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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Light up trim panels: the next tuner trend?

As part of my work, I sometimes have to search the USPTO patent and trademark database.

Yesterday, I discovered Ford filed a patent application on June 25th for "luminescent vehicle molding". In other words, light-up exterior trim pieces. A Mustang image was included:

http://pdfaiw.uspto.gov/.aiw?PageNum...RS%3DAN%2FFord



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A molding of a vehicle is provided herein. The molding
includes a cover panel portion mounted to a body panel of the
vehicle. A carrier is disposed between the cover panel portion
and the body panel, the carrier having an exposed portion
configured to luminesce in response to light excitation. At
least one light source is disposed inside the carrier and is
configured to emit light for exciting the exposed portion.
It looks like the beltline and other plastic trim will light up.

Something like this, but factory looking, and not looking like an add-on piece?



What do you guys think? If it's OEM looking, will it still be rice? I think it could be kind of cool to outline the Focus's greenhouse window trim with some subtle, factory-looking white LEDs.

I could see this feature improving visibility at night for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
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Interesting that they used an S197 Mustang in the filing dated June 25 2015... Strange that they even used a mustang at all. I could see illuminated panels being great for the Transit, sold to business' perhaps, illuminate your logo at night...

Or it could be great for construction fleet vehicles, set to flash, no need for sirens anymore... Speaking of, imagine a police interceptor chasing you down with its bumper and hood alternating blue and red...
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I have a feeling it could take on a similar effect and integration as seen on the interior of the Buick Lacrosse.

Before and after of lighting:


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^ no joy, ford has had ambient lighting available for several years now...




Curious if they'll allow the same selection with the illuminated panels as they allow with ambient lighting...

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I think same selection and additions to the selection will be best or what ever amount would do well with complementing the paint selection they have.
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I think same selection and additions to the selection will be best or what ever amount would do well with complementing the paint selection they have.
speaking of paint selection, imagine if you could just dial in your desired colour and the illuminated panels turns your black car to yellow or whatever...
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This looks cool:



This does not:

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hmm car and driver seems to think they'll be looking at integrating turn signals into the body panels or somewhat similar. I think you're going to see fleet cars start selling adverts on the spare space
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They put together a gif 'rendering' which helps to imagine what it could look like once revealed:



This makes me wonder how Lincoln will make use of it and how different it will be applied.
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