New Point Loma Lighthouse
|Point Loma Lighthouse|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|Year first lit||1891|
|Tower shape||Square Pyramidal|
|Original lens||Third order Fresnel lens|
|Characteristic||white flash every 15 s.|
The New Point Loma Lighthouse is a lighthouse at the southern tip of the Point Loma peninsula in San Diego, California, United States. It was first lighted on March 23, 1891, replacing the Old Point Loma Lighthouse atop the 400-foot (120 m) cliffs of Point Loma; the old lighthouse was often obscured from the view of ships due to fog. The new light was only 88 feet (27 m) above the water. The first lighthouse keeper was Robert Decatur Israel, who had been keeper at the old lighthouse for 18 years.
The original light was 600,000 candlepower and could be seen at a distance of approximately 15 miles (24 km). There was also a two-tone diaphone fog horn. There was also living quarters for several families.
The light was automated in 1973. In February 2013, the light that had been in use since 1999 was replaced with a Light-emitting diode apparatus. The LED apparatus reduces the energy cost of the lighthouse and is brighter than the previous light, but has a reduced range of 14 miles (23 km).
- "Historic Light Station Information & Photography - California". U. S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Life at the Lighthouse - Family Memories". Cabrillo National Monument. National Park Service. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- Lougher, Harmon. United States Coast Guard website
- Jeanette Steele (6 February 2013). "Changing of the bulb: Point Loma lighthouse goes green". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
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