Portland Bill Lighthouse centre closing for new lights

Portland Bill Lighthouse centre closing for new lights

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 28th September 2019.

Portland Bill Lighthouse is getting a new lamp, to bring it up to modern standards.

After 23 years of automation, Trinity House, who run the lighthouse, say much of the equipment has reached the end of it's life.

A crane's being used in mid-October to remove the old optic in the lantern and bring it to ground level. Afterwards, it'll be put on display at the bottom of the lighthouse.

The lamp at Portland Bill's being updated with new LED lights that will shine for up to 18 nautical miles.
The lamp at Portland Bill's being updated with new LED lights that will shine for up to 18 nautical miles.

The visitor centre will be closed from this Sunday (29th September) until the 19th of October for re-engineering work to the lighthouse. 

What's going to change?

Earlier this year, the fog signal system was removed as it hadn't been used for navigation for many years. 

Now, the rotating optic at the top of the tower's going to be removed to make way for more up to date technology.

Portland Bill Lighthouse is going to be visible for up to 18 nautical miles. Here's what that looks like.

Two flashing LED lanterns are going to be installed in it's place - making the lighthouse more energy efficient, giving it longer life and making it easier to maintain.

A spokesperson for the lighthouse said:

"The lighthouse is being modernised to bring the aid to navigation up to date, including the latest LED light technology and a new fog signal."

The new fog signal's going to be replaced with a new one-nautical-mile one.

The work is expected to be fully completed early next year.

The visitor centre will close again from the 31st of October until Easter, as per it's normal seasonal arrangements.