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

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

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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.
 
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