Integrated warning light and rear-view mirror

  • US 5,660,457 A
  • Filed: 11/07/1995
  • Issued: 08/26/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/07/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A warning light for integration with a fixed position, externally mounted rear-view mirror of a vehicle, the vehicle having a front and a rear and a pair of lateral sides which extend between the front and rear, the rear-view mirror including a mirror adjustably supported within a non-adjustable mirror casing, the mirror casing having an open side through which the mirror may be viewed, the mirror casing open side including an edge portion which circumscribes the periphery of the mirror, the mirror casing open side generally facing in the same direction as the vehicle rear, the warning light comprising:

  • housing means for supporting a light head, said housing means having oppositely disposed leading and trailing ends, said housing means trailing end being sized and shaped to engage the edge portion of the mirror casing, said housing means defining an aerodynamically contoured forward extension of an engaged mirror casing edge portion, said housing means having a generally concave interior which faces an engaged rear-view mirror casing and cooperates therewith to define a space therebetween; and

    a light head, said light head being supported from said housing means leading end such that light provided thereby will be radiated generally in the direction of forward travel of the vehicle on which the rear-view mirror is mounted, said light head including;

    a selectively energizable high intensity light source;

    reflector means for intercepting and redirecting at least some of the light emitted by said source, said reflector means having a generally concave reflective surface;

    lens means for directing light emitted by said source including light reflected from said reflector means, said lens means cooperating with said reflective surface of said reflector means to define a chamber; and

    means for supporting said light source in said chamber.

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