With Common Housing Patents (Class 362/544)
  • Patent number: 10317030
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly is provided that includes a circuit board that is attached to the bottom of a headlamp reflector and that includes a plurality of light emitting elements. The plurality of light emitting elements are arranged on the circuit board in a high-beam and low-beam producing pattern configured to generate light toward the outer edge of the headlamp reflector. The headlamp assembly also includes an optical lens that includes a first optical surface and a second optical surface. The optical lens optically forms a low-beam light pattern and a high-beam light pattern from the light generated from the plurality of light emitting elements through the optical lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Hossein Alisafaee, Albert J. Bolander, Jr., Paul Miller, Cesar Perez-Bolivar
  • Patent number: 10295131
    Abstract: A solar simulator with at least one lamp module, where the luminous module contains multiple light generating units is disclosed. Each of the light generating units contain at least one semiconductor light source, which generate light in a plurality of separately controllable wavelength ranges. Disposed downstream from the light generating units is a light-concentrating primary optical unit. A light-homogenizing secondary optical unit is likewise disposed downstream of the light generating units. And an imaging tertiary optical unit is disposed downstream of the secondary optical unit. A method for operating the solar simulator and the light generating units in such a way that the solar simulator generates light radiation that alters over time is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventor: Nico Morgenbrod
  • Patent number: 10174899
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aspherical lens module of a vehicle headlamp configured such that a position light function is added to the existing functions of a low beam or high beam without increasing the size of the lamp module. Further, the aspherical lens module of a headlamp is configured such that the quantity of required light of a low beam or high beam is not reduced when the position light function is added to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Seong Hoon Lee, Kyu Geol Lee
  • Patent number: 10150363
    Abstract: A scooter-type vehicle including a front vehicle cover covering a head pipe, a rear vehicle cover extending backwards from a foot rest and covering a space below a saddle, and a headlight unit disposed in front of the front vehicle cover. The headlight unit includes a reflector headlight, including a light source disposed at one side further right or left than the head pipe and a first reflector, and a projector headlight, including another light source disposed at the other side further right or left than the head pipe, a second reflector, and a lens disposed in front of the second light source in a convex shape toward the front. In a side view, a portion of the projector headlight overlaps with the reflector headlight. In a top view, a rear end of the reflector headlight is located further forward than a rear end of the projector headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chinyu Hsieh, Wenching Hsu
  • Patent number: 10060591
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a body board, used for riding ocean waves, which has one or more removable LED light ropes disposed in one or more channels that have been molded into the top, bottom, or sides of the body board. The channels are removably covered with a water-resistant covering that can be opened to remove or exchange the LED lights. The body board also includes a cavity into which a battery is placed, where the battery powers the LED's, and means of controlling the LED's. The battery cavity, in the first embodiment, is also covered by a water-resistant covering that can be opened to access the battery for removal or replacement. A solar panel is embedded in the deck of the body board and connected to the battery for recharging when the body board is left in the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Susan Voaklander
  • Patent number: 10054277
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is configured to be able to selectively perform low-beam irradiation and high-beam irradiation. The vehicle lamp includes first and second light-emitting elements and a reflector for reflecting light emitted from these first and second light-emitting elements toward a front. A reflecting surface of the reflector has a first reflection region on which light emitted from the first light-emitting element is incident and a second reflection region on which light emitted from the first light-emitting element is not incident but light emitted from the second light-emitting element is incident. A low-beam light distribution pattern having horizontal and oblique cutoff lines is formed by turning on the first light-emitting element. A high-beam light distribution pattern is formed by turning on the second light-emitting element or simultaneously turning on the first and second light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Horiba
  • Patent number: 9581309
    Abstract: An LED (light emitting diode) illumination device that can generate a uniform light output illumination pattern. The illumination device includes an array of LEDs, each having a LED central axis. The LED central axis of the array of LEDs is angled approximately toward a central point. The illumination source includes a reflector with a conic or conic-like shape. The reflector wraps around the front of the LED to redirect the light emitted along a LED central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventor: John Patrick Peck
  • Patent number: 9381849
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp includes a lamp body including a lamp housing having an opening and a cover covering the opening in the lamp housing, and a lamp unit disposed in the lamp body and including, a light source unit having a light source configured to emit light, a structural unit having a projection lens configured to project the light emitted from the light source and a lens holder configured to hold the projection lens, an irradiating direction changing mechanism configured to change an irradiating direction of the light emitted from the light source and projected by the projection lens, and a bracket configured to being operated by a driving force of the irradiating direction changing mechanism and to change an orientation of an optical axis of the projection lens. The structural unit and the light source unit are mounted on the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9347639
    Abstract: An optical module of a lighting and/or signaling device of a motor vehicle In one embodiment, the optical module comprises a support that supports an optical lens and a heat exchanger, with the support connecting the optical lens to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Christophe Thullier, Vincent Biarne, Thomas Cannone
  • Patent number: 9278643
    Abstract: A vehicle headlight includes: a first illuminator including a projector unit that has a projection optical system and illuminates a predetermined region ahead of a vehicle with a first light distribution pattern having a cutoff line at an upper end; and a second illuminator that has a reflector unit including a reflective optical system for illumination with a second light distribution pattern that includes a region on an oncoming lane side of an elbow point of the cutoff line of the first light distribution pattern and that substantially does not include a region on a non-oncoming lane side of the elbow point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentarou Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9045078
    Abstract: An arrangement for covering a component, in particular a steering wheel rim, of a motor vehicle, which component has an in particular encircling fastening depression. The arrangement has a cover composed in particular of a flexible and/or non-slip material, and at least one fastening element, in particular a clamping element, for fastening the edges of the cover, which is placed around the component, in the fastening depression. The at least one fastening element is designed as a light source and/or has at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Johannes Tovar, Jens Dietmar Reuschel, Christoph Schmitz, Richard Mohos
  • Patent number: 9046228
    Abstract: A light-emitting unit includes a mounting substrate, and a first light-emitting portion disposed on the mounting substrate and emits light of a first color temperature to irradiate a first irradiation area, and second light-emitting portions each disposed on the mounting substrate and emits light of a second color temperature to irradiate a second irradiation area. The second irradiation area overlaps part of the first irradiation area and includes a region surrounding the first irradiation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Tanaka, Tomoyuki Nakano, Yoshiyuki Nakano
  • Patent number: 8985824
    Abstract: An automotive lamp is provided with: a lamp chamber formed so as to include a lamp body having a front end opening portion and a translucent cover provided on the lamp body so as to cover the front end opening portion; a lamp unit that is housed inside the lamp chamber and includes a semiconductor light emitting device as a light source; a bracket that includes a light source mounting portion having a mounting surface for the semiconductor light emitting device and a plurality of radiating fins, thermally in contact with the light source mounting portion and arranged such that ventilation passages extend from the lamp body side toward the translucent cover, are formed, and that supports the lamp unit; and a fan that blows air such that air flows through the ventilation passages from the lamp body side toward the translucent cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Ito, Tsukasa Tokida
  • Patent number: 8974102
    Abstract: A housing having an extrusion forming a first channel and a second channel; a lighting system in the first channel adapted to direct light away from the first channel; a mounting system in the second channel adapted to couple the extrusion to a vehicle; a first end cap including a first connector, the first end cap being coupled to a first end of the extrusion; a second end cap including a second connector, the second end cap being coupled to a second end of the extrusion; wherein the first connector and the second connector are electrically coupled to one another, and wherein the first connector and the second connector are electrically coupled to the lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Weekend Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan T Paine, Ronald P Scott, Lyle P Scott, Dennis M Lusardi
  • Publication number: 20150049504
    Abstract: A vehicle light apparatus includes a low-beam headlight unit, and a composite headlight unit that includes a plurality of light-emitting modules and a control module. Each light-emitting module includes a high-beam light element and a turn signal light element. The control module is electrically coupled to the light-emitting modules and the low-beam headlight unit so as to simultaneously turn off the high-beam light elements and turn on the low-beam headlight unit when the turn signal light elements are switched on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: COPLUS INC.
    Inventor: Jacob WU
  • Patent number: 8950916
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle light fitting unit that can include a plurality of light sources, a reflecting plane which diffusely reflects light emitted from the plurality of light sources, and a lens which emits the light, which is diffusely reflected by the reflecting plane, to a front direction. The plurality of light sources can each be provided so that a pitch between one light source and another light source adjacent to the one light source is shorter than a light path length from the one light source to the lens passing through the reflecting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Makiuchi, Hidetaka Okada, Takuya Matsumaru, Takashi Futami, Koji Fukura, Michio Furukawa, Masanobu Shinoda, Hideto Hosoda, Masahiro Yamagiwa, Yuji Tsuchiya, Tomohiro Tsukada
  • 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: 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: 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: 8938468
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating a process of designing, selecting, and/or customizing lighting effects or lighting shows. A library of indexed (tagged) predefined lighting effects or shows is searched by a search engine, based upon information provided by a user/designer, to identify a set of effects or shows having attributes that are in some way related to the information provided by the user. The user is then presented with search results, i.e., a manageable subset of intelligently chosen lighting effects or shows, which may be ranked in terms of relevance, any one or more of which may be readily selected by the user. The user may select one or more effects or shows from the search results “as is” for execution by a lighting system, may combine one or more effects or shows from the search results, or may modify one or more effects or shows from the search results to refine some aspect of the effect(s)/show(s) in accordance with user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijkle Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Frederick Morgan, Ihor Lys, Ronald Joseph Antonius Van Den Oetelaar, Michael Van Hartskamp
  • Patent number: 8931938
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly comprising a housing forming an internal chamber and forming an opening to one side, at least a first light source having a first illumination axis, the first light source mounted in a central portion of the internal chamber substantially at a first depth, at least a second light source having a second illumination axis, the second light source mounted in a circumferential portion of the chamber substantially at a second depth wherein the first depth is greater than the second depth, a first aspherical lens formed about a first optic axis, the first aspherical lens mounted within the opening with the first optic axis aligned with the first illumination axis and a second aspherical lens formed about a second optic axis, the second aspherical lens mounted within the opening with the second optic axis aligned with the second illumination axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: J.W. Speaker, Corporation
    Inventor: Bradley William Kay
  • 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: 8888339
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light arrangement, comprising a motor vehicle light which can be operated in at least two operating modes, as well as further comprising a control mechanism for the motor vehicle light. The invention further relates to a method for operating a motor vehicle light and a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Rampf
  • Publication number: 20140321144
    Abstract: A module assembly (1) for arrangement in a headlamp of a vehicle with a carrier frame (10) on which at least one light module (11) is supported. The light module (11) comprises at least one heat sink (12) on which at least one semiconductor light source (13) is supported for the emission of light (14). Two mounting journals (16) extending in a common axis (15) are arranged on the heat sink (12), so that the light module (11) can pivot about the axis (15) on the carrier frame (10). The light module (11) has a clamping unit (17) with which the light module (11) can be clamped in its pivot position about the axis (15) on the carrier frame (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jörg Sieme
  • Publication number: 20140321151
    Abstract: A headlamp includes a plurality of laser devices that emit laser light and a light emitting section that generates light upon receiving light. The laser light sources generate laser light of a plurality of wavelengths different from one another and each generate laser light of a wavelength that causes the light emitting section to generate light, and the one light emitting section is irradiated with laser light from the plurality of laser light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rina Sato, Katsuhiko Kishimoto
  • 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
  • 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: 8858050
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp having first and second light source units disposed behind a projection lens is provided. In the second light source unit, light from a second light source disposed at a position lying further downward than the position of an optical axis of the projection lens is reflected toward the projection lens by a reflection surface of a second reflector disposed to extend downward from a front end edge of a shade. In this case, an upper area of the projection lens is configured such that light from a rear focus of the upper area of the projection lens is emitted further downward than emission light from a general area other than the upper area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ippei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8851725
    Abstract: A lighting device for vehicles with a number of light sources and with an optic unit to generate a predetermined light distribution, with the optic unit comprising at least one optic area, held via holding means in a predetermined assembly position, with a transparent substrate being provided with a plurality of grooves as fastening means so that an edge of the optic area can be framed in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hella KGaA
    Inventor: Gerhard Kloos
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8827498
    Abstract: A light source (10) comprises a tubular glass heat pipe (12) having a given inside diameter ID. A tubular fiberglass wick (14) is positioned within the glass heat pipe (12). The fiberglass wick (14) has an outside diameter OD substantially equal to the given inside diameter ID and has a substantially centrally located open chamber (16) extending the length thereof. A quantity of an evaporable-condensable medium (17) is provided within the glass heat pipe (12) and a metal cap (18) selected from the group of glass-sealing metals and alloys is fixed to a proximal end (20) of the glass heat pipe (12). Heat dissipaters (22) are fixed to the distal end (24) of the heat pipe (12) and a light emitting diode (26) is fixed to the metal cap (18). Power conducting traces (28) are formed with the heat pipe (12) and are electrically connected to the light emitting diode (26). A lamp (40) can be formed with a plurality of the light sources (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Johnston, Gregory Zaslavsky, Jeffery J. Serre
  • Patent number: 8820994
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a light-transmitting member, a first light source, a second light source, and at least one laser-formed light-reducing baffle. The light-transmitting member is for transmitting light within the light-transmitting member. The first light source is for emitting a first light into the light-transmitting member. The second light source is for emitting a second light into the light-transmitting member. The at least one laser-formed light-reducing baffle is disposed in the light-transmitting member for reducing transmission of the first and second lights within the light-transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Frederick Krier
  • Patent number: 8816526
    Abstract: An automotive lamp device is provided. The automotive lamp device includes a lamp housing into which a first lamp or a second lamp is inserted and which includes a plurality of lines, and a lamp driver module which is connected to a first line among the plurality of lines, supplies a first level of voltage and/or current to the first lamp if the first lamp is inserted into the lamp housing, and supplies a second level of voltage and/or current to the second lamp if the second lamp is inserted into the lamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Hae-Seok Song, Dae-Kyu Kim, Eun-Sang Yu
  • Patent number: 8794808
    Abstract: An illumination device including a light emitting element and a lighting control circuit on a metal base flexible printed circuit board (FPC) that is formed by integrating a flexible metal base with a flexible printed circuit board which is formed by integrating a copper foil pattern (conductive body) with films, wherein end portions of the metal base FPC are formed as thick terminal portions so that the end portions are thicker than the metal base FPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Otsubo, Takashi Matsunaga, Noriaki Ito
  • Publication number: 20140198515
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly is provided with a housing adapted to be mounted to a vehicle exterior. A mirror is mounted in the housing. A plurality of light assemblies is oriented upon the housing for collectively illuminating a thoroughfare adjacent to the vehicle exterior. A vehicle is also provided with a vehicle body with an exterior. The vehicle mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle exterior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Pamela J. Tulio, Michael Kevin Martin, David Burgess, Gregory Czinder, Darrell Commans, Gregory Huizen, Douglas Wilson, Nicholas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8721146
    Abstract: A motor vehicle headlamp is provided with a first array of light-emitting diodes, which are activated by a first actuation unit for a first lighting function. The headlamp also exhibits a second array of light-emitting diodes, which are activated by a second actuation unit for a second lighting function. Additionally provided is a flat printed-circuit board with conducting paths for connecting light-emitting diodes with one of the respective actuation units. The light-emitting diodes are accommodated together on one side of the printed-circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joerg Kathmann, Andreas Groh, Ingolf Schneider, Tran Quoc Khanh
  • Patent number: 8714794
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a first lamp having a first light emitting area, the first light emitting area having a circular shape or a roughly circular shape, a second lamp having a second light emitting area, the second light emitting area having a ring shape surrounding the first light emitting area, a lamp housing inside which the first lamp and the second lamp are provided, the lamp housing having an outer lens, the outer lens having first light distribution control steps in the first light emitting area, and an inner lens having second light distribution control steps in the second light emitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Hino Motors Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyasu Yamazaki, Shimpei Masuda, Hisayoshi Shirasu
  • 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: 8690402
    Abstract: An illuminated grab handle assembly for a vehicle includes a handle body and at least one light source. The handle body has a center portion and two opposed ends and is adapted to be attached to a surface of the vehicle interior. The at least one light source is disposed within the center portion of the handle body for illuminating the vehicle interior. The illuminated grab handle assembly is operable to provide more than one mode of illumination for the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jedidiah Paul Durkin, Luis Miguel Lopez Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8672524
    Abstract: A rear lamp apparatus for a vehicle may include a plurality of reflectors mounted in a rear lamp housing of the vehicle to reflect light emitted from light sources at various angles and a light guide provided inside the reflectors and having end portions on which the light sources are mounted to guide the light emitted from the light sources through the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jun Ho Cha, Byeong Ho Jeong, Yang Gi Lee
  • Patent number: 8651718
    Abstract: A vehicle light fitting unit includes two headlights which irradiate a low beam. The two headlights can each include a light emitting element, an elliptical series reflecting surface provided in a state where a first focal position is positioned near the light emitting element and a second focal position is positioned on an optical axis of the headlight, and a projecting lens provided so that a focal position on a rear side of the light irradiating direction is near the second focal position. Only a first headlight among the two headlights includes a light shielding member. The elliptical series reflecting surface of a second headlight is positioned so that the first focal position is positioned to the front of the light irradiating direction than the light emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Yamagata
  • Patent number: 8646956
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device having at least two semiconductor light-emitting elements may include at least a first light-emitting element group and a second light-emitting element group, each having at least one semiconductor light-emitting element, the light-emitting element groups being selectively drivable and the first light-emitting element group having at least a foglight function, the first light-emitting element group and the second light-emitting element group having a daytime running light function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung
    Inventors: Oliver Hering, Jenny Trommer, Thomas Reiners
  • Patent number: 8602620
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus may include an electrically conductive housing, in whose interior at least one light source and at least one electromagnetic radiation-emitting circuit component configured to operate the at least one light source are arranged; and an electrically conductive cover configured to cover the at least one circuit component; wherein the cover and the housing are electrically connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: OSRAM Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung
    Inventors: Ralf Vollmer, Thomas Reiners
  • Patent number: 8596841
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is provided. The vehicle lamp includes a lens disposed on an optical axis of the vehicle lamp, the optical axis extending in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle lamp, the lens comprising a first concave lens portion; a plurality of light emitting elements disposed to a rear side of the lens and around the optical axis at regular intervals in a circumferential direction, the plurality of light emitting elements comprising at least one first light emitting element disposed to a rear side of the first concave lens portion; at least one first reflector corresponding to the at least one first light emitting element and disposed between the corresponding first light emitting element and the optical axis, wherein the first reflector comprises a first reflecting surface which reflects light from the corresponding first light emitting element toward the first concave lens portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yagi, Motohiro Komatsu
  • Publication number: 20130301289
    Abstract: An illuminated grab handle assembly for a vehicle includes a handle body and at least one light source. The handle body has a center portion and two opposed ends and is adapted to be attached to a surface of the vehicle interior. The at least one light source is disposed within the center portion of the handle body for illuminating the vehicle interior. The illuminated grab handle assembly is operable to provide more than one mode of illumination for the vehicle interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jedidiah Paul Durkin, Luis Miguel Lopez Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8577218
    Abstract: An illumination device contains a light-emitting semiconductor chip containing a plurality of individually drivable emission regions. The illumination device furthermore contains an optical element designed to shape light emitted by the emission regions to form a beam of rays. The illumination device is designed such that different beam profiles of the beam of rays can be set by the individually drivable emission regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventors: Norwin von Malm, Jürgen Moosburger, Ulrich Streppel, Michael Brandl, Stefan Morgott
  • Patent number: 8562188
    Abstract: A wiring structure of a rear combination light of a vehicle includes a light-side wire, a vehicle-body-side wire holding portion, a stay, a light-side wire holding portion and a wire coupler. The vehicle-body-side wire holding portion is mounted on a rear surface of the vehicle body to hold an intermediate portion of a vehicle-body-side wire. The light-side wire holding portion is mounted on the stay to hold an intermediate portion of the light-side wire on a distal end portion of the stay. The wire coupler is arranged between the rear surface of the vehicle body and a back surface of the rear combination light. The light-side wire is connected to the vehicle-body-side wire via the wire coupler in a state where the rear combination light is mounted on the rear portion of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Ono, Makoto Hattori, Koji Suzuki, Yoshiya Omuro, Masayuki Hojo, Katsuhisa Yamada