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

  • US 6,412,973 B1
  • Filed: 07/27/2000
  • Issued: 07/02/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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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 bottom portion;

    a support for securing said assembly on the vehicle;

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

    said solid-state light source comprising a non-incandescent light source selected from the group consisting of a light emitting diode, an electroluminescent light source and a laser light;

    said solid-state light source positioned to emit light directed to provide 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; and

    said target location including at least one of a shift lever console and a floor console.

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