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West Schouwen
Westerlichttoren Lighthouse
Westerlichttoren is located in Netherlands
Location Haamstede, Netherlands
Coordinates 51°42′32.3″N 3°41′29.6″E / 51.708972°N 3.691556°E / 51.708972; 3.691556Coordinates: 51°42′32.3″N 3°41′29.6″E / 51.708972°N 3.691556°E / 51.708972; 3.691556
Year first constructed 1840
Automated yes
Construction brick tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white and red spiral tower, red lantern and dome
Height 50 metres (160 ft)
Focal height 58 metres (190 ft)
Intensity 2000 W
Range 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi)
Characteristic Gp Fl.(2+1)
Admiralty number B0500
NGA number 9576
ARLHS number NET-029
Netherlands number NL-0324[1]

The Westerlichttoren or West Schouwen is a lighthouse in Haamstede, Netherlands. Designed by L. Valk, it was built in 1837. At 53 m above ground and a light stand at 58 m above sea level it is one of the tallest lighthouses in the Netherlands.

The lighthouse is built in brick and iron, the walls are 2.4 m thick at the bottom, tapering upward. It is painted in a red-and-white spiral. A stair of 226 steps, in stone and partially in iron, leads to the top. The lighthouse is unattended.


The lighthouse is switched on and off automatically by a light sensor. A sailor can recognise the light by its characteristic: group flash 2+1. The current lenses were installed in 1953. Originally the light was an incandescent light bulb of 4200 W, which has been replaced by a 2000 W gas-discharge lamp.


This lighthouse was well known by the public as it was used for the former 250 Dutch guilder note designed by Ootje Oxenaar.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southern Netherlands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 22, 2016.