Electrochromic mirror with two thin glass elements and a gelled electrochromic medium

  • US 6,057,956 A
  • Filed: 08/16/1999
  • Issued: 05/02/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A color matched inside/outside mirror system, comprising:

  • a first electrochromic mirror adapted to be installed on the outside of a motor vehicle, comprising front and rear spaced elements, each of said front and rear elements being bent;

    a color neutral layer of a transparent conductive material disposed on said rear surface of said front element;

    a reflector disposed on one side of said rear element provided that, if said reflector is on said rear surface of said rear element, then said front surface of said rear element contains a layer of a transparent conductive material;

    a perimeter sealing member bonding together said front and rear spaced elements in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber therebetween, where said chamber contains at least one electrochromic material;

    a second electrochromic mirror adapted to be installed on the inside of a motor vehicle comprising;

    front and rear spaced elements, each having front and rear surfaces;

    a layer of color neutral transparent conductive material disposed on said rear surface of said front element;

    a reflector disposed on one side of said rear element provided that, if said reflector is on said rear surface of said rear element, then said front surface of said rear element contains a layer of a transparent conductive material; and

    a perimeter sealing member bonding together said front and rear spaced elements in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber therebetween, where said chamber contains at least one electrochromic material;

    where said reflector material is effective to reflect light through said chamber and said front element when said light reaches said reflector after passing through said front element and said chamber.

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