Vehicle exterior door handle with lighting module

  • US 10,351,052 B2
  • Filed: 10/02/2017
  • Issued: 07/16/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/03/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior door handle assembly suitable for mounting at a door handle region of a vehicle door, said exterior door handle assembly comprising:

  • a strap-handle portion pivotally movable to open a vehicle door at which said exterior door handle assembly is mounted, wherein said strap-handle portion has a length dimension and a width dimension, and wherein said length dimension is generally horizontally oriented and said width dimension is generally vertically oriented when said exterior door handle assembly is normally mounted at the door handle region of the vehicle door, and wherein said length dimension is greater than said width dimension;

    wherein said strap-handle portion comprises a pivot end portion that is configured to pivotally mount to the vehicle door and an opposite end portion that is configured to attach to a door opening mechanism of the vehicle door;

    a circuit element;

    a light emitting diode, wherein said light emitting diode is disposed proximate an end region of said length dimension of said strap-handle portion;

    a light pipe, wherein said light emitting diode is disposed proximate an end region of said light pipe;

    an elongated light-transmitting cover;

    wherein said strap-handle portion comprises structure configured to receive said light emitting diode and said circuit element thereat;

    wherein said elongated light-transmitting cover is attached to said strap-handle portion and covers said light pipe;

    wherein said strap-handle portion includes a user input that is actuatable by a person to lock or unlock the vehicle door when said exterior door handle assembly is mounted at the vehicle door; and

    wherein, with said door handle assembly mounted at a vehicle door and when said light emitting diode is electrically powered, light emitted by said light emitting diode passes along said light pipe and passes through said elongated light-transmitting cover so as to be viewable by a person viewing said exterior door handle assembly from outside of the vehicle door.

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