With Common Housing Patents (Class 362/544)
  • Patent number: 7217020
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly according to the invention includes an integrated night vision illuminator element, such as an infrared illuminator. The headlamp assembly also includes a low beam light bulb element and a high beam light bulb element. A lens attached to the front of the headlamp housing encloses the two light bulb elements and the infrared illuminator within the housing. The headlamp assembly is preferably an integrated module that can be installed quickly and easily into an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Alan W Finch
  • Patent number: 7204625
    Abstract: A phototherapy device suitable for shining light on a vehicle driver (3) in order to suppress melatonin production and increase wakefulness, having at least one light fixture (1) located in the region of the head of the driver (3), is improved in terms of its freedom front glare, with undiminished effectiveness, in that the light fixture (1) is embodied to emit essentially nondirectional diffuse light (7) and is located outside the field of view of the driver (3), or at least in the peripheral region of his field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Siegfried Wiemers
  • Patent number: 7201501
    Abstract: A lighting device for a vehicle includes multiple light emitting devices. Each light emitting device is constructed of a light emitting diode as a light source and a light guide lens for guiding light emitted from the light emitting diode. The light emitting devices are formed in convex light emitting devices and fan-shaped light emitting devices. The convex devices and the fan-shaped devices have different light distribution characteristics. Therefore, light distribution areas and intensity of the lighting device are more flexibly adjusted than other lighting devices using light emitting diodes as light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Chigusa, Kazuhisa Okumura
  • Patent number: 7201506
    Abstract: A plurality of lamp piece units constituting light sources by semiconductor light emitting elements are used as a first lamp piece unit which is lighted in a low beam mode. Additionally, a single lamp piece unit constituting a light source by an electric discharge bulb color temperature of emitted light of which is as high as that of the semiconductor light emitting element, is used as a second lamp piece unit, which is additionally lighted in a high beam mode. When the beam is switched from the low beam to the high beam, pale irradiated light from the first lamp piece unit is added with pale irradiated light from the second lamp piece unit to thereby provide an impression for the driver and/or passenger of unity in colors between the two lamp piece units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ishida, Kiyoshi Sazuka, Masashi Tatsukawa
  • Patent number: 7188980
    Abstract: To provide a head light system comprising first and second bulbs, wherein a coupler can be attached and detached smoothly and the appearance can be made favorable. A first movable-side coupler and a second movable-side coupler are attached to and detached from a first fixed-side coupler for a first bulb and a second fixed-side coupler for a second bulb, respectively. The first fixed-side coupler and the second fixed-side coupler are disposed substantially in the same plane. The attaching and detaching directions of the first and second movable-side couplers are substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal directions of the first bulb and the second bulb. The first fixed-side coupler is so disposed that the second fixed-side coupler is not located in the attaching and detaching direction of the first movable-side coupler attached to and detached from the first fixed-side coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukimi Ase, Shigeru Kodaira, Tetsuya Kondo
  • Patent number: 7190268
    Abstract: An indicator apparatus facilitates visibility of one or more indicators from multiple angles. The apparatus includes a housing having an outer sidewall portion. The sidewall portion, for example, has a first side extending between two adjacent sides. One or more elongated slots are formed in the sidewall portion. A substantially translucent material is disposed in the slot so that the translucent material is visible from more than one side of the housing, such as the first side and another side through which the slot extends. A light source is operatively associated with the substantially translucent material for illuminating the material. As a result, when the light source illuminates the substantially translucent material, the illuminated translucent material is visible from more than one side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saeed Shafiyan Rad, Daniel M. Corbosiero, Mark S. Schladenhauffen
  • Patent number: 7172322
    Abstract: The invention related to framing (8) for the window of the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, the framing having a support face between an inside edge (8a) and an outside edge (8b) of the framing and designed to be covered by the periphery of a window (6) connected in sealed manner to said outside edge. On its window-supporting face, the framing has an arrangement (15) for receiving a light source (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Maelig Pommeret, Stephanie Ader
  • Patent number: 7153014
    Abstract: A lighting system for use in conjunction with vehicles and road paint. The lighting system comprises having a black light/white light combination in each headlight well of a vehicle, along with having various sections of road signs that includes fluorescent paint, with the paint including a chemical known as phospors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Randy Kuhner
  • Patent number: 7153013
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) warning signal light, the warning signal light comprising a plurality of light sources constructed and arranged with a reflector or cullminator, the LED light source being in electrical communication with a controller and a power supply, battery, or other electrical source. The warning signal light provides various colored light signals for independent use or use by an emergency vehicle. These light signals may include a strobe light, revolving light, an alternating light, a flashing light, a modulated light, a pulsating light, an oscillating light or any combination thereof. Additionally, the warning signal light may be capable of displaying symbols, reverse characters, or arrows. The controller may further be adapted to regulate or modulate the power intensity exposed to the illuminated LED's to create a variable intensity light signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: 911EP, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Pederson
  • Patent number: 7144144
    Abstract: A vehicle light includes a reflector with a concave reflection surface and a main lamp is connected to a center of the concave reflection surface. A reflection member is connected to the reflector and includes an annular groove with which a light release ring is engaged. A plurality of sub-lamps are connected to the reflection member and light beams emitted by the sub-lamps are toward directly to a reflection inner surface of the light release ring. A cover plate is engaged with the reflection member and encloses the light release ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp.
    Inventor: Shu-Sheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 7144145
    Abstract: Optical axes are simultaneously adjusted when a plurality of lighting device units 30, the light sources of which are light emitting elements 34, are tiltably supported by the common unit support member 20. In this case, the positioning recess portion 20d is provided which is composed so that the light source fixing portion 20B1 formed in a plurality of portions of the unit support member 20 can be contacted with the back face 42a and the outer circumferential face 42b of the support plate 42 for supporting the light emitting element 34. Due to the foregoing, the light emitting element 34 can be highly accurately attached to the unit support member 20, and the optical axes Ax, of the lighting device units 30 can be put in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Watanabe, Naoki Tatara, Kazuki Okui, Hirohiko Ohshio, Takeshi Ohmi
  • Patent number: 7132785
    Abstract: An illumination system according to the principles of the invention may include a first LED and a carrier material. The carrier material may be comprised of plastic, synthetic material, polymer, latex, rubber or other material. The carrier material may also contain a phosphor, fluorescent material, organic fluorescent material, inorganic fluorescent material, impregnated phosphor, phosphor particles, phosphor material, YAG:Ce phosphor, or other material for converting electromagnetic radiation into illumination or visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventor: Alfred D. Ducharme
  • Patent number: 7128453
    Abstract: A vehicular headlamp for emitting light toward a predetermined emitting direction, includes: a plurality of semiconductor light emitting devices approximately aligned; and an optical component, having its optical center on one of the semiconductor light emitting devices, for irradiating light emitted by the semiconductor light emitting devices toward the emitting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Tatsukawa, Hiroyuki Ishida, Kiyoshi Sazuka, Tsukasa Tokida
  • Patent number: 7118260
    Abstract: In a lamp unit for a vehicle, light incident into a translucent member from a light emitting element is reflected by the inner surface of the translucent member reflecting surface and irradiated from the irradiating surface of the translucent member in the forward direction of the lamp unit. The reflecting surface is vertically shaped as a concave curved formed by a hyperbola. The focusing point is the light emitting center of the light emitting element, whereby the reflecting light is irradiated as spread light from the virtual image position of the light emitting element formed by the reflecting surface within the vertical section. The irradiating surface is vertically shaped as a convex curve formed by an ellipse which focusing point is the virtual image position. The irradiating light can be made substantially parallel rays within the vertical section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michio Tsukamoto, Naoki Uchida
  • Patent number: 7104676
    Abstract: A signaling assembly is disclosed and which includes a reflective substrate having opposite first and second surfaces; an electromagnetic radiation emitter for emitting visibly discernible electromagnetic radiation and which is borne by the second surface of the reflective substrate; and a light channeling assembly positioned near the electromagnetic radiation emitter, and which directs the emitted visibly discernible electromagnetic radiation in a direction where it may be viewed from a location which is forward of one of the first and/or second surfaces of the reflective substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: K.W. Muth Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen A. Bukosky, Daniel J. Mathieu, Daniel R. Todd
  • Patent number: 7097336
    Abstract: An auxiliary light ring device for a vehicular light includes a light collective ring, a secondary reflecting cover and a plurality of emitting objects. The light collective ring is secured around the vehicular light. The secondary reflecting cover is secured to the inner wall of the light collective ring and comprises a plurality of arc-shaped reflecting bowls. Each reflecting bowl receives an emitting object therein. The light from the emitting objects is reflected by the reflecting bowls and collected by the light collective ring to enhance the light emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Yu-Chu Lin
  • Patent number: 7090383
    Abstract: The shape of a reflector is to be made conspicuous to improve the appearance of a headlamp assembly. A headlamp assembly includes electric bulbs, a reflector, a lens and a case. Between the reflector and the case are formed gaps which result from a difference in shape between the reflector and the case. Blindfold portions are formed integrally with the reflector for filling the gaps. The blindfold members are provided with reflecting surfaces which project a black portion of the ground or of an inner surface of the case. With the reflecting surfaces of the blindfold members, a contrast is created between the blindfold member and reflecting surfaces of the reflector to make the reflecting surface shape of the reflector conspicuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kondo, Shigeru Kodaira, Yukimi Ase, Kenichiro Kuboshima
  • Patent number: 7066629
    Abstract: An interior light assembly for motor vehicles has a frame and at least one lens arranged in the frame. At least one illumination element is arranged behind the at least one lens in the interior of the light assembly, and at least one electroluminescent film is additionally arranged behind the at least one lens n the interior of the light assembly. The electroluminescent film rests against a backside of the at least one lens, wherein the electroluminescent film has a contour identical to the contour of the at least one lens. The frame surrounds the at least one lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Diez, Stephan Ulloa
  • Patent number: 7066631
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp has at least one headlamp having a headlamp reflector and a light source provided within a focal area of said headlamp reflector. In order to darken the appearance of the vehicular lamp the inner surface of the headlamp reflector is at least partially darkened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Automotive Lighting Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Davies, Denis Igoe, Peter Morton, Helmut Ortinau
  • Patent number: 7059754
    Abstract: A modular automotive light device is provided. The light device may include multiple light emitting diodes (LED). Multiple light devices may be arranged in a desired manner comprising an automotive headlamp, for example. The light devices may be stacked on top of each other and/or positioned side by side to form the headlamp. Using multiple light devices provides a sufficient amount of radiated light rays in order to comply with regulations and standards for light output of light devices for use on the exterior of an automobile, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: North American Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Andrew Lekson, Ben Wang, Dianna Lynn Stadtherr, Derek Scott Mallory, Jianzhong Jiao, Brian Curtis Wells
  • Patent number: 7055996
    Abstract: A lamp comprising a housing, at least one planar substrate supporting a plurality of light sources, and a light directing member comprising a plurality of reflective surfaces. Each of the reflective surfaces is generally parabolic and reflects light emitted from the plurality of light sources. A lamp comprising a housing, at least one planar substrate, a plurality of light sources supported by each planar substrate, a lens, and a light directing member that reflects light emitted from the plurality of light sources. The light directing member produces a light distribution pattern spanning substantially five degrees to substantially ninety degrees in one direction along the longitudinal axis of said lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Pond, Todd Kolstee, Philip Roller
  • Patent number: 7055999
    Abstract: An auxiliary light ring device for a vehicular light includes a holder, a light convergence ring and a plurality of light emission elements. The holder is a hollow reflecting base having an accommodation passage to receive the light convergence ring. A plurality of holes is provided on the circumferential portion of the holder. The light convergence ring is a transparent ring. A plurality of openings is provided on the circumferential portion of the light convergence ring. The light emission elements are placed through each hole and opening to form a light ring through the light convergence ring when the light emission elements are working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Yu-Chu Lin
  • Patent number: 7055998
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp including a first lamp component having a first light source and a first reflector, and a second lamp component disposed behind the first lamp component and having a second light source and a second reflector, and front sides of the first and second lamp components being covered by an outer lens; and in this vehicular lamp, the first reflector having an overlapping area that covers the front of the second reflector so that the second reflector appears to be segmented in two or more portions; and light transmission holes through which light from the second lamp component passes being formed in the overlapping area of the first reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsumi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 7048420
    Abstract: A turn indicator light and a position light are provided for a rear mirror assembly mounted in a vehicle body. A light body for the turn indicator light is a filament light bulb and a light body for the position light is a light emitting diode. Positioning the lights in the rear mirror permits the width of the vehicle to be more recognizable. The turn indicator light and the position light are provided with individual light bodies, respectively, for allowing independent service to be performed with respect to each light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniaki Arakawa
  • Patent number: 7048419
    Abstract: An auxiliary trailer lighting system includes a base plate that has a back side attached to a trailer. A top wall is attached to the plate and extends outwardly away therefrom. A lip is attached to the top wall. A reflective wall is attached to the lip and extends toward a bottom edge of the base plate. A translucent covering is removably attached to the lip and extends from the lip and over the reflective wall so that a first compartment is defined between reflective wall and the covering. At least two light emitters are mounted in the first compartment. A control is electrically coupled to a turn signal system and a running light system of a truck. The control is electrically coupled to the light emitters. The control turns on the light emitters when both of the running light and turn signal systems are turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7040791
    Abstract: An illuminating apparatus for a work vehicle includes a front illuminating unit, a side illuminating unit, a frame supporting the front illuminating unit and the side illuminating unit and a translucent lens unit covering the front illuminating unit and the side illuminating unit. The front illuminating unit and the side illuminating unit are supported to the frame. The translucent lens unit comprises a one-piece translucent lens directly connected and supported to the frame. The frame includes an attaching portion for attaching the frame to a front portion of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Nakamura, Isamu Yamanishi
  • Patent number: 7036969
    Abstract: An adverse weather headlamp assembly that comprises a foreground shield with two sides that taper up from a bottom portion to form a triangular shaped shield. The foreground shield can be movable between a blocking position and a pass-through position. In combination with a cutoff shield, the foreground shield reduces the amount of emitted light that can be reflected off of a wet or icy road in adverse weather conditions in order to reduce glare, while still allowing enough light to be emitted for the driver to adequately see the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Guide Corporation
    Inventors: Monty H. Foust, Christopher R. Powers, Jan A. Wisler
  • Patent number: 7039506
    Abstract: A light system for defining a line of approach uses light sources arranged in an array. The light sources are arranged such that they define a primary field-of-view (FOV) from which all of the light sources are visible. Less than all of the light sources are visible from positions outside of the primary FOV. The light sources are further divided into sections with each section having a portion of the light sources associated therewith. The light sources are controlled in accordance with cyclical on/off sequences. A primary waveform of light energy is defined by the cyclical on/off sequence visible from within the primary FOV. A plurality of secondary waveforms of light energy are defined by the cyclical on/off sequences visible from positions outside of the primary FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Chris Richburg, Donald D. Hobden
  • Patent number: 7025487
    Abstract: A lamp system, especially for a motor vehicle, has a casing that is covered by a clear, optically neutral lens and that contains at least one light source composed of a light bulb and an associated reflector. A screen in the form of a semireflecting mirror is positioned between the lens and the light source in such a way as to separate a posterior lamp section that accommodates the light source from an anterior lamp section defined by the screen and the lens. Consequently, to an observer looking in the direction of the light source, the posterior lamp section is indiscernible while the screen is transparent to the light emitted by the light bulb when the lamp is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Holzmann, Marek Djordjevic
  • Patent number: 7014254
    Abstract: A fastening device is provided for a component which is installed in a depression in an automotive body part, insertable into the depression from the outside via an inclined assembly position, and lockable in an operating position in the depression by a pivoting movement. In the operating position, a mounting part integrally molded on a first edge area of the component is in operative connection with a first side wall section of the depression, and, on an opposite second edge area of the component, an elastic catch part is provided, cooperating with a second side wall section of the depression. The depression also has two wall sections arranged with distance between them. To create the fastening device, with which the design is simplified and which also ensures rapid and simple installation and removal, a device is inserted between the depression and the adjacent component in the area of the two wall sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Rijsbergen, Holger Sander, Dimitar Danev
  • Patent number: 7009525
    Abstract: An indicator apparatus facilitates visibility of one or more indicators from multiple angles. The apparatus includes a housing having an outer sidewall portion. The sidewall portion, for example, has a first side extending between two adjacent sides. One or more elongated slots are formed in the sidewall portion. A substantially translucent material is disposed in the slot so that the translucent material is visible from more than one side of the housing, such as the first side and another side through which the slot extends. A light source is operatively associated with the substantially translucent material for illuminating the material. As a result, when the light source illuminates the substantially translucent material, the illuminated translucent material is visible from more than one side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saeed Shafiyan-Rad, Daniel M. Corbosiero, Jr., Mark Stephen Schladenhauffen
  • Patent number: 6994461
    Abstract: An LED lamp has a housing and a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged to form two different LED arrays. The housing has a pair of openings on opposite sides. Each of the LED arrays corresponds to a different one of the openings of the housing such that at least a portion of each of the LED arrays is exposed through the corresponding opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Pervaiz Lodhie
  • Patent number: 6986596
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly (10, 110) for a vehicle includes a housing (14, 114) connectable to a vehicle (12). A mirror (18) is disposed in an opening (16) in the housing (14, 114). A member (70, 170) connected to the housing (14, 114) has a reflective portion (78, 178) for reflecting light from another vehicle. The member (70, 170) also has a turn signal lens (88, 188) through which a turn signal light (36, 136) shines. A second lens (46) may direct light from the turn signal light (36) to the turn signal lens (88).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Evans
  • Patent number: 6984062
    Abstract: A car light is equipped with a supplementary light for helping alert people to the car, which supplementary light includes several light sources, plane lenses, and a circular lighting body; the light sources are secured on a rear cover of the car light; the plane lenses are disposed over the light sources; the circular lighting body is fitted on a circular trench formed around the car light, and has spaced condensing bumps on an outer side thereof; the plane lenses face respective ones of light passages formed on the trench; when the light sources are powered, light will be first made to travel through the light passages, and onto the circular lighting body by means of the plane lenses, and the circular lighting body will refract the light so as to shine with a complete circle-shaped light thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Grang Fair Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keng-Chin Yeh
  • Patent number: 6981788
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for lighting up an entrance of a vehicle, capable of decreasing the sound of wind roaring caused during driving. The lighting apparatus includes: at least one lighting element; a clear molded plastic cover member; and an attaching member for attaching the lighting element with the clear molded plastic cover member onto a bottom surface of a side mirror. The side surface of the lighting apparatus adjacent to a vehicle body is formed so as to broaden from the front of the side mirror toward the rear thereof along a direction departing from the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Access Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Iwai, Hidekazu Hayakawa, Masato Endoh
  • Patent number: 6969184
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle headlight assembly having a lamp housing that is pivotally mounted to the vehicle body. One embodiment of the invention includes a lamp housing that is pivotally mounted to the vehicle body and includes a threaded aperture for receiving a threaded adjustment mechanism that is inserted through an aperture in the vehicle body and into the housing aperture. Rotation of the adjustment mechanism adjusts a position of the lamp housing relative to the vehicle body. Typically, a head portion of the adjustment mechanism is positioned on an exterior of the vehicle and is accessible by an operator of the vehicle from a normal operating position of the vehicle for adjusting the position of the housing relative to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Bergman, John Zins
  • Patent number: 6966682
    Abstract: A signaling system for mounting to an exterior surface of an emergency vehicle opposite an interior surface of the vehicle to which objects are mounted is provided. The signaling system includes a light bar having a plurality of signaling devices supported on and distributed along a base member and enclosed by a cover. A plate is secured to the exterior surface of the emergency vehicle by one or more fasteners of a first type, which pass through the vehicle into its interior. The plate includes a surface for engaging the base of the light bar such that the light bar can be suspended from the plate. An opening is provided in the plate for communicating electrical wiring to the light bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: George R. Frank, Paul M. Gergets
  • Patent number: 6967791
    Abstract: System and method for illuminating a target area with a desired illumination pattern. According to preferred embodiments of the invention, a cartridge-engaging assembly may be positioned adjacent a data cartridge, light may be emitted from at least one light source on the cartridge-engaging assembly, and a portion of the emitted light may be attenuated so that the unblocked light illuminates the target area with the desired illumination pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregg S. Schmidtke, Kelly John Reasoner, Richard Alan Irwin
  • Patent number: 6962423
    Abstract: A multi-mode visible and infrared lighthead (100) for use as a landing light or searchlight. The multi-mode lighthead incorporates a modular design wherein at least one visible light source (200) and at least one infrared diode (302) are mounted into the rear sector (128) of a housing (102). Visible or infrared light is emitted out of the front sector (122) of the housing (102). Lenses (308) are installed onto the front sector (122) of the housing (102) and sealed to protect the interior of the lighthead (100) from the elements. Alternatively, and in combination, an imaging module (1), and infrared laser (400) and/or a fixed-position searchlight with rangefinder and positioning capability is provided in the multi-mode lighthead(100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Hamilton, Craig E. Giffen, Nicolo F. Machi, Scott R. Mangum, Saed S. Mubaslat, Charles A. Roudeski
  • Patent number: 6957903
    Abstract: A tail lamp apparatus is provided which makes it possible to assemble a position lamp and a stop lamp readily to a fairing and is superior in visibility from the backward. A tail lamp includes an upper lamp portion and a lower lamp portion. An LED serving as a position lamp is provided on the upper lamp portion, and a plurality of LEDs serving as a stop lamp are provided on the lower lamp portion. A board for mounting the LEDs thereon is disposed in a stepwise configuration and is disposed in a V shape such that it envelopes the tail lamp from below. A base having a reflector for the LED at a portion thereof and holding the board thereon has a peripheral edge formed as a flat face so as to facilitate coupling of the base to a rear body cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Arakawa, Takashi Arai
  • Patent number: 6957132
    Abstract: A method of guiding a vehicle to a position is provided. Light sources arranged in an array are placed at a position with the light sources defining a primary field-of-view (FOV) from which all of the light sources are visible. Less than all of the light sources are visible from positions outside of the primary FOV. The light sources are divided into sections with each section having a portion of the light sources associated therewith. The light sources are operated in accordance with cyclical on/off sequences so that a primary waveform of light energy is defined by the cyclical on/off sequence visible from within the primary FOV and secondary waveforms of light energy are defined by the cyclical on/off sequences visible from positions outside of the primary FOV. The light energy generated by the light sources is sensed by an approaching navigable vehicle. Based on the position of the vehicle, one of the primary waveform and the plurality of secondary waveforms is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Chris Richburg, Donald D. Hobden
  • Patent number: 6953273
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp has first and second lamp chamber portions each including: a light source; a casing having opening and portion for reflecting light emitted from the light source; and lens portion for closing the opening of the casing; the first and second lamp chamber portions each forming lamp chamber partitioned with the casing and the lens portion, wherein the lens portion of the first lamp chamber portion passes light through substantially forward or backward from a vehicle; at least a part of the second lamp chamber portion is disposed within the lamp chamber of the first lamp chamber portion; and the second lamp chamber portion overlaps with the light source of the first lamp chamber portion in the substantially longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nakajima, Atsushi Kochi
  • Patent number: 6945683
    Abstract: The subject invention comprises a thin lamp assembly having a lens and a lamp housing heat staked and sealed together. The subject invention further comprises the method of assembling the thin lamp assembly. In one embodiment, the lens has a plurality of plastic stakes and a lens rib located around the lens' periphery. Further, the lamp housing has a plurality of receiving holes around its outer periphery and a lamp housing rib around its inner periphery. In this embodiment, a sealant is placed on the lamp housing and the plastic stakes are inserted into the receiving holes so that the lens rib and lamp housing rib form a seal channel to contain the sealant and the lens is flush with the lamp housing. A heat source is then used to heat treat the plastic stakes to form a plurality of mushroom caps that act to attach the lens to the lamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Guide Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Gross, Larry R. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6909376
    Abstract: A light and sensor assembly (22) for use with a land craft, watercraft or aircraft. The assembly includes a shell (28) for mounting to, or that is a part of the body (24) of, the vehicle. Internal to the enclosed space defined by the shell is a socket and bulb assembly (30, 32) for providing light and heat. Also disposed in the shell is a transducer (36) that emits or receives energy as part of a proximity sensing assembly. The transducer is encased in a transducer housing (38). The transducer housing is positioned relatively close to the bulb so that the heat emitted by the bulb warms the transducer housing. This heat fosters the evaporation of water off the exposed face of the transducer housing so as to minimize the extent to which this water can inhibit the utility of the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Mark Rennick
  • Patent number: 6896397
    Abstract: A vehicular marker lamp such as a tail and stop lamp, including a translucent member extending substantially along a translucent cover which is red and transparent with first light-emitting diodes in the back and second light-emitting diodes near the side end of the cover. The translucent member has a direct light-emitting region that transmits light, which is incident to the translucent member from the first light-emitting diodes, toward the front, and indirect light-emitting regions that internally reflect light, which is incident to the translucent member from the second light-emitting diodes, so as to emit such light toward the front. The direct light-emitting region is a red transparent region, and the indirect light-emitting regions are colorless transparent regions, thus allowing the appearances of the direct and indirect light-emitting regions to be significantly different from each other when the lamp is lit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Koito Maufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Yamada, Yasuo Teranishi
  • Patent number: 6891333
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp is constituted to have a plurality of lamp units having light-emitting diodes as light sources. At that time, three types of lamp units of different radiation modes; that is, a projector-type lamp unit, direct-projection-type lamp units, and a reflection-type lamp unit, are used as the plurality of lamp units. As a result, a low-beam light distribution pattern obtained as a merged light distribution pattern formed from the light rays output from these three types of lamp units can be readily formed in a desired pattern geometry and a desired distribution of luminous intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Tatsukawa, Hiroyuki Ishida, Kiyoshi Sazuka
  • Patent number: 6882110
    Abstract: A headlamp having a plurality of lighting units using light emitting diodes as light sources. A cutoff line forming unit, hot zone forming units, and a diffusion region forming unit are used as these lighting units. Consequently, a light distribution pattern for a low beam having a desirable pattern shape and light intensity distribution can be obtained as the synthetic light distribution pattern of light distribution patterns formed by the irradiation of a light from these three kinds of lighting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ishida, Kiyoshi Sazuka, Masashi Tatsukawa
  • Patent number: 6851839
    Abstract: A lamp assembly comprising a transparent body having a front surface and a back surface, the back surface having at least one convex curved portion, each such convex curved portion having at least one axis perpendicular to the front surface, and an internally reflective curved surface facing the front surface of the transparent body, a cavity in each convex curved portion, having sidewalls and a bottom, adapted to receive a light emitting source, and a reflective surface at the bottom of each cavity oriented so that light emitted by the light emitting source is reflected by the reflective surface onto the internally reflective curved surface of the convex curved portion. In some embodiments, the internally reflective curved surface also provides one or more electrical circuits for one or more light emitting sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Malone, Todd M. Nykerk, Timothy J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6848821
    Abstract: A back cover of a motor vehicle lamp includes a plurality of types of blocks provided with joints that join the blocks together; terminals fixed to a connector of the plurality of types of blocks, and bulb holders; and a cord wired between the terminals. The blocks are selected to match with a structure of a motor vehicle lamp, and the selected blocks are joined together via the joints. As a result, it is possible to structure the back cover to match with a variety of structures of the motor vehicle lamp. Further, it is possible to have in common a plurality of types of blocks that constitute the back cover. Therefore, it is possible to manufacture the back cover at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignees: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosikazu Machida, Kazuhiro Asao
  • Patent number: 6837602
    Abstract: A cover for a shell of a vehicle tail-light has a disk portion, and separating plates secured to an inward side of the disk portion; the disk portion is formed with such a surface as to be capable of focusing light; the cover is disposed over a rear opening of the tail-light shell with the separating plates being in close contact with the inner side of the shell such that the disk portion is divided into four sector shaped areas, an X shaped area, and a ringed area by the separating plates as well as the shell; the tail-light has light emitting element sets, which oppose respective ones of the above areas, and can be separately powered. Therefore, the tail-light can function with selected ones of the light emitting element sets being activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Fu An Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jihn-Shiun Lee