Exterior vehicle security light

  • US 5,879,074 A
  • Filed: 09/19/1997
  • Issued: 03/09/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly including a reflective element;

    a housing for said reflective element and a positioning device for adjustably positioning said reflective element in said housing;

    a light module removably positioned substantially within said housing and wherein a portion of said light module is positioned behind said reflective element, said light module projecting light downwardly from a bottom portion of said housing on at least an area adjacent a portion of the vehicle in order to create a lighted security zone in said area and wherein said area includes a vicinity of entering and exiting by vehicle occupants;

    said light module including an enclosure, a light-transmitting opening in said enclosure, a cover for said light-transmitting opening and a light source in said enclosure radiating light through said light-transmitting opening; and

    a socket positioned in another opening in said enclosure and including a seal which seals said socket in said another opening, whereby said light source can be replaced by removing said light module from said housing and removing said socket from said light module;

    wherein said light module is positioned within said housing in a manner that conforms to styling and aerodynamic lines of said housing.

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