Rearview mirror assembly

  • US 6,000,823 A
  • Filed: 10/12/1998
  • Issued: 12/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/11/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a mirror case including a reflective element;

    a support for mounting said rearview mirror assembly on a vehicle;

    at least one lamp assembly having a light source and a reflector member to substantially direct light in a predetermined direction in the vehicle, said reflector member having top, front, rear and side walls forming a hollow enclosure, a downwardly directed opening, an aperture extending through at least one of said walls at a position spaced from said opening, and a lens mounted over said opening;

    at least one holder which holds said light source such that said light source projects into said reflector member, said holder located outside of said enclosure of said reflector member, said light source extending from said holder into said aperture and terminating within said enclosure to provide light within said hollow enclosure, said light being directed by said reflector member through said lens;

    said lens including at least two regions for passing light, one of said regions being a first prescription region which focuses light directed from said reflector member to a particular target area of the vehicle, and a second region having a prescription different from said first prescription region, said lens providing shaping and directing properties for light emitting from different areas of said reflector member.

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