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Back lighted display unit

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Eric Dean Baldwin

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An illuminated back-lighted display unit that is capable of displaying a variety of different types of artwork, messages, logos, or pictures in various applications within a home, commercial building, vehicle, or anywhere a miniature back-lighted display is desired. The display unit has a main housing which contains a light source that may include a diffuser and a cover lens or glass that includes one or more layers of the artwork to be displayed. The cover glass is trimmed with a trim bezel, and when assembled, the unit is provided with some means of mounting the assembly to the window or other structure through which it will be viewed.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention will be better understood and objects, other that those set forth above, will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description which description makes reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating an assembled illuminated back-lighted display unit constructed according to the principles of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the display unit of FIG. 1 showing the essential components that make up the unit;

FIGS. 3A,

3B and

3C are detailed views, partly in section, illustrating different ways of mounting the display unit of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is side elevational view illustrating the display unit of the invention mounted within the interior of a vehicle;

FIG. 5 is an elevational view illustrating the display unit of the invention mounted within the interior of a building;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the invention showing a display unit combined with a solar collector;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the invention showing a display unit combined with a solar collector that is an independent unit;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of the invention showing the display unit modified for mounting externally of the mounting surface;

FIG. 9 is a view similar to FIG.

8 and illustrating the addition of a key pad and/or magnetic card reader;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view showing the display unit of the invention as mounted in a transparent display case; and

FIG. 11 is a perspective view showing the display unit of the invention used to illuminate street name signs.

Claims

1. An illuminated back-lighted display unit for displaying artwork, said unit comprising: a main housing having a front and rear and side edges that define a open area within the housing; a light source combined with the front of the main housing, said light source comprising a solid thin light source panel illuminated by a plurality of light emitting diodes that provide a high intensity and diffused white light source, the light source panel extending across substantially the entire open area of the housing; a power source connector combined with the light source panel to supply power to the light source; further comprising a removable and interchangeable translucent panel having a front surface and a rear surface positioned in the housing in front of the light source panel and extending across substantially the entire open area of the housing so that the light from the light source panel is transmitted through and diffused by the translucent panel, art work positioned on the front surface of the translucent panel so that the artwork is illuminated by the light being transmitted through the translucent panel from the light source panel; a retainer for retaining the translucent panel in the housing in front of the light source panel; and a mounting for attaching the unit to a desired location.

2. The illuminated back-lighted display unit of claim 1 in which the mounting is attached to the front of the main housing and includes one or more suction cups sides to provide for attaching the unit to a transparent structure.

3. The illuminated back-lighted display unit of claim 1 in which the mounting is attached to the front of the main housing and includes a gasket having front and rear sides and adhesive on both front and rear sides to provide for attaching the unit to a transparent structure.