Regular readers of this blog will recall that on our holiday to Aberdeenshire this May we visited the lighthouse museum in Fraserborough. Since then we have been hankering for our own set of lighthouse lenses, not something you see very often. However, a couple of months ago this trio popped up on EBay, at about 7 inches tall they are an ideal size for table lamps or similar, however the downside is that they are battery operated with just 3V feeding an old fashioned torch bulb. not quite what we were looking for, but a start, nonetheless.
after some discussion, beloved reminded Me of a couple of wooden shelves that had been lying redundant since we moved into this rectory some years ago. So, with the nights drawing in, time to get them working and installed.
the burrs and lumps on them have a feel of coastal rocks to them, so they make an ideal base.
using the tank cutter circular mounts were cut to match the bases of the lenses, and the bases cut down to size
the tall lens needing it’s base cut precisely to fit between two banister posts, where it will be mounted.
further holes were cut to mount bayonet light fittings, which have been sealed in with PVA. And some 5 amp cable and plugs wired in.
after connecting up the moment of truth… all the lamps have worked perfectly.
two have been mounted on a high shelf in the hallway
and one at the top of the stairs, all on timers to light our way to bed at nights. A little tidying up of the cables is still needed, but they are pretty much finished otherwise.