Security lighted vehicular exterior rearview mirror system

  • US 6,074,077 A
  • Filed: 01/18/1999
  • Issued: 06/13/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A security lighted vehicular exterior rearview mirror system, comprising;

  • an exterior rearview mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a vehicle, said assembly including a housing and a mount for attachment to the side of the vehicle;

    said assembly including a reflective element and an actuator for positioning said reflective element about at least one axis, said reflective element positioned in said housing;

    said mount for attachment to the side of the vehicle forming one of a rigid mount and a breakaway joint to said side;

    said assembly further including a floodlight, said floodlight positioned in said housing of said assembly and projecting a pattern of light from said housing on at least an area adjacent a portion of the vehicle in order to create a lighted security zone in said area when said assembly is mounted to the side of the vehicle;

    said floodlight comprising a lens, said floodlight having a light source and a reflector behind said lens; and

    said floodlight adapted to project said pattern of light generally rearwardly and downwardly to contact the ground at a vicinity of entry and exit by occupants of the vehicle to establish a lighted security zone from a vehicle door to the rear of the vehicle;

    wherein said pattern of light projected by said floodlight includes a portion of light contacting the side of the vehicle, said light portion reflecting off said side of the vehicle in order to further illuminate the lighted security zone.

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