US Pat. No. 9,395,059

LED ILLUMINATION WITH HEAT DISSIPATING HOUSING

Valeo Iluminacion Socieda...

1. A light-emitting device for a motor vehicle headlamp, said light-emitting device comprising:
at least one light source;
a housing defining an enclosure for said least one light source, said at least one light source being in thermal contact with
said housing, wherein said housing allows thermal dissipation of the heat released by said at least one light source, wherein
said housing comprises a hollow rib that is integrally formed in or directly coupled to said housing and being in thermal
contact with said at least one light source and dissipating heat released by said at least one light source to said housing;
and

a reflector having a focus, said reflector reflecting a part of the beam emitting by said at least one light source so as
to shape the beam emitted by said device.

US Pat. No. 9,182,095

LIGHTING AND/OR SIGNALING MODULE FOR A VEHICLE COMPRISING A LIGHT GUIDE WITH A RIB AND A SUPPORT WITH MEANS OF ATTACHMENT COLLABORATING WITH THE RIB

Valeo Iluminacion Socieda...

1. A support for optical light guide of a lighting and/or signaling device for a vehicle, comprising a longitudinal enclosure
able to receive said optical light guide, wherein said optical light guide has a longitudinal direction and a cross section
forming a closed general outline;
said optical light guide being made of a transparent material able to form a diopter with its environment and able to transmit
and guide rays of light by multiple reflection off said diopter;

said optical light guide comprising at least one visible portion with means able to reflect transversally some of the rays
passing along it so as to cause them to leave said optical light guide;

wherein said optical light guide comprises at least one longitudinal rib on said at least one visible portion of said optical
light guide, projecting from a general outline, said at least one longitudinal rib being intended to collaborate with a support
so that said optical light guide can be attached to said support;

said support comprises retaining means for holding said optical light guide in said longitudinal enclosure able to collaborate
with said at least one longitudinal rib of said optical light guide;

wherein said longitudinal enclosure has a generally U-shaped cross section defining an opening for receiving said at least
one longitudinal rib and that corresponds to a direction in which said optical light guide is inserted into said longitudinal
enclosure; and

wherein said support comprises at least one supportive surface that forms a ridge on said longitudinal enclosure that generally
opposes said retaining means, said at least one supportive surface engaging said optical light guide to secure said optical
light guide in said longitudinal enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,671,078

LIGHTING UNIT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Iluminacion, Marto...

1. A lighting unit comprising:
a reflector; and
emission devices for emitting a luminous flux in the direction of said reflector, said reflector comprising optical deflection
devices for optical deflection of said flux toward an outlet of said lighting unit,

said reflector including a support wall disposed across said optical deflection devices so as to be disposed between said
optical deflection devices and said emission devices,

said support wall including a masking portion that is disposed facing said emission devices and an edge of which is cut out
so as to form a mask integral with said support wall adapted to allow to pass only a portion of the rays emitted by said emission
devices, said masking portion being integrally formed in said support wall and having a cut-off edge that is adapted to block
rays that are oriented or directed outward said optical deflection devices while permitting light rays directed toward said
optical deflection devices to pass thereto;

wherein said support wall is disposed across said optical deflection devices so as to leave a passage between said optical
deflection devices and a rear edge of said support wall, wherein said edge of said masking portion extends at these transverse
ends in continuity with said rear edge of said support wall;

wherein said reflector includes a frame for supporting said optical deflection devices that includes at least one wall delimiting
said optical deflection devices, and in that said edge of said masking portion is cut away to correspond to a given position
of said at least one wall delimiting said optical deflection devices.

US Pat. No. 9,605,826

MOTOR VEHICLE LIGHTING AND/OR SIGNALLING DEVICE

Valeo Iluminacion, Marto...

1. An optical module for a motor vehicle lighting and/or signaling device, comprising:
a first optical deflection element;
a support of said first optical deflection element, said first optical deflection element being fixed to said support;
wherein said support comprises adapter fixing means capable of fixing an adapter to which at least one light source is fixed,
or of receiving a fixing element of said adapter, and wherein said first optical deflection element comprises adapter indexing
means arranged so as to be capable of positioning said adapter relative to said first optical deflection element on two separate
intersecting axes (X,Y);

an opening facing said first optical deflection element;
guide fins on either side of said opening; and
bearing surfaces between said opening and said guide fins;
said guide fins being arranged so as to allow a unit having a width close to the distance between said guide fins to be guided
in order to position said unit in contact with said bearing surfaces;

said adapter being fixed to said optical deflection element support using said adapter fixing means; and
said at least one light source fixed directly or indirectly to said adapter and emitting light rays toward said first optical
deflection element, said support being arranged to allow the passage of these light rays;

wherein said adapter comprises complementary indexing means interacting with said adapter indexing means so that said adapter
and said first optical deflection element are positioned on two separate intersecting axes relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,851,067

MOTOR VEHICLE LIGHT DEVICE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A motor vehicle light device comprising:
a light guide layer equipped with optical decoupling zones, and a light generator able to send light toward said light guide
layer;

wherein said light guide layer is locally covered with a light-absorbing material;
wherein said optical decoupling zones are arranged on a first face of said light guide layer and in that said light-absorbing
material is arranged on an entirety of a second face of said light guide layer that is an opposite face to said first face.

US Pat. No. 9,927,083

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A lighting device for a motor vehicle, comprising a housing in which are arranged at least light-emitting means and optical-deflection means able to deflect rays of light emitted toward an output face of said lighting device, said lighting device further comprising a main orifice formed in said housing for extracting said light-emitting means from said housing along a first axis, wherein fastening means are provided for fastening said light-emitting means in said lighting device and in that said housing comprises an additional access, distinct from said main orifice, for accessing said fastening means;wherein said additional access is closed by a cover formed as an integral part of said housing, said fastening means not being accessible until said cover has been detached from said housing, said cover is detached by severing;
wherein retaining means are provided in a bore of said additional access, said retaining means being able to collaborate with complementary means borne by a removable closure dimensioned to cover said additional access after said cover has been removed.

US Pat. No. 9,930,738

MANAGEMENT OF BIN INFORMATION IN A LUMINOUS, MOTOR-VEHICLE MODULE COMPRISING SEMICONDUCTOR-COMPONENT LIGHT SOURCES

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. Electronic circuit for a luminous module of a motor vehicle, the circuit comprising two terminals that are intended for the supply of electric current to the circuit, the circuit comprising at least one semiconductor-component light source forming part of a first circuit branch, and a component Rbin, forming part of a second circuit branch, and comprising a resistor, the resistance of which is representative of a property of at least one light source,wherein the electric circuit comprises a switching unit that is intended to supply said second branch with electricity depending on the magnitude of the electric current delivered to the electric circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,914,388

LIGHTING AND/OR SIGNALING ASSEMBLY, INCLUDING AN ADAPTER THAT CAN BE HOUSED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE LIGHTING MODULE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An adapter configured to be placed and retained in position in a housing of support means of an optical collector of a
motor vehicle, said adapter comprising a light source fastened to a support face of said adapter, said adapter having another
face opposite said support face, said adapter having at least one receiving area situated on said another face opposite said
support face and which receives at least a portion of pressing means that is situated on the support means of the optical
collector, said pressing means urging said adapter in a first direction and said adapter having elastic return means mounted
on an edge surface of said adapter, said elastic return means being compressed in a second direction when said adapter is
mounted on the housing of the optical collector, wherein said second direction is generally perpendicular to said first direction;
wherein said light source becomes positioned in operative relationship with the optical collector when said adapter is mounted
on the housing;

wherein said elastic return means are on said edge surface of said adapter, said edge surface being generally perpendicular
to said support face;

wherein said elastic return means take the form of a leaf spring.

US Pat. No. 9,766,393

LIGHT MODULE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT

Valeo Iluminacion, Marto...

19. A light module comprising a support for supporting at least one collector of light rays, emitted by a primary light source,
in the vicinity of which there is a light guide suitable for guiding said light rays emitted by a secondary light source from
an input face to at least two distinct output faces including a main output face, through which said light rays pass in a
first direction, and at least one additional output face which is oriented such that said light rays leaving said light guide
through said at least one additional output face are directed toward said at least one collector, in a second direction distinct
from said first direction, said at least one additional output face having an angle with said main output face, wherein each
of said main output face and said at least one additional output face comprises optics comprising at least one of pillows
or prismatic elements.

US Pat. No. 10,310,158

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE WHEREIN A LIGHT GUIDE SUPPORTS ANOTHER LIGHT GUIDE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A vehicle lighting device comprising:a first light guide and a second light guide each adapted to emit at least a part of a lighting function, said two guides being two separate parts,
said first light guide comprising:
a first main light guide part comprising a first entry portion configured to receive light rays from a first light source and a first main exit portion, wherein a portion of light rays passing through the first entry portion are guided to the first main exit portion, and
a first fixing part extending from a side of the first main light guide part,
said second light guide comprising:
a second main light guide part comprising a second entry portion configured to receive light rays from a second light source and a second main exit portion, wherein a portion of light rays passing through the second entry portion are guided to the second main exit portion, and
a second fixing part extending from a side of the second main light guide part,
wherein said first fixing part is nested with said second fixing part between said first main light guide part and the second main light guide part.

US Pat. No. 9,951,923

OPTICAL DEVICE AND SIGNALING AND/OR LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An optical device comprising at least one first light guide having an exit face, said at least one first light guide being configured to propagate light rays emitted by a first light source toward said exit face, said exit face being placed facing a coupling zone forming part of a lateral surface of a generally tubular shaped second light guide,in said optical device said second light guide furthermore comprises an exit face opposite said coupling zone, said second light guide being arranged so as to propagate said light rays entering via said coupling zone, and light rays emitted by at least one second light source and entering via at least one of the ends of said second light guide, toward said exit face,
wherein said second light guide comprises at least one segment a cross section of which comprises a portion having an elliptical outline.

US Pat. No. 10,023,109

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE TAIL LIGHT AND A LIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A method for controlling optical modules of a tail light of a vehicle, said method comprising the following steps:activating a first set of one or more optical modules of the optical modules of the tail light, said first set generating a first light beam that performs a first signaling function,
if the vehicle has reverse gear engaged, activating, according to a first mode of operation, a second set of one or more optical modules of the optical modules of the tail light, so that said second set generates a second light beam that performs a second signaling function distinct from said first signaling function,
if the vehicle does not have reverse gear engaged, activating, according to a second mode of operation, said one or more optical modules of said second set, so that said one or more optical modules of said second set generates a complementary beam of light distinct from said second light beam that said one or more optical modules of said second set emits during said first mode of operation, said complementary beam of light supplementing said first signaling function,
wherein said complementary beam of light has a photometric distribution pattern identical to a photometric distribution pattern of the first signaling function such that the complementary beam of light adds to or enhances an intensity of said first light beam so that said one or more optical modules of said second set cooperate with said first set of one or more optical modules of said first set to perform said first signaling function when said reverse gear is not engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,485,075

AUTOMOTIVE LAMP WITH COMPENSATION OF THE LUMINOUS FLUX OF THE LIGHT SOURCE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An automotive lamp comprising:a light source driven by an electric current; and
an electronic circuit configured to modify the electric current driving the light source; wherein
the electronic circuit comprises a plurality of discrete analog electronic components;
the electronic circuit is configured:
to modify the electric current driving the light source so as to drive the light source with a first electric current IL1 or with a second electric current IL2;
to switch from the first electric current IL1 to the second electric current IL2 when a temperature T of the light source increases and exceeds a first temperature level TL1inc (330); and
to switch from the second electric current IL2 to the first electric current IL1 when the temperature T increases and exceeds a second temperature level TL2inc;
the second electric current IL2 is greater than the first electric current IL1; and
the second temperature level TL2inc is greater than the first temperature level TL1inc.

US Pat. No. 10,228,107

ILLUMINATION MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An illumination module for a motor vehicle comprising:at least one organic electroluminescent diode,
a support in which said at least one organic electroluminescent diode is received, the support comprising a base and a protection cap attached to the base via a hinge positioned at a first end of the protection cap, and
at least one conductor wire connecting a first conductor terminal of said at least one organic electroluminescent diode to a second conductor terminal of the support,
wherein the protection cap is positioned directly over top of the conductor wires when the protection cap is in a closed position in which a second end of the protection cap contacts the base of the support.

US Pat. No. 10,364,955

ILLUMINATION MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An illumination module for a motor vehicle comprising:at least one organic electroluminescent diode that is received in a support equipped with a connection to said at least one organic electroluminescent diode and a device to supply electrical power and/or control the electrical power supply of said diode, the support including a hinge that is closed when said diode is connected to the electrical power supply, said diode carrying at least one first conductor terminal designed to be connected electrically to at least a second conductor terminal of an intermediate connection element, the intermediate connection element including at least an insulating part of which is produced from flexible material and including at least one conducting part, the insulating part and the at least one conducting part being arranged between said first and second conductor terminals when they are electrically connected.

US Pat. No. 10,427,585

ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR AT LEAST ONE LED AND AT LEAST ONE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, COMPRISING A CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING THE ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY EQUIPPED WITH AN INSERT

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. Electrical power supply device for at least one light source of a light emitting diode type and at least one electronic component, comprising:a circuit for driving the electrical power supply of the at least one light source, the circuit comprising at least one electrical conductor track and a housing for accommodating an insert; and
the insert in an electrically conducting material, said insert being inserted in the housing and comprising a first end portion electrically connected to the at least one electrical conductor track, and a second end portion suited to being electrically connected to at least one electronic component so as to supply electrical power to the at least one electronic component,
wherein the first end portion is in a material different from the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,308,178

DETECTION OF THE PARTIAL AND/OR TOTAL FAILURE OF A GROUP OF LIGHT SOURCES ON A VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. An electric power supply device for a plurality of light sources which provide a vehicle lighting function of a motor vehicle, comprising:a plurality of control circuits each configured to control electric power supplied to at least one respective light source of the plurality of light sources, wherein each control circuit comprises a diagnostic circuit configured to deliver a diagnostic signal for said at least one respective light source; and
a processing circuit configured to process the diagnostic signals delivered by each of the plurality of control circuits, wherein the processing circuit is configured to deliver, as a function of said diagnostic signals, a first detection signal for partial failure of the vehicle lighting function indicating failure of fewer than all of the plurality of light sources supplied by the control circuits, and a second detection signal that is different from the first detection signal for total failure of all of the light sources supplied by each of the control circuits,
wherein the processing circuit comprises an AND combinational logic circuit that includes a plurality of diodes whose cathodes receive the diagnostic signals from the plurality of control circuits, the AND combinational logic circuit being configured to generate the second detection signal on the basis of the diagnostic signals respectively supplied by the diagnostic circuits of the control circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,378,712

HEATSINK FOR AN OPTICAL MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Iluminacion, Marto...

1. A heatsink for an optical module for a motor vehicle (V), wherein the heatsink comprises a bent plate, said bent plate including:a central part adapted to receive at least one light source of the optical module and including two edges common with two lateral parts, said two common edges forming bending axes of said bent plate, each of said two lateral parts including a pair of substantially parallel edges; and
in an unbent state of the plate, said pair of substantially parallel edges of said two lateral parts each forming an angle with said respective common edge of said central part at which said respective lateral part is connected to said central part,
wherein said angle is an acute angle.

US Pat. No. 10,358,079

SUPPORT FOR AN ILLUMINATION MEANS FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. a support for at least one illumination module for a motor vehicle, said support comprising: a base to secure the support to a structural element of the vehicle; and at least one support module that forms a housing to receive said illumination module, wherein at least a part of said support module is produced from a transparent or translucent material; wherein the support module comprises a back wall against which said illumination module is engaged and which is bordered by a holding frame, said holding frame being produced from a transparent or translucent material; wherein the holding frame comprises stops extending from the back wall, and wherein each of the stops is engageable with opposite edges of the illumination module, respectively, such that at least one edge of the illumination module is free from the holding frame.

US Pat. No. 10,261,228

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE WITH OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A lighting device comprising:a series of optical waveguides, each optical waveguide being adapted to guide light rays between an entry face and an exit face, the optical waveguides being formed of a first subassembly and a second subassembly, produced separately and each including a portion of the series of optical waveguides and including structural elements to retain the optical waveguides in position, wherein
the first subassembly and the second subassembly are adapted to be assembled to form the lighting device by cooperation of the structural elements, and
the first subassembly includes a first structural element adapted to connect proximal ends of the optical waveguides and a second structural element distinct from the first structural element and adapted to connect distal ends of the optical waveguides, wherein
the first structural element includes arches that transversely extend the proximal ends of the waveguides, and the second subassembly includes members featuring a step forming a surface receiving respective arches of the first structural element when the two subassemblies are assembled to form the lighting device.

US Pat. No. 10,488,012

LIGHT MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING TWO LIGHT GUIDES AND A HEAT SINK WITH TWO MOUNTING FACES

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. A light module for a motor vehicle comprising:a heat sink, including at least two mounting faces forming an angle (?) between them;
at least two light guides, each comprising an input face and a branch; and
at least two light sources, each arranged at one of said input faces of said at least two light guides;
wherein each of said input faces is arranged facing a respective one of said at least two mounting faces of said heat sink and is adapted to couple light rays emitted by each of said at least two light sources into respective at least two light guides, and
wherein each of said at least two mounting faces of said heat sink comprises a first referencing orifice having inserted therein a corresponding referencing pin of each of said at least two light guides.