Interior mirror assembly for a vehicle incorporating a solid-state light source

  • US 6,139,172 A
  • Filed: 04/07/1999
  • Issued: 10/31/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for mounting on a vehicle comprising:

  • a mirror case including a reflective mirror element, said case including a peripheral portion having a bottom;

    a support for securing said assembly on the vehicle;

    a solid-state light source, said light source incorporated as part of said assembly and positioned for emitting light generally downwardly from said bottom when said assembly is mounted on the vehicle;

    said solid-state light source consisting of a grouping of multiple light emitting diodes;

    said grouping of multiple light emitting diodes including at least two light emitting diodes positioned to emit light directed to provide intense local illumination of a target location of the vehicle interior below said mirror assembly when said assembly is mounted on the vehicle and when said solid-state light source is electrically powered.

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