Illumination module for a vehicle

  • US 8,333,492 B2
  • Filed: 05/02/2008
  • Issued: 12/18/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/03/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A door handle assembly for a door of a vehicle, said door handle assembly being mounted to a handle region of a vehicle door, said door handle assembly comprising:

  • a cap portion mountable to a vehicle door;

    a handle portion movably mountable to the vehicle door and moveable relative to said cap portion to actuate a locking mechanism of the door to open the door;

    an illumination module, said illumination module comprising at least one illumination source and being operable to illuminate the handle region of the vehicle door and to illuminate a ground region adjacent to the vehicle and generally below said door handle assembly;

    wherein said illumination module comprises a housing that is overmolded over said at least one illumination source to substantially seal said at least one illumination source within said housing; and

    wherein said housing defines a pocket illumination portion for directing illumination from said at least one illumination source toward the door handle pocket and a ground illumination portion for directing illumination from said at least one illumination source toward the ground.

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