Enhanced illuminated polymeric indicator employed in a mirror housing of an automotive vehicle

  • US 5,938,320 A
  • Filed: 03/19/1997
  • Issued: 08/17/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror housing defining a cavity;

    a mirror disposed within said cavity, said mirror transmitting and reflecting at least a portion of light incident thereon;

    a light guide having a first surface and a second surface, said first surface spaced a predetermined distance apart from a second surface; and

    a plurality of light sources coupled to said light guide, said light sources directing light rays between said first and second surfaces;

    said second surface reflecting light rays emitted from said light sources and directing light rays between said first and second surfaces;

    said second surface reflecting light rays emitted from said light sources and directing the reflected light rays toward the first surface where at least a portion of the reflected light rays are transmitted through said surface and through said mirror;

    said light guide having a generally wedge shaped cross section;

    said predetermined distance decreasing proportionally with respect to the distance from said light sources.

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