Campen Lighthouse

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This article is about the lighthouse at Campen, near the river Ems. For the lighthouse on the island of Sylt, see Kampen lighthouse, Sylt.
Campen Lighthouse
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Campen Lighthouse, 2007
Campen Lighthouse is located in Lower Saxony
Campen Lighthouse
Location Campen, Germany
Coordinates 53°24′20.53″N 7°0′56.03″E / 53.4057028°N 7.0155639°E / 53.4057028; 7.0155639Coordinates: 53°24′20.53″N 7°0′56.03″E / 53.4057028°N 7.0155639°E / 53.4057028; 7.0155639
Year first constructed 1889
Year first lit 1891
Construction Steel lattice
Tower shape Pyramidal skeletal tower
Markings / pattern Red skeletal tower with central white cylinder
Height 213 feet (65 m)[1]
Focal height 203 feet (62 m)
Intensity 4,500,000 cd
Range 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi)
Characteristic continuous white light along the channel line
white flash every 5s narrow right
four white flashes every 15s narrow left
Admiralty number B0983
NGA number 114-10048
ARLHS number FED-004

Campen Lighthouse is an active lighthouse in the village Campen, by the Ems estuary, northwest of Emden, in the East Frisia region, state of Lower Saxony, Germany. At a height of 213 feet (65 m) it is the fourteenth tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world and the tallest in Germany.[2]

The structure consists of a free-standing lattice tower with the stair shaft inside. The lighthouse was built in 1889 and went in service in 1891.

The lamp of Campen Lighthouse has a light intensity of 4.5 million candelas, the most powerful lighthouse lamp in Germany. Remarkably, the aperture of its flashing light to the left and right has an angle of only 0.3 degrees. The continuous light aperture is also quite small, less than 0.6 degrees.

The machine building contains the oldest workable diesel engine in Germany. It was built in 1906 and has a power of 15 kilowatts.

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  1. ^ According to List of Lights. Structurae says 65.3 m, which translates to 214 ft. The Lighthouse Directory has "65 m (214 ft)".
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "The Tallest Lighthouses". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.