Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

Image number: 10214715

Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

The South Foreland Lighthouse off the Kent coast was the first to have an electric light in 1858. Frederic Hale Holmes was a British engineer, and pioneer of the electrical illumination of lighthouses in Great Britain. Early lighthouses had used wood and coal fires, pitch pots and candle lanterns to warn ships.

Image number:
10214715
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:10
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Science Museum