Rearview mirror with lighting assembly

  • US 5,649,756 A
  • Filed: 05/26/1995
  • Issued: 07/22/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/13/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview mirror assembly for vehicles comprising:

  • a case having a back wall and a perimeter sidewall thereabout defining an interior space within said case, said sidewall having a bottom portion, said bottom portion having an opening therethrough to an exterior of said case;

    a mirror element within said case, said mirror element being spaced from said back wall;

    an interior wall in said interior space defining a compartment within said case, said interior wall having a terminal edge, said interior wall extending from said back wall to said terminal edge toward said mirror element, said compartment opening toward said mirror element, said opening in said bottom portion of said sidewall extending from said compartment to the exterior of said case;

    a lamp located in said compartment providing light, said opening in said bottom portion of said sidewall transmitting light from said lamp to the exterior of said case;

    a lens positioned in said opening directing light from said lamp out of said compartment and case;

    sealing means between said mirror element and said interior wall for engaging said terminal edge of said interior wall and preventing escape of uncontrolled, stray light from said compartment, said sealing means including a resilient seal;

    said case including a bezel, said bezel engaging said mirror element in said case and causing said resilient seal to engage said terminal edge of said interior wall to prevent passage of light between said resilient seal and said terminal edge.

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