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US20050231969: Rearview mirror light

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Inventor(s) Jeremy Fogg · Steven Hoek ·
Assignee(s) FOGG JEREMY A · HOEK STEVEN G ·
Correspondent PRICE, HENEVELD, COOPER, DEWITT, & LITTON,;LLP/GENTEX CORPORATION ·
Application Number US10826047
Filing date 04/16/2004
Publication date 10/20/2005
Predicted expiration date 04/16/2024
U.S. Classifications 362/494  · 362/367  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeA1
64 Claims, 8 Drawings


Abstract

A rearview mirror for a vehicle. The rearview mirror comprises a mirror housing having a bottom opening. A reflective element is located within the mirror housing, with the reflective element being configured to reflect an image having a reflecting component in a first direction out of the mirror housing. A light source is also located within the mirror housing. The light source emits light along a beam axis, with the beam axis having a directional component in a second direction. A deviator is configured to redirect the light emitted from the light source through the bottom opening of the housing. The first direction and the second direction are parallel and opposite.

Independent Claims | See all claims (64)

  1. 1. An interior rearview mirror for a vehicle having a front windshield comprising: a mounting bracket adapted to be mounted inside the vehicle in a location proximate to or on the front windshield of the vehicle; a mirror housing coupled to the mounting bracket; a reflective element located within the mirror housing, the reflective element having a front face defining a reflecting plane, the reflective element configured to reflect an image having a reflecting component in a first direction out of the mirror housing; and a light source located within the mirror housing, the light source emitting light along a beam axis, the beam axis having a directional component in a second direction; wherein the first direction and the second direction are perpendicular to the reflecting plane and the first direction is opposite to the second direction.
  2. 17. A rearview mirror subassembly comprising: a housing having a front opening and a bottom opening: a reflective element located within the housing, the reflective element configured to reflect light through the front opening; a light source located within the housing; a deviator configured to redirect the light emitted from the light source through the bottom opening of the housing.
  3. 32. A rearview mirror subassembly for a vehicle comprising: a mirror housing having a bottom opening; a reflective element located within the mirror housing, the reflective element being configured to reflect an image having a reflecting component in a first direction out of the mirror housing; and a light source located within the mirror housing, the light source emitting light along a beam axis, the beam axis having a directional component in a second direction; and a deviator configured to redirect the light emitted from the light source through the bottom opening of the housing; wherein the first direction and the second direction are parallel and opposite.
  4. 46. A rearview mirror subassembly comprising: a housing having a front opening and a bottom opening: a reflective element located within the housing, the reflective element having a front face configured to reflect light through the front opening and a rear face; a printed circuit board including a first side facing towards the reflective element and a second side facing away from the reflective element; a LED device directly connected to the second side of the printed circuit board; wherein light from the LED device exits the housing through the bottom opening in the housing.

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Referenced By

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US7488083 Gentex Corporation Steven G. Hoek et al. Feb 2009
US7527403 Donnelly Corp. John T. Uken May 2009
US8237909 Gentex Corporation John B. Ostreko et al. Aug 2012
US8411245 --

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