|Publication number||USRE44787 E1|
|Application number||US 12/366,281|
|Publication date||4 Mar 2014|
|Filing date||5 Feb 2009|
|Priority date||20 Sep 2002|
|Also published as||US7175320, US20150023036|
|Publication number||12366281, 366281, US RE44787 E1, US RE44787E1, US-E1-RE44787, USRE44787 E1, USRE44787E1|
|Inventors||Lynn Emerson Burgess|
|Original Assignee||Bus Safety Lights, Llc|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (63), Classifications (13), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to providing adjustable, elevated and externally mounted diffused illumination of the loading and unloading areas adjacent to a vehicle, such as needed for school/public transportation busses & delivery trucks. This is accomplished by creating an adjustable lighting system utilizing adjustable mounting brackets and adjustable interior and exterior mounting equipment; together with electric light source & diffused lighting lens.
Transportation of people and goods occurs not only during daylight but also during the hours of darkness and in inclement weather. In many areas the absence of sufficient ambient light (e.g. street lamps), makes loading and unloading the vehicle a particularly hazardous procedure, especially for small school children. Exiting a vehicle without proper light can entail stepping out into the dark where snow, ice, rocks, tree limbs, and other hazards cannot be seen.
Most rural locations have no ambient light sources and are dangerous during dark hours pick-ups and drop-offs, which is very common in the Northern latitudes. School districts at all latitudes have at least some nighttime extra-curricular activities as well. These include sports and field trips that can benefit from improved area lighting.
There are several ways in which original equipment manufacturers and after-market suppliers have addressed the concept of both interior and exterior vehicle lighting. None, however, provide diffused elevated light to passenger waiting areas prior to stopping, during the loading/unloading, and after the doors have closed.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,467,071 Koenig does not provide overhead lighting for loading and unloading passengers to see by and for driver's visibility of this activity without creating mirror glare.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,964,022 Lane also does not provide adjustable and diffused lighting to enable safe visibility for passengers while avoiding blinding the driver with glare in the mirrors.
Likewise, U.S. Pat. No. 2,065,876 Siegfreid does not provide for adjustable and diffused lighting that enables safe visibility for passengers while not blinding driver views with glare in the mirrors.
U.S. Pat. No. 1,072,096 Dean also does not provide diffused and adjustable lighting that enables safe visibility for passengers while not blinding driver views with glare in the mirrors.
Existing interior lighting on or above the stairway(s), around the driver, and in other portions of the vehicle exist for the purpose of providing better on-board visibility inside the vehicle. None of these interior designs or applications provides adequate light to the passenger waiting areas.
Similarly, exterior lighting on vehicles including but not limited to headlights, taillights, running lights, and warning lights are not designed to, nor do they provide, sufficient light by which both passengers and drivers can safely see the loading and unloading environment.
In accordance with the present invention, an adjustable, elevated, externally mounted lighting device that provides illumination by means of a control switch within a vehicle to substantially enhance the level of light in the loading and unloading areas.
Accordingly, increased light levels in the passenger waiting areas afford the following advantages:
A preferred embodiment of this invention has been chosen for purposes of illustration, wherein:
The preferred embodiment illustrated is not intended to be exhaustive or limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. It is chosen and described to best explain the principles of the invention, its application and practical use. It will be understood that the present invention may be used with other types of vehicles such as other types of busses, delivery trucks and recreational vehicles.
Bus (22), which may be of any standard form or construction adopted to transport individuals, is depicted in the illustrated embodiment as a school bus and shown in
A preferred embodiment of the light & location (21 & 31) is mounted above the entry door of the bus (22) and activated in conjunction with any of several alternative on-board electrical systems, such as the warning lights, hazard lights and/or entry door. The light (21) is more particularly described in
The additional embodiments are infinitely varied with respect to location of light around the perimeter of the vehicle and the specialized needs of owners and operators. Such additional embodiments or light locations could include driver's window (32), handicap entrance (33), cargo areas (34) and emergency exits (35).
There are nearly unlimited numbers of other potential vehicle applications that are also possible. In these other situations the particular design of the light source shroud (24) and other components would be tailored for the market requirements. Alternative products that could be designed to meet unique requirements include, but are not limited to:
From the descriptions above it should be clear that there are a number of advantages to an adjustable elevated light on transportation vehicles. These include, but are not limited to:
The initial application of the Adjustable Elevated Light for Transportation Vehicles, operates as follows:
Accordingly the reader will see that the Adjustable Elevated Light for Transportation Vehicles can be used in a number of applications that all serve to provide better lighting in the passenger waiting areas, which enhances safety for all concerned.
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|U.S. Classification||362/478, 362/459, 362/493, 362/479, 362/549, 362/494, 340/433, 362/543|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T29/49117, B60Q1/24, B60Q1/323, B60Q1/0483|
|18 Jul 2014||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|31 Oct 2014||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BUS SAFETY LIGHTS, LLC, WASHINGTON
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:BURGESS, LYNN EMERSON;REEL/FRAME:034084/0496
Effective date: 20090122