Housing Patents (Class 362/546)
  • Patent number: 11904762
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror reflective element and an illumination module that includes a freeformed lens optic and a circuit board with an illumination source disposed thereat. With the vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly mounted at a side of a vehicle, light emitted by the illumination source passes through the freeformed lens optic and provides ground lighting that illuminates a ground region located at the side of the vehicle. The ground lighting includes (a) ground illumination of the illuminated ground region and (b) within the ground illumination of the illuminated ground region, a logo formed by the freeformed lens optic. The logo formed by the freeformed lens optic has a light intensity greater than any light intensity of the ground illumination of the illuminated ground region. The illumination module is snap-attached at a portion of the vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Jake Mohan
  • Patent number: 11892133
    Abstract: A lighting system for a motor vehicle comprising at least one primary optical device for emitting a light beam exhibiting a cutoff profile, the primary optical emission device comprising at least one light source and one single-piece primary optical member comprising an input surface suitable for receiving a light beam emitted by the light source, a ray interception surface configured to form the cutoff profile in the light beam received and an output surface for the light beam. This system also comprises a projection device arranged downstream of the primary optical emission device(s) and comprising an input surface arranged facing the primary optical emission device(s), and through which are introduced rays of the light beam derived as output from the primary optical emission device(s) a single continuous output surface through which the light beam is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Yves Gromfeld, Maxime Laminette, Sylvain Giraud, Jean-Francois Doha
  • Patent number: 11890820
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional structure including: preparing a first structure including a fixing face; fixing a plastic layer to the fixing face of the first structure; preparing a conductive wire; and operating an ultrasonic head to apply ultrasonic waves to the conductive wire and to press the conductive wire against the plastic layer, and thereby partly embedding the conductive wire into the plastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Shinoda
  • Patent number: 11878584
    Abstract: A driving joystick arrangement for a construction machine comprises an operating lever and a basic housing, wherein the operating lever is pivoted in the basic housing, and the basic housing comprises a shift gate through which the operating lever extends. The operating lever comprises, at least in sections, a material which is suited and arranged in the operating lever such that a position of the operating lever relative to the basic housing can be detected by means of the Hall sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Joseph Voegele AG
    Inventors: Achim Eul, Karl-Heinz Jungmann
  • Patent number: 11850991
    Abstract: A car lamp capable of sound output and a communication system using the same, and in particular, a car lamp capable of sound output by installing a piezo speaker-type actuator on an inner surface of an outer lens of the car lamp and a communication system that may synchronize and output a video signal and an audio signal using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Myeong Je Kim
  • Patent number: 11781680
    Abstract: A pipe trim assembly for trimming a pipe extending through a wall includes a panel that has a pipe opening extending through the panel for having a pipe extending therethrough. The panel has a plurality of connection openings each extending through the panel. Fasteners can be extended through the connection openings for fastening the panel to an exterior wall of a building through which the pipe extends. A gasket is coupled to the panel and the gasket extends around the pipe opening. Moreover, the gasket surrounds the pipe when the pipe is extended through the pipe opening. A frame is removably attachable to the panel such that the frame covers the plurality of connection openings in the panel to enhance the appearance of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: Joshua Wright
  • Patent number: 11772588
    Abstract: A front panel part is part of a motor vehicle. The front panel part has a basic body; and a holder configured to hold an external temperature sensor. The holder is formed integrally on the basic body and is pivotable in relation to the basic body via a film hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Sebastian Harter
  • Patent number: 11766964
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle lamp, and a vehicle lamp according to the present disclosure includes a first optical module that forms a first light distribution pattern using light irradiated from a first light source device, a second optical module that forms a second light distribution pattern using light irradiated from a second light source device, a third optical module that forms a third light distribution pattern using light irradiated from a third light source device, a movement part that is connected to the first light source device and moves the first light source device, a rod part connected to the second light source device and interlocked with the movement part to rotate the second light source device, and a driving part that provides a driving force to the movement part and the rod part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seok Huyn Kim
  • Patent number: 11754248
    Abstract: A lens for a headlamp, the lens being at least partially formed from at least one plastic, having a lens surface and an edge surrounding the lens surface, from which at least one fastening element for fastening to a lens holder of the headlamp extends away from the lens surface, the at least one fastening element being designed as a fastening fork having two spaced-apart elastic fastening prongs. A lens system is also provided having a lens of this type and a lens holder, the lens holder having recesses corresponding to the fastening prongs, and the fastening prongs being elastically positioned by their outsides on outer insides of the recesses, or the fastening prongs being elastically positioned by their insides on inner insides of the recesses, so that the lens is fastened to the lens holder without play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Bernhard Bendix, Matthias Knoche, Alexander Musch
  • Patent number: 11738695
    Abstract: An externally mounted component of a motor vehicle includes a receiving space configured to receive a camera device or an electronic sensor device, at least one outer opening shaped to enable insertion of a lens of the camera device or an outer section of the electronic sensor device, and a closure mechanism configured to close the outer opening. The closure mechanism has a blind cover that is shaped to be inserted at least partially, with positive engagement, in the outer opening. The component further includes a connector configured to connect, non-detachably or detachably, the blind cover to the externally mounted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Sebastian Harter
  • Patent number: 11708961
    Abstract: Provided in this disclosure is an apparatus for marking an implement, such as a snow plow. An elongated tubular member retains an illuminated member such a high lumen LED lighting element mounted substantially adjacent to the bottom end of the elongated tubular member and configured to shine light through the interior of the elongated tubular member toward the top end. Conductor wiring connects a source of electrical energy to the LED. An enclosing cap includes a crimped end portion secured to the bottom end of the elongated tubular member. A cylindrical end portion has a hollow interior for admitting the conductor wiring for connection to the source of electrical energy. A mounting bracket can include a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface, formed together to support the illuminated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: BUYERS PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 11618374
    Abstract: A trim for an object and its method of manufacture involve providing a transparent or translucent substrate defining a top surface, applying an opaque layer above the top surface of the substrate, the opaque layer defining one or more apertures through which light can pass, and applying one or more translucent metallic-looking layers above a top surface of the opaque layer. In some implementations, the trim is a selectively illuminable trim whereby a light source is arranged beneath a bottom surface of the substrate, the light source being configured to output light through the substrate, the one or more apertures defined by the opaque layer, and the one or more metallic-looking layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: SRG Global Liria, S.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Piles Guillem, Juan Monleon
  • Patent number: 11572011
    Abstract: A vehicle front end assembly includes a front portion of a vehicle frame structure. A bumper fascia is attached to the front portion of the vehicle frame structure. Further, a headlamp structure is attached to both the front portion of the vehicle frame structure and the bumper fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Omar Fernando Carrillo Fernandez, Md Hafizur Rahman, Diego Armando Salinas Ceballos
  • Patent number: 11560206
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a stern light for illuminating a watercraft without visually impairing a passenger of the watercraft. The stern light includes a flexible pole with a hollow interior for housing wires. The wires are connected to a watercraft at one end of the pole and to a light source at another end of the pole. The light source, which may be an LED light source, is covered by a globe that at least partially refracts light. When powered, the stern light produces light capable of providing visibility of the watercraft for at least two nautical miles while also avoiding the visual impairment of watercraft passengers. Pole flexibility allows operation of the stern light during watercraft motion and in areas with potential obstructions, such as low-hanging branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Nathaniel Chad Watts
  • Patent number: 11554720
    Abstract: A vehicular lighted exterior door handle system includes a lighted exterior door handle assembly having a light module, which includes a circuit board and at least three linearly arranged illumination sources at the circuit board. When the illumination sources are actuated, light emitted by each of the illumination sources is emitted outboard away from the door of the equipped vehicle. With the lighted exterior door handle assembly mounted at the door of the equipped vehicle, and when the illumination sources are actuated with the door of the equipped vehicle unlocked, the light module emits light in a first pattern. With the lighted exterior door handle assembly mounted at the door of the equipped vehicle, and when the illumination sources are actuated with the door of the equipped vehicle locked, the light module emits light in a second pattern that is different from the first pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Huizen, Kenneth C. Peterson, Mitchell J. Wesley, Martin A. Hauff
  • Patent number: 11473747
    Abstract: A light system including: (a) a first light region configured to provide a first light function; (b) a second light region configured to provide a second light function that is different from the first light function; (c) a blocker located between the first light region and the second light region so that when the first light function is activated, light from the first light region is prevented from passing to the second light region by the blocker and when the second light function is activated, light from the second light region is prevented from passing to the first light region by the blocker; (d) a textured surface in the first light region, the second light region, or both; and (e) a texture shutoff located between the textured surface in the first light region, the second light region, or both and located between the textured surface and the blocker so that the texture surface prevents material of the first light region, the second light region, the blocker, or a combination thereof from forming flash
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew Haywood, Colby Darlage, Guilebaldo Munoz Ledo Espinosa
  • Patent number: 11465576
    Abstract: A vehicle rear bumper assembly includes a vehicle body structure, an exhaust system and a rear bumper fascia. The exhaust system is attached to the vehicle body structure and has an exhaust pipe. The rear bumper fascia has a main body and a finisher extension. The main body is attached to the vehicle body structure and has a recessed area shaped and dimensioned to complement the shape of the exhaust pipe. The finisher extension extends away from the main body proximate the recessed area. The main body and the finisher extension are formed with a living hinge therebetween such that the finisher extension is pivotable about the living hinge from an extending orientation to a finishing orientation. In the extending orientation, the finisher extension is spaced apart from the recessed area. In the finishing orientation, the finisher extension is located within the recessed area adjacent to the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Omar Fernando Carrillo Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11420553
    Abstract: A mounting hole of an interior material includes continuous first and second through portions. The second through portion is wider than the first through portion. An inner periphery of the second through portion includes a pair of connecting portions extending to widen. A first sandwiching portion of a housing of a vehicle interior lighting device includes a first facing portion facing an inner end face of the mounting hole, and sandwiches a first part located across the first through portion from the second through portion in the interior material. A pair of second sandwiching portions of the housing each includes a second facing portion facing an associated one of the pair of connecting portions of the mounting hole. Each of the pair of second sandwiching portions sandwiches a second part located across the pair of connecting portions from the second through portion in the interior material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Mifuchi
  • Patent number: 11118748
    Abstract: A lamp includes a housing, a lens module and bezel. The lens module has one or more integrally formed lens units. Each lens unit has an emission surface and a light gathering portion. The light gathering portion includes an incident surface. Each lens unit has a solid light-path portion formed from the light transmitting material and disposed between the incident and emission surfaces. The emission surface of each lens unit is a portion of the outer surface of the module. The lamp includes one or more light sources, each projecting light to the incident surface of a lens unit. The lamp excludes any reflecting structures directing light to the incident surface of a lens unit. The sealing bezel seals the lens module to the housing. When sealed, the lamp includes no other light-transmitting structures external to the outer surface of the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Diode Dynamics, LLC
    Inventor: Paul McCain
  • Patent number: 10711958
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) device includes: a transparent substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; an LED array disposed on at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the transparent substrate, and including a plurality of LED chips electrically connected to one another; a controller disposed on at least one of the first surface and the second surface, and is electrically connected to the LED array to control the LED array; a connection terminal disposed at one end of the transparent substrate, and electrically connected to the LED array and the controller; and a wavelength converter covering the first surface and the second surface of the transparent substrate and the LED array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Wook Chung, Chong Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10619820
    Abstract: An illuminating vehicle assembly includes a plastic grille component and a badge mounted to the plastic grille component. The badge houses at least one light source. The light source may be illuminated to create various lighting effects. Any heat generated by the at least one light source can be dissipated into the plastic grille component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Jeffrey Singer
  • Patent number: 10589672
    Abstract: A door handle assembly including a handle base fixed to the vehicle door; a handle member for opening the vehicle door, wherein the handle member is movable between latched and unlatched positions; a handle frame mounted to the vehicle door, the handle frame includes a peripheral rim; a first lighting strip operatively embedded around the peripheral rim, the first lighting strip configured to illuminate upon activation; a motor and a cam, where the cam is in operative contact with a second end of the handle base, where the motor will cause the cam to rotate upon activation, where rotation of the cam will impart vibrations throughout the handle base and thus cause the handle member to vibrate; and a touch sensor located on the handle member, where the touch sensor can recognize when a user grips the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Varun Chakrapani, Ramachandra Rao M. R, Mune Gowda K N, Satyanarayana S
  • Patent number: 10315362
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle lamp comprising a lens molded article (1) and a housing molded article (2) laser-welded to each other, the lens molded article (1) comprising a methacrylic resin composition which comprises 70 to 99.9% by mass of a methacrylic acid ester monomer unit and 0.1 to 30% by mass of a unit of an additional vinyl monomer copolymerizable with the methacrylic acid ester monomer and satisfies conditions (a) to (c), and the housing molded article (2) comprising a resin which satisfies a condition (d): (a) MW is 90000 to 250000; (b) a mass (MFR-1) of the methacrylic resin composition emitted according to ISO1133 standard at 230° C. and 3.8 kg for 10 minutes is 0.2 to 12 g/10 min; (c) when a mass of the methacrylic resin composition emitted according to the ISO1133 standard at 230° C. and 10 kg for 10 minutes is defined as MFR-2, MFR ratio=(MFR-2)/(MFR-1) is 4.5 or more; and (d) a mass (MFR-3) of the resin emitted according to the ISO1133 standard at 220° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunori Kozawa
  • Patent number: 10266024
    Abstract: The current invention is a Hitch Switch trailer accessory (switch adapter cap). It is a trailer/camper electrical connection adapter/cap with luminescent features that can be used to switch/power on and off the marker lights on the trailer/camper. The switch adapter cap attaches to electrical pin or blade connectors on standard trailers and campers. It fits over the male connector attached to the trailer/camper. The switch adapter cap has internal components that make connection with the pins or blades on the trailer/camper connector. The switch adapter cap has a novel light-up feature (either around the switch or the switch itself) that enables the switch adapter cap to be visible in low-light settings. The cap will have a wireless communication means that can connect to a computer application on a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Vincent Cosentino, Eric Koenig
  • Patent number: 10164461
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a wireless charging device, system, and method based on a back cover mobile power supply. The wireless charging system includes a wireless charger, a back cover mobile power supply, and an intelligent terminal. The intelligent terminal is provided with a main battery and a wireless charging device. A built-in induction coil is powered and generates an electromagnetic field when a wireless charger is powered on. The back cover mobile power supply inducts the electromagnetic field and generates a current to the wireless charging device. The intelligent terminal and the back cover mobile power supply are controlled to enter a charging state, and a charging current is transmitted to the main battery of the intelligent terminal and the back cover mobile power supply, respectively, so as to perform charging, when the current is detected by the wireless charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: JRD COMMUNICATION (SHENZHEN) LTD
    Inventors: Zewei Wu, Hongjie Tong, Zhiming Diao
  • Patent number: 10156339
    Abstract: Disclosed is a moisture-removing apparatus for a headlight, the apparatus comprising: a moisture decomposition module having a first electrode that is exposed inside a headlight housing and is connected to a first electrode of a power source; a second electrode that is connected to a second electrode of the power source; and an electric discharge air path in the space between the surface of the first electrode and the surface of the second electrode; and a moisture-absorbing layer; wherein the first electrode of the moisture decomposition module is coated with a dielectric material on a surface thereof; and wherein the moisture-absorbing layer is configured to correspond to a shape of one of the first and second electrodes of the moisture decomposition module, and to come into surface contact with one of the first and second electrodes of the moisture decomposition module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Jae Woo Park, So Yoon Park, Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 9909788
    Abstract: A dehumidifier for a vehicle lamp is provided which includes, a dehumidification case that is coupled to a lamp housing through the interior and exterior of the lamp. The dehumidifier includes a plurality of connected chambers and a suction path connected to the interior of the lamp and a discharge path connected to the exterior of the lamp. Further, a thermoelement is coupled to the connection part and has a first and second surface exposed to different chambers. An absorbent is disposed within the chambers and a valve is disposed within the suction path and the discharge path. A controller is configured to adjust the supply and direction of current and open and close the valve. The dehumidifier continuously removes moisture formed within the lamp, while alternately drying an absorbent disposed within a first chamber and an absorbent disposed within a second chamber using a thermoelement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jik Soo Shin, Keon Soo Jin, Jin Ho Na, Ki Hong Lee, Byoung Suk Ahn
  • Patent number: 9777917
    Abstract: A method of removing moisture from a closed environment of inside a LED based lighting fixture, comprises the step of utilizing an electrolysis based dehumidifying device (7, 9) to lower humidity level of inside said closed environment, a current being applied to the electrolysis based dehumidifying device (7, 9) whereby the electrolysis based dehumidifying device (7, 9) draws moisture out of said closed environment, through electrolysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SGM LIGHT A/S
    Inventor: Peter Johansen
  • Patent number: 9651214
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) bulb includes a base, a low beam emitter on the base configured to generate light rays to form a low beam, and a high beam emitter on the base configured to generate light rays to form a high beam. The low beam emitter includes two substrates separated by a core and configured as a heat sink, at least two low beam light emitting diode (LED) dice mounted to the substrates configured to emit the low beam light rays, and a shutter configured to block some of the low beam light rays and to shape the low beam. A lighting system includes the light emitting diode (LED) bulb and a reflector configured to generate the high beam and the low beam. In addition, the (LED) bulb can be retrofitted to conventional lighting systems, such as automotive lighting systems, having conventional reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TSLC Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Shih Lee, Wei-Ping Lin, Sheng-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 9557026
    Abstract: [Problem] To attain weight saving or the like of a light source unit. [Means for Solving the Problem] The present invention includes a light source portion 10 and a socket portion 11. The socket portion 11 is an integrated structural part which is composed of an insulation member 7, a thermo conductive resin member 8, and electric power feeding members 91 to 93. As a result, according to the present invention, the thermo conductive resin member 8 is used as a heat radiation member to radiate to the outside a heat which is generated at the light source portion 10 and thus it is possible to save the weight of the light source unit 1, save manufacturing costs, and improve durability of a die in comparison with that of a conventional die cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Nakano, Yuki Yamamoto, Daisuke Takamura, Kenji Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9453631
    Abstract: Disclosed is a welding structure including a first member, and a light-transmissive second member. The second member includes a surface having an indented area. The first and second members are welded to each other at closely contacted surfaces thereof by projecting a spot light from the second member side in a state where the second member is in close contact with the first member. A curvature radius of the indented area existing on the surface of the second member, to which the spot light is projected, is at least two times a width of a welding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Sagesaka, Masakazu Sato
  • Patent number: 9285103
    Abstract: A light engine housing comprising a mixing chamber element, a driver chamber element and/or a connection element, one or more of which is removable. A light engine comprising (1) a light engine housing and (2) a mixing chamber module and/or a driver module removably attached to and/or positioned in the light engine housing. Also, a light engine comprising (1) a light engine housing and a mixing chamber module and/or a driver module. Also, a solid state light engine comprising a light engine housing comprising at least a first connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony Paul Van De Ven, Charles M. Swoboda, Wai Kwan Chan
  • Patent number: 9163800
    Abstract: An outer casing for vehicle lamps, a vehicle lamp and a manufacturing method for the outer casing and the vehicle lamp can include an outer lens having a rib located at a peripheral portion thereof and a casing having a supporting portion located so as to face the rib formed in a ring shape. The rib of the lens can include an end portion formed in a convex shape in a width direction thereof in accordance with a light energy distribution of a laser welder, and can be attached to the casing with confidence by utilizing the energy distribution. Thus, the vehicle lamp using the outer casing can incorporate various lamps with an airtight structure and an adequate mechanical strength while preventing misalignment between the outer lens and the casing, and the manufacturing method can provide the outer casing using similar manufacture equipment as compared with conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shintarou Hirabayashi, Kazuaki Hokota, Yoshitaka Mizuyasu
  • Patent number: 9086203
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly includes a headlamp housing, a lens affixed to the housing, thereby defining an interior space of the assembly, and a reflector defining an aperture and arranged within the interior space. The assembly also includes a retention bracket mounted to the reflector and a first seal attached to the bracket for keeping moisture from the interior space. The assembly also includes an adapter element that can be fastened or unfastened at the bracket, and a second seal arranged between the adapter and the bracket for keeping moisture from an interface between the bracket and the adapter. The assembly additionally includes a light bulb mounted to the adapter and extending through the aperture toward the lens, and a connector establishing an electrical connection with the bulb. Furthermore, the assembly includes a third seal arranged between the connector and the adapter and configured to keep moisture from the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey José Calderas, Israel J. Cancino, Jr., Douglas Fazzolari
  • Patent number: 9068719
    Abstract: A light engine housing comprising a mixing chamber element, a driver chamber element and/or a connection element, one or more of which is removable. A light engine comprising (1) a light engine housing and (2) a mixing chamber module and/or a driver module removably attached to and/or positioned in the light engine housing. Also, a light engine comprising (1) a light engine housing and a mixing chamber module and/or a driver module. Also, a solid state light engine comprising a light engine housing comprising at least a first connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Antony Paul Van De Ven, Charles M. Swoboda, Wai Kwan Chan
  • Publication number: 20150138818
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a closure frame configured to engage an opening formed by a body of the vehicle. A light source is disposed proximate an edge of the closure frame such that an emission of light from the light source is projected through a gap between the closure frame and the body. The emission is projected through the gap in response to the closure frame being arranged in an ajar position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 8998282
    Abstract: A trim made of plastics for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, comprises a first component (7) made of plastics and a second component (8) made of plastics. To improve such trim, the first component (7) is at least partly transparent or semi-transparent. The second component (8) includes one or more recesses (10, 11, 12) for a display element and/or for an input element (FIG. 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Gerndorf, Jochen Schulze Zur Wiesche, Norfried Bittner, Axel Nüsken, Martin Schulte
  • Publication number: 20150092437
    Abstract: A power-supply device including: a casing having a space therein and formed by metal stamping or having a thickness ranging from 0.3 to 3.0 mm; and a circuit board disposed inside the casing, wherein the casing includes a casing portion having an opening, and a cover portion disposed to cover the opening of the casing portion, the casing portion has a through hole formed at a position corresponding to a connector terminal connected to the circuit board, and a non-flat portion is provided to a region having a size greater than or equal to an outside diameter of a connector of an external connector line connected to the connector terminal in the casing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kosaku ARITA
  • Publication number: 20150070927
    Abstract: A moisture removal device 10 actively discharges moisture in a complex-shape headlamp 1 using an electrolyte member 14. In order for the electrolyte member 14 not to be heated up when the moisture removal device 10 is used in an atmosphere in which a combustible gas exists, electrode members 19, 20 made of a metal having a sufficient heat-transfer effect are used. Further, by use of electrode portions 15, 15a of the electrode member 19, an opening portion 13 of a cylindrical convex portion 12 that protrudes into the headlamp 1 is closed, to thereby protect the electrolyte member 14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Kurahashi, Naoki Sawai, Takashi Ohsawa
  • Publication number: 20150062951
    Abstract: A lighting device includes: a circuit board placed on a base; and a transformer provided in the circuit board. The transformer includes: a winding pattern formed on the circuit board; and a core having an outer leg portion. The circuit board has an outer leg insertion portion through which the outer leg portion of the core is inserted, and the circuit board and the base have therebetween a gap which is air space. The base and at least a lateral face of the outer leg portion are bonded together by a first resin that is insertable from the outer leg insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Masahiro NISHIKAWA, Tomoyuki NAKANO, Masatoshi UENO, Masashi KICHIMA, Kazuya KATO
  • Publication number: 20150036376
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle lamp 1 using a lamp body 3 formed using a resin composition containing a base resin and plant fibre, in which the lamp body 3 and a front cover 2 have good adhesiveness therebetween and there is no separation in the bonding between the lamp body 3 and the front cover 2 even after some time. The lamp body 3 is formed using a resin composition containing a base resin and plant fibre, and in a bonding part between the lamp body 3 and the front cover 2, the bonding is performed using a moisture curing adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Osada, Fukashi Masuda, Takenao Yoshimura
  • 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: 8939621
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle comprises a headlamp light source. A trim piece is mounted adjacent the light source having an inner surface illuminated by light from the light source and an outer surface visible from outside the vehicle. The trim piece comprises a light transmitting plastic body, wherein a signature image is formed on the body having a foreground region and a background region. The foreground region has a corresponding surface characteristic on the inner and outer surfaces within the foreground region different from a corresponding surface characteristic on the inner and outer surfaces within the background region so that more light from the light source is transmitted through the foreground region than through the background region. The outer surface may be fully metalized to provide a pleasing appearance under ambient light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Brown, Arun Kumar
  • Patent number: 8939619
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular headlamp that includes a light source unit, a reflector, a heat sink, a fixation frame fixed inside an external case of a lamp, a movable frame supported on the fixation frame to be movable in a vertical direction, a lens unit including a projection lens and a lens holder and supported on the movable frame to be movable in a horizontal direction, a first aiming operating shaft that performs optical axis adjustment, and a second aiming operating shaft that performs the optical axis adjustment. In particular, the lens unit moves in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction with respect to the fixation frame while a distance from a focus of light reflected by the reflector to the projection lens is constant, and the light source unit is fixed to the lamp housing while the heat sink is positioned outside the external case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Shibata
  • Patent number: 8931941
    Abstract: A vehicular light includes a body having a base. A cover is mounted to a surface of the base and made of transparent material. A circuit board is mounted in the base. A light emitting element is mounted to the circuit board. An intermediate member is mounted between the cover and the circuit board. The intermediate member includes a light transmittable section covering the light emitting element. A frame is mounted between the light transmittable section and the light emitting element and has a substantially bowl-shaped inner side. The frame and the intermediate member are separable from each other and detachable from the cover and the circuit board. The frame includes a frame wall. A through-hole is formed in a bottom of the frame. The light emitting element extends through the through-hole and received in the frame and faces the light transmittable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tong Yah Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Chien Kuo, Chiung-Ying Wang
  • Patent number: 8926149
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle, the side-view mirror assembly comprising: a housing for securement to a side of a vehicle, the housing defining an internal cavity opening toward a rear of the housing; a mirror disposed in the internal cavity, the mirror comprising a reflective element substantially occupying and being visible through the opening of the housing, and the reflective element supported on a first surface of a backplate, the backplate including at least one light-transmissive portion positioned proximate a peripheral edge of the reflective element; and one or more light sources disposed within the housing and operable to selectively illuminate the at least one light-transmissive portion so that the illumination is visible from outside the side-view mirror assembly in an area defined between the peripheral edge of the reflective element and the opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Bingle
  • Publication number: 20150003096
    Abstract: Lamp assemblies for reducing headlamp condensation are disclosed. One example lamp assembly includes a lamp housing including a front housing and a rear housing forming a lamp cavity; a light source extending from the rear housing into the lamp cavity; a reflector extending around the light source; and a duct extending between the rear housing and the reflector from the light source to a remote section of the lamp cavity spaced from the light source. The duct can include a duct cavity configured to draw air from the remote section of the lamp cavity toward the light source to reduce condensation in the lamp cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Manish Shah, Michal Ostrowski
  • Publication number: 20140376253
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device includes a light source, a light source housing, and a covering member. The light source housing holds the light source therein and has an opening. The covering member is attached to the light source housing so as to cover the opening of the light source housing and configured to pass light emitted by the light source therethrough. The covering member includes a transparent sheet portion and a cover portion. The sheet portion includes an electrode layer. The cover portion is welded to one of surfaces of the sheet portion by insert molding and arranged on the light source housing to cover the opening of the light source housing and a light exit surface of the light source such that a surface of the cover portion without the sheet portion faces the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyasu TAHARA, Kenji KIYOSAWA
  • Patent number: 8911129
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for attaching a bumper cover to a headlamp housing. The system includes a plurality of apertures defined in an upper portion of the bumper cover and a plurality of protrusions extending from a lower portion of the headlamp housing for engaging the plurality of apertures in the upper portion of the bumper cover. The system further includes a plurality of ribs extending from the lower portion of the headlamp housing for locating the upper portion of the bumper cover proximate to the lower portion of the headlamp housing. In this system, each rib of the plurality of ribs is located proximate to at least one protrusion of the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Oberther
  • Patent number: 8899795
    Abstract: In a lamp device 12 using a GX53-type cap 31 and also using an LED 56 as a light source, there is regulated an appropriate configuration of a metallic cover 32. A cap 31 and a lighting device 36 are arranged on an upper surface side of the metallic cover 32, and a substrate 33 on which the LED 56 is mounted is arranged on a lower surface side thereof. The metallic cover 32 has an approximately cylindrical shape with a maximum outer diameter D of 80 to 150 mm, a height H of 5 to 25 mm, and 2? (D/2) H/W, that is, an area of the outer peripheral surface per gross input power W to the lamp device 12 being in a range of 200 to 800 mm2/W. The gross input power W is 5 to 20 W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshiya Tanaka, Keiichi Shimizu, Takumi Suwa, Makoto Sakai, Kozo Ogawa, Sigeru Osawa, Takeshi Hisayasu, Hitoshi Kawano