Vehicle instrumentation/console lighting

  • US 5,938,321 A
  • Filed: 09/25/1997
  • Issued: 08/17/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle having an engine, at least one electrically operated accessory, and an accessory/ignition circuit with an ignition switch having an accessory on position for operating the accessory and an ignition on position for operating at least the engine and the accessory, said assembly comprising:

  • a mirror case including a reflective mirror element;

    a support for securing said assembly on the vehicle;

    said assembly including a non-incandescent, directed, low level, light emitting source; and

    said light emitting source positioned on said assembly to provide directed, low level, local area illumination of an interior portion of the vehicle, said light emitting source including a light emitting diode, said light emitting diode being located on said assembly at a distance from the interior vehicle portion to be illuminated, said light emitting diode being adapted for connection to the accessory/ignition circuit of the vehicle whereby said light emitting diode will be continuously illuminated when the ignition switch is at one of the accessory on and ignition on positions.

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