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특허 상세정보

Refrigerator unit with lighted ice dispenser cavity

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) F25D-025/00   
미국특허분류(USC) 062/264; 362/092; 362/276
출원번호 US-0460563 (2003-06-12)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Rice Robert O.
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 37  인용 특허 : 12
초록

An illuminating device for an appliance is provided. The illuminating device is in communication with a sensor that measures an environmental condition. During operation of the appliance, the illuminating device is continually operated at a light level greater than or equal to a minimum light level. Preferably, the light level of the illuminating device is adjusted based upon measuring or detecting an environmental condition.

대표
청구항

1. A refrigerator including a door for gaining access to a refrigerated compartment, the refrigerator comprising:a dispenser unit mounted in the door; andan illuminating device mounted within the dispenser unit; anda sensor in communication with the illuminating device, the illuminating device being continually illuminated at a light level greater than or equal to a minimum light level during operation of the refrigerator and the light level being adjustable to any level between an off condition and a fully bright condition. 2. The refrigerator of claim ...

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