Patent Number: 7,784,978

Title: Surface light source device and LCD unit

Abstract: The disclosed subject matter includes providing a surface light source device with a high brightness and a uniform brightness and a LCD unit having the same qualities. The surface light device can include a plurality of line light sources mounted on a circuit board and a light guide located above the plurality of line light sources. The light guide can include a bottom surface for receiving light emitted from the plurality of line light sources and a top surface configured to reflect the light totally on an inner surface thereof. The light can be emitted upwards from the top surface after repeating many total reflections in the light guide. Therefore, the light that is emitted can have a uniform brightness. The surface light source device can define the brightness and the shape for the LCD unit according to variations of the plurality of line light sources and the light guide.

Inventors: Ito; Takahiro (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.

International Classification: F21V 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018