Patent Number: 7,131,761

Title: Self-illuminating fabricated solid material objects

Abstract: Self-illuminating fabricated solids, e.g., a pavers, driveway stones, building blocks, or statuary having an assembly, of optical fibers having second ends contained within a first end of a receptacle, embedded within the solid object so that the first end of the fibers visually terminate at the object's surface. The second end of the receptacle is exposed at the object's surface to reversibly receive and position a reversibly powered light source in operative contact with the fiber's second ends guiding light from the source through the fibers to the surface of the fabricated object providing for self-illuminating seasonal designs, informational text, or advertising. A plurality of designs in various colors may exist on a single object. These durable objects have a long life as surface exposed fibers wear with the surface of the object and worn-out light sources are easily and rapidly replaced.

Inventors: Pipo; Walter E. (East Aurora, NY), Seely; Daniel (West Seneca, NY)


International Classification: G09F 13/18 (20060101); G02B 6/42 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00