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Publication numberUS2220145 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 5, 1940
Filing dateJul 26, 1938
Priority dateJul 26, 1938
Publication numberUS 2220145 A, US 2220145A, US-A-2220145, US2220145 A, US2220145A
InventorsLester Cooke Hereward
Original AssigneeLester Cooke Hereward
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2220145 A
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H. L. COOKE Nov. 5, 1940.

HEADLIGHT Filed July 26, 1938 INVENTOR Coo/f5 BY l www ATTORNEYS Patented Nov. 5, 1940 UNITED STATES HEADLIGHT Hereward Lester Cooke, Princeton, N. J.

Application July26, 1938, Serial No. 221,283


This invention relates to light projecting devices and has special reference to headlights for use on automobiles wherein provision is made for a single beam of light of predetermined bril- 5 liance and direction and a non-glare annular band of diffused light surrounding said beam. It relates more particularly to the type of lamp wherein the source of light and the reflector are combined in a single unit so that the conventional reector combined with a separate bulb may be dispensed with.

In my prior Patent No. 1,712,027 of May '7, 1929, I have disclosed headlights having paraboloid reecting surfaces with concentrated filaments or other convenient sources oi light at the foci of said paraboloids and front surfaces of ordinary form. I also disclosed in said patent the incorporation in such a lamp of an internal shield in front of the filament whereby only those rays reected by the paraboloid can emerge from the lamp, direct rays from the iliament being intercepted by said internal shield. While this arrangement, by cutting out the direct illumination, shields the eyes of oncoming drivers from glare, it has the disadvantage that,

particularly with good designing, the -wide angle of illumination as opposed to the beam or columnar illumination is apt to be so faint as to endanger the car from obstructions close to 3o the car but out of the direct beam of the reflected light, such as overhanging branches and the like, and thus perception of objects outsidethe region of calculated intense illumination is rendered dimcult.

My invention is not necessarily to be limited -to the use of a light comprising an integral light source and reector. It is also applicable to the customary automobile headlight or other lights comprising a conventional electricI bulb 40 and a reflecting surface. However, certain distinct advantages result from applying my inventionto integral light source and reflector systems in that the absence of surfaces of glass between the light source andthe reflector, such as the outer and inner surfaces of a bulb, avoids diiraction and multiple reflection and increases Y the sharpness of the collimation. In lights employing bulbs, wide angle illumination depends on stray rays resulting from diffractions and multiple reflections and from direct rays from the unshielded filament, but since no control over the amount or direction of light so diffracted or directly emitted is obtained, glare is very likely to result. According to my inven.

tion in integral light source and reector systems, especially where direct rays are intercepted by a shield, all rays are iirst brought under control and collimated by the reflector. A specified portion of these controlled rays is then diffused or spread. Thus the rays directed iat- 5 erally for wide angle illumination may be controlled exactly both in intensity and direction. Owing to this denite control and to the fact that the main beam itself is sharply defined and composed of completely collimated rays, it 10 is possible to greatly increaselthe candle power of headlights which may be used with safety on the highways. This permits faster and safer night driving. l

It is an object of this invention to provide a l5 light projection device or headlight which shall have combined with a collimated beam of predetermined direction and intensity an additional zone of diffused or spread rays which alsomay be of predetermined intensity whereby light may 20 be directed over any required solid angle ahead of an automobile. It is a further object of this invention to provide an integral bulb, reflector and lens capable of producing a collimated beam of desired intensity and direction, in which the z5 direct rays of the light source are shielded to prevent glare, having a pebbled or otherwise striated zone upon the lens portion of the bulb adapted to change the direction of the rays passing through that portion in a random or calcua0 lated manner, thereby producing in that portion of the lens a zone of substantially glareless diffused illumination. Further objects and advantages will appear from the description and drawing in which- 35 Fig. 1 is a horizontal section of an embodiment of a lamp having my improvement applied thereto;

Fig. 2 is a vertical section of the same embodiment; o

Fig. 3 is a front view of the lens shown in Figs. l and 2:

Fig. 4 is a front view of a part of an optional form of lens;

Fig. 5 is a. side view of the front part of an 45 automobile illustrating diagrammatically an example of light distribution obtainable by use of the lamps of this invention.

Fig. 6 is a front view showing how the lamp will appear to the occupant of an oncoming car 50 when illuminated at night, the lens of the lamp having a conventional design applied thereto; and

Figs. 'I and 8 are fragmentary front Views ilin the art, or to be mountedin a proper socket in any convenient manner. The rear wall Il of the lamp is preferably. in the shape of a paraboloid or parabola of revolution, and the light source il, which may be in any convenient form, here shown as a filament, is mounted upon the support l5 which has such length and position that the center ofthe filament is as nearly as possible at the focal point of the paraboloid. Where a filament is used, it is preferably as compact as possible and may be of any known kind which approaches the ideal condition of a point source of light. As shown in Figs. 1 and 2. the filament i4 may preferably have its longer axis horizontal, but any suitable approximate point source of light may be used.

The exterior or preferably the interior surface of the rear wall I 3 is silvered or otherwise made a reflecting surface and serves thereby to reflectV the rays of light from the source i4 and to form them into asubstantiallyparallel vor collimated beam of light which passes through the nonsllvered frcnt portion i6 of the bulb. In order to cut off the direct rays emanating forwardly from the source of light, which would not be collimated, I preferably provide a shield IT of opaque or darkened transparent material which' maybe located as shown in Fig. 1 between the source of light I4 f and the non-silvered part of the bulb I6 through which the reflected rays are directed. This shield may be of any suitable form, such as the spherical form shown, and may be mounted in any convenient fashion, it being the purpose of the shield to cut off all rays from the source of light which would otherwise pass directly out of the bulb without striking the reflector. l

The front of the bulb may suitably be formed into a lens by striations or prisms or in any other convenient manner. By modifying the form of the lens the colllmated rays may be directed in a variety of configurations and directions accordlng to the use to which the bulb is to be put. When used in automobile headlights I have found it preferable to design the lens portion of the bulb so that the collimated rays may be yslightly depressed in order to avoid glare in the eyes of the oncoming driver and laterally spread to a small extent in order to light the desired width of the road.

With the described arrangement of shield and reflector the direct illumination from the source tion dilcult.

of light is eliminated and a light is, achieved having a true collimated beam and lacking entirely the stray rays which cause the objectionable glare which in automobile lights tends to blind the oncoming driver. However, under these described, I propose to add to the lens I6 a portion I8 of pebbled or striated irregularities or definitely formed prismatic characteristics designed to diffuse the light passing through it from the reflector in such amanner that this light leaves the collimated beam and is spread laterally from said beam in random or predetermined directions. The pebbles or striations of the lens portion Il may be so formed as to connne the laterally spread light within suitable angular limits such as the angle Il shown in Fig. l. I have found it preferable to locate this striated or pebbled connguration of the lens Il partly or wholly about the circumference thereof either in the form of an annulus, Fig. 3, or in various suitable designs, such as shown in Fig. 4, according to the requirements of the designer. If desired, the lens may also be provided with a pebbled or vstriated area in the form of a design, a tradethrough the diffusion zone of the lens but is so N effectively diffused that glare is prevented.

Figs. 7 and 8 illustrate possible arrangements of striations which may be substituted for the pebbling in the area I8 and adapted to diffuse or spread the light at the margin of the lens. Fig. 'l shows such striations arranged radially and Fig. 8 shows them arranged circumferentially. Lay other suitable arrangement may also be used. From the foregoing description it will be apparent that numerous advantages arise from this type of light. The combination of reflector and light source in one integral system insures that there will be a fixed relation between the light source and the reflecting surface so that the rei'lected beam of light will not be subject to variations which ordinarily are caused by slight movements of a light source such as a bulb in relation to the reflecting surface. This is a particularly salient advantage when these lights are applied to automobiles as the Jolting of the car during travel will not disturb the accurate adjustment between the light source and the reflecting surface. The use of an annulus of pebbling or striations which changes the direction of the outside portion of the collimated beam does not detract suiiiciently from the strength of the beam to seriously ailect its lighting qualities as, in fact, the rays which are diffused in this manner are the weakest reflected rays from the reflecting surface i3. This Iarises from the fact that where a given quantity of light is to be diffused through an annular area such as I8, the apparent intrinsic brilliance of this annulus will vary inversely as the square of the radius vector 22 from the light source Il to the center 23 of the annulus and the area i8 is that part of the lens furthest from the light source. In addition to the control of the portion of light used in the beam, absolute control of the portion of light used for. diffused illumination may also be obtained as the area of the' annulus and the configuration of the pebbling or striations may be conveniently adjusted to suit the needs of the individual light.` Furthermore, the angle of diuse illumination may also be very closely and carefully controlled by adjustment4 of the striations or pebbling.

' As viewed from ahead, the light, when illuminated and in the surrounding darkness, will have a distinctive and noticeable appearance as illustrated in Fig. 6, the annular region I8 being bright but not dazzling, the intermediate region being faintly illuminated when viewed from a position above or at one side of the direct collimated beam,

and the central portion 2l which is over the shield I'I being black, the pattern of the intering an integral lens portion comprising a zone for modifying the ldistribution of the beam and mediate and central portions being, of course, modied more or less by the prisms or striations 2| of the lens. The annular region I8, however, will be sharply dened.v and very striking in' appearance. If the lens is provided with a pebbled or striated design such as 30 or 3|, this design will appear bright like the annulus i 8,

The resulting light distribution obtained from my new light is illustrated diagrammatically in Fig. 5 wherein is shown the beam 24 which comprises the collimated rays which are reflected through the main part of the lens I6 and the cone or fringe of diffused rays 25 which are those rays broken up and spread by the striations or pebbling I8 at the margin of the lens.

Where my invention is applied to an integral bulb and reflector, the lamp may be manufactured by blowing in a mould or by constructing the reflector I3 andlens i6 as two separate portions and fusing them together at their outer peripheries. or by any other suitable means. Parts I4 and l1 may suitably be placed in the reilector part of the bulb prior to the fusing process.

t While the invention is directed mainly to use in automobile headlights it is,-of course. to be understood that it covers all lamp systems of this type, whether intended for automobile or other use. It is further contemplated by the invention that the reflecting surface need not necessarily be paraboloid but may be of other shapes according to the needs to which the lamp is applied and the position of the iilament or other source of light need not necessarily be concentrated in the focus of the paraboloid'although this arrangement is preferable. As before stated, other sources of light than iilaments may be used such as the ball of incandescent tungsten of the type used in certain lamps known in the art.

I claim:

l. In a headlight. a glass bulb having an integral portion for reilecting rays in a substantially non-diverging beam, a concentrated source of light therein at the focus of said reiiector, a

'shield interior of the bulb disposed in the path a diifusing zone.

2. An electric light comprising an integral bulb and reflector, a source of light located at the focus of said reilector, a shield to intercept unretlected rays, and a front lens portion, said lens portion comprising a circumferential annular zone for difiusing light within predetermined limits and a central portion for passage of refiected light in a collimated beam.

3. An integral electric light comprising a paraboloid reflector, a light source at the focus of said reflector. a shield preventing the emergence of direct rays from the light sourceand a lens through which the reflected rays pass, said lens comprising an annular zone for diiusing reflected rays in a random manner, and a zone for direct-f ing reilected rays in a collimated beam of high brilliance.

4. An electric headlight unit comprising a paraboloidal reflector and a front lens united to form a sealed bulb, a filament located at the focus of said reflector, said lens having a central portion formed to emit a collimated beam of high intrinsic brilliance and a surrounding portion formed of a large number of irregular, smooth, transparent, refracting surfaces acting to diffuse a part of the light coming from said unit in a random manner.

5. An electric headlight unit comprising a reilector for reflecting rays in a collimated beam,

and a lament therein at the focus of said reflector, said unit having a lens united to the reflector to form a sealed bulb, said lens comprising a prismed zone for modifying the distribution of the collimated beam so as to limit the upper boundary of the beam to a given level, said lens also having a zone in the form of a definite pattern, said zon being formed of irregular. smooth, transparent, refracting surfaces to thoroughly diuserays of light passing through the same,

whereby when the said headlight is viewed from a point in front of the same, and above the upper boundary of said collimated beam, the pattern of said diffusing zone will be clearly defined and plainly visible.


- A K y CERTIFICATE CE CORRECTION. Patent No. 2,220511'15. November 5, 19u HEREwARp LESTER COOKE.

Itis hereby certified that error appears in the printed specification of the above numbered patent requiring correction as follows: Page 5,- first column, line )48,.c1ai 1., for the word "interior'I read exterior; and that' the said Letters' patent shouid be 'read with this correction therein Athat the same may conform tothe record of the case in the Patent Office.

Signed and sea-led thielst day of December, A. D. l9lIO.

Henry Van Arsdale, (Seal) Acting Commissioner ,of Patents.

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U.S. Classification313/111, 313/315, 362/332
International ClassificationH01K1/26, H01K1/28, H01K1/00
Cooperative ClassificationH01K1/26, H01K1/28
European ClassificationH01K1/26, H01K1/28