Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04
USPTO - Utility Patents
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.
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:
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
3. The illuminated back-lighted display unit of