Lighthouses

Chance Glassworks in Smethwick set to become new urban village
Chance Glassworks in Smethwick made lenses for the beacons of the coast and once had 3,500 employees.

La Corbière Lighthouse upgrades to LED system

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

La Corbière Lighthouse
BBC

Work at La Corbière Lighthouse has successfully upgraded its light from a conventional incandescent lamp to a LED system.

The upgrade has replaced a mercury bath system at the top of the lighthouse, which was believed to pose a health hazard and has been gradually phased out from lighthouses in the British Isles.

The 10m (33ft) high lighthouse was the world’s first concrete-built lighthouse and is one of the island's most popular attractions.

The lighthouse was converted to mains electric in 1965 and fully automated in 1974.

A spokesman for the Ports of Jersey, which is responsible for its care, said the work was "sympathetic" to the lighthouse’s history and most of the original mechanisms remain in place.

Lighthouse moved 70m on rails to save it from falling into sea
Coastal erosion threatened to topple Denmark's Rubjerg Knude lighthouse - but now it's being moved.