From the Lantern, Fastnet Lighthouse, Co. Cork

From the Lantern, Fastnet Lighthouse, Co. Cork
When many of the lighthouses around the coast have been converted to solar power, and correspondingly had their lanterns reduced to modern efficient bulbs and lenses, it’s not practical to do so at the Fastnet - the solar panels would be washed away within weeks of installation. As such, the lighthouse still has it’s beautiful, giant glass fresnel and large incandescent bulbs. In this view, made from the lower catwalk, the intricacies of the fresnel lens can be appreciated. Neilly, the attendant goes about his regular maintenance checklist while the wind and waves pound outside.

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When many of the lighthouses around the coast have been converted to solar power, and correspondingly had their lanterns reduced to modern efficient bulbs and lenses, it’s not practical to do so at the Fastnet - the solar panels would be washed away within weeks of installation. As such, the lighthouse still has it’s beautiful, giant glass fresnel and large incandescent bulbs. In this view, made from the lower catwalk, the intricacies of the fresnel lens can be appreciated. Neilly, the attendant goes about his regular maintenance checklist while the wind and waves pound outside.

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