Lighted exterior mirror system for a vehicle

  • US 7,850,351 B2
  • Filed: 12/07/2009
  • Issued: 12/14/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A lighted exterior mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly comprising a mounting portion configured for mounting at a vehicle equipped with said lighted exterior mirror system, an exterior mirror housing, and a reflective element;

    wherein said reflective element comprises a substrate having a reflective coating on a surface thereof;

    an actuator disposed at said exterior mirror housing and operable to adjust the rearward field of view of said reflective element when said exterior mirror assembly is mounted at the equipped vehicle;

    a signal light assembly disposed at said exterior mirror housing of said exterior mirror assembly and unaffected by adjustment of the rearward field of view of said reflective element by operation of said actuator;

    wherein said signal light assembly comprises at least one light emitting source and a light conduiting element;

    wherein said light conduiting element comprises a body portion having a plurality of light conduiting portions established therein, and wherein each of said light conduiting portions comprises a light receiving end proximate to said at least one light emitting source and a light emitting end distal from said light receiving end;

    wherein said plurality of light conduiting members are arranged in a generally radial fashion so that said light emitting ends are arranged to follow an exterior contour of said exterior mirror housing; and

    wherein light emitted by said at least one light emitting source is received at said light receiving ends of said plurality of said light conduiting portions and is emitted from said light emitting ends of said plurality of said light conduiting portions along the exterior contour of said exterior mirror housing at which said light conduiting element is disposed.

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