Electrical circuit for swingable headlights of a motor vehicle Patent #: 3989954
ApplicationNo. 05/826703 filed on 08/22/1977
US Classes:315/82, Head light systems307/10.8, Lighting circuits362/465Automatically adjusted headlamp beam
ExaminersPrimary: Smith, Alfred E.
Assistant: Wise, Robert E.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesB60Q 1/076 (20060101)
B60Q 1/04 (20060101)
Foreign Application Priority Data1976-09-01 DE
AbstractA command transmitter is in the form of a step switch with a progressive bridging contact, the individual contacts of the step switch being connected to individual contacts of a contact array over which a slider mounted on the drive rod that actuates the headlight elevation position slides. The inertia of the moving drive rod carries the slider beyond the last energized contact of the array. If a single contact array is used, a restoring spring pushes back the drive rod until it again touches an energized contact and the drive executes a hunting movement that is designed to provide no appreciable disturbence of the headlight position. When a second contact array and slider are used, in cooperation with a second set of contacts and a second bridging contact at the command transmitter, a reversible drive is used and there is no hunting movement. A non-reversible drive is provided by an expansion chamber drive controlled by an electrical heater. A reversible electric motor is used in the reversible drive.