Function indicator system for electric fireplace

  • US 9,476,596 B2
  • Filed: 10/06/2009
  • Issued: 10/25/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for displaying the control settings for an electric fireplace, the system comprising:

  • an electric fireplace comprising a non-electric projection screen;

    a function indicator module with at least one function indicator light installed approximately adjacent to an interior surface of the non-electric projection screen for creating a non-video visual status display of the electric fireplace'"'"'s control settings that is projected onto the non-electric projection screen such that the non-video visual status display and function indicator module are substantially hidden from view when the at least one function indicator light is not illuminated;

    a controller communicatively connected to the function indicator module to control a dimmable brightness of light emitted by the at least one function indicator light; and

    a power source;

    wherein at least part of the visual status display is viewable from an exterior surface of the non-electric projection screen when the at least one function indicator light is illuminated;

    wherein the non-video visual status display comprises patterns or shapes comprised of light that passes through or around a visual display apparatus and is projected onto the non-electric projection screen.

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