Vehicle exterior door handle with illumination device

  • US 9,102,266 B2
  • Filed: 12/17/2012
  • Issued: 08/11/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/03/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior door handle assembly suitable for mounting at a door handle region of a vehicle door, said exterior door handle assembly comprising:

  • a handle portion movable to open a vehicle door at which said exterior door handle assembly is mounted, wherein said handle portion has a length dimension and a width dimension, and wherein said length dimension is generally horizontally oriented and said width dimension is generally vertically oriented when said exterior door handle assembly is normally mounted at the door handle region of the vehicle door, and wherein said length dimension is greater than said width dimension;

    an illumination device, said illumination device comprising at least one illumination source that, when actuated, emits light;

    wherein said illumination device comprises a lighting strip that is disposed at said handle portion, and wherein said lighting strip extends at least partially along said length dimension of said handle portion, wherein said lighting strip is disposed at said handle portion such that an end of said lighting strip is at or near an end region of said handle portion;

    wherein, when said at least one illumination source is actuated, said lighting strip is illuminated and the illumination is viewable at least partially along said length dimension of said handle portion by a person viewing said handle portion of said exterior door handle assembly from outside of the vehicle door; and

    wherein said at least one illumination source is disposed at a circuit board disposed at an end of said handle portion, and wherein, when said circuit board is disposed at said end of said handle portion, said at least one illumination source is positioned at said end of said lighting strip.

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