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The Ultimate Nightlight
A lighthouse is really just a giant night light, and the moon is the biggest night light of them all. We shrank them both down so that you could bring the Switchables Harbourtown Lighthouse stained glass night light cover indoors. (Warning: Will not protect ships or affect tides).
The fused-glass process enables Switchables to create a new generation of nightlight covers like none you've ever seen before. Instead of being folded and soldered like traditional Switchables covers, these pieces of glass are fused together with flash heat for more brilliant colors and intricate designs with no metal borders. Bits and strips of glass are bonded to a slightly curved, clear or colored background panel.
You can identify a fused-glass Switchables cover by its "SF" item number. Traditional Switchables start with "SW".
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
Harbour Town Light in Hilton Head, SC, was privately funded and built in 1970 as a private aid to navigation. The hexagonal red-and-white tower is the most recognizable symbol of the Sea Pines Resort, where the Heritage golf tournament is played. It's open to the public for a nominal fee and has become a popular wedding and tourist destination.
Ancient mariners were guided into poorly-defined ports by fires on hilltops. Eventually somebody got the bright idea of placing the fire on a raised platform for greater visibility, and the concept of a lighthouse was born.
The modern era of lighthouses started when transatlantic commerce burgeoned in the early 1700s. As technology and building techniques improved, lighthouses got bigger and brighter. The steady and smokeless Argand lamp, invented in 1782, would become the standard source of illumination until electric lights appeared in 1875. These lighthouses had keepers until automatic lamp changers made them unnecessary. Some lights continued to employ keepers who could double as rescuers in emergencies. GPS has mostly eliminated the lighthouse's functions, and those that weren't torn down are now preserved as historic structures. The automated lighthouses that are still in use are mostly solar-powered stationary lights on bare steel towers -- not the kind of thing you'll ever see on a Switchables cover.