The problem with the lamps, in use at the time, was their need for constant attention. InJoseph Funck developed the idea of adding a large circular tank for oil around the top of the lamp, giving it the capacity to operate for up to 8 days without attention. This design worked quite well, but the lamp itself was the old-fashioned flat wick variety and the lens was made of pressed glass of rather poor quality.
The lamp was also susceptible to being blown out by strong winds. InDavid Heap developed a further improved design for the American 8-day lantern and invented a new 5-day lantern. He described his thoughts in a report to the Lighthouse Board as follows:.
By in Europe, the Benson—Lee automatic lamp was beginning to be used in beacons. It had special wicks that were tipped with carbon from tar and it required no trimming for four or five days of operation. It was chosen for all new installations in Scotland and acted like the American 8-day lamp. The Benson-Lee lamp replaced the earlier Trotter-Lindberg lamp developed in Sweden, which required significantly more technical knowledge to maintain.
He called his invention the Thermo Lamp, which was first used in the Le Havre lighthouse in France that year. Oil gas was first used at the Holyhead lighthouse in Wales in and from to Fresnel and Arago experimented with the use of gas burners for use within the Fresnel lenses, however, they chose to continue with the use of their multi-wick oil lamps. Also inPintsch gas was tried at the South Foreland lighthouse in England. All of these early experiments with gas used simple tube or multiple tube burners.
A lighthouse built inknown as the Barcelona light, and sometimes called the Portland light located on Lake Erie, was unique because of its fuel source. The nearby town of Fredonia, New York was the first site in North America to commercially use Natural gas, starting in Unfortunately, the Natural gas gave out inand the gas lamps were removed. An effort was made in to use another form of Wood gas known as Rosin gas at the Christina Creek light station, near Wilmington, Delaware.
Rosin gas was made through the heating of pinesap rosin or pine logs in an enclosed retort. After about a year of trial, the effort at Christina Creek was abandoned as impractical. Gas was later used in lighthouses in a number of countries. However, its production, delivery, and excessive heat restricted its use to a relatively small number of lighthouse locations.
The major drawback was the need for the building and operation of a gas production plant next to each lighthouse where it was to be used. A typical gas generation facility that had to be co-located with each lighthouse using gas. John R. Wigham developed many forms of Light (Lighthouse Mix) - KMFDM - Extra - Volume 2 (CD) for use with coal gas in Ireland starting in His designs were the first that could be used reliably and which could be sized based on the size of the lens.
An American ship captain, Henry Harrison Doty, thought he could solve the problems related to the use of kerosene in lighthouse burners. He described his efforts as follows:. I accordingly set myself resolutely to the solution of the problem, how this could be affected not only for the one wick burner, but for lamps having concentric wicks.
After more than two years unremitting study and experiment, I was successful in discovering the means of doing this for all the different orders of burners, and that too, without causing any structural re-arrangement of the apparatus or lamp at present in use.
Doty mentioned the specific gravity of the kerosene because the heavier the kerosene the less volatile it was, and therefore the safer it was to use. The French Lighthouse Service had long been considered the leader in technical innovation and quality.
Captain Doty took samples of his latest burners and went to Emperor Napoleon III in Novemberconvincing him of their advantage and requesting that France put them on trial. A number of French lighthouses were then converted to kerosene as a fuel, with the Doty burner modifications.
The French did not use the Doty burner directly. Early inJoseph Funck, the foreman of the Lamp Shop at the Tompkinsville New York Depot, was assigned to begin analyzing any changes necessary in the design of burners for the use of kerosene. Joseph Funck was given a patent for his version of the kerosene burner for lighthouses on November 28, Captain Doty was continuing to further describe his design and on March 28,he asked for a second reissue of his patent to describe some additional features of Light (Lighthouse Mix) - KMFDM - Extra - Volume 2 (CD) original design that he felt Funck was infringing upon, and began a lawsuit against the Lighthouse Board and Funck.
Doty or anyone else. These lamps are all of the moderator type. Willson also invented the idea of generating Acetylene inside a buoy in Acetylene is also sometimes called Dalen gas.
When Acetylene is employed in lighthouse work, the gas is either supplied in cylinders, or is generated on the spot. Intwo Frenchmen, George Claude and Albert Hess developed a method to store compressed Acetylene by dissolving it in Acetone held in steel cylinders.
In this system the gas is compressed into cylinders filled with a porous substance, and with acetone, a liquid having the remarkable power of absorbing at atmospheric pressure twenty-four times its own volume of acetylene gas.
Its power to absorb the gas increases in proportion to the pressure, so that at a pressure of ten atmospheres it will dissolve two hundred and forty times its own volume of acetylene gas. One of the first acetylene gas buoys in the world was designed by David P. Heap, engineer of the Third District depot, in An acetylene gas lamp was installed at the Cloch lighthouse, in Scotland aroundand the acetylene was used to operate everything from the domestic lighting, fog signals and the engine house to the lighthouse lamp itself.
In America, a beacon equipped with a generator for producing acetylene gas from calcium carbide was placed in the Mobile Channel inand this was the first official use of acetylene gas by the American Lighthouse Service.
Gustaf Dalen of Stockholm, Sweden solved the problem with his development of the AGA compound for storing the gas in cylinders. He also invented the acetylene flasher inwhich drastically reduced the amount of gas used. An experimental buoy of the Swedish Pilotage Board was installed at Kalmarsund, showing a fixed acetylene light in In the following year the buoy was first fitted with the Dalen flasher.
The Dalen flasher reduced the amount of gas consumed and was proven to need little maintenance. The American Lighthouse Service chose the Willson carbide-water buoy design rather than the pressurized acetone cylinder type. This process was very dangerous and in an explosion occurred when refilling such an acetylene chamber in a buoy on the tender Hibiscus. Later, America abandoned the Willson design and began using pressurized cylinders throughout the American Lighthouse Service.
The invention of the sun valve became critical to the expanded use of acetylene in lighthouses. Dalen invented the Sun-Valve in to still further increase the time between gas cylinder replacements. The Sun-Valve consisted of an arrangement of reflective gold-plated copper bars supporting a suspended absorbent black rod. The central black rod absorbs heat from the sunlight and expands closing a small valve at its base and shutting off the supply of gas to the burner a pilot light is always maintained.
When darkness approaches the heat is reduced and the black rod contracts opening the valve and allowing full flow of gas to the burner. The central black rod can be adjusted, by means of a screw, and the entire sun-valve is enclosed in a heavy glass cylinder.
The first sun-valve was put into operation in the little Furuholmen lighthouse near Stockholm in Later sun-valve designs eliminated the reflective gold-plated bars to reduce the cost of the sun-valve assembly. In England, Sir Thomas Matthews created a special clockwork mechanism that was able to time the flash cycles and the turn-on and turn-off times of unattended lights using acetylene fuel.
The clockwork was wound automatically by the same mechanism that powered the lens rotation. While its intention was to function similarly to the sun valve, it could not react to storms as the sun valve could, nor was it able to be placed in the open or on buoys.
The acetylene control valve is at the left center. One of the first lamps burning gasified oil was developed by Nyberg and Lyth in Sweden in It worked by vaporizing colza oil and burning it without a mantle as a Bunsen burner does.
However, this type of lamp was not efficient at producing additional light output. The next step was the addition of the incandescent gas mantle invented by Carl Auer von Welsbach, in Vienna, in This led to the first crude kerosene Incandescent Oil Vapor I.
It used air pressure and a fuel vaporizer tube where the kerosene was preheated into a fine vapor before it was ignited as a flame. This dramatically increased the oxygen at the flame and provided a brighter flame using less fuel. InArthur Kitson, an American, invented an improved burner in which the oil was converted into vapor under pressure in a retort and then mixed with air in a mixing chamber to form a gas for heating a mantle made of platinum gauze.
The platinum gauze quickly carbonized and within a short time Kitson abandoned it in favor of a Welsbach style incandescent mantle made of silk impregnated with zirconia. This lamp produced at least three times the light output of the Argand style lamps previously used. Another similar incandescent burner was developed by C.
The I. Matthews, in England, invented the triple mantle I. One of these lamps was first used in America in at the Cape Lookout lighthouse. Finally inDavid Hood further improved and simplified the Kitson burner. Electricity was not available in lighthouses before The electric arc had been demonstrated by Sir Humphry Davy in InMichael Faraday suggested that trials be made using arc lamps in lighthouses in England; however, it was not untilwhen Professor Holmes made the first crude magneto-electric generator to power an arc lamp for use in a lighthouse.
The first trial of this machine was made by the Trinity House, in England, in Also inMonsieur V. Serrin, in France, invented an arc lamp with Light (Lighthouse Mix) - KMFDM - Extra - Volume 2 (CD) adjustment of the carbon rods through the use of a clockwork mechanism and electrical solenoids.
Inat the request of Professor Faraday, an Alliance magneto-electric generator, modified by Professor Holmes, was tested at South Foreland lighthouse, in England, and the electric arc light was first shown to the mariner. The intense heat generated by the electric current liquefied a portion of the carbon rods as the current passed from one carbon point to the other.
The carbon points had to remain the same distance from each other in order for the lamp to properly function. The electric-arc lamp was officially installed at Dungeness, England old tower ina Serrin lamp was first used in France at the Cape La Heve lighthouse inand other installations soon followed.
In America, experiments with the Electric light in included the use of a magneto machine made by Mr. Wilde of Liverpool. Progress was also being made in other countries.
In Germany, Werner Siemens invented the dynamo generator inwhich proved far more reliable than the generators previously used. InProfessor Holmes constructed a new dynamo-electric generator for Trinity House. The invention of the dynamo brought the first break-through in electric lighting by supplying a constant and reliable current to feed the lamp.
The second breakthrough was the development of carbon rods with softer cores in These new style carbon rods had the ability to more easily maintain the arc in the center of the rod, giving a brighter and steadier light. Various experiments were carried out in and again in at South Foreland to determine the best machine for generating electricity and to compare electric lights with oil and gaslights. Later, inthree De Meritens alternating-current magneto generators along with three arc lamps of the Duboscq-Gaiffe model were put on trial.
The carbon rods first used were the De Meritens pattern, square in section and made up of smaller carbons. These carbons were found ineffective, because the interior of the upper carbon had a tendency to fall out as the bands binding it together burned up during the consumption of the carbon.
Later, cylindrical carbons up to 40 millimeters in diameter were used, the most effective being the millimeter Berlin core carbon, which had a core of graphite 3 millimeters in diameter. Sir James Douglass invented a rod with fluted sides that provided additional steadiness to the arc, and soon larger carbons up to 50 millimeters diameter were tried. The brilliance of the arc lights far exceeded any earlier oil lamp, but there were differing views about their penetration ability during fog.
It was first thought that light produced from electricity would not penetrate fog to anywhere near the extent that the light from an oil lamp could, because the oil lamp produced a light that was strong in the yellow-orange-red part of the spectrum and the light from the electric arc was in the blue portion of the spectrum. Later, this was found to be false through the trials held at the South Foreland Lighthouse in In America, experiments were also conducted on electricity and arc lamps during and the Lighthouse Board reported on the experiments as follows:.
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