With Common Housing Patents (Class 362/544)
  • Patent number: 8042981
    Abstract: In a vehicle headlamp, a light source image forming device forms a first light source image and a second light source image. A projection lens projects the first light source image and the second light source image so as to have a common border with each other. The light source image forming device forms the first light source image and the second light source image at positions spaced apart from each other along respective edges forming the common border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Kotajima, Satoshi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 8033702
    Abstract: An automotive headlamp assembly having a closed-loop cooling circuit. The headlamp assembly includes a housing cooperating with a transparent lens cover to define a chamber. At least one light source is located within the chamber. The cooling circuit has at least one cold plate thermally coupled to the light source. A radiator is fluidly coupled to the cold plate by a plurality of tubes. The tubes are oriented at least partially upwardly and configured to circulate a fluid through the cooling circuit as a result of heating and cooling of the fluid therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajmal Imran Ansari, Edwin Mitchell Sayers, III
  • Patent number: 8035305
    Abstract: A multi-headlight assembly of a motorcycle includes a pair of headlights. A first one of the pair of headlights includes a low power main lamp and a second one of the pair of headlights includes a high power main lamp, the low power main lamp being configured to illuminate in a first operating condition and the high power main lamp being configured to illuminate in a second operating condition. A secondary lamp is associated with one of the pair of headlights and is configured to illuminate when the main lamp of the other one of the pair of headlights is illuminated. The secondary lamp is of a lower power than the low power main lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Buell Motorcycle Company
    Inventors: Erik F. Buell, Nancy Kardos, Anthony Stefanelli, Michael R. Medina, Steven W. Osgood
  • Patent number: 8029177
    Abstract: A lighting device with at least one lighting unit for vehicles, preferably motor vehicles. The lighting device comprises at least one illuminant unit with one circuit board, and with at least one illuminant attached to the circuit board, connected to the conductive paths of the circuit board through contacts. The illuminant is positioned at the front face of the circuit board in order to configure the lighting device so that it can be manufactured simply and economically in a particularly flat configuration and in any curved shape. The lighting device is advantageously used in vehicles, preferably in motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Arne Schmierer
  • Publication number: 20110211362
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a security vehicle lighting system. The system includes a rocker panel trim member arranged to conceal at least a portion of a vehicle rocker panel, the trim member having a lower wall portion having at least one aperture formed therein, the lower wall portion defining an interior surface and an opposing ground-facing surface and extending inboard toward the rocker panel, and at least one light member disposed between the rocker panel and the interior surface and adjacent the at least one aperture, wherein the at least one light member is mounted on the interior surface of the trim member and operable to illuminate a portion of the ground proximate the trim member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicants: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTER NORTH AMERICA, INC., NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David Heiden, Randy Johnson, Sari Rezzo, Sue Stein, Kevin Thompson
  • Patent number: 8007155
    Abstract: A composite lamp assembly for use on a camouflaged military vehicle comprises a lamp housing colored to match the camouflaged scheme of the vehicle. The lamp housing defines an interior space, a first opening and a plurality of second openings in communication with the interior space. The lamp assembly includes a clear lens attached to the housing to occupy the first opening and a plurality of diffusers attached to the housing to occupy the plurality of second openings, the diffusers being colored to match the camouflaged scheme of the vehicle. The lamp assembly further includes a circuit board arranged within the interior space of the lamp housing having first and second pluralities of LEDs mounted thereto. The first plurality of LEDs is positioned to provide light through the clear lens and the second is positioned to provide light through the diffusers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Bolander, Jr., Matthew E. Drake
  • Patent number: 8007152
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle is provided. The lighting device includes a projection lens disposed on an optical axis and having a focal line, a first light emitting device disposed on a rear side of the focal line, a reflector which reflects light toward the focal line; a shade which shields a part of the light; a second light emitting device disposed on a rear side of the first light emitting device; and a light guide. The light guide includes an incident portion into which light emitted from the second light emitting device is introduced, a light guiding portion which guides the light, a shielding portion which forms a part of the shade, and an emitting portion coupled to the shielding portion and disposed on the focal line or in a vicinity of the focal line. The emitting portion emits the light guided by the light guiding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Nakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20110188259
    Abstract: An external lighting accessory designed to optimize the distribution of light emitted from motor vehicle headlamp systems. The operator of the motor vehicle or installer simply has to install one lighting accessory per headlamp. The light emitted from the motor vehicle headlamps, in combination with the lighting accessory, are instantly optimized for driving. Said lighting accessory is constructed of a translucent flexible material, can either be clear or tinted, is self adhesive, and is reusable. Various embodiments of the lighting accessory exist to allow the end user the ability to customize the focus and tint of virtually any motor vehicle headlamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Sherman Bungay Simbulan
  • Patent number: 7988345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projection module of an automobile headlight. The module includes several semiconductor light sources to broadcast optical irradiation of a primary optics assembly to bundle the emitted irradiation, and a secondary optics assembly that projects the bundled irradiation to create the desired light distribution in front of the vehicle. In order to reduce the weight and dimensions of the projection module, it is proposed that the secondary optics assembly is formed as a multi-part complex lens that includes several lens segments. Each of these lens segments is assigned to at least one irradiation bundle of irradiation bundled from the primary optics assembly, and projects this assembly as partial distribution in front of the vehicle, whereby the overall distribution of the projection module results from overlapping the partial distributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst-Olaf Rosenhahn, Ralf Ackermann, Ulrike Schloeder, Henning Weinhold, Benjamin Stauβ
  • Publication number: 20110176324
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp includes a housing covered by a translucent cover so as to form a lamp chamber. A main light source and a sub light source are disposed inside the lamp chamber. The sub light source includes a planar light-emitting body. The planar light-emitting body is arranged in an area off to a side of a light path of the main light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Natsume
  • Patent number: 7980740
    Abstract: An illuminating caster includes an at least translucent tire, a rim for supporting the wheel, a hub including slits defined therein, spokes extending to the rim from the hub, illuminating elements located in the vicinity of the tire and a generator. The generator includes a ring disposed in the hub, rods each extending to a related one of the illuminating elements from the ring through a related one of the slits, a circuit board disposed in the ring and connected to the illuminating elements, an annular shell disposed in the ring, a coil disposed in the annular shell and connected to the circuit board, a permanent magnet disposed in but separated from the coil and a lining provided between the permanent magnet and an axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: An-Min Hu
  • Patent number: 7959336
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device includes: a lamp unit for concentrating light; a lamp unit for diffusion; a lamp housing and a lamp lens, partitioning a lamp room; and an optical-axis adjuster which is integrally mounted in the lamp housing in an optical-axis adjustable manner in a state in which the lamp unit for concentrating light and a lamp unit for diffusion are integrally disposed in the lamp room. The lamp unit for concentrating light radiates a light distribution pattern for diffusion. The lamp unit for diffusion radiates a light distribution pattern for diffusion. As a result, in this vehicle lighting device, one lamp unit for concentrating light is provided which satisfies a main light distribution standard and forms a light distribution pattern for concentrating light as a standard for optical axis, thereby facilitating adjustment of light distribution and allowing for precise adjustment of light distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazunori Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 7959337
    Abstract: A vehicle cornering light can improve the visibility in a diagonally front area of the vehicle without increasing the luminous intensity of the cornering light (or light source thereof). The cornering light that is provided at or near a front corner of a vehicle and is configured to emit light for illuminating a diagonally front area of the vehicle can include a light source that can emit light with a color temperature of from 3700K to 7000K. The cornering light can emit light for illuminating a lateral area ranging from 60° to 75° with respect to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The light source can be composed of a first light source configured to emit light for illuminating an area partly overlapping, or adjacent to, an illumination area of the headlight of the vehicle, and a second light source configured to emit light for illuminating an area partly overlapping, or adjacent to, the illumination area of the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Nakamura, Takako Minoda, Yasushi Kita, Norikatsu Myojin
  • Publication number: 20110133913
    Abstract: A child's carriage including a frame that supports a seat or the like for a child and from which a rear bar extends for pushing the carriage and from which a front rod extends to a fork to which a front wheel is mounted. A swivel is mounted between the front rod and the fork which swivel is covered by a housing for at least one light source and wherein the light source is controlled by a switch on the rear bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Jean-Michel CHAUDEURGE
  • Publication number: 20110128753
    Abstract: An automotive headlamp assembly having a closed-loop cooling circuit. The headlamp assembly includes a housing cooperating with a transparent lens cover to define a chamber. At least one light source is located within the chamber. The cooling circuit has at least one cold plate thermally coupled to the light source. A radiator is fluidly coupled to the cold plate by a plurality of tubes. The tubes are oriented at least partially upwardly and configured to circulate a fluid through the cooling circuit as a result of heating and cooling of the fluid therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Ajmal Imran Ansari, Edwin Mitchell Sayers, III
  • Patent number: 7942560
    Abstract: An LED light source produces a narrow beam of light having a linear field of illumination, which is substantially uniform across the linear field. The light source comprises at least one light emitting diode (LED) and preferably a plurality of LEDs, an optical element for the efficient collection of energy radiating from the LED or LEDs, and an optical element for distributing the collected energy into the linear field of illumination. The apparatus also includes a device or heat sink for thermal management. One or more electronic control circuits are coupled to the LED or LEDs to variably and selectively control them. When a plurality of LEDs are used, the colors produced by the LEDs may different so that the light source is collectively controllable to provide a range of optically mixed colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Ronald G. Holder, Greg Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7922377
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a light emitting diode (LED) unit supported by a metal-made support member. The LED unit is constituted by an integrally formed aluminum diecast product including an LED support portion for supporting an LED, a reflector including a reflecting face constituted by a face thereof opposed to the LED, a rib projected from a back face of the reflector, and a connecting portion connected to the metal-made support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Yamamichi, Shigeyuki Watanabe, Tetsuaki Inaba, Takashi Inoue
  • Patent number: 7905643
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light comprising a carrier (3) which has at least one lighting means (4) and which is arranged behind a light pane (12). The aim of the invention is to form a light or a carrier which can be produced in a simple and economical manner and which can be mounted in a small space. The lighting means (4) are arranged on the carrier (3) in such a manner that they essentially correspond to the contour of the light pane (2) and the lighting means (4) is placed in a horizontal manner on one side of the carrier (3) so that the carrier (3) and the lighting means (4) require very little space. The carrier (3) and the light are used in motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Odelo GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Butz, Thomas Manth, Veit Schwegler, Cem Olkay
  • Publication number: 20110058386
    Abstract: An integrated element (1) for the illumination of a number plate (101) and for the opening of a door (100) of a vehicle includes an extended body that acts as an opening handle of the door (100) and can be grasped by a user; and a plurality of illumination lights (6) of the number plate (101), housed within the body. The integrated element (1) includes a plastic module (5), inserted within the extended body and integrating: an opening electric element (7) of the door and the plurality of illumination lights (6). The lights possess an operating life duration higher than the expected mean-life of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Olsa S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Andrea Penna
  • Patent number: 7883251
    Abstract: An automotive headlamp assembly having a closed-loop cooling circuit. The headlamp assembly includes a housing cooperating with a transparent lens cover to define a chamber. At least one light source is located within the chamber. The cooling circuit has at least one cold plate thermally coupled to the light source. A radiator is fluidly coupled to the cold plate by a plurality of tubes. The tubes are oriented at least partially upwardly and configured to circulate a fluid through the cooling circuit as a result of heating and cooling of the fluid therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajmal Imran Ansari, Edwin Mitchell Sayers, III
  • Patent number: 7883249
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle includes: a light source; a light guide member that has a light-introducing part provided in a back surface side through which the light of the light source is introduced and finally emits the light from a front surface side; a part near the light-introducing part being thicker than an edge part of the light guide member, a plurality of reflecting parts and connecting parts being alternately formed continuously toward a direction separate from the light-introducing part in the back surface side, the reflecting parts respectively reflecting on interfaces the introduced light reaching there to form the light in the direction of the front surface of the light guide member; and a housing that is connected to a position between the edge part of the back surface of the light guide member and the light-introducing part and attached to the back surface side of the light guide member to house the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiharu Totani, Akihiro Misawa, Tatsuya Oba, Tetsuya Arakawa, Shinya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7866862
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp forms a low-beam distribution pattern by combining light radiated from a first unit and a second unit. A brightness decreasing element is provided on a reflective surface of a first main reflector in a sub-unit of the first unit. Thus, for the low-beam distribution pattern formed by the first unit and the second unit, among a peripheral end portion of a cut-off line forming pattern formed by the sub unit, a low luminance portion with a partially reduced brightness is formed at the border of both right and left end sides that upwardly overlap with a portion of a diffusion area forming pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakata, Michio Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 7854538
    Abstract: A headlamp for a vehicle or other application, including a circular arrangement of groupings of IR LEDs in a retaining ring, each grouping of IR LED providing a different beam pattern of infrared illumination, and a HID lamp surrounded by the retaining ring, for providing visible light. A switch system is also provided, for enabling either the visible light or the infrared light, and for selecting a beam pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Ibis Tek, LLC
    Inventor: James M. Helms
  • Patent number: 7837368
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp includes a plurality of light sources; a lamp chamber for housing the plurality of light sources; and a bounding member for bounding the plurality of light sources in the lamp chamber. The bounding member includes a sheet-like material integrally formed into a predetermined shape so that one or more bounding walls are provided between or among the plurality of light sources. A vehicular lamp includes a plurality of lamp units; a lamp chamber for housing the plurality of lamp units; and a bounding member for bounding the plurality of lamp units in the lamp chamber. The bounding member includes a sheet-like material integrally formed into a predetermined shape so that one or more bounding walls are provided between or among the plurality of lamp units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manfacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromi Nakamura, Hironori Tsukamoto
  • Publication number: 20100290241
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp including a light source unit including a light-emitting element inside a lamp housing; a planar wiring member on which the light-emitting element is mounted; and a support substrate having a flat portion that supports the planar wiring member. The support substrate is formed from a plate having high thermal conductivity, the planar wiring member is fixed to the flat portion of the support substrate, and a portion of the support substrate is fixedly supported inside the lamp housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hironori Tsukamoto
  • Publication number: 20100259947
    Abstract: A vehicle light assembly is provided for a vehicle rented by a rental business. The assembly includes a light frame adapted for mounting to the rental vehicle, a light source such as an LED light source and a lens covering the light source. The light frame can be for a tail light, such as a brake light or a turn signal. The lens displays a visible indicium when the light source is energized. The indicium can be in the form of an advertisement, such as an advertisement for goods or services of the rental business, or in the form of a trademark relating to the goods or services of the rental business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Robert A. Dolan
  • Patent number: 7806573
    Abstract: A headlamp for a vehicle includes a lighting unit and an extension for covering a clearance between a lamp body and the lighting unit in a lighting chamber formed by the lamp body and a cover. The lighting unit includes a light source bulb and a reflector for reflecting a direct light emitted from the light source bulb in a forward direction. The extension includes a first extension having a bottom side front end taking a substantially dogleg-shaped section in which a bent portion is turned in a forward direction of the vehicle, and a second extension positioned behind the first extension and having a front edge on an internal surface of a bottom side lighting unit positioned below a rear edge of the internal surface of the lighting unit in a bottom side front end of the first extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiro Terada, Tomoharu Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20100246205
    Abstract: A vehicle head lamp comprising a first low beam member including a first light source part; a second low beam member including a second light source part, wherein the first low beam member and the second low beam member are arranged in a vertical direction and are both reflective type; a first frame including a partition, the first frame supporting the first low beam member and the second low beam member, and the partition separating the first low beam member and the second low beam member; and a storage provided in a rear side of the partition, the storage accommodating the first and the second light source parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Tanaka, Akihiro Misawa, Tetsuya Arakawa
  • Patent number: 7794128
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a plurality of semiconductor light emitting devices and a reflector for reflecting light emitted from the semiconductor light emitting devices toward a front side of the vehicle lamp. The reflector is formed into a shape whose front area is open. A plate-like partition member is disposed inside the reflector to partition the reflector into a plurality of reflecting areas. The semiconductor light emitting devices are mounted on the plate-like partition member in respective reflecting areas such that optical axes of the semiconductor light emitting devices are directed in a direction substantially perpendicular to a lamp optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohei Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Ishida, Michio Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 7789530
    Abstract: A modular light bar having crisscross lighting in the front and rear. Each module may include two horizontal layers of lighting supported on the underside of a mounting plate and connected to a terminal strip. A quick disconnect connects the terminal strip to a dimmer/flasher and controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Stein, Robert E. Kreutzer
  • Publication number: 20100202152
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a first lamp unit and a second lamp unit. Light irradiated from the first lamp unit and light irradiated from the second lamp unit are superimposed to form a low light distribution pattern. The first lamp unit provides more than twice as much illuminance as the second lamp unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakada
  • Patent number: 7766524
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp 10 is provided with an upper stage light source unit 20, a middle stage light source unit 40, a lower stage light source unit 60. The upper stage light source unit 20, the middle stage light source unit 40, the lower stage light source unit 60 are provided at a lamp body 14 constituting a lamp member by way of a support member 15, and a light distribution pattern for low beam is formed on a front side of a vehicle by overlapping light from the respective light source units 20, 40, 60. The middle stage light source unit 40 is supported to be able to change the optical axis independently from the other light source units 20, 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Naganawa, Michio Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 7758218
    Abstract: A vehicular headlamp including a light amount control device that controls the amount of light from at least two of a plurality of light source units each having a light-emitting element as the light source. The light amount control device performs a contrasting control of the lamp to increase the amount of light from at least one of the light source units and decrease the amount of light from the other light source unit, thus enhancing the visibility by increasing the amount of light from one light source unit and enhancing the brightness in an area that the unit illuminates, and decreasing the amount of light from the other light source unit that illuminates an area where visibility is required less, lowering the power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Mochizuki, Takashi Hori, Naohisa Tatara
  • Publication number: 20100177530
    Abstract: A module adapted to be mounted in a vehicle interior is disclosed which has a housing with two switch-controllable map lamps mounted symmetrically in the housing and a centrally-located aperture in the housing adapted to accept one of a speaker assembly and a dome lamp. When the vehicle is equipped with the speaker, the map lamps are switched on when a door switch indicating that a door is open, thereby fulfilling the function of the dome lamp. The map lamps are additionally activated by a switch coupled to the lamp or mounted in the module. When the vehicle is not equipped with the speaker, a dome lamp is mounted in the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Huelke
  • Patent number: 7753575
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is provided with a plurality of lamp units respectively including light sources, and optical units for emitting light from the light sources ahead of the lamp unit, and a driving unit configured to swivel the plurality of optical units in different strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuyuki Mochizuki, Seiichiro Yagi, Yuji Yasuda
  • Patent number: 7751664
    Abstract: A door handle apparatus for a vehicle, opening and closing a vehicle door, the door handle apparatus includes an informing portion for visually informing a state of the vehicle door, including a locking/unlocking state thereof, to a user by a decorative light, which is a visible light, an operation detecting portion for optically detecting an active-direct operation to the door handle apparatus by the user based on changes in an detection light, and an optical waveguide for transmitting the decorative light and the detection light, which is inputted from a first end portion of the optical waveguide, to a second end portion of the optical waveguide, the optical waveguide functioning as the informing portion by leaking the decorative light on a transmission path so as to be outwardly emitted and as the operation detecting portion by outputting the detection light from the second end portion of the optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Ieda, Yuichi Murakami, Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 7744261
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system includes a plurality of lamps having their own inherent respective light distribution characteristics. The plurality of lamps includes a first lamp to irradiate an area excluding a nearest field area just in front of a vehicle, and a second lamp which irradiates only the nearest field area. The plurality of lamps are operable to be simultaneously or selectively lit, and are operable so that irradiation lights of the lamps are combined so as to obtain a particular light distribution characteristic in accordance with various driving conditions of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Fukawa, Naohisa Tatara
  • Patent number: 7736039
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is provided with a first unit having a first main reflector for reflecting light from a first semiconductor light emitting element to a front side, and a second unit having a second main reflector for reflecting light from a second semiconductor light emitting element to the front side. A light emitting region of the first unit and a light emitting region of the second unit are arranged to be separated from each other. An additional optical unit for receiving light irradiated from the first and the second units to irradiate to the front side is arranged between the first unit and the second unit such that a light emitting region of the additional optical unit connects the light emitting region of the first unit and the light emitting region of the second unit to be optically recognized as a single light emitting region as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Nakazawa, Yasuyuki Kato, Masashi Tatsukawa
  • Patent number: 7736040
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp system and a vehicle headlamp are provided. The headlamp system includes a plurality of headlamps, one headlamp disposed on each of the right and left sides of a front end portion of a vehicle. Each of the headlamps includes a lamp body having an opening portion, a transparent cover attached to the opening portion to form a lamp chamber, and a plurality of lamp units arranged inside the lamp chamber along a width direction of the vehicle. An outer side portion of the transparent cover extends toward a rear side of the vehicle. Each of the lamp units includes a light emitting element disposed such that a light emitting surface thereof faces an inner side in the width direction of the vehicle, and a reflector disposed on an inner side of the light emitting element to forwardly reflect light from the corresponding light emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohei Fujiwara, Michio Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 7726858
    Abstract: A vehicle light can include a plurality of light projection units each having a replaceable LED lamp, a reflector unit, a projection lens, and a shielding member. A housing can be provided that includes a lens and a rear side part, with the housing configured to accommodate the light projection units. The rear side part can include a mounting opening therethrough with a base plate configured to be hermetically attached to the housing through the mounting opening of the rear side part. The replaceable LED lamp can be attached to the base plate, and an elastic connecting member can be configured to hermetically connect the housing and the base plate so that the LED lamps can be individually replaced. Since the LED lamps can be individually replaced, untrained persons can carry out the replacement operation. Furthermore, it is possible to reduce the replacement cost and time as well as improve the rate of operation of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Yasuyo Ikeda, Qi Jing, Satoshi Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 7722236
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp is provided with an upper stage light source unit, a middle stage light source unit, and a lower stage light source unit. The upper stage light source unit, the middle stage light source unit, and the lower stage light source unit are provided at a lamp body constituting a lamp member by way of a support member. A low beam light distribution pattern is formed on a front side of a vehicle by overlapping light from the respective light source units. The lower stage light source unit includes two subunits, the two subunits commonly share a single cylindrical lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Naganawa, Michio Tsukamoto
  • Publication number: 20100118558
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp is provided. The vehicle headlamp includes a lamp body having a front opening, a cover which covers the front opening of the lamp body to form a lamp housing, a first lamp unit which is disposed inside the lamp housing to produce at least one of a high beam and a low beam, and a second lamp unit disposed in a gap region between the lamp body and the first lamp unit to produce a beam other than the high beam and the low beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori TSUKAMOTO, Ryosuke HARA
  • Publication number: 20100103688
    Abstract: Lights for attachment to a vehicle including a first illuminating means directed substantially perpendicular to a surface plane of the light and a second illuminating means directed substantially parallel with the surface plane of the light. The second illuminating means may be mounted solely within a lower hemisphere of the light. The light may also include a covering hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Arthur Riesebosch
  • Publication number: 20100093267
    Abstract: A service apparatus for a transportation means comprises a first component in the form of an air shower with an air inlet and at least one air outlet, and a second component in the form of an illumination device. The first component and the second component are arranged essentially centrically in relation to each other, wherein one of the two components encloses the other component essentially in a ring-shaped manner. In this way an integral reading light with a forced-air nozzle, or an integral forced-air nozzle with a reading light, is implemented that uses little design space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Hogh, Jochen Mueller
  • Patent number: 7690826
    Abstract: Provided is an adaptive front light system (AFLS) for a vehicle. The AFLS comprising one or more light-emitting diode (LED) lamp units and a housing which accommodates the LED lamp units, wherein each of the LED lamp units comprises one or more LEDs as its light source and a reflector which reflects light emitted by the light source so that the reflected light can be directed forward, and said adaptive front light system is operable to form different beam patterns by selectively turning on or off the lamp units, and wherein one or more reflectors of the lamp units comprise a multi-face reflector including a plurality of cells having different curvature radiuses or focal points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignees: SL Seobong, SL Lighting
    Inventor: Jong-Un Kim
  • Patent number: 7686488
    Abstract: Five lamp units with light emitting elements are supported by a common metal made support member. Heat generated by the respective light emitting elements is transferred to the metal made support member having a large heat capacity to restrain a temperature rise thereof. The lamp units including the light emitting elements having a relatively large heat generating amount are arranged on lower sides of the lamp units including the light emitting elements having a relatively small heat generating amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Seiichiro Yagi
  • Patent number: 7645062
    Abstract: A light source apparatus for vehicle lamps and particularly vehicle headlights can include a plurality of LED elements mounted in a cavity located on a base surface or on a base. Each of the LED elements can be arranged in such a manner as to form an emission shape and a brightness distribution that is suited for a light distribution pattern, and especially a light distribution pattern for vehicle headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Yatsuda, Teruo Koike, Takuya Kushimoto
  • Patent number: 7641372
    Abstract: An advanced headlamp system is proposed for providing a headlamp assembly for vehicles that has peripheral beam technology built in that has a multiplicity of filaments and reflectors built in to provide at least one forward beam and at least one or more peripheral light beams offset in angles to the left (for the driver side) and to the right (for the passenger side) of the forward beam in each assembly each also having a low-beam and a high-beam. The filaments and reflectors are located within a single sealed compartment. An example of a headlamp depicted would have (3) light filament bulbs, (3) reflectors, one pointing forward, one at a 45-degree angle, and one at a 90-degree angle. Included are circuitry and switches to program and to turn the bright lights and the peripheral beam system on or off and to turn the beams on or off automatically when an oncoming car comes within a certain distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Panopoulos
  • Patent number: 7635209
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lamp for a vehicle provided to a forward inclined face of a roof of a vehicle. The forward inclined face inclines downward and forward of the vehicle from a top of the roof. The lamp for a vehicle is provided with a light emitting face at least on a top face thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uematsu, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7635212
    Abstract: An electrical center assembly used in a vehicle provides ambient light to the assembly and the area around the assembly using a light-emitting diode. The electrical center assembly generally includes a housing, an electrically conducting link, removable electrical components and at least one light-emitting diode for illuminating the electrical center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Seidler