Rearview mirror with lighting assembly

  • US 5,673,994 A
  • Filed: 05/26/1995
  • Issued: 10/07/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/13/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle adapted to accommodate a driver and a passenger in a seating area adjacent to the location of said mirror assembly, said assembly comprising:

  • a prismatic mirror element having a front surface, a rear surface, and a reflective layer on said rear surface;

    a day/night actuator for moving said prismatic mirror element between a high reflectivity day position and a reduced reflectivity night position;

    said assembly having a top surface, a bottom surface, a back surface and a front from which said mirror element is viewed;

    a first driver lamp and a first light opening in said bottom surface passing light from said first lamp out of said assembly, and a second passenger lamp and a second light opening in said bottom surface passing light from said second lamp out of said assembly;

    said assembly including first and second electrical switches, said first switch being electrically connected to said first lamp, said second switch being electrically connected to said second lamp, said switches being located in said front and accessible to the driver and passenger of the vehicle visibly and physically from said front of said assembly;

    said second lamp being mounted at an angle to said first lamp such that said first lamp directs light downwardly and out of said assembly while said second lamp directs light generally downwardly and away from the light from said first lamp and out of said assembly;

    each of said first and second light openings including a lens.

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