Vehicle barrier system with illuminating gate arm and method

  • US 9,157,200 B2
  • Filed: 08/27/2014
  • Issued: 10/13/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A vehicle barrier system comprising:

  • a gate arm formed from a single piece of material that is generally circular shaped having a distal end and a proximal end defining a longitudinal axis therebetween, said proximal end coupled to a housing having a control system and a power supply to selectively pivot said gate arm between a horizontal position and a vertical position, said gate arm including a first elongated inset channel formed along said longitudinal axis of said circular shaped member, said first elongated inset channel having a first opening formed by a first pair of inset channel sidewalls integrally joined to a first channel backwall, said inset channel walls including a first upper terminating end and a first lower terminating end, said ends terminate partially within said first opening and spaced from each other;

    a first light strip formed from a plurality of light emitting diodes each electrically connected in parallel and physically disposed adjacent one another in series, and encased within a protective member, said first light strip cradled entirely within said first elongated inset channel between said backwall and said inset channel sidewalls and retained therein solely by said first upper and said first lower terminating ends;

    a first electrical cable connected to said plurality of light emitting diodes; and

    an electronic connector electrically releaseably connected to said power supply and said first electrical cable;

    wherein said first light strip is positioned within said first elongated inset channel with said plurality of light emitting diodes aligned towards said first opening such that light from said plurality of light emitting diodes enumerates through said first opening between the terminating ends when said plurality of diodes are powered from said power supply.

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