Housing Patents (Class 362/546)
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Publication number: 20140334176
    Abstract: A design part installation structure includes a lamp body exposed on a vehicle design surface, an outer panel having an installation section for installing the lamp body and defining the design surface, and a parting line, which includes a curved third parting line segment, is formed between the lamp body and the outer panel. The outer panel has an orthogonal flange portion and an inclined flange portion. The orthogonal flange portion is provided in a section corresponding to the third parting line segment, extends from the installation section toward a vehicle inside, and is orthogonal to a main body. The inclined flange portion is provided in a section corresponding to the third parting line segment, extends from an extending end of the orthogonal flange portion toward the vehicle cabin, and inclines toward the lamp body as a position thereon shifts in the direction from vehicle outside to vehicle inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kazuki Maeshima
  • Publication number: 20140328076
    Abstract: A power outlet/charger for a portable electronic device, the power outlet/charger comprising an electrically insulating housing having a proximal end having an opening and a distal end having a first electrical connector; an electronic converter circuit fixedly housed in the housing for receiving a first voltage from a vehicle electrical power source through the first connector and for converting the first voltage to a second voltage compatible with the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard; and a USB connector disposed through the proximal end opening and connected to receive the second voltage; the housing being sized to directly replace a standard vehicle electrical cigar lighter socket/power outlet and fit into an opening in a vehicle panel for the standard vehicle electrical cigar lighter socket/power outlet, the first electrical connector being connectable to an electrical wiring harness of the vehicle having a connector that releasably connects with the first connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Lee Firman, II, Thomas Chrapkiewicz, Richard P. Cuplin
  • Publication number: 20140321150
    Abstract: Decorative skateboard lighting devices are disclosed. In an aspect, a light device comprising a light source, a housing, a power source, and a microcontroller is disclosed, configured to removably attached to an underside of a skateboard deck and provide a decorative lighting effect. The housing is configured to contain the power source and the microcontroller and removably attach to a skateboard via a set of connector bolts configured to mount a truck to the skateboard deck. The housing is configured to be positioned along a longitudinal center plane of the deck and adjacent to the truck. In an aspect, lighting device is controlled via a remote control. In another aspect, the lighting device is configured to cause the light source to perform various lighting functions such as glowing, flashing, strobing, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Chad P. Sandiford
  • Patent number: 8870427
    Abstract: A vehicle light, which may be a third brake light, includes an insertion portion for inserting in a recess of a vehicle component and a contact portion for placing the brake light on an edge of the recess. The contact portion protrudes at least in sections past the side of the insertion portion, wherein the insertion portion has at least one catch element designed for catching the brake light on the vehicle component. The insertion portion further has at least one locking element for sliding the at least one catch element in the direction of the contact portion. The locking element is implemented as a lever. The method can be used for installing such a vehicle light, in particular a brake light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Fleischer, Richard Feder, Joerg Meichsner, Birger Oswald
  • Patent number: 8870426
    Abstract: An illumination unit for vehicle headlights may include a light-emitting diode device, a housing and an assembly board on which components of an operating circuit for operating the light-emitting diode device are arranged, wherein the housing and the assembly board define an interior space, wherein the assembly board has at least one electrically conductive inner layer that is connected to a ground reference potential of the operating circuit and on its surface the assembly board has at least one electrical contact surface which is contacted with at least one electrically conductive inner layer, and the housing has an electromagnetic shielding structure configured to provide electromagnetic shielding of the interior space, wherein the electromagnetic shielding structure is connected to the at least one electrical contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Osram AG
    Inventors: Alois Biebl, Peter Frey, Ralf Vollmer
  • Publication number: 20140313764
    Abstract: An assembly includes a motor vehicle headlamp and a mounting device to mount the headlamp on the vehicle. The headlamp includes a casing. The mounting device includes a pivot connection that pivots about a fixed rotation axis with respect to the technical front end of the vehicle, which carries the cooling unit for the propulsion unit of the vehicle. The rotation axis is contained in the longitudinal plane of the vehicle and is positioned such that an impact along a line of force located on one side of the rotation axis causes an edge of the headlamp raise above the adjacent edge of the fender on the other side of the rotation axis. The headlamp is shaped and the rotation axis is oriented such that the headlamp pivots about this rotation axis, remaining inscribed within a predetermined surface of revolution outside the contour of the adjacent fender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Sylvain Gelfi, Raphael Dahan, Ronan Bouguyon, Herve Sanchez, Ayla Shakourzadeh
  • Publication number: 20140313763
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly having a biasable member for reducing noise produced by vibration, where the instrument cluster assembly includes a light housing, a perimeter sidewall formed as part of the light housing, and at least one biasable member integrally formed with the perimeter sidewall. A mask is selectively connected to the light housing, and an inner perimeter sidewall is formed as part of the mask. The biasable member includes a base portion formed with the perimeter sidewall, and a flange portion integrally formed with the base portion. At least a portion of the flange portion is in contact with the inner perimeter sidewall of the mask, such that the flange portion deflects to absorb vibration between the light housing and the mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Francisco Lopez Reyes, Bruno Fornelli Campos, Victoria Elvira Arellano Echeverria
  • Patent number: 8851730
    Abstract: A transparent member 2 defines part of a lamp compartment 4. A light source 5a is accommodated within the lamp compartment 4 and shines light to the front through the transparent member 2. A detection device 6 is accommodated within the lamp compartment 4 and obtains information on what exists ahead. A stepped portion 7 is formed on an external surface of the transparent member 2 and guides drops of water which adhere to the external surface so as to avoid a detection enabled area of the detection device 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohisa Tatara, Michihiko Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20140293637
    Abstract: A system is provided for mounting a lamp having a plurality of different types of mounting members. One of the mounting members is a rigid tray mountable by fasteners flush upon a surface of a vehicle to enable an on-surface mounting mode, and other of said mounting members, such as a grommet or bracket, are mountable at least partially in an opening or hole when present along such surface of a vehicle to enable an inset mounting mode. The different mounting members each engage a common shape housing of the lamp, such as round or oval, so that by selection of one of the mounting members, on-surface or inset mounting of the lamp can readily be achieved. One or more common engagement features are provided along the housing to facilitate engagement of the housing of the lamp by mounting members in on-surface and inset mounting modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
  • Patent number: 8845161
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly for a vehicle includes a housing for coupling the headlamp assembly to a vehicle. The housing includes a reflector and a planar heat sink is positioned therein. The planar heat sink structure includes a first surface and a second surface for supporting a circuit board, a first light emitting diode assembly, and a second light emitting diode assembly. The headlamp assembly is adapted to emit a high beam and a low beam and the headlamp assembly is completely bisected by the planar heat sink structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., LLC
    Inventors: Timothy DiPenti, Michael Marley, Todd Kolstee, Ryan Smith
  • Patent number: 8833990
    Abstract: A lamp apparatus (14) includes a heat sink (28), a heat conductive post (26) having a plurality of faces (36), one or more light engines (30) coupled to each of a plurality of faces (36), a connector (32) to provide power to the light engine (30) when electrically coupled to a lamp socket, and a grommet (34). The grommet (34) is secured to and extends around a perimeter of the heat conductive post (26) and includes a radial groove (48) receiving a rim (21) of an opening (20) of a reflector (12) such that a first and a second portion (50, 51) of the grommet (34) extend beyond the rim (21) and over a portion of an interior and an exterior surface (23, 25) of the reflector (12) to secure the lamp apparatus (14) to the opening (20) of the reflector (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Ronald Boyd, Lawrence M. Rice
  • Patent number: 8827518
    Abstract: A universal automotive light includes a main housing constructed and arranged for accommodating a stop/tail/turn light assembly, a pair of opposed side marker apertures disposed on either side of stop/tail/turn light assembly, and a side marker light assembly constructed and arranged for engagement in a selected one of the side marker apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Tiger Accessory Group, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Smith, Steve Rovtar, Chris Riley
  • Patent number: 8814394
    Abstract: A bracket coupling a headlamp module to a fixed structure is sandwiched between two ribs that constrain the bracket in only the cross-car direction. Internal clearances in the bracket or rib features for accepting attachment bolts are designed to provide fore/aft and up/down position adjustments. The sandwich structure can be locked in (i.e., compressed) for a rigid, final attachment to the vehicle which will nevertheless allow sliding of the bracket within the ribs when subjected to the forces corresponding to an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony N. Aquilina, Ketan K. Desai, Ivan Estrada Sanchez, Gary E. Henige, Stephen K. Helwig
  • Publication number: 20140233255
    Abstract: A headlamp device of a vehicle is configured as follows: A headlamp housing 30 is provided with a shock-absorbing portion 33 which protrudes from the rear wall of the headlamp housing 30 toward the rear of the vehicle, and whose longitudinal section is formed in a U-shape which opens toward the front of the vehicle. The shock-absorbing portion 33 is provided with a lamp mounting foot which protrudes from a posterior wall 33c of the shock-absorbing portion 33 toward the rear of the vehicle, and which has a leading end attached to a vehicle body 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiki Inamura, Takanobu Toritani, Katsuhiko Takashina, Tadashi Yasui, Yasushi Saeki
  • Patent number: 8807811
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting unit sealing structure includes a continuous sealing wall protruding from a rear surface of a housing of a rear combination tail lamp so as to surround bulb sockets supported by the housing, an engagement protrusion positioned outside the sealing wall, the engagement protrusion protruding from the rear surface of the housing so as to extend substantially parallel to the sealing wall, a sheet-like sealing member attached to an end of the sealing wall so as to cover the sealing wall, the sealing member having a slit through which the engagement protrusion extends to provide friction force between the slit and the protrusion, and a stud bolt, positioned inside the sealing wall, temporarily retaining the sealing member. The sealing member is sandwiched between the sealing wall and a lighting unit attachment wall portion of a vehicle body panel to seal a space inside the sealing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Naoyuki Okada
  • Publication number: 20140218954
    Abstract: Provided is a light-emitting device package module including a light-emitting device; a first circuit board receiving the light-emitting device, and electrically connected with the light-emitting device; and a second circuit board assembled with the first circuit board by using a connection member, and electrically connected with the first circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Young-jeong YOON, Ki-won CHOI
  • Publication number: 20140204603
    Abstract: A headlight for motor vehicles including a box-shaped housing, a light unit arranged in the housing, a front pane sealing the housing to the front relative to the direction of travel, and mountings provided on the housing for connecting the housing to the vehicle. Impact protection is provided by a rupture device that has at least one flexurally sensitive region of reduced wall thickness in the wall of the housing. The flexurally sensitive region at least partially extends transversely to the direction of the possible impact loading. A rupture element supported against the vehicle structure is provided on at least one point of the flexurally sensitive region. A targeted continuous rupturing of the flexurally sensitive region is provided by the rupture element in an impact with an unprotected road user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antje SIPIDO, Manfred MARIK, Julian OTT
  • Patent number: 8783921
    Abstract: A glove box assembly defines a storage cavity for a vehicle, such storage cavity including a wall with a perimeter edge defining a light aperture, and a light housing is adjacent to the wall and aligned with the light aperture. A flange extends from the light housing into the light aperture adjacent to at least a portion of the perimeter edge of the light aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Kwolek