US 1906568 A
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y J. E. GARVlN 1,906,568
AUTOfiOBILE SIGNAL Filed March 4, 1951 W a n 7 1 INVENTOR ATTORNEY Patented May 2,1933 V UNITED STATES PATENT we;
nuns 1a GAIWIN, OF BATAvIA, NEW YORK AUTOMOBILE SIGNAL Application filed March 4, 1931. Serial No. 519,979.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a single device which will flood the interior of the vehicle with colored light diffused to prevent glare and discomfort to the occupants of the vehicle, and to so arrange this single light as to be utilizedfas a trafiic 1 signal.
dows on all sides of the car simultaneously luminous, constituting an unusually effective visual signal.
Another aim is to focus the light rays on a neutral point, in direct relation to the windows, and which may be steadily shown or flashed intermittently aspreferred;
A still further object is to provide a light- 2 ing device of this character that can be readily applied to vehicles of diflerent types and dimensions.
These several advantageous features are accomplished by the novel construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and. shown in the accompanying drawing, forming a material part of this disclosure, and in which longitudinal sectional view of a conventional type of passenger motor vehicle, showing the relation of the improved lighting means.
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of A" further feature is in theprovision of a lighting means which renders the several win-- Figure 1 is a partial side elevational, partial Fixed onthedash or instrument board 12 is a switch 14 of any preferred type, contr0l ling current from any convenient source of supply, as a storage battery (not shown) to a lamp 15 set obliquely at an angle of approximately fifteen degrees,in a support 16 secured centrally of the rear wall of thevehicle above the window 8. 7
A reflector 17 is also mounted in the support 16 and provided with internal screw threads 18 at its outer annular edge, as best seen in F ig. 2, where it will be seen that the reflector also acts as a lens holder. 7
A cup shaped lens, generally designated by the numeral 20,.is provided with a cylin drical base 21 having threads to engage within the combined reflector and lens holder 17, its outer, dome-shaped portion being shaped to present a plurality of facets 23 which constitute light diffusing elements whereby the light rays from the incandescent lamp bulb 15 are broken into numerous needle like rays.
The diffusing lens QO-is preferably made of colored glass, red being the prevailing color, and it will be readily understood that' light rays are displayed outwardly from all the windows of the vehicle simultaneously.
By vibrating the switch 14 the rays may be flashed intermittently, attracting ,attention of persons in all direction from the 'vehicle, making a fourway signal visible in the day or night.
maybe used for night parking purposes in I an unmistakable manner.
It will also be evident that a combined lens holder and reflector, together with a diffus ing lens, might be adapted for use with an ordinary dome light.
Therefore although a specific embodiment of invention has been shown and described, various modifications may be resorted to within the spirit and scope of the appended claim. M
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent, is
The method of giving a visual traffic signal from a vehicle having window openings in M the bodyportion thereof, which comprises L 1 providing the vehicle body With means for producing a colored light therewithin, and flooding the interior of the said vehicle body with colored light When it is desired to attract attention thereto, said light being externally visible through the several Window openings of the said vehicle. 7 v
In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature.
JAMES E. GARVIN