Electrochromic rearview mirror incorporating a third surface metal reflector and a display/signal light

  • US 6,166,848 A
  • Filed: 12/07/1998
  • Issued: 12/26/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An electrochromic mirror for use in a rearview mirror assembly having a light source positioned behind the electrochromic mirror for selectively projecting light therethrough, said electrochromic mirror comprising:

  • front and rear spaced elements, each having front and rear surfaces and being sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber;

    a transparent first electrode including a layer of conductive material disposed on said rear surface of said front element;

    an electrochromic medium contained within said chamber; and

    a second electrode overlying said front surface of said rear element, said second electrode including a layer of reflective material and a coating of electrically conductive material that is at least partially transmissive and is disposed over substantially all of the front surface of said rear element, wherein said second electrode includes a region in front of the light source that is at least partially transmissive.

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