New Point Loma Lighthouse

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Point Loma Light
New Point Loma
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Point Loma Lighthouse
New Point Loma Lighthouse is located in California
New Point Loma Lighthouse
New Point Loma Lighthouse is located in the United States
New Point Loma Lighthouse
New Point Loma Lighthouse (the United States)
LocationPoint Loma, San Diego
United States
Coordinates32°39′54″N 117°14′33″W / 32.665071°N 117.242621°W / 32.665071; -117.242621Coordinates: 32°39′54″N 117°14′33″W / 32.665071°N 117.242621°W / 32.665071; -117.242621
Year first lit1891
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern and watch room
Tower height70 feet (21 m)
Focal height88 feet (27 m)
Original lensThird order Fresnel lens
Current lensVLB-44
Range22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Fog signal1 blast every 30s.
Admiralty numberG3676
ARLHS numberUSA-626
USCG number6-0005[1][2] [3]
Managing agentUnited States Coast Guard

The New Point Loma Lighthouse (officially Point Loma Light) is a lighthouse at the southern tip of the Point Loma peninsula in San Diego, California.


It was first lighted on March 23, 1891, replacing the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is atop the 400 feet (120 m) cliffs of Point Loma; the old lighthouse was often obscured by fog. The new light is 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.[4]

The original light was 600,000 candlepower and could be seen at a distance of approximately 15 nautical miles. There was also a two-tone diaphone fog horn and living quarters for several families.[1]

The structure is the only pyramidal skeletal lighthouse remaining on the West Coast. It is very similar to Coney Island Light, Plum Island Range Rear Light, La Pointe Light, and Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light, all of which were built at about the same time.[3] The latter three of these are all on the National Register of Historic Places.

The light was automated in 1973.[1] In February 2013, the light that had been in use since 1999 was replaced with a VLB-44. The LED apparatus reduces the maintenance cost of the lighthouse and is brighter than the previous light.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: California". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  2. ^ Light List, Volume VI, Pacific Coast and Pacific Islands (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2012. p. 1.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Central and Southern California". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ "Life at the Lighthouse - Family Memories". Cabrillo National Monument. National Park Service. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  5. ^ Jeanette Steele (6 February 2013). "Changing of the bulb: Point Loma lighthouse goes green". San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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