Carbon arc lamp

Carbon arc lamp
Believed to have been used at the Lizard Lighthouse between 1878 and 1903. Electric lamp manufactured in France. Curent jumps the gap between two carbon rods, causing an intense light. Gap is maitained by a clockwork regulator operated by the weight of one of the rods.

Object Details

ID: NAV0940
Type: Carbon arc lamp
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Barbier & Benard Constructions
Date made: 1878
Exhibition: Guiding Lights
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 406 mm x 1219 mm x 152 mm; 406 mm x 1219 mm x 152 mm

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