Single pivot mirror with security light

  • US 6,206,553 B1
  • Filed: 01/22/1999
  • Issued: 03/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A mirror assembly for installation on the exterior of a motor vehicle proximate a driver or passenger door thereof, the motor vehicle having a remote signal receiver to be used in conjunction with a remote transmitter carried by a vehicle operator, said assembly comprising:

  • a mirror housing;

    an electrically powered mirror adjusting mechanism mounted within an interior of said housing;

    a support structure having a wire receiving passage, said support structure being constructed and arranged to be fixedly mounted to the motor vehicle exterior proximate either of the driver or passenger;

    said mirror housing being mounted to said support structure with one end of said wire receiving passage communicating with the interior of said mirror housing;

    electroconductive wiring passed through said wire receiving passage and operatively connected to said adjusting mechanism in the interior of said mirror housing for operative connection to an electric power supply source of the vehicle;

    said support structure having a wire passage access opening providing access to said wire receiving passage for handling of said wiring when said access opening is open;

    a reflective mirror positioned to face generally rearwardly with respect to the vehicle so as to reflect objects located rearwardly of the vehicle into the passenger compartment of the vehicle when said support structure is fixedly mounted to the vehicle exterior, said adjusting mechanism being constructed and arranged to selectively position said mirror relative to said housing; and

    a lighting assembly constructed and arranged to be mounted to said support structure so as to close said wire access opening said lighting assembly having one or more light emitting elements operable to emit light therefrom and to be operatively connected to the remote signal receiver of the vehicle when said support structure is fixedly mounted to the vehicle exterior such that operation of the remote transmitter will signal the remote receiver to cause said one or more light emitting elements to emit light from said support structure so as to provide a lighted zone.

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