Sugamoto
  • Patent number: 8845160
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting module (1) for an emergency service vehicle (24), comprising a profiled part (18), a first (3) and a second (5) lighting module, wherein the first lighting module (3) is arranged in a first accommodating area (2) of the profiled part (18) and illuminates a first spatial section (11). The second lighting module (5) is arranged in a second accommodating area (4) of the profiled part (18) and illuminates a second spatial section (12). The first lighting module (3) comprises a first lighting element (6) for emitting electromagnetic radiation and a transparent covering element (7), wherein furthermore the first lighting element (6) is formed by a semiconductor component and is arranged on a support structure (9). Furthermore, the second lighting module (5) comprises a second lighting element (8) made of a semiconductor component for emitting electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Rosenbauer International Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Ronacher, Bernhard Stadler
  • Patent number: 8833988
    Abstract: A convenience light for the rear storage area of a motor vehicle also serves as a breakdown warning light. A light source on an underside of the storage compartment lid is a warning light visible from behind the when the compartment lid is open. A reflective panel is disposed on a lid-receiving portion of the vehicle body to reflect light from the light source toward the lid when the lid is open, so that the light and reflective panel combine to serve as a convenience light for the storage area. The light is detachably attached to the compartment lid and has a battery to power the light when detached from the compartment lid. The light source has three lighted segments foldable relative to one another when detached from the compartment lid to form a triangle. The light is thus usable as a warning triangle for a disable vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Annika Larsson
  • Patent number: 8833990
    Abstract: A lamp apparatus (14) includes a heat sink (28), a heat conductive post (26) having a plurality of faces (36), one or more light engines (30) coupled to each of a plurality of faces (36), a connector (32) to provide power to the light engine (30) when electrically coupled to a lamp socket, and a grommet (34). The grommet (34) is secured to and extends around a perimeter of the heat conductive post (26) and includes a radial groove (48) receiving a rim (21) of an opening (20) of a reflector (12) such that a first and a second portion (50, 51) of the grommet (34) extend beyond the rim (21) and over a portion of an interior and an exterior surface (23, 25) of the reflector (12) to secure the lamp apparatus (14) to the opening (20) of the reflector (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Ronald Boyd, Lawrence M. Rice
  • Publication number: 20140254190
    Abstract: An LED reading light, in particular for a passenger transport vehicle, such as an aircraft, a road vehicle, a ship or a rail car, is disclosed that has a plurality of illuminating LED's and in operation provides a desired light intensity for a set supply current, wherein the LED reading light comprises two power supply terminals connectable to a power supply for receiving the set supply current, and at least one lighting strand coupled between the two power supply terminals. Each of the at least one lighting strand comprises at least one voltage drop diode, with the at least one voltage drop diode in operation not contributing to the desired light intensity, and at least one of the illuminating LED's. The illuminating LED's are distributed among the at least one lighting strand and connected such that they jointly provide the desired light intensity for the set supply current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Steffen Roebke
  • Patent number: 8807810
    Abstract: Three-dimensional information is presented directly on the surface of a target three-dimensional object without using a display device such as a display monitor and an HUD. Spatially coded light patterns are projected from two projectors on a target object surface. The light projected from the two projectors are added up on the object surface to produce unified color and luminance. On the object surface, light is simply added up, so that a pattern whose color and brightness correspond to distance and height appears. Hence, a distance to an object or a three-dimensional shape of an object can be highlighted by the color and brightness presented on the object for perception by human beings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: National University Corporation Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jun Sato, Fumihiko Sakaue, Masahiko Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8807809
    Abstract: A lighting device for vehicles with a plurality of light sources arranged like a matrix in a light generation level, with a light forming optic unit arranged in front of the light sources in a primary direction of emission, and with another optic unit arranged between the light forming optic unit and the light sources, comprising a plurality of optic elements, with the optic elements being arranged like a matrix and one optic element each being allocated to a light source, with the additional optic unit being embodied as a widening optic unit with a plurality of band reflector segments arranged intersecting to form polygonal reflectors as optic elements and with a plurality of light forming elements, which are arranged like a matrix corresponding to the light sources and arranged between the light sources and the polygonal reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hella KGaA
    Inventor: Gerhard Kloos
  • Publication number: 20140226358
    Abstract: A stroller light or headlight that attaches to the front of the stroller for lighting the path ahead of the stroller and for making the stroller more visible to people at night.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Lewis Nielson
  • Publication number: 20140226355
    Abstract: An optical module DE for a lighting and/or signaling device of a vehicle, comprising at least one light source capable of generating a light beam, a cooling device capable of dissipating heat and a device for focusing the light beam, characterized in that the focusing device is borne directly by the cooling device. Application to motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Blandin, Eric Mornet, Magdalena Perez
  • Patent number: 8801249
    Abstract: A transformation optic arrangement for vehicles to convert a planar light distribution into an angular light distribution with a plurality of light sources arranged in one level like a matrix to generate the planar light distribution and with an optic unit arranged in front of the light sources in a primary direction of emission to deflect the light, with the optic unit comprising at least one first lens, with at least one additional lens being provided between the first lens and the light sources, arranged coaxially in reference to the z-axis extending in the primary direction of emission and distanced from the first lens, and that the first lens and at least one additional lens each show non-spherically shaped coupling surfaces and decoupling surfaces as flat sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: HELLA KGaA
    Inventor: Gerhard Kloos