Illumination module for vehicle

  • US 8,801,245 B2
  • Filed: 11/12/2012
  • Issued: 08/12/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/14/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An illumination module for a vehicle, said illumination module comprising:

  • a housing disposed at a vehicle equipped with said illumination module;

    a circuit element disposed in said housing and having a single illumination source established thereat;

    an optic element disposed in said housing and generally at said illumination source, wherein said optic element comprises a condensing optic and a diffusing optic at least partially around said condensing optic;

    a lens element disposed at said housing, wherein said lens element comprises a projecting portion disposed generally in line with said condensing optic and an illumination portion at least partially around said projecting portion and generally in line with said diffusing optic;

    wherein when said illumination source is activated, light emanating from said illumination source (a) passes through said diffusing optic and through said illumination portion of said lens element to provide lower intensity light at a target area, and (b) passes through said condensing optic and is intensified by said condensing optic so that light passing through said projecting portion of said lens element is projected as higher intensity light onto a portion of said target area;

    an icon element disposed along the optic path between said condensing optic and said projecting portion of said lens element, wherein an image of an icon of said icon element is projected onto said portion of said target area; and

    at least one projecting optic disposed between said condensing optic and said projecting portion of said lens element, wherein said at least one projecting optic condenses light passing through said icon element.

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