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

  • US 6,848,817 B2
  • Filed: 02/25/2002
  • Issued: 02/01/2005
  • 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, said case including a bottom portion;

    a reflective mirror element;

    a support for securing said assembly on the vehicle;

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

    said solid-state light source comprising a light emitting diode;

    said solid-state light source positioned to emit light to provide illumination of a portion 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

    wherein said mirror case includes at least one of;

    a) an opening said light emitting diode emitting light through said opening when powered, b) a light conduit, said light emitting diode emitting light through said light conduit when powered, and c) a fiberoptic element said light emitting diode emitting light through said fiberoptic element when powered.

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